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Who Owns Silverado? How's the DVD? (1 Viewer)

Gary W. Graley

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I JUST picked this up a couple days ago, to me the video and audio both seem on par, though I don't have a large display, only a lowly 27" Sony tv, so others will need to chime in on what it looks like when enlarged. Love the movie and really enjoyed seeing it again.

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Joseph Bolus

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PLEASE BE AWARE that CTS had about 50,000 or so of these discs that were shipped in the wrong (1.78:1) aspect ratio.

The proper aspect ratio for this film is 2.35:1.

The reason I mention this is due to the fact that I recently purchased one of the cropped discs from a local B&M and had one devil of a time trying to return it.
 

Justin Doring

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Silverado is a great film and a great DVD. My first copy was the incorrect 1.85:1 AR, but I sent it back to Sony and they shipped me the corrected 2.35:1 version. The picture is glorious, and the sound packs a real punch! At the bargain price of $15 or less (I paid more when it was first released), it's a steal!
 

LarryH

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Is there any way to determine if a particular copy is the corrected version from the packaging?
 

Michael Lee

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I was under the impression that the wrong aspect ratio for this DVD (1.85:1) was not cropped, but open matte. I realize that it not OAR, a must for purists, but at least this first pressing gave you more information rather than less. I actually have both copies, though neither have seen a DVD player in a long time.
 

Robert George

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I did some fairly extensive comparison when the corrected version of this disc was released. The film was shot in a format that is essentially the same as Super 35 and the 1.78:1 transfer is indeed open-matte. I could not find any instance where the 1.78:1 transfer is either panned/scanned or any cropping on the sides.

I suspect more than a few people would actually prefer the 1.78 transfer because of how it looks on a 16:9 TV, and it really isn't that bad at this ratio. Certainly much better than a 4:3 open-matte transfer which does have some cropping on the sides. However, I consider the framing at 2.35:1 much better balanced with a more elegant, more cinematic look.

P.S.

The catalog number is different between the two versions. The 2.35:1 version is 04281.
 

Ron-P

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Went to BB last night and picked it up ($14.99). It is 2.35:1. Looks and sounds very good. Watched about half the movie last night and was not let down. Forgot how much I enjoyed this western.
Peace Out~:D
 

Steven_J_H

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I also have both copies and prefer the open matte version because you get more picture (not cropped). A great movie and dvd.
 

Chris Brunner

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Does anybody have a link to some screen captures of the different versions. I have a 16x9 set and I've been meaning to replace my laserdisc of this movie for a while now.

Thanks for all the info!

C
 

Parker Clack

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I have OAR of this on laserdisc and the 1.78::1 on DVD and enjoy them both equally well in picture and sound. This is one of my DVDs that I will pull out every once in awhile to just watch a great movie.

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Keith Paynter

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The 'corrected' 2.35:1 Silverado was issued with a new catalogue number - the number on the spine is 04281.
 

Bryan Tuck

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According to the IMDB (and I know they're not always correct), Silverado was filmed in "Super Techniscope." Does anyone have any information about this process? I couldn't find anything.

At any rate, I don't know about the incorrectly framed DVD, but the old VHS P&S version was severely cropped; it looked just about like any other anamorphically shot film would in P&S.
 

David Singleton

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Gotta agree with you Parker. It's one of those DVDs that probably gets played once a month, or two months.

Audio and Video are great.

David
 

Dmitry

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It's not wrongfully cropped in 2.35:1.
I believe the original poster was referring to the fact that the release with the wrong OAR has not had any picture cropping (as would've been the case with P&S release). However you're absolutely right -- the proper way for this movie to be presented (and therefore watched) is in 2.35:1 AR. As has been said a number of times -- we want movies presented the way they were meant to be seen, not the way that makes our TVs look better (and that's what P&S is all about, be it altering for 4:3 TV or 16:9 TV).
 

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