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AVOID THIS RELEASE!,
This review is from: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Echo Bridge's release of Halloween H20 is severly comprimised and should be avoided.
First, this release is not in the original aspect ratio. Originally released theatrically at 2.35:1 (per imdb), this Blu-ray includes a cropped 1.78:1 aspect ratio
Second, the only audio option is a DTS-HD 2.0 stereo mix, as opposed to the 5.1 mix included as part of the original dvd release from December 1999! Additionally, there are no subtitle options for the hearing impaired.
Lastly, there are no special features whatsoever.
So, let's see, no OAR, comprimised audio, no subs, no special features.
Remind me again why anyone would by this rush cash grab by Echo Bridge?
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2011 2:56:50 PM PDT
The 2.0 is a misprint.
Posted on Apr 6, 2011 10:40:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2011 10:43:11 PM PDT
J. Scott says:
Do you actually already have a copy of this Blu-ray, or are you just going off the specs and description of the disc given by Amazon? Amazon OFTEN gives incorrect specs about discs, so going off them alone would be a mistake. I don't see any reason in the world for Echo Bridge to alter the aspect ratio of the film, as Miramax obviously still has a role in this release. When it comes to the audio, I also seriously doubt they'd release the disc with anything less than the DTS-HD Master Audio, so I wouldn't worry about it not having a 5.1 mix. Also, mentioning the lack of special features almost seems like a moot point, as even the original Dimension Films "Collector's Series" disc barely had any special features except for a pathetic trivia game and a music video for Creed's "What's This Life For?" My guess is that, like the recent Blu-ray releases of the "Scream" series, it'll carry over all the special features from the previous DVD release (which, like I mentioned, are very limited). As long as there's an increase in video quality (which is pretty inevitable) and it's in anamorphic widescreen unlike Dimension's DVD, I think "Halloween" fans will be pretty satisfied. Like I said, I'm not sure if you by chance already have this Blu-ray in your collection, but if not, you shouldn't jump to conclusions and warn people to avoid the release.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 6:38:31 AM PDT
Yes, I unfortunately paid money for this disc ($9.99). It is currently available for sale at Best Buy as an exclusive until 05/03. So, I'm not just going off of Amazon's listing.
That's fine if your satisfied, and I understand this wasn't going to be loaded with special features. But for me, not having the original aspect ratio or the 5.1 mix (lossless 2.0 is the only audio option that shows up on my PS3) both of which were part of the original theatrical release AND the dvd release from 12 years ago, would be a deal breaker.
Overall, I just feel Echo Bridge did the absolute bare minimum on this release and put not care into it, hoping that the die hard fans will find any type of release good enough. Even with the low price, my recommendation to avoid this release stands though. If you feel like you have to have it, I'd wait as this will head to the bargain bins very quickly.
If you do pick this up, let me know what your thoughts are on it.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 10:15:42 AM PDT
Travis I really appreciate the review of your early copy of this Blu-ray. It is a shame that they blew it so badly. I will be holding onto my aging DVD, thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 10:57:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2011 11:02:52 AM PDT
I'm not sure if you're in Region A or not, but if you're looking for an upgrade from your dvd, the Halloween triple feature by Alliance isn't perfect, but I hear it's better than this (I've ordered it, but haven't received it yet).
Here's the Amazon Canada link: http://www.amazon.ca/Halloween-Triple-Fea
Shipping from Canada isn't cheap, but it's an option. Also, it's sold on Amazon.com as well by third parties: Halloween Blu-ray Triple Pack(Halloween 6, H20, Halloween Resurrection)
I can't compare the two right now as I don't have the triple pack yet, but everything I've read indicates it's the superior release if you're interested in other Halloween films as well.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 8:00:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2011 8:07:50 PM PDT
David J. Brown says:
Yeah, I thankfully held onto my Alliance triple release of these Halloween sequels. They look really good. Curse looks the least, but the latter two look great and H20 is in 2:35:1!!!! Also, I was recently informed and checked myself, that the audio isn't in 2.0. That was a misprint.
Alliance also has a great blu ray print of Dracula 2000, that I'm sure will be better than the upcoming Echo Bridge release. And they're version of The Crow 2 is theatrical, not extended cut. Though, that film does suck soooo.......who cares?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2011 12:42:55 PM PDT
Movie Fan says:
Hey i tried looking at Best Buy online for the early copy of this movie and they dont seem to have it. What best buy did u buy it at?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2011 7:09:12 PM PDT
David J. Brown says:
Best Buys in New York seem to have plenty of them.
Posted on Apr 12, 2011 10:52:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2011 10:54:00 PM PDT
I've said it before and i'll say it again. Don't buy Echo Bridge releases people. They do not do anything to the films they release. They are a budget title release company and they strictly port and release. Nothing more. No new transfers or remastering or gathering of extras. The only money that they pay out is to acquire the rights to the films they want to release and that's it. No investment is made towards the movies at all. That's how they are able to keep cost for the titles so low. Unless you are just looking for a cheap quick and dirty port of a movie that you may have liked that hasn't been released to this point on dvd or blu-ray, avoid Echo Bridge releases.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2011 9:33:25 AM PDT
Stephen J. Monachello says:
You guys do know Echo Bridge is owned by Alliance correct?