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Spartacus HD-DVD - Is it worth the upgrade from DVD??

Old 03-15-07, 03:20 PM
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Spartacus HD-DVD - Is it worth the upgrade from DVD??

This is one of my favourite all time films and I have been thinkig about the HD-DVD for a while now but have been put off by some average reviews (including DVDTalk here .

I already own the Criterion Special Edition DVD which has a greatpic and loads of extras - my question is, does anybody agree I should stick with the CC DVD or upgrade to HD??

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Old 03-15-07, 03:26 PM
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No. This is one of the worst looking HD DVDs I have watched. Stick with the Criterion.
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Stick with the Criterion.
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Old 03-15-07, 04:13 PM
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Worst-looking HD-DVD I own, and I've got 63 of them. Virtually no noticable improvement over the Criterion SD-DVD.
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As I noted in my review, there are some slight improvements over the Criterion, specifically in the realm of compression artifacts and mosquito noise. But not enough of an improvement to warrant a whole new purchase.
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Old 03-16-07, 05:54 AM
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I bought it, watched it, puked and resold it.

How can The Searchers look so good and Spartacus so bad?
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The Searchers was taken from a brand new 2005/2006 remaster. Spartacus was remastered in 1991, and the technology has improved greatly since it was done.
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Old 03-17-07, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet
The Searchers was taken from a brand new 2005/2006 remaster. Spartacus was remastered in 1991, and the technology has improved greatly since it was done.
So far that is the reason I am upgrading to the new format (in my case Blu-ray): to replace my first generation DVDs. For example I upgraded to "The Searchers" because of the video and the extras; and ditto "Goodfellas" to get rid of my "flipper" version with no extras.
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dont buy it
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Old 03-18-07, 11:22 PM
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I have both and I don't suggest buying the HD-dvd if you have the Criterion. Just wait and see if this gets cleaned up in the future.
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This makes me wonder how much better (if any) Brazil will look, when it's released in HD-DVD format, than the newer anamorphic Criterion release?
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Old 03-20-07, 11:35 AM
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Thanks for the replies guys, although I feel a little stupid as I went to pick out a HD-DVD to watch from my unwatched pile (ever-growing!!) and I spotted I had Spartacus

I actually bought it from the HD FS/FT thread here . So I but it on and had a look myself and have to agree with everything thats been said - while its good, its not worth the upgrade, so I have now sold it on and will stick with my CC until theycome up with a new offering
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