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Definitely Paramount needs to do an SE of Braveheart only if Mel Gibson is involved and they get a good independent DVD producer for it.  I have heard the first cut of Braveheart ran six hours, so I think some good deleted scenes might be around if Mel doesn't creat an extended cut of Braveheart.
Here's the ones I have of Halloween:

1997
Single disc Limited Edition THX
Regular Edition THX
2 Disc Numbered Limited Edition THX
Extended
Divimax 25th Anniversary 2 Disc

Looks like you'll have 4 different styles and cleanups to look at.  The biggest difference is the blue hue that Dean Cundey gave it for the THX edition and the restored orange hue Anchor Bay gave it in the 25th Anniversary Edition.  My personal favorite is the blue.  Gives it a cold feeling while the orange seems to add a bit of warmth.
Dustin wrote: As much as I absolutely worship at the alter of Anchor Bay...

I can't think of any series of fans that've been repeatedly bombarded with as many releases as they pull on the Halloween and Evil Dead crowds.  I've got four releases of Halloween on DVD, and I'm missing one too.  I know some of the Evil Dead slack goes to Universal as well since they both put out Army of Darkness... but still...

Love the comparison articles for Army of Darkness the site has.  I think next month this time, I'll try and do one for Halloween.  There's the original disc, the THX copy, the tv cut, and the Divimax....
i think the best for me would have to be warner bros too. the worst I would say is sony because they gave almost no special features to one of my favorite movies, hostel. and everyone is sayin fox is the worst but they did a great job w/ the donnie darko director's cut dvd so i'm not complaining there.
my personal faves are Disney and New Line
stanton heck wrote: Well that's great.  However I wish Paramount would give us special editions (or better special editions of)
Flashdance
Fatal Attraction
Heaven Can Waite
Foul Play
Urban Cowboy
Saturday Night Fever
The Godfather Epic (cut in order)
Ghost
The First Wives Club


just to name a few


Add Braveheart to that and you have my vote.
Mark Lim wrote: Does anyone know about a 80's classic, Electic Dreams?? When is this coming out? Who owns the right to this great classic?
I'm pretty sure that Warner Home Video owns the rights here in the US.
Does anyone know about a 80's classic, Electic Dreams?? When is this coming out? Who owns the right to this great classic?
Well then, there's always PPV. Tongue
Just Myself wrote: I give credit to Sony for being the only company out there that, unless it's an extended edition, they'll only release one version of the movie, and that's a 2 disc.
I guess you're not counting the fact that to not get a c**p transfer you have to pony up and buy their Superbit version of whatever film then? Sony tries to cram everything they can on to one disc usually, and as a result the actual presentation quality of the film suffers.
As much as I absolutely worship at the alter of Anchor Bay...

I can't think of any series of fans that've been repeatedly bombarded with as many releases as they pull on the Halloween and Evil Dead crowds.  I've got four releases of Halloween on DVD, and I'm missing one too.  I know some of the Evil Dead slack goes to Universal as well since they both put out Army of Darkness... but still...

Love the comparison articles for Army of Darkness the site has.  I think next month this time, I'll try and do one for Halloween.  There's the original disc, the THX copy, the tv cut, and the Divimax....
Wors t.
It's not how good or bad the special editions are to me, instead it's how they're released. I give credit to Sony for being the only company out there that, unless it's an extended edition, they'll only release one version of the movie, and that's a 2 disc. Everyone else releases twenty f**king versions of the same movie. The guys who are worst at this are Fox, Warner and Universal. You remember a time when a SE-worthy film would get only one release- the f**king SE? Nowadays, you get dual releases (e.g., Munich or V For Vendetta) where the s**tty version is cheap, and the good version, the SE, is like $25-$30, it's f**king crazy. Then there's Fox, who will release what seems like an okay version, then a month after you bought the goddamn thing, guess what-IT'S GETTING THE F**KING SE IT DESERVED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

And then there the 2-disc set for Garfield, no one asked for that.... >_<
Well that's great.  However I wish Paramount would give us special editions (or better special editions of)
Flashdance
Fatal Attraction
Heaven Can Waite
Foul Play
Urban Cowboy
Saturday Night Fever
The Godfather Epic (cut in order)
Ghost
The First Wives Club


just to name a few
Special editions from Paramount that rock are: Titanic 3-disc, Tommy Boy 2-disc, Forrest Gump 2-disc, and the Indiana Jones trilogy.

They do get it right from time to time, but have a lot of work to do before their track record is forgiven in terms of barebone discs.
stanton heck wrote: I would say by fas tom me anyway is FOX.  Worse Paramount.  
Sorry I meant to say the best to me is FOX.  Worse Paramount.

Paramount Special Editions are not that great.  I can't think of one Paramount Special Edition DVd that I love.  I have lots of Fox Special Editions that I love.
Of the big studios Warner, which includes New Line and all of the other subsidiaries, and Fox are consistantly the best when it comes to the overall releases taking into consideration picture quality, sound, and extras. At the other end of the spectrum is Paramount who has lagged behind for a few years and are now finally starting to catch up in releasing quality discs. Universal is somewhere in between, but their track record as far as releasing their back catalog is abysmal and disc quality varies all over the place, but are generally good. Sony would be a lot better if they would actually allocate more disc space to the actual movie instead of trying to cram everything but the kitchen sink plus a gazillion trailers onto one disc.
Mal
The good Fox releases tend to be done by the more famous independant DVD producers.
I'm agreeing with Dustin and scottmck here too, Warner Bros. is one of the best studios that does the best special editions.

I'm gonna go with FOX and call them the worst though.
Mr. Badass, Paramount is guilty of quite a few crimes in DVD.  They're making up for some of them with their silly movie quote special editions, but they're still screwing up.  Such as, not carrying over Hughes commentary from the old Bueller disc to the new special edition.  Hughes is a fantastic commentator on his work and now I can't get rid of my old disc.

Paramount needs to give us a Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy SE and Universal needs to give us an MST3K: The Movie SE... that way I can stop paying security guards to watch over my beloved OOP disc.  It gets expensiv, you know.
I agree Dustin.  The Warner editions of old films are great, especially those that include an old newsreel, trailers, cartoons and stuff before the film like The Adventures of Robin Hood.

I wonder if they'll start including old Cannon trailers and Kia-Ora/Butterkist adverts for their 1980s re-releases?
Warner Brothers has been kicking arse with movies both new and old.

Look at their Batman films, the Ultimate Matrix collection, and then look at older classics like their James Dean Collection (that thing is LOADED).  Treasure of the Sierra Madre is another stacked special edition from way back when.
Best Special Editions...
Criterion
Anchor Bay
Warner Bros.
20th Century Fox
New Line
Miramax
MGM

Bad Special Editions
Universal
Paramount
I think it was supposed to be English...
stanton heck wrote: I would say by fas tom me anyway is FOX.  Worse Paramount.  

Eh?
I would say by fas tom me anyway is FOX.  Worse Paramount.  
Sony has some of the best and worst special editions.  For every Panic Room SE and Underworld Unrated Extended cut, you get some unneeded Extended Cut releases.   BVHE also has some good and bad SEs.  So far it looks like Warner does the best with special edition treatments without resorting to needless SEs.   Most studios have good and bad Special Edition DVD releases.
Which Studio Has Best/Worst Special Editions?
If you ask me, I'd say Universal, what with War of the Worlds and Munich the packaging is great, features don't let up and they only do it to deserving movies. Worst would be FOX simply because some of their movies don't even deserve them and they get 10 versions!! If you don't believe that just check how many different versions there are of Independence Day.