Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Superbit DVD Review

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Superbit DVD Review
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Picture

With this being a Superbit release I had high hopes for image quality and although sharp and nicely detailed there are problem areas. It is immediately apparent that the print has suffered over the years and there are lots of small scratches and flecks that are noticeable throughout. There are many night scenes in this movie and the image does sometimes suffer with a little noise. There are also a few occasions, the shot of the young boy's house at the very beginning of Chapter 3 for instance, when the image is unsteady and noticeably flickers. I was also aware of a definite improvement in picture quality around 00:54:54 (immediately after Barry, the young boy, is taken) - from here on colours are more vibrant and the image is more detailed and natural looking. Edge enhancement is sometimes apparent, but does not overly intrude.

As I own the Region 2 Collector's Edition I decided to do a little comparison of picture quality - the Japanese Superbit version is clearly superior having less grain and a more solid, modern looking image. Despite the few flaws detailed above this is clearly a release worthy of the title Superbit.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Superbit

Sound

Despite the usual Dolby Digital 448Kbps and DTS 768Kbps audio tracks that come with almost all Superbit releases (Jurassic Park III with its DTS ES and DD EX 5.1 being a notable exception to the rule) the sound here is merely adequate. Rear speaker action is rather limited with most effects being spread across the front soundstage leaving even helicopters sounding a little flat and dull. Overall there are few real stand out moments, although I feel I must warn you of at least one - when Richard Dreyfuss is in his truck by the railway crossing as the alien craft flies overhead (00:21:11). You simply must make sure you have your subwoofer carefully calibrated just for this one scene, that is if you value you're building's foundations - my eardrums pounded and for a few moments even my teeth hurt!

So which is my preferred choice - Dolby Digital or DTS? There's not a great deal in it - the DTS track is definitely louder making it a little difficult to compare, but overall it just wins the day with a slightly fuller bass tone and a more involving, open sound.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Superbit

Extras

Even with the movie spread over two discs the Superbit treatment means zero extras - there are no deleted scenes and making of documentaries to be found here.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Superbit
A fantastic tale to make you look up at the sky in wonderment and awe gets the Superbit treatment. Should it find its way into your collection? The lack of extras may put off some, but the superior picture quality definitely attracts. I suspect a dedicated collector would want to own both the Collector's Edition for the extra features and this Superbit release for its superior picture.

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