Are you asking for opinions on the edition that was done at the same time as the DVD, or the 1987 version? The review link is most likey describing the 1987 edition, which was not remixed from the original stems as the newer edition was.
I'm looking for opinions of the newer disc, or of the Japanese disc from the same time.
Thanks for the help so far, everyone.
What am I missing here? The dvd of Yellow Submarine seems fantastic to me.
I don't believe that the DVD has PCM audio on it.
I don't currently have a DVD player -- my system is set up entirely around sound (my TV is a 29" Hitachi from the late 80s, aging not so gracefully), and I do not wish to sacrifice sound that I can (and do) appreciate now for a video improvement I may appreciate later. When I upgrade to an anamorphic capable TV or when my want-list of titles unavailable on LD but available on DVD reaches critical mass, then I'll revisit DVD, but for now I'm an LD junkie. Gimme that two channel PCM! Mmm mmm.
I should probably just preface every LD question with this explanation to avoid the obligatory "why not just buy the DVD" question.
Michael, even the 1987 recalled LD has 'improved' audio, since (as far as I recall) the film was originally released in mono, and that LD has the songs dropped in in stereo. I suppose I'm looking for the best "bad" disc. I've heard that the mono sections of the 1987 disc are pretty murky.
Is the LD PCM track the ORIGINAL track, or a downmix from the 'improved' 5.1 mix?
The disc shown here: Link Removed shows a Dolby Digital logo and a "Multi-Audio" logo. I would assume the digital tracks have a 2-channel version of the 5.1 mix and possibly the commentary on the analog channel without AC3? Perhaps the single analog track carries the original mono soundtrack.