Movies that Deserve Blu-ray Treatment

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  1. kemcha

    kemcha Second Unit

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    Have to say it:

    Star Wars
    Independence Day Special Edition
    Jurassic Park Trilogy
    Smokey and the Bandit Trilogy

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    Its nice to see an optomist out in the wild . What did you think was missing from Independance Day that you would like to see added on a special edition?
     
  3. kemcha

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    What I'm talking about is the "Special Edition" version that was released on DVD. It just seems crappy that 20th Century Fox decided to release the 'Theatrical Edition" of the movie instead of the "Special Edition" which includes several minutes of footage that were added back into the movie itself.

    While I do share everyone's resentment of this movie, I do enjoy watching the movie, from time to time.
     
  4. Rick Thompson

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    The films that really deserve Blu-ray treatment are "wide vista," big canvas epics such as:
    Ben-Hur
    The Ten Commandments
    Star Wars saga
    Star Trek movies
    Westerns like The Big Country -- the type where they show off the on-location shooting
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Dr. Zhivago
    Many of the MGM and other musicals
    . . . and so on.

    The small-cast, intimate dramas and comedies benefit a little, but I don't see all that much difference between, say, "The Proposal" on Blu versus DVD.
     
  5. Joseph J.D

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    Exactly why I refuse to buy the current blu-ray....I know that FOX will double-dip on this title someday. I will wait for that release thank you very much!

    While they are at it, they should release The Abyss: Special Edition too....
     
  6. Douglas Monce

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    Raul Walsh's The Big Trail

    all 5 cuts of the film in their original lengths

    70 mm Grandeur
    35 mm
    Italian
    French
    German


    and WB's and MGM's Kubricks that have not been released

    Barry Lyndon
    Lolita

    Paths of Glory
    The Killing
    Killers Kiss
     
  8. Greg_M

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    [SIZE= larger]70MM [/SIZE]
    If it was filmed in 70MM it should be on Blu-ray
    Yet many grainy films from the 70 - 80s are available - great films like "MASH" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" good films "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" "Kramer vs Kramer" but those films weren't demonstration quailty visually in theaters as were 70MM films (which may not have been great (like "Cleopatra" "Mutiny on the Bounty" "Star" and "Hello, Dolly") but still not on Blu-ray

    But if you ever saw a 70MM print of "Cleopatra" "Star" or "Hello Dolly" your jaw would drop - these films were made for 70MM and even viewing them in 35mm leaves a lot to be desired.
    The production values far out weighted the acting, story, pacing etc.

    These 70 MM prints looked incredible in the theater:

    South Pacific (Already on Blu-Ray)
    West Side Story
    Lawrence of Arabia (My 1st 70MM film)
    How the West Was Won (Already on Blu-Ray)
    It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
    My Fair Lady
    The Sound of Music
    Those Maginificent Men in Their Flying Machines
    Doctor Dolittle
    Star!
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    Patton (Already on Blu-Ray)
    Ryan's Daugther



    Doctor Zhivago (35mm) is coming on May 4
    Spartacus (coming May 25)


    by the way: "Star Wars" was a blow up from 35MM and not shot in 70MM
     
  9. Douglas Monce

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    To be fair, films like MASH and Cuckoos Nest look the way they do by design, and for the first time they actually look the way they are supposed to on blu-ray. One of the advantages of blu-ray is its ability to accurately reproduce the look of films that are intentionally grainy.

    I love 70mm films too, but I don't think they are any better demonstration material than a film like Bullitt. The point being, is the home theater system accurately reproducing the look of the original film?

    You are correct about Star Wars. In fact there have been only 3 feature films made in 65mm since 1970.
    Far and Away (1992)
    Map of the Human Heart (1993)
    Hamlet (1996)

    Map of the Human Heart only got a 35mm release in spite of its 65mm photography.

    Doug
     
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    IIRC, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and Dr Zhivago have all been dated and detailed for release in the next 6 months.
     
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  12. Vincent_P

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    MAP OF THE HUMAN HEART was filmed in 65mm? I always thought it was Super-35. Beautiful film either way, but when I saw it (in 35mm) it was quite grainy, a look which I felt fit the movie, and I can't imagine it being as grainy as it was if it was filmed in 65mm, unless Miramax was REALLY cheap with the prints.

    Also, wasn't TRON 65mm? And parts of LITTLE BUDDHA, and of course BARAKA.

    Vincent

     
  13. Douglas Monce

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    Map of the Human Heart is listed among the films shot in 65mm but notated as only having a 35mm release. IMDB lists it as having been photographed in 35mm anamorphic, so I'm not sure on that one. I believe you are right about Tron. Its live action was photographed in 65mm, and the effects sequences were shot in VistaVision. For some reason this film is never listed as a 65mm film, even though it had a 70mm release.

    Little Buddah only had a few scenes photographed in 65mm. The majority of the film was shot in Technovision. Baraka was shot in 65mm, however being a documentary, it is rarely listed among feature films.

    Doug
     
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    IIRC, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and Dr Zhivago have all been dated and detailed for release in the next 6 months.


    Jesse, where did you hear about "My Fair Lady"?

    "Sound of Music" is 9 months way
     
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    MY FAIR LADY, HELLO, DOLLY!, CLEOPATRA, and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA are obvious choices.

    I also want to see the long promised release of FORBIDDEN PLANET.

    I am going to have to plug the Bronston movies:
    FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, EL CID, 55 DAYS AT PEKING & KING OF KINGS.

    Off the top pf my head, some personal favorites I would love to see on Blu-ray:
    A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
    BLACK NARCISSUS
    THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN
    LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN
    THE THIEF OF BAGDAD
    SCARAMOUCHE
    THE BAND WAGON
    SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
    BRIGADOON
    FUNNY FACE
    BLITHE SPIRIT
    GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
    SOME LIKE IT HOT
    THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
    THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
    LAURA
    SPELLBOUND
    THE PRISONER OF ZENDA
    THE LION IN WINTER
    SOME CAME RUNNING
    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
    DEAD AGAIN
    KINGPIN
    SCROOGE
    1776
    VICTOR/VICTORIA


    Some fun genre titles:
    HALLOWEEN: H20
    SCREAM
    THE CROW
    JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
    FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
    HORROR OF DRACULA
    CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
    THE MUMMY
    QUATERMASS AND THE PIT
    DRACULA, PRICE OF DARKNESS
    THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
    THIS ISLAND EARTH
    THEM!
    IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE
    JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
    THE COMPANY OF WOLVES
    BLOOD AND ROSES
    FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
    PIT AND THE PENDULUM
    MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH
    TOMB OF LIGEA
    THE RAVEN
    THE COMEDY OF TERRORS
    SON OF FRANKENSTEIN
    DRACULA
    FRANKENSTEIN
    THE MUMMY
    THE WOLF MAN
    LIFEFORCE
    NIGHT OF THE DEMON
    IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS
    THE FOG
    ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
     
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    Apocalypse Now.
     
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    Chad, I happen to agree with you, wholeheartedly about Smokey and the Bear 3. My list is expected too:

    Free Willy
    Free Willy 2
    Jurassic Park
    Jurassic Park: The Lost World
    Jurassic Park 3
    Smokey and the Bear
    Smokey and the Bear 2
     
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    Showgirls
    Picnic at Hanging Rock
    Ms. 45
    Clueless
    Jawbreaker
    Not Another Teen Movie
    She's the Man
    Dazed and Confused (hopefully better than the HD DVD - more like the Criterion DVD please)
    The Car
    Black Christmas (2006) (Released on BD in Canada, but is interlaced)
    Blue Crush
    Mallrats (HD DVD is excellent, but would buy it on BD too)
    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
    Valentine
    Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers
    Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland
    Friday the 13th, Part IV: The Final Chapter
    Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning
    Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives
    Halloween II (1981)
    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
    The Nightmare on Elm Street series (at least 1-4)
     
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    Abyss
    Jurrassic Park Trilogy
    Schindler's List
    ET
    Star Wars
    Back to the Beach
    Chasing Amy
    Ken Burns: Civil War (the potential for extras an on limited discs with high quality would be awesome)
    Wim Wenders "Until the End of the World"

    The last one is a must. It was the first film ever shot using HD cameras. It deserves an HD release so it can be seen as it was filmed.
     
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