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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Paul_Nyman, Feb 17, 2003.
Any idea what else besides higher bitrate picture, DD & DTS audio? Can't find anything online yet?
Superbit is by definition is higher bitrate, DD/DTS and nothing else
Superbit DELUXE has a 2nd disc of extras
The Panic Room Superbit had the trailer and some filmographies, but I don't believe Das Boot is supposed to have anything else.
Panic Room wasn't a real Superbit title. It was merely a barebones release with the word 'superbit' slapped on the cover. Columbia were saving face having decided to wait on the SE and needing to get something out onto the market. By calling it a Superbit release they hoped to stop people bitching about why the announced SE was not being released. It didn't work because people are not as stupid as studio execs like to think they are. The elaborate animated menu on Panic Room gives the game away.
If the "Das Boot" Superbit is a true superbit (and even that term is debatable) then it should have minimal static menus and no extras.
Not to hijack the thread, but if Robert Harris says that Panic Room was a "real" Superbit title and takes the time to prove it :
thats good enough for me .
As far as Das Boot goes, I will gladly buy this one again. Hopefully some on line reviews will show up soon. (I saw a review of Dark Crystal SB over at DVD review)
i own the region 2 version and that also is a barebones disc with just a trailer. It is not however a superbit title. This just adds to the confusion for me!
geez I'm sorry to have even mentioned Panic Room in this thread! And I'm sure this is a discussion that was going on a while ago too!
Anyway fact is the barebones Panic Room release is the same across R1, R2 and R4. Only R1 slapped a Superbit tag on the cover the other regions didn't (and yes we do have Superbit titles in the rest of the world!) so to me and a lot of other people who can see that the rest of the world exists outside the US this smacks of nothing but a cheap marketing ploy in the US.
Robert Harris all but says in his article that because the film is "short" and the fact the disc is 2 layers means that it should look damn good anyway!!!!!!!
I can't wait for the SE of Panic Room because then everyone will see that the transfer and bit rate will be exactly the same! (Robert Harris even mentions that "Panic Room is a short film. It is entirely possible that a simple, single commentary track can be added without forcing higher compression.") It will be a 2 disc set no doubt so the rest of the extras will be on disc 2.
This discussion continues here
Looks like Bill Hunt @ The Digital Bits will have a review up soon.
I know that Das Boot is announced as a Superbit and not Superbit Deluxe...but everywhere I go, they list it as a 2-disc set.
so is it a deluxe or not?
Given the length of the film, they may have had to go 2-disc
oh yeah, that's probably why
My R2/UK disc of Das Boot has English dubtitles instead of subtitles. I don't know if the original R1 also had this little problem, but if so, I wonder if it has been fixed for this release.
As for the Superbitness of Panic Room, I also suspect some CTHV marketing trick. But I admit that's just guessing, and if the AV-quality is up to scratch, who's complaining?
Superbit Deluxe are two-disc sets. However, in this case...the first disc is a Superbit disc while the second disc is a supplemental disc.
Das Boot will be the first Superbit release spread across two DVDs. Both discs in this set will be Superbit discs.
Which is it in this case, Rutger? Superbit + supplemental like you say in the first paragraph, or 2 Superbit, like you say in the 2nd??
I wish they'd do this with commentary; I avoided buying the original release because it was a flipper and now I won't buy this one either because it's missing the commentary. Stupid bastards! Why won't you take my money!