NEW It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World DVD!

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Peter Mason, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. Peter Mason

    Peter Mason Guest

    Last week (7th October 2003) a new Mad World DVD was released with
    about 20 minutes of extra scenes. It's listed on AMAZON.COM and I'm
    guessing it's the same as the Laser Disc edition that was released
    about 10 years ago.Does anyone have this dvd and if so, does it have
    the original multi-coloured main titles and the overture, entr'acte
    and exit music?

    How does the colour quality, sharpness, edge enhancement etc compare
    with the first dvd.

    Anybody seen it on a large screen in Progressive scan?
    Any information will be much appreciated.
    Peter Mason
    Peter Mason, Oct 16, 2003
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    D.C. Eaton Guest

    You know, I saw this at Tower yesterday, released with very little fanfare.
    (A price drop?) I didn't compare the running times with the first DVD
    version, but it would be cool if they'd fixed the titles. All they needed to
    do was re-master the old widescreen VHS version. Curious.

    Note - MGM Video also released a fullscreen version of "West Side Story" on
    DVD this week. I'm sure the public was clamoring for this to happen.

    D.C. Eaton, Oct 16, 2003
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    Joshua Zyber Guest

    The "widescreen" VHS version was only letterboxed to 1.66:1. The movie
    should be 2.55:1.
    Joshua Zyber, Oct 16, 2003
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    John Howells Guest

    There may have been a WS VHS version letterboxed at 1.66:1, but the US VHS
    version I have, split on two cassettes, is 2.55:1, as it should be.

    John Howells
    John Howells, Oct 16, 2003
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    David Mullen Guest

    Hasn't Robert Harris been working on a restoration of this film? So what's
    with all of these new screenings and DVD's?

    David Mullen
    David Mullen, Oct 16, 2003
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    william Guest

    Unless I'm missing something (wouldn't be the first time), both editions
    at Amazon are 182 Min. That being the case, sounds like a reissue of
    the same-o.
    william, Oct 16, 2003
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    PeteA Guest

    Last I heard, MGM wasn't ponying up the needed cash (somewhere between
    1 and 3 million dollars) to restore Mad World. The new 70mm print is
    just that, a new 70mm print of the general release version. The extra
    is just the original radio calls playing during intermission. As far
    as I know, the new DVD is just a price-lowering reissue of the first
    PeteA, Oct 16, 2003
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    John Howells Guest

    You have missed something. The "Technical Information" page for the original
    DVD release does indeed say 182 minutes, but later it says it's a "New
    transfer of the 161-minute theatrical 35mm version", as it does on the
    "buying info" page, and that shorter time is the correct one.

    Now as to exactly what this new version is ... Given the very poor "quality"
    of the extra bits in the 182 minute VHS WS version I very much doubt that
    they have mastered that for DVD, unless they have done some restoration work
    on it first.

    John Howells
    John Howells, Oct 16, 2003
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    Martin Hart Guest

    The VHS version that I've seen is letterboxed to about 1.66. The
    laserdisc was about 2.35, which is correct since it came from a 35mm
    anamorphic master with the exception of a few shots taken from a Cinerama
    rectified 70mm print. Unless a video transfer is made from a 65mm or 70mm
    source, the aspect ratio should be 2.35:1, with just a few exceptions.

    Martin Hart, Oct 17, 2003
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    John Howells Guest

    is the VHS version I have, which is not 1.66:1, but ..
    ... on further checking it is 2.35:1, as you note.

    Perhaps this
    is the 1.66:1 VHS version you have seen.

    John Howells
    John Howells, Oct 18, 2003
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    DarkMatter Guest

    I have it on DVD from about a year ago.
    DarkMatter, Oct 31, 2003
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