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Amsterdamned - Help wanted!

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  1. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    Can anyone help me please? Am trying to locate the film "Amsterdamned" (1988 - directed by Dick Maas), on DVD.

    I've done several searches on the Internet, via Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, and e-Bay, plus a few other websites, and have come across two releases, but all the reviews seem to contradict one another.

    Basically:
    - the film was made in 1.66:1 widescreen
    - was filmed in Dutch language, though a reasonable English-language dub was done by most of the original cast
    - one version is in English mono language, and French DTS
    - another version, is supposedly Digitally Remastered, but only in Dutch with no English subtitles.

    All I'm looking for, is to get the film on DVD, in the original 1.66:1 widescreen ratio (anamorphic, or non-anamorphic - I'm not fussy), and preferably with either a choice of Dutch language accompanied with English subtitles and/or the English dub.

    Can anyone help me in locating which version to get, and recommend the best version of the two to choose from? Thanks!


    Pooch
     
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    This is a good film. I have had a search for it before but didn't try too hard as I have a copy on tape somewhere. The boat chase is memorable. Will be interested to see if you get a result.

    I can tell you the UPC is 8-714576-929161. (16:9)

    It may help you.

    If I come across it I will post where.

    Dave
     
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    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for the help. The English-dub was actually performed by the original Dutch cast. As such, that's why it might appear below-par, seeing as English is their second language. I've oinly ever known of an English-dub version, though obviously the film was released in the Netherlands in Dutch. I just wish someone, would let us have the Dutch language version, but with proper English subs, as well as the English dub on one disc. :(

    The DVD cover I found was here! and is totally different from the one listed on the DVD Zone2 website mentioned in the post above. :confused: This one says that it's Digitally Remastered, and in 16:9 widescreen! :clap:

    The second DVD version I found was here! under a slightly different title. Again, if anyone can help me out on finding the best version to buy, then let me know. :) Cheers!

    I still have my old VHS copy from when ITV showed it back in the early 1990's on New Years Day at 2am!! And, the film was uncut, in 1.66:1 widescreen, AND the credits were left intact, and not squashed to the side of the screen! :clap: Them were the days... :(

    Anyway, thanks for the help, and I too, love the film. The boat chase is definitely very impressive, and whilst the film has flaws, it's a fun European thriller, and one-of-a-kind. I wish more of Dick Maas' works were released onto DVD, especially "The Lift", which I also loved.


    Pooch

    P.S. I found this on e-Bay, but can't confirm if it's a genuine DVD or a very good copy. Would anyone else care to take a look please... here! The e-Bay disc has a documentary, but is in 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Dutch language only, and no English language track, nor English dub either. :( Do you think this would still be worth getting? Thanks! :)

    Addendum: I've decided to buy the "Amsterdamned" DVD on e-Bay, even though it's only in Dutch, and has no English language dub, or subtitle options. It's such a great film, I thought it was worth paying 14 Euros for (including postage, packing and insurance) to get the film now! :clap:
     
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    It looks like that remastered version is real, but with Dutch-only audio and no subtitles, you're going to struggle... It's a shame there's no subtitles, otherwise I would've gone for it too...

    It would appear the inferior French disc is your only real option... of course, you could buy both and make your own super-duper version... (transplant the audio from one onto the anamorphic pic of the other.).
     

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