Here is the theatrically re-released (Autumn of 2000) version that offers eleven minutes of additional footage including the scary and much talked-about
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD, compared to the 25th anniversary special edition reviewed in Issue 31, exhibits some nice improvements. For example, the opening scenes of the dig in Iraq are quite gritty, with excessive film grain and artifacts. The dust flying into the sky creates a distracting horizon of grain and dirt that is minimized by a smoother, blue sky on the new DVD. Much of the picture is very similar to the previous version, with some grain reduction for a smoother image. The slightly dated colors are well balanced with full saturation, though occasionally a bit muddy. Blacks are a bit weak. Fine details are nicely rendered at times, and the overall picture is generally sharp. The darker scenes occasionally exhibit mediocre shadow delineation. Some minor edge enhancement is noticed, but is infrequent and not much of a distraction. Pixelization is occasional, and while dirt, artifacts and film grain are noticed, the picture is generally pleasing for its age. (Suzanne Hodges)
The audio comes from an all-new remastered Dolby
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