Hero: Who owns the extended cut and transfer concern.
I finally snagged a used copy of the original Miramax "Hero" release as the double-dip is the same transfer, but drops the DTS track.
Honestly, the video quality is very lackluster, especially for how beautiful the movie looked in theaters. It's a very soft looking transfer with minimal detail.
This leads me to my next question, who owns the rights to the extended cut? I've heard Miramax still has them and isn't interested, but on the other hand, I heard the Weinstein's retained rights to them, while Miramax can only release the theatrical cut.
Has there been any talk of a future extended cut release? I'd say Miramax doesn't own them, considering they dumped the same transfer on a cash-grab double dip and the Blu-Ray was the theatrical cut as well.
So, if I want a significantly better looking copy of the movie, is the Blu-Ray a dramatic upgrade (I know their Zatoichi disc wasn't mind blowing compared to the DVD) or should I look to international sources (for either cut)?