superbit question?

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  1. shane_watson

    shane_watson Stunt Coordinator

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    im thinking of buying the superbit deluxe version of the patriot,air force one,the fifth element,whats the main differance over the standard versions of these movies,and is there any audio differance.
     
  2. Dan Hitchman

    Dan Hitchman Cinematographer

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    The main differences are that the video bitrate is a little bit higher than before (sometimes that means details are somewhat better and pixelization may decrease a smidge-- of course, these aren't HD discs so don't expect miracles), a couple S.B. releases have had brand new HD master transfers created to further improve upon the previous release (I think one was Desperado), if there were audio commentaries and/or isolated scores before there won't be any now (even on SuperBit Deluxe discs, which port only the video supplements to a separate disc), and there is the addition of half-bitrate DTS encoded tracks (wishing they were full bitrate, but this is Sony afterall).

    The DTS soundtrack on The Patriot is REALLY good. As is the case with The Mask Of Zorro too (the S.B. Deluxe version puts the previous SE's DTS track on this third release). Some DTS tracks on these S.B. releases are better than others... it varies on how much care was put into the encoding.

    Also, on a few early DVD titles getting the S.B. treatment now the Dolby bitrate is up to 448 kbs/sec instead of 384.

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