Does anyone remember Willow?
was a movie made in the so called "golden age" of modern cinema (at least in my view). Not until this winter
when lord of the rings is released has there been such an investment in a fantasy movie.
And finally it's being released on DVD, this November 27th.
Also, there's been recent talk about the "Superbit" re-release of certain movies. If you're unaware what "superbit" is,
here's a quick introduction:
DVD movies are encoded at a certain bitrate (size). In order to stuff extra features, at times less space is given on
a disc for the movie data and thus you get lower quality video. Really good releases, usually come on 2 or more discs
so that the additional material won't take space away from the movie. The idea behind "Superbit" is the not include
any extras and have all the disc's space used for the movie itself. This is not a new technology, it's just a different
mindset when encoding the movie. If a studio really wanted to, it could have had the same quality with the initial release,
especially for a bare-boned titles like The 5th Element.
In any case, if you were looking for an excuse to buy one of the following movies, I guess now is as good a time as any:
The Fifth Element,
Air Force One,
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,