HARD TIMES IN WIDESCREEN ?

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  1. T r o y

    T r o y Supporting Actor

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    Is this movie available or any info. on when this title starring Charles Bronson will be released in widescreen ? I don't want to view it in the pan and scan version .

    Any info. appreciated .
     
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    Hard Times was a victim of Sony's rerelease pan and scan wave a couple years ago, when they took many of their dual-sided discs (widescreen on one, pan and scan on the other) and reissued them as pan and scan only,

    Try eBay
     
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    andrew,
    dvdplanet.com has this title and it mentions "enhanced for 16x9" televisions. i wonder if this version is the one that includes both versions on the same disc? if so, i'll buy.
    Hard Times
    http://www.dvdplanet.com/details.cfm?info=03063DVD

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    Retail: $14.95
    Our Price: $9.95
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    Enhanced for 16x9 Rating: PG (MPAA)
    94 minutes; Color Language:
    Original: English
    Subtitled: English
    Closed Captioned: English
    Subtitled: Korean
    Dubbed: Portuguese
    Subtitled: Portuguese - Spanish - Thai - Chinese

    Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    UPC: 043396030633

    Year of Release: 1975
    Item Number: COL003063
    Release Date: 04/06/1999


    Genre:
    - Action/Adventure -
    Keyword:
    - Action - Adventure - Drama - Classic Fight Scenes - Theatrical Release -



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    Description:
    Writer-director Hill's first feature is a picturesque action film about a bareknuckle streetfighter (Bronson) who drifts into Depression-era New Orleans and hooks up with a small-time gambler. The gambler takes over the boxer's career, arranging illegal fights and involving him in a scheme to fleece some gangsters. Hill's eye for atmosphere combined with Bronson's best tough-guy role makes for a winning combination.


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    Region 1

    Keep Case

    Full Frame - 1.33

    Additional Release Material:

    Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer.

    Interactive Features:

    Interactive Menus

    Scene Selections
     
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    Don't bother. I'm sure they only have the P&S version and have just not updated their website. The reissues contain the same UPC code as the earlier flipper discs. Any merchant selling new copies at this point most likely has the current P&S only version. You'll just end up having to return it.

    As Andrew said, try ebay or Amazon marketplace and look for a used one. Ask the seller in advance to confirm that the disc has both versions as most sellers would not have a clue when they listed it that there were two releases of this. You'll have to wade through a ton of mass-market sellers with generic listings, but you may get lucky and find a seller who actually has it. I found a HARD TIMES this way and got it for $5 in perfect shape. Good luck!
     
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    Sony recently reissued the anamorphic widescreen version of BITE THE BULLET (in a dual release with THE QUICK AND THE DEAD), which had been withdrawn years earlier in favor of the budget P/S edition. This shows that this Sony policy is not irreversible, although HARD TIMES itself has yet to be reissued in widescreen.
     
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    "Hard Times" qualified for the $5.50 bin at Wal-Mart about two years ago, and I think the occasional copy can still be found there. I've seen "Hard Times" and "Bite the Bullet" in the bin in P&S and widescreen versions, but you've really got to dig deep (almost literally) to find the widescreen copies.
     
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    how can you tell a flipper version of Hard Times by looking at the back cover ? Any difference between the dual version and just the full screen version ?

    thanks
    troy.
     
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    Dan McW,

    Can you tell me how I can differentiate the back cover between the widescreen version and the full screen only versions of HARD TIMES ?

    I've looked at ebay and Amazon with no luck, If anyone knows where I can purchase a widescreen copy of Hard Times , Please Please let me know.

    Regards,
    Troy .
     
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    dupe post.
     
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    The original Columbia flipper release indicates on the back cover in a small box that "Side A is the widescreen version. Side B is the full-frame version." or words to that effect. The reissue version simply states full-frame 1.33:1 on the back cover. Even though Sony didn't feel the need to change the UPC code on the two versions, at least they did adjust the tech info on the back cover.
     
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    JeffMc,
    Thanks for clearing that up for me. That helps alot. Now if i could just find a copy online somewhere I would be set.
    I'm going to check three of my local Walmart discount bins and see if I can come up with one as well.

    Peace !
     

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