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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Oct 1, 2013.
Ditto. Though I'm not even familiar with the others. That may soon change.
Don't know if I would have purchased any of the ones they offered into the poll. I did vote on the ones I thought were cinematically worthy of release. (once I researched them all)
I also don't remember which I voted for, but the ones I did were all ones that stretched the technique of film-making the most(as in advancing the art).
Even if I don't partake...worthy additions to the fold.
"The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" was the only "winning" title I voted for.
I'm still perplexed by the two rather inconsequential John Wayne titles from the 1960s. Both films are pretty awful, although "North to Alaska" is fun.
Maybe one day we'll get "Two for the Road".
This exact same comment has been posted by many others since February. Allow me to explain why Wayne trumps all: popularity. There are legions of John Wayne fans which were able to get their votes in. However, these films were such no-brainer successes that Fox should have released them by default. Heck, Fox released The Barbarian and the Geisha; one of Wayne's worst films last year. So a few more so-called "awful" Wayne films also would have sold well. As a fan of The Duke, I don't find North to Alaska to be an "awful" film. Far from Wayne's best though. I can't comment on The Undefeated.
Anyway, Fox should have released those this past May, keeping with the pattern from the years past and left Wayne out of the voting due to his popularity being a given. Heck, they left out plenty of worthy titles like The Blue Max, The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit, Lifeboat, and My Darling Clementine, to name just a few.
Regarding Two for the Road, I'm almost certain that it will be released next year given how well it did.
Regarding the 1940's winners, I'm hugely excited for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and The Black Swan. However, I'm very disappointed that my personal favorite Tyrone Power film Captain From Castile, as well as The Return of Frank James; the sequel to Jesse James (which is being released) didn't make the cut. I mean Fox issued Frank and Jesse at the same time on DVD, I would have expected no less for Blu-ray.
"Carmen Jones" for me.
I voted for both Temple films The Little Princess and The Blue Bird, neither of which made the cut. I was also another who cast as many votes as I could for Two for the Road. [sigh]
From that list The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Black Swan, and Carmen Jones are the titles that I'm most interested in seeing on Blu-ray.
This is great. HTF, an industry leader and a great place to hang out, the best of both worlds.
Bob, that means a lot to us. Thank You.
I don't think any of the ones I voted for won, but then again I was mostly voting for titles I felt had no chance of being normally released by 20th Century Fox and always voted for the titles that never got a DVD release. I figure most of the titles that got a standard DVD release are going to get a blu-ray release eventually, either through Fox or Twilight Time.
I'm happy with all of the titles being chosen, except for the Wayne titles which I felt had no need for such a poll even though I absolutely adored North To Alaska, one of his best all-out comedies. The Agony and the Ecstasy should have made it instead. And I will always wonder what Bedazzled would look like on a blu-ray...
I voted for those two as well. It would be nice to see those two films in HD, especially The Little Princess, which is my favourite Temple film.
Yes, that one hurt not winning since there were only four contenders. I guess Will Rogers/John Ford fans were equally upset that Steamboat Round the Bend didn't make it.
I hope nthis vote thingy can be done again, with titles from the 70's and 80's, too. I'd love tot see The Turning Point for one, among others.
As a John Ford fan, it was heartbreaking to see Steamboat Round the Bend fall into last place behind the relatively unknown Swanee River. Drums Along the Mohawk being licensed to Twilight Time and Fox's failure to include any other Ford films on the ballot really don't bode well for us. *sigh* I hope Fox has a Ford at Fox blu-ray set planned for some point in the future, maybe once TT's exclusivity rights to Drums expire.
I was disappointed that Fox didn't see fit to release the two Wayne titles outside of the Studio Classics line. They're surefire successes.
Agony has been rumored for release since 2009 by both Fox and Twilight Time, but it's still in limbo I guess. *sigh*
Most of those covers are pretty nice, though I'm still confused as why Fox keeps insisting on advertising North to Alaska as a serious drama. Oh well.
I think what helped Swanee River along was that Fox issued a very poor MOD of Swanee River that same year (2012) and seeing that they already had a recent HD transfer handy, some users voted for it out of protest. Also, being one of only two Technicolor features in that category it suggests much visual potential. I voted for it as well along with other underdogs.
As far as the 30s were concerned, Call of the Wild got votes in hopes that we'd get an uncut feature , which by the looks of it we won't get, and Jesse James because the DVD transfer left much room for improvement. Steamboat 'Round the Bend DVD was pretty satisfactory in comparison.
I also hope we get Steamboat 'Round the Bend. Will Rogers should get a blu-ray debut and what better place to start?
The tech specs and preorders are up on Foxconnect. All films have lossless original audio, but Jesse James, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and The Undefeated feature 5.1 remixes in addition to the lossless original mono. I hope that Fox's stereo music stems are used for those. Otherwise, the remixes are a complete waste of funds, effort, and disc space. Note; Specs have not been made available for North to Alaska yet.
By the way, when are we going to get the emails with the Foxconnect discount codes? The preorders are up and I'm anxious to place mine!
Edit: It is most unfortunate that Call of the Wild is the edited reissue version*. I guess the scenes cut from the long version were junked back in '78. Since COTW is a Pre-Fox 20th Century production, I'm not expecting much in terms of a/v quality since those films have not weathered the years particularly well based on what I've seen.
*I have two possible reasons for the 95 minute original being chopped down to 81 minutes:
1. The 14 minutes of the film contained a character that was not considered kosher at test screenings (may have had something to do with Jack Oakie's character getting killed in prints shown at test screenings.)
2. The 14 minutes were trimmed for the 1943 reissue to increase the number of showings per day and thus generate more revenue.
I have no sources to validate either of these claims as I read this info so long ago that I've forgotten where it came from. Robert Harris will probably weigh in on the cutting once the Blu-ray is released and then we will have a definitive answer.
Glad for the folks who really wanted these films, but nothing in this group does anything for me except for the two John Waynes -- and I consider both of them mediocre films at best.
Ah well, every release can't be films I like. Congrats to those whose wishes have been fulfilled.
I just ordered The Ghost and Mrs Muir from Amazon. I want a copy and I felt this title will sell fast. I did not look for the other movies but I am sure they must be up for pre order too.
I love this film and hope The Razors Edge will be released in the Fox Classic collection.
I even hope TT will pick up the title if Fox does not release it.
Be aware that we have not yet posted preorder links to those titles because
there will be a substantial discount (less than Amazon) for HTF members, on
all those titles, close to release date.