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Old 12-04-2014, 09:45 AM   #1781
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Bringing out the Dead (1999) is an incredible, extremely underrated film. It's my favorite Nic Cage movie & my favorite Scorsese '90's film (yes, I think it's far superior to both Goodfellas & Casino). Really like the scenes of Cage & Goodman (and later V. Rhames) cruising the NYC streets at night and seeing all of the passerby; there are elements of the film that defnitely remind me of a horror flick, i.e. all of the "ghosts" coming out of the street in that dream-sequence. The harsh lighting here is fantastic - really sets the mood.

Also, amazing soundtrack! Who else but Scorsese could use songs by REM, The Clash, The Marvelettes, 10,000 Maniacs, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, etc. in the same film and make it work?! This is one of my all-time favorite film soundtracks...

I will have to watch a back-to-back of both films at some point; Taxi Driver first, then BOTD. Though the films do have some similarities, they are both completely different in vibe/tone. While DeNiro's Travis Bickle is a disturbed psychopath, Cage's ambulance driver is the opposite - very empathetic & concerned...
Woah, thats pretty controversial. I really want to see Bringing out the Dead again though - havent seen it in years. Where's the blu?
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Old 12-04-2014, 03:24 PM   #1782
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Great packaging on the TD Steelbook, but I'm 100% satisfied with the regular Blu packaging of TD - in fact, it's the best packaging I've ever seen for an individual Blu film release.

Not only is the Blu itself protected since there are several layers of cardboard here, but also the cardboard is quite durable & seems to have some kind of laminate covering it, instead of being cheap (like some DVD/Blu packages I've seen).

And, to top it off, this comes with about 10?! high-quality paper stills from the film itself - very cool & a nice collector's item.
I found it irrationally irritating that the spines don't sit straight. Sold mine for the steelbook which is a big thing for me as I don't like steelbooks.

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Where's the blu?
Especially frustrating because I can't believe, even if it wouldn't have been a huge seller, that Paramount didn't put it out to promote The Wolf of Wall Street, either for the theatrical or home video release.

When I met Thelma Schoonmaker earlier in the year on one of her many trips to Scarecrow Video, she said Bringing Out the Dead was the one she and Marty were most disappointed didn't make more of a mark.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:39 PM   #1783
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I'm a bit torn on which version to buy, the UK or the US release.
The US version seems to have more extras.
Is the PQ on both releases identical?
I can pick up the UK release tomorrow if i want to in a shop, i would have to order the US release but if it is a better buy i don't mind the wait to get it.

Does anyone have any recommendations?
This would be one of my favourite movies and i will be upgrading from the 2-disc special edition DVD.

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Old 12-21-2014, 12:36 AM   #1784
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I'm a bit torn on which version to buy, the UK or the US release.
The US version seems to have more extras.
Is the PQ on both releases identical?
I can pick up the UK release tomorrow if i want to in a shop, i would have to order the US release but if it is a better buy i don't mind the wait to get it.

Does anyone have any recommendations?
This would be one of my favourite movies and i will be upgrading from the 2-disc special edition DVD.

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This UK edition has all the extra's that the US edition has =>


(There is also a US digibook edition available that includes lobby card replica's; If that floats your boat you can skip the UK disc.)

There is also a "Mastered in 4k" Taxi driver blu -ray available with (slightly) better picture quality than the regular blu, but no extra's.


comparison screenshots =>
http://www.caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergl...hd_multiID=248

The "Mastered in 4k" edition was reviewed on this site.

Quote => "Direct comparison of replay on a standard 1080p monitor reveals, at best, only a very small difference in color, with this specially branded "Mastered in 4K" release enjoying an ever-so-slightly deeper, more accurate, more vibrant palette. The transfer also enjoys a higher bitrate -- the entirety of the disc is devoted to the film, whereas the previous release housed quite a few supplements alongside the film -- which helps in revealing the absolute finest little nuanced details and colors and grain elements to look just a tad bit sharper, more pronounced, and more natural than the previous release. So this release does offer a marginally improved picture, but not so much that it warrants an upgrade save for the wealthiest and most demanding videophiles who must see Taxi Driver in the very finest presentation currently available."
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Old 12-22-2014, 02:56 AM   #1785
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As should always be mentioned when referencing the M4K edition, the standard edition is also from the exact same 4K transfer and is therefore essentially M4K already.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:24 AM   #1786
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Yes. People definitely need to understand that the non-"Mastered in 4K" edition is, in fact, mastered in 4K as well. The "Mastered in 4K" edition just has a higher bitrate and slightly larger file size, from the same 4K master. And no extras.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:46 AM   #1787
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Yes. People definitely need to understand that the non-"Mastered in 4K" edition is, in fact, mastered in 4K as well. The "Mastered in 4K" edition just has a higher bitrate and slightly larger file size, from the same 4K master. And no extras.
Yep. The difference in picture quality is extremely marginal.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:59 AM   #1788
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Is there any visual improvements watching Taxi Driver mastered for 4k on a 1080p screen or just the higher bitrate.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:12 AM   #1789
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Is there any visual improvements watching Taxi Driver mastered for 4k on a 1080p screen or just the higher bitrate.
Please read the last three posts before yours.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:31 AM   #1790
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Grain resolution and color reproduction are both slightly improved. But in a double-blind test, I'd wager that 99 out of 100 people couldn't tell which was which. The original BD still deserves the 5-star ratings that were showered upon it when it was first released. It's still reference quality. The M4K edition is simply "reference 2.0," if you will.

And in my opinion, the very slight difference in PQ is not worth sacrificing all of the wonderful extras Sony provided on their initial BD release. Including the welcome return of the 1991 Criterion LaserDisc commentary.
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Old 12-24-2014, 04:26 AM   #1791
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LOL at all of the people saying that the M4K makes no difference. I guarantee you that if you bring a girl home and show her your low-bitrate Taxi Driver, she will laugh her way out the door and find someone who will give her the remastering she needs.
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Old 12-24-2014, 04:45 AM   #1792
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Grain resolution and color reproduction are both slightly improved. But in a double-blind test, I'd wager that 99 out of 100 people couldn't tell which was which. The original BD still deserves the 5-star ratings that were showered upon it when it was first released. It's still reference quality. The M4K edition is simply "reference 2.0," if you will.

And in my opinion, the very slight difference in PQ is not worth sacrificing all of the wonderful extras Sony provided on their initial BD release. Including the welcome return of the 1991 Criterion LaserDisc commentary.
Good points - I completely agree. Even if the 4K Taxi Driver Blu were significantly better in PQ than the regular Blu (which it doesn't sound like it is), the regular Blu is still preferable because:

-The regular Blu's PQ, color, etc. is still excellent.

-The regular Blu has all of the extras, and the 4K has 0 extras.

I'm only owning one copy of this film, and since i've never owned it on DVD the regular Blu is the best one to have - it definitely exceeds my expectations In fact, I would have to say it's one of my top ten Blu's in regards to PQ, color, etc.

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Old 12-24-2014, 05:59 AM   #1793
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LOL at all of the people saying that the M4K makes no difference. I guarantee you that if you bring a girl home and show her your low-bitrate Taxi Driver, she will laugh her way out the door and find someone who will give her the remastering she needs.
Chicks dig a big bit-rate.
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My 4K brings all the girls to the yard
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