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Old 09-05-05, 05:49 AM
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New "RUMBLE FISH" Special Edition is superb!

I received this Saturday and I have to tell you that the new "RUMBLE FISH" Special Edition DVD is superb! It is awesome even!

PICTURE: The remastered anamorphic picture quality is stunning! It is so detailed and 3 dimensional! The cinematography literally comes alive and you feel you could walk through the screen and be in the movie. On my 55 inch DLP screen this DVD is one of the best looking transfers of an 80's movie that I have ever seen and it blows the old DVD releases picture out of the water. A huge improvement and an allround great picture for this visually stunning film!

SOUND: The sound quality is also superb. The film has obviously had a lot of care taken over it and this all new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is superb! Every sound seems to be coming from all around you while the dialogue is crystal clear and nicely anchored to the centre. The surrounds are consistently in use for both effects and the films weird and wonderful score. Again a huge improvement over the original DVD.

MENUS: The DVD menu's are classy and are perfect for the film. They are not highly animated but they scroll through the films all-star cast so everyone gets a look in. I like DIANE LANE in her bikini best on the "Special Features" menu!

EXTRA FEATURES: We have a tremendous running commentary by director FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA. This is amongst his best commentaries and is maybe even better than his "Godfather" commentaries. He obviously loves "RUMNLE FISH" and is very passionate about it. Everything is covered including funny anecdotes, getting the cool cast together, the cinematography choices and the story itself. A great commentary by someone who knows how to do them right!

We next have a wonderful "Making of..." documentary which runs about 30 minutes. It is very insightful and has vintage behind the scenes clips and interviews with Cage, Dillon, Rourke, Fishburne and Diane Lane. There is also producer and crew input. A very good documentary of this type. Well put together and very informative!

We than have an excellent "Percussion Score Featurette" which is presented in anamorphic video. This includes very interesting interviews with the films mixing engineer and Stewart Copeland of the Police. He talks about working with Coppola and they revisit the original tapes to show how the films weird and wonderful soundtrack was created. Excellent featurette on an unsung part of film production.

The "Deleted Scenes" are frustrating. There are six in total and they run a fair while as whole chunks of footage was deleted. (Especially the character of Steve). The deleted scenes are all uniformly excellent scenes that would not be out of place in the finished film. The scenes are very well acted and well produced but you are left wishing that they had used "seamless branching" to give you the option of putting them back in. Sadly the quality is not as great as the film itself and they are presented non-anamorphic and with a time code at the bottom. Worth seeing though.

We than have a good quality trailer (the same as the original DVD), some DVD credits and the Stan Ridgway "Don't Box Me In" video presented fullframe and with excellent picture quality and sound quality. The cover is similar to the last DVD but makes a bigger thing of the films all star cast.

All in all, this is an excellent Special Edition of a strange and beautiful film that you will either love or hate. It is a HUGE improvement over the old release in everyway possible and the picture, sound and supplements are superb! Highly recommended for fans of the film, the cast or Coppola!

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Thanks for the info - this has been one of my more anticipated DVD releases, and nice to hear it's been worth the wait!
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Some small edits made.
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Old 09-06-05, 09:49 AM
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Any thoughts on how the revised songs for the non-score soundtrack helped or hindered the film?
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Any thoughts on how the revised songs for the non-score soundtrack helped or hindered the film?
Hi Filmmaker. That is the upcoming 2 disc DVD release of "THE OUTSIDERS" and NOT this DVD of "RUMBLE FISH".

"RUMBLE FISH" is presented here as it has always been presented only in the best picture and sound possible. It is the exact same cut as what was released previously.
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What a dumb ass I am...sorry, too early in the morning here...carry on...
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Great review - looking forward to getting this myself!
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Thx for the review, looks good !
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A really good review of Coppola's all new 2 disc "THE OUTSIDERS - THE COMPLETE NOVEL" over at DVDTown: http://www.dvdtown.com/review/outsid...el/16885/3106/
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Another great review of the new DVD:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=17624
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Anyone else get this?

Why did "Rumble Fish" flop theatrically?
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Old 09-15-05, 12:38 AM
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Now I only saw this movie once several years ago. Is this the movie where only the fish are in color?
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Now I only saw this movie once several years ago. Is this the movie where only the fish are in color?
Yep...I can't wait to pick this up when I have more pay next week.
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Now I only saw this movie once several years ago. Is this the movie where only the fish are in color?
Yes. But I think there is a few other things like the light on the top of the police car. Is that right?
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Yes. But I think there is a few other things like the light on the top of the police car. Is that right?
I double checked and it is the fish.
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