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R1 Croupier on March 9?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by PaulaJ, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. PaulaJ

    PaulaJ Supporting Actor

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    Did I miss a thread on this?

    Amazon and DVDPlanet (haven't checked elsewhere) are both listing Croupier to be released on March 9, 2004.

    The specs both say widescreen, but nothing about anamorphic or 16:9... which would be a disappointment if it's not.

    It's being released by Image.
     
  2. PaulaJ

    PaulaJ Supporting Actor

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    Replying to my own post...

    I just checked Image's website and their Croupier page says it's NOT an anamorphic transfer.

    And there are no special features.

    So the one still to get is the R2 anamorphic transfer with commentary by director Mike Hodges.
     
  3. Marc_Sulinski

    Marc_Sulinski Supporting Actor

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    They may be reusing the transfer that was done for Netflix, which was non-anamorphic widescreen.
     
  4. ZacharyTait

    ZacharyTait Cinematographer

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    I saw this today while going through DVDPriceSearch.com's upcoming releases list. Interestingly enough, some of the sites listed it as 4:3, others 16:9. I hope it's anamorphic widescreen. If not, I'll still be satisfied with my R1 Netflix copy that I bought on eBay months ago.
     
  5. Marc_Sulinski

    Marc_Sulinski Supporting Actor

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    I have a suspicion that it will be the same transfer from the letterboxed Netflix DVD. While not anamorphic, at least it is in widescreen.

    Edit: Oops, I already posted the same thing 2 posts up.
     
  6. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    Got an early copy of this. I don't know what the Netflix pressing looked like (in terms of menus, etc.), but while the PQ is decent, this is as bare-bones as it gets-- not even a main menu! All you get are scene selections and a non-anamorphic WS presentation of the film.
     
  7. Kenneth_C

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    Since Image did the Netflix version originally, the fact that it is exactly the same is not surprising. Seems like all they did was take the Netflix logo off the label.
     
  8. MikeM

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    This should be the list of the official specs found here.

    Croupier (DVD)
    Year: 1998
    Length: 94 minutes
    Rating: Not Rated
    MSRP: $ 19.99
    Status: Active
    Release Date: 3/9/2004
    Pre-Order Date: 1/27/2004
    Studio: Image
    Catalog Number: ID0596SLDVD
    UPC: 014381059625
    Studio: Image Entertainment
    Main Genre: Mystery/Suspense
    Sub Genre: British Cinema

    DVD Features:
    Audio Format: 5.0 Dolby Digital, Stereo
    Screen Format: 1.78:1
    16x9: No
    Color: Color
    Region Code: Region 1
    Original Languages: English
    English Dubbed: No
    Other Languages: None
    Subtitles: None

    If it is the same transfer as the Netflix version, here's a link to that particular DVD review:
    http://www.thedigitalreview.com/foru...s=&threadid=37

    I sure hope it's a typo and it's anamorphic.
     
  9. Kenneth_C

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    Seems to me that Mark Cappelletty just confirmed that it is NOT anamorphic (two posts above yours).
     
  10. Mark Cappelletty

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    Definitely NON-anamorphic. I have a 4x3 TV and monkeyed with my Sony DVD player's controls to double-check. From what I've heard it's just a straight port of the Netflix DVD. If Shooting Gallery hadn't gone into bankruptcy shortly after the film came out, this would likely have been a nice SE DVD with an anamorphic transfer. As it is, we're lucky that we even got this-- it took over 2 years for them to release it!
     
  11. Alex Spindler

    Alex Spindler Producer

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    Better than a straight 4:3. I'll pick it up, but its still criminal that a proper release hasn't been done. Perhaps when Clive finishes a blockbuster or two.
     
  12. Ted Todorov

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    Just a reminder for anyone with multi-region capabilities: (as Paula noted above) the R2 UK DVD has a beautiful anamorphic transfer, as well as one of my favorite director's commentary tracks.

    Highly recommended.

    Ted
     
  13. MikeM

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    Oops, I misread his comments as being the Netflix version. That's a shame.
     

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