No "Spaceballs" SE for 2002?

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  1. Nicholas Vargo

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    I am getting very frustrated about waiting for the special edition of "Spaceballs". It is almost fall and no announcement. From the looks of what is rumored this December, it looks as if it isn't coming this year. Has there been some sort of new target date for the movie in 2003? Let me know.
     
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    All the titles for December have not even been announced yet. The Producers is slated for December 3rd, 2002 but no details have been officially announced at this time.
     
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    I think this time around they should call it, Space Balls The DVD. It was called Space Balls The Movie in the theater and the first video release was called Space Balls The Video. They should have done that on the first DVD release.

    Not a huge deal but it would be cool.



    Jeff
     
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    I keep seeing the original disc around at low prices and am tempted to buy it but have heard some bad things so I will probably wait for a special edition.
     
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    What's so bad about the one that is out there? I thought it WAS a Special Edition.

    The only thing that I didn't really care for, was the Mel Brooks Commentary. I'd like to think that either they caught him on a bad day, or that it was too early in the morning or something. Rather than the fact that he's fading fast :/..
     
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    Don't forget about Spaceballs - The Laserdisc (the original MGM release).

    Rather than simply matting the well-composed full-frame version, they realigned the Super35 frame and overscanned it for the widescreen version - this resulted in lost opportunities, especially the gag about Princess Vespa's "old" nose on the widescreen side,
     
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    Every Mel Brooks commentary I've heard has been terrible. And it IS called Spaceballs: The DVD

    Check out the menus
     
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    The DVD has the same problem with Vespa's nose. That's the only problem I have with it.
     
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    Nose thing here too.

    Anyway, I think they should call it "Spaceballs: The Special Edition DVD".

    Hey, the current release isn't even anamorphic, is it?

    I agree that Brooks's commentary was pretty bad. There were times when he would sit for quite a while without saying anything and just chuckle at the jokes.

    Basically, the current release just has a commentary (lousy), a glossed-over documentary (recycled) and a trailer. At least the menus were funny.

    I would buy a good special edition.
     
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    I remember that Vespa's original nose was quite ugly, but what's this "lost opportunity"? Explain.
     
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    The framing on the DVD ruins the:

    "...her old nose!" joke.

    The audience doesn't get a very good look at what her nose originally looked like on this disc.

    The framing on the DVD is 1.85:1, while the intended framing is 1.95:1.
     
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    the dvd is just exactly what was on the laser.
     
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    No. The photo of Vespa's nose is on the extreme right of the screen. Apparently, the film was 1.95:1 theatrically, but the DVD and laser disc were (for some reason) cropped to 1.85:1, cutting off Vespa's nose and ruining the gag.
     
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    The film was shot Super35 but framed at 1.95:1 then cropped to 1.85:1 for the DVD & laserdisc. This framing was then pan & scanned for the "standard television" versions of the film.

    The mattes were never opened to change the AR of the film.
     
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    Who else hopes that the cover of an eventual SE will resemble the cover of Dark Helmet's copy of "Spaceballs: The Videocassette!"
     
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    Oh sh*t! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Jean-Michel. I love Spaceballs. I was thinking of Scorpion King when I posted this. Obviously I made a boo-boo as I love Spaceballs. That comment was not meant for Spaceballs.
     

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