Artisan's new 10th Anniversary Special Edition should please fans of Quentin Tarantino's impressive debut feature. First, the release is on two discs but be aware that the jacket makes no reference to the supplements being spread across both; and the discs themselves are labeled only as
Available in a choice of five different character covers (Mr. Blonde, Mr. Brown, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, and Mr. White).
As Quentin Tarantino
Compared to the previously released non-anamorphic DVD, this new anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a picture that is considerably brighter, with appreciable improvements in sharpness and compression. The previous DVD appears dim and undefined by comparison. Colors on the new version are well balanced, with much more accurately rendered fleshtones. However, blacks are weak and appear to be more of a charcoal gray, while the previous DVD exhibits deeper, truer blacks. Edge enhancement is noticed on occasion, but pixelization is not a problem. Source element artifacts and film grain are not as apparent on the new DVD. Overall, the weak blacks are a distraction, but this new picture is much sharper and cleaner, with better depth and definition. While both the new and previous editions were framed in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the previous transfer is noticeably
As is the case for the new DVD releases of Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction, the 5.1 soundtracks for this DVD are the result of a new remastering effort. In comparison to the previous DVD release, the audio will be a significant improvement in terms of dimensional scope and deep bass. While the music is certainly a major beneficiary of the soundtrack repurposing, atmospheric effects also are rendered with considerably greater expansion and depth with imaging. The dialogue sounds slightly forward, and the fidelity is also ndicative of the somewhat dated production. The surrounds are certainly a substantial factor, and often are engaged prominently. Another channel that sees more activity than usual is the .1 LFE, and the low-end in general sounds satisfying and impactful with substantial sub-25 Hz extension at times. While the DTS Digital Surround
Since Issue 5 (my first), I focused on reviews of Laser Discs and now DVDs, and From The Editor's Couch. Also, WSR has a lot of punch in the new equipment features. The technical essays have been superb! My home theatre setup depended (and still depends) on knowledge gained from WSR. WSR has become the media reference for me with regard to picture and sound quality assurance in display equipment and widescreen entertainment (movies, music events, and documentaries). I still do not have Issues 1 through 4 or the Premiere Special Edition of WSR and hope you put them on the subscribers' site eventually, so that I can giggle at some of the early typos and slips (if you leave them in). However, I'm sure that the early editions make for interesting historical reading as well, because I believe WSR has moved the display industry forward through the pushing the envelope attitude of Gary Reber. Carry on.