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Good Movie, Lousy DVD
List creator: Chiend
Created on: March 1, 2006 - 8:51 PM PST
Description: Some rent-worthy DVDs long overdue for a new and better release

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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
  This one burns my ass more than any other. MCA released this Sci-fi classic on DVD without any running commentaries, trailers, or extras of any kind, but the most unforgivable part was to release it in 4:3 pan-and-scan instead of the theatrical 2.35:1 ratio intended. Don't hold your breath waiting for an update on this one; none are in the works.
Memento (Special Edition) (2000)
  Great thriller marred by an inexcusably stupid marketing concept. To navigate the disc menus, you must solve assinine puzzles that are only possible through trial and error (that includes all extras as well as the feature!) The feature on the standard edition where the chapters are arranged in chronological order is missing. Rent the standard version.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  A landmark film given shabby treatment by Time-Warner, the quality of this release makes it apparent that B & C is in serious need of restoration. Is Warren Beatty (who owns the rights) behind this? Worst of all, the DVD case implies it features the widescreen and pan-and-scan versions on a single disc. It doesn't. Only the 4:3 version is included.
Ms. 45 (1981)
  Shame on Image Entertainment for releasing this revenge favorite on DVD in truncated form! Both rape scenes are edited (one is even missing some dialog) and the shootout finale is butchered. Also, there is no commentary or extras of any kind, not even a trailer! The only way to see Ms .45 in its entirety is to buy the still-available VHS video.
High School Confidential! (1958)
Not Rated
  Republic Pictures Video released this classic hokey 1950s teenage dope ring drama on video in its original 2.35:1 cinemascope aspect ratio with the theatrical trailer and released the DVD in 4:3 pan-and-scan (!) with no commentary of any kind or extras apart from the theatrical trailer. Go figure.
Premutos: Lord of the Living Dead (1997)
Not Rated
  Once existing only as a German language video transfer without English subtitles, the turkeys at Shock-O-Rama Cinema decided to release the DVD without any English subtitles and instead eliminated the entire soundtrack and replaced it with dubbing so poorly done it never once matches an actor's lips, rendering this gore feast unintentionally humorous.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  After insisting the full frontal shot of Laura Harring be optically censored, director Lynch instructed Univeral to omit the chapter stops because he felt "the film should be viewed without interruption." Also missing is a director's commentary (!) as well as any worthwhile extras. Now, that's got to be the absolute mother of all WTFs.
Gangs of New York (pt.1) (Disc 1 of 2) (2002)
  The argument as to whether or not it qualifies as a good film withstanding, this epic running well under three hours was split onto two discs with the extras scattered over both! Image quality is also sub-par, but since it was stupidly shot at 1.37:1 and matted down to 2.35:1, it should figure. Scorcese should have known better!
Death Machine (1994)
  Lion's Gate issued this violent, gory sci-fi thriller in a badly-cropped 4:3 pan-and-scan version from its original 2.35:1 ratio and included NO extras sans its trailer. Worse yet, 12 minutes of a subplot integral to fully understanding the story is cut out. The director-approved UK version is uncut, in 2.35:1 and worth tracking down.
Meet the Feebles (1989)
  Initially, Substance released this warped puppet feature full frame from its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and burned it off their own crappy-looking VHS video release. Spectrum Films, capitalizing on Peter Jackson's LOTR fame, released this exact duplicate of the Substance edition, missing the chance to finally offer a high-quality release of the film!

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