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The Two Towers Academy dvd review.

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Steve.EX, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. Steve.EX

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    Firstly.
    This is an original Academy "screener" this unlike the disc's on sale at Ebay and the like does NOT have a DTS soundtrack, it is NOT anamorphic, it has no extra's to speak of, much like other official "screeners" i have seen this is a "pop it in and off it goes" disc. The entire feature is split into 8 chapters.
    This information is present/given so as to "constitute" compliance with Forum rules and regs(?) and therefore as such is not pirate or bootleg materials.
    I obtained this disc about 6 weeks ago but due to "other" distractions i have only flicked through the obvious "sections", Sunday evening i was "allowed" the 3 ish hours to "entertain myself".
    Image quality was not perfect but certainly very good, i am not aware of where/what these are mastered from but no Academy disc that i have seen has ever in my opinion had the image quality of the official release. It is very good but when playing FOTR you are aware of slightly more "sharpness and detail". There was no print damage that i was aware of and colour saturation seemed good.
    Audio on the other hand was exemplary, the scoring (of which i personally feel is an improvement on an already great original) is simply sublime, i feel these chaps (also to include Hans Zimmer, John Williams et all) are our modern day Mozarts etc.
    Effects are typically robust with some great "sense of scale" moments as the hoards approach The Keep towards the end of the film, the explosion to destroy The Keep wall is clearly a "labour of love", another stand out section is the scene where the fleeing "villagers" encounter the bear type creatures ridden by "the baddies" (sorry i am not a Tolkienite") the dynamics here are most impressive.
    Voicing is just about perfect, i could follow every word more or less that Treebeard(?) spoke - a feat i could not achieve on three visits to the cinema (and believe me on the VERY rare occasions i go to the cinema i will ask "the manager" who i should speak to to find out where the sweet spot is!!).
    I found the DTS ES discrete track on the FOTR to be truely sublime and very much the match of any Star Wars equivalent in all aspects, and on this showing i really am quite looking forward to the extended version of the Two Towers.

    Super super disc.
    Highly recommended.


    Regards

    Steve.
     
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    My mate has this, and his IS anamorphic m8, do you have a different version??
    No DTS tho`, as you said. :)


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    I think I've seen that version too Spoonman2. It's very nice indeed. Can't wait for the proper extended cut though with all those lovely extras :)
     
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    Do they always answer with "the what" ;)
     
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    Their usual response is probably:

    'Just over there, next to the ice cream and drinks spot' ;)
     
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    i also have the anamorphic version, no dts ,but the 5.1 is amazing.i only got this because im gonna get the 4 discer in november, so i wont end up buying the bare bones version.
     
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    Gents.

    To be perfectly honest i was not aware of anamorphic "versions".
    I will say that the disc i have has come via an associate of an associate of an associate etc from New Zealand.
    What relevance that actually has i have no idea but it was put to me that the disc "may or may not" have been "on-site"????

    Steve..
     
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    Gents

    I would also say that of the "several" bootlegs i have come across and not only the Two Towers the audio has always been reasonable on the front channels and quite poor on the rear, with very little separation a la' Pro-Logic.

    On a "bootlegged" version of the Two Towers if any of you should happen by chance to "find" one, turn on the subtitles - hilarious!!!! Drunken chinese man with 10 year old translation software by my observation.
    Great for a laugh.


    Steve.
     
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    Juboy.

    Yes very good.

    In fact the answers have been varied from:

    Yes sir three rows from the back seats ?? to ?? - a real surprise!

    Through to when asked if any of "their" chain carries DTS or THX certification/capabilities:

    No sir they are all Odeon's. - hilarious!

    Steve
     
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    If you manager is a woman, you'll get a smack!!!
     
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    I've got 3 versions of this movie, one with only pcm stereo sound and a pretty bad picture, one with a good pic but still only 2ch pcm sound and a third, anamorphic dd5.1 disc, complete with menus. The pic quality on the last disc is excellent. I'm gonna buy the 4 (5?) disc set as well.
     
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    Can anyone help me in getting hold of this, ideally anamorphic, 5.1 etc. I can't find any on eBay but the obvious searches probably aren't the ones to be trying!!
     
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    John.

    I would advise you to not to but from E-Bay. These are ALL rips from a source originally placed on the net.
    I have seen a couple and whilst the PQ is acceptable, the 5.1 audio is flawed.

    That i am aware of those screeners that were "floated" (and they do end up out there but generally collectors pay LOTS for them!) tend to go out through very "quiet channels" (as obviously they must!).
    I am not ware in this instance exactly how many of the TT went out and going by previous posts it would seem that there are "different" discs's about (mmmm?).
     
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    I borrowed a mates disc a couple of weeks ago to try out
    the 5.1 sound as he hasn't got a surround system.
    When I popped the disk in I couldn't believe the quality of
    it. It looked superb and sounded even better.
    So, I poured myself a beer and settled down to watch it for
    the first time without any annoying disturbances coming from
    the kids who only go to the cinema to muck around.
    Things started great. I still couldn't get over the quality of it.
    Then, after about fifteen minutes, it happened. First a few
    "pops" with the audio, then the picture started breaking up,
    and finally the disc froze completely!:(
    First thing I did was try it in the pc and it worked fine but
    as I haven't got a surround sound set up with my pc I decided
    to call it a day and wait for the official release this summer.
    I was so dissapointed. I have a Tosh 220 and up till then it had
    played everything I had thrown at it with no problem.
    BTW, I'm not sure if it was a copy or not (it didn't have any
    markings around the centre hole to say what kind of disc it was)
    but it was Anamorphic and definately as good as a lot of original
    dvd's I own in terms of picture and sound quality - apart from
    the breaking up and freezing, of course:D
     
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    Thanks for the advice.

    Looks like I'll be giving it a miss and waiting for the extended version to come out then!
     
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    as i have this,[ and it will in no way stop me buying the official release]i have to say that the soundtrack is quite amazing for a screener. i have to wonder , has the soundtrack been tweaked to make the dvd that little bit better, so that judges can have their opinions pushed on abit?will the commercial for home dvd sound as good?this screener issue has really proven that dvd./video releases should be brought forward. i will very surprised that the screener will hit sales, because in my opinion the print isn,t quite dvd quality[ or am i been fussy]
     

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