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post #1 of 19
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Starting 11pm 1/1/07
post #2 of 19
It was on last night before Patriot Games and it looked pretty good. The print looked like the same one they used for the collector's edition DVD. Black levels weren't very consistent and it was kind of grainy. I think Spielberg should pay for a digital restoration of this classic film. I give the PQ a B+.
post #3 of 19
Yes I thought the PQ was quite good. B+ seems fair. Some grain...but that is a good thing

I also thought Patriot Games looked good.
post #4 of 19
I watched a few minutes and was impressed.
I didn't have any of the issues I had with Superman:The Movie.
The detail and sharpness you expect with a HD presentation was there.
Very nice, hopefully this is on the way to HD media soon.
post #5 of 19
Are you guys watching these on FIOS or cable?1920x1080i? It sure looks abysmal here on E* and D*.
post #6 of 19
I remember driving all the way to Woburn, MA from Concord, NH when this film first hit the big screen(s)......just to be the first one at my workplace to see it......and I STILL consider it a true gem.....I could watch it a hundred times a week and not tire of it....

"Mr. Neary....I envy you......."
post #7 of 19
It looks great on Astound Cable.
post #8 of 19
Looked good on Buckeyecable.
post #9 of 19
Outstanding PQ and audio on Insight Cable. Way to go HDNet.
post #10 of 19
Special Edition is on Sunday Morning...
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by dfergie View Post

Special Edition is on Sunday Morning...

I hate that version of the film. It ruins the mystery at the end.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Dark Rain View Post

I hate that version of the film. It ruins the mystery at the end.

Sorry for ignorance but what "mystery" gets solved by the Special Edition???
post #13 of 19
You see the inside of the mothership.
post #14 of 19
According to wiki...

Original 70MM Version 135 min

Special Edition 132 min

Collector's Edition 137 min

So, what edition was originally shown on HDNet earlier in the week? Is HDNet showing two versions this month, really?
post #15 of 19
It must have been the Collector's Edition because it looked the same as the DVD. The scenes inside the mothership weren't there.

From Wiki:

The movie has been revised numerous times, notably for a 132-minute "Special Edition" reissue in 1980 and again for a 137-minute "Collector's Edition" in 1988 (see List of films recut by studio for details on these alternate versions). The Special Edition features several new character development scenes, the discovery of a lost ship, the Cotopaxi, in the Gobi Desert, and a view of the inside of the mothership. The interior of the mothership is deleted from the "Collector's Edition" (Spielberg added this scene as a concession to be allowed to make the Special Edition. He decided it was a mistake and removed it in the later edition).

I don't see on HDNet's schedule that the Sunday airing of this movie is the "Special Edition." I can't see a reason why Sony would make a HD transfer of it since Spielberg isn't a fan of that version.
post #16 of 19
The main thing I didn't like about the Special Edition was the use of "When you wish upon a star" for the music inside the spaceship.

I thought I remembered seeing the lost cargo ship in the original when I saw the first release in theaters.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by Dark Rain View Post

It must have been the Collector's Edition because it looked the same as the DVD. The scenes inside the mothership weren't there.

From Wiki:

The movie has been revised numerous times, notably for a 132-minute "Special Edition" reissue in 1980 and again for a 137-minute "Collector's Edition" in 1988 (see List of films recut by studio for details on these alternate versions). The Special Edition features several new character development scenes, the discovery of a lost ship, the Cotopaxi, in the Gobi Desert, and a view of the inside of the mothership. The interior of the mothership is deleted from the "Collector's Edition" (Spielberg added this scene as a concession to be allowed to make the Special Edition. He decided it was a mistake and removed it in the later edition).

I don't see on HDNet's schedule that the Sunday airing of this movie is the "Special Edition." I can't see a reason why Sony would make a HD transfer of it since Spielberg isn't a fan of that version.

Didn't the DVD use branching so you could view any version you wanted?
post #18 of 19
The Collector's Edition DVD doesn't have any branching. The Special Edition DVD apparently has the the original ending plus the extended scene inside the mothership if you wish to watch it that way. The Collector's Edition DVD is better because you get the making-of documentary and other goodies. You do get the deleted scenes of the mothership interior, but they are on the second disc if you want to view it. The CE version of the film is basically the director's cut.
post #19 of 19
The running time on HDNet Movie's schedule is 137 minutes and that's the third and most "definitive" version. So I assume that's what is being shown.

I saw a little bit the other day and it is much better than DVD resolution. The grain cannot be removed without filtering, people. It's in the negatives because that is the way the film was shot and it is a byproduct of FX work at that time.
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