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Old 05-13-02, 01:45 AM
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Air Force One Superbit DVD?

I have the original version of this film on DVD and have considered getting the new Superbit version. I have always considered this one of the best sounding DVDs ever (especially when the baddies take over the plane), but how much better does the newer version sound and look? Is it worth the upgrade?
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Cut and pasted from DVDFile's review:Audio: How Does The Disc Sound?

Columbia TriStar is including two English audio tracks on their Superbit releases: Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The Air Force One audio track is demo-quality. During the hijacking, the viewer is immersed in gunfire from every direction. When jet fighters are scrambled to escort Air Force One to a landing in Germany, the planes fly around the viewer, creating very dramatic audio effects. A wonderful mix and my favorite demonstration sequence. The film's track has deep, deep bass that shakes my pants legs. Sound effects, particularly gunfire, have a visceral punch. Jerry Goldsmith's driving orchestral score shines with great spatiality and fidelity. And dialog remains crystal clear throughout. A very fine soundtrack.

The new Dolby Digital 5.1 track seems indistinguishable from the original. It remains demo quality. But when I synchronized the two discs and switched back and forth between the Dolby Digital disc and the DTS disc after careful gain matching, I found the DTS track to be even better. Timbre was subtly improved, deep bass had slightly more authority, and the surround effects seemed to image around me in a slightly more coherent way. Either track is superb; the DTS track has the edge.


If you decide you want to pick this up, let me know.
I have a sealed copy of it in hand that I'd be willing to sell cheaper than you can find it anywhere else.
On top of that, I'm conveniently located right here in NC.
Let me know, and I hope the info helps.
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The SUPERBIT edition is the ONLY WAY TO GO! I owned the original version and it was plagued with many artifacting imperfections. The picture, as displayed on my Toshiba HDtv, is
significantly improved over the initial release. And the sound...DTS need I say more. Wow, this new soundtrack rocks.
A must own disc...rush out and pick this one up A.S.A.P.!

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