Just watched the Abyss on DVD... Couple questions.

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  1. jeff lam

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    First of all, I couldn't get the Dolby Digital track. The DVD case says 5.1 Dolby which usually means DD 5.1. When I went to audio options they only had the dolby surround option. Was this a misprint on the DVD case/cover?

    Second, I knew the movie isn't anamorphic but I found it funny that the menu and FBI warning was anamorphic. Why?
     
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    AFAIK, Fox wanted an anamorphic transfer, but also wanted Lightstorm to pay for it, which they wouldn't.

    I've never heard that one was actually done.

    I could be wrong though.

    Joel
     
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    Many of the early Fox DVDs had anamorphic FBI warnings or menu screens, while the feature itself was non-anamorphic. Stupid, but true.
     
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    Maybe. Just what I heard. [​IMG]
     
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    It's the one disc version but I bought it here in the US. It clearly states 5.1 on the back. When I couldn't find the 5.1 track in the menu I knew I would be comming here to ask you guys.
     
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    Only version I read at the time of release (here I believe) was that the transfer was not approved by JC, hence letterboxed. blah blah blah.
     
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    I think perhaps some people are confusing "anamorphic" with films shot with an anamorphic lens (which usually are 2.39:1 films).

    Except The Abyss is Super 35, so who knows. Anyway, the DVD case says anamorphic because the menus are anamorphic.
     
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    FYI two versions of the 2-disk set were initially available in Canada (from what I remember when I bought mine at Walmart). One had the 5.1ENG track and the other had dropped the 5.1ENG and replaced it with a 2.0ENG and 2.0FRE. I remember both configs being on the shelf at the time I bought it.

    I believe you must have the French Canadian version...

    Later,
     
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    Just to clarify Neil's comment about it being technically 4.1, in the live chat Van Ling says:

     
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    Here's what I remember of the brouhaha:

    An anamorphic transfer was created for the DVD release, but it was done without Lightstorm's input. This transfer was apparently significantly different in color correction from the director-approved transfers made for the special edition release (all completed on film, btw).

    It was decided to use the non-anamorphic letterbox tranfer created for the laserdisc release for the 2-disc DVD. If I'm not mistaken, they at least chose to go to the digital master for the DVD, as opposed to the downconversion used for the LD box set.
     
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