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In light of the double dipping by the movie studios, which would you prefer for dvd releases?

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12th September 2005 13:53  #1

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
In light of the double dipping by the movie studios, which would you prefer for dvd releases?
My two fave movie studios are Paramount and Sony Pictures. Both have done a very, very good job with their dvd releases, especially the transfers, most with DTS sound through Superbit series(SONY), and I love especially both studios for including movie trailers for future releases! And not to mention that they get most of their dvd realeases right the first time, no double dipping and confusing customers with renewed versions later!

My fave dvd's from Paramount & Sony Pictures....

"How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days"
"Mad In Manhattan"
"Hitch"
"13 Going On 30"
"Air Force One" (Superbit) - Best DVD for Home Theatre!! DTS is superb!
"The Italian Job" (2004)
"Charlie's Angels" (Superbit)
"Top Gun" - Special Edition
"Stuart Little 2"

12th September 2005 14:37  #2

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Are you having a laugh? Are we talking about the same Sony Pictures who released about a billion versions of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2? The same Sony Pictures who brought us the Emperor's New Clothes of DVD marketing with 'Superbit'? The same Sony Pictures who have delivered some very shoddy transfers of big-budget, relatively new movies? I also seem to remember that Sony don't always transfer their films as progressive, which is dumb.

Warner kick Sony's arse when it comes to transfers. They've consistenly provided quality transfers for their high-profile releases. Fox are also pretty good, although The Phantom Menace sucks by today's standards. New Line aren't bad either.

12th September 2005 14:44  #3

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Paramount? They used to be my fav studio a few years ago before DVD, but 80% of their DVD releases are half-ass attempts. Just look at their Star Trek sets and how they've already bungled the release of Titanic which doesnt even street until October. Not to mention in the last 5 years they've been making nothing but horrible, terrible bombs for movies.

Sony makes decent stuff, but can't even compete in the upper-echelon of DVD studios. Right now, Warner Brothers OWNS every other studio, in term's of the quality of the productions and of the DVD's themselves. Disney / Buena Vista typically does a teriffic job releasing products too.

12th September 2005 15:02  #4

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
What about Dreamworks???

All the DVD's I've got from them are pretty good too -

"The Peacemaker"
"Minority Report"
"Collateral"
"The Terminal"
I'm sure there's more.

12th September 2005 15:31  #5

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
I guess it's whoever hires the best DVD producers combined with time/resources they are allowed to allocate to a given project.

12th September 2005 16:20  #6

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by Mark Lim
What about Dreamworks???


I'd put them in the middle of the pack. They put out quality discs, but they don't really stand out.


Quote: Originally posted by Malcolm Campbell
I guess it's whoever hires the best DVD producers combined with time/resources they are allowed to allocate to a given project.


How true. Out of the list that Mark originally gave, only Top Gun really stood out as a high quality DVD to remember. It was produced by Charles de Lauzirika who's up there with Van Ling as the best in the biz.

12th September 2005 21:02  #7

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Maybe they just have to announce all the versions of a dvd they will be releaseing for a movie....

sigh....wishfull thinking...Sad

12th September 2005 21:21  #8

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
He also has the most unpronounceable name in the business Wink

I'd agree that Warner are pretty much at the head of the pack. I can't remember the last time I watched a Warner disc that didn;t have a great transfer. The Matrix sequels and the subsequent boxed set, The Last Samurai... Fair enough some of their older catelogue titles are a bit naff, but if they make an effort with a title it really shines. Just look at Superman and True Romance. Only recent release I can remember with a less than stellar transfer was Goodfellas, but newer films look spot-on.

12th September 2005 22:16  #9

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Quote: Originally posted by Jonny "Me You"
How true. Out of the list that Mark originally gave, only Top Gun really stood out as a high quality DVD to remember. It was produced by Charles de Lauzirika who's up there with Van Ling as the best in the biz.
I have to agree with that.

12th September 2005 22:19  #10

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
New Line is almost always excellent, and has been offering DTS quite often lately.
Dreamwork's is also excellent, The Gladiator(Signature Selection)and A.I. DVD's are perfect examples.
Universal's been improving other than the Ray transfer which was a bit over saturated but still decent,
their Shaun Of The Dead transfer was excellent.
But Criterion will always be my favorite DVD studio.
But my favorite DVD studio will always be Criterion.
MGM is much better than they used to be,  recent example's are Raging Bull: 2 Disc CE, and Hotel Rwanda.
Fox is usually pretty good.
and why have you forgot to mention Dimension, most of their transfers are excellent, especially their Badder Santa transfer.

12th September 2005 22:29  #11

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
Here are some Fav. DVD's I own BTW:
Gladiator(Signature Selection): The DTS ES 6.1 track is great for showing off your home theatre
Reservoir Dogs 10th Anniversary edition: Video is a bit dissapointing, but the DTS track kicks A-ss
Dr. Strangelove 40th Anniversary:
The extra's are awesome, plus a new DTS track, and an excellent new transfer.
Rushmore Criterion:
Simply put, this DVD rocks, A great transfer, awesome extra's, and pristine Audio.

12th September 2005 23:48  #12

Adam K Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 247
Yah, Warner Bros. has been getting a LOT better - also consider that they now seem to be releasing DVDs in both 2-disc and 1-disc editions (i.e. BATMAN BEGINS; CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) which is nice because they are'nt double-dipping.

Fox is probably worse - they will double-dip practically every movie they make.

13th September 2005 1:14  #13

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Quote: Originally posted by Adam K
Fox is probably worse - they will double-dip practically every movie they make.
Fox only does it for kicks. I refuse to buy another movie from Fox (which sucks because I'm turning down Fantastic Four until it comes out on my director's cut).

And about Warner Bros, I love them. They are my favorite distributors anyday (even if some movies have sucky extras).

13th September 2005 4:56  #14

Chris Hazelton Member Join Date: January 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 40
Yeah WB and Universal are pretty good, just picked up Universal's Sparticus DTS edition which is awesome, and looking forward to the Gladiator Re-Release. WB's Heat and Shawshank two disk editions are gold, despite the lack of DTS

13th September 2005 11:21  #15

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
Sorry about my comments earlier. At least I got a good discussion going. And even when I don't know much about transfers. I don't really look that closely to see if the film has been produced correctly to dvd. I just like to enjoy the film anyway. At least it is not a bootleg.

13th September 2005 12:20  #16

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Although they produce good discs, the thing that really irks me about Warner is the way they artificially jack up their prices for perceived 'event' titles. The Matrix sequels were pushing £25 retail over here (yes I know they get discounted, but that's not the point). There's just no justification for DVDs costing that much.

Just announced The Polar Express on region two, and the single disc is £17.99, which is the price of most two disc releases from other studios. Warner want £22.99 for the two-disc set. Fuck right off. It's a DVD, not a lapdance from Natalie Portman.

13th September 2005 14:06  #17

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by Mark Lim
Sorry about my comments earlier. At least I got a good discussion going.


No need to apologize Mark. Just be honest and be yourself. If we agreed on everything, life would be boring. Very Happy


Quote: Originally posted by Chris Gould
Warner want £22.99 for the two-disc set. Fuck right off. It's a DVD, not a lapdance from Natalie Portman.


Dunno about you, but I'd GLADLY pay £22.99 for an extended Natalie Portman lapdance. Although, with her current hairstyle I'd want a slight discount Wink

13th September 2005 16:41  #18

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Hmmm....lap-dance...... me want!

14th September 2005 0:06  #19

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
I just wouldn't want a lapdance.

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