Dementia 13 (1963) - which version to buy on DVD?

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    This classic cult public domain film has been released by tons of people but which is the best quality version on DVD Region 1 or Region 0 to get?

    I know Carnival of Souls was released by Criterion and you can't beat its quality. But what is a good bet for Dementia 13 since Criterion doesn't have it?

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    I'm a bit surprised that no one would answer to this Francis Ford Coppola film?

    I am wondering how the Roan version compares to the supposed better Good Times version versus the Marengo one, and etc... ?

    Looking for the best possible... Thanks!
     
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    I have the laserdisc of the ROAN version and it is the best I've seen. The commentary is good, too. I asked this question on another forum and it seems the laser was ported for the DVD.
     
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    Roan's DVD is the way to go.
     
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    What about that other Corman-produced PD classic The Terror?
     
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    Charles... The best version of "The Terror" that I have found is on a 3 movie disc put out by Vintage called "Jack Nicholson Cult Classics" and still available.

    It is Open Matte, the detail is sharp and colors saturated unlike many other versions I have and have seen where the print was faded and damaged.

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    Unfortunately, the Roan DVD of DEMENTIA 13 suffers from compression artifacting so it's nowhere near a perfect disc. I haven't seen any of the other releases.
     
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    I have the Marengo version and it suffers from artifacting too (pixelates with fast movements) and contrast is off. I believe it is an early DVD. The Treeline version is too dark and the sound way off.

    Has anyone seen the Good Times version? I heard it is better than Alpha's but that isn't saying much.

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