Worst DVDs of All Time and Missed Opportunities

Discussion in 'Archive: The Amphitheatre' started by Admiral Maciejewski, May 28, 2003.

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  1. Leto II Jedi Master

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    Jan 23, 2000
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    Adding to what
    CountBakufu said, I thought, by now, there would be a two disc Bladerunner set that comes with the director's cut and the original theatrical version, which has many differences and contains Harrison Ford's voice-over narration. It would be great to be able to watch both.
    Actually...your prayers might be answered somewhat soon. Ridley Scott has been working for the last two or three years on the Final, All-Inclusive three-disc edition of Blade Runner. He's done another new Director's Cut of the film, this time lengthening it with new footage that they discovered after the 1992 edition was released.

    The set's going to feature the new uber-extended-extended cut, the 1992 Director's Cut, and the original 1982 theatrical release version (with the Harrison Ford narration). Plus probably enough documentaries and supplementary material to give us all geekasms well into the next century. However, it was recently announced a few weeks back during an online chat with Warner Brothers' head of DVD marketing that some legal snafus have cropped up that they're working right now on resolving, which may push the release date back a bit.

    It should be released in 2004, but the delay is kind of aggravating, nonetheless.

    Trainspotting - such a good film with average video and sound quality and zero extra's.
    The Criterion laserdisc edition of this is still probably the definitive version of the film...in fact, they were gearing up to release it on DVD in 2001, but the deal fell through for some reason or other. It's a dynamite edition, with a killer commentary track:

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    Synopsis:

    Irvine Welsh's darkly comic first novel Trainspotting screams to life in this acclaimed film adaptation from the collaborative team of director Danny Boyle, screenwriter John Hodge, and producer Andrew Macdonald. Trainspotting follows the life of unrepentant heroin abuser Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), as he struggles to escape the responsibilities of life and friendship. Critically lauded and equally controversial, Trainspotting is a harshly beautiful portrait of friendships devastated by urban blight. The Criterion Collection is proud to exclusively present Trainspotting in its original, filmmaker-approved, uncut, undubbed widescreen version.

    Special Features:

    A new widescreen (1.85:1) digital transfer
    Discrete 5.1 channel Dolby® Digital soundtrack

    The complete, uncut filmmakers' version

    Screen-specific commentary by director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, screenwriter John Hodge, and actor Ewan McGregor

    Nine deleted scenes with commentary

    Video interview with Irvine Welsh, author of the novel Trainspotting

    Exculsive liner notes by Irvine Welsh and an insert including his glossary of terms
  2. Obi-Wan2001 Jedi Master

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    Sep 6, 2001
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    Cool, thanks for that info about Blade Runner, Leto II. :)
  3. Jaded_Girl Jedi Master

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    Aug 9, 2001
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    I was really aggraved with the Special Edition DVD for the A&E/BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice". It was all washed out, either horrendously bright or so dark you couldn't make out detail. WAAAAY too much contrast, it lost the warmer, more yellow and sepia tones the video had.
  4. JediStrider Jedi Master

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    Feb 18, 2002
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    The Harry Potter DVDs have been disappointing. A few smidges of deleted scenes, some interviews. Bleh. Where's all the behind the scenes stuff? Commentary with the kids (I couldn't care less about hearing Chris Columbus ramble on about the film)? Documentaries on the HP phenomenon, or comparisons between the films and the books?

    I'd say AotC needs to be revisted only because the docs on there are completely technical, and do not even come close to "The Beginning." But since the other features are so strong and so plentiful, and since the technical aspects of the disks are so amazing, I really can't complain.

    Newer films like Adaptation and Punch-Drunk Love have very disappointing extras, though they excel in the audio/visual department.
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