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Lotr Ext Version R1 Or R2

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  1. JAZ_MAG

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    Can someone please help.

    CDWOW have both the R1 and R2 versions of the 4 disc extended LOTR available for £21.99

    Which shpuld I get? Does one have more extras than the other?

    Help please i'm new to all this.

    Chris
     
  2. Rambo John J

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    I'd go for the R1 every time. The extras are uncut and the packaging is a world away (as in far superior and designed to last) from the flimsy R2 digipack that'll fall apart in a few months.
    Also, the R2 has various audio faults from what I've read.
     
  3. NikB

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    U also get the MTV parody with Sarah Michelle Gellar on the R1 DVD.
     
  4. PaulaB

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    Try going for the R1 from amazon.ca
    use CANADASKY535 voucher
    it gives you $5 dollars off

    it is only $40.96 or £16.26 a lot cheaper.
     
  5. Squirrel God

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    Get the R1.

    The R2 has player-generated subtitles for the Elvish dialogue.

    If you haven't seen the movie though, be careful. I didn't think it was as great as everyone made out :(
     
  6. groundy

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    You need to watch it again to appreciate it ;). When I first saw it at the cinema, I wasn't overly impressed either but after 2nd/3rd viewing, I now regard it very highly.

    The Two Towers is an absolute masterpiece - will be seeing it again in the cinema this weekend.
     
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    I'm off to reply to this on another more appropriate thread :D
     
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    Agreed, when I watched the standard version, I thought it was OK, but on watching the extended version i thought it was a lot better, may watch it again later, see if it will raise my opinion even more????
     
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    Im a huge fan of LOTR, and I enjoyed it much more on dvd than at the cinema.
     
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    Another reason to go for the R1 is because the R2/R4 have had pitch shifting applied to them to compensate for the PAL speedup and this has produced some odd side-effects according to www.michaeldvd.com.au

    R1 soundtrack supposed to be louder and bassier as well? Certainly blew me away anyway :D
     
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    The region 1 packaging is so much better as well it actually looks like it is bound in leather, where as the region 2 looks like cardboard, flimsy cardboard at that.
     
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    Yeah, the packaging is certainly the best of all my DVDs. Very impressive stuff :)
     
  14. ytgti

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    Are you refering to DD or DTS?

    OR plain old stereo!
     
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    The DD5.1 blew me away in relation to soundtracks on my other DVDs. Can't listen to the DTS one as I don't have an amp :)

    As for R1 being louder - dunno what I'm referring to. I read something somewhere on the forums :)
     
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    So how did you listen to DD if you havn't got an amp? or did you mean your amp hasn't got DTS. If so neither has mine. :mad:

    Just woundered, still waiting for PLAY's little cock up. :rolleyes:
     
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    Nah, I meant what I said mate. I don't have an amp at all. I listen to DD5.1 downmixed to Dolby Surround through my TV with Virtual Dolby or Dynamic BBE - depending on which sounds better for the particular soundtrack.

    It's more revealing then you'd think it'd be ;) For TV speakers, mine are really good - very clear and nice bit of bass from the separate sub. Got 5/5 in the reviews :)

    Also, since I am using the same equipment for all my DVDs, I can validly compare all soundtracks RELATIVELY (not absolutely though). So I know it kicks ass :)

    There were a couple of threads in DVD Talk about the R1 vs R2 soundtracks - have a look there. Also have a look at www.michaeldvd.com.au for a very detailed review of the R2/R4 transfer.
     
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    It sounds really great with a 5.1 system. But I have now got my amp and speakers up to 6.1 and it really is a lot better.

    :D
     
  19. ytgti

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    What TV have you got?.... hang on let me guess, its got to be Sony.:)

    I've got Virtual Dolby on my TV. I was surprised one time when i was watching a film how good it was, tricked my ears anyway i kept looking to the sides and that! very good.
     
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    Yeah, KV28LS60. How did you guess? Been reading my posts in the TV forum? :p

    It can be good, but it depends on the soundtrack as you can often find that it muffles the dialogue and limits the bass because of the frequency shifting. You've gotta sit dead in the middle between the 2 speakers to get the best out of it as well.

    When I figure out a sound setup that doesn't leave wires trailing across the living room carpet and lets me use rears effectively when my sofa is right against the wall, I'll have no probs getting an amp. Be hard pushed to even find a shelf for the amp at the moment too! Ah well, until then, it'll have to be TV nirvana for me..
     
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    SG, Your taking the P!SS arent you?:confused:
     
  22. ytgti

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    Ive heard you mention Sony before and that you rate them (i think)

    All my stuffs in my bedroom (still at home with parents:blush:) so my TV's in the middle with my bed opposite and then all the speakers in each corner. I don't show my mates demos, i show the girlies.:devil:

    Carpet's and floorboards aint just for walking on:eek: and the rears don't have to be behind, my beds against the wall with the speakers in each corner. Sounds spot on!:)
     
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    About what? :confused:

    Yeah, Ian J's been kindly advising me in these areas :) but the actual space I have to play with is the major problem and the distance I would need to be from speakers and their arrangement etc. My lounge is small (I live in a little London flat). I'm sure I'll suss something out in due course with a bit of help :)
     
  24. ytgti

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    FUK NOW YOUR STALKING ME HHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP.:D :D :p ;)
     
  25. groundy

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    Squirrel, the speakers most often referred to as rears are a little misleading. Optimal positioning for the Surrounds are actually on the side walls firing along the same plane as your ears. They don't actually have to be behind the listening position so your sofa being against the wall is not a problem - my own is also against the wall. You really only need additional space at the back for back surrounds in a 6.1/7.1 setup. Also, your listening position does not need to be centrally between the rears - just buy an Amp/Receiver with delay settings for each individual channel (many budget amps only allow delay times for the rears as a unit rather than seperate).

    I'm sure Ian has already told you this though as he is a rather knowledgeable chappie at this kind of thing :).
     
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    Yeah cheers Groundy, Ian has told me most of that already :) The other problem is that there is no room for the rears/surrounds on either side of the sofa, so they'd have to go up on poles or something. Also, nowhere to really put the front speakers or the sub and the TV is to the side on the right which makes it even more complicated for positioning. I have stuff wall-to-wall. It's very complicated isn't it :D
     
  27. groundy

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    My own setup is far from ideal but you would be surprised at what you can do with a little ingenuity. I'll send you some pics of my own setup (when I get around to it ;)) to better explain.
     
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    Okay mate, cheers. Maybe I'll mock up a sketch of my lounge too so you can get a better idea of just how cramped it is :)
     
  29. groundy

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    I look forward to it - just try not to use the large spray can utensil in Paint when sketching it :D.
     
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    This should be quite interesting. We should start a thread showing our set ups and problems we come across and solved.:)
     

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