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What are your expectations of this DVD? I saw that they've improved the sound, what do you think will happen with the PQ?


I am looking forward to purchasing this disc and am hoping that it won't be a total letdown.
 

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Can't speak to the DVD quality but I did catch the theatrical re-release last Saturday night, which may give an idea of the quality to expect on the new dvd. Pretty good overall, but noticeably soft during the scenes at Sosa's jungle compund. Some of the shots in darker environment are grainier than I'd expect. Sound quality was nice on the music, but the dialog sounded somewhat 'tinny' (especially in the opening scene which uses Charles Durning's voice dubbed over another actor's). The print did show some signs of aging, but by far the best I've seen this movie look.


On a side-not, what surprised me most was the audience: As an 'old fart' I tend to avoid watching movies with a teenage audience, because I don't care for cell phones ringing, people talking & running about, etc. However, while the vast majority of the audience were quite young (punks, to be blunt), everyone was very well behaved for the entire three hours, and it was the most pleasant audience experience I've had in quite some time--- a testament to the power of the film.
 

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I remember distinctly a heavy use of red in most shots, and I hope they come out ok on the DVD.


I don't mean to hijack this thread, but as a long-time admirer of Brian De Palma's work, having watched the best and the dogs, while I like the movie alot and it was De Palma's only epic, there's something about SCARFACE that keeps it from being timeless. When I see it again, I'll be able to comment in more detail. Even some of his best movies are marred by a tendency to go overboard in the sex department:

1) Carrie - the opening shower scene is too erotic - and maybe out of character; the travolta / allen scene in the car with the voice over at the end, while comedic, is practically x-rated

2) Blow Out - (my favorite De Palma movie of all time) similar in nature to the travolta/allen scene, the scene at the train station with the hooker and the sailor just makes me cringe. It's a major blemish on one of the best political thrillers in the last 25 years. I wish the recent DVD reissue had better color, capturing Zsigmond's beautiful red-white-and-blue artistry. I also wish this DVD was in OAR.

3) Dressed to Kill - this was another of his great ones, and my least favorite part is Nancy Allen's pornographic dialog near the end of the movie

4) Body Double - the strip tease stuff is too graphic

5) The Untouchables - in this case, it's not sexual lack of subtlety, but more like some of the corny dialog from Costner

6) Mission Impossible - there's one thing that bothers me here, but it's not so bad, it's how the propeller blade ends up right in his face - to me this is a classic movie

7) Casualties of War - Michael J. Fox's hyperventilating-as-acting didn't really work -- overall, another classic if you can get over the tragic story.

8) Femme Fatale - do I have to say it? The pool table scene! It's just too much to take seriously.


The list goes on. I did this off the top of my head...


But I have put this edition of SCARFACE on the top of my NETFLIX cue, and I can't wait to enjoy the extra footage.
 

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First of all, this title can't help but be miles ahead of the previous release. The Scarface DVD that was released several years ago is one of the most notoriously poor transfers of a feature film there is. So, just a do-over is going to be a marked improvement. Then, when you add the fact that the interpositive has undergone a restoration to boot, I would expect we are in for a treat. Whether it turns out to be reference quality or not, no one can say until viewing it, but it's going to be a major upgrade no matter how you slice it.
 

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Yea I remember the laserdisc looking pretty horrible, and the original DVD looking blurry and over saturated, and sound was bad.
I always thought the prior (1998?) DVD was a rehash of the LD transfer. At least the LD had uncompressed PCM audio!


Looking forward to the new DVD release!


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Originally posted by V'ger
Can't speak to the DVD quality but I did catch the theatrical re-release last Saturday night, which may give an idea of the quality to expect on the new dvd. Pretty good overall, but noticeably soft during the scenes at Sosa's jungle compund. Some of the shots in darker environment are grainier than I'd expect. Sound quality was nice on the music, but the dialog sounded somewhat 'tinny' (especially in the opening scene which uses Charles Durning's voice dubbed over another actor's). The print did show some signs of aging, but by far the best I've seen this movie look.
Cool, thanks for the "base-line" info!! :)
 

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Peteyspambucket --- That "distinct memory of red that was used in most shots" , uh , that was BLOOD!:D
 

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LOL!! :) I meant besides the blood, silly. :D I think there were at least two rooms that were red, and there was lots of red lighting in the disco scene, and red velvet. (All from memory, so I could be wrong...)
 

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I am picking this one up early this evening and will at least take a gander at some, if not all, of it. Then, I will post my thoughts on PQ and sound a little later.
 

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I get my DVds from a special friend dealer here and it's usualyy four or five days prior to release date...enuff said about that.


Anyway, I looked it over last night on a 57" WS Toshiba using a Toshiba progressive scan DD Player and it looked fabulous compared to the first release. In fact, as I said before, there's no sense in comparing it because this is an entirely different transfer done with care.


The colors are properly over saturated to reflect the high spirited life of Little Havana in Miami and the world of cocaine trafficking in the early 80's. The colors were richly dosplayed with impressive sharpness as well. The big question is bound to be about EE. Well, there ain't much at all. You can see it faintly if you stick your face up to the screen durin gthe scenes on the beach when a little bit of haloing occurs alongside some palm trees, bu it's minimal and non-distracting.


Ths one has a DTS 5.1 track on it, but I would have had to have watched it my downstairs HT on my 10' screen. I'll do that at some point, but I just didn't have the time or inclination last night.



Bottom line is that thi is a Scarface worth having and is very representative of what this flick looked like during its initial run in the theaters. Bravo.
 
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