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Old 07-03-2004, 18:10   #1
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Master and Commander R2 - DVD Times review

I've reviewed the upcoming R2 release of the excellent "Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World" for DVD Times.

You can read the review here
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Old 16-03-2004, 15:06   #2
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Matt Brown has reviewed the R2 disc for Total DVD and comes to some different conclusions regarding the technical issues of sound and print transfer. The overall film is good and the sound is outstanding, but does the print live up to reference standards, we don't think so. Read our analysis of the disc Here
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Old 16-03-2004, 15:34   #3
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Very nice review Matt.

...nice to see an actual review of the disc itself. Far more useful than 65 pages discussing the film, and a paragraph each for the technical side of things.

Good work soldier!
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Old 16-03-2004, 15:47   #4
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I've lost of the amount of times I've read DVD Times reviews - and particularly those by Mike Sutton - and come away entertained, enlightened and better informed (on a variety of issues, not least cinematic). DVD Times has never made any secret about the fact that they concentrate on film, rather than disc, reviews.

I'll take '65 pages' of knowledgible, well written, passionate and incisive critique any time of the day. As far as I'm concerned - and Mike's review here is a good example - they're a pleasure to read.

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Old 16-03-2004, 15:50   #5
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Eh?

I was commenting on the Total DVD review....I'm sure Mike's is great too, but I haven't read it. :confused:
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Eh?

I was commenting on the Total DVD review....I'm sure Mike's is great too, but I haven't read it. :confused:
Then please accept my sincere and unreserved apologies.

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Old 16-03-2004, 16:02   #7
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No problem.

I just prefer the style of review that Matt's takes, outlining the specifics of the disc and such-like, but I appreciate others want to read up on the film too.

Having now read Mike's review, it too is a fine read - good work!
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I've sampled the soundtrack on the R2 release, albeit breifly, and I was absolutly blown away. Chris has looked through the whole set now and was amazed at the quality throughout...... Read on:

Master and Commander - Special Edition
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We have now submitted our review of Master & Commander: the Far Side Of The World here.

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A fantastic epic movie ushers in yet another wonderful commanding performance from Crowe, taking his crew on a deadly cat-and-mouse chase featuring brilliant battle sequences and excellent character development. I am only sorry that this did not see a better return at the box office – a sequel or a prequel would have been a superb idea, especially considering the wealth of material to source these stories from.

The presentation on this DVD is immaculate: video and audio are superb and the extras disc is almost identical to the US equivalent, containing just about everything you want to know about the movie’s production - even without a commentary.
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Any idea when DVD Times will be reviewing the extras?
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This weekend. I've got the disc and will be going through it ASAP
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so what is the opening scene like when the ship emerges from the fog to attack the ship. Am i right in thinking this sequence suffers from pixelation?
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resurrecting an old thread.

does anyone have the new edition thats out and is it worth getting over the previous versions? (in terms of video and audio quality)?

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Old 26-04-2007, 08:48   #15
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The definitive edition releases are (with the exception of Fight Club and Mr & Mrs Smith) just repackaged re-releases, so disc content should be identical.
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ah ok thank you - so i guess just the same as the 1 disc version that i have.

annoying how the back states best ever dvd sound and pic release, etc...
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The definitive edition releases are (with the exception of Fight Club and Mr & Mrs Smith) just repackaged re-releases, so disc content should be identical.
Are you certain? Surely that's false advertising?
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I'm 99% certain. Obviously there's a slim chance Fox might go to the bother of re-encoding the audio/video of all their major Special Edition releases but everything I've seen about these releases suggests they are just repackaged, repriced versions of existing 2-Disc Special Editions (which in most cases were already pretty good).

They're not claiming "remastered, restored" or anything on their marketing, merely stating these offer the best picture and sound quality (which they'd say about all their releases).
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Are you certain? Surely that's false advertising?
Yes. I have Kingdom of Heaven DC Definitive Edition which is the four disc version before repackaged.

Other DVD companies do it all the time.
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