The best version is still the one released by Universal. It has DTS. However, it´s Out-of-Print and might be hard to find. No other release is better than this, and no new version are expected to be released. So, try get the one from Universal.
So this may be a dumb question, but the version I have is from "Lions Gate Home Entertainment". Is this the Universal version or something different? It only has Dolby Digital, and seems to be the only version for sale right now.
It would be a shame if they didn't put DTS on this title. It's one of the first DTS titles I bought (it was Universal) and there was such an astounding difference between the Dolby Digital and the DTS tracks that, because of this title, I became a total DTS hound. If the new version doesn't have DTS, I would strongly suggest that you try to buy the Universal version used from someone -- it would be worth it.
I'm interested to find out if this Canadian SE will be a PAL->NTSC transfer. Since it's from AA and is a non-U.S. film, there will be something wrong with it. Certainly no dts, but I mean something *wrong*...I wonder what this time?
I used to own that very same DVD. It is a very poor HK bootleg and the DTS track like every bootleg I have seen/heard is quite poor and pailed in comparisson to the original DD track on the official releases. I didn't even have the heart to sell it, so I gave it to a friend who didn't care about the quality. I do not recall it being editted or cropped though.
DVD Beaver don´t always compare every release of a given title. You´ll have to ask them why that is. As I don´t have the Region 3 release of Red Violin I cannot comment on the quality, and where the transfer comes from. But thanks for letting us know.
FYI: KoreanDVDs is a legimate retailer, but I guess their DVDs vary in quality.
According to them, it'll have English & French 5.1 and English & French 2.0...but no DTS. It'll be anamorphic widescreen, with an audio commentary. Don't know what else it has, but I think I'll stick to my Universal DTS release.