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Poor transfer on Anchor Bay editions
on 10 July 2006
Avoid the Anchor Bay edition of this movie like the plaque. The picture quality is atrocious. I must admit that the picture has never looked brilliant for this low budget movie, but I did a side-by-side comparison of this movie between the Elite Entertainment and Anchor Bay editions.
With the Anchor Bay transfer the colours look all wrong and the picture is darker and muddy looking.
The Elite disc the colors look more crisp and the picture is clearer and brighter.
On the Anchor Bay disc the picture has been re-framed from it's original fullscreen 4.3 ratio to fill a 16:9 display. The movie was never shot in widescreen, black bars have simply been added to the top and bottom of the picture resulting in the loss of a lot of picture information and it looks terrible.
The best version and correct version to buy is the Elite Entertainment edition which was released in the U.S. several years ago. It's also region 0 so will play in any DVD player.
Don't let the fancy packaging and cheap extras tempt you into buying the dreadful Anchor Bay editions.