DVD Review HTF REVIEW: Annie: Special Anniversary Edition

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  1. Mikel_Cooperman

    Mikel_Cooperman Producer

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    Very sad that it is Pan and Scan and that Columbia isnt probably even reading these boards or cares for that matter.

    Idiots.
     
  2. Lance Nichols

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    Shame, Just did a quick check of my recent purchases.

    The last Columbia/Tristar title I purchased was WAY back in October. ALL of my Columbia/Tristar titles are OAR. I had been holding off on buying Annie due to this once rumoured release.

    Guess I just won't buy it period. [​IMG]
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Home Theater Forum recently appeared in a column
    in USA TODAY courtesy of reporter Mike Snyder.

    I am trying to coax Mike into doing a huge story
    about what is happening with some of the studios
    and their disregard for proper aspect ratio.

    Mike seems very interested, and I have directed
    his attention to this thread as well as giving him
    some direction about what MGM and COLUMBIA have been
    doing.

    If only a paper like USA TODAY could do a story
    to help educate the consumer, the results could be
    highly favorable.

    After all, the studios never even took the time
    to educate before they started catering hand and
    foot to (for lack of better word) ignorant consumers.
     
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    I would love to see that article, Ron, keep pushing for it!
     
  5. Adam_WM

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    Oh yeah! I'll buy Annie!... when it comes out in widescreen with DTS!!! [​IMG]
     
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    SONY is now the worst studio as far as DVD output is concerned. They really suck. Shame on them for their lack of respect for movie fans.
     
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    Pan and scan reissues of the following are coming (?):

    BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
    OLIVER!
    LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
    BORN FREE
    GUNS OF NAVARONE
    GANHDI
    FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
    and many more...

    I hope this speculation is completely wrong! [​IMG]
    I am beginning to serious loathe Columbia. Who is the monkey running their Home Video division now?
     
  8. Patrick McCart

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    Who do they expect to buy the pan & scan Lawrence of Arabia?
     
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    Are the original releases going OOP like the WS Annie? That would pretty much clinch the Worst DVD Studio award for Sony in my mind. And that's quite an achievement considering the year Universal's just had.
     
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    Sorry - I was (half) joking. I have seen no information regarding P&S releases of these films... this was only a satirical poke at Columbia, but the way the studio is going I'm not sure it would surprise me to see a few of them announced this way in the future.
     
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    I would have been first in line for this had it been OAR...but I will be staying far, far away from it as it is now....
     
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    Hey, it could happen. They've already reissued a bunch of their early titles in P&S only. Anyone who's been to a Wal-Mart lately has seen them.
     
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    Let's not forget the other issue, Columbia screwed up the original ANNIE release. They misframed it in several scenes. DVDFile did a profile on it when it came out. They were going to release a corrected version, but I don't think they ever got around to it.

    So, they have never really done this title right.
     
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    They did release a corrected version. I have it.
     
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    Sounds great, Ron. I hope it goes forward. Thanks so much, also, for bringing our opinions to people who might be in a position to do something about it. I guess we'll see what happens.
     
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    How can you tell which is which?
     
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    I have the corrected version also.
     
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    This is very disapointing to me. A movie that relies on choreography such as this one is just a joke when you can only see less than half of the numbers. I wouldn't touch this release with a 10' pole. Sickening.[​IMG]
     
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    This is atrocious! No OAR = No Sale. When are they going to realize that the kids are not the ones who want Fullscreen! It's their uninformed parents who are insisting on buying everything Pan & Scan.
     
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    I finally figured out the point of pan & scan releases. If they know that we widescreen/movie enthusiasts will be angry about something on a release, they go ahead an make it pan & scan. The figure that when we discover a problem and tell them where they can stick it .... the pan & scan version will hurt less when they do stick it. See, it's 50% smaller. [​IMG]

    Well, maybe that's not it, but you never know.
     

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