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Quadrophenia [DVD] 
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It is a real bonus to get the second DVD with extras, even though there are extras on the first one.
This should not be compared with "Tommy" (which I also have on vinyl and film) as the two "Rock Operas" are totally different. Saying that, it is a must for Who fans, particularly those who remember the late 60's and early Seventies as I do!
You should buy the 2009 Special Edition even if you own the 1999 version, or the RHINO USA 2001 version, and here's why:
Lots of people point to the many flaws in this 1999 version from Universal - too many flaws to list, but the horrible audio is my main gripe. It sold in Australia for $40 (maximum premium price), which was just rubbing salt in the wounds, still it was better than nothing and for all I knew at the time could have been as good as it would get in DVD form (a transfer from tape, as a Dual Layer single sided Dolby 2.0 disc with no commentary, and just one dodgy montage as an extra).
In 2001 when a remastered "widescreen" version was released by RHINO in the USA I was happy to buy it, and was happy enough at the time with the product - even though it was in letterboxed 4:3 format (on a Dual Layer disc). This version was mastered from a good condition 35mm negative and the colour and contrast were adjusted well, but there was no true digital restoration and so the picture is good, immensely better than the 1999 version, but far from pristine. The audio was a significant improvement - offered in 5.1 surround. 2.0 stereo BUT with very annoying distortion from clipping at the loudest points. There's an optional commentary track by director Franc Roddam but the other extras were quite lightweight and forgettable.
Then just recently, as my nephew is getting enthused about The Who, I went looking on Amazon and found the 2006 Special Edition 2 disc version from Universal on sale for 4 pound and immediately bought it. I am amazed at the huge improvement to pristine video which is pin point sharp. Fantastic colours and contrast. Powerful and clean Dolby stereo surround (use Dolby Pro Logic to decode for true surround). This version is true 16:9 anamorphic widescreen. On the main feature disc the only extra is an optional commentary track by Franc Roddam and the film's star Phil Daniels, which is good because they're employing maximum data space on that Dual Layer disc to giving the best quality possible from the DVD format. The 2nd disc only needs to be single layer (still 16:9 anamorphic), but the material is excellent - interviews and comments by director and cast, and all very carefully filmed and edited.
The 2009 2 disc DVD edition from Universal is only trumped by the Universal 2011 Blu-Ray (a format capable of granting us 4 times better video quality and over 10 times better audio - which is especially valuable for Quadrophenia). The Blu-ray is a genuine 1920x1080 24p fully restored transfer and offers a choice of either DTS HD Master 5.1 surround or DTS Master HD original stereo. The Blu-ray must have been made at the same time as the 2009 DVD (it has exactly the same commentary and extras), however it presents us with vast improvements in both video and audio definition. I've carefully compared frame grabs from both the Blu-ray and the DVD, and I have also compared audio samples (comparing the DVD's Dolby 2.0 stereo to the Blu-ray's DTS HD Master stereo). In both cases the Blu-Ray is demonstrably superior.
Universal's 4:3 1999 DVD of Quadrophenia is only just watchable, but cannot be recommended when their 16:9 widescreen 2009 DVD and 2011 Blu-ray editions are such an absolute treat in every respect (especially with the Blu-ray listed by Amazon UK in March 2013 at just 6 pounds).
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