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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Steve Hauben, Jun 21, 2002.
Hello Dolly Cocoon Cocoon: The Return Robin Hood: Men In Tights Thanks, Steve
...and THE ROSE.... any info would be appreciated...thanks
I believe Men in Tights is coming by the end of the year
Cocoon has just been released in R4 Australia so the US shouldn't be to far away at all-
But then Ford Fairlane was released here a few months ago and still no word from FOX US on its release
Hello Dolly is also out in R4, although that DVD looks and sounds noticeably worse than the remasterd LD of a few years back. The Rose is out in R2, with a director's commentary. FOX has a habit of releasing inferior versions of catalogue titles first in foreign territories and then re-releasing re-mastered SEs in R1 later, so I'd hold off buying any non-R1 versions of these titles.
It was with the Terminator: Special Edition EDIT: Actually it was really only distributed by Fox.
Is the R4 Hello Dolly 16x9? Peter mentioned that Fox wanted to "do this one right" so hopefully they've learned their lesson with the dissasterous (mostly) transfer of Sound of Music (WAY to much EE and some really shocking print problems in several scenes, but good sound). The remastered Hello Dolly LD is supurb...one of the best lasers I own (except for sound...a little bright and "thin" sounding). If they can duplicate that but give me the added resolution that a 16x9 DVD could afford (and DTS???) I'd be in heaven. My fantasy is to watch my Hello Dolly DVD for the first time as the first film on my yet-to-be-purchased projector. -dave
The Region 2 release of Cocoon has very bad audio distortion (wow and flutter), which is especially evident on the more poignant cues of James Horner's score.
It's also a very smeary-looking (anamorphic) transfer.
Hopefully when the R1 version gets released they'll have substantially improved things (and perhaps have added some decent extras - a commentary track at the very least!)
The R4 version of Hello Dolly is anamorphic, but looks noticably worse than the re-mastered laserdisc. It appears an earlier print was used. It is also 4.1 not 5.1 and has a different audio track the much better sounding laserdisc.
Interesting. Although the "5.1" AC-3 LD is probably really only 4.1 in that the surround info is mono (most 4.1 soundtracks on laserdisc are encoded as 5.1 even if duplicate information is encoded in both rear channels).
I'm sure Fox will endeavour to give us the best looking and best sounding disc they can when they finally release a proper R1 DVD. Hopefully we'll get it before the parade passes by...
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