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5.0 out of 5 stars Repressed disc, 12 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
I've edited this review to reflect the replacement disc from Icon.

Icon were so ashamed at the print they used for the first DVD pressings, they repressed the disc with a better transfer and offered a free replacement program for purchasers unfortunate enough to have bought the horrendous first pressing. Quite how the initial version got through (by accident according to Icon) is beyond me - do Icon not have basic quality control?

What's on the new disc is an anamorphically enhanced transfer at the OAR of 1.66:1, unlike the US release which is cropped to 1.85:1. It is the same print as was remasered previously for the older DDHE release. For the most part it is clean and clear, except from around the half hour mark there is evidence of tramline scratches which have been disguised somewhat in the remastering process but are still evident. To remove them totally could have left artefacts just as bad if not worse than the original scratches. I certainly very happy with it as it stands now. I dare say it could only be bettered by a brand new, from the bottom up, high definition remaster.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2011 11:10:44 BDT
Paul Smith says:
recently tweeted

.@IconFilm and @hammerfilms will soon issue a statement regarding how to swap incorrect-master #CaptainKronos DVD for a re-pressed one...

2011-09-13 3:57pm

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2011 19:28:09 BDT
Lee R says:
I'll update my review in due course when I receive the corrected copy.

Posted on 17 Oct 2013 10:12:18 BDT
Bongolia says:
Actually, the North American release is not cropped to 1.85:1. I just received a copy today (Warner reissue of Paramount version) and it's the OAR of 1.66:1. The picture quality is great too.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 13:42:04 BDT
Lee R says:
It looks like a new master then for the US repressing.

However, since I wrote that review, I'm of the opinion a 1.85:1 matte is just as valid if not more so than 1.66:1. By 1973, 1.66:1 would only be shown in a minority of cinemas.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2013 00:46:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Oct 2013 13:12:16 BDT
Bongolia says:
Just out of curiosity, which U.S. release were you writing about that had the 1.85:1 aspect ratio? I couldn't find one but I only checked Amazon for it and sometimes they don't include all the technical information.
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