Where is the Backdraft "Ultimate" Edition? (CONSOLIDATED THREAD)

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  1. GregBarron

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    Universal needs to start giving the Ultimate treatment to movies that are in real need of it...like Backdraft. Or how about a Happy Gilmore Ultimate Edition with a widescreen anamorphic transfer instead of the previous pan and scan.
    Both of these movies I bet have a wealth of extra material just waiting to be used for this purpose.
    Does anybody know if either one of these movies is being talked about or already in the works for an Ulitmate edition?
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  2. Michael*K

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    I don't care if it is "Ultimate Edition" set or not, but I definitely would like to see Backdraft revisited. Something similar to Apollo13 would work for me.
    As for Gilmore...let's just say you probably won't find many people who hate Sandler more than I do. 'Nuff said.
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    I definately wouldn't mind seeing a Backdraft release. Ultimate Edition or not, I would get it. Was there ever an initial release of it? I haven't seen it on DVD in any of the stores that I go too.........Wil
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    there was talk of a backdraft special edition over a year ago, but it never happened (obviously). this is a real shame! let's hope universal comes to their senses and gives this movie the treatment it deserves!
    brian
     
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    It is available on DVD. It was one of Universal's first releases. The transfer is non-anamorphic and it has almost no extras...not even a trailer. But it is an upgrade over VHS. If it's not at retailers near you, you can still get it through Amazon.
    Backdraft at Amazon.com
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    Most places like Best Buy and Wal Mart you can buy the two pack of Backdraft and the dolby Apollo 13 for $30. Not bad since Apollo 13 is that price alone most places.
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    My wife was watching "Backdraft" on Bravo last night and got us both thinking that it's an old favorite missing from the current DVD collection.

    Anyone care to offer up opinions on the current release? No commentary on the quality of the movie is necessary, I'm just wondering what the picture/sound/extras are like.

    Also, any word on a new release? I saw that "Ransom" and "Splash" just got new releases, just wondering if any of Opie Cunningham's other flicks will be getting some kind of Special Edition treatment anytime soon.
     
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    This was one of the very first Universal discs back when they were releasing exclusively in jewel cases. It has a non-anamorphic transfer and 5.1 soundtrack, but not a pheonomenal one.

    I know that they have a D-VHS version of this movie, so I would think revisitng it would be a no-brainer since they have a newish High-Def transfer. They might be waiting to tie it in with the fall theatrical release Ladder 49 which looks to be a remake more than anything.

    Whenever it's released, I'd hold off for a new version.
     
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    Can anywone who has seen both recommend the laserdisc over the current DVD release? I know there is no AC-3 pressing, but if the picture is better I might just go for the LD for now.
     
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    I just watched my LD a few weeks ago. You are correct it not being in AC-3, just regular dolby surround. Though I haven't seen the DVD version, the LD version is fine for me and not worth an upgrade.
     
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    Universal has three Ron Howard films that need revisiting BADLY:

    Backdraft (for reasons mentioned before)

    The Paper (criminally underrated, and criminally given a foolscreen only release)

    Parenthood (again, foolscreen only)

    I would buy 16x9 OAR releases of all these in a second.
     
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    I'd swoop on The Paper and Backdraft in a heartbeat.

    Time for a revisit Universal!
     
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    yep, the paper is great!
     
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    Good film.

    Unfortunately, Donald Sutherland ruined the whole film for me with his performace. Cant even watch it when he comes onscreen.
     
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    I'd like to see Universal revisit Backdraft and Dragon.
     
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    Backdraft, Tremors and Dragon all deserve a Field of Dreams style re-release.
     

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