Arrow Video vs Other Distributors, Which Edition is Better?

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  1. Zombie Dude

    Zombie Dude Well-Known Member

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    I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread that compared Arrow releases to versions of the same films from distributors like Blue Underground and others. I'd say picture quality and audio and the most important factors of a disc and I've often had to do a lot of digging to find out which version of a film is better.

    Start discussing below and I'll add our verdicts to this thread for an easy guide. :)

    Zombie 2 (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters) Arrow vs Blue Underground - Winner = Arrow
    (Brighter more vibrant colours)

    Deep Red Arrow vs Blue Underground - Draw
    (Not a great difference in the transfers but Arrow has a slightly higher bitrate)

    City of the Living Dead Arrow vs Blue Underground - Winner = Blue Underground
    (less artificial noise)

    Black Sunday Arrow vs Kino - Winner = Arrow
    (higher bitrate, slightly brighter with more detail)

    Dressed to KillArrow vs MGM - Draw
    (Arrow has a slightly brighter image but the transfers are too similar to pick a clear winner)

    The Funhouse Arrow vs Scream Factory - Draw
    (If you're after more extras go with Arrow, transfers a pretty much the same)

    Maniac Cop Arrow vs Synapse - Winner = Arrow
    (Strangely Synapse release seems to have muted tone to the image, Arrow has a higher average bitrate with a brighter but more natural look)
     
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  2. booper71

    booper71 Lord of the Thighs.

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    I am curious about how people think Arrow did with The House By The Cemetery Blu Ray. I know a few other companies have put it out over the years but I want the definitive. I have seen the unboxing of the bluray on Youtube and the contents (Booklet and slipcovers) are nice.
     
  3. Zombie Dude

    Zombie Dude Well-Known Member

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    I'm also interested in this release as I've only got the Arrow dvd at the moment so I've been considering upgrading it.
     
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    The Arrow Dawn of the Dead Blu-ray trumps all others, though I think the Starz transfer is slightly better. I just wish all three versions were on a blu in 1080p as well as the extras.
     
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    I liked the dawn and day of the dead transfers better on the arrow

    house by the cemetery blue underground is more detailed if you study the image close

    inferno and city of the living dead , I'm sorry, I REALLY didn't notice any major differences in the BU and ARROW

    packaging and extras, well, , ARROW blows almost everyone out of the water
     
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    Biggest difference is of course "Zombie (Flesh Eaters)" where the Arrow versions clearly wins, by not being DNR:ed and having all the finedetails and natural grain left intact, plus having a colorscheme that is back to the original look, compared to BU boosted colors.
     
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    A list of current/future/tentative Arrow Blu-Rays which have current/future/tentative US Blu-Rays.

    Anchor Bay
    Battle Royale
    Dawn of the Dead (OOP)
    Day of the Dead (OOP)

    Blue Underground
    Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The (OOP)
    Cat O' Nine Tails, The
    City of the Living Dead
    Deep Red
    House by the Cemetery, The
    Inferno
    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Criterion
    Blow Out
    Diabolique
    Tin Drum, The

    Dark Sky Films
    Hatchet II

    Grindhouse Releasing
    Beyond, The (No release date)

    Image
    Caligula
    Time Bandits
    Vamp

    Kino
    Baron Blood
    Bay of Blood, A (No release date)
    Black Sabbath (07/16/2013)
    Black Sunday
    Lisa and the Devil

    Lionsgate
    King of New York

    MGM/UA
    Dressed to Kill

    Shout! Factory
    Day of the Dead (09/17/2013)
    Deadly Blessing
    Funhouse, The
    House of Usher (No release date, Vincent Price Collection)
    Knightriders (07/30/2013)
    Lifeforce (06/18/2013)

    Synapse
    Demons (10/29/2013)
    Demons 2 (10/29/2013)
    Exterminator, The
    Frankenhooker
    Maniac Cop
    Phenomena (No release date)
    Red Scorpion
    Tenebre (No release date)

    Troma
    Class of Nuke 'em High
     
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    Arrows really upped the ball transfers wise these days since Maniac Cop, Exterminator, ZFE and onwards. They were not onto hands on with the transfers before then and just released the master the italian company gave them.
     
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    can't believe I forgot that one
     
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    From the screen caps I've seen Inferno definitely looks different. City of the Living Dead is meant to be pretty identical though.
    Thanks for the list, that will come in handy :)
     
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    I have the Arrow BD of The Funhouse. The Shout version has a 5.1 mix as opposed to the 2 channel 1.5mbps DTS track on the Arrow. Does the 5.1 add alot as The Funhouse does rely on surround sound on quite a few Also is this scenes. Also is this stereo DTS track on the Arrow considered as lossless? It does have the same bitrate as a 2 channel LPCM track
     
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    it averages at 1509 kbps so I guess shout beats that one, but I decided the arrow was good enough

    as for inferno, I saw the screencaps, that's why I bought the BU version as well. The thing is when I was WATCHING it on my home theater set-up it more or less just looked the same. And the arrow version shook my speakers while the BU version was less active. But as with all things this is just my opinion.

    And the one I "quoted" was wrong I meant Zombie
     
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    Like I said just my opinion. That's what was asked, I didn't see them side by side, just watched them after each other and again my opinion.
     
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    Yea if anything the BU disc looks too dark.
     
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    I would say doing comparisons, the Arrow release almost always look worse, most ever so slightly. All of their discs always seem way too bright, especially noticeable with their horror films. The only disc that seems to look better is Zombie, and even that disc is a little too bright for me, and probably their upcoming Time Bandits disc since the Image release was only 1080i.
     
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    Arrow almost always boosts the brightness and contrast way up on their transfers. Blacks often look grey, etc..

    I will say that their Blu-ray of Zombie looks better than the BU. Although I am hesitant to even order it since they screwed up the authoring on the disc. If the new pressing is out there in retail now, fine, but I don't want to bother getting a replacement disc from overseas.
     
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    Should City of the Living Dead and Deep Red be considered draws? Wanted some opinions before I keep adding to the list.
     
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