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#1285541
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Question about the "I gotta meet 'Clean Face'" scene in Casino (1995)
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Casino on DVD contains burned in subtitles that translate the conversation between Santoro (Pesci) and Rothstein (De Niro) where the former wants to arrange a meeting with the latter. The pair are acutely aware that their phone calls are being monitored by the FBI and so they speak in code.

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/ffefc305-ea39-4d2b-9d47-d1347f57f70e

Nicky Santoro: Listen, I gotta meet Clean Face right away, what about the Chez Paris?
Nicky Santoro: [subtitles] I gotta meet Charlie the Banker right away at your house, OK?
Ace Rothstein: No, you can’t, you gotta make a reservation, it’s all booked up.
Nicky Santoro: No no, it’s ok.
Ace Rothstein: It’s impossible, it’s booked up, you gotta make a reservation, it’s very difficult to get in.
Ace Rothstein: [subtitles] I don’t want a meeting at my house.
Nicky Santoro: It’s ok, I’ll use the service entrance. I’ll see you at nine.
Nicky Santoro: [subtitles] I’ll come in from the golf course side. See you at six.

However, whenever I’ve caught the TV airings, even on different channels, the subtitles are omitted.

My question is this, was it untranslated for the theatrical release and then Universal/Scorcese decided to make the scene more clear for the home video versions?

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#1285345
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RAW DV VHS transfers of ISD Executor and maybe more.
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Jonno said:

By the way, I’d avoid DV for something like this, personally - it’s a pretty punishing codec for analogue sources. A preferable route would be lossless capture…

Without wanting to hijack the main topic, I have a question arising from this discussion. Although I agree that lossless capturing is always the best choice and I have a machine set up for that sole purpose, I’ve captured the analogue signal from my older PAL games consoles (late 90s, early 2000s) via DV pass-through and the results were quite good.

Was this in spite of the source and the codec or it because they would have had a higher resolution than LD and VHS? Just curious.

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#1284931
Topic
RAW DV VHS transfers of ISD Executor and maybe more.
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SF01 said:

Widescreen as well?

Yep, widescreen:

SW W/S VHS UK 1995

I also have these:

SW W/S VHS UK 1994

Also these, which were on sale from the early 90s…

SW W/S VHS UK 1991-1993

SF01 said:

In my country there was a paper box with 3 films in 1995, no special features in pan and scan with voiceover (Still better than dubbing). I’m still hunting it, but I have all other tapes, 5 of PT (I and II in widescreen subtitles and pan and scan with dubbing and III in pan and scan in dubbing, there wasn’t widescreen) and 9 of OT (silver and golden special edition and 2000 rerelease of special edition). I am not counting rental only films and pirated versions.

A voiceover? Which country, is it Poland? I have Episode I in widescreen on UK VHS. Unlike the other EU nations, we only received the VHS release of II in pan and scan. III on VHS was produced but wasn’t even advertised over here.

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#1284925
Topic
RAW DV VHS transfers of ISD Executor and maybe more.
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Thanks for offering to do this.

I have a MiniDV camcorder with a pass-through option that I use for capturing analogue sources, straight into my Mac. Simplicity itself! FireWire cable between the camera and the computer and then I have the RAW file. My camera is PAL only, so for NTSC and tasks where I need Huffyuv, I’ve got a dedicated PC with a capture card.

Can you give more information about the bonus features?

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#1284583
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Dr. No Rare Uncut Version 1st Beta/VHS release 1982
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For those who are curious like myself:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews23/from_russia_with_love_dvd_review.htm

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews28/goldfinger.htm

The Goldfinger comparison has shown me that my HDTV recording has been vertically cropped by the broadcaster, not quite as severely as the SE DVD but still badly enough when judged against the UE DVD and Blu-ray.

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#1284576
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All Things Star Trek
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Very cool! That would have - and could be a very exciting spin-off. Imagine the potential for Trek cameos?

These are the kinds of ideas that I wish Rick Berman had pursued instead of Enterprise.

Speaking of which, this was a missed opportunity but as was pointed out in the comments section, it could be possible today with both Takei and Cho.

https://trekmovie.com/2010/06/11/george-takei-baffled-paramount-never-made-sulu-series/

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#1284472
Topic
Dr. No Rare Uncut Version 1st Beta/VHS release 1982
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captainsolo said:

Like all the non-scope Bonds for the SE DVD, GF was cropped to 1.78:1. While this is still around the safe limits for framing flat matted widescreen the SE DVDs did crop a bit too much on all five done this way and the 1.66 is the best ratio for the initial three in terms of composition.

Thankfully the 1.66:1 OAR was restored for the GF UE.

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#1283611
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Pattinson confirmed as Batman.
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Anchorhead said:

I have Batman nerd board friends who are already claiming… “it’s an abomination” - “it’s the end of the franchise” - “I’ll never see it”, “how could they be so wrong?”…etc, etc.

Never understood that attitude. The world will not end, life will go on. You’re not forced to watch it with your eyes held open ala A Clockwork Orange, you can still continue to enjoy the graphic novels or whichever cinematic depiction that you prefer.

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#1283489
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Last movie seen
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The 1932 original is overshadowed by Michael Mann’s 1983 remake. Which is a shame because it’s definitely a thought provoking film, particularly when you consider that Prohibition was repealed just a year later. I had no idea about the alternate ending. Unfortunately, there’s no Blu-ray available. With any luck, BBC Two (or Four) might show it in HD…

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#1283134
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Last movie seen
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Star Trek Beyond. The first film came across to me as mediocre but there was the potential for improvement with the sequels because they had a good cast. Into Darkness dashed any such hopes by rehashing TWOK within a mindless action film that just happened to utilise the Star Trek franchise as marketing packaging. When STB was released, I stayed at home after the past two disappointments and caught it on TV recently.

It was yet another awful, disappointing film that bore little connection to its source of inspiration. The first few minutes gave me false hope that this entry might actually buck the trend but it went downhill rapidly with yet another mindless and soulless plot. Idris Elba was wasted in his role as the antagonist and STB does have a few, brilliant moments that made me smile but it was jarring to witness them and think of what the film could have been with better writing and direction. Paramount has cancelled the fourth instalment. If Bad Robot cannot muster better than this then it’s probably for the best.

3.5 out of 10.