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General discussion about what's out for the couch.

Today's purchases...
Topic by: bkirby99
Posted: March 9, 2004 - 3:36 PM PST
Last Reply: March 12, 2004 - 11:41 AM PST

author topic: Today's purchases...
post #1  on March 9, 2004 - 3:36 PM PST  
Dawn of the Dead
Glad to see this out on DVD again! I bought it the year before I got my first DVD player for a buddy for Christmas, and then when I got around to getting a copy for myself found out that it was out of print!

Schindler's List
I'm often surprised when I see an amazing flick like this finally making it to DVD - what took so long? The DVD (WS) is 2-sided with the feature taking up all of side A and part of side B and the extras following the end of the flick on side B. The movie's only 3 hours and 16 minutes (according to the running time printed on the case) - why was it pressed this way? I guess I don't have many DVDs where the movie runs over 3 hours, so maybe that's the limitation?
post #2  on March 10, 2004 - 4:44 PM PST  
Thanks for kicking off this discussion!

I'm not 100% sure but I believe DVDs do have a time limit -- single-layer disc can hold 150 minutes if there's only one audio track. Lowering the data rate slightly can accommodate over three hours on a single layer. (I read online somewhere that Dual-layer discs can hold over four hours on one side.) So, that's why the epic-length Schindler spills over to a second side, as do some other films.

It really did take a long time for that film's DVD release, didn't it? Can't wait to see it.
post #3  on March 10, 2004 - 7:19 PM PST  
But aren't lots of new releases these days on dual layer DVDs? I just wonder if the film would have fit on one side if a dual layer DVD had been used. I guess it's possible that there's just that much in extra commentary or language tracks...

Still, it's gerat to have this on DVD finally!
post #4  on March 11, 2004 - 12:06 PM PST  
Schindler's List is the reason we will always forgive Spielberg for butchering A.I. (and whatever else he gets his mitts on). A true masterpiece.

Question: Should I buy American Splendor, despite not seeing it while it was in theaters? I'm 99% sure I'll love it enough to buy it after I see it.
post #5  on March 11, 2004 - 12:47 PM PST  
If you're 99% sure you'll love it, then why not? Although, this advice comes from a DVD-buying junkie, so I suppose you should take that into consideration. Personally, I really enjoyed it and have considered buying it myself.
post #6  on March 12, 2004 - 11:41 AM PST  
These days I pretty much only buy movies I KNOW I want to own or movies that either Greencine or Netflix don't have or are in a seemingly perpetual "red" /"long wait" status. Films that I've bought within the past couple of months include Public Toilet, Eureka, Scoutman 2000, Horror Hotline - Big Head Monster, and Lost in Translation. I'm dying to get the Japanese DVD of Battlefield Baseball (billed as a cross between Shaolin Soccer and Battle Royale), but it's just too damn pricey right now.

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