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Discussion in 'DVD' started by DarrylWHarrisJr, Jan 15, 2003.
i will be glad to help verify that jeff, rob and vic are correct. i owned both dvd versions of this,... umm dvd and they were exactly the same cut and time. i also have the criterion laser and it was one of the most awaited titles i can recall.....waiting for. every film lover shopuld own the criterion dvd even if you arent a big fan of the movie. it is the most complete collection of material about how to make a movie and how to destroy a movie on any set. now maybe surpassed by the lord of the rings set. but that one doesnt tell you how to destroy a movie.
As Tony quite rightly said, I don't think I've ever seen so explicit and shocking an example of how to utterly destroy a truly great piece of cinema through post-production.
Yes, the Criterion DVD was worth it (bought it *after* the Uni), but now I want a 4 disc Criterion set, with the "American" version too. Don't have LD capability here. My experience, with Criterions and even the standard release of 12 Monkeys, is that ANY commentary/documentary with or about Terry Gilliam is worth the $$. Now that I have a DVDP with a bit rate display, I can check out the two "identical" versions. But honestly, the Criterion transfer is not that obviously superior here. A higher bit rate may not have any practical visual benefit IF the source is not good/clean enough to merit it.
I think it could still be a three disc set, with the American Theatrical, European Theatrica, and Final Director's Cut all on disc one with seamless branching. There are few real differences between the three so it wouldn't be too hard. The Love Conquers All cut is so fundementally different that it would still need it's own separate disc. -Lyle J.P.
I'd take a new 16x9 version in a heartbeat. Hope we end up with a R-1 re-release!
Doh! Sorry for the misinformation. That's what I get for using DVD packages as a reference
Resurrecting an older thread... I just picked up the Universal version of this at Best Buy yesterday for $14.99. I'm not a huge fan of the film so far, but I wanted to check it out again. From what I'm seeing, Universal seems to have released this DVD twice. Especially since Best Buy all of a sudden had 10 copies of this, but has not had anything but the Criterion for a while. So the one I got has a small yellow strip on the lower right-hand side of the front cover that says something to the effect of "restored footage", and the specs list 2 hours 23 minutes. However, all the covers I've seen online, including Universal's website and DVDEmpire, show specs of 2 hours 11 minutes with no yellow strip on the cover. So, did Universal change this, or was the DVD that came out marked as 2 hours 11 minutes a misprint? And, they both seem to have the same UPC code. Geez, understaing this situation is almost as hard as understanding the movie!
The 2h11m running time was a misprint.
So besides the difference in picture quality in the two from DVD-5 to DVD-9, the content is identical?
The laserdisc sold for $150, and was a bargain at that price. All DVDs are cheap. Why some people fail to grasp that continues to baffle me. Charlie
Does anybody know if Brazil will ever get re-released with a new anamorphic transfer?
i had the origional universal version and it did not have that yellow stripe on the bottom but it did have the wrong total time. it said something like 89 mins which i think is the love short version time. Film Info 1985 142 minutes that is the correct time of dvd.
@ Guy_K: Fox has just released the European Cut (136min.) of Brazil in 16:9 anamorphic in R2.
The picture on the Fox release is sharper, has more contrast and less noise, but is somewhat darker.
Did Fox screw up the color balance on this one? -bf-
this is great, I wonder if any chance of bringing the Criterion LD of Fisher King to the DVD ranks..include a trailer and the commentary...that would be so worth it, not only primo Gilliam, pure Gonzo Journalism :b