Packaging Misprints

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  1. david kaplan

    david kaplan Auditioning

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    I just purchased the the Polygram special edition of "Dead Man Walking." The packaging says that the version is anamorphic, but when I played the DVD, its was definitely non-anamorphic. There was no choice in the menu to choose a different widescreen version. I think the packaging is incorrect.

    This is not the first time a misprint on DVD packaging has caught me. I've also purchased 20th Century Fox's release of "The Abyss" where the packaging claimed 5.1 channel sound but when the movie started, all I got was 2.1 channel.

    I've now learned that misprints are fairly well known in the DVD community. Does anybody know of a list that has been compiled of DVD packaging misprints so that I can avoid this problem in the future?

    If not, should we start one here?
     
  2. Tom Tsai

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    I don't know of a list but here're my encounters:

    Antz (DTS) - new packaging says that it has both DTS, DD5.1, and all the extras of the DD only version. It also says that it's a dual layered disc. Wrong. The disc is exactly the same as the old DTS disc. It even says single layered on the disc art.

    Good Will Hunting - I've heard the repackaging of the US version says that it's anamorphic but is not.
     
  3. ShaunS

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    My Criterion dvd of Seven Samurai had a misprinted cover. I emailed them about it and just received a correct one in the mail today! The photographs on the misprint were pixilated beyond recognition.

    ShaunS
     
  4. Tom Tsai

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    ^ really? Mine's the same too...I thought that's the way it's supposed to be. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Jonathan White

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    On the Lost in Space region 2 packaging it states the ratio is 16:9 when in fact it is 2.35:1
     
  7. Dan Rudolph

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    Blade 2's packaing state the AR is 2.35:1 when it's actually 1.85. Earth Girls are Easy is the other way around.
     
  8. Jesse Skeen

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    The Abyss also says Enhanced For Widescreen TVs but it isn't (the menus are though).
    Most discs from Diamond Entertainment say they're digitally remastered and restored, but clearly aren't. [​IMG]
     
  9. BooneG

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    Johnathan,

    Huh? 2.35:1 movies can be in 16:9.

    Also, the packaging for Black Mask 2 says the movie is in 1.85:1, but the disc is 2.35:1. Also a reviewer over at DVDtalk says in his review that the movie is in 1.85.
     
  10. Bill GrandPre

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    It's not a technical detail but the "Raising Arizona" insert has the pictures of Joel and Ethan Coen reversed next to their bios.
     
  11. Chris_Morris

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    Disney's Jungle 2 Jungle states that it is fullscreen, when it is really widescreen. Not sure about anamorphic or not.


    Chris
     
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  13. Dan Rudolph

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    If a movie has an AR of 178, it will say 1.78 on the packaging. If it says 16:9 enhanced (or something along those lines), it means the picture is anamorphic. The AR could be pretty much anything over 1.66.
     
  14. Malcolm R

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    Johnathan's post, questioned by BooneG, specifically referred to the aspect ratio of the film. It said nothing about anamorphic enhancement.

     
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  17. Simon Basso

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    Thanks Damin. What a gyp! So was it a 5.1 French and 2.0 English Surround? I don't know much about Canada; is the French-speaking community in the majority?
     
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    The Hand that Rocks the Cradle and Metro BOTH say they are 16x9 and they are not
     
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    My Halloween H20 back cover boasts an audio commentary by Jamie Lee Curtis and director Steve Miner when in fact there is no such thing.
     
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    A&E's Pride & Prejudice SE DVD set says 2.35:1 on the package, but it's really 1.78:1.
     

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