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Directed by Alex Cox

U.S.A. 1986

 
'A lacerating love story, Sid & Nancy chronicles the brief, intense attachment of two of punk’s most notorious poster children, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Director Alex Cox balances a bleak evocation of star-crossed love with surreal humor and genuine tenderness, creating a compelling portrait of the late ’70s punk scene. With brilliant performances by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, the film’s haunting imagery and black comedy resonate long after the final frames.'


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Theatrical Release Date: November 7th, 1986

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Comparison:

Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC vs. MGM - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Momentum - Region 2 - PAL vs. MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray

DVD Screen Caps courtesy of Enrique B Chamorro. Thanks Enrique!

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Momentum Picture Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

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Distribution

Criterion Collection Spine # 20

Region 0  - NTSC

MGM

Region 1  - NTSC

Momentum
Region 2 - PAL

MGM

Region FREE  - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:53:17 1:53:12 1:48:08 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:53:23.713
Video

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio

Average Bitrate: 6.72 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced

Average Bitrate:4.63 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.20
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,418,115,874 bytes

Feature: 36,867,219,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.46 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Criterion

 

NOT AVAILABLE

Bitrate:

MGM

 

Bitrate:

Momentum

Bitrate: Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0) + others

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3740 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3740 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -4dB
Subtitles None Spanish, French, None English, (removable) + others English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.75:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by writer 'Abbe Wool', actors Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb, cultural historian Greil Marcus, filmmakers Julien Temple and Lech Kowalski, and musician \ Elliot Kidd
• "England's Glory", a documentary about the making of "Sid & Nancy"
• The infamous 1976 Bill Grundy interview with the "Sex Pistols"
• A rare telephone interview with Sid Vicious
• Interviews with Sid and Nancy from "D.O.A.: A Right of Passage"

• Insert - 6 pages including article by Jon Savage

 

DVD Release Date: October 20, 1998
Keep Case

Chapters 25

Release Information:
Studio: MGM/UA Video

Aspect Ratio(s):
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
• Theatrical trailer
• Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats


DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000

Keep Case

Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio: Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment


Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

 

 

Edition Details:
• 
Alex Cox Interview (10:00)

A 64-page limited edition book accompanies this disc (may not be available in later editions)

• Commentary - Alex Cox and Andrew Scofield (who played Johnny Rotten)


DVD Release Date: Feb 26th, 2001
Keep case
Chapter stops: 18

Release Information:
Studio: MGM/UA Video

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,418,115,874 bytes

Feature: 36,867,219,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.46 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
 For the Love of Punk (15:46)

• Junk Love (15:30)
• Theatrical trailer (2:02)


Blu-ray Release Date: December 27th, 2011

Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 32

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: MGM - Region FREE Blu-ray - January 12': The MGM Blu-ray seems the most accurate although is marginally cropped on all 4 edges beside the Momentum. Colors have a brown bias but there is no boosting as seen in both the UK and reasonably hidden on the non-anamorphic Criterion transfer. This High-def seems to support the MGM DVD colors but with more detail, less noise and offers a dual-layered rendering with a very high bitrate. As with most MGM Blu-rays nothing appears to have been done digitally to enhance the image. The SD versions are 10-years old and I feel this Blu-ray is probably the bets we are likely to get.

Similarly the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3740 kbps has no apparent flaws exporting the performances of Pray for Rain, The Pogues, Joe Strummer et all. with real energy and intensity. There is some separation but I wouldn't say it was a highlight of the track. Depth and high-end have impressive moments. The disc sports optional English subtitles that also translate lyrics and this is a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

No commentaries but we get two 15-minute video pieces - For the Love of Punk and Junk Love with, mostly, the same participants reminiscing about Sid as well as the Punk movement. Both are quite informative. There is also a theatrical trailer.

The Criterion extras and commentary are excellent but fans more discerning on their HDTV viewing should probably pick up the MGM Blu-ray if only for the audio. Price seems reasonable for what is being offered.   

***

NOTE: The Criterion extras have public domain music in the background as opposed to 'The Sex Pistols' recordings for copyright reasons.

NOTE: The Momentum Commentary track is a lot of fun and should be considered for purchase by stalwart fans of the film.


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2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Momentum Picture Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


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2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Momentum Picture Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Momentum Picture Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM


1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) MGM - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Momentum Picture Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) MGM - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

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Distribution

Criterion Collection Spine # 20

Region 0  - NTSC

MGM

Region 1  - NTSC

Momentum
Region 2 - PAL

MGM

Region FREE  - Blu-ray

 


 

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