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There was a Superbit DVD edition sold in the UK when Sony had the rights to the movie for that part of the world. I believe those rights have long since passed.

The Superbit edition sells for big money these days on Ebay and other trading sites.

Thanks for the clarification....I thought we were talking US only--call it American bias

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Thanks for the clarification....I thought we were talking US only--call it American bias

and it is region 2, but beleive me, if you are a big fan of gladiator, there is a way to fix your oppo to play the super bit, and I think the sound is better than the blu ray and the picture quality for the scenes that really stink in the blu ray, are much much better........

the super bit blows away the standard dvd....i think it came out in 2000

.go to amazon.com uk, and they have a number of very positive reviews on the super bit....indeed the only negative reviews are the people who did not like the movie (too much violence, yadada)

Same for Quick and the dead......
(popele whining over not much difference between the gladiator DVD and the blu ray (or quick and the dead) , let me tell you that the super bit of both movies is far better than the standard DVD, far better......

best move for Universal-Stop transferring, mastering.If not for the sake of the films, do it for our planet.-Harris;
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Australian version releases tomorrow in a metal slipcase! Woo hoo!
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Australian version releases tomorrow in a metal slipcase! Woo hoo!

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Will finally get ot watch it tonight

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watched it last night, fantastic!!

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I just got around to watching this. The added scenes looked magnificent, while the rest of the movie looked noticeably worse. It is such a tragedy that a major release like this doesn't get the best treatment possible by the studio. Was it just pure laziness that they didn't give the rest of the movie the same care as the additional scenes?
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I just got around to watching this. The added scenes looked magnificent, while the rest of the movie looked noticeably worse. It is such a tragedy that a major release like this doesn't get the best treatment possible by the studio. Was it just pure laziness that they didn't give the rest of the movie the same care as the additional scenes?

GREED.......save a buck......that is what those expensive upscaling devices and DNR can do for a flick

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I don't own this movie, but thought the following information might help those of you who do and find the pic quality lacking.

Paramount is apparently exchanging the disc, and the newly remastered version is appearing in stores, but beware, make sure you buy the correct version!

Giving credit where it is due....

Picked up this info via Slickdeals (ODB):
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthr...7862&t=2259655

Referencing this article:
http://www.dvdtown.com/news/paramoun...y-release/7839
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I just got around to watching this. The added scenes looked magnificent, while the rest of the movie looked noticeably worse. It is such a tragedy that a major release like this doesn't get the best treatment possible by the studio. Was it just pure laziness that they didn't give the rest of the movie the same care as the additional scenes?

The extended scenes were mastered much more recently. Though, that they look better may be more blind luck than anything. The rest of the film was mastered in the late 90's when DVD was the principle focus. Though the master would still have been 1080p, the equipment used back then was insufficient for a 1080p format. Mastering practices were often skewed for the limitations of DVD and the typical displays available at the time as well. But, yes: Paramount was extremely negligent in verifying that the quality of Gladiator's initial release was up to modern standards; sadly, such oversight plagues the catalogue Blu-ray market. Apparently even premium packages aren't immune.

It took about 2 weeks to get my replacement disc back from Paramount; that's shipping coast to coast. I've had bad experiences with Paramount in the past losing my rebate requests and didn't trust the same wouldn't happen with the BD, since they're handling the exchange in such an unprofessional manner, not even providing RMA numbers to help insure they don't lose the discs.

To provide some piece of mind, I put the bad disc in a cd sleeve and wrote my return address and other info on the sleeve, sandwiched it between two pieces of cardboard and printed a USPS label online. I've shipped discs without cases like this before and never had a problem. The benefit of shipping online is cheaper rates and 19 cent delivery confirmation. 1st class mail with delivery confirmation/tracking was about $1.50 for a 2 oz package. I also took pictures of everything before I shipped it, just in case Paramount did lose it.

You can ship the disc for less with a stamped envelope, but at the post office tracking will cost over 70 cent and the USPS doesn't offer tracking for envelopes without upgrading to priority mail $4.95. So for piece of mind, printing your label online is by far the cheapest route.

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are we talking about the original first release of Gladiator on Blu, or is this the newest release that a lot of folks got an exchange thru the mail? I had the original and I definitely agree with you Ralph. If the new one is much better on video I'll def. bite....

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are we talking about the original first release of Gladiator on Blu, or is this the newest release that a lot of folks got an exchange thru the mail? I had the original and I definitely agree with you Ralph. If the new one is much better on video I'll def. bite....

The new one is MUCH better and worth the investment.

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well i'm sending in my original copy tomorrow and i can't wait for it to get back

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Hey Ralph,

Do you plan on updating this review since the new Blu-ray was released?

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do you plan on updating this review since the new blu-ray was released?
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Do you plan on updating this review since the new Blu-ray was released?
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I do but haven't gotten to see the new version. Once I get a copy I will update the review.

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I just purchased the new Gladiator Blu-ray and all I can say is stunning...

I can't wait to get your take on it...

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Ill put a bump on this if that is acceptable....
Any other opinions on the re-release of Gladiator? Have you had a chance to view the re-release Ralph? Any feedback from those that that replaced it with the updated release? I have been contemplating picking up the BD release, but got scared off by all the bad reviews and didn't want to tarnish my feelings, as the SD release was quite impressive.

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Seconded.

I have Gladiator on DVD, but if I can get some confirmation that the "new" Blu-Ray release finally does the movie justice, I will definitely pick it up.

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Ill put a bump on this if that is acceptable....
Any other opinions on the re-release of Gladiator? Have you had a chance to view the re-release Ralph? Any feedback from those that that replaced it with the updated release? I have been contemplating picking up the BD release, but got scared off by all the bad reviews and didn't want to tarnish my feelings, as the SD release was quite impressive.

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The re-release is easily worth the purchase and makes for a definitive improvement over the standard definition release. Enjoy!

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I understand that there's a possibility you may still be purchasing the old transfer unless you look for specific markings on the case, is any one aware of what to look for to make sure you're getting the re-mastered version? Some reviews on Amazon indicate it's a marking on the physical disc itself, anyone have any info on this?

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I understand that there's a possibility you may still be purchasing the old transfer unless you look for specific markings on the case, is any one aware of what to look for to make sure you're getting the re-mastered version? Some reviews on Amazon indicate it's a marking on the physical disc itself, anyone have any info on this?

Thanks.

There is actually a pretty good thread on this that I came across on BluRay.com last night dealing with the re-release. Apparently for the USA the disc has a yellow UPC code for the remaster and says 2-disc set above the Paramount Logo on the back of the BD Case (not the slipcover). For us Canadians though, it is apparently a crap shoot as to whether you get the new remastered version or the original due to a pacakaging error by Paramount even using the identification measures listed above. I think I am going to risk it depending on the cost of the disc up here. Worst case I can use the 15 day exchange privilege.
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Picked up the re-master last night...

Bad ass.

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Just picked up the Gladiator/Braveheart dual pack. Happy to say that Gladiator is the Sapphire series re release, and not the earlier sub par version.
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Just picked up the Gladiator/Braveheart dual pack. Happy to say that Gladiator is the Sapphire series re release, and not the earlier sub par version.

Great news and a good price for the pair at FS, will be picking them up as well, thanks.
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Great news and a good price for the pair at FS, will be picking them up as well, thanks.
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Yes, the set is a steal of a deal. Also at CC for less than 20$.
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Just picked up the Double Sapphire set with Gladiator and Braveheart yesterday. Never saw the "bad" release, but this one seemed to be good picture quality wise. A great deal at $20 for the pair as opposed to $30 each to buy them individually
Glad that paramount decided to remaster and release.
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How can you be positive that what you're watching is actually the re-mastered and re-released version? Could just as well be the original...

Why let facts or common sense get in the way of your opinions.


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How can you be positive that what you're watching is actually the re-mastered and re-released version? Could just as well be the original...

I have done my research, and there is definitely more than enough info out there... There are physical identifiers on the disc as well as ways to tell once you fire it up. Also, the picture quality of the release speaks for itself. None of the issues that I have read about regarding picture quality exist in the copy that I have.

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From what I've read the Canadian re-mastered versions didn't get the different packaging with the yellow UPC etc. I've read that it's basically a crap shoot in Canada as to which copy you get.

Mind elaborating on these physical identifiers on the disc? Going by PQ alone isn't enough for me.... it could be the original and you just think it looks great so are assuming it's the re-master. Without an actual re-master there to compare with, PQ/visual memory isn't enough to come to a definitive conclusion imo. Also, if these identifiers are on the actual Blu-Ray disc itself... that means there is no way to tell without opening the package which voids any exchange or refund.

The reason I'm being such a stickler here is because I've wanted to pick up Gladiator on Blu for a while and keep reading about how the Canadian edition is a crap-shoot.

Why let facts or common sense get in the way of your opinions.


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