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I also spotted a copy recently of 'The Apostle' (1997) which listed 16x9 in the fine print.

My copy does not show this and (unfortunately) I don't think it's true.

Wish I had better news about some good movie getting a stealth upgraded...
 

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I also spotted a copy recently of 'The Apostle' (1997) which listed 16x9 in the fine print.

My copy does not show this and (unfortunately) I don't think it's true.

Wish I had better news about some good movie getting a stealth upgraded...
 

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so, a 'Stealth 16x9 Reissue' list...

Buena Vista:
Scream 2

Fox:
Ever After
Hope Floats
Never Been Kissed
One Fine Day

MGM:
Back To School
Rocky IV
 

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so, a 'Stealth 16x9 Reissue' list...

Buena Vista:
Scream 2

Fox:
Ever After
Hope Floats
Never Been Kissed
One Fine Day

MGM:
Back To School
Rocky IV
 

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Well, Scream 2 was hardly stealth as it was upgraded from a standard release with no 16x9 to a full blown special edition (initially only available in a box set) with commentary and the 16x9 upgrade.
 

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Well, Scream 2 was hardly stealth as it was upgraded from a standard release with no 16x9 to a full blown special edition (initially only available in a box set) with commentary and the 16x9 upgrade.
 

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There are copies of John Carpenter's The Thing which say they are anamorphic on the disk, but are the old non-anamorphic transfer. They were available as a promotional item to hype The Thing videogame when it came out (I don't know if DVDs produced for sale had the same thing or not).
 

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There are copies of John Carpenter's The Thing which say they are anamorphic on the disk, but are the old non-anamorphic transfer. They were available as a promotional item to hype The Thing videogame when it came out (I don't know if DVDs produced for sale had the same thing or not).
 

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A bit off topic, but I really wish they would re-do the entire series on DVD.

- Scream isn't 16x9 to my knowledge

- Scream 2 CE is 16x9 (not sure about quality)

- Scream 3 was done in 16x9 before 2 CE (I believe) and is one of the worst 16x9 transfers I've ever seen (tons of shimmer).

If the transfer of 2 CE is good, then they could re-use it.

Otherwise they need to overhaul this entire series on DVD, IMHO.
 

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A bit off topic, but I really wish they would re-do the entire series on DVD.

- Scream isn't 16x9 to my knowledge

- Scream 2 CE is 16x9 (not sure about quality)

- Scream 3 was done in 16x9 before 2 CE (I believe) and is one of the worst 16x9 transfers I've ever seen (tons of shimmer).

If the transfer of 2 CE is good, then they could re-use it.

Otherwise they need to overhaul this entire series on DVD, IMHO.
 

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Yes, Scream is crying for a 16x9 transfer. In fact, it's the only non-anamorphic, widescreen title left on my 'to be replaced' list. Maybe in 2006 we'll get a "Ten Years" re-issue.

Not that it's important, but I considered Scream 2 to be "stealth" as it appeared that Miramax was putting out both the old and the new versions (as a single disc stand-alone) simultaneously. And it was harder to find the new one.

-Reagan
 

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Yes, Scream is crying for a 16x9 transfer. In fact, it's the only non-anamorphic, widescreen title left on my 'to be replaced' list. Maybe in 2006 we'll get a "Ten Years" re-issue.

Not that it's important, but I considered Scream 2 to be "stealth" as it appeared that Miramax was putting out both the old and the new versions (as a single disc stand-alone) simultaneously. And it was harder to find the new one.

-Reagan
 

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Hi everyone-

While this topic is still hot, I have a question
about a Columbia Tri-Star release- U-Turn. I've
had this DVD for a while now, and recently I saw
a different cover art version at Best Buy. My older
DVD doesn't mention a 16x9 transfer on the back, but
the new cover art version says it's anamorphic video.
Was this a stealth re-release? Thanks for your input.
 

Jeff D Han

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Hi everyone-

While this topic is still hot, I have a question
about a Columbia Tri-Star release- U-Turn. I've
had this DVD for a while now, and recently I saw
a different cover art version at Best Buy. My older
DVD doesn't mention a 16x9 transfer on the back, but
the new cover art version says it's anamorphic video.
Was this a stealth re-release? Thanks for your input.
 

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Is your old copy 16x9? CTS has a history of re-releasing catalog titles with new artwork. They also never used to mention anamorphic enhancement, even though almost all of their widescreen discs have been 16x9 since the beginning.
 

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Is your old copy 16x9? CTS has a history of re-releasing catalog titles with new artwork. They also never used to mention anamorphic enhancement, even though almost all of their widescreen discs have been 16x9 since the beginning.
 

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Again, not that it's all that important, but the CE of Scream 2 was released initially in the trilogy box set only (with fanfare stating it was only avaiable thusly), and was not made available individually for a few years. At the time, several on-line shops were breaking up the box set to sell the disc seperately, but it was not an official stand-alone SKU from Disney.
 

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Hi Andrew-

I hope you're right about CTS almost always
released widescreen in 16x9 since the beginning
of DVD, because, like I said in my earlier post, no
mention is made of anamorphic WS. I think it's strange
if CTS re-released the same DVD, but with different
artwork.
 

Todd Stout

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What is going on with Columbia Tri-Star? I have seen quite a few titles that used to have both 16:9 as well as 4:3 transfers that are now 4:3 only. Last Action Hero, About Last Night, and several others that I can't think of off the top of my head. It's quite a shame since most Columbia Tri-Star 16:9 transfers, no matter how old, look great on my 46" Hitachi HDTV.
 
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The Parent Trap (1998) - I remember purchasing this DVD when it was first released and it was not enhanced for 16:9 TV's (a very good transfer nonetheless).

I just purchased a copy at Target that clearly states on the back of the case " Widescreen - Enhanced for 16:9 TV's".
 

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