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« Reply #75 on: November 10, 2014, 08:21:38 PM »

so for this recent release, if I have the single-disc version, I definitely shouldn't get the trilogy version, right? The single-disc version has everything the trilogy-version has PLUS the original mono audio option?

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« Reply #76 on: November 12, 2014, 04:47:45 PM »

so for this recent release, if I have the single-disc version, I definitely shouldn't get the trilogy version, right? The single-disc version has everything the trilogy-version has PLUS the original mono audio option?

That's correct.

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« Reply #77 on: November 12, 2014, 08:38:08 PM »

That's correct.

Thanks  Afro

I guess that sometimes, spending less can get me more  Wink

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« Reply #78 on: November 13, 2014, 10:43:43 AM »

A poster, apparently some kind of insider, put this up over at CriterionForum:
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On other boards, I've seen some people note that on the restored mono, Eli Wallach's voice sounds deeper in the Extended Version scenes, and there is speculation that Chace lowered the pitch. That's actually not the case. When the 5.1 mix was made, the low and high ends were cut off the Extended Version scenes, thinking that this would make the new material blend better with the old. For the new mono restoration, the Extended Version scenes were totally rebuilt from scratch, with the original ADR mixed with the mono music and effects track for those scenes. During the 2014 mono restoration, it was decided not to degrade the audio as severely as the 2003 mix, so what viewers are hearing now in the Extended Versions scenes is Wallach's natural voice as it was recorded with significantly LESS processing than before.
Interesting. This guy also speculates that the "mono restoration" GBU disc went out in follow-up pressings of the 2014 trilogy set.

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« Reply #79 on: November 13, 2014, 11:29:38 AM »

Anybody have a part number for this new single-disc version?  There's so many versions out there, very confusing !

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« Reply #80 on: November 13, 2014, 06:04:06 PM »

Anybody have a part number for this new single-disc version?  There's so many versions out there, very confusing !

This is the new single-disc GBU BRD http://goo.gl/2CujCn

on back of the case, by the proof of purchase, it says "Blu Ray Cat. # M130981"

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« Reply #81 on: November 14, 2014, 05:11:28 AM »

The covers for GBU are always very, very inventive.

If it's the same as the European one on the backside is an image from FAFDM, also in the menu. These Blus were really designed by film lovers.

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« Reply #82 on: November 15, 2014, 06:46:24 AM »

The covers for GBU are always very, very inventive.

If it's the same as the European one on the backside is an image from FAFDM, also in the menu. These Blus were really designed by film lovers.

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So in terms of the best BDs with English audio of the Dollars Trilogy available now, is the following correct:

FOD: Italian Ripleys (2009, 2010)
FAFDM: German Universum (2013)
GBU: US MGM (2014)

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« Reply #83 on: November 22, 2014, 04:17:16 AM »

I could almost swear that when I saw the film back in 1967 on Times Square that it was slightly gold-ish overall, in fact I could swear that one review I read even mentioned its golden Mediterranean sunlight. That's not to say the BD didn't overdo it.  Wink

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« Reply #84 on: November 22, 2014, 05:08:06 PM »

...in fact I could swear that one review I read even mentioned its golden Mediterranean sunlight.

Do you think you can find that review?

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« Reply #85 on: November 23, 2014, 04:37:33 AM »

Do you think you can find that review?

I was living in NYC at the time so I'd guess its (what I used to read) either one of the NY papers, NY Times, Daily News, NY Post, NY Herald Tribune, and The Long Island Star Journal, or Time, Newsweek, Look, Life, magazines.

I saved a few clippings I'll check them.  Afro

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« Reply #86 on: November 29, 2014, 07:09:20 AM »

amazon.com has this for $4.99 right now as part of its Black Friday sales! At that price I couldn't resist.

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« Reply #87 on: December 21, 2014, 01:35:08 PM »

This release sounds tempting in spite of the colors now.

Finally managed to find the time to watch my BD. I really enjoyed it - that goes for both the color and the mono audio.

Fortunately the grotto scene is a self contained chapter so you can easily hit "next chapter" to avoid it if desired.

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« Reply #88 on: January 21, 2015, 02:25:07 PM »

It seems that no version (or soundtrack) of this film will ever be definitive, but like, say, BLADE RUNNER it will remain a classic in any version!

What's GOOD abou this version:

mono soundtrack option
Chritopher Fraylings superb commentary. He deserves the title "Sir"!
Vibrant colors
restored scenes in mono

If i had the technical skills I would make a dvd that included the expanded version through the restored Sentenza fort scene. In the original mono
Then i would switch to the MGM version until the arrival at the Branston Bridge ( i prefer the original shorter US version)
Then back to the Fox version (or maybe even the MGM stereo one)

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« Reply #89 on: January 29, 2015, 10:27:45 PM »

I just put this disc in my BRD player for the first time and skipped around and watched a few scenes.

This piece of shit (or, more accurately, this piece of piss) will never again contaminate my blu-ray player. It is absolutely atrocious this piss color.

Maybe the original MGM BRD is too red, so maybe I'll use the MGM DVD for future viewings - probably the restored edition. I know it doesn't have the mono, but I am not gonna watch piss just for the mono audio. I'd rather have a good image and live with the bullshit 5.1 audio. I could watch my 1998 DVD, which does have the mono, but then I lose the restored scenes (and I am sure though I've never watched it more than a minute here or there that the image quality on that version isn't as good as the 2004 restoration.

As I mentioned in the Goodfellas thread but I'll repeat here: I also own the Mondo Italian BRd but there is somethijng weird about it, looks like the old cellphone videos where there isn't a smooth movement (both when people move and when the camera pans), it's like moving step by step, very weird. So I am never watching that BRD again. And I am never watching this 2014 piss disc again, mono or no mono. Even the red MGM BRD is far better than this. For future viewings, I think I will go with the MGM Special Edition DVD and that's that. If I want to har Frayling's commentary, which is only available on the BRD's, then I'll use the MGM BRD. This Fox BRD is a travesty.


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