The Ninth Configuration DVD ..Reviews?

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  1. GregK

    GregK Screenwriter

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    After Region 2 having the "DVD exclusive" on this title for some time, on Sept. 3rd Sept. 17th(?), Region 1 *finally* gets a crack at this cult classic!
    Commentary by William Peter Blatty and Author/Documentary Filmmaker Mark
    Kermode
    Additional Scenes
    Featurette
    2 Alternate Endings
    Cast/Filmmaker Highlights
    Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)
    Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (??)
    Sooooo.. Reviews anyone???? [​IMG] ..Anyone??
     
  2. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    I had this pre-ordered and received a notice that it has been delayed until 9/17. That might have something to do with the lack of reviews. It's also not a high-profile release so that's another strike against it. Oh well, I've been waiting on this for years, what's another two weeks?

    Edit: I'm glad to see they're releasing The Ninth Configuration in its OAR of 2.35:1 as my widescreen VHS is cropped to 2:1.
     
  3. GregK

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    Thanks Steve, I didn't realize there had been a delay on this title. I'm also looking forward to seeing this in 2.35:1, as my old beta version is pan-n-scan only. I've read that the original release was in 6-track stereo, but the releases I've heard up to now are in mono. Has anyone, (even on VHS) ever heard this title in stereo or surround?
     
  4. Rob Gardiner

    Rob Gardiner Cinematographer

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    Are you saying that the features listed will be on the US release? I was under the impression that the import was a SE but that we were getting the movie only. If these are the specs for the US disc then I'll begin drooling now!
     
  5. GregK

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    Hi Rob,

    My info is compiled from a hodge-podge of sources, including DVDfile, Widescreen Review, and Amazon.com. Note that Amazon is showing the aspect ratio as 1.85:1, but given their track record, I am assuming that's an error on Amazon's part.
     
  6. Peter Apruzzese

    Peter Apruzzese Producer

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    Warner's Business to Business website confirms the list of features above, although they do say the sound is mono and not stereo. I can't wait for this disc!
     
  7. DeanR

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    I can't wait for this DVD. I have the subpar pan and scan Laserdisc that I bought in the mid 80's so this release can't help being a big upgrade. Stacy Keach and the rest of the cast were outstanding. I have often wondered were they filmed this great movie.
     
  8. Paul Linfesty

    Paul Linfesty Stunt Coordinator

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    The NINTH CONFIGURATION was originally released in some theatres in 70mm 6-track Dolby stereo.
     
  9. GregK

    GregK Screenwriter

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    On the topic of if this DVD will be mono or stereo, I would be curious to know if the Region 2 SE DVD is mono, stereo, or DD 4.1. This would probably be a good indicator for R1.
    For those wanting to see a nice pic of the Region 1 DVD:
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Zen Butler

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    This has always been one my favorite films. It's so nice to hear of others mention it. I will be sure to come back and post my review if there isn't a review thread.
    I can't wait to hear what others have to say of this film, very overlooked.
     
  11. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

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    The transfer for the region-free British edition was... it was okay, I guess. It coulda been better. To me, it looked like an old, badly cropped 2.33:1 transfer. It didn't look like a 'new' tranfer - Laserdisc video-master, perhaps? The lack of anamorphic encoding also indicates hurried work. It's still the best the film has ever looked on video.
    I wonder if Warner created a new transfer for this anamorphic edition? I hope so. On the commentary, Blatty states that he wants to re-cut (again?!) the film to a longer length, so...! [​IMG] Who knows what to think...
    The deleted scenes looked horrid.
    The featurette and commentary are superb.
    I look forward to reading a review of this DVD.
    Gordy
     
  12. Jon Smith

    Jon Smith Stunt Coordinator

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    i think the R2 is non anamorphic wheras the R1 is claiming to be anamorphic.
     
  13. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

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    To Jon Smith:

    I doubt that Warner would put out a non-anamorphic 2.35:1 DVD after their years of putting out hundreds of anamorphic 2.35 transfered DVDs. But I could be wrong...

    We'll just have to wait and see...


    Gordy
     
  14. Jon Smith

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    oops i think i worded that wrong, wasnt saying the R1 release is not likely to be anamorphic. :b
    was just comparing them [​IMG]
     
  15. Richard Hardbattle

    Richard Hardbattle Stunt Coordinator

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    Any updates on this title - picture/sound quality compaired to the region 2 release??

    Rich
     
  16. GregK

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    So here we are at Sept. 17th, and still no release? Today I checked out Best Buy, Circuit City and Borders Book Store, and all three confirm the Sept. 17th release date, but no discs have been made available to anyone locally at this time. And still ..no on line reviews that I can find!
    Hmmm, hmmm, hmmmm.......
     
  17. Peter Apruzzese

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    Same here in New Jersey - no copies at Best Buy, Borders, or Compact Disc World. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Warner's business site still lists it as coming out on the 17th!
     
  18. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    I have the R1 disc and can confirm that it is NOT anamorphic, even though the box says otherwise. Sounds like they just recycled the region 2 transfer.
    Haven't had time to watch it yet.
    M.
     
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  20. Jeff Swindoll

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    Also it has no close captioning or english subtitles even though the back of the box says that it does [​IMG]. I think it also says it has Spanish subs, but it has no subs at ALL!! Needs to be recalled and fixed if you ask me.
     

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