Any Reviews of Japans' SuperBit DR STRANGELOVE?

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  1. Mark_TS

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    I have heard this will be out here in the Spring...
     
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    I havent seen it, but it's available as a japanese disc at NicheFlix.
     
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    It really needs a new transfer and then encoded as a Superbit. The print used for the current edition isn't that great - it could use a clean up and seems soft in some scenes.

    So, does the Japanese Superbit have DTS? Seems a bit pointless, really.
     
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    A 4:3 mono movie in superbit..........really i mean how much better can it be then the nonsuperbit?
     
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    I had read that Columbia did a RESTORATION of DS back about the time Warners restored their embarassing Kubrick prints/discs. But while Warner selectively screened their "new" prints, then used them in the new remastered DVD editions, Columbia also did a quick screening in select cities, then put out the same OLD scratchy transfer from the previous edition, in the then-new DS-SE.

    I am praying that we see a DS in Superbit that is as clean as the Warner remasters,
    Shame on Columbia. They had better not DARE rerelease the crap transfer on SB...
     
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    I haven't heard that one, Mark, but it sounds plausible.

    Any future edition of Strangelove should be from the restored print/neg. It's a truly great film - one of my all-time favorites, as it is for many people and it deserves a pristine transfer.
     
  7. Peter Svensson

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    I have it, but I´m not sure what I should be looking for? I haven´t seen any other edition, so it is hard for me to compare. But it looks great to me!
     
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    Gordon-it played here in Seattle, and the newspaper film reviewer wrote that it had gone "throught restoration"-which is why it made the theater circuit briefly-but I was unable to see it -it played for a couple days only.

    Peter-is is film clean, free of scratches, spots and tears?



    if so, it must be the restored version
    if not they recycled the last transfer

    all I know is that it would be such a joy to see a clean, crisp DVD of DS to sit proudly next to the rest of the restored Kubrick classics on my shelf.
     
  9. Peter Svensson

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    No I can´t say it is that clean, but it´s hard to describe. I mean a film as old as this one, is bound to have some scratches and spots even if you restore it.

    I looked at the beginning and I must say there is some scratches and spots, but the detail and sharpness is superb, so I can overlook the fact that the transfer is not perfect.

    But regardless of this I do think this is the best edition there is, if you compare picture quality.
     
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    thanks Peter.


    well maybe Columbia Home Video is unaware (quite possible) that a new restored print was struck, and is sitting in Columbia Theatrical, and are simply reusing the same master that theyve used for the previous several DVD/LD editions.


    It wouldnt surprise me in the least.

    I wish we had a definitve answer on this, though I do trust John Hartl, (retired)the Seattle Tiimes reviewer, where I beleive I read of the restoration .
     

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