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Richard Michael Clark

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Is the DVD from Anchor Bay any good?

Also, has there been just the one release or will I find that it is gonna get an SE or anamorphic re-issue as soon as I buy it?

cheers

Rich
 

David Lambert

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There's only been the one release. I have it, and it seemed nice enough back when we got it/watched it on our then-14" TV! :) The whole time we had the 30" TV since moving to our house we hadn't bothered to watch it, and now we have a 34" 16x9...maybe it's time to spin that disc again and see how she looks under higher-tech scrutiny.
And the 5.1 system might be a revelation, too!
Hmmm...just grabbed the box and the WS side is 1.66:1 non-anamorphic. Flip side has the FS bull$#!+. Sound is Dolby Surround 4.0, per the bottom middle next to the Dolby logo, but the small print near the features box simply says "stereo".
I know I won't watch the entire thing anytime soon, but maybe I'll spin this in a little bit and get back to you on how a random sampling looks.
 

Jon Sheedy

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There's absolutely nothing wrong with this DVD, as far as video and sound go. Decent presentation overall. Great flic...buy it!
 

David Lambert

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Okay, I checked it out. A sampler, as I said. Based on that quick look: Video: 8/10...non-anamorphic video is best viewed non-zoomed, speckles appear throughout, but otherwise this is a fine-looking image with black blacks and an even color balance. Audio: 6/10..."4.0" mainly uses center speaker for dialogue, with little use of the soundfield (both fronts and the left surround) except in selected scenes. There, the audio really shines. Chapter 14 for example. Extras: none to speak of.
Don't take this "review" too seriously, as it was, as I said and repeat, a quick look at a sampling of scenes.
However, this is an excellent film, and from what I can see the quality holds up 2 years and 2 televisions later, the latest one with the ability to be VERY revealing when it comes to video problems.
Amazon has this for $22.48! :D
 

ScottL

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Just picked this up 2 days ago and watched it last night on my Hitachi 53" wide screen. Probably one of my better looking "letterboxed"(non-anamorphic) dvd's that I own.

Go ahead a pick it up.

By the way...my version is not a flipper. Both version(widescreen/P&S) are on the same side .

Scott
 

David Lambert

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By the way...my version is not a flipper. Both version(widescreen/P&S) are on the same side .
I forgot to mention that when I did my "mini-review". When I first posted and said "on the flip side", I made an assumption - based on the fact that the box said that both AR's were included - without actually opening the keepcase.

I had forgotten that this one, like "Return To Oz" and some others I could name, uses Dual-Layer technology to deliver one version per layer ON THE SAME SIDE, instead of being a flippy-disc like, say, "A Fish Called Wanda".

It IS a single-side, dual-layer disc. Sorry for any confusion!
 

Paul Mazz

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I just saw a release of this film on a Disney DVD listed as widescreen 1.85:1 enhanced for 16x9. Does anyone know if this is really a new version, or just erroneous info on new packaging? I have an older version that is 1.66:1 non-anamorphic.
 

MarcoBiscotti

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I believe this has been reissued and indeed recieved an anamorphic update.
Anchor Bay original non-anamorphic release:
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Walt Disney anamorphic reissue:
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Too bad they didn't stick with the original cover art graphics..
 

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