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Old 16-05-2004, 13:03   #1
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Rabid Special Edition

Good news. David Cronenberg's Rabid is being released on 1st June in the USA as a special edition, with full Cronenberg commentary, interview + more.

This follows a fantastic release of Fast Company.

Just leaves a SE of Videodrome, Crash, M.Butterfly, etc outstanding.
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Old 16-05-2004, 13:09   #2
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Sounds good to me. Wouldn't mind replacing my R2 as it goes blocky for a second in the final scene.
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Old 16-05-2004, 14:26   #3
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About time for this one.. i know it's been in the works for a while. Held off buying any of the other releases when i found out all but the french release were just cropped mattes of the pan & scan version
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Fantastic! Another Cronenberg commentary track!

I'm hoping that eventually Criterion may get to reissue their laserdisc edition of Crash on DVD as that included a Cronenberg audio com.

Though the one I'd really like is Scanners SE
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Better still, it's only Ł8 from DVD Soon

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Good news. So is this likely to turn up in R2/R4?
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Lovely news!
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over at the Home Theater forum they're saying that this new release is non-anamorphic and a disappointing print...

oh, and the only extra of note is the cronenberg commentary
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Are they taking into account the age of the movie when talking about print quality? If it's the best quality due to the source material, then it should certainly still be worth getting. As long as the commentary is up to his usual standard I'm not interested in any other extras or an anamorphic edition

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There's no excuse for lack of anamorphic transfer though as it's a 1.85:1 film (and it means a lot to me)

With non-anamorphic NTSC I may as well just watch the VHS instead, it's that bad .
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The print is excellent given the age of the film and Cronenberg personally supervised it - he refuses to do commentaries unless he has the final say on the transfer.

I've got a 66" screen and the picture looked great - couldn't see any lines and it was almost as good as my Criterion Dead Ringers, which is non-anamorphic too.
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I've got a 66" screen and the picture looked great - couldn't see any lines and it was almost as good as my Criterion Dead Ringers, which is non-anamorphic too.
Dead Ringers is 1.66:1 though which makes it less of an issue (i.e. less zooming going on). I would have thought at 66" it would be even worse. Is that an LCD or CRT? With a CRT, blowing it up that much you see the scanlines really badly which is the thing I hate with my 32" widescreen CRT, hence why non-anamorphic is often a problem (NTSC is bad enough).
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Held off buying any of the other releases when i found out all but the french release were just cropped mattes of the pan & scan version
That's not strictly true - Rabid was shot full frame and soft matted in cinemas. The existing R2 DVD is not pan and scan, however the ratio of 1.85:1 means that it does lose some of the full frame information from the top and bottom - nothing detrimental IMO and it is anamorphic.

More or less the same story with "Shivers", except the framing on the DVD seems a touch tight.

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66" screen with an LCD.
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That's not strictly true - Rabid was shot full frame and soft matted in cinemas. The existing R2 DVD is not pan and scan, however the ratio of 1.85:1 means that it does lose some of the full frame information from the top and bottom - nothing detrimental IMO and it is anamorphic.

More or less the same story with "Shivers", except the framing on the DVD seems a touch tight.
Actually, looking back at some of the lengthy discussions about the various dvds at dvdmaniacs, you're quite correct that it's not a p & s version but instead looks to have been zoomed which means it also loses information from both sides as well. Although there are no screenshots, here's a page which examines the framing of the various previous editions...

Rabid

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Actually, looking back at some of the lengthy discussions about the various dvds at dvdmaniacs, you're quite correct that it's not a p & s version but instead looks to have been zoomed which means it also loses information from both sides as well. Although there are no screenshots, here's a page which examines the framing of the various previous editions...

Rabid
Just contacted the person who did the DVD compairsons and he has informed me that he will be adding the R1 S.E. to the comparison in the next 2-3 weeks, so it will be interesting to see what he thinks.
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