International PAL AND OTHER-REGION DVD ANNOUNCEMENTS & REVIEWS

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  1. lionel59

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    HATARI, WAR AND PEACE, SHANE and SAMSON AND DELILAH have been released on blu ray in Australia. All are under $20. Overseas buyers should check out ebay.com.au and ezydvd.com.au . Once I have bought these titles I will report back as to my opinions of their quality. I am guessing that they will be the same transfers as those used in Europe.
     
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    Picked up HATARI and SAMSON AND DELILAH today. HATARI looks ok to me. Somewhat grainy with slightly brown skin tones. Typical of an unrestored print from this era. Nice and sharp.
    SAMSON is another story. Eye-popping with vibrant Technicolor hues. Paramount did a great restoration job. The film is still a bit "run of deMille" in some (dated) respects. He was not a subtle director but retained a stagey, silent-movie style which is even more noticeable in the (overrated) 10 COMMANDMENTS. Still, the visual splendour of both titles on blu ray offers great compensation and his movies are certainly never dull. For Biblical epics it's hard to top Wyler's BEN HUR and Stevens' GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (unfairly maligned by many critics,then and now. Ray's KING OF KINGS is deMille-like in comparison in my opinion). The latter is also not as poor on Blu Ray as some would indicate. Hoping one day George Stevens Jr lets the original 225 min version surface. UA still have it in the vaults.
     
  3. Thomas T

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    Three DVDs from Germany that I just received:

    The Hawaiians (1970) with Charlton Heston is a handsome anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer. It's available as a MOD in region one so if you want it pressed, the German DVD is there.

    Black Bart (1948) with Yvonne DeCarlo and Dan Duryea is a good looking Technicolor transfer.

    One More Train To Rob (1971) with George Peppard is an excellent wide screen anamorphic (1.85) transfer.
     
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    Two recent arrivals from Spain and England, one not available in region one and the other rescued from public domain Hell.

    From Spain, Frank Borzage's Man's Castle (1933) with Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young. In rough shape and in need of restoration but more than watchable.

    From England, Allan Dwan's The Restless Breed (1957) with Anne Bancroft and Scott Brady has been available in some dubious public domain prints. This one looks great. Vibrant colors and a sharp transfer.
     
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    I didn't know about this disc so thank you. I'll buy this one.
     
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    Received three DVDs not available in region one from Italy today. All with English soundtracks and the option of disabling the Italian subtitles.

    A Day Of Fury (1956), a western from Universal with Dale Robertson and Mara Corday. Average transfer in anamorphic wide screen (2.00)

    The Great Gatsby (1949) with Alan Ladd. Rarely seen these days, it's an adequate B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.37 aspect ratio.

    Gunman's Walk (1958) with Van Heflin, Tab Hunter. The best looking of the bunch in anamorphic wide screen (2.35). Nice transfer.
     
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    Bounty Entertainment in Australia have recently released excellent transfers of Universal titles such as BAGDAD (1949, Maureen O'Hara, Vincent Price- only on VHS in the USA), NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE (1940, deMille, Gary Cooper) and AGAINST ALL FLAGS (1952, Errol Flynn).
    On a different note, there is a local release of both McHALE'S NAVY movies on blu ray as a double feature set. Both in 16:9.
    Try ebay.com.au or ezydvd.com.au for international ordering.
     
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    The following are available from El Corte Ingles as pressed discs:
    GOOD MORNING MISS DOVE (Wide Screen, 1955, Jennifer Jones)
    THUNDER IN THE EAST (1952, Alan Ladd, Deborah Kerr)
    GOVERNMENT GIRL (1943, Olivia de Havilland)
    WAIT TILL THE SUN SHINES NELLIE (1952, Jean Peters)
    THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN HAWKS (1959, Robert Taylor)
    WAY BACK HOME (1931, Bette Davis)
    DIANE (Wide Screen. 1956. Lana Turner)
    Some may be available from other Spanish/Portuguese websites or even amazon.co.uk or ebay. I found the El Corte site difficult to manage so phoned the store and spoke to someone who could speak English. Their shipping fee is expensive to non-EU countries (50 euros). It helps to know someone in England who can receive the parcel and mail it to you from there.
     
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    Some interesting new UK releases (some are re-releases) include:
    FAME IS THE SPUR (Michael Redgrave)
    PICADILLY INCIDENT (Anna Neage)
    JOSEPHINE AND MEN (Glynis Johns)
    TEN NORTH FREDERICK (Gary Cooper)
    THE INCIDENT (Martin Sheen)
    THE LEFT HAND OF GOD (Humphrey Bogart)
    ONE FOOT IN HELL (Alan Ladd)
    A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (Dorothy McGuire)
    I WAS A SPY (Herbert Marshall)
    MAN ON A TIGHTROPE (Fredric March)
    FOREVER AMBER (Linda Darnell)
    TALES OF MANHATTAN (Rita Hayworth)
    THE ROOTS OF HEAVEN (Trevor Howard)BAN
    BANJO ON MY KNEE (Barbara Stanwyck)
    THUNDER ROCK (Michael Redgrave)
    CHINA GIRL (Gene Tierney)

    These titles are now available on Blu Ray from Europe:
    From Germany-
    NIGHT AND THE CITY (Richard Widmark)
    STAGECOACH (Ann Margret)
    IMITATION OF LIFE (Lana Turner)
    MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (Jane Wyman)
    WARLOCK (Richard Widmark)
    BROKEN LANCE
    From Spain-
    JOHN PAUL JONES (Robert Stack)
    A FAREWELL TO ARMS (Rock Hudson)
    MAN WITHOUT A STAR (Kirk Douglas)
    BROKEN LANCE (SpencerTracy. BD-R)
    A FAREWELL TO ARMS (Rock Hudson)
    THE CARDINAL (Tom Tryon)
     
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    The question I need answer is are they good looking blu-ray presentations?
     
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    You can find reviews of most of these European Blu Rays at dvdbeaver.com and at the dvdsavant page at dvdtalk.com.So far I have had no complaints with the European Blu Rays I have ordered (egs. FANNY, OLIVER!, A FOREIGN AFFAIR, DOCTOR DOLITTLE,FOREVER AMBER, DADDY LONG LEGS, THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR + many from the UK)
     
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    I have set up a thread for Network's 'The British Film' DVD range which has really been ramping up its slate of titles.
     
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    I bought the Blu-ray of "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" when i was in Milan recently. Picture quality is fine but it's obviously not an authorised release. There is no Universal copyright notice, or any other copyright indication. The box gives the label as Pulp Video although neither that or any other distributer is shown when playing the disc.

    Browsing the shelves of DVD and BD releases in the numerous Milan video stores, it's remarkable that so many discs (mainly DVDs) have either no copyright or obscure copyright notices (in particular, huge numbers of Warner Bros titles with no copyright). As with Spain, Italy is a wonderful treasure trove for lovers of classic films with vast numbers of titles from the '30s and onward available but few of them seem to be legitimately licensed. Why and how such a situation has come about I have no idea because copyright regulations are supposedly harmonised throughout the EU.
     
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    It is also interesting that this BD is regularly sold by Amazon.it
     
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    Regasa from Spain is such a label. I ordered The Macomber Affair (1947) with Gregory Peck and The Racers (1955) with Kirk Douglas, neither available in the U.S., via the now defunct Stars Cafe and was stunned to see they were both DVD-r and not pressed. I ordered Desert Legion (1954) with Alan Ladd from Italy and though it was pressed, it was clearly made from a TV print, there was even a logo on one of the scenes.

    I've since become very leery of ordering from Europe unless I've read a review of the product or the distributor has a thumbs up reputation.
     
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    Does the French BD of FOREVER AMBER have removable subtitles? I'm really thinking about picking this up. The same company will be releasing KINGS OF THE SUN in BD this June,
     
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    Thanks for this, I was thinking of ordering this until reading your post.
     
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    I think the French BD of "Forever Amber" has fixed subtitles.
     
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    At this point, our best hope is that TCM release Desert Legion in one of its collections or Universal through its erratic MOD program.
     
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