This Island Earth and The Deadly Mantis ?

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    Didn't I see somewhere a couple months back that Universal was going to release a Sci-Fi and Horror box series this Spring or Summer that would include This Island Earth and The Deadly Mantis? I can't seem to find the thread. [​IMG]

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    I think I'd have remembered hearing this - don't think there's anything official. You may be referring to a couple of threads that dealt with our fervent hopes that a sci-fi set would be forthcoming from Universal soon, mentioning those (among many other) titles.
     
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    I frequent a Classic Horror & Science Fiction Forum where I'm on the "Universal" thread several times per day. Believe me, there's nothing announced yet, or even rumored.
     
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    Universal released Tarantula and The Incredible Shrinking Man this year in the UK. Maybe they have something up their sleeve for here...but I wouldn't be surprised if it's just an arm[​IMG]
     
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    I'd love to have dvds of both This Island Earth and The Deadly Mantis, currently I only have them on vhs and um Super 8? And I also have the MST3K editions of both films. They show clips from This Island Earth on a documentary on the It Came From Outer Space dvd which I bought recently along with Tarantula and The Incredible Shrinking Man (just £5.99 each R2) so maybe it's in the next batch.
     
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    That same doco (and the clips) are on the four year old R1, so I'm afraid that doesn't mean too much.
     
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    Dunno if I should post this here, but This Island Earth is avaiable on R2 in Germany. It is a bonus DVD to the german release of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Movie, is in 1,33:1 (open matte) and with english mono track.
     
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    A post a few weeks ago said that "This Island Earth" was 1.85:1. Maybe Universal will re-release it in it's correct OAR.

    The print used for "The Deadly Mantis" on the 1993 Golden Age of Science Fiction Thrillers LD Box Set ("It Came from Outer Space/Tarantula/The Mole People/The Deadly Mantis) is beautiful!

    But of course, Universal never restores these films, it just ports over the LD print.
     
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    Actually, THIS ISLAND'S EARTH suggested ratio was 2:1, which having watched the film that way, I have no problem with. Unfortunately, there are some people who have seen this film full-frame for so long on TV that they have no conception that it could have been a wide-screen film.

    I agree, though-- these films need their place on my shelf. Seeing as they've retransferred their Hammer films, though, I have faith that perhaps we'll be seeing them soon in their correct, widescreen aspect ratios.
     
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    Not only did Universal re-transfer the Hammer films, they did a wonderful job restoring the films and transferring them to DVD - credit where credit is due, and I'd put money on them doing a decent job with these movies sooner rather than later.
     
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    But too bad they issued the set on faulty DVD-18's, which screwed up in many players, thus rendering their transfers null and void.
     
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    I'm just talking transfers Joe; that's another issue altogether.
     
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    Universal recently licensed "The Creature Walks Among Us" and "Revenge Of The Creature" to the Monsters HD channel, and both were broadcast full-frame. I would have hoped these two would put right for their HD-TV premieres, but it didn't happen. Wasn't the Region 2 DVD of "Tarantula" also full-frame?

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    Add me to the list of those dying to see THIS ISLAND EARTH issued in a new transfer that restores its Technicolor beauty.
     
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    From Universal's website:

    This Island Earth
    Release Date: 08/29/2006
    Packaging: Snap Case Price: $10.98

    No Synopsis Available

    Run Time: 1 Hour 26 Minutes
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated Technical Information

    Technical Information
    Audio
    English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
    Picture: Full Frame (1.33:1)
    Color
     
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    That's a shame, they had a chance to finally release This Island Earth correctly.
     
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    Naturally Universal continues to under mine thier catalogue. Are all the studios slowing down on older titles and waiting for Hi-Def instead? I'd love to have a GOLDEN AGE OF SCI-FI Collection like the old Laser Disc set.
     
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    What is the correct Aspect Ratio? I aaumed it was 1:33. And Universal where is Mole People ????
     
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    Universal's suggested aspect ratio was 2:1. I expect a rehash of their old DVD of the title.
     

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