Free DVD from Canadian Pizza Hut - Weekend at Bernies review

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Jonathan Dagmar, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. Jonathan Dagmar

    Jonathan Dagmar Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    723
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    You may or may not be aware that Pizza huts in Canada (or in BC at least?) are offering one of three DVDs with two medium pizzas. Choices are Weekend at Bernies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Lost in Space. The movies are published by Alliance Atlantis

    I do not know if these are identical transfers as the retail versions, but if they are then the retail version of Weekend at Bernies transfer must really suck.....

    The film comes in a paper sleeve, which features both the Alliance Atlantis and Pizza Hut logos. Ditto for the disc itself, some really ugly silk screening here.

    The movie is presetned in Foolscreen, which is certainly not a surprise considering that they are being given away free to any moron who orders a pizza. I am sure Pizza Hut doesn't want to deal with the anti-balck bars crowd. The picture quality is pretty terrible. It definitely is higher resolution that VHS, but nowhere near what DVD should be. I would say it looks like a mediocre laser disc on a crappy player. The real problems however are the washed out colours and the fact that the picture bounces up and down constantly throughout the entire film (I didn't watch it, but I viewed the first bit from every chapter.) There is a forced trailer for the Mask 2 at the beginging of the disc (which doesn't look too great, IMO) that can only be skipped by FF.

    The audio is in DD 2.0 only. There are unsurprisingly no special features.

    This is worth the price I paid, but even so I am happy to have it, because I like the movie just slightly less than enough to actually buy it.
     
  2. Tin-Lun Lau

    Tin-Lun Lau Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2003
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    is this offer in Toronto as well?
    i wanna go check pizza hut if they're doing this as well. i have the retail version of Ninja Turtles to compare it to.
     
  3. Lou Sytsma

    Lou Sytsma Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 1998
    Messages:
    5,888
    Likes Received:
    374
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Lou Sytsma
    Tin - I've seen the commercials here in the GTA so the promotion is most likely here as well.
     
  4. Jeremy Allin

    Jeremy Allin Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2001
    Messages:
    895
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ah crap, I didn't realize that Weekend at Bernie's was MAR. The same goes for Ninja Turtles and Lost in Space as well I'd imagine?

    I was going to go for these, but not now.
     
  5. Paul_Stachniak

    Paul_Stachniak Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Messages:
    1,303
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    My friend picked up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The quality of the video source was horrible. Dirt everywhere. Had the print been cleaner, and fixed up it might be something to cry home about. Otherwise its just a free movie, with a pizza.
     
  6. Jeff Jacobson

    Jeff Jacobson Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2001
    Messages:
    2,116
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    So it sounds as if you should just use them as pizza cutters.

    They had a similar thing here in the US a while ago, but with different movies. My brother got Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, which had "black bars" on the top and bottom, so I assume it was OAR.
     
  7. Jonathan Dagmar

    Jonathan Dagmar Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2002
    Messages:
    723
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I wouldn't assume that Lost on Space and Turtles are MAR, but I would say it's a good bet given the target audience...

    Weekend at Bernies was a terrible print, if I didn't make that clear, but the real porblem was the picture bobbing up and down constantly.

    My feeling is that if you want pizza anyway, get the movies, but don't go out of your way for them.

    Would be very curious to know how they compare to retail versions.
     
  8. Tin-Lun Lau

    Tin-Lun Lau Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2003
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    heh...my retail version of Ninja turtles was also fullscreen as well as OAR. guess i'll pick that up tomorrow
     
  9. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 1999
    Messages:
    4,380
    Likes Received:
    268
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Did they cut out the Domino's product-placement in Ninja Turtles? [​IMG]
     
  10. Frank Grimes

    Frank Grimes Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    260
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I was wondering the same thing, but wasn't 100% certain that it wasn't Pizza Hut or some faux place that they had delivered.
     
  11. Stephen_J_H

    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2003
    Messages:
    5,598
    Likes Received:
    880
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    North of the 49th
    Real Name:
    Stephen J. Hill
    This sounds like the same sort of deal AA had with Kellogg's a few months back. I got an MAR and edited version of The Mask in 2.0 in that one. Makes a nice coaster. [​IMG]
     
  12. DavidPla

    DavidPla Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2004
    Messages:
    2,357
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Well, I was tempted to order those 2 medium pizzas for the TMNT DVD... but if it is only in foolscreen, no deal. Is it for sure in FS, or maybe double sided (doubt it!)
     
  13. Zachary Cohen

    Zachary Cohen Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2004
    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Papa John's is also now doing this promotion with "Weekend at Bernie's", "Don Juan De Marco", and "Trial and Error".

    The DVDs are in full screen but - get this - the commercial (including the shots of the pizza) for the promotion is in widescreen. (Looks to be around 2:35:1)
     
  14. Jeremy Allin

    Jeremy Allin Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2001
    Messages:
    895
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I've seen the Pizza Hut TMNT DVD. It is fullscreen only/2.0 sound and poor quality. Same washed out look as Weekend at Bernie's and much of it looked overly dark.

    Oh and the Domino's product placement is still there! [​IMG]
     

Share This Page