Universal focus on back catalog in 2003

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  1. Larry Sutliff

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  2. Jeff_HR

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    I hope what I've read in the past about "Scarface" getting a new soundtrack upon reissue is not correct. It would be very out of place for that film to have a "more up to date" music track.
     
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    I hope they will start a film-noir series on DVD similar to the one they had on VHS.
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    The OOP Bride of Frankenstein looks fantastic.

    A remaster isn't really needed unless it's something along the lines of a Lowry Digital Images restoration. The supplements are great AND there's lots of them.

    All of the 8 Classic Monster films (in the box set) have excellent DVDs...making SE's of them is just about as un neccecary as American Pie: Ultimate Edition
     
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    Hmmmmm, "fantastic" is not the term I would use to describe this DVD. Check the framing compared to the VHS, as when the picture fades out in the hermit's hut and the Crucifix is held on screen for a second or so. Grain is excessive, as well.

    Not really terrible, but could (and should) be a whole lot better. For an average film from '35 I would say the transfer is acceptable, but not for BOF. The extras are nice, though.

    These are some of the most controversial DVDs I know of. Some think they're great, others the nadir of the format. I guess I'm somewhere in-between.
     
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    Jeff, it's good to know that they are concentrating on "never on DVD before" titles. 115 titles between January and June 2003 sound almost too good to be true, let's hope they don't opt for quantity over quality!
    Hopefully among the 115 titles the following will be included:
    Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves (1944)
    All I Desire (1953)
    Anne Of The Thousand Days (1969)
    Arabesque (1966)
    Arabian Nights (1942)
    Back Street (1932), (1941) & (1961)
    Bend Of The River (1952)
    Big Clock (1948)
    Black Cat (1934)
    Cat And The Canary (1939)
    Countess From Hong Kong (1967)
    Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
    Criss Cross (1949)
    Dark Mirror (1946)
    Deadly Mantis (1957)
    Five Graves To Cairo (1943)
    Flower Drum Song (1961)
    Gambit (1966)
    Glenn Miller Story (1954)
    Imitation Of Life (1934) & (1959)
    Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
    The Killers (1946) & (1964)
    Leech Woman (1960)
    Last Sunset (1961)
    List Of Adrian Messenger (1963)
    Lonely Are The Brave (1962)
    Lover Come Back (1961)
    Magnificent Obsession (1935) & (1954)
    Madame X (1966)
    Man Without A Star (1955)
    Man's Favorite Sport (1964)
    Mary Queen Of Scots (1971)
    Midnght Lace (1960)
    Mirage (1965)
    Mole People (1956)
    Monolith Monsters (1957)
    Morocco (1930)
    Phantom Lady (1944)
    Prince Who Was A Thief (1951)
    The Raven (1935)
    Revenge Of The Creature (1955)
    The Spoilers (1942)
    Sweet Charity (1969)
    Tammy And The Bachelor (1957)
    Tarantula (1955)
    Tarnished Angels (1957)
    There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
    Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
    Thrill Of It All (1963)
    Thunder Bay (1953)
    Thunder On The Hill (1951)
    Winchester 73 (1950)
    On the TV front, in addition to a complete season by season Alfred Hitchock Presents box sets, a Thriller box set would also be most welcome.
     
  7. Chris Xolotl

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    Jeff. Any DVD Screeners this year? I might be at the one in November.
     
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    So they're toying around with the idea of releasing Miami Vice on DVD huh? That is one show that I have been eagerly waiting for on DVD. Please Universal... season box sets with all the original music intact! (fingers crossed)
    Did they happen to mention anything about The Six Million Dollar Man?
     
  9. John Kilduff

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    Did the "Streets Of Fire: CE" petition work?

    That's my main question. I would so dig a CE DVD of this...

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    One Bad Stud...One Good DVD...Let's Hope.
     
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    What about the original '42 Cat People?
     
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    I definitely second The Frighteners... I would love to see a port of the Signature Collection laserdisc with the full documentary intact plus dts for the feature! Surely all this could fit on 2x dvd-9s for an Ultimate Edition?
     
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    The original 1942 Cat People is part of the RKO library owned by Time Warner. not Universal. That reminds me that I've got an extra copy of the Criterion Cat People laser disc that I keep meaning to put on e-bay.
     
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    Oh yeah, what was I saying?
    Jeff, did they, by any chance, mention Orgazmo ? [​IMG] I realize it's new catalog for UNI, but the DVD is just sitting there waiting to be pressed.
     
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    A new 1941 as well as restored Marx Bros. movies.
     
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    I just hope that they will finally release their Anthony Mann westerns. A remastered SE of The Sting would be nice as well.
     
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    We really need 1983's "The Pirates of Penzance". it was an early laser disc but we never got a widescreen version. They hinted at it but it never was released. Also where is "Sweet Charity" with the success of "Fosse" and "Chicago" on Broadway, Vegas, and touring I was sure Universal would capitalize on this one....but hey they are probably working on the "Munsters" boxed set.Much more important.

    As someone said above, lets hope they go for quality rather than quantity!!!
     

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