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1.0 out of 5 stars Do. Not. Buy., May 14, 2011
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This review is from: Badlands (DVD)
It's extremely rare for a company to outright lie on a DVD case, but here they most certainly did. This is not anamorphic ("enhanced for widescreen TVs") widescreen, as it says on both the DVD case and the label on the DVD itself. It's not even widescreen- it's 1.33:1, full screen. Disgusting, Warner Brothers. Amazon should NOT be selling this.
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Initial post: May 19, 2011 11:44:31 AM PDT
You are 100% correct. I just bought the DVD from Barnes & Noble today and it clearly says the film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen on the back cover. I placed the DVD in my blu-ray player and it is indeed fullscreen. I looked it up and the old, out of print DVD had both options of wide or full screen. What it looks like they did here was take the existing flipper discs and print the title in red on one side and left the fullscreen side of the disc available to play. Warners must not have checked this because the new cover art (modified for a keep case instead of the cardboard snap case used on the previous release) still reads widescreen. This is a horrible DVD, please do NOT buy it. Why "Badlands" does not have a Criterion release like "Days of Heaven" or an in house Warners upgrade special edition is beyond me. Shameful.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2011 5:01:57 PM PDT
Boy that is truly sloppy marketing. I have the older, snap case DVD of Badlands which contains the flipper disc containing the enhanced 16X9 transfer. It's a decent image though not as up to par as the other Malick films on DVD and Blu-ray, but very viewable. I would think Badlands would get a new edition in the not too distant future, particularly now that the new film, The Tree of Life is in release and Malick is in the news again. Badlands is such a great film.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 10:06:29 PM PDT
Andrea L. says:
Man, I wish I had read this review before buying the dvd.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2011 6:18:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 8, 2011 6:19:30 AM PDT
Chazzz says:
Me too, and I'm usually VERY careful about these things. I guess I was distracted into not doing my usual homework by a combination of suddenly wanting the film, and the low price tag. And while it's small price to learn a lesson by, it would be wrong NOT to return this wholly-misrepresented piece of crap to Amazon.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 9:54:18 PM PDT
Douglas says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2011 4:37:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2011 4:41:27 AM PDT
Chazzz says:
This one doesn't. This has been issued more than once, as stated in the above comments.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2011 11:15:45 AM PDT
I have the German edition (Regions 2 & 5) in the old WB cardboard and plastic snap case. It's a one-sided disc and the film is in the correct aspect ratio with the English soundtrack in 5.1 Dolby. I just checked German Amazon and they are still selling it but it's insanely expensive: €59 ($83!) for a new copy from Amazon. Amazon UK seems to have the authentic Warner DVD at a reasonable price (less than $10) but there is NO technical information given (i.e. aspect ratio, audio, subtitles, extras, etc.). If you have a region-free DVD player (and everyone should!) it may be worth checking out.

And an unrelated PS/FYI: German Amazon has a November 2011 date listed for the DVD release of "The Tree of Life."

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 6:19:35 PM PDT
Adam Parker says:
I can confirm that this is true, as well. I purchased this in July 2011 thinking that this review was just a fluke, but it isn't. The box really does say "Widescreen," and the movie really is in 4:3. Talk about a way to really tick a guy off. I will never ever watch this film in fullscreen.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 7:23:23 AM PDT
notman says:
Wow. Thanks for the warning. I almost bought this because it has been in the status of "very long wait" in my Netflix queue for a month or two now. Warner Bros. should know better. Hopefully we get a blu-ray release soon. I have not seen this movie yet, but I like Days of Heaven and love The Thin Red Line. I plan on dragging my wife to Tree of Life soon.
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