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Old 03-02-08, 01:28 PM
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Anamorphic Buena Vista DVDs?

I've noticed that a lot of DVDs under the Disney umbrella (BV, Mirimax, etc.) have yet to be released in anamorphic widescreen! Any info on any of the following titles having upcoming (or already released but unknown to me!) anamorphic widescreen releases would be appreciated.

Good Will Hunting
Armageddon
From Dusk Till Dawn
Life is Beautiful
The Nightmare before Christmas.

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Old 03-02-08, 02:14 PM
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I wish they would re-release Armageddon in 16x9 w/ all the same extras as the CC so i can get rid of it. Still waiting for a 16x9 copy of Rocketeer and Nightmare before Xmas. I mean, they re-release it in theatres in 3D, why not on DVD again or even BD? Maybe this year finally...?
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Old 03-02-08, 02:21 PM
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I thought the SE of Nightmare Before Christmas was anamorphic?
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Old 03-02-08, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by ThePhantomGoat
I thought the SE of Nightmare Before Christmas was anamorphic?
Lots of people seem to think that, but it's not.

Buena Vista has indeed neglected many of their early DVD releases, never getting them upgraded to 16 X 9. A shame.
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Old 03-02-08, 03:01 PM
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There was a Canadian DVD release of Good Will Hunting with an anamorphic transfer. I'm not sure if it's still in print, though.
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with disney, even their new edition of 101 dalmations is only full screen...what's up with that?
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Old 03-02-08, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by sparks
with disney, even their new edition of 101 dalmations is only full screen...what's up with that?
Isn't it the OAR? I am waiting for From Dusk til Dawn on Blu-ray.
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Old 03-02-08, 03:35 PM
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i bet it was 1.66:1, but then no one knows but disney.
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Old 03-02-08, 06:25 PM
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If it's the animated 101 Dalmatians you're talking about, it's Disney's stance that 1.33:1 is the OAR.
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Old 03-03-08, 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Rammsteinfan
Still waiting for a 16x9 copy of Rocketeer and Nightmare before Xmas. I mean, they re-release it in theatres in 3D, why not on DVD again or even BD? Maybe this year finally...?
I suspect we'll get a new special edition of TNBC one of these years (for both formats). They're probably just trying to milk the theatrical releases for a few years first.
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Old 03-03-08, 07:16 AM
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The Rocketeer is 16x9 in Germany.
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Old 03-03-08, 07:46 AM
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add Beautiful Girls to this list of non 16x9 transfers.
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Old 03-03-08, 07:55 AM
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^Yep, I have the R2 UK disc which is anamorphic and has a DD track, but it has PAL speedup
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Old 03-04-08, 12:35 AM
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Most of the EU have NIGHTMARE Anamorphic
But the ONLY place in all the world you can find
ROMEY AND MICHELLES HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
anamorphic is Australia!

go figure
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Old 03-04-08, 10:07 AM
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There are TONS more old Buena Vista/Miramax/Touchstone US dvds out there that still have not been upgraded to anamorphic discs. I absolutely hate them. Ones I'm waiting for: Nightwatch (remake with Ewan McGregor), Exotica (Atom Egoyan film), Hand that Rocks the Cradle...and I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting. I imported 16:9 versions of The Rocketeer (which sadly, looks worse than the non-anamorphic picture), From Dusk Til Dawn, Beautiful Girls, and Armageddon, but I'm done doing that, and just hoping Blu-Ray will bring new and better transfers of stuff.
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Old 03-04-08, 10:09 AM
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^ Three Men and a Baby, Playing by Heart are a couple others in my collection. The first one really needs a SE IMO...
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Old 03-04-08, 10:16 AM
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I would love to see The Hand That Rocks The Cradle in an anamorphic transfer..also a special edition would be awesome!
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Old 03-04-08, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by sparks
with disney, even their new edition of 101 dalmations is only full screen...what's up with that?
Yep, that is the OAR.
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Old 03-04-08, 12:18 PM
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Isn't Ransom non-anamorphic? I seem to remember a lot of people being pissed about that.
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Originally Posted by sparks
i bet it was 1.66:1, but then no one knows but disney.
According to IMDb it is 1.75:1.
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Originally Posted by rwp2084
According to IMDb it is 1.75:1.
It's a controversial question. The film was animated at 1.37:1, but matted to widescreen in theaters. Disney claims that it was intended to be a 4:3 production and the decision to matte was made after-the-fact.
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Old 03-04-08, 01:29 PM
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Nightmare is getting a blu-ray release so im sure that the inevitable DVD rerelease will come as well....hopefully with anamorphic
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Originally Posted by TheJoker
Nightmare is getting a blu-ray release
I'm not aware of anything being announced for that.
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Old 03-04-08, 04:23 PM
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^Me neither.

BTW, Three Men and a Baby is anamorphic. I believe it's just labeled "widescreen" on the case, but it is anamorphic.

As for BD bringing new transfers, I'm not sure it will speed things up. Disney hasn't been releasing many catalog titles at all on BD. There was a period last year where they went more than 5 months without releasing any catalog titles. (However, that was probably due to the AACS crack and they were waiting for BD+.) Also, they have mostly focused on mainstream movies that were moderate to big hits, so I certainly wouldn't expect Exotica or Nightwatch any time soon.

I'm still waiting on a decent edition of Quiz Show, which has one of the worst transfers out there.
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Old 03-04-08, 04:41 PM
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http://www.dvdreview.com/news/viewnews.asp?id=9724

"Fans will also be pleased to hear the A Nightmare Before Christmas has just entered the production pipeline at Disney, so look for that animated jewel sometime in the middle to fall of next year."

This was from October so plans could have changed....
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