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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:31 pm

TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING is coming to dvd & blu ray finally, and the icing on the cake for me is a 66 minute documentary on the making of, which has me giddy with excitement, nearly as much as being able to see this thing clearly again and in original aspect ratio, neither of which has been possible since 1977.

For a preview of the doc ... http://www.fictionfactoryfilm.de/2012/03/22-03-2012-»aldrich-over-munich«/

For me, Aldrich's split-screen work on TLG makes every other use of the process pale by comparison.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:42 pm

Yep, praise Olive films. I'm waiting for them to do Billy Wilder's FEDORA. They have the rights.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:49 pm

Olive are heroes. Massive output, don't tamper with the image, actually use poster art sometimes. Tashlin's IT'$ ONLY MONEY is my only purchase from them thus far, but when I return home I'll probably go for LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, MY SON JOHN, and WHO'S MINDING THE STORE?

The one I'm really excited about, whenever they release it, is John Ford's THE FUGITIVE. The current UK DVD is pure shit. Looks like it was taken from a worn out video tape. But you can tell it's one of the most beautiful Hollywood films ever captured, and a hands-off Olive blu-ray would be incredible.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:30 am

They did a great job on JOHNNY GUITAR. Just wish they came with extras, like commentaries.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:35 am

I've grown to hate commentary tracks and special features in general. I wish all films were just packaged with a bunch of essays and transcripts. I don't have the time to sit around and watch endless special features, but I can pretty easily find the time to quickly devour a few essays.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:36 am

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I've grown to hate commentary tracks and special features in general. I wish all films were just packaged with a bunch of essays and transcripts. I don't have the time to sit around and watch endless special features, but I can pretty easily find the time to quickly devour a few essays.

It depends. I was going to say "insightful" commentaries. A lot of special features underwhelm me, but I like really good commentaries.

There are plenty of films that have made a lot more sense to me after hearing a commentary.

And the fact is I've never had a film class, so I'll take the insight I can get.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:39 am

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It depends. I was going to say "insightful" commentaries. A lot of special features underwhelm me, but I like really good commentaries.
I'd rather read a commentary transcript than have to listen to it for two hours. I could get through it in a quarter of the time (probably less).
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:33 pm

http://www.criterion.com/library/expanded_view?f=1&s=release_date

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934)
THE TIN DRUM (1979)
IVAN'S CHILDHOOD (1962)
ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)


I wish they'd release Monte Hellman's THE SHOOTING.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:08 pm

I'll probably pick up THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. Maybe ON THE WATERFRONT as well.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:50 pm

It's too bad I hate PROMETHEUS - at ten bucks on blu ray from Amazon right now, it is almost worth it just to have all the concept art and be able to look at how good the sets were.

A part of me is going to kick myself up one side and down the other for not upgrading to BR on THE PRISONER for $21, but I don't think I NEED it on blu.

I'm in hog heaven over ALIEN ANTHOLOGY and my Kubrick triple BR, though.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:33 am

Good news for Peckinpah fans. The Deadly Companions is coming to DVD in widescreen in the US.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ALY1ARM/ref=pe_164390_27593450_pe_vfe_dt1

Now if I could get another 1961 western, TWO RODE TOGETHER.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:05 am

I still think Masters of Cinema put out the best packages in the world. Great booklets, tasteful cover art and menus, great PQ. But nobody comes close to the heroes over at Olive when it comes to overall output. Coming in March:



Supposedly one of Ford's best films, and his own favourite among his work. They're also releasing the following in March:

Samuel Fuller's China Gate, Ironweed, The Devil and Miss Jones, Edward G. Ulmer's Ruthless, Hell's Half Acre, and The Atomic Kid.

No idea at all how they manage to run this operation. They're pumping out these catalogue titles like there's no tomorrow and I doubt there's too much of an audience for them. Oh well, I'm in. I hope they keep going for a very long time.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:40 pm

Just a heads up that the new blu of How Green Was My Valley from Fox looks absolutely stunning. Review and screencaps can be found at http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/How-Green-Was-My-Valley-Blu-ray/37102/

This is a definite upgrade for me. The DVD was fair anyway, but the blu looks absolutely amazing and it might just be my favourite film of the 1940s.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:47 am

I only have a 720 TV, so I probably don't get the full benefit of HD. It's harder for me to tell the jump in quality on B&W movies.

I recently took at look at the extras with Criterion's ON THE WATERFRONT. The only new thing is that it's got a matted widescreen option. I thought for a second that might be worth seeing, but nah. I have two BD players and one of them has a manual zoom feature, so I can matte it myself. tongue If I wanted to, which I don't.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:37 pm

Cover art for Twilight Time's upcoming release of the Brian De Palma classic WheFurmm



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I only have a 720 TV, so I probably don't get the full benefit of HD. It's harder for me to tell the jump in quality on B&W movies.

I'm currently watching my shit through an inexpensive external drive on the screen of my sub-1080p laptop. It's certainly a less noticable improvement than when I watch them back home in 1080p, and the best thing about blu-ray (visible grain) is hard to discern at all, but I'm fully converted to blu-ray for future-proofing more than anything. When displayed properly, the benefits are enormous.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:29 am

I may pick up WheFurmm. But I dunno. I've got a DVD rip I made from a rental copy anyway, so... And when it comes to having a 70's De Palma BD that I don't have yet, I'd rather shell out for PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE.

Actually, a Twilight Time BD I'd maybe get is EXPERIMENT IN TERROR.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:22 pm

http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/2662-a-tale-of-three-aspect-ratios
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:58 am

The Hudsucker Proxy blucaps: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_58/hudsucker_proxy_blu-ray.htm
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:29 am



Beautiful cover art for Leave Her to Heaven. No better way to sell a film known primarily for its colour photography than to suck the colour out of the sleeve.

Still haven't bought a single Twilight Time release because of the ridiculous prices, and the obvious example of Olive doing the exact same thing on a bigger scale and at a lower price. Hope these fucking C***S don't keep going for much longer, although I'll have to bite for De Palma's Body Double, due out in the summer.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:54 pm

BODY DOUBLE Blu-ray? Cool.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:33 pm

THE SHADOW! THE ALEC BALDWIN SHADOW!! Finally on Blu-ray in Region 1 or A or whatever! Finally an official copy in WIDESCREEN, even! Last shit we had was a fullscreen DVD from like 1996 or some shit.





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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:06 pm

According to a bunch of people on Blu-ray.com, The Shadow is also supposed to get another Region A Blu-ray release by the end of the year. Shout Factory is putting it out and they often load their discs with plenty of Special Features so it'll be interesting to see if that pans out.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:22 pm

Among others 'The Spy who came in from the Cold' is getting the Criterion treatment.

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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:41 pm

That problematic boxset of Hitchcock bluies is being split up, into two smaller sets and also into individual releases, so you can avoid the broken crap they put out for some titles. Don't know what I'll go for yet, but it's nice to have choice.
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PostSubject: Re: DVD/BluRay News   Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:05 pm

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That problematic boxset of Hitchcock bluies is being split up ... Don't know what I'll go for yet, but it's nice to have choice.

Did Universal fix Frenzy's ballsed-up titles in the end? And what about Marnie and Family Plot?  The grabs I saw made them look like VHS.
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