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AmishFury's Avatar AmishFury 11:45 PM 06-19-2009
not the walmarts around here...

Fang Zei's Avatar Fang Zei 02:01 AM 06-20-2009
I didn't know the old dvd was non-anamorphic!

I got the '05 dvd pretty soon after it came out and I remember reading somewhere that the Brooks commentary is different from the old one. Is this true? If it is, I might just grab the bd because a) I'll get a hi-def upgrade of the movie b) I'll get to hear the older commentary.
petergaryr's Avatar petergaryr 04:18 PM 07-11-2009
Just got my copy today and it is everything I remember about it:

Crude, lewd, shrewd and aimed for the sophisticated taste of a 13 year old boy.

I loved it.

I thought the DTS MA audio was fairly good for a movie of its age and the transfer was cleaner than what I expected.

For a college age study group, we've been doing the book The Gospel According to Star Wars and have watched all six movies over a six week period. This is going to make a real fun wrap-up of the discussion.
Dex Robinson's Avatar Dex Robinson 04:42 PM 07-11-2009
I've recently watched the BD and I have to say that I thought the transfer was very good.

90% of my purchases are catalogue titles. I very rarely buy new releases so my standards are based on my significant viewings of 70's and 80's titles.

In that context, I thought that SPACEBALLS was more than respectable. There's never any shortage of criticism for most of the sci-fi and horror of the last 30 years. THE ARRIVAL is washed out, GHOSTBUSTERS is too contrasty, EVENT HORIZON has distortion issues, HALLOWEEN has color timing issues...the list goes on (even if I believe most of the criticism is overstated).

I actually place the SPACEBALLS BD in the upper half of the maligned movies of that era. There are niggling issues: some dirt here and there, a soft scene everyonce in awhile. But there is no single, identifiable problem that I can point to as a real issue. For lack of a better word, it looks fine. It's not great. It's not reference. It's not bad.
petergaryr's Avatar petergaryr 05:15 PM 07-11-2009
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I actually place the SPACEBALLS BD in the upper half of the maligned movies of that era. There are niggling issues: some dirt here and there, a soft scene everyonce in awhile. But there is no single, identifiable problem that I can point to as a real issue. For lack of a better word, it looks fine. It's not great. It's not reference. It's not bad.

That's a pretty good summary of what I thought of it. Nice job.
Josh Z's Avatar Josh Z 12:06 PM 07-12-2009
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I actually place the SPACEBALLS BD in the upper half of the maligned movies of that era. There are niggling issues: some dirt here and there, a soft scene everyonce in awhile. But there is no single, identifiable problem that I can point to as a real issue. For lack of a better word, it looks fine. It's not great. It's not reference. It's not bad.

Put in the BD, and then put in the 2-disc Special Edition DVD afterwards (which is not the DVD included with the BD), and then tell me if you can see any difference between them.
nathanddrews's Avatar nathanddrews 01:51 PM 06-07-2012
Spaceballs 25th Anniversary Edition has been announced. Looks like everything the regular Blu-ray has plus one new featurette slapped together by Mel Brooks.
wuther's Avatar wuther 06:19 PM 06-07-2012
Same video encode I guess? I have this and I found the pq good, not great though.
Gamereviewgod's Avatar Gamereviewgod 06:25 PM 06-07-2012
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Same video encode I guess? I have this and I found the pq good, not great though.

I have this question in with the PR rep. Hopefully I'll get a response. Nothing in the press release noted it.
wuther's Avatar wuther 06:57 PM 06-07-2012
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I have this question in with the PR rep. Hopefully I'll get a response. Nothing in the press release noted it.

Spaceballs was aired on HD a couple of years before the BD came out, I captured it on OTA-HD and saved it to a hard drive. When I bought the BD I grabbed some caps and compared the two and they were almost identical except the for the interlacing.

Thing is the broadcast version started with a WB logo making me suspect WB actually created the BD master.
nathanddrews's Avatar nathanddrews 07:11 PM 06-07-2012
Compared to other Blu-ray discs, Spaceballs wasn't spectacular. Compared to every other version I have, including the HD capture, I found it to be excellent. I'm not certain it could get better given the source...
nathanddrews's Avatar nathanddrews 07:11 PM 06-07-2012
Compared to other Blu-ray discs, Spaceballs wasn't spectacular. Compared to every other version I have, including the HD capture, I found it to be excellent. I'm not certain it could get better given the source...
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