Anchor Bay's HIGHLANDER

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  1. Robert Floto

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    At the moment I only have access to the internet at work, and won't be able to participate in tonight's (9/18/01) Anchor Bay Chat.
    I'm sure someone is already planning on asking, but just in case, could someone please find out all the info they can on Anchor Bay's upcoming release of Highlander?
    Specifically:
    1) What features?
    2) Will both the theatrical, and director's cut be included (and if so, will both be in OAR)?
    3) Is there a release date set?
    Thanks! This is my favorite film, and I can't wait to see it released to DVD (hopefully) right this time!
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  2. Jeff Kleist

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    I wouldn't worry about it, Highlander is going to be a huge title for Anchor Bay [​IMG]
    Frankly, since the "theatrical cut" is a heavy edit done by some butchers for no reason whatsoever, and this version doesn't exist outside the US, I prefer it be excised to the pits of hell where it belongs.
    I'm sure it'll be OAR, but I also want to know about the Queen music videos, specifically "Who wants to Live Forever"!
     
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    What I want is the ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, which does not include sound effects added from the TV series. It also has lines of dialogue that are not included in the 5.1 remix, including my favorite line in the entire film:
    Ramirez yelling "MacLeod, this is the Quickening!" just as they jump from the cliff.)
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    Well, I'm sure Anchor Bay has noticed things like that, and have quite possibly added the lines into their new EX/ES tracks.
    I'm sure they're also going to include the original soundtrack
    Jeff Kleist
     
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    yes, someone PLEASE ask if there'll be any Queen videos on the new DVD. (The ones relating to the movie of course, lol) "Who Wants To Live Forever", "Princes of the Universe" & "A Kind of Magic" (the last 2 were directed by Russel Mulcahy as well!)
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    I bought the laserdisc, and aside from the Deluxe packaging(which is why I still keep it) I found the transfer to be quite good-and remember thinking Gosh-this should then look FANTASTIC on DVD,,,,but it was not to be....it looked at best to me like VHS.
    Hopefully AB will right this wrong in a transfer that will do the films photography PROUD. As for their issues in general, all I can say is that Anchor Bay rules.
    And please, somebody ask about THE CHURCH.
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    So wait! I'm confused!
    How many DVD versions of Highlander are out there? I have the "directors cut" but I haven't opened it yet (because of just such a situation!)
    What's the difference between them and what is this Anchor Bay one going to have that the other ones did or didn't?
    Aaargh! This is like Army of Darkness all over again!
     
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    The director's cut is what is on DVD. The Theatrical version was never on DVD.
    Go here for the details:
    http://us.imdb.com/AlternateVersions?0091203
     
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    Scott, the current DVD is the director's cut, but in non-anamorphic widescreen with a low bitrate and TERRIBLE picture quality. It's one of the few DVD's that looks terrible compared to the LD with the same transfer. The DVD can be found for just $7 new, as nobody wants it.
    The new HIGHLANDER DVD will have a High-Def transfer from the restored IP. It will be 2 discs, probably with a documentary.
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    Thanks for the info, guys!
    Looks like I'll be taking my "Director's Cut" back to the story in favor of the Anchor Bay version!
    Anyone know the street date?
     
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    Remember, it's the US theatrical cut. The rest of the world got the proper version
    Jeff Kleist
     
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    Scott, don't return it yet - that commentary track might or might not end up on the next version.
     
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    I remember the first time that I saw highlander. Highlander 2 had just been released in the cinema and I was desperatley looking for a copy of the original to rent on vhs. I could not get it anywhere, It hit me then how popular that movie was. I bought the Region 1 DVD and was looking forward to the fantastic picture quality that my othere DVD's had shown. Oh My God.... ABYSMAL. I really can't wait for the Anchor Bay edition. WOWZER! OH, and I love the backfilps. The european cut is the only one I know and I wouldn't change it for the world. They'd better put the line back in when they jump off the cliff too! :)
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    The ability to minimize film grain has greatly improved since HIGHLANDER the Director's Cut was first transferred some years back. I am sure the new transfer will look exceptional. The IP is in tip top shape, thank the Lord (at least it was in 1996).
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