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Old 12-15-03, 06:52 PM
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Do you ever buy the lesser dvd?

If there is a regular edition of a movie out, or something that is not as great as the best (ie. a special edition vs. criterion), do you ever buy the cheaper dvd over the supposedly better one?
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Old 12-15-03, 06:57 PM
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I grabbed the regular version of Thelma and Louise on a trade, but generally will seek out the better version. I really don't know why because extra features are a "watch once and forget" proposition with me.
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Yeah, I have the cheapie Do the Right Thing and I've considered getting the cheap version of Spartacus from CH.
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no.



...unless it's out of laziness.
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Old 12-15-03, 07:10 PM
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If the lesser Dvd was released before the SE/Criterion and I had already bought it I usally just stay with what I have but I have made exceptions now and then.
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Old 12-15-03, 07:39 PM
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I am the same..unless the lesser DVD was released before the S.E. or the S.E. was not known about then I am a sucker for buying something with all the bells and whistles. Typically this also means better transfer quality in a lot of catalogue titles so of course this is important. Criterion a case in point.
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Old 12-15-03, 07:40 PM
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Only if I don't know another version is out... then I get all
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If the lesser has got great picture and sound; if the greater doesn't add much improvement in those fields, and is more expensive, rarely will I upgrade.

In the cases of nonamamorphic lessers and anamorphic greaters, that's a no-brainer. But where there's little improvement? I might RENT the Quadrilogy version of Aliens, but I'll keep my SE.
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Old 12-15-03, 07:59 PM
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Only when there is something in the "lesser" version that is better in some way. Example . . . This Is Spinal Tap. The Criterion version is . . . well a Criterion (and has an extra commentary), but the other release is anamorphic and has a 5.1 audio track. I went with the non-Criterion release.
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Old 12-15-03, 08:33 PM
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Not something I would knowingly do ... I deserve the best!
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Old 12-15-03, 09:05 PM
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I've never purposefully bought the lesser version to save money or to settle. In general, if I want it, I want the best version.

I have picked up earlier editions of films if they have something not included on a later one, and I will probably do it again (I can, for example, see seeking out the earlier version of 2001, for it's 20 minute interview w/ Arthur Clarke and it's more attractive packaging. Not as a substitute, but as a suppliment.)
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Old 12-15-03, 09:33 PM
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So whats The Lesser about?? I've never even heard of that movie.
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I almost did it today with Seabiscuit, I movie I like a lot but don't love, but in the end, I got the SE. I am a sucker like that.
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I bought the Fox Lorber editions of The Killer and Hard Boiled because the Criterions were out of print by then.
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Not something I would knowingly do ... I deserve the best!
So how drunk were you when you bought the LOTR Theatrical versions and not the EE?
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No, but I have decided not to by an SE when a studio has decided to double dip, after I've bought the plain jane version.
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Originally posted by DonnachaOne
Really good movie . . .
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Old 12-16-03, 01:25 AM
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I bought the barebones version of Some Like It Hot. Couldn't see spending a few extra $ for special features that didn't interest me.

I also bought the Toy Story 2-pack, instead of the 3-disc set. The fact that it would have cost me $20 extra factored in the decision a bit...

I am mostly interested in the movie and its quality of presentation. I will rarely buy a higher priced version unless it improves the video/audio quality.
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Old 12-16-03, 01:32 AM
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I always want more! A creature of excess, I guess!
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Old 12-16-03, 11:18 AM
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I have the anchor bay versions of Life of Brian and Time bandits. It was like $17 for both. Less than either of the special editions.
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I think the only lesser DVD I have purchased is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I was not sure if I would like it, so I did not buy the Criterion edition. I ended up liking the movie and may upgrade at some point.
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Old 12-16-03, 12:16 PM
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Not usually.

Not sure why either as I rarely ever watch any extra features. But I also very rarely upgrade if a "better" version comes out later. I'll only upgrade if the new version offers better video or audio than the one I have.
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Suspiria is a fun movie, but wasn't worth the extra $12 for a disk full of extras.
Wicker Man could have been upgraded to a wooden box. Wooo.
Beat the Devil was a budget-studio release for $5. There are cleaner versions available.

That's pretty much it.
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Old 12-16-03, 04:15 PM
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No. I would feel deprived and be envious of my friens who have the special editions. I couldn't bear that.
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