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BigDeg187
01-11-2001, 03:04 AM
I have heard alot about several differnt Dawn of the Dead LD versions. I have heard about the newer CLV Dawn of the Dead and the CAV box set. What is so cool about the CAV box set? I hear all these rave reviews about it. But yet, I CAV sucks, its only 30 minutes perside. You'll need to flip sides every hour. Also, can someone pleasae tell me whats the difference between each version, and what extras are on each.

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Paff
01-11-2001, 03:57 AM
Well, I'm sure Dave will be able to give you all the skinny (or should that be fat?) on the CAV Dawn of the Dead.

Meanwhile, here's what I know:
You've got that right about the damn side changes (I like to call that the "CAV Aerobics"), and that's the main reason I don't have the box set. The CLV has the same cut of the film, with one side flip, and one side change.

But the extras on the box set are pretty nifty. For one thing, there's audio commentary with Romero, Savini, and other people (help me out there Dave). You also get a bunch of trailers, art work, scenes from Argento's cut, the works.
And finally, while CAV means a lot of disc changes, the picture is slightly better, and on lower-end players (like yours BigD), you can do still and frame advance only on CAV discs. So if you want a frame-by-frame of that head exploding, ya gotta have the CAV version.

I only have the CLV version, and while I drool at the extras, I'm hoping all those extras will make it to DVD someday. If I can get a cheap copy of the Box Set (<$30), I'd do it, but most places want $50+, a little too much since I'd only be buying for the extras.

Dave
01-11-2001, 04:44 AM
From www.imdb.com (http://www.imdb.com)


Supplements: Audio Commentary by Romero, George, Tom Savini and Michael Gornick; Trailers; TV spots; and the entire original script (including the suicide ending).


Great set. I sold it a while ago, since I'm patient enough to wait for Anchor Bay's definitive DVD. Plus I have AB's theatrical DVD to hold me over. http://www.horrordvds.com/forum/smile.gif

You can read a review off that laserdisc at - http://www.thecinemalaser.com/ld_reviews/dawnofthedead.htm

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BigDeg187
01-11-2001, 04:49 AM
Why do you call my player (low end) Its only 1 and a half years old. I can do freeze frame and shit like that on my CLV lasers.

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Paff
01-11-2001, 08:08 AM
Well, believe it or not, the last laserdisc players ever made were NOT the best. Pioneer's peak was in 1995, with the release of the CLD-D704, Elite 79, and Elite 99. These players all listed for well over $1000 and were for serious collectors only.
As DVD began to make it's appearance, Pioneer made cheaper, lightweight players, with less bells and whistles, less digital noise reduction, etc. Now, these were good players, as you obviously know, but they weren't as good as the higher end players. So I shouldn't call yours a low-end, more like a midway model.

The 406 that I had did not have digital field memory, so that meant you couldn't do special effects (still, frame advance) on CLV discs. The model that's one step up from the 406, the 606, did have those features though. Are you absolutely sure you can do frame advance on CLV discs?

I'm not ragging on your player, it's a good one, I used to have it. But I definitely saw a major step up when I got a 704 (and I connected both, and did an A/B comparison. The 704 easily performed better). The 406 is an entry-level dual sided player, that's all. It replaced the 50x series from 1995. Better than the 20x, but not as good as the 60x and 70x.

Unless you go real hard-core into laserdisc, you'll probably be 100% satisfied with the 406, and never feel the need to go higher-end. I have nearly 200 LDs, so it was in my best interest to have the best possible player for them.

Dave
01-11-2001, 12:35 PM
Yeah, Paff is right. Certainly it's better than a lot of Pioneer players out there, but for the best image without resorting to a Japanese player, you gotta go with the CLD-D704, Elite 59, Elite 79 or Elite 99.

If you don't want to invest much into LD, which is understand, I definitely recommend the D406, D504, D505, D606, etc.

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