Twilight Time announces Blu-ray releases July-August 2013

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  1. Richard--W

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    I like the look of these. I have THE TALL MEN on Fox DVD and WESTERN UNION on an Optimum U.K. DVD. The latter is region 2 and although the picture is fine the PAL speed-up whirs the motion and raises the manly voices so high up into female register that it's impossible to enjoy. It's one of the worst PAL discs I own. I've been wanting to watch WESTERN UNION at the right pitch for a long time and after 15 years there's no indication that it's coming. So I'm buying the Koch Media blu-ray. No PAL speed-up in blu-ray.

    The Tall Men (1955):
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    Western Union (1941)
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  2. Richard--W

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    Does anybody see 12 screen grabs in my post above?

    When I open the edit function it shows the screen grabs being there, but when I view in the normal browser I only see two screen grabs from Western Union. This has happened before.
     
  3. bujaki

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    Just 2 screen grabs.
     
  4. Matt Hough

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    I see four screen grabs for The Tall Men and three for Western Union.
     
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    Why are the first two for The Tall Men about 1.85 and the next two about 2.35?
     
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    I was reading about Twilight Time releasing MGM on another site. I can see it happening, MGM does license out films, there's a few in Europe & of course the Vincent Price box from Scream Factory. But it does mean that a good HD master has to have been made first.
     
  7. Ronald Epstein

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    Twilight Time announces the exciting BLU-RAY release of the star-studded romance featuring the incomparable Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan!
    SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
    Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release​
    Only 3,000 units available at​
    Once they are gone – they are gone!​
    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 9TH, 2013
    “Sublime…the hippest, frankest and funniest date movie around…Director Nora Ephron’s a major talent with a wicked gift for tickling the funny bone, exposing hidden truths and then, just when you’re not looking, slamming you in the solar plexus.”
    Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
    “Mr. Hanks and Ms. Ryan are terrifically attractive, each somehow persuading the audience of the validity of all the things that keep them apart and then miraculously bring them together.”
    Vincent Canby, The New York Times
    “So warm and gentle I smiled the whole way through.”
    Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
    Writer-director Nora Ephron’s tour de force romantic comedy stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as a pair of star-crossed, meant-to-be lovers who don’t meet until the film’s last reel. Along the way, the film—glowingly shot by the great Sven Nykvist—gifts us with tart commentary on the state of modern love, particularly as experienced by those of us whose very idea of romance has been all-too influenced by what we’ve seen in the movies.
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    Twilight Time proudly announces the stunning BLU-RAY release of the greatest love story of all-time – where east meets west in exotic Hong Kong!
    Love is a Many Splendored Thing
    Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release​
    Only 3,000 units available at​
    www.screenarchives.com​
    Once they are gone – they are gone!​
    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 9TH, 2013
    “Fine and sensitive…indeed a many-splendored thing...as simple and moving a love story as has come along in many a moon. This is something of an emotional tear-jerker, to be sure, but an awfully well-made one.”
    Variety
    “Anyone who has ever been in love can relate to this film…It’s the emotions that are important, and they are conveyed with a sensitivity and conviction that remind one of the real thing and make one believe that the two principal characters truly were in love.”—DVD Verdict
    One of Hollywood’s great epic romances, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)—based on the bestselling autobiographical novel by Han Suyin—stars Jennifer Jones as a reserved Eurasian doctor working in the exotic, conflict-ridden Hong Kong of the post-World War II era. There, she meets a dashing (if married) war correspondent, resplendently played by William Holden; the two embark on a whirlwind romance buffeted by problems of race, politics, and war. Directed by the sturdy Henry King, the film features superb cinematography by Leon Shamroy—with extraordinary location footage shot by Charles Clarke—and an unforgettable score by the great Alfred Newman, built on one of the most popular title songs of the 1950s, written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster.
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  9. Ronald Epstein

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    Twilight Time announces the exciting First Time ever BLU-RAY release of Walter Hill’s directorial debut that packs a punch you won’t easily forget!
    HARD TIMES
    Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release​
    Only 3,000 units available at​
    Once they are gone – they are gone!​
    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 11TH, 2013
    “Close to stately in its manner—spacious, leisurely, and with elaborate period recreations… Offers excitement that makes you feel good; Walter Hill respects the loner myth…On its own pulp terms, Hard Times is a triumph.”—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
    “A powerful, brutal film containing a definitive Charles Bronson performance…Hard Times is a tough, bitter, evocative document.”
    Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
    Writer-director Walter Hill’s debut film, Hard Times (1975), stars the legendary Charles Bronson as a laconic street fighter who joins forces in Depression-era New Orleans with a fast-talking promoter (James Coburn) and a drug-addicted cut man (Strother Martin) to make some hard-earned cash in the illegal fight game. With its clean narrative, detailed period setting, superb cinematography by Philip Lathrop, and striking action sequences (elegantly edited by future director Roger Spottiswoode), Hard Times is an exhilarating jump-start for one of the 1970s’ most influential filmmakers.
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    Twilight Time announces the exciting First Time ever BLU-RAY release of legendary filmmaker George Steven’s last motion picture, featuring the iconic talents of Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty…
    “THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN”
    Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release​
    Only 3,000 units available at​
    Once they are gone – they are gone!​
    RELEASE DATE: TUESDAY, JUNE 11TH, 2013
    “The dialog sparkles…memorable.”—TV Guide

    “Hovering with expert balance between sophistication and sentimentality…the shifts from humor to tenderness could scarcely be managed better…Intimate and sensitive, with laughs to be savored.”—Gordon Gow, Films and Filming

    “There’s a rather perfect blendship at work…Beatty’s underplaying stays out of the soporific zone…Liz meets him halfway with a modest, likable portrayal…Touching.”—David Cairns, Shadowplay
    The incomparable George Stevens’s last film, The Only Game in Town (1970), stars the dazzling pair of Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty in Frank D. Gilroy’s adaptation of his own Las Vegas-set play. Taylor’s an exhausted showgirl fed up with waiting for her married lover to divorce his wife; Beatty’s a piano-playing gambling addict who keeps compulsively losing the stake he needs to high-tail it to New York. Together they parlay an instant attraction into a mutual effort to get their lives together—no strings attached. Gorgeously shot by French New Wave stalwart Henri Decaë.
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    Twilight Time said on their Facebook page that they would like to have a deal with MGM but nothing is happening at the moment. Read into it what you want.
     
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    What I read into that from the get-go was "wait-see" and "approach with caution".

    True, MGM has an outstanding catalogue, largely untapped on Blu-ray, and apparently well preserved from its years with Turner. But the lingering impression from MGM's DVD days was that some of their most interesting catalogue titles, especially from UA - all of that obscure, culty stuff which would not only fit TT's model but also yield some wonderful ISTs to boot - were last seen on home video in letterbox* form only. Not promising, considering MGM's financial constraints in recent years,

    So what grounds do we have to believe that some massive behind-the-scenes program has been quietly bringing all these MIA MGM and UA titles up to spec and ready for HD release or licensing? Even the Warners-controlled MGM titles have been rather slow to come, and seemingly not without con$iderable rema$tering required...or so we hear. I mean, when roadshow epics like Khartoum and Hawaii only made it to DVD letterboxed...then it's valid to question, "What is the current state of that MGM library in digital form?" "Is it even worth licensing until more work gets done?"

    * Often incorrectly in 1.66:1 at that.
     
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    Those well preserved MGM titles that Turner had all belong to Warner's. Turner only had control of the UA titles for less than year before he sold then back to Kirk Kerkorion. The MGM today owns MGM titles from October 1986, most UA titles from the middle 59's, AIP, Orion titles after they separated from Warner's and many smaller distribution companies. Due to MGM's financial problems over the last couple of decades not a lot of preserving has been accomplished. Nor do they seen to care to do so today.
     
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    MGM will occasionally farm out a title to Criterion, too. I've reviewed a few of those over the years.
     
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    They've given a decent amount to Criterion, but the difference is that Criterion does in-house restoration and clean-up work. TT takes as-is masters.
     
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    This is precisely my point ahollis, and greatest area of concern about any distribution deal with MGM at this point. Twilight Time has been a terrific shepherd for already restored, HD-ready titles with well-preserved ISTs, which for whatever reason, have stalled on their way through the respective Studio's domestic distribution pipeline. It's a different story when you also have to go back and rescan and remaster. Who could possibly afford that for a mere 3000 unit run? On the other hand, if MGM was assured a domestic release via TT, plus some key Indies overseas...???

    But geeeez, here we are 7 years into the Blu-ray format, and the 'new' MGM can't even get Stefano's original Outer Limits series out there...which was traditionally one of their evergreen profitable properties.
     
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    Yep, as much as I wouldn't mind TT releasing MGM product, the
    actual concern is over how much effort that studio would put into
    restoration.

    If MGM couldn't put more effort into a film like The Great Escape,
    then I am already fearful of what they would do (or rather not do)
    with the rest of their library.
     
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    That does seem to be the thinking at Fox and Sony who lease movies on both sides of the Atlantic to specialist companies. Sony have just finished restoring The Man From Laramie but are not releasing it on BRD themselves. I assume they will also find a European partner and will not depend only on Twilight Time for revenue.

    Anyway, whatever: I'm ordering all three of those Twilight Time discs: Hard Times, Love Is a many Splendored Thing and The Only Game In Town.
     
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    I haven't seen The Only Game in Town, but I'm gonna get it because of George Stevens, Henri Decaë and Elizabeth Taylor. It's got to at least be interesting to look at.
     
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    While I have it on order because of George Stevens too, the film is a train wreck of a mess. The back story on this is more interesting than the film.
     
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