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 Post subject: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 21 Jul 2019, 19:04 
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Will be buying this movie soon-ish. I was wondering if there was a notable difference between the 2 US LD releases.
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 21 Jul 2019, 23:03 
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The later Image release has digital sound with Dolby Stereo and the first side is CAV. That's the one you want.
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 23 Jul 2019, 20:01 
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I have both pressings, and actually the first (Pacific Arts) pressing has a digital soundtrack as well. I think you're referring to the fact that the second (Image) pressing has Dolby Surround, which provides some nice ambience.

That said, the mastering of the music in the Pacific Arts pressing is excellent, and I would argue that this alone makes it worth considering. I've made digital rips of the soundtracks of both of these LDs, and I have a solid preference for the Pacific Arts version. (In fact, out of all of the versions of this score that I own (3 CDs, 2 LDs, 2 DVDs, and BD), the Pacific Arts LD is my favorite, partially out of quality, partially out of completeness.) This is subjective, and it's probably not something you would notice if you are actively watching the movie, but there you go, food for thought.

So:

-- If you're going to be watching this as a movie, then I recommend the Image pressing, as it has better PQ and the Dolby Surround.
-- If your interest is primarily in the sound quality of the score, and you will be listening to it on a good sound system, then I recommend picking up both copies and giving them an A/B test.


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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 25 Jul 2019, 01:24 
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I recall Phillip Glass did the score for this epic.

What a bizarre journey this film takes one on.

One of my fav's looking back.
Very pleased to have several versions of this on glorious LaserDisc.......

Enjoy your addition to the collection !

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