Got screwed while "Good Will Hunting".

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  1. Frank@N

    [email protected] Screenwriter

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    By reading previous threads on this board, I learned that there were two R1 versions of Good Will Hunting (one Letterboxed - one 16x9).

    The 16x9 version apparently does *not* indicate 'widescreen' on the cover and *does* list 'enhanced for 16x9' on the back.

    Simple enough.

    So I buy a copy of the '16x9' version and guess what...it's letterboxed!

    Worse, the catalog number on the disc (#14888) matches the one on the packaging...so I have little grounds for return of opened product.

    What's the deal? Is there really a 16x9 R1 version or is this just another packaging misprint?

    IMDb doesn't seem to support the idea of an R1 16x9 release:

    http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0119217/dvd
     
  2. Deane Johnson

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    Where did you buy it? The 16X9 version is available only in Canada distributed by a company called Alliance. I purchased my copy from DVD Soon. Here's a link to the actual DVD.

    http://www.dvdsoon.com/show-title-details.xml?uid=6705

    The picture shows the "Widescreen" in an arch, but mine is straight across the top with the Title right below it in large letters. Right below that in small letters is the title in French. I don't see "Enhanced for 16X9" anywhere on the box, but mine is.

    The UPC number is 65935 22710

    I pursued the same ridiculous situation as you are and finally succeeded. Why the US version is not Anamorphic is beyond comprehension.

    Hope this helps you a little.

    Deane
     
  3. Frank@N

    [email protected] Screenwriter

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    Bought at a local B&M.

    Thought I was getting the 'newer' release: rectangular banner on front 'Mirmax Collector's Series'.

    Starting to doubt there is a USA 16x9 release.
     
  4. Kyle McKnight

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    I've never heard of the anamorphic one being in the USA.
     
  5. Frank@N

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    A word to the wise: there is no 16x9 USA version of GWH.

    Ignore any packaging statements to the contrary.

    I had seen some of the early comments on this previous thread, but not the latter ones...

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...d+Will+Hunting

    I hopes this prevents any further disappointments.

    Buyer beware.
     
  6. Frank@N

    [email protected] Screenwriter

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    Just a point of clarification:

    The Canadian release is R1, but you would have to order online or go to/be in Canada to get it.
     
  7. TonyD

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    just go to the thread frank posted, read that one, and about 5 or 6 posts down in tthat thread find 2 more.

    these will make it clear that no one has ever found a u.s. version of gwh that is anamorphic, among the many different releases of that dvd.
     
  8. Matthew_Millheiser

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    GWH is not one of those movies you want to have playing in the background while parking the yacht in hair harbor. I recommend "Yentl" or "The Verdict".
     
  9. ZackR

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    I ordered the Canadian version from www.northamericandvd.com

    It's great. [​IMG] I highly recommend it. OK, not perfect great, but still better than the Non-anamorphic US versions.
     
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    "Parking the yacht in hair harbor" is a euphemism for sex.

    Re-read this post's subject.

    Smile, realizing you now get the joke.

    -Vince
     
  13. Frank@N

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    I'm probably going to keep what I've got, since it is the only US domestic release.

    I could try to explain to the B&M clerk that the packaging is in error and the product does not meet my expectations.

    But I've found that most clerks don't understand 16x9 and think it only means OAR/Letterbox.

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    The only mislabeled 16x9 movie I did a forced return on was 'Outland'.

    This was one of the worst transfers I've ever seen.

    Noise and shimmer up the wazoo, and not even 16x9.

    I was glad for the loophole after watching 2 minutes (no, I couldn't even watch the rest of it).

    I really hope they re-transfer that one someday...
     
  14. DaViD Boulet

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    I've been screwed while watching many movies (though not this one)...but I rarely complain...

    [​IMG]

    Now a DVD not being 16x9...that *is* something to complain about!
     
  15. Tim_Stack

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    I just ordered it from Amazon.ca - Canadian version of Amazon.com - got charged in American dollars and it was shipped via DHL - very easy. It is 16x9 Enhanced.

    I really recommend this upgrade - you also get a funny deleted scene with Robin Williams doing a scene as Jack Nicholson.
     
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