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The Mummy (Ultimate Edition)
The Mummy (Ultimate Edition)
DVD ~ Brendan Fraser
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "definitive" third DVD release of The Mummy., May 26, 2001
This review is from: The Mummy (Ultimate Edition) (DVD)
The 1999 blockbuster has been released for the THIRD time on DVD. To coinside with the sequel's theatrical release no doubt. But for people who want to own the best version of The Mummy out there, this is the disc to buy.
It's basically the same disc as the original 2000 releases. Featuring the film in both anamorphic widescreen, and pan & scan versions (originally each were released as seperate editions).
The new features to be found on this "Ultimate Edition" of The Mummy are quite good actually. The first and most important new extra is the addition of two new commentary tracks, to the one featuring director Stephen Sommers already on the previous discs. The first commentary track is actor Brendan Frasier alone. The second and much better commentary is administerd by actors Kevin J. O'Conner, Oded Fehr, and Arnold Vosloo. It's always better to have commentaries where multiple people are recorded together. Just makes the listen and viewing pleasure that much better.
The second significant extra to this edition is the inclusion of a DTS 5.1 surround soundtrack. Quite a noticeable difference between this new track, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 track on the previous incarnation of The Mummy on DVD.
Now for people who bought the previous versions of this film on DVD (this reviewer included). Is this edition really worth the money to own this film again? My answer would be yes. Simply for the fact that it features new commentaries and a DTS 5.1 track. For which I am a big fan of both. So the choice to buy, for me at least, was easy. For you, it might be a different choice. But I suggest not buying this disc unless your expressely interested in those new features. Otherwise you'd be paying for something you already have.

The Rock (The Criterion Collection)
The Rock (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Sean Connery
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion gives proper DVD treatment to The Rock., February 19, 2001
Buena Vista released The Rock as a movie-only edition back in 1998 and anyone who knows their DVD must have been less-than enthusiastic about the release (this reviewer included), and hoped that someday the film would be revisted with a special edition release. Fortunately, that day has come! This new Criterion DVD release features a 2.35:1 matted widescreen presentation, anamorphically enhanced for 16x9 televisions, something which was sorely missed from the Buena Vista disc. This disc also has a new Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix, which is a remixed track of the original 5.1 mix on the Buena Vista disc, which was rather good, this track just improves on it. Criterion, doesn't stop there though, a DTS 5.1 surround mix has been added for your sonic pleasure. And for a film such as this, both audio surround tracks are a welcome addition, especially the DTS track which was newly-remixed and digitally mastered specifically for this Criterion DVD.
The area where this Criterion version really puts Buena Vista's to shame is in the special features department. Now for people who own the Criterion laserdisc of this film, these extra features might seem familiar. But for first-time viewers of the Criterion release of this film, you'll be very pleased with the extras you get here. Supplements abound on the second disc in this 2-DVD set, you'll have hours of enjoyment sifting through all of the extras presented in this package. The only gripe I have about this disc is the commentary track recorded for the film. Sean Connery is suprisingly absent from it. Which, for me at least is a disappointment. But that's only a minor gripe, this disc is one of the best Criterion has relased for a film on DVD. So throw out your old Buena Vista DVD/VHS/LD copies of The Rock, and get this Criterion DVD. I highly recommend it, especially if your a fan of this film.
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Dragonball Z, Vol. 18 - Captain Ginyu: Assault
Dragonball Z, Vol. 18 - Captain Ginyu: Assault
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What diehard fans of this series wanted from the beginning., July 25, 2000
Finally, finally! That word pretty much sums up the release of this disc for me. I've been a Dragon Ball fan since the 1980's, and i've patiently waited, and prayed for the day when something like this would be widely avaliable to the English speaking market. Now that the day has come, I cannot put into words the feeling I have. The reason being, the time it actually took to get one of the best Animes series ever created over to this side of the Pacific. It's been almost 10 years since the episodes contained on this DVD, were first aired in Japan. And for true fans of this series, this disc is long, long overdue. Now for the quality of the content on the disc. Very good, considering this is the first of hopefully many of this type of disc in the series. Only minor problems with the disc, such as the absence of subtitles during Cha La Head Cha La (Introduction), and Zenkai Power (Closing). Also missing are the "last time on the show," and "next time on the show" segments. Which are not sorely missed because the episodes play back-to-back. But it begs the question, because of this deletion, why not include one or maybe even two more episodes on the disc? Or maybe some extras? I sincerly hope that all Dragon Ball discs from this point on have both language tracks, movies and OVA's included. But overall, I really can't fault this disc, except for the painfully long time it took to get to this market.

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