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Old 04-15-2009, 11:35 PM
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Default Absolutely loving Universals HD decision to...

.. have both the theatrical and unrated version of a movie on the same disc. seamless branching is the way to go!
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:45 PM
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As of what title did they start doing this? Only thing that concerns me is for those of us without PS3s, this might mean playback SNAFUs.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:31 AM
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As long as they release:

LEGEND: ULTIMATE EDITION

MALLRATS: 10TH ANNIVERSARY

ARMY OF DARKNESS: BOOMSTICK EDITION

AMERICAN PIE: ULTIMATE EDITION

include both theatrical and extended versions as well as every single special feature found on the dvds NOTHING LEFT OUT!!! I will be a happy camper!!!!
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:19 AM
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To answer Vinnie97's query, I'm pretty sure it was Universal's triple-header release punch of Judd Apatow's THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, KNOCKED UP and FORGETING SARAH MARSHALL (all released on Sept. 30, 2008) that were the first Universal BDs to include both cuts via seamless branching.
It's definetly very sweet that Universal (as well as Sony) have been strongly supporting this form of presentation for contrast/compairison sake.
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:04 AM
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Universal is my favorite studio at the moment. They have a smokin' back catalog, they have awesome cover and disc art, they use uniform menus for all their titles but the menus are flippin' awesome so it works, they have been coming out with fantastic presentations of the titles in their catalog, and they are competitive enough with their pricing structure (no abnormally high prices like often seen from Fox/MGM and Sony). Plus this seamless branching thing!
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:12 AM
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I hope that when they do the SE of DUNE, it should also have both Theatrical and Extended cuts on one disc, then I'll finally be able to get rid of both the SD DVD (with extended) and the HD-DVD (theatrical) versions.
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:27 AM
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Too bad most of their menus are annoying and ucontrol is shit.
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:39 AM
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I think most people don't realize that the U-Control can be set to show the PiP material automatically via the BD menu. Instead, I think most people are under the impression they have to hit the enter button every time a symbol pops up onscreen.

The only thing I don't like about Universal is that they don't always include all the extras from the SD version, BABY MAMA, THE SCORPION KING, LEATHERHEADS and MILK are four such examples.
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Thumbs up for superior video/audio presentations and seamless branching

Thumbs way down for dropping bonus features from the SD-DVD editions and the dreaded, abhorrent U-Control!

Universal's all right, but far from the best until they beef up those two shortfalls...
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:54 AM
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On the plus side, Universal's trilogy sets for BOURNE and FAST & THE FURIOUS have all the same features as well as additional HD exclusives. PITCH BLACK is another recent BD release that comes to mind.

I'll take Universals menu scheme over Warner's uber-bland design any day.
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