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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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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.

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-- 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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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 22 Aug 2019, 12:43 
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Well I already bid on the Japanese release so I guess that's on my head. Doh!
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 18:23 
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It's probably a lovely pressing, and since there's no dialogue, you shouldn't have to be bothered by subtitles.
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PostPosted: 26 Aug 2019, 18:23 
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I guess, but it is analog only.
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 03 Sep 2019, 19:05 
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Now I'm intrigued. I wonder how it sounds, compared to the digital tracks on its counterparts.
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 24 Sep 2019, 11:11 
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Well I can tell you one thing, it sounds like crap because the copy I got is rotten pretty throughly :(
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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2019, 12:53 
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The more copies of this communist propaganda that rot the better
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 24 Sep 2019, 13:07 
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You're off your meds again.
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 24 Sep 2019, 13:10 
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forper wrote:
The more copies of this communist propaganda that rot the better


I'm glad you're outraged that people are buying and selling copies :) Want some nazi memorabilia?
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PostPosted: 24 Sep 2019, 13:16 
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You're off your meds again.


I'd ask who hurt him but we know the answer.
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 24 Sep 2019, 22:19 
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takeshi666 wrote:
You're off your meds again.


Nah, was just having a few beers ;)
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 07:05 
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Want some nazi memorabilia?

Funny thing you should mention that.

There's a seller on what's basically the Finnish equivalent of ebay who has a bunch of laserdiscs for sale, and I've even considered buying some of them (Youngblood, some trashy 90's sci-fi martial arts movies) - but he also sells stuff like that.
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 Post subject: Re: Koyaanisqatsi
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 10:08 
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takeshi666 wrote:
Funny thing you should mention that.

There's a seller on what's basically the Finnish equivalent of ebay who has a bunch of laserdiscs for sale, and I've even considered buying some of them (Youngblood, some trashy 90's sci-fi martial arts movies) - but he also sells stuff like that.


I'm a little surprised those listings haven't been taken down. Because, you know, controversy :roll:
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