1992's "The Bodyguard": NOT in Widescreen! Why?

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  1. David Von Pein

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    Anybody have The Bodyguard DVD (Whitney Houston/K. Costner)?

    Noticed it's Standard, and NO widescreen.

    Why do you suppose Warner Bros. didn't put the widescreen on this disc?? Seems weird, and idiotic!

    Before I buy this one, can any of you give me your thoughts on this DVD release?

    I noted it's a very, very early DVD release (August 22, 1997). Therefore, logically, it might be subpar when compared to the 2001 releases.

    It has a 5.1 track .... is it top notch?

    With 2002 being the 10th anniversary of the release date of "The Bodyguard", I wouldn't be surprised to find an "SE" popping up soon.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Donnie Eldridge

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    I purchased this disc way back when it first came out. It's a real disappointment. The pq is pretty poor and audio is about average. I owned the laserdisc and it was far superior to the dvd, plus it was in widescreen. I can't figure out why they released it Pan N Scan. I'd re-buy this one in a hot second if it got the special treatment.
     
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    The Bodyguard was the first, last, and only P&S title I've owned. I bought it before I knew to check the aspect ratio. Needless to say I traded it in long ago. I would seriously consider getting an SE @ the right price.
     
  4. Patrick Mirza

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    And to add insult to injury, The Bodyguard is 16x9 in the rest of the world.
     
  5. Deane Johnson

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    This is a neat movie. I can't imagine what WB is thinking letting it wallow around in P&S. It needs a rerelease in OAR 16:9.

    Deane
     
  6. Julian Lalor

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    It's one of those very early Warners DVDs which were released P&S in the R1 but in 16:9 widescreen everywhere else. I remember this, along with National Lampoon's Vacation, Private Benjamin and Caddyshack (later re-released in widescreen).
     
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  8. Jeff_HR

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    I will be keeping my LD version since WB will not doubt let this one slide. On a related note, I find it interesting that so many people have sold all or most of their LD collections in anticipation of titles that have not appesred or have appeared in P & S editions. Apparently not a good move.
     
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    Hi. I'm new [​IMG]
    I love this movie and it's a shame that it hasn't been released as a special edition in widescreen yet. I hope that with the upcoming Warner Bros chat, someone will ask about it. The movie grossed over 410 million dollars worldwide, it was a huge hit and deserves a great special edition.
    I'll try asking the question in the chat, however since I'm new maybe I won't be picked, so hopefully someone else will ask. [​IMG]
     
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  11. David Von Pein

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    And "Grumpy Old Men" to boot. [​IMG]
    Golly gee wiz .... a 02/04/2002 thread of mine re-surfacing. On my very first day
    as an HTF member, too. [​IMG]
    (I *did* end up buying that FF DVD. But still want the WS, of course.)
     
  12. Brian W.

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    Fear not... within the next few months, Warner will announce The Bodyguard: Special Edition for Region 1, which is 16:9. I work in home video production here in Hollywood, and I happen to know it's being worked on as we speak. It will be out before the end of the year.
     
  13. David Von Pein

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    Fantastic Brian! Thanks! [​IMG]
    Are we looking at a fancy 2-Disc SE from WB on Bodyguard?? (Even if not a two-discer, I imagine we're gonna see some Whitney Houston music videos included.)
    And, say, since you seem to be "in the WB know" .... how about a new anamorphic, souped-up SE of "The American President"?? Any word on a re-release for that fine hunk o' film? I'd really love to see the 2-Disc SE WB treatment for that one.
     
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  16. Brian W.

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    I agree with all the titles mentioned..... Grumpy Old Men, and don't forget Ace Ventura.
     
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    While we're at it I'd like to cast a vote for Grumpier Old Men as well.
     
  19. David Von Pein

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    Thanks Brian, for the additional data/info.
    Appreciate that.
    (And I hope that "bell" rings true. [​IMG] )
     
  20. George_W_K

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    Weird, I was thinking of posting a question about this movie yesterday after we watched out VHS (gasp!) version of it. Well, here's my answer!

    Glad to hear it.
     

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