Worse Audio and Equivocal Video Quality for Leon The Professional" Review on DVD Talk

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  1. ChrisA

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    Has anyone else seen the review of the upcoming SUPERBIT version of "Leon The Professional" by a reviewer on DVD Talk. He basically said the audio on the SUPERBIT version was inferior to the current International Edition because they used an uncorrected (wrong) original audio track--meaning the Superbit version coming out is not as good and "lacks oopmh". Additional he said the video was not significantly better.

    Anyone else hear differently? I love this movie, but have cancelled the Superbit pre-order pending any differing reviews...
     
  2. Adam Tyner

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    I didn't get that impression about the uncorrected track from DVD Talk's review, but perhaps the author edited his review since it was originally posted.

    From DVD Movie Guide:

     
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    Thank-you kindly...

    Next time I upgrade this movie it will either be the Blu-Ray or AOD version: whoever gives us a 5 Mbit/sec soundtrack and 1080p WM9 :)
     
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    Hehe, yep, this is my reasoning for avoiding the latest T2 disc...why triple dip on that disc, when I can make my triple dip with the HD DVD version.
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG] This is just great. I just sold my copy of Leon in anticipation of the Superbit version, just to learn that it's inferior to the original?

    I disagree on passing on the T2 Extreme Edition though. In terms of video quality, it is far and above the Ultimate Edition. There is also an HD version on the disc (if you have a DVD-ROM). The new commentary track is a blast as well.
     
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    it is inferior!

    the sound is VERY disappointing, thinking that it is the original glitch track, which has been corrected - ie. no surrounds.

    but it is there, just overall sound is lower, or simply no oomph - no bass.

    video also looks terrible, as in no improvement or just not impressive.

    HOOK sounds better but still looks slightly hazy.

    LOArabia is best of bunch!
     
  7. ChrisA

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    Unbelievable! How on earth could LEON make it to release! I wonder how many people bought the 'Superbit' version...

    Hopefully somebody will point the bad soundtrack out to them so they don't do it again when the 1080p AOD/Blu-Ray version comes out.

    I'm glad I read the reviews and cancelled my order before it shipped!
     
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    You may have forgotten that the original release of Leon was recalled/corrected because the surround audio mix was flat. Sounds like they used the flat soundtrack for the Superbit instead of the corrected one. I remember originally checking my exchanged copy of Leon to make sure I had the updated/corrected version. I also recall the disc inside being different between the original release and the corrected one.
     
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    How do you tell if you have the weak bass version of Leon?
    I have the International version with:
    ISBN: 0-7678-6831-X
    Barcode at bottom: 43396 09196
    Number on the Spine: 06196
     
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    As I've just mentioned on the LOA threads, apart from picture and audio matters, cover blurbs have become rather intriguing; a quick game of Pictionary at my local Best Buy today yielded an anomaly along those lines, here reproduced with the help of back cover scans at DVDEmpire:

    Lawrence of Arabia: Superbit (Back Cover Scan)

    Leon: The Professional (Back Cover Scan)

    Aside from the Robert A. Harns credit on LOA already noted elsewhere, does anything, um, strike ya' funny about those two scans? [​IMG] Might we need to buy The Wall Street Journal a few thesauruses to pass around to review staff? Or is Columbia fudging actual reviews? Hmmm ....
     
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    I believe that's a review of superbit technology.
     
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    I guess my recently ordered SB copy of L:TP is going back...
     
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    Oh great, its the new one! Thanks a lot![​IMG]
     
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    Up here in Canada Leon non Superbit goes for around $35.00 to 40.00. The SB is only $24.00.(All prices Canadian) OK so I bought the SB version then stumbled onto this forum. Is the sound difference worth the extra 12 to 16 bucks to get a non SB version. BTW how much improvement does the SB have ion pic quality over the standard release.[​IMG]
     
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    this sucks. So I guess waiting for the Superbit didnt pay off. I must admit, the video on the superbit is not overwhelming. I see no compression artifacts, but the picture still seems a little muted.
     
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    Whoever was responsible for creating this 'superflop' should be notified...

    Guess I'll be selling the version I have on EBAY (trying not to laugh)... Guess I'll be going to deep discount to get the latest NON SUPERFLOP version...

    Thanks for the help!

    Chris
     

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