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Better Tomorrow-New DVDs


#1

From DVDfile.com:
[quote]Woo-Vision - 12:50am



Rounding out today’s news is a new two-disc reissue of John Woo’s influential A Better Tomorrow and A Better Tomorrow II from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Due on March 2nd, this set includes 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen remasters, Cantonese Dolby 5.1 and mono soundtracks, an English mono dub, talent bios and theatrical trailers. Retail for this set will be $24.95.
[/quote]
Pretty cool, eh? Good thing i cant find the 1 disc ones anywhere but online, ill just hafta pick these up.


#2

That made my day. Thanks Qtfightclub, I gotta pick those up the day they come out.





Thanks! :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile: ;D


#3

No problem.


#4

These are the same discs as before, just in one package.


#5

"Due on March 2nd, this set includes 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen remasters,"

Note the remasters, that means, NEW FUCKING TRANSFERS!


#6

[quote]"Due on March 2nd, this set includes 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen remasters,"

Note the remasters, that means, NEW FUCKING TRANSFERS![/quote]

I thought about that too, but the current releases are anamorphic and look pretty good, so I don’t know what else they could do with the transfers. I’m pretty sure its just the old dvds.



Edit checked anchor bay’s listing of it :



<LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/p … ku=DV12738”>http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/product/boxset.asp?sku=DV12738</LINK_TEXT>



and it lists the same specs as before, and no mention of remastering.


#7

Shoulda checked sooner, i first posted that info on the 29th, more than “a couple” of days ago. ;D


#8

I just bought this movie, shit, I feal like a dumb ass. I got this one.

except mine says “dvd” in the bottom right corner.


#9





There


#10

ok I finally wanna get these movies on DVD…



BUT

http://dvdcompare.net/comparisons/film.php?fid=1264



most releases have the fucked up re-fucked audio. so is the IVL/fortunestar the only option?



and for part II it goes the same. i dont care much about these 5.1 remixes anymore since i no longer have the equipment for that anyway.



so get the hong kong ivl/fortunestar ones?


#11

[quote=“Sebastian”]
i dont care much about these 5.1 remixes anymore since i no longer have the equipment for that anyway.
[/quote]

hah. It’s not the equipment that matters, but the fact that Fortune Star remixes are completely unlistenable. The original mono tracks sound approximately 17 437 times better.



Well, in theory at least. In practive, Fortune Star’s mono tracks tend to be unremastered, out of sync mess. That’s why every human being on the planet hates them.



Oh, I’m sorry, getting too personal again. But hey, I even held a presentation in school about why Fortune Star sucks. And wrote a 15 page essay.



ok, lets get back to ABT. Part 1: the IVL mono - against all expectations and probabilities - is actually fine. It’s in sync and sounds good. But the transfer is fucked. There’s frames missing in the middle of scenes. You’d think it would result to a jump cut, but no. In their infinitive wisdom Fortune Star decided to replicate the last existing frame and place it in the lace of the missing frames, so the image actually freezes for a moment. This happens throughout the film, even during some action scenes.



Needless to say I threw my dvd set through the window and hit a mail man. Nobody’s happy.



Not that it matters anymore to anyone, the IVL set is long out of print. Joy Sales has been planning to re-release it, with the frame problem corrected according to popular belief. But that’s “planning to”. Since 2006. They’ve hardly released any remastered dvds during the last 12 months.



The best releases for parts 1 and 2, as far as I know, are the Anchor Bay dvds. They’re not pristine, but appart from missing audio in the beginning of part 1, they’re somewhat fine.



UK Optimum has Forrest Gump score. The Scandinavian release I think is the same although I’m not 100% sure. KR is IVL port, without mono. French HK Video is probably fine, but of course without subs. Their transfers usually aren’t that great either.



Btw, dvd compare is an extremely bad reference. They only compare specs, they’ve never seen a single one of the actual dvds. If they see “anamorphic widescreen” and “DTS” they will declare it winner… without knowing the audio goes mute for 30 minutes in middle of the film and the image is black and white instead of intended colour because of an authoring error…


#12

ok so anchor bay. u realize that they are long out of print, right?



isn’t there a decent available dvd out there that can be recommended? i dont care about extras, btw. just want the untampered film in decent quality


#13

[quote=“Sebastian”]
ok so anchor bay. u realize that they are long out of print, right?
[/quote]

Hey, even I can’t keep track of the print status of every dvd released worldwide :smiley:

[quote=“Sebastian”]
isn’t there a decent available dvd out there that can be recommended? i dont care about extras, btw. just want the untampered film in decent quality
[/quote]

No. Unfortunately not. You could wait and see if Joy Sales ever gets their dvds out. Could easily be the ultimate versions if they correct the frame issue.



Myself, I’m sticking to the Anchor Bay editions and waiting for… well… a better tomorrow.


#14

i’m frustrated


#15

There’s new remasters out in France right now.

Makes the Anchor Bay/Fortune Star discs looks like VHS tapes.



<LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.amazon.fr/Coffret-syndicat-c … 405&sr=8-3”>http://www.amazon.fr/Coffret-syndicat-crime-Chow-Yun-Fat/dp/B00138Z9OK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1239408405&sr=8-3</LINK_TEXT>


#16

what about the audio on these