Cliffhanger and I’ve still not gotten the replacement region B Bluray as the left and right fronts and split-surrounds are reversed)!
This would have been a common issue in the early days of Hi-Fi stereo VHS tapes and the odd very few laserdisc titles.
And I have experienced reversed only split-surrounds on Star Trek original motion picture collection region 2 DVD and I’m willing to bet, 1pence it’s the same issue on Bluray region B.
It’s only on Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986) the one with whales! So listen up! Reverse the surround cables or simpler with RCA has it only takes a few seconds to re-plug the surrounds.
Its highly noticeable when the bird of pray goes to warp speed, leaping of front left then passing onto right surround, WRONG! It should be left as it was heard on 70mm at the Empire Leicester Square in THX 20 years ago. I have good ear and memory when it comes to sound, in the movies.
Anyway Cliffhanger, I’d be very careful what version you, pick up. (Optimum releasing UK) was aware of the issue last year and has since produced correct versions, but there are still some dodgy versions in circulation so lookout!
Maybe I’ll give them another call because I’m not taking a chance at getting a copy that has come from the warehouse that is first edition. I, have very short fuse temper!
Other than that, the menu was cool on the film which I, liked superimposed over the movie action. The extras are from the Pioneer laserdisc collection early 1990’s which I twigged onto when watching the extras. Only the laserdisc would cost many times more then the Bluray.
The whites where whiter and peaked nicely over the DVD which I have for compassion. The film is uncut and very brutal, over previous early VHS rental to PAL laserdisc and DVD.
The scene where Gabe (Sylvester Stallone) slugs it out a few rounds in the icy cave with Kynette (Leon) is funny. I’m going to ask you one more time. Where is the money (bleep, bleep, bleep) then gets garbed by his short comes and shoved into razor shape icicle! and hangs in there for few moments longer than the DVD where its just, grab, shove and thud!
Plus when Qualen (John Lithgow) goes a bit OTT and does Kristel (Caroline Goodall) in the back with three shots, instead of two for DVD.
I hope (Optimum releasing UK) sees fit enough to do Cutthroat Island soon as the DVD is badly cut-up with some silly edits because the BBFC can’t stomach the violence. At least I have the NTSC THX laserdisc, still.
The slam of the explosions the softness clarity of spoken dialogue over tweeting birds and the atmospheric sound of the outdoors is crystal clear on this, I wish it was Dolby! But dtsHDMA.
Why dtsHDMA and not DolbyTure since this was released in Dolby stereo SR and six-track Dolby SR, why don’t they just remove the Dolby SR logo from the end credits, sigh.
I’m going to pretend this was in DolbyTrue because I feel insulted that we should be given DolbyTure and dtsHDMA and Dolby will be played here!
They should keep dts with those early Jurassic Park films as the film was released in dts, but, wasn’t that a Dolby stereo SR-D logo I saw on one of the PAL or was it DVD titles?