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Just saw the latest incarnation of the movie 2001 a Space Odyssey. After the last version I must say I'm very very pleased with the PQ. The most difference is in the very low amount of EE. I had the previous nonanamorphic version on my list of worst DVDs in this category. The overall image is exceedingly clean. Also the blacks are black instead of muddy dark gray. If any of you were worried about spending your hard earned money on another dissapointment pull out your wallets .This transfer looks great!
P.S I saw a post a while back which said that "I won't buy 2001 until I can read the instructions for the zero G toilet".Well ,interestingly ,the first line at least(small print)reads 1) This toilet is the standard zero gravity type.


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Art,

I agree...this is the best looking 2001 I've seen on video thus far, and boy, have I seen 'em all! http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif
Check my "review" of 2001 which will be posted in this Forum soon... http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

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I agree...this is the best looking 2001 I've seen on video thus far, and boy, have I seen 'em all! http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif
Check my "review" of 2001 which will be posted in this Forum soon... http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Frank,
As usual ,I'm looking forward to that!


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How do I know which is the best 2001 on DVD. I've seen different DVD covers under the Stanley Kubrick collection.

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The new one (and the best one) looks like this:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...1.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

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I am also delighted with this new transfer, but I do have a question about the aspect ratio.

On my 16:9 set (Panasonic 42" plasma with minimal overscan) the picture ALMOST fills the screen vertically. I would guess it is about 2:1.

Is this right? Shouldn't this film have a wider aspect ratio?
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Michael,
You are correct.This is about 2.2:1 which has much less letterboxing than the 2.35:1 you may have been used to. Also, of course, the 1.85:1 movies essentially fill the 16x9(1.78:1) aspect ratio screens.

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MichaelBate,

The new Warner (and MGM's) 2001 DVD video transfer is properly ratioed around 2:21:1 as the movie was originally photographed in a 70mm (65mm, really) format. As such, the transfer exhibits a taller image with black bars of lesser dimensions than any scope (2:35:1) movie would.
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Frank,

The image on the disk appears to be close to 2.10:1 than anything. Almost everyone agrees with this assessment so its not just one person's overscan. On my 16:9 set it leaves very small black bars on the top and bottom, which initially had me worried about my overscan but apparently, its just the ratio on the disk. And the film presentation is fantastic.

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Seb,

Okay...2:10:1 AR it is...

It has been my experience that most "enhanced" DVD video transfers usually exhibit a bit narrower aspect ratio than their letterboxed counterparts, not necessarily related to display devices' overscan but inherent to video transfers.
My take on this issue is that once all other factors are fully taken into careful consideration, aspect ratios alone does not a great transfer makes...for seeking the nth degree of AR accuracy is an exercise in sheer futility. Not even in movie theaters do we get to view 100% accurate ARs due to several varying factors.

I do concede that the image is outrighteously good looking, though. Perhaps you would be interested in what I have to say about this transfer once I finish evaluating it on the "big" system...

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