Fifth Element: regular or Superbit?

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  1. Tom Martin

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    everyone says how awesome this movie is for HT, but which version? and is there really that much difference between the regular and superbit versions? and if there is, what is it?
     
  2. Colin Jacobson

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    I don't think there's a HUGE difference, but the SB version is a little better. Since you don't lose extras, might as well go with it...
     
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    Correct me if I am incorrect, but isn't there a fantastic Region 2 Super Special Edition that has been rumored for Region 1 for a little while?
     
  4. Jay Blair

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    I just pre-ordered the 2 disc special edition that is due out in England in a few weeks. I do not know the list of extras.

    The SuperBit version is better, but not by much. A little more detail. This is the version I would also recommend for the same reason Colin gives, plus you get the DTS soundtrack.
     
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    DVDbeaver.com has a great screenshot comparison between the all of the Fifth Element releases.
     
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    I say superbit as well. The DTS alone is worth it.
     
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    Not to mention the lack of P&S version [​IMG]
     
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    Man, that Region 2, Pathe 2-disc SE PAL version looks terrible. That's one of the more striking comparisons I've seen at DVDBeaver. The Region 1 Superbit blows it away.
     
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    If you have a large screen, it is a *very* noticeable difference. As Bjoern states in his review and comparisons in the link above, "the difference isn't subtle," and I agree 100%. The DTS track is also exceptional and bests the DD option.

    My $.02,
     
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    Agreed.

    On a large-screen system, the superbit version looks so much like HD that your casual viewers will say "Wow...HD really *does* look better than DVD!".

    As someone else pointed out, the DTS is worth it alone, but the improvement in visible detail is a real advantage for someone with a revealing video system.
     
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    I don't care whether your on a 32" or 104" projection the Superbit is far superior. A demo disk for many here at HTF.

    About time this question gets its' own spot in the HTF Primer and FAQ, huh? [​IMG]
     
  13. Darren Haycock

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    Yeah, considering that the regular release has absolutely no extras, just go with the Superbit, more bang for your buck.
     
  14. Felix Martinez

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    Just like Bram Stoker's Dracula - another fantastic Superbit upgrade.
     
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    I don't even care for the film, but the disc certainly is a must-have for strutting your home-theater stuff. And as Zen notes, it doesn't matter what size screen you have — the Superbit edition clearly is superior. Definitely high on the eye- and ear-candy.
     
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    Awww, jack!

    The Film RULES...!!! "Multipass..."
     
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    I've owned both versions (yes the film DOES rule). After being used to the regular, the SB version just blows it away. BIG difference in picture quality, that people will easily think is high def.

    Obviously, any improvement in PQ is going to be more appearent with a larger display (I'm using 108" screen). But I waited a long time to replace my old version with the SB, and the upgrade was worth every penny.
     
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