Spider-man superbit

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  1. Lance Rumbolt

    Lance Rumbolt Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi All,

    I just recieved a Columbia catalogue of new titles that are due for release 2nd quater this year. The most interesting one was a Spider-Man superbit edition.

    Now I understand this is region 2 only but is there already a superbit version available in Region 1.

    Lance UK
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    No there isn't
     
  3. Lance Rumbolt

    Lance Rumbolt Stunt Coordinator

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    Well tha makes a change for us poor buggers over here to get something first.

    The flyer says out this summer. Other titles are:

    The Dark Crystal
    Legends of The Fall
    Labyrinth
    Das Boot

    I for one will be getting Spider-Man and Das Boot
     
  4. Lance Rumbolt

    Lance Rumbolt Stunt Coordinator

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    Just had a look at the superbit UK website and they've also got Gladiator on there. This just gets better!


    Lance UK
     
  5. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

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  6. Joshua_Y

    Joshua_Y Screenwriter

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    I'll go for Das Boot...but not Spidey..
     
  7. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Columbia does have UK rights to Gladiator
     
  8. Lance Rumbolt

    Lance Rumbolt Stunt Coordinator

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    May 12th for Gladiator and Jeff is right Columbia do have the rights to Gladiator in the UK

    Superbit UK
     
  9. Kwang Suh

    Kwang Suh Supporting Actor

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    Doh. Gladiator could actually use a new transfer (current R1 has some mosquito noise and blocking)
     
  10. Lance Rumbolt

    Lance Rumbolt Stunt Coordinator

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    Don't know Kwang never saw the region 1 version. I thought the R2 was quite good tho'
     
  11. James Reader

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    [sarcasm]Yeah, we really need a superbit Gladiator being as the existing disc is already only on one disc, has Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks, and a bitrate that on average is higher than most other superbit releases[/sarcasm]

    Don't believe the hype Lance!
     
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  13. Lance Rumbolt

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    Yeh I know what your saying James but I don't either region 1 or 2 version so this might be an opportunity to pick up a copy..... Or if what you say is true I might as well get down to HMV now and pick up a cheap copy in the sale!
     
  14. Eric F

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    When's the Spidey Superbit slated for release? It pisses me off a bit that I went and purchased the collector's box, and now there's a Superbit edition coming out.

    At any rate I have HBO-HD now, and HBO should start showing Spiderman in May, so I'll have to think hard about purchasing the Superbit. As we know with HBO, once they get ahold of a major blockbuster like Spidey they show it constantly.
     
  15. Declan

    Declan Second Unit

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    get yourself the current one cause unless the r2 superbit has DTS-ES descrete (the current is only DTS-ES matrix unlike the r1 which is ES descrete) because the picture and sound are excellent and it's definitley one of my all-time favourite discs. Plus you get all the special features. Personally I cant see how the picture or the sound (unless they have Es descrete this time) can be improved over the current r2. Plus you can pick it up for a tenner....... as appossed to the £22.99 HMV usually charge for Superbits.
     
  16. Dennis Pagoulatos

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    Don't know what the average bit rate of "Gladiator" R1 was...but to my eyes, there is a ton of compression artifacting from the get-go. They could use a transfer split over 2 discs...or whatever it takes, because some scenes look fantastic, some look poor, so there IS room for improvement.

    -Dennis
     
  17. Dave Mack

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    Dennis, with all due respsct, are you joking? "Gladiator" is still 1 of my best looking discs... I constantly WOW people with it when they come over.

    From DVD file...
    Video: How Does The Disc Look?

    As with all Dreamworks titles, the image of Gladiator is a real gem. The anamorphic widescreen picture makes excellent use of the extra resolution afforded by DVD. Whites are pure, blacks are deep and everything in between is absolutely perfect. There's no sign of oversaturation, even the heavy reds of the battle worn blood. Compression is also expertly handled with just a few shots very early on that exhibited only a minor bit pixel break up. Contrast is also excellent with fine details visible even in shadow surroundings. Occasional stair-stepping and moiré NTSC artifacting and just a touch of edge enhancement, revealing slightly harder edges during a few daylight scenes, are the only areas where the picture sometime goes astray. These are extremely minor complaints, however. Gladiator is truly beautiful..."

    What is your settup...???

    [​IMG] D
     
  18. Paul_Scott

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    i'd agree with the previous comments.
    Gladiator looks spectacular on my set-up ( dlp fp, screen width about 86").
    i realize there are variable here having to do with the particular films color palattes, lighting, use of filters, etc- but the Gladiator picture, with its full motion menus, commentaries, DTS track, just has so much more snap and visual dazzle than the Gattaca superbit i have, its just not even close.
    [sarcasm] How can this be?! [/sarcasm]

    i have friends that roll their eyes when i talk abut EE and such, but now i frequently feel like rolling my eyes whenever i hear people petitioning if only their (already strong looking) favorite titles could get 'super-bitted'.

    i'm so glad Warner and Fox haven't been cheesy enough to try to horn in on the 'equipment fetishist' demographic by creating a Superior High Resolution™ logo to slap on their otherwise excellent products.

    i feel i'm very much past the point of needing a superbit™ logo on a package to b impressed with a picture.
    possibly i don't even need a high bit rate in all instances either;
    recent discs that (visually) have left me drooling:
    Quest For Fire
    Gloria
    Below
    Day The Earth Stood Still
    The Bad And the Beautiful
    Sunset Boulevard

    not a superbit in the bunch( and they are all more impressive looking than the aforementioned Gattaca).

    as for Spider-man, i loved it the first two times i've seen it, but it hasn't worn as well on subsequent viewings.
    the current edition is just fine for my needs.
     
  19. Declan

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    yep the current Spiderman (i've the r1 version) does me grand. And what was all this chat about the 5.1 being a bit lifeless on it. I thought it was great especially when Willem Dafoe hears the Green Goblin in his house(or head!).
     

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