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post #631 of 793
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Originally Posted by MSmith83 View Post

I agree; the American ending is trash. But, the situation doesn't really bother me since we have the original ending, which consists of an outcome that is not suited for a sequel.

All sequel talk belongs in the sequel thread (yes, I know you didn't start it. ).

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hlight=descent

larry
post #632 of 793
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Originally Posted by FoxyMulder View Post

Well your post implies that i am calling American's stupid. When of course i am not. The film could be great but it doesn't change the fact it is working on the premise of the American ending of the film which is not the proper ending.

Not at all. I often like making jokes at my own expense
post #633 of 793
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Originally Posted by stigdu View Post

I just popped my Australian copy of The Descent into my PS3, updated to the latest firmware, and it plays just fine...

Have you got a UK Playstation. If so then thats why it plays.
post #634 of 793
Ze Germans are getting a release soon:
http://www.amazon.de/Descent-Abgrund...=UTF8&s=dvd-de
post #635 of 793
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Originally Posted by raoul_duke View Post

Ze Germans are getting a release soon:
http://www.amazon.de/Descent-Abgrund...=UTF8&s=dvd-de

Nice cover! Man, I already have 4 copies of this movie, just on BD. Only way I'll buy if it has equal PQ as AUS (don't think it can top it) and a 7.1 lossless track.

I won't hold my breathe.
post #636 of 793
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Originally Posted by raoul_duke View Post

Ze Germans are getting a release soon:
http://www.amazon.de/Descent-Abgrund...=UTF8&s=dvd-de

Very cool cover, apart from that big ass red square.
post #637 of 793
Price drop on the German release too.

Somebody check it out.
post #638 of 793
if the US Mpeg 2 is so bad how come all of the reviews Ive read gave it 5 stars for video and they all claim to be Mpeg 2?
post #639 of 793
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Originally Posted by bluwatcher View Post

if the US Mpeg 2 is so bad how come all of the reviews Ive read gave it 5 stars for video and they all claim to be Mpeg 2?

Look through the pages of this thread. You will find comparisons made between the AVC and MPEG-2 version. You'll also find the australian version and how it compares....

Reviews are just opinions.... judge for yourself
post #640 of 793
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Originally Posted by bluwatcher View Post

if the US Mpeg 2 is so bad how come all of the reviews Ive read gave it 5 stars for video and they all claim to be Mpeg 2?

Probably because it was 5-star back in 2006 when those reviews were likely written...
post #641 of 793
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

Very cool cover, apart from that big ass red square.

Most German labels are getting around that by having a reversible sleeve. Some are even cheekier and print it on the actual cellophane wrapper, which obviously comes away when you remove the packaging.

Also, Dutch release:
http://www.freerecordshop.nl/films/t...-8716777928592
post #642 of 793
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE'RE BACK!!! There is a new 3.0 update to the Playstation 3 (it's dated for tomorrow, but you can download it right now). It doesn't mention anything about correcting the PAL menu glitch in the list of revisions but I just tried the Australian BD of THE DESCENT and IT PLAYS!!! YEAH HOO! I thought I had a $40 coaster on my hands, but we're back in business folks. Thanks, Sony, for getting your act back together--see that this doesn't happen again!
post #643 of 793
You beat me to it! First thing I checked after the firmware update.

*does happy dance*
post #644 of 793
Yup, I was waiting for this too..... turns out it works!
post #645 of 793
I have no idea if I had anything to do with it but I'm feeling good about actually communicating this issue to someone at SCEA tech support. Whether it's true or not, they told me at the time that they had submitted an issue ticket to the team that works on the firmware.

It took so long to show up, I figure that I didn't accomplish anything though.

I'm just happy that they fixed it.
post #646 of 793
Even though Sony did break, they did fix it and it didn't take a year. So you guys that sent requests should send thank-yous for this particular issue. Thumbs up Sony firmware team.

So what happened to part 2? I was going watch this before it came out.
post #647 of 793
Thanks fellas. Time to upgrade from 2.60 to 3.0.
post #648 of 793
Good job, Sony. Although I'm not really affected since I have a stand-alone Region B player as well as my Region A PS3, I'm glad (and impressed) they put in the effort to fix this blunder rather than leaving their customers high and dry.
post #649 of 793
Has anyone tried to go to the special features yet? What does it do? I think it originally used to kick you back out to the main menu...
post #650 of 793
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Originally Posted by Filmmaker View Post

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE'RE BACK!!!

Great news! Thank you
post #651 of 793
Awesome job, Sony team!
post #652 of 793
I tested it out -- if you try to go to the PAL extras, it just throws you back to main menu. I was hoping it could now play the PAL but no luck... at least it doesnt give you an error code and dump you back to the PS3 OS.
post #653 of 793
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Originally Posted by stumlad View Post

I tested it out -- if you try to go to the PAL extras, it just throws you back to main menu. I was hoping it could now play the PAL but no luck... at least it doesnt give you an error code and dump you back to the PS3 OS.

I'm running an older version of the software, before the troubles. Being dumped back to the main menu is exactly what happens with the old software.
post #654 of 793
UK release is due in november. Have lionsgate re-released this in us as avc with the proper colour palette ??

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/prod...lu-ray/reviews
post #655 of 793
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Originally Posted by dannydj View Post

Have lionsgate re-released this in us as avc with the proper colour palette ??

lol ya right...
post #656 of 793
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Originally Posted by dannydj View Post

Have lionsgate re-released this in us as avc with the proper colour palette ??

Lionsgate doesn't fix things.
post #657 of 793
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Originally Posted by dannydj View Post

UK release is due in november. Have lionsgate re-released this in us as avc with the proper colour palette ??

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/prod...lu-ray/reviews

I thought this was already a good looking disc...?
post #658 of 793
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Originally Posted by dannydj View Post

UK release is due in november. Have lionsgate re-released this in us as avc with the proper colour palette ??

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/prod...lu-ray/reviews

So a new release with improved color timing which is closer to the AUS release but without crushed blacks and overblown whites? hmmm...... Do i have to buy this again
post #659 of 793
I've already mentioned this, at least somewhere because it's hard to keep track on which forums I've posted to.

I purchased the US version from Amazon.com on July 6th resigned to the fact that I'd end up getting the inferior MPEG version. I thought that as it was only $9.99 plus postage I could live with it until the 'best' version was released.

When it arrived I was amazed to find it was an AVC encode. My first thought was that I'd struck lucky in getting one of the AVC discs. However when I checked it out I found that the colour timing had been corrected (easiest shot to compare was the shot of the group photo outside the cabin. The scene now matched the one on the AUS version. Other scenes were also found to match.)

Further checks revealed that the contrast had also been corrected (the black levels are now correct in the cave scenes whilst still preserving detail into the darkest recesses, but not as 'dark' as the AUS version by its overuse of the contrast control so wiping out lots of low level detail.)

Colours are also stronger in the styilized scenes (when the caves are lit up in red for example) than on the original US discs, but they're not quite as strong as the colours on the AUS version which I think are a bit OTT to be honest (and, along with the contrast issue, the reason why I didn't get this version.)

Further, someone posted that his recently acquired (at the time he posted 3 or 4 months back) US AVC disc had the same corrections as to what I have found above, but I think people dismissed him as he was the only one stating it at that time. So from my findings (and his) I do conclude that Lionsgate have at some point quietly re-released it yet again, and that this version is now the best of the four so far.

Finally, it must be said that if I was looking to buy the disc now I would wait until the UK disc is released to see what that is like and what extras are on it. Doing so would also avoid the lottery of which US version of the three you'd end up with, though chances are you'd end up with this corrected one.

Cheers.
R.
post #660 of 793
WOW, like it wasn't deranged enough, the plot thickens even more.

I have the first US AVC version and the Aussie disc. But I'd love to see some screencaps compartison with this supposedly new version. If it's really the best version available, I guess I'll have to order one more copy of this title.
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