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The Deer Hunter (Australian Release)

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I recently picked this up over here. Its VC-1 on a BD-50 with DTS-HDMA audio.

I think it looks very good and is certainly a classic film.

Although Universal is the distributor here it has Studio Canal logos on it, did they do a HD-DVD of it at some point?

Here are some pics:





post #2 of 36
Damn, I would like to have this!
post #3 of 36
The USA HD-DVD looks pretty nice!
post #4 of 36
HD-DUD is DEAD.
post #5 of 36
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

HD-DUD is DEAD.

And that suddenly makes the HD DVD's PQ bad?
post #6 of 36
who has good prices for importing aussie blu-rays to the u.s.?

thanks
post #7 of 36
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Originally Posted by depooter View Post

who has good prices for importing aussie blu-rays to the u.s.?

thanks

DVDCrave
post #8 of 36
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Originally Posted by hlwl View Post

And that suddenly makes the HD DVD's PQ bad?

No, but it is still DEAD.
And of no use on a BD Forum.
post #9 of 36
Hi!

Has the aussie br a german audio track???

regards
singulus
post #10 of 36
Thread Starter 
Sorry its only got German subtitles.
post #11 of 36
Thank's a lot for the info.

regards
singulus
post #12 of 36
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

No, but it is still DEAD.
And of no use on a BD Forum.

Except for comparisons.
post #13 of 36
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

No, but it is still DEAD.
And of no use on a BD Forum.


It is when the original poster asked if it was on HD-DVD
post #14 of 36
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

No, but it is still DEAD.
And of no use on a BD Forum.

Why? I use both formats and it can't hurt to compare.
post #15 of 36
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

Damn, I would like to have this!

++++++++++++++++

Arguably my favorite movie of all time. (I tend to rank a handful of greats on equal basis...)

I'm still thinking of picking up the HD DVD at Fry's for some 6 bucks

Though, if this can eventually be had on BD with a master audio track (that is truly worthwhile), I may hold out.

I'd have no problem quadruple dipping on such a release (VHS-DVD-SE DVD-HDM)
post #16 of 36
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Originally Posted by MSmith83 View Post

DVDCrave

They have it listed at $21.07 U.S. (excluding GST).
No idea what GST is...possibly shipping?

At any rate, it doesn't indicate if it is Region-Free or not.
Just says: PAL
post #17 of 36
Thread Starter 
I forgot to mention, I also have an A PS3, so it does play on A machines.

Actually I think the disc has A+B labels on the cover.
post #18 of 36
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

They have it listed at $21.07 U.S. (excluding GST).
No idea what GST is...possibly shipping?

GST means "goods and services tax," which Australia has for transactions within the continent.
post #19 of 36
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Originally Posted by kennerado View Post

I forgot to mention, I also have an A PS3, so it does play on A machines.

Actually I think the disc has A+B labels on the cover.

Forgive my ignorance:

Does this mean that it will play on a US version of the PS3? (Or will it?)
post #20 of 36
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Originally Posted by shikarum View Post

Forgive my ignorance:

Does this mean that it will play on a US version of the PS3? (Or will it?)

Yes. The US is in Region A.

For those interested in importing other BDs, this list is accurate and includes many titles.
post #21 of 36
Thread Starter 
I took some direct shots:


post #22 of 36
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Originally Posted by kennerado View Post

I took some direct shots:



damn, this makes me want to fork over $7 bucks for the HD DVD. hopefully this gets to the states soon.
post #23 of 36
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Originally Posted by zinfamous View Post

damn, this makes me want to fork over $7 bucks for the HD DVD. hopefully this gets to the states soon.

If you have an HD-DVD player... why not?
post #24 of 36
The Australian release is a Studio Canal encode.. The US HD DVD was done by Universal so they will be different..
post #25 of 36
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Originally Posted by erkq View Post

If you have an HD-DVD player... why not?

Exactly what I was thinking. I doubt the audio on the Blu-Ray sounds much better on such a dated film anyway.
post #26 of 36
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Originally Posted by Patsfan123 View Post

The Australian release is a Studio Canal encode.. The US HD DVD was done by Universal so they will be different..

I don't know how it will compare to the Blu version of course, but the HD DVD version is nice. Nice contrast, nice clean blacks, nice colors. But yes, SlaughterX, the audio is what you'd expect and any audio encoding used will be up to the task!
post #27 of 36
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Originally Posted by erkq View Post

If you have an HD-DVD player... why not?

Only 2 reasons why I wouldn't:

1: that 7 bucks would go into the upgrade price of the eventual (US) BD release. If I pay $22 for new BD, then it'd really be $29 going HD. (certainly, I could wait several years for BD to fall in price if I already have HDDVD...)

2: the SE DVD was a gift from my GF two years ago. As long as I've been considering picking up this HDDVD, I've had this nagging guilt about replacing her gift

Though, I'm glad to hear that what is a different encoding on Red is quite good. It's one of the few HD DVD-only titles at this point that is worth owning, imo.
post #28 of 36
I have seen the HD-DVD multiple times. I had no complaints about it.

If the Blu-ray uses the same transfer/encode, I don't think you could ask for much more from this release.

The 5.1 track on the HD-DVD (and previous DVD release) have indicated that it is a Logic7 track. I don't know what it is, but I don't think lossless sound will make much difference on this release.
post #29 of 36
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Originally Posted by kennerado View Post

I took some direct shots:



Can you post the BDInfo scan of this? http://www.cinemasquid.com/Tools.aspx
post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by zinfamous View Post

Only 2 reasons why I wouldn't:

1: that 7 bucks would go into the upgrade price of the eventual (US) BD release. If I pay $22 for new BD, then it'd really be $29 going HD. (certainly, I could wait several years for BD to fall in price if I already have HDDVD...)

2: the SE DVD was a gift from my GF two years ago. As long as I've been considering picking up this HDDVD, I've had this nagging guilt about replacing her gift

Though, I'm glad to hear that what is a different encoding on Red is quite good. It's one of the few HD DVD-only titles at this point that is worth owning, imo.

#2 I can understand.

#1 I doubt any future Universal BD release would actually be an "upgrade". I owned the Australian HD-DVD which had DTS Master Audio sound -- it is not an upgrade, really, over the DD+ track of the US HD-DVD. They sound identical. And Universal's BD versions of HD-DVD titles have not been improvements, in fact if anything some have DNR applied to them (like THE THING).

For $5 THE DEER HUNTER is a gorgeous catalog release IMO and well worth picking up on HD-DVD.
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