What's the story on the picture quality of the Crow DVDs?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Reginald Trent, Oct 20, 2002.

  1. Reginald Trent

    Reginald Trent Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2000
    Messages:
    1,313
    Likes Received:
    0
    Best Buy have the two Crow DVDs in a double pack for 17.99 I'm considering them but I seem to recall there was discussion about bad picture quality of the DVDs. Is that right or am I mistaken?
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 1999
    Messages:
    11,267
    Likes Received:
    0
    Unless the first Crow disc has been repressed, it's the same non-anamorphic badly color timed disc that was first issued

    The Collector's edition is anamorphic and properly timed
     
  3. GaryEA

    GaryEA Second Unit

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2001
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    0
    It's a good question, and I believe Jeff provided the answer.
    This brings up another question regarding the two-packs you'll find in Best Buy and other outlets.
    Are these copies of the same quality as the stand-alone releases, or are they the same copies, simply bundled for quicker sales?
    I picked up the Hellraiser two-pack (Bloodline & Inferno) at Best Buy for what I thought was a keen price of $17.99. When I got home, I started to debate the quality of the discs, the same way I've debated in the past about penny DVD's from Columbia House.
    I haven't opened it yet, mostly because I have a small stack of discs waiting to be viewed. I'd hate to hear that these are lesser quality discs (picture and sound, not story [​IMG]).
    -g
     
  4. greg_t

    greg_t Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,650
    Likes Received:
    0
    I only have the first Crow movie, but will second what Jeff said above. You want the two disc Collectors edition. Great transfer, especially since the movie is dark. Great DTS soundtrack. Well worth the money.
     
  5. Matt Birchall

    Matt Birchall Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2000
    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    0
    As far as I know, the ones in the two-packs are identical to the separate releases. I've bought two of them--the From Dusk Till Dawn set (with FDTD:CE/FDTD 2) and the Cusack 2-pack (High Fidelity and Gross Pointe Blank). I already had GPB, so I didn't open up the one I got in the 2-pack, but the packaging is exactly the same--right down to the UPC.

    As far as The Crow goes--the 2-disc Collector's Edition is a better buy at $14.99 than the two-pack with the crappy original disc is at $17.99.
     
  6. Dave Mack

    Dave Mack Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2002
    Messages:
    4,668
    Likes Received:
    4
    DO NOT buy the original, Non-annie single disc "The Crow". The collector's version pic. is INFINITELY better.
    [​IMG] D
     
  7. Matt Wallace

    Matt Wallace Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 1999
    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd rather pull out my VHS copy of The Crow than go back to the original 3/27/99 release of The Crow on DVD!! It's THAT bad! The new 2 disc collector's edition is great. Could have been greater in content, but that's another thread :rollseyes

    Any of the new Dimension/Miramax Collector's Editions of any Crow films are really of good quality. Not to mention they are all both anamorphic AND have dual DD/DTS. If you are a fan of the original, there is no other version to own than the new SE than came out last year. Due to last minute changes in commentaries, the movie is almost by itself on disc one. Very Superbit like. Couldn't be happier with the quality of the presentation, honestly.

    Matt
     
  8. Reginald Trent

    Reginald Trent Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2000
    Messages:
    1,313
    Likes Received:
    0
    What about the Miramax/Dimension Crow 3 pak? How's the transfers on those? Are they worth the purchase?
     
  9. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 1999
    Messages:
    11,267
    Likes Received:
    0
    The 3 pack are the collectors editions with DTS/anamorphic
    Unfortunately decent transfers don't help Crow 2 or 3 [​IMG]
    I wish they'd do a proper reissue on Prophecy 1 and 2 [​IMG]
     
  10. Reginald Trent

    Reginald Trent Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2000
    Messages:
    1,313
    Likes Received:
    0
    Jeff, are you saying the first Crow is the only one worth owning? [​IMG]
     
  11. Inspector Hammer!

    Inspector Hammer! Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 1999
    Messages:
    11,061
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Real Name:
    John Williamson
    Glad this subject came up. Does anyone else find the LFE on one scene of the film far too overcooked? It's the explosion of 'Arcade Games', this scene makes my sub ((((RATTLE)))) and not in a good way either. [​IMG] It just sounds bad.
    It's like that on both the original non-anamorphic version and the two disc edition.
     
  12. Artur Meinild

    Artur Meinild Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2000
    Messages:
    1,294
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  13. Matt Wallace

    Matt Wallace Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 1999
    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    0
    John,
    That blast was like that in the theater, too. Could have been spectacular but it comes out pretty uneven. I still think the DVD is one of the best I've seen, transfer and audio considered only.


    Matt
     

Share This Page