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DVDs with Mysterious 16x9 Upgrades Without A Proper Re-release (1 Viewer)

MikeEckman

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The Rocky Anamorphic thread got me thinking that we should have a list of all known DVDs that at one time were released in non-anamorphic widescreen and at one time or another were upgraded with a 16x9 transfer without anyone really knowing about it.

What I would like to do is maintain a list and have people post how you can tell a difference between the two so careful shoppers can distinguish between the old version and the new one.

The ones I know off the top of my head are:

Rocky IV - The back says 16x9 enhanced, no other changes.

Back to School - The back actually says it is 16x9 enhanced and has a new 5.1 transfer. It is also no longer mentions the Collectable Booklet.

Good Will Hunting - The difference is on the front it only says collectors series. The old one said that AND widescreen on the front. EDIT: Looks like this one may not be true. Buy at your own risk. EDIT AGAIN: I have personally confirmed this. The versions that say WIDESCREEN across the top Collectors Series versions are NOT anamorphic. If the word WIDESCREEN is not there, then it is anamorphic. I will post scans when I get home.
 

MikeEckman

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The Rocky Anamorphic thread got me thinking that we should have a list of all known DVDs that at one time were released in non-anamorphic widescreen and at one time or another were upgraded with a 16x9 transfer without anyone really knowing about it.

What I would like to do is maintain a list and have people post how you can tell a difference between the two so careful shoppers can distinguish between the old version and the new one.

The ones I know off the top of my head are:

Rocky IV - The back says 16x9 enhanced, no other changes.

Back to School - The back actually says it is 16x9 enhanced and has a new 5.1 transfer. It is also no longer mentions the Collectable Booklet.

Good Will Hunting - The difference is on the front it only says collectors series. The old one said that AND widescreen on the front. EDIT: Looks like this one may not be true. Buy at your own risk. EDIT AGAIN: I have personally confirmed this. The versions that say WIDESCREEN across the top Collectors Series versions are NOT anamorphic. If the word WIDESCREEN is not there, then it is anamorphic. I will post scans when I get home.
 

Kyle McKnight

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I wasn't aware of Good Will Hunting. I know the Canadian release was anamorphic, but didn't know there was one in the USA.
 

Kyle McKnight

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I wasn't aware of Good Will Hunting. I know the Canadian release was anamorphic, but didn't know there was one in the USA.
 

MikeEckman

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I cant actually confirm Good Will Hunting, it was just mentioned in another thread. If someone can disprove it, I'll edit my post and remove it.

Hopefully there are others.
 

MikeEckman

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I cant actually confirm Good Will Hunting, it was just mentioned in another thread. If someone can disprove it, I'll edit my post and remove it.

Hopefully there are others.
 

ZackR

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Good Will Hunting is not anamorphic. I had the one with the Widescreen banner and my friend had the other one. Neither were anamorphic. Although I guess one could have been rereleased, I think only the Canadian is anamorphic. I ordered the Canadian release and it IS anamorphic.
 

ZackR

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Good Will Hunting is not anamorphic. I had the one with the Widescreen banner and my friend had the other one. Neither were anamorphic. Although I guess one could have been rereleased, I think only the Canadian is anamorphic. I ordered the Canadian release and it IS anamorphic.
 

Keith E

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Hope Floats, Ever After and An Affair to Remember are some that I can think of that have been re-released enhanced.
 

Keith E

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Hope Floats, Ever After and An Affair to Remember are some that I can think of that have been re-released enhanced.
 

DaViD Boulet

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Affair to remember was re-released but with a new cover and (I think) some extras...essentially a bonifide "new" release (not just a stealth 16x9 reissue).
 

DaViD Boulet

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Affair to remember was re-released but with a new cover and (I think) some extras...essentially a bonifide "new" release (not just a stealth 16x9 reissue).
 

DavidS

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don't forget Never Been Kissed...

as a side note, it's funny how Fox kind of went the other way from Columbia/TriStar...

Fox's "Ever After" and "Never Been Kissed" were both non-anamorphic widescreen, then they silently re-issued replacements with 16x9 and 4x3 transfers...

Columbia's "Last Action Hero" had both 16x9 and 4x3 transfers, then they silently re-issued replacements with Full-Screen only...
 

DavidS

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don't forget Never Been Kissed...

as a side note, it's funny how Fox kind of went the other way from Columbia/TriStar...

Fox's "Ever After" and "Never Been Kissed" were both non-anamorphic widescreen, then they silently re-issued replacements with 16x9 and 4x3 transfers...

Columbia's "Last Action Hero" had both 16x9 and 4x3 transfers, then they silently re-issued replacements with Full-Screen only...
 

Dmitry

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The Fox's One Fine Day also went from a non-anamorphic widescreen to a dual-format replacement with anamorphic WS part.
 

Dmitry

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The Fox's One Fine Day also went from a non-anamorphic widescreen to a dual-format replacement with anamorphic WS part.
 

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