International BLU-RAY DISCS FROM FRANCE

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  1. Wade Sowers

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    I have received the Carlotta blu-ray of Kiss Me Deadly. There is nothing wrong with the image quality but I must admit to being slightly disappointed as it did not fully match my expectations. Dvdbeaver has a comparative review and it is quite likely to be from the same source as the Criterion disc.
     
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    What were your expectations?

    I have the Criterion disc and I think the picture quality is good. I've never seen a pristine print of Kiss Me Deadly so I don't know how good the film can look, but my guess was that Criterion's disc was about right. I'm not, by the way, a Criterion fan-boy.
     
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    I was hoping for a sharper picture with higher contrast. I didn't really find the image to be much better than the DVD. Occasionally you play a disc which exceeds your expectations like Violent Saturday. Carlotta produce a quality product and I do accept that the image is as good as we will get for what was a low budget film.

    There is a good feature by the director of I, The Jury (1982).
     
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    I purchased three of the recently released Pathe Classic Blus and am happy to report Jacques Demy's 3 PLACES POUR LE 26, Bunuel's LA FIEVRE MONTE A EL PAO, and the 1934 LES MISERABLES are Region Free and have English subs.
     
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    Amazon France says that Chisum will be released on BRD in January.
     
  7. Wade Sowers

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    I received three more of the Pathe restorations and all three, UNE SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE, LES ORGUEILLEUX, and LE JOUET, are Region Free and have English subs.
     
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    Roman Polanki's: Le Bal des vampires [Blu-ray] The Fearless Vampire Killers
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    I received this very nice looking steel book "Ultimate Edition" from Amazon France last week. The price has come down a bit since I ordered it, but it is still quite high when the shipping cost across the ocean is taken into account.

    There has been a great deal of controversy over this release.

    Yes, it is a 1080i transfer. Yes, the French subtitles are forced. Yes, it's region locked. And yes, It has the PAL speedup. For all I know, this may be an up-conversion. (As many of you know, there are ways around most of these "roadblocks".)

    Do I care? Of course I do. But I have been a fan of this film since I first saw it in it's edited form at a drive-in theater almost 50 years ago. All I can say is that In all the years that I've watched this, from theater screen, to broadcast television, VHS, laserdisc, and DVD. Even with all of its faults, I have never seen it looking better.

    The "Ultimate Edition" extras are anemic. They consist of only a few short interviews. No commentaries, or even the alternate cartoon opening from the U.S. version are included.

    For die hard fans like myself, this will have to do for now. I can only hope that someone like Criterion can secure the rights, and do the film justice someday.
     
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    Good God, LORD JIM! And from Wildside, whose BDs are aways gorgeous even if they're a bit pricey. Still, I'll be rushing to get them 30 euros for this one. Scratch another holy grail off my list. This International DVD and Blu-ray forum is a real joy to follow. Thank you, Billy!
     
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    An essential purchase for me as well...as long as it's the roadshow version with intermission etc. It looked great in 70mm.
     
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    "le Blu-ray du film en version salles (141') et version longue (156')"
     
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    Yes but the trouble is that the DVD is about 156 minutes but doesn't include the Overture or Intermission music (I don't recall any Exit Music), so the full roadshow version should be about 162 minutes. I don't see the sense of including a 141 cut general release version - who wants that?
     
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    Does anyone know if the French Blu-ray release of DUNE 2000 TV version has forced French subtitles when listening to the English audio track? I ask because I previously purchased Sheltering Sky which has forced French subtitles. Terrific transfer the movie looks gorgeous on Blu-ray except for the French subtitles.
     
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    I have received the blu-ray of La Fievre Monte A El Pao. The image quality is excellent, one of the best b & w blu-rays I have seen. It's quite a good film with the exception of one scene of bullfighting which I found offensive.
     
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    I find bullfighting quite barbaric as well. I transfer home movies and whenever I get bullfighting footage, I turn off my picture monitor and just use my waveform monitor to make adjustments until those scenes are over.
     
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    Absolutely agree with the above two posters, i dislike all forms of animal cruelty on film or off.
     
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    Just curious, if those procedures I read about on the internet for unlocking the regions on your region A blu ray player really work - you place the region B disc in your player, when the message pops up telling you it won't play, you hold down the number "1" and then it will start playing (I have a Panasonic BDT 210) ?
     

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