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R2 Rocketeer: Better quality than US version?

Old 03-20-02, 09:54 AM
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R2 Rocketeer: Better quality than US version?

I know the R2 release of Rocketeer is anamorphic, but is the quality of the picture also better than the US version? The correct aspect ratio won't mean much if the picture is still crummy.

Any reviews, opinions?
Old 03-23-02, 06:38 PM
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From Michael DVD:

The transfer is relatively softly focussed and certainly could not be described as crystal clear or razor sharp. Having said that, there isn't anything particularly wrong with this transfer, it just isn't all that sharp. Shadow detail is acceptable whilst not being outstanding, and there is no low level noise.
The colours were very strongly rendered, almost to the point of oversaturation, with some marginal colour bleeding of some of the deep reds.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. There were no film-to-video artefacts seen. Film artefacts were very rarely seen.
The Region 4 version of this disc is clearly the version of choice - the Region 1 version of this disc has been universally criticized as being of quite poor image quality.

From another site:

It wouldn't be fair to call this transfer "soft" - it's just not quite as crisp as a present-day film, while still being mostly clean. Film grain is evident in low-light shots, and black levels are somewhat compressed compared to a really top-of-the-line transfer. Infrequent film flecks don't intrude upon the story, and aliasing is restricted to one or two scenes involving the chromed edges of car doors.
Overall, an adequate, rather than great, transfer. Still beats the pants of the non-anamorphic Region 1 version, though.
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Thanks, RichardW!

That's exactly the sort of information I was looking for!

Now, one more favor: Any recommendations on where online I should order the R4 version?
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Hmmmm.... After searching around the ezydvd site, I was unable to find The Rocketeer anywhere.

Any other site recommendations?
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anyone know if they are going to re-release this disc fixed up?

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