Life of Brian...comparison between Criterion and Anchor Bay releases

Jeff Swearingen

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I have a friend at work who wants to get Life of Brian. I've got the Anchor Bay version (it was the only one I could find when I got it). Can anyone point me to a comparison of the Criterion and Anchor Bay discs so I can tell her which to get? (I might also upgrade if it looks justified)
 

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Criterion has better extras. The transfers are identical.

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Isn't Anchor Bay releasing their own special edition later in the year? After the theatrical re-release?



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The CC disc is anamorphic, the AB disc is not. Did you mean that the source is identical?
 

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Then I stand corrected. I thought all the Anchor Bay/Criterion releases were identical transfers up until the new Time Bandits came out.
 

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I myself upgraded solely for the 16:9 transfer. I think it's worth it if you have a 16:9 set, but obviously there's a big price difference.
 

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I've got 'em both; the Criterion for the extras and the Anchor Bay for the correct aspect ration (1.85:1, the Criterion disc is in 1.78:1 but is also anamorphic).
 

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You honestly keep an extra copy for that little 1.77:1->1.85:1 difference? It's not really that big of a deal when you work overscan into it.
 

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I suspect it also just means there's a little less matting involved. The Criterion high-def transfer was completely supervised and approved by the director Terry Jones.
 

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