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Old 04-13-00, 09:48 PM
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According to dvd price search there are 3 versions of DOA. Image, Master Tone, and the Roan Group. Are there any significant differnces among the three?

There is an unspecified version of DOA at Checkout for $6.78.

Any advice?
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Well, I posted a lengthy response last night, but it's not here now....probably due to the bugs in the forum. Here is the skinny, in case you missed my other post.

Mastertone - Awful transfer on the level of Madacy

Roan - Decent transfer, but for some odd reason the movie is framed with a border one every side (like a picture frame).

Image - The best of the bunch. The transfer is very good for the most part, but there are some scenes that have a lot of dirt and grainyness. Also some flaws in the film due to its age. Not perfect, but the best one out there.

To my knowledge, there are no extras on any versions.


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I have the Roan version, and on my main TV I didn't even notice the framing issue (it is barely noticeable on the top and bottom, but not at all on the sides).

It's almost as if they were trying to get the whole 1.37:1 on your standard tv without cropping the sides (it ends up looking letterboxed on my 25" bedroom TV which is where I first noticed it).

I've got to wonder - how does this look on a 16:9 TV?

I'm considering upgrading to the Image release, but it's a little pricey (especially for something that I've already got).

The print Roan used is very good - great in spots, so other than the framing issue it's a solid choice. (But, that framing thing may turn out to be a real annoyance when I get my widescreen TV in '06.)

Has Roan done this on any other DVD??

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