Help! New Waterford Girl DVD aspect ratio?1

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  1. JasonPritchett

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    DVD Empire has it listed as 1.33:1, but Amazon and Image Entertainment list it as "widescreen." I pre-ordered this from Deep Discount DVD, but now I'm concerned that I be getting a cropped version. Can anyone confirm the aspect ratio of the DVD from Wellspring/Fox Lorber that comes out next week? (Apparently, there's a Canadian version of the DVD already in release)
     
  2. Jason Whyte

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    The Canadian DVD from Alliance Atlantis is also 1.33:1, hot in the day of Alliance doing full-frame transfers. So most likely the Fox Lorber version is just a port from that one. If Alliance released this disc NOW, it would be at its correct 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio and 16x9 enhanced. Arghhhh......
    Alliance did say at one point they wanted to go back and fix this one and "Croupier," which is also full frame, but nothing has come of that since.
    Jason
     
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  4. Jason Whyte

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    I don't have the exact specs for the US release, but I'd imagine if its full frame, then it would be a port from the Alliance release, that's all.
    If it is 16x9 or 4:3 letterbox, I'll be importing a copy for sure!
    Jason
     
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    Image Entertainment's website has these specs:
    Audio Format: 5.1 Dolby Digital
    Screen Format: Widescreen
    16x9: Yes
    Special Features: Trailer; Filmography
    I hope they're right. [​IMG]
    Here's the cover art:
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Jason Whyte

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    I sure hope they are right too! If so, it's time to import when available! [​IMG]
    Jason
     
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    Has anyone checked this yet? I looked at the back cover on DVD Planet, but it didn't indicate the aspect ratio from what I could see.

    The back cover did list the special features, though:

    5.1 mix

    Trailer

    Filmographies

    Featurette
     
  8. Jason Whyte

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    Funny, I was just thinking about this thread earlier today. Also waiting for news on the US release.
    Jason
     
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    I stuck my neck out and ordered it from DDD. I will report when it arrives (it has shipped, which means I'll get it by the end of next week...darned media mail).

    Ted
     
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    I have a review copy here, and the Wellspring version is NOT anamorphic, though it is 1.85 and 5.1.- my review is coming soon. This is one I'd like to see Criterion take on, what a great flick!
     
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    Wasn't Jailbait made for TV?
    I love Pump Up the Volume and Empire Records (wish the DVD would've at least included some of the deleted scenes). I'll have to check out X Change and Times Square, which is currently on sale for $6.99 at K-Mart with a slew of other Anchor Bay titles.
    Thanks for the recommendations, Ted. [​IMG]
     
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    I FINALLY got my New Waterford Girl DVD last night and had a chance to watch a few minutes of the movie & the featurette.
    As Jeff said, the transfer is NOT anamorphic, and pretty bad even for a non-anamorphic transfer at that. New Wellspring, meet old Fox-Lorber [​IMG] The featurette is a typically uninformative piece of fluff (though worth it just to see what Allan Moyle looks like -- not what I pictured, that's for sure...)
    In spite of the bad transfer, I would still recommend getting this DVD, especially if you haven't had a chance to see New Waterford Girl -- it is such a great movie, it is worth putting up with the bad transfer.
    Ted
     
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    I watched this again the other night, and while the transfer isn't great it isn't THAT bad (compared to some of the discs I've had to review lately which I've seen Quicktime movies with a better image). This is one title I hope Criterion scoops up though, as I'd love to have a perfect version. This is in my top 5 films of this year already, it is simply brilliant.

    I thought the making of was better than average, not just a "it was great to work with bla bla bla, he is brilliant" piece. There was some informative stuff from the writer, director and cast.
     
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    Jeff,
    Maybe I've just been luckier than you in terms of the quality of the stuff I've watched lately, but it did suffer in comparison. For instance, the non-anamorphic Image DVD of Jacques Rivette's Bande des quatre (Gang of Four) was way better. Granted in this case the source material didn't look all that great.
    I agree with you that the making of was better than average, but the "average" I just turn off after 30 seconds. I keep wishing for something of the quality of Moyle's Times Square commentary.
    I'm glad you liked the movie as much as I did.
    Ted
     
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    I think my review of this is going up tonight. While I'm not saying there isn't substantial room for improvement, the disc is far from unwatchable. I didn't see this in theatres, so I'm assuming that grey overcast look is intentional, but I could have done without the compression issues or aliasing. The soundtrack is great.

    This was easily one of the best films I've seen in recent times, and caught me offguard like Careful, He Might Hear You did - a superbly crafted film, with excellent performances, and a near perfect construction.

    I'm curious as to how well a lot of the Canadianisms played to audiences outside the country, as there are a lot of in-jokes in this film.

    I would love to have commentary on this, not just from Moyle but also from the cast.
     
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    I thought it clever that in the documentary they show what Mooney's dad is referring to in the "this ain't the Legion" line. [​IMG]
    I agree that this wasn't made to be a stereotypical Canadian film, and both lead actresses were excellent. I also liked that they cast sisters for Mooney's sisters, they had some great lines "I'm top up only" or the advice on lot 11.
    There are so many priceless moments in this film.
     
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    Personally, my favourite line was

    "You fuckin' Ontario lesbo bitch!"

    which had us on the floor of the theatre.

    What a great movie. And ya gatta love Nicholas Campbell. Hey, anyone heard anything regarding a video release of DaVinci's Inquest? I'd buy that.
     
  20. Jeff Ulmer

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    Aaron, yes, that too was hilarious. [​IMG]
    Has anyone seen Margaret's Museum? The comments on IMDB reference this in relation to NWG.
     

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