It is difficult to choose between these three tracks, the 5.1’s do add some much needed depth and bass to the film, but the 2.0, believe it or not, fairs better with the overall ambiance (excluding score) separation. Purists will baulk at the lack of the original mono and rightly so, many took exception to its missing on other ‘collectors editions’ sighting that a stereo track was sacrilege, and now there are two 5.1 tracks to further dispel them. I suppose it wouldn’t be so bad if they were exceptional, rather than the stodgy front heavy bass tracks that they are. Still if choice is your animal then choice you have here.
There is no denying Taxi Driver’s impact to the cinema. Films may come and go classics are here forever, Taxi Driver has had its place assured since its first showing in 1976. As a DVD this superbit has little to entice an upgrade buyer, unless you really want the extra 5.1 tracks or miss the bass so much on the disc you already have. I cannot see this picture as any significant improvement on what is already available and of course there are no extras. As value for money the superbit is outclassed by earlier editions and two new audio tracks won’t fool many.
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