The Crying Game on DVD... (MERGED THREAD)

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  1. Todd H

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    Who now owns the rights to this movie? I'm asking because I'm hoping one day this film will get the special edition treatment it deserves (let's not talk about the AWFUL Live DVD release a few years ago!).
     
  2. Brajesh Upadhyay

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    I'd love to have a proper reissue of this terrific film as well. I think Artisan (formerly LIVE) owns the rights.
     
  3. John Koehler

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    Add me to the list looking for an SE. An important film, with incredible performances, especially Jaye Davidson's. The DVD issued is inadequate, and visually noisy.
     
  4. Todd H

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    Anyone with me starting a thread in the studio feedback forum for Artisan to reissue this on DVD with a new transfer?
     
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    Amazingly, Jaye kept his promise to get out of acting: This and STARGATE are Jayes only real films; He also appeared in 2 minor documentries, the last in 1995.
     
  6. Peter Kim

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    Thanks for bringing this film up. Watched it at the theater in Minneapolis - really seemed to be a watershed moment for arthouse flicks in the Twin Cities. I remember lines going around the block for this one.

    Now that you've got me remembering this, I'll keep my eye out on the horizon for a strong issue of this movie. Helluva acting cast on this one, Steven Rhea (sp?) being my favorite.
     
  7. Dustin Harrison

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    I just received a copy of The Crying Game this weekend and it has to be one of the worst transfer in my collection.
    The problem I'm experiencing is when I watch it in widescreen (an option in the Root menu)the video jumps up and down (vertically) like when you have to adjust the tracking on a VCR (sorry I don't know the technical name for this problem). It's not very bad, but enough to be annoying.
    I've played the movie on two different DVD players, an Apex AD-1110 and a Pioneer DV-563a. The Apex actually did a better job of keeping the picture stable (I'm not surprised, Apex players are way under rated. but that a different issue)
    The full screen option seems to play okay and even has a better picture quality.
    One last comment, both DVD players do not vertically stretch the picture to accommodate for my 16:9 TV. Like when you watch deleted scenes or out-takes. I have to manually stretch them using the stretched aspect mode on my TV menu. The Crying Game isn't the only movie like this in my collection. Anyone care to explain why this happens? Is it because it's a non-anamorphic transfer?
    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  8. Robert Spalding

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    Mine doesn't do that, but it does have a naked dude in it! [​IMG]
     
  9. Dustin Harrison

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    Yeah, I think mine does too. I closed my eyes during that part. [​IMG]
    Sounds like it may just be my disk.
     
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    I've had this disc on order for more than a year (actually, almost 2) at a few places. It is quite hard to get at retail, needless to say. It is being "reissued" on March 30, and I have that on pre-order too, may finally get it, though I'm guessing this may just be a price reduction since it's pretty cheap. It seems odd to have a price reduction on a disc that is virtually unavailable new, but that's probably all it is, though I'm *hoping* it might be anamorphic... If it was I suppose we'd have heard about it from somebody.
     
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    Maybe they made a new batch in anticipation of the price reduction? I once had the disc on order at DDDVD, but cancelled after a few months, like I did at each successive place...I have no doubt I'll get it eventually, probably the day before the new anamorphic SE is announced...[​IMG]
     
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  15. Todd H

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    I had this disc at one time and gave it away. The transfer was absolutely terrible, with compression artifacts everywhere. I sure hope the upcoming reissue includes a new anamorphic transfer.
     
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    I finally got this disc yesterday (see previous posts here!) and what a BIG disappointment. This is the biggest unacceptable POS transfer I've ever seen on DVD. Jagged edges on straight lines, rainbows, pixellation, bouncing, I could go on, but that was the first minute roundup. Obviously the transfer is far too inferior to show any EE.

    Since others have seen this, and I have the new "reissue", obviously the studio doesn't care. I am going to insist on getting my money back for this trash, so bite me Harvey!
     
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    I'm suprised a special edition of this film has not been announced or available, given it was hugely popular when released and earned enormous critical acclaim and accolades (6 Oscar nominations including Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actress and winning for screenplay). It also appeared on many top 10 lists and was called one of the best films of the 1990s.

    Artisan released a non anamorphic and DD 2.0 version back in 1998, and I beleive Miramax now owns the distribution rights.

    Is there any one who believes this film could use a much needed upgrade?
     
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    I agree completely. I have the R2 MGM anamorphic DVD, which has the trailer, but a SE of this is long overdue.

    I'd love to hear a commentary from cast (particularly Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Jaye Davison, Jim Broadbent) and crew (Neil Jordan, Nik Powell, Stephen Woolley, Ian Wilson), together with the inevitable deleted scenes.

    Considering the impact this film had on the British film industry, I'm surprised that either MGM UK or a smaller independent production company hasn't released it.

    Still, definitely on my wish list!
     
  19. Todd H

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    Same here. Still waiting for a decent DVD treatment.
     
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    Lions Gate is certain to reissue this title; they are the current rights holders. What would be the best way to delay the eventual re-release and petition in hopes of getting a new transfer created?
     

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