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The double-dipping element

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The upcoming Blu-ray re-release of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, due out on July 17th, will, it would seem, be struck from a completely new master. According to a post by Sony Pictures insider “Paidgeek”, we can expect to see “a marked improvement over any previous release” - good news for sure, given that I was slightly suspicious that we would simply get a new encode sourced from the same master, with added DVNR, edge enhancement or filtering.

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I can’t say that this is my favourite Luc Besson film - I consider Léon to be his masterpiece - but I do find it quite enjoyable if I switch my brain into second gear and plug my ears whenever Chris Tucker appears on screen, and I’ve been looking for an opportunity to replace my standard definition Superbit copy. I held off on last year’s lacklustre Blu-ray release because I knew that an improved edition was on the way, so I’ve now ordered myself a copy from DVD Pacific. For those who got burned on the earlier release, Sony have set up a replacement programme, although presumably it will only be open to North American customers. The new disc, by the way, is very much intended as a replacement in the most literal sense of the world, featuring the same cover art and with the original version already having been discontinued. Sony, it would seem, would prefer to sneak this improved version out under the radar rather than making a bit song and dance about how they have, fittingly, become the first high definition studio to play the double-dipping game.

 
Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2007 at 9:07 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | Technology

 
Comments

1.

Bah. ;) I'll wait for the HD DVD release you announced a while back.

Posted by: Anon, July 2, 2007 3:22 AM

2.

What can I say? I’m impatient!

Posted by: Whiggles, July 2, 2007 10:19 AM

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