Superbit Japan

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  1. AlexBC

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    Can anyone talk about the audio/video of R2 Japan Superbits?
    I'd really like to know how's the quality of some titles released over there that are not available in the U.S. (i.e Few Good Men, Last Action Hero, Philadelphia, Jumanji) and how some Universal Pictures titles that are distributed by Columbia in superbit label over there compare to the U.S releases as well (Jurassic Park 1,2,3, Gladiator, The Mummy Returns, The Fast And The Furious, The Bone Collector). I'd also like to know if the quality of the titles released both R1 and R2 Jpn Superbit is the same (because the R2 jpn packing is so much more classy, nicer artwork and best of all, consistent throughout the whole collection)


    Any comments and help is really appreciated.
    Thanks in advance,
    Alex
     
  2. Mark_Wilson

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    I've got most of those listed but have only had time to view Jurassic Park. The PQ is significantly better than the current R1 DTS version!
     
  3. AlexBC

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    Thanks Mark. I think I can expect these titles to be about the same quality of the future U.S. releases (the non-Universal Pictures titles of course)
    Can you please post some comments about the other titles when you get a chance to see them? I'd really appreciate it.
     
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    But where Can I get those Japanese Superbit editions (cheap)?
     
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  6. Ron Boster

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    Yesasia also has them for about $42 and free shipping. That was about the best I could find as a delivered in price into the US.
     
  7. Andy_G

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    Jurassic Park is very tempting.
     
  8. Ron Boster

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    Jurassic Park should arrive next week. I'll post a review vs the US version (comparing certain scenes) after I get my copy.

    Ron
     
  9. Manus

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    You're in for a real treat with Jurassic Park.Both picture quality and both soundtracks are dramatically better than previous R1 versions.As regards the packing,it is classy looking but all the printing is in Japanese !
    Also ,inside it seems to contain the average bit-rate for both audio and video 7.12 and 8.27 .The only downside to these discs really is they're quite expensive.Also upcoming at cd.japan is a 4-disc version of the recent 'Dances with Wolves' extended edition which contains both Dolby and dts soundtracks.Shocking price though , somewhere over $70.

    Regards,
    Manus
     
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    I have the Japan R2 Superbit versions of both Jurassic Park and Gladiator. Based upon first impressions, the Gladator is superb in picture quality and much improved over the USA release. Jurassic Park is improved but not to the degree that Gladiator is. The dts sound is at a rather high level.
     
  11. AlexBC

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    Many thanks for the replies. I'm really starting to get excited about these discs.

    Any more feedbacks are much welcome.
     
  12. Mark_Wilson

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    I got my 4 disc Dances With Wolves in satchel yesterday. A little disappointed it wasn't real leather but other than that its very cool.
     
  13. Dharmesh C

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    Jurassic Park features full bitrate dts!!!

    I have the DD Region 1 release, is the difference between this and the Jap DTS significant in terms of sound?
     
  14. DeanWalsh

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    Where did you hear JP was full bitrate dts? All reports I've heard on these titles (not many I must admit) have said that these Japanese Superbit titles follow the same format as the r1 discs, i.e. 754kbps DTS tracks. I hope you are correct!
     
  15. Dharmesh C

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    Read it on dvdforums.com:
    English DD 5.1 (448kbps)
    English DTS 5.1 (1536kbps)
    Japanese DD2.0 (192kbps)

     
  16. Justin Hargis

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    I got the Japanese Superbit of Last Action Hero a few months ago. Cost me about $50 all together shipped. Here are some screenshots grabbed in PowerDVD:

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    However, I cannot comment on the sound because I don't have digital out on my computer and I don't have a region-free dvd player.
     
  17. DeanWalsh

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    Justin: are you able to confirm audio/video bitrates for this title? I can give you instructions on how to do so on your pc if needed.
     
  18. Mark_Wilson

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    Dean, send me the instructions if you don't mind. I've got all of the Jap. Superbits.
     
  19. Justin Hargis

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    Japanese Superbit - Last Action Hero

    Audio: DTS 5.1 (768kbps)
    Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kbps)

    Checked it using PowerDVD. Damn, was hoping it'd be full bitrate. Oh well. Anybody know how to find an average video bitrate? Since the video bitrate fluctuates it's hard to give an accurate video bitrate. I saw it go from 4mbps to 8mbps from the parts I saw.
     
  20. Jesse Blacklow

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    Well, there's a bitrate viewer that Gary Tooze over at DVD Comparisons uses. I think it might be this one, but I don't know if it's free.
     

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