Mask of Zorro: Original vs. SE vs. SB

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  1. Aaron Garman

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    Hello all. I decided to pop in my Mask of Zorro DVD tonight. I had forgotten how great the AV presentation is. I was curious if the SE or the SB really improve in this area. The colors on this just seem to pop out. The audio is very dynamic and directional as well. Any thoughts?

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  2. Dan Hitchman

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    If you have the original, DD-only version I would spring for the SuperBit Deluxe version.

    The DTS audio is even better than the DD, and that's saying a lot since both the SE and SB's use a higher bitrate for DD than the previous barebones release.

    Basically, except for the lack of the commentary and the needlessly included pan&scan version, the SuperBit version is the same as the special edition, but with the supplements over on the second disc rather than with the movie.

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  3. Aaron Garman

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    Thanks for the info. I'll have to think about it. With so many other DVD's out, and the fact that I'm in college, one must spend money wisely. But I'm such a sucker for killer DTS tracks. I bought Stargate on DTS laserdisc because I found it for $8 locally. Haven't finished it yet, any thoughts on this one?

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    From what I remember reading in previous posts, the original Mask of Zorro DVD had a better image quality than the SE because they crammed way too much on the disc. The Superbit is probably the best video presentation of the movie. Since it's also a Superbit Deluxe, and therefore has the same special features, there really is no reason to even consider getting the SE unless you desperately want the commentary and the P&S version. As a matter of fact, I believe the extras disc for the Superbit is the same disc that comes with the SE; even the disc art is the same.
     
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    I haven't actually seen the SB, but I can say that it wouldn't be the same disc as the SE. I fact, I've never understood exactly what they were thinking when they designed the SE. The first disc has the widescreen version of the film, with DTS and commentary, and all of the special features. The second disc has the full screen version of the disc, with DTS and commentary, but none of the extras. I never had any reason to even put the second disc in my player, so I made a color copy of the cover, stuck it in an extra keepcase I had lying around and gave it to my 6 year old nephew. (Don't worry, I am teaching him the importance of OAR, but like I said, I had no other use for the disc.) I guess my point is that at this point the SuperBit would probably be the way to go, although the SE might be cheaper. My display isn't good enough to justify it myself.
     
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    I also was surprised to find that the second disc in the SE only had the full screen version and NO extras. Since I put my DVDs in jewel cases, I moved the artwork into a regular keep case, inserted the second disc and mailed it to my in-laws.

    I haven't seen the original or the SB, so I can't comment on relative quality.
     
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    I would highly recommend the true original version of this story, made in 1940 with Tyrone Power in gorgeous black and white - coming soon from Fox.
     
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    I was going to say the same thing, Ken. Fairbanks was, after all, the actor who created Zorro on screen.

    From my write-up a year ago, when the Kino disc came out:

     

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