Spike Lee Joint Collection - any more info?

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  1. CraigF

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    Five titles on 3 discs (check amazon etc. for list), so likely at least a couple of DVD-18's. Cheap enough though...I'm a glutton for punishment based on my DVD-18 experience lately.

    I'm mainly wondering if all titles are anamorphic. And is Do the Right Thing in 1.66 or 1.85 i.e. are these recycled transfers from the original releases, most are quite old? Thanks.
     
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    Universal in Australia (and I think U.K.) released a Spike Lee box in late 2001. It contains Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever and Clockers. The cool thing is that Do The Right Thing is essentially Disc 1 of the Criterion version. It features a very good transfer (probably the criterion transfer) and the criterion commentary track and a making of documentary.
     
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    OK, thanks. I guess there's not much interest in this, or else nobody has any more info than me...

    That R2/4 set did have good content, much better than the 3 movie set released in R1 which only had Jungle Fever in common. The new R1 Joint collection is a combo of the previous R2/4 and R1 sets, as far as titles at least.

    Unless Universal/MCA sees fit to supply more detailed info, I will pass on this as the DVD-18 (I'm presuming there are some of those) potential problem isn't worth the bother. Regardless that it's cheap, and I'm all for that. But not cheap and lousy transfer and potentially trouble-prone. Cheap and good transfer and potentially trouble-prone is worth my time...minor risk for maybe good results.

    I would really like to get this set, maybe our Uni reviewer (Steve) will get a copy and share some brief comments as I'm not sure if re-releases/combos are reviewed usually.

    Edit: corrected my misunderstanding of previous set contents.
     
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    Well seeing as this is labeled as a "Franchise Collection", I wouldn't hold my breath for new transfers, etc. Expect to see the previous releases of these films in this set. The "Jurassic Park Adventure Pack" (another Franchise Collection" simply consists of the 3 previously released 'Collector's Editions'. Same goes for "The Mummy Collector's Set", "The Flintsones Yabba Dabba Doo Pack", "American Graffiti Drive-In Double Feature" and "Smokey & The Bandit Pursuit Pack", to name a few. All of which are Franchise Collections and consist of previously released versions. All of which are extremely affordable, since they cram multiple movies on fewer discs (with the exception of 'Mummy' and 'Jurassic'.

    All I'm saying is if you're looking for new transfers of the Spike Lee films, new extras, etc. I wouldn't hold my breath.
     
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    No matter how hard I try I can't convince any friends or family members to watch more Spike Lee films. I think Do The Right Thing is a masterpiece. Bamboozled is a very thought provoking film, even though not totally succesful.

    Some people seem to have a very stereotyped view of what his films are about. I realise that sentence could be interpreted as a stereotype in itself, but I think he is a very interesting American film maker.

    I would be very wary of Universal DVD-18s as well. My copy of Casino is stuffed, so I had to rebuy the local 2 disc version. Columbia reissued School Daze, after originally releasing it pan and scan. The new transfer is a lot better, but not perfect.
     
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    They'll most likely watch his next film which is "Inside Man" starring the following:
    • Denzel Washington
    • Jodie Foster
    • Clive Owen
    • Willem Dafoe

    And if they never seen "25th Hour" that starred Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox and Barry Pepper then they've missed a very good film.


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    No kidding. Fantastic movie, IMHO.
     
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    My copy arrived today.

    Disk One
    Side A: Clockers DD5.1
    Side B: Jungle Fever DD2.0

    Disk Two
    Side A: Do The Right Thing DD2.0
    Side B: Mo' Better Blues DD2.0

    Disk Three
    Crooklyn DD5.1

    All movies are presented in 16x9 transfers. They look OK.

    My copy includes $7.50 in Hollywood Movie Money off a ticket to Inside Man. There are no extras; only interactive menus. No trailers.

    Since I only owned Do The Right Thing on DVD (and laserdisc,) I think it's a great deal at $20, particularly if I make it out to see Inside Man. (And assuming the disks don't pixellate around the layer change, although I'm not sure if these disks are dual-layered. Each title on the first two disks is at least 2hrs, so who knows.)

    Also, this week's Best Buy ad shows this on sale for $16.99 (I think,) so you can net it for ~$10 if you're planning to go to see the new movie.
     
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    "Mo' Better Blues" and "Clockers" were two of my favorite films that I had not gotten around to buying on DVD, and the Best Buy price was too cheap to pass up, so naturally I bought it. What is up with the flip side of the "Crooklyn" disc? The top side has no artwork on it. Did they leave it blank just to look like the other discs, or is there some content if you flip the disc? I'll know soon enough when I can watch it this evening, I suppose.

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    For 16.99 I may just have to give these a try. I've seen Do The Right Thing and really liked it, and I love 25th Hour Malcolm X.
     
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    Not sure why they left it blank, but there's no content on the Crooklyn flipside. I gave it a try since I was hoping for trailers, but no such luck.

    Still, a great deal with handsome packaging. Hopefully, no one has issues with playing the disks.

    Also, note that my copy with the Inside Man coupon has a sticker on the shrinkwrap touting the offer. I don't know if the offer is limited, but I don't think it's mentioned in the Best Buy ad.
     
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    All of the disc sides are single layer (two DVD-10s and a DVD-5). There are no supplements and I don't believe there are any alternate audio tracks either. While you don't get super-high bitrates for the 2 hour + films, you also don't have to worry about DVD-18 or DVD-14 manufacturing glitches.

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    ^ [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I did break down and order this the other week regardless. Content is too good that even DVD-18's couldn't stop me, against my better judgment...
     
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    ...and if you haven't seen Crooklyn before, those scenes when they visit their relatives in Virginia are supposed to look like that. They were shot with anamorphic lenses and left "squeezed" on purpose to create a sense of foreigness/disorientation. More than a few people have thought it was a projection mistake and/or disc authoring error depending on how they first saw it over the years. I like to put my player in 4:3 mode and then manually put my TV in 16:9 mode for a Spike Lee in Cinemascope effect. [​IMG]

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    Thanks, Ken - Crooklyn is the only one of these I hadn't seen before and when I hit that section I was sure we had a mastering error of some kind. However, when I realized the effect seemed to match that section of the story when they were away from home I began to suspect it was one of Spike's trademark visual flourishes. Thanks for confirming.

    Even though I already have the Criterion DtRT, getting the other four films with good transfers for a total of $16.99 is a fantastic bargain in my book. The free voucher for Inside Man is just extremely tasty icing on the cake (Spike Lee directing Washington, Foster, Owen & Dafoe?? Wild horses couldn't keep me away from an opening weekend screening of of this one).

    For my money the unsung gem of the set is Clockers, a seriously great film which was largely unnoticed when released.

    Buy this set!!
     
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    Has anyone noticed if DtRT is in 1.66 or ~1.85?

    I guess I'll receive this on Monday so will find out soon enough, but for others too who may want to know since it was a primary criticism of the previous non-Crit release.
     
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    I just finished watching Do the Right Thing from Netflix and it absolutely floored me.

    Question: How does the transfer in this set compare to the Criterion?
     

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