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New Columbia Tristar stuff - Superbit

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by juboy, Mar 13, 2003.

  1. juboy

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    Wow, at last they seem to be putting out some films people might actually want to buy on Superbit.

    Spiderman Superbit should be good, although do we really need another version of The Fast & The Furious?

    Are there really people who'd buy the original, the 'Tricked Out' version and the Superbit?
     
  2. kevenh

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    Spiderman, The Dark Crystal, Legends Of The Fall, Das Boot, Labyrinth.
    From 'the collection' - the Columbia newsletter.
    But maybe www.superbit.co.uk should have more news...
     
  3. nathan_silly

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    What??? Das Boot- classic!
     
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    I'm so stoked about Gladiator on superbit! 5th Element is damn good on superbit:cool:
     
  5. Rambo John J

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    Gladiator already had a dtsES audio track on its original release so where's the point in a superbit release? In fact, where's the point in superbit at all unless it's being watched with a projector? Seems like a marketing ploy to me - tell people they can't live without it and suddenly people think they can't live without it. Seems the same as the mobile phone conspiracy to me - I wouldn't be surprised if superbit discs are brimming over with radiation designed to fry your brain by listening to dts audio tracks too loudly.

    Back to Gladiator - it was made by Dreamworks and distributed by Universal, so what's it doing on a Columbia Tristar release schedule in the first place? Are they going out and licensing other peoples flicks now?:confused:
     
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    I know, I thought that a bit wierd too..

    Bad Boys on Superbit as well..IMO they will be hard pressed to improve on the original release, even without a DTS soundtrack, the DD soundtrack is outstanding IMO, and the picture is excellent also.
     
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    What's the point though, when the original release was a 2-disker anyway. Surely they can't up the bit rate that much over the original release :confused:

    I may be inclined to if they released Donnie Darko as a Superbit :D
     
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    All Universal DVD's up to September last year were distributed by Columbia Tristar. Universal signed a three year deal with CT to produce and market all their DVD's which expired then, this is why Uni are now rereleasing their older titles again slightly updated. Columbia still have the distributions rights to Gladiator and a few other big Universal films such as the Fast and the Furious. I reckon this is a ploy to get as much money out of the titles before the contract expires and Universal get the rights back to the DVD. Universal did repackage old Polygram filmed entertainment DVD's to the Universal brand name when the two compaines were merged a few years back.
     
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    I thought that the video and audio on the spiderman disc
    wasn't quite up to scratch considering it was such a high-
    profile release.Therefore, on this occasion, a superbit
    version would be welcome.
    Why they couldn't release it as a superbit deluxe edition
    originally beats me though.
    Does it take that much longer to do a high bit-rate transfer
    or are Sony just trying to fleece us? Audio commentries are usually attached to a low bit-rate dolby 2.0 soundtrack which takes up very little space on a disc so
    even with a superbit release of this film, they still would be
    able to fit a couple of audio commentries on it as there would
    still be room left on the disc.
    With video and audio compression techniques getting better
    all the time, I see no reason why CTHE can't release every
    dvd as a superbit/superbit deluxe edition.
     
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    Yes, although they'd no doubt call it 'maximising their return on investment' :)

    I didn't buy the original version of Spiderman and so the Superbit makes good sense for me, especially as extras aren't really high on the priority list in my eyes.
     
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    they'd probably call it 'giving their customers the choice and options they richly deserve'.

    wonder if they're hiring..???
     
  12. Rambo John J

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    I take it this is just an R2 superbit then and not R1?
     
  13. Cloudnine

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    Superbit is redone at a higher resolution/bit rate, as well as recorded in DTS. The picture on my HDTV is an incredible difference from superbit to original.
     
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    Cloudnine,

    Out of curiousity, can you explain what qualifies your TV as HD ? I thought you needed a HD source like blue-ray or HD-DVD which aren't out yet.
     
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    My HDTV...

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    Features...
    Improved IDSC™ Pro
    This advanced digital scan conversion system allows the TV to accept and display both progressive scan and HD video signals, including 720p. IDSC Pro utilizes line doubling, frame
    doubling, pixel doubling, and double sampling for the best possible progressive scan images. IDSC Pro creates a single, no compromise, focus point from any signal for a consistently sharper image.

    So, Being that i use a progressive scan DVD player I can play a Superbit DVD at it's fullest potential.
     
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    not with Bose speakers you can't :D
     
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    Not that i'm saying Bose are superb or anything but, many guests that have watched a movie at my house have said that my system is much clearer in Video as well as the Bose speakers sounding better than the local theatre. I do agree Bose aren't top shelf, but for what i paid they're more than what i had hoped for.:rotfl: :smashin:
     

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