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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Matthew Anderson, Oct 8, 2001.
How is the picture and sound for this movie. I have not heard much about it.
The sound mix is one of the greatest ever created, so no complaints there. Unfortunately, the disc is a pre-Staddon lifeform, and so is a bit ugly; using what appears to be the laserdisc master its non-anamorphic, and doesn't stand comparison to modern transfers. Its still watchable however, so unless you really want to hold out for some eventual DTS re-release don't feel you need to deny yourself this brilliant film.
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The first five or so minutes, sound-wise, will have you clutching your couch cushions with white knuckles.
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It looks and sounds fantasic!
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The video is great for non anamorphic. But the sound... Ohh the sound. This is among the top 1% of all soundtracks out there. Surrounds are used throughout the entire movie, not just in key action scenes. The Point of View shouts have extrememly crazy sound to them.
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I've heard rumors of a future special edition of this one. . .hopefully Mr. Staddon will notice this thread and either confirm them or put 'em to rest. . .
Agree about the sound. Fantastic dolby digital. Good non-anamorphic transfer.
The biggest complaint I have about the disc is the awful commentary track.
To be fair, the commentary isn't your normal scene-specific job. Its actually a recording of an hour-long lecture Bigelow gave on how the opening sequence was filmed, so its no surprise its a bit odd.
Any thoughts?! I love this film! So much, I bought the non-anamorphic DVD (I usually have a strict anamorphic-only policy).
The sound is excellent, and it is one of the better non-anamorphic pictures out there. I've watched it more times than 95% of my DVDs.
I would dearly love to see a 2-disc SE of this, with commentary & interviews with cast and crew - and of course a full commentary from that fantastic director, Kathryn Bigelow. As for the current DVD's "commentary" on the opening scene - wasn't video filmed for this? It would be nice to see that.
Anyone like to mention what extras were released on the various LDs? I hear the DTS LD audio track remains one of the best out there.
The DVD release of Willow will make my 2001. Come on, Fox, make my 2002 with Strange Days SE.
At least one country looks to be getting an anamorphic transfer.
According to the latest edition of French magazine "Les Années Laser", France will see a THX "2.35:1, 16/9" (which I take to mean anamorphic) transfer released in November.
Sound will be French 4.0 and English 5.1. However, there is no indication whether or not French subtitles will be imposed on the latter, and soundtracks are sometimes remixed in different countries to suit perceived local tastes. There is no mention of DTS in the article, or in the box art.
Extras look the same as the US edition.
Yes, Phillip, it sure is, wihtout a doubt, one of the best DTS discs EVER PRODUCED, IMHO--LASERDISC OR DVD!!!!!! A very fun movie indeed, much better than reviewed, IMHO, by the critics in the time of its released. And, as for the laserdiscs--I own both the AC-3 AND DTS sets--I also dig the extras included, as well as understanding Kathryn Biegolow's audio commentary, as explained on the gatefold jacket as to why it plays out on analog left channel 1 as it does.
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The UK version is anamorphic but it's cut, I'm afraid. Supposedly it has similar extras. I am waiting to see if R4 will be uncut. Of course, if there is an SE in pipeline over in R1 I can always import that instead.
It's a fantastic if very grim movie, IMO. Also cool that Skunk Anansie are in the finale - that was a shocker.
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Yeah, Skunk Anansie rock.
But "very grim"? Nah! Strange Days is IMHO a comedy/action/noir/rock movie, with a bit of high-strung melodrama thrown in. The ending was extremely optimistic -Spoiler:Just two rogue cops and one psychopath, and the race war is won, and the only thing I find grim is having no news of an SE to do this great movie justice.