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Old October 1 2012, 11:11 PM   #91
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Re: Disappointing DVD releases

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The dvd release of Due South is really bad. I guess that the company that put them out tried to save money by putting too many episodes on one disc. The picture quality is sub VHS on most episodes. I agree with the poster who complained about different packaging for different seasons of the same show. I have all 5 seasons of Alias and the box for each season is smaller than the last. No two are alike.
You mean Platinum Disc (now Echo Bridge in the US and Alliance in Canada)? I still remember when I ran across my first DVD from them, I was quite shocked at the quality plus the fact that no one apparently bothered too let the DVD artist know the correct title of the show (the DVD case said USA's Dumbest Crooks, but the actual show was called 'America's Dumbest Crooks').

But with the STTMP Director's Edition, I was talking to someone from the design team about two years ago, and while the files most likely still exist, the models would have too be rebuilt from scratch, since the models were designed at 480i, and as such they would not be able to be up converted too HD.
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Old October 1 2012, 11:13 PM   #92
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Has he ever gave an indication of how likely it will be that such a release will ever happen? Is there any progress on that front?
A release like that is most likely to coincide with either (a) the theatrical release of Star Trek Into Darkness or (b) the home video release of the film. The last wave of Blu-Rays (the original series and the features) came out to coincide with the theatrical release of the 2009 film, and I would expect the same here.
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Old October 2 2012, 04:24 AM   #93
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I remember pre-ordering Zack and Miri make a porno from Amazon and being really disappointed that Kevin Smith hadn't put any commentaries on it.
Which is VERY odd considering how much the ignorant blowhard loves hearing the sound of his own voice!
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Old October 2 2012, 05:58 AM   #94
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This thread reminds me I need to pick up TMP on Blu-Ray while it's still my preferred theatrical cut.

I wish the classic Doctor Who DVDs were more affordable. I mean ~$20 for a story doesn't seem too bad for an odd one or two but there's like 150 stories (I know some are missing but...) which would be like ~$3000 for the whole she-bang.

The non-release of Blake's 7 in Region 1.

I might be in the minority here but I thought the "remastered" Transformers was a complete and total disaster. Nasty turn up the colors till they bleed, jaggies, new sounds, animation errors. I'd have preferred to have them just look and sound like they do when you watch them in re-runs.
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Old October 2 2012, 06:24 AM   #95
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I wish the classic Doctor Who DVDs were more affordable. I mean ~$20 for a story doesn't seem too bad for an odd one or two but there's like 150 stories (I know some are missing but...) which would be like ~$3000 for the whole she-bang.
BBC dvds in general seem pretty pricey.
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Old October 2 2012, 01:46 PM   #96
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Has he ever gave an indication of how likely it will be that such a release will ever happen? Is there any progress on that front?
A release like that is most likely to coincide with either (a) the theatrical release of Star Trek Into Darkness or (b) the home video release of the film. The last wave of Blu-Rays (the original series and the features) came out to coincide with the theatrical release of the 2009 film, and I would expect the same here.
If it were going to tie into the theatrical release, I'd have expected word to leak by now.
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Old October 2 2012, 09:18 PM   #97
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I do agree that the Babylon 5 DVDs do, in a word, suck.

Unfortunately the iTunes versions aren't much better. I remember the space battle in "Severed Dreams" having effects that are very stop-start-stop "Jerky".
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Old October 3 2012, 09:29 PM   #98
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Originally, the DVD sets of "Twin Peaks" didn't have the two hour pilot, due to some sort of rights issue. I had to make due with my crappy off the air VHS tapes until 2007 when the 'gold box' set finally came out and included the pilot.
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Old October 3 2012, 10:57 PM   #99
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I am becoming more and more disappointed with DVD releases in general. There's too much "tier-ing" going on. Used to be the basic DVD came with a good range of extras. Now we're lucky to get a Director's Commentary track. To get some decent extras, you have to buy the "deluxe" version. Then there's Blu Ray on top of that, with even MORE exclusive content.

They were making plenty of money off of full-featured DVDs so all this regular/deluxe/Blu Ray rationing of extras is nothing more than a scumbag attempt at upselling and price gouging.
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Old October 3 2012, 11:00 PM   #100
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For the most part, I don't care about extras. I'd usually only buy a DVD when:
  • It's something I love to watch over and over
  • I find something I wanted to see in a discount bin cheaper than renting it
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Old October 3 2012, 11:22 PM   #101
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Re: Disappointing DVD releases

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I am becoming more and more disappointed with DVD releases in general. There's too much "tier-ing" going on. Used to be the basic DVD came with a good range of extras. Now we're lucky to get a Director's Commentary track. To get some decent extras, you have to buy the "deluxe" version. Then there's Blu Ray on top of that, with even MORE exclusive content.

They were making plenty of money off of full-featured DVDs so all this regular/deluxe/Blu Ray rationing of extras is nothing more than a scumbag attempt at upselling and price gouging.
What's worse is in the UK where the censored versions of stuff cut for a lower rating are released on DVD, and the uncut version (whether at a higher rating or even the same!) is only out on Blu-ray.

C.f. The Hangover, The A Team, Temple of Doom, The Angels Share, Woman In Black, etc etc...
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Old October 4 2012, 12:00 AM   #102
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When you say "the uncut version" do you mean the theatrical version?
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Old October 4 2012, 01:47 AM   #103
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I suspect by "uncut" he means the "true" theatrical version rather than a version that's been cut to meet the UK's equivalent of the MPAA's standards.

These days I find "store-specific" exclusives to be sort of annoying.
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Old October 4 2012, 03:43 PM   #104
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When you say "the uncut version" do you mean the theatrical version?
It means the US theatrical version, in the cases I mentioned - today there's a tendency for distributors to cut for a 12A rating if would otherwise get a 15, and then also release that version on DVD but the 15 version on blu-ray
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Old October 4 2012, 11:36 PM   #105
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The Abyss DVD is not anamorphic.

I made that horrifying discovery after I watched Aliens on blu ray. Boy, does The Abyss look horrible on the DVD. Naturally, DVD looks less good than blu ray, but that contrast was shocking.
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