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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Jeffrey Bane, Mar 31, 2003.
Anyone out there seen a review of the new edition?
Here, Here & our friends at DVDBeaver did a comparison with the Fox Lorber release.
Has the newer Ran DVD been re-released individually, or is it still available only as part of the (expensive!) set?
Nevermind - found the answer:
the new ran comes out seperately April 15th I believe.
A quick review of the commentaries:
Prince's is pretty good, he gets repetitive sometimes but at least there's not much dead air. Covers a lot of different aspects of the film. If you liked his commentary on Red Beard, you'll like this one.
Grilli's is kinda useless, lots of dead air, and the rest is mostly unenlightening personal anecdotes or occasional appreciation for what's happening on screen. This one should have been done as an interview or something.
The first "gline" review linked above is pretty consistent with my views on the video. It is a definite improvement over its predecessor, but it is still filled with annoying artifacts that are evident to even casual viewers. It's a step in the right direction, but it has not traveled as far as it needs to go. I did not think the 5.1 mix sounded hollow or muddy. It seemed OK to me. The mono is 2.0 mono instead of 1.0 as indicated on the packaging.
Anyway, the film is too good to not want to own its best representation on video, so despite my complaints, I don't regret my purchase.