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Diabolical Discs - Crap transfers.

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  1. Jase

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    As we´ve had variations of the the Top Ten theme. We´ll try this.
    What are the worst transfers currently out there? To start the ball rolling:

    Highlander (all versions!) R2, R1 & R1 Immortal Edition.
    The Bodyguard R2

    Feel free to add more.;)
     
  2. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    I may get slated for saying this, but in my opinion, some of the worst transfers include...

    - any R2 discs by EIV (Entertainment In Video)
    - any DVD's by Vipco
    - Some Warner Home Video releases like "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves" look dire as well.

    Pooch
     
  3. mcmullanbrush

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    The Color of Money, region 2.

    Very, very poor picture quality:(
     
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    R2 Se7en SE (EiV)
    R2 Magnolia (EiV)
    R2 Dark City (EiV)

    Anybody spot a pattern developing here ?
     
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    I don't. I have all those releases and they look good to me, especially Dark City R2 which is non-anamorphic.

    Haven't compared them to the R1, but they are certainly far from "crap transfers" as they stand.

    My vote to "crap transfer" out of the disks I own goes to Shawshank Redemption R2 (lots of compression artefacts in this one). :rolleyes: I was actually expecting Highlander R2 to be far worse than it was so didn't think it was too bad - will probably change my mind the next time I watch it though! :D
     
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    R1 We were Soldiers. How is it possible so make a bad transfer in this day and age when Apocalypse Now over twenty years old looks like its was made yesterday?
     
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    The Horse Whisper.
     
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    R1 p&s version of Lost Highway (seville)

    Almost turned it of in the first few minutes...

    R2 Bladerunner.....still waiting:rolleyes:


    Rob
     
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    Watched R4 Predator last night. Where did they get the print from? It looked like it had been dug up from a time capsule.

    If anyone has the 2 disc version, don't watch the extras before you watch the film. These guys show themselves off to be a bunch of vain morons. Film itself is just OK (if you think of it as a an action comic).
     
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    Dune - R2
    I agree about EIV films I now only buy the new line R1 verisons
    Reservior Dogs - R2
    Zulu R1

    Some of the R3's the picture quality is a bit pants
     
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    "Dreamscape" R2
     
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    Chuck Norris' - Good Guys Wear Black.

    Transfered to DVD from a 8mm colour positive, hand held projector shown in broad daylight in a dust factory with sound dutifully recorded onto a Matsui personal tape recorder via the conderser mic. Truly pants. The worst £4.00 I've ever spent on a film.
     
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    For dire video quality - Return of The Pink Panther (R1 - Artisan).
    For censorship cuts - Eraser R2.
    Other: Any Pan & Scan transfer of a film which was originally shown in a wider aspect ratio
     
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    Tartan's Asia Extreme Dead Or Alive

    Take the gorgeous Japanese Anamorphic Print and toss it in the bin.

    Use a crappy NTSC Letterbox print and run it thru a pseudo PAL/Anamorphic conversion.

    Result: Almost no detail, no shadow detail and severe ghosting on fast motion.

    or how about:

    UK R2 The Devil's Backbone?

    A truly superb spanish film by Guillermo Del Toro (Chronos and Blade 2).

    BUT the package states DD5.1 (it's DD2.0 Surround)
    the package states Optional Subtitles (but fails to warn that its a SPANISH language film)
    The Menu has a serious overscan issue resulting in a bright blue vertical bar on any PC/PJ screen without blanking... kinda ruins the dark sombre scary menus!
    and finally the Subtitles are not 16x9 friendly... so unless you have total image control over aspect ratio (thanks TT ;)) you are buggered...

    Saying that the disc is also NON-Anamorphic but you know what? It's a truly superb NON-Anamorphic print...
     
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    looks like they couldn't finish the title either:)
     
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    ..... oh, and pretty well any THX approved R1 title - which will, in all probability, have a soft image and excessive Edge Enhancement.
     
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    ok ok so i made a typo it's "The Horse Whisperer''
     
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    I wasn't getting at you hence the smiley:)
     
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    How about the original R2 'The Usual Suspects' or R2 'Hellraiser'?
     
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    A Bruce Lee double bill DVD that I bought from Play back in the day. Absolutely unwatchable with horrendous audio that sounds like it was encoded at about 5kbps

    Dave
     
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    Great Escape (orig) R2
    Aliens R1
    Batman R2
    Madonna - Immaculate Collection R2
    Life of Brian R2 (WORST I HAVE EVER SEEN!)
     
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    Shame the R1 Criterion is so expensive isn't it :(
     
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    Just been somewhat stunned by how absolutely appalling the non anamorphic stereo r2 dvd of 'The Running Man' is. 5 Mbps video at its very worse... undoubtedly the worst dvd release i've ever seen. I think my star wars widescreen vhs box set both looks and sounds better. Can't believe they released it this year looking this bad...
     
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    R3 The Others. Artefacts visible 100% of the time. Truly aweful.
     
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    Highlander Endgame (R1).

    Doesn't help that it's a crap film too, mind :blush: , but the picture "quality" is muchos terriblos.
     
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    Glad I sent mine back without even watching it then :)
    Sent my copy of this back as well (was also R3) :)
     
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    The Shipping News R2 ( Rental )
     
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    I just watched the region1 of this last night and its a dodgy transfer too. I don't know what they've done to it but TT on my HTPC was unable to solve the cadence ( the field relationship). Forcing it to weave didn't help either. Definitely some frame interpolation on this. I ended up watching it on my interlace dvd and 32" set and I could still see weirdness : double imaging.

    I'm wondering if they shot this 25fps and then interpolated it up to 30fps for the US master or even did a PAL to NTSC conversion on the master... weird . Found the film itself a little dissapointing ( big fan of cronos) kept expecting a bit more.
     
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    Tomorrow Never Dies (R2) Crap. Its like watching it on a media player or somthing.
     

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