Worth the upgrade?
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11/9/07 at 1:44pm
Originally Posted by Some Guy on Amazon
While the previous edition looked quite good (and had some nice interviews), this edition features a sharper, more vivid transfer. Additionally, we get a three part documentary on the making of the movie focusing on the preproduction, filming and impact of the film with Jack Nicholson, Roman Polanski, Robert Evans and writer Robert Towne participating. Sadly, Faye Dunaway doesn't appear in any of the extras. I had hoped for a commentary track (even one cobbled together of various interviews from the entire surviving cast and production crew)and the discovery of any deleted scenes for this edition but neither is included.
The latest edition of "Chinatown" has much better contrast, a cleaner, richer looking transfer that more accurately captures a pristine theatrical presentation of the film. The anamorphic transfer has a bit more information on the sides than in the previous edition suggesting that it was cropped slightly differently (and I can't say which is truer to the original this edition or the previous one). Audio features the same 5.1 Dolby Digital mix that was a highlight of the first edition. We also get a cleaned up original mono soundtrack for purists. Both sound very good with the 5.1 featuring a nice dynamic mix.
This new edition is a marked improvement over the previous DVD version and highly recommended.