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Just picked up this Dutch release. The new transfer is a massive improvement over the horrible Sapphire-series release. There are some slight compression issues - and perhaps the tiniest bit of source related filtering and ringing, but overall a very pleasing and stunning film-like image.


If you plan on importing this version, please make sure you buy the right version. The packaging is entirely similar to the white EU-steelbook, with the exception of a blue 10th Anniversary sticker on the back.

*Contains both the theatrical and extended cut through seamless branching*




Enjoy:


Short comparisons here:

http://comparescreenshots.slicx.com/comparison/68257 (embarrassing)

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http://comparescreenshots.slicx.com/...8131/picture:2 (close-ups)

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(some shots of old blu-ray by Whiggles - hope you don't mind)



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This should make most of us happy.


1. We can get the studio to rerelease a movie because of quality issue.

2. We got a proper remaster of Gladiator
 

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As always you deliver the goods! thanks


Its miles better! and reframed! so an all new master! for once remastered is not a marketing word!
 

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Originally Posted by Whiggles /forum/post/18918449

http://www.dvd.nl/forum/showpost.php...&postcount=205


Thanks for the caps, BsRoz. Any idea where those of us outside the Netherlands could order a copy?

If you plan on importing it by way of a Dutch webshop, I'd suggest you wait a couple of a days.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the packaging of this release and it has not been confirmed yet if some of the bigger online shops (bol.com, frs.nl) are actually shipping out the right version.


Oh and those with the old version, please feel free to match some of these shots for a comparison.
 

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Looks even better than I hoped for. Deliciously fine grain and detail galore. Sharp without sharpening. Another title that proves pretty much any big Hollywood movie made in the last 10-15 years can look as good as one made yesterday if give a proper transfer.
 

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Unbelievable. I never thought this would happen. Looks so much better than I could have hoped. This and Braveheart really show how good modern remastering technology can truly save a catalog film, given that time, effort and care are put into them. No more excuses for "good enough" with DNR and EE. Thank you Universal/Paramount.


Whiggles summed it up well on his site :
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This is vindication for all those of us who stamped out feet and complained about the previous release, who did what we could to spread the word, who refused to listen to the naysayers who claimed this film would never look any better (including one supposed industry insider who shall remain nameless who told us to stop complaining and either sit further away from our screens or find a new hobby).
 

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What an improvement.


Never picked up the first release because it looked like garbage, but ill be buying this one without doubt, looks really good.


Long live film grain.
 

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What an improvement.


Never picked up the first release because it looked like garbage, but ill be buying this one without doubt, looks really good.


Long live film grain.

The funny thing is that it looks less grainy as well. Look at the sky with the arrows in it.
 

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What an improvement.


Never picked up the first release because it looked like garbage, but ill be buying this one without doubt, looks really good.


Long live film grain.

Although this is one of my most favorite films I also avoided buying Gladiator in Blu-ray like the plague after all of the terrible AVS and other reviews. Given the comparison pics between the crummy "Saphire" print and the glorious new remasterd print it is a good thing I did, what a total piece of garbage (my DVD print looks better, at least it has flaming arrows
) That said, the new print is beautiful and I will be purchasing the remasted disk the day it is released. Let this be a lesson to the movie studios; when you release a film in Blu-ray, DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN!
 

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Absolutely beautiful. Will wait for the UK or US release though.

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Wow. Remember all the boneheads whio swore the old version looked "great!"

Indeed, and the blind/good enough/anti-screenshot crowd never seems to learn either, despite being proven wrong again and again.
 

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it looks like the main difference is a warmer color temperature...

The main difference is a proper HD transfer versus a completely oudated and overprocessed piece of s*h*i*t*. And yes, the color grading has been improved as well.
 

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Originally Posted by Jmouse007 /forum/post/18918804


Let this be a lesson to the movie studios; when you release a film in Blu-ray, DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN!

well you would think they learned that with the original Fifth Element.....but the screen shots show a movie that now looks worth having, and so I wonder if they will be doing any trade ins.


Is the Dutch version, region locked??
 

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Originally Posted by mhafner /forum/post/18918843


The main difference is a proper HD transfer versus a completely oudated and overprocessed piece of s*h*i*t*. And yes, the color grading has been improved as well.

Ah yea !



Best thing we all can do is buy the Dutch release, post haste, to show our support. Thanks very much BsRoz for the thread !


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Very impressive, I can't wait for US release now so I can upgrade.
 
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