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CTHV Press Release: "The Big Hit & Vertical Limit" SUPERBIT

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Jan 24, 2002.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    "Sensational!"

    - Joe Morgenstern, The Wall St. Journal

    "(The Superbit Collection) is simply jaw-dropping!"

    - Mark A. River, Genre Online

    "True high-definition on DVD is still in the future, but Superbit? is a

    tantalizing and

    rewarding step in the right direction."

    - Tom Norton, Streophile Guide To Home Theater

    "Superbit is nothing less than Superb."

    - Justin Sallows, DVDivas.net

    "(The Superbit titles are) doozies! When friends come over, now you can

    REALLY show

    off. Rating: A"

    - Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly

    ************************************************** *******

    "Vertical Limit" and "The Big Hit"

    Join Superbit Collection on March 19, 2002.

    ************************************************** *******

    Culver City, Ca. (1/23/02) - Action thrillers Vertical Limit and The Big

    Hit will join

    the Superbit Collection on March 19, 2002.

    The Superbit Collection of titles has been hailed as a new benchmark in

    DVD. By

    reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content and

    multiple

    audio streams, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at approximately double

    their

    normal bit rate while offering full compatibility with the DVD Video

    format. The

    result is picture quality that provides outstanding detail which

    complements the

    performance of the latest progressive DVD Video players.

    After the initial "test" phase, Supberbit is considered a success having

    garnered

    praise from the media for the quality of its DVDs. CTHE will continued

    to release

    Superbit product each quarter throughout 2002 and will continue to

    support the

    brand on-line and in targeted print media.

    VERTICAL LIMIT

    An emotionally-charged, action adventure story, Vertical Limit is a

    high-adrenaline

    tale of a retired climber (Chris O'Donnell, Batman and Robin, Scent of a

    Woman)

    who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K-2, a

    28,250 foot

    mountain in Pakistan's Karakoram Range, to save his estranged sister

    (Robin

    Tunney, End of Days, The Craft) and her team in this race against time.

    Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, Golden Eye) delivers high-voltage

    action and

    exhilarating suspense in a film that pits man against his own

    limitations and the

    awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements. The special effects

    are jaw-

    dropping!

    Rated: PG-13 for intense life/death situations and brief strong

    language.

    Running time: 124 minutes

    The Superbit DVD includes:

    Digitally Mastered audio and anamorphic video

    Widescreen presentation

    Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital, DTS

    Subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean,

    Thai

    Scene Selections

    Catalogue #08834 UPC # 0-43396-08834-4

    Suggested retail price: $27.96

    THE BIG HIT

    The Big Hit is a fast, funny, irreverent action-thriller starring Mark

    Wahlberg (Planet

    of the Apes, Boogie Nights), Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire),

    Christina

    Applegate (TV's Married with Children), Bokeem Woodbine (The Rock),

    Antonio

    Sabato, Jr. (High Voltage), Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale), Elliot

    Gould (Oceans

    Eleven) and Lanie Kazan (Beaches).

    The film follows the professional and romantic misadventures of Mel

    (Wahlberg), a

    beleaguered hitman who is drawn along with his professional associates

    into a

    moonlighting gig that turns sour. As his professional and domestic woes

    collide, Mel

    finds himself dodging bullets while trying to impress his potential

    in-laws. Throw in

    an overzealous store clerk demanding the return of an overdue

    videocassette, and it's

    not long before Mel's carefully constructed life starts to unravel.

    Rated: R for violence, pervasive language and some sexuality

    Running Time: 91 minutes

    The Superbit? DVD includes:

    Digitally Mastered audio and anamorphnic video

    Widescreen presentation

    Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital, DTS

    Subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean,

    Thai

    Scene Selections

    Catalogue #08835 UPC # 0-43396-08835-1

    Suggested retail price: $27.96
     
  2. Peter Overduin

    Peter Overduin Supporting Actor

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    Thanks, Ron.
    I must confess, however, to no small sense of frustration at CTHV's continued insistence for re-releasing DVD's that, at least in the case of Vertical Limit, are already top-notch audio and video transfers.
    As a 'March 97' DVD enthusiast with over 250 titles in my library, I have yet to purchase a Superbit. I won't, until this silliness stops.
    And I'm not just saying this because it's 0330 hrs, and I'm at work! [​IMG]
     
  3. Jerome Grate

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    That's great news. Everytime I went into the video stores and saw these titles at the low price of 12.99 for verticle limit and 9.99 for the Big Hit, I refrained from purchase simply because I was hoping for Superbits on both of these. These will be the first Superbits I'll get. Funny I wanted to get Fifth Element Superbit but Best Buy is always out.
     
  4. Colin Jacobson

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    Among the quotes at the top, they forgot:
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    I have nothing against Columbia.

    They are the best of the best.

    Anyone could take a vote on which studio

    consistently has put out the best transfers

    since day ONE, and Columbia would win.

    Personally, I judge SUPERBITS as a gimmick.

    With superior transfers from all the studios,

    why does Columbia feel that SUPERBITS is superior?

    Peter had a good point. VERTICAL LIMIT is already

    considered demo quality.

    I can't accuse the studio of trying to milk

    consumers. All I can say is that in my opinion,

    SUPERBITS is no major breakthrough in the DVD format.

    I believe that Colin Jacobsen quoted me. I do

    remember saying that "I think the DVD world could

    clearly survive without Superbits"
     
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  7. JeremySt

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    I prefer Superbit. If someone can prove to me that a superbit title is worse in picture and sound quality than it's non-superbit counterpart, I won't buy superbit. It is that simple.

    Columbia is not forcing anyone to buy superbit. Every superbit title is availale in standard form. Why does this debate persist? I thought choice was luxery, not a burden.
     
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    I wish when they put out press releases for Superbit titles, that they would put what bitrate the original version averaged, an which bitrate the Superbit averages. They tout "twice the bitrate"...so show us the numbers [​IMG]
     
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    Who out there bought "Vertical Limit" and/or "The Big Hit" Superbit versions Today 3/19? Could you tell a noticeable difference in the audio and video depts. on these versions compared to the originals?
    Regards
    Troy [​IMG]
     
  10. DeanWalsh

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    The dts tracks alone are enough to keep me buying Superbit, especially since they are the only discs Columbia put the format on... which annoys me that the new 2 Disc Replacement Killers wasn't a Superbit Deluxe, wasted opportunity that one. Still, I'm ecstatic that Starship Troopers will be one of them.
     
  11. Patrick McCart

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    It's nice that Columbia wants to better their movies very frequently, but where's their cartoons?

    They had all of their existing cartoons restored not that long ago, yet no videos. (Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoingBoing, UPA, Fox & The Crow, etc)
     
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    Has anyone actually checked the amount of space dedicated to the video stream on these Superbit titles?

    Generally the video portion of the .vob files on most movies use about 3-5gb of the total 9gb available. The AC3 track uses another 300-450megs and the remainder is leftover for extras or additional tracks like DTS/spanish AC3/etc.

    For Superbit to really be true to its claim, it would need to use a good 7gb+ for video alone, with only enough leftover for the audio tracks and menus.

    The question is, do they?
     

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