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R2 Superbits on R1 Region-Free Players

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Bleddyn Williams, Jul 5, 2003.

  1. Bleddyn Williams

    Bleddyn Williams Supporting Actor

    Jun 30, 1997
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    A while ago, BensonsWorld UK had a sale on R2 PAL Superbit titles. I picked up a couple. I have a Malata 996 Region-Free player.

    One of the titles I picked up was Hollow Man. When I compared it with my R1 Special Edition, I really did not notice any appreciable difference in picture quality. On my 53" calibrated Pioneer 533 set, I have been able to see improvements on my R1 Superbits over the original releases.

    My question is this - does the PAL to NTSC conversion cancel out the subtle improvements of a Superbit title? Is the NTSC Hollow Man Superbit appreciably better than the original release?

    Its worth noting that right now CD Wow has a number of R3 Superbits at low prices. They are NTSC. I wonder if they are the same as their R1 equivalents?
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Dec 4, 1999
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    The R3s are probably EXACTLY the same discs

    As far as the R2 PAL, the conversion may have something to do with it, but frankly it's probable that it's just another case of minimal gains on the SUperbit ver
  3. Jesse Blacklow

    Jesse Blacklow Cinematographer

    Oct 14, 2002
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    Anyone else have any experience with other-region Superbits? Some of them (The Fast and the Furious, Gladiator) have pretty impressive transfers on their R1 releases already. It would be interesting to get a disc-to-disc comparison with bitrates and screenshots (Gary Tooze?).

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