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New version of last year's Anniversary Edition that actually works...,
This review is from: Casino - Special Edition (DVD)
This new "Special Edition" is a watered down version of last year's Anniversary Edition. Usually this is a bad thing. However, since Universal can't seem to figure out how to make a DVD-18 work properly, it's actually good they have seen fit to release this title as a single-sided, dual-layered DVD. Unfortunately, in doing so they have dropped most of the extras found on the Anniversary Edition. Still found on this release are the deleted scenes, the commentary and one of the featurettes.
Why they didn't decide to do 2 DVD-9's for this is beyond comprehension, but at least they've dropped the list price a few dollars.
My rating is for the overall the release, although in my opinion both the film and the transfer on this release get 5 stars. Colors are vivid and rich, and detail is very fine.
In closing, if you're not a "special features" junkie, definitely get this release, as it's much more likely to play properly. If you must have the Anniversary Edition, make sure you play the disc right away, because most likely, it will have problems.
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Initial post: Sep 26, 2006 7:59:44 PM PDT
Thanks a lot for the information. I got this and Carlito's Way at BB today for XX dollars on special. I grabbed the front copy and they told me at the register that it was the wrong one (I had grabbed an Anniversary Edition). I was afraid at first that I had been stuck with the version with an inferior transfer and after reading your review I'm happy I have the Special Edition instead.
Posted on Sep 24, 2008 6:06:31 AM PDT
Sean P. Logue says:
Good information -- thanks! Normally the extras don't matter to me, but the picture and sound quality are very important. Good to hear that this one will meet my needs.
Posted on Apr 17, 2013 1:49:43 AM PDT
Jonathan Cardwell says:
What's this about the Anniversary Edition & playback problems? How would a DVD player not be able to play a DVD??
Also, someone was saying this film has never been released uncut on DVD outside of Australia as of 2004. The running time on this however is supposedly 1 minute longer than the edition he was reviewing with the red "Widescreen" stripe at the bottom. Although if it's 178 minutes and 30 seconds, one could go either way on approximating the running time.
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