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With new versions avail, which original (non-special edition) releases to keep?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Eugene Hsieh, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. Eugene Hsieh

    Eugene Hsieh Supporting Actor

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    I don't have time to rewatch everything right now before I get rid of some discs. Please comment on my decisions:

    Run Lola Run: threw out my old version anyway, because it was defective.

    Yi Yi (A One And A Two): I'm keeping my old one because although the video quality is terrible, it has the commentary. The All Region Korean one is much better quality, but no commentary.

    Blue Velvet: Get rid of the original.

    Terminator: Get rid of the original.

    Nightmare Before Christmas: Give my previous version to family member. Keeping the Special Edition.

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Get rid of the original in August.

    Brazil: Get rid of the original. It says 131 minutes, but it's the same 142 minute version as my Criterion, right?

    Pulp Fiction: I have the Canadian version with the deleted scenes. I dunno if I need to keep it with the special edition coming out.

    Dr. Strangelove: Keeping my original for now. Can't seem to justify spending extra to get the new one.

    In The Mood For Love: Keeping my original for now. Can't seem to justify spending extra to get the new one.

    I have a few others which I only bought the Director's Cut, etc., too.
     
  2. Travis Brashear

    Travis Brashear Screenwriter

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    Depends on how much of an obsessive collector you are. If you are pretty loony like me, pay heed to the following:
    Blue Velvet: Yes, get rid of the original--it has nil to offer that the new S.E. doesn't, save for an utterly pointless easter egg montage of footage from the film.
    Terminator: Do not get rid of the original--it features a different theatrical trailer edit than any of the ones featured on the S.E. (yeah, I know, picky, picky, but we're talking about obsessive collectors--I have nothing to apologize for! [​IMG] )
    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Do not get rid of the original in August--the new Director's Cut features an entirely different take of the scene wherein the Regula I scientists debate their options as Reliant approaches. In my opinion, this gives the original edit archival value, and will be of comparison/contrast interest if you are interested in the mechanics of film direction and editing.
    Dr. Strangelove: Do not keep your original for now--the S.E. features ample quality extras, which make an upgrade a necessity, especially if you're a "Kubrick disciple". The original is the very definition of bare-bones, and deserves to be sold off a.s.a.p.
     
  3. Dean Kousoulas

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    Memento - Keep the orginial. There is aa interview with director Chris Nolan, that's not in the Limited Edition set just released.
     
  4. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    Is there a new edition of Run Lola Run in the offing? I haven't heard there was so you'll just have to replace that. If there is an S.E. coming, wait for it...although I doubt that the video would improve.
    Blue Velvet-definitely upgrade
    Pulp Fiction-Features:
    5 Deleted Scenes with Introduction by Quentin Tarantino
    Trailers
    TV Spots
    Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
    Still Gallery
    Michael Moore Interviewing Tarantino
    The Charlie Rose Show Interview with Tarantino
    The Tarantino Fiction Original Documentary
    A Featurette on Production Design
    DVD-ROM Screenplay access. I think you can sell off your copy and be happy.
    Dr. Strangelove-definitely upgrade.
    In the Mood For Love-is there a different version available than the Criterion version? Are you talking about a different region than region 1?
    The rest: pretty much your call. There are plusses and minus's for each.
    Bruce
     
  5. Travis Brashear

    Travis Brashear Screenwriter

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    Hey, Dean Kousoulas, what's the big idea of stealing my signature, eh?

    :p)
     
  6. Eugene Hsieh

    Eugene Hsieh Supporting Actor

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    OK I will revise my choices accordingly. Note (for those wondering), I have already upgraded many discs, but just hadn't gotten around to viewing them all yet. (eg. I have both Blue Velvets but the newer one is still in the shrink wrap.)
    No I replaced my old one with the current version. However, I could have sworn my old one had a different cover (again purchased in Canada). Unfortunately, it was about 6 months after I bought it before I actually watched it, and the disc was defective. I can't confirm about the cover and features though, since I have already discarded it, so maybe I'm mistaken.
    As for Pulp Fiction, it seems that I have a few of the extra features not on the US original version, but not all. Thus I will have to upgrade.
    Ack! Man these companies have me over a barrel. I end up buying two of everything...
     

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