Monday, May 9, 2011

Nothing SUPER about new SUPERCOP BD!

I couldn't resist picking this BD up at Best Buy for the seemingly SUPER price of $7.99 and I still feel ripped off!  After Dragon Dynasty put out a pretty SUPER two-disc special edition (still slightly cut by about 2 minutes) with the film's correct aspect ratio intact, 5.1 DTS, commentary, original language, etc., this Miramax/Echo Bridge release is a SUPER let down!  Echo Bridge offers inferior specs and extras and worst of all, crops the scope (2.35) image to 16 x 9 (1.78) resulting in very tight, SUPER cramped compositions!  It's like they actually spent extra time, work and money to degrade the presentation for BD!

The question is who to blame?  Miramax or Echo Bridge or both?  The DD special edition should have been a SUPER upgrade to HD, certainly without any deletion of extras and compromise to image or audio.  In the real world, this BD CANNOT be considered a SUPER deal and does not bode well for the future of budget-priced BDs.

SIDE NOTE:  This BD is probably sourced from an older HD broadcast master to avoid the SUPER expense of creating a new master.

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