Universal "Spartacus" only available in HD?

Greg_M

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Is the standard Universal version of "Spartacus" available? Most retailers only list the Criterion version (expensive) and the Universal HD version

Which standard version is best?
 

Elijah Sullivan

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Universal is returning to print all the titles they licensed out to Criterion on DVD -- including Spartacus -- in their previous, barebones incarnations.

The other titles include Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil and one other whose name is escaping me. They are also re-releasing their previous barebones Dune (1984 version).
 

SteveJKo

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The Criterion disc is both letterboxed and anamorphic (enhanced for widescreen tv's). The Universal disc is just letterboxed.
 

David_B_K

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For the record, the first DVD I purchased was Universal's barebones Spartacus in 1998. It is also the first disc I lost to DVD "rot" (or something).

I replaced it with Criterion's excellent SE. After buying a HDTV, I would have upgraded to Criterion's version anyway because it's anamorphic. If Universal is indeed reissuing the barebones version, I wonder if it'll be anamorphic this time?
 

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