John Carpenter movies on Blu-Ray

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  1. Michael Allred

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    Ok so "The Thing," "Halloween" and the SE of "Assault on Precinct 13" are the only John Carpenter films currently on Blu-Ray correct?

    Who here owns them and what do you think of the picture quality? Significant upgrade?

    "Ghosts of Mars" comes out March 31st, by the way.

    Any rumors about the rest of his work?

    Universal has: They Live, Prince of Darkness and Village of the Damned

    Sony has: Starman, Christine and Vampires

    Warner Brothers has: Memoirs of an Invisible Man and the TV movie "Someone's Watching Me"

    VCI has: Dark Star

    MGM has: Escape from New York and The Fog

    Paramount has: Escape from L.A.

    Elvis: The Movie? Still don't know who owns that, waiting on Dick Clark Productions to finally work something out.

    FOX has: Big Trouble in Little China

    Who owns his 'Masters of Horror' films "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life"? Starz?

    What else am I missing here? Anyway that's a lot of Carpenter not in HD yet!
     
  2. Michael Allred

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    Oh forgot, New Line has "In the Mouth of Madness" but didn't Warner officially close them out (New Line I mean) so i guess that's a WB title now. Still not on Blu-Ray.
     
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    Think "They Live" will ever see the light of day again? The most "anti-establishment", "anti-commercialism", "anti-everything" movie ever to come out of Hollywood. I'd love to see someone to give it the treatment it deserves (I know plenty of people involved with "The Industry" would like to bury this movie deep in a hole and burn it).

    FYI: This movie has the best performance from a "wrestler".[​IMG]
     
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    Eric, heck I'd be happy if they just had that commentary with Carpenter & Piper included.
     
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    All three have excellent picture quality and are significant upgrades to the SD releases.
    The Fog and Escape From New York have been released on BD in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Netherlands etc all using the same Studio Canal masters).
    The BDs are region free but while they're better than the SD versions, the picture quality on these releases is not as good as it could be so I would wait on MGM for those.
     
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    Which only bodes well for a SE release......
     
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    I don't have it but Cigarette Burns must be in one of the 4 volumes of Masters Of Horror: S1 Blu-rays.
     
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    Recently Fox Germany has announced that they will release "Big Trouble in Little China" on Blu-ray in Summer.
    So maybe you US-folks will get a Code A Blu-ray as well.........
     
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    I want all of JC's stuff on Blu, and I want it NOW.

    You guys neglected to mention Vampires, which is also a Sony title. I really wish they were releasing that instead of Ghosts of Mars, but oh well...
     
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    "Cigarette Burns" is on the MOH Volume 1 Blu-ray from Season 1. "Pro-Life" is part of Season 2, which hasn't been released on Blu-ray yet.
     
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    The Fog and Escape from New York are available on Blu-ray Disc as region free UK releases. Both leave a lot to be desired however (DNR and upconvert respectively).

    They Live was scheduled to be released by Optimum Home Entertainment as well, but it was canceled when it was discovered it shared the same issues as Escape from New York.
     
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    I watched The Fog again last night and was surprised by how acceptable it looks. It's not great, but it's still streets ahead of the R1 SE DVD and it puts the low-rent EFNY Blu-ray to shame.

    They Live will no doubt be with us at some point, but after the cancellation of the European Blu-ray version I've got some hope that Studio Canal have been busy creating an actual high-def version...
     
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    Put me down for the entire John Carpenter catalog.
     
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    That's awesome news. More Carpenter please!
     
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    Interesting but an odd way to announce the release....
     
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    While I feel that JC's talent has waned over the years give me everything up to They Live on BD.

    I have Halloween on BD and IMO it's excellent even though they seemed to have used the DIVIMAX master which of course isn't the Dean Cundy approved version.

    Still there's no denying that this BD is the best the film has ever looked at home. [​IMG]
     
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    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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