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5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a "Special Collector's Edition" but still pretty good, November 6, 2007
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This review is from: Chinatown (Special Collector's Edition) (DVD)
So, if you own the previous edition is it worth the double dip? Yes and no. If you're a casual fan, then no. If you're devotee of this masterpiece then I would say yes if only for the new transfer and extras.

The original DVD had a decent transfer and a featurette that included interviews with Robert Evans, Roman Polanski, and Robert Towne. While only running 12 minutes, it was a pretty good trip down memory lane. These new extras bring back all three men and Jack Nicholson for brand new interviews. This new disc also has an improved transfer that is a noticeable improvement over the previous edition.

"Chinatown: The Beginning and The End" is a 20-minute retrospective look at the genesis of the film with Evans, Nicholson, Polanski and Towne talking about how they got involved with the project. Towne talks about several things that inspired his script and how his friendship with Nicholson informed the character of Gittes.

"Chinatown: Filming" is a 25-minute examination of the principal photography. Polanski says that Evans gave him complete creative freedom. However, they clashed over the look of the film. Evans wanted it to look like The Godfather films while Polanski wanted it to resemble a Raymond Chandler detective novel. All four men recount some fascinating filming anecdotes.

"Chinatown: Legacy" is a ten-minute look at how the film was initially received by test audiences. Polanski realized that the film's music had to be changed and Jerry Goldsmith was brought in to compose a score in only nine days! The studio felt that the film was "too intellectual" and the critics loved it. Chinatown went on to be nominated for 11 Academy Awards but only won one for Towne's screenplay.

Finally, there is a theatrical trailer.
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Initial post: Nov 7, 2007, 5:41:00 PM PST
Beachbum says:
Thanks Cubist, that was just the kind of info I needed. I love this movie and have the 1999 DVD. It's great, but I think I'll wait for the blu-ray edition before I up grade.
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