Is Good Will Hunting Anamorphic?

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  1. Perry Jonkheer

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    anyone??
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    Region 1 is not.
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    Nope...
    Both of the American versions are non-anamorphic, but the Canadian version (Alliance) is anamorphic.
    Also the Canadian as one extra deleted scene (Robin Williams impersonating Jack Nicholson)
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  4. Perry Jonkheer

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    Thanks guys. That really is a shame. I was going to buy it. Now, I don't know.
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    Just order it from a Canadian DVD retailer, it's R1 anamorphic.
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    However, I do believe that the Canadian release is not a true anamorphic transfer, it was taken from the US non-anamorphic release and made anamorphic. I think DVDFile has a report of this somewhere.
     
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    Does the Canadian edition have all the same special features? (In addition to the one extra scene, of course.)
     
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    Perry, do you have a 16x9 TV or a 4x3 that can do 16x9 squeeze?
    Ive found alot of people complain when a movie isnt anamorphic, yet they dont have anything that can take advantage of it....yes, one day you might upgrade, but it all comes down to how much you like the movie.
     
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    The Canadian version of Good Will Hunting has the same added-value material as the Miramax Collector's Series.
    It also has these Canadian exclusives:
    Added-Value Materials
    >1 Additional Deleted Scene
    >Cast Biographies
    >Television Spots
    >Reversable Cover Art(French or English)
    Specifications
    >Widescreen Version
    -Enhanced for 16:9 TVs
    >Dolby Digital
    -French 5.1 Surround
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  11. Kyle McKnight

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    HenrikTull...
    Concerning the anamorphic version, I was able to find the Good Will Hunting review at DVDFile.com where they do compare the video transfers, and they say the anamorphic one wins hands down for best looking. Here's a quote, is this what you were thinking of?
     
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    HenrikTull...
    I think I found what you actually were talking about. I quote the following in a Special Report from DVDFile.com.
     
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    It's been a long time, but I seem to recall some sources saying that the Canadian version used a Japanese transfer. Is there a Japanese version? Is it anamorphic?
    Frankly I don't trust Miramax's testimony on this matter(especially the hearsay version) since this came at a time when Alliance was cannibalizing their sales with superior editions of the same films (Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting).
     
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    Thanks Kyle, yes that was exaclty what I was thinking about, the special report thing. Glad you found it.
     
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    Mike,
    Yes, I do have a 4x3 that is capable of the squeeze. I have one of the new FS13 Wega's.
    Thanks.
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    I have reviews of both the non-enhanced Miramax edition and the enhanced version from Alliance. You can find the reviews in the "Archive" section of Obi's Reviews , but the short and sweet is, I believe the Alliance disc is sourced from a true 16:9 master. I have seen a "faked" 16:9 transfer from a 4:3 letterboxed source and I see none of the artifacts that go with this sort of processing in the Alliance disc.
     
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    Yes, there is a Region 2 Japan anamorphic release of Good Will Hunting. I also have the U.S. (non-anamorphic) and Canada (anamorphic) versions. When the issue came up I spent a fair amount of time doing the three way comparison. The Japan and Canadian anamorphic transfers appear identical and demonstrate slightly better fine detail that can be seen in lettering and blades of grass, for example. All Miramax releases in Japan have been anamorphic from their first release. This includes Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Scream, English Patient, etc. My viewing was on 36 inch 16x9 Sony. On a bigger screen, the difference should be easier to see. The early Fox and Miramax releases were, in my opinion, some of the better non-anamorphic transfers.
     
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    in 2 seperate threads over at dvdtalk people a claiming that it now is 16x9.
    anyone here find this to be true?
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    Can anyone confirm that it has been upgraded to anamorphic video?

    I remember a couple of months back someone stated that they had picked up "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" at Best Buy & it had on the back of the cover that it was anamorphic. I was ready to go out & rebuy that title for that reason.

    He got the disc home & put it in the player & it was the same non-anamorphic disc. It turns out the back cover was wrong about the 16x9 enhancement.

    I wish Disney would re-release alot of their early titles in anamorphic video that previously were not. I would rebuy them for the extra resolution on my 16x9 T.V.
     
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    People.
    This debate was ended long ago. BV claimed that the aliance version was "fake 16x9" to make them look better for having shafted us with a 4x3 lbxed DVD in the US.
    The Alliance turned around and said that BV was WRONG, and that they had prepared a real 16x9 master from the source film elements.
    It's a real 16x9 transfer
    (the Canadian R1 Aliance version) as dvdfile's review (and others) have demonstrated.
     

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