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International Region B Inferno (1953) 3D August 10

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by EddieLarkin, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. EddieLarkin

    EddieLarkin Well-Known Member

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    UK label Panamint Cinema are apparently releasing this on Blu-ray 3D in August in the UK, from a new Fox restoration:

    http://www.panamint.co.uk/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=14301374

    It's like its too good to be true. I wonder if Twilight Time will get it for the US?

    edit: oops, somehow missed this news already being posted in the DVD subsection!
     
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    UK label Panamint is releasing Fox's INFERNO on 3D Blu-ray on August 10.

    "Special features: Subtitles for the hard of hearing; Theatrical trailer; Pat Boone interview with Rhonda Fleming, courtesy Trinity Broadcasting Network; Illustrated booklet. Blu-ray Region B".
     
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    Panamint? Never heard of them. What kind of reputation do they have?
     
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    This is potentially GREAT news! INFERNO is a great film period, so a 3D version is one of my top 5 classic wants.
    IF this is true and a good version, it gives me hope that at least we may see some region B classic 3D films since the US seems to have given up the ship.
     
  5. Johnny Angell

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    Crap, it's region locked!
     
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    That's why I went region free sometime ago.
    If you are a hard core film collector, sooner or later there's going to be something you really want that's not released in your area.
     
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    For those who can play Region B titles, this really is a must own 3-D bluray. The stereoscopic photography really enhances key elements of the feature.
     
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    Wonderful news!
     
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    I had a region-free DVD player back in the day, but only finally ordered a region-free Blu-ray player last week. Looks like my timing was spot-on!
     
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    What is the point of Region locking?
     
  11. RolandL

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    Response from Panamint:

    "Dear Mr Lataille

    This is a genuine 3D anaglypic master restored by 20 Century Fox from theleft and right eye 35 mm masters. The 2D version on the same Blu-ray will befrom the left eye master.
    It will be Region B for UK and Ireland distribution only. There is also aRegion 2 DVD, same distribution.

    Yours sincerely

    Russell"
     
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    No you know what it feels like. :)
     
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    Like staggered releasing, it gives pirates more time to rip discs and upload them to torrent sites.
     
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    I asked them again and they said:

    "Roland It is digital 3D, so requires 3D Blu-ray player, 3D TV with glasses. May I ask which country you are from? Russell"
     
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    Is it available for preorder yet?I am always game for classic 3D titles

     
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    SO to be clear it's NOT "anaglyphic"? But from an "anaglyphic master"?
    Are they saying 20th made an anaglyphic remaster and they took the two halves and made a 3D Digital copy?

    I'm just a bit confused and wary here. I know there's a mediocre at best anaglyph floating about, (see preview above) I've seen a copy, and I certainly have no interest in purchasing that.

    Paging Mr. Furmanek! Paging Mr. Furmanek!
     
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    So, all I need to buy is one of these region free blu-ray 3D players?
     
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    The story I’ve heard more than once is that sometime in the past 20th Century Fox was considering an anaglyphic DVD release of Inferno. The ball got rolling, and some sensible person at their home video division decided to bring in 3-D expert Dan Symmes to supervise the work. They provided him full 1080p high definition masters of the left and right eyes. He used these to tweak the images and iron out a few minor problems that had been present in the stereo cinematography since day one.

    Eventually the project ran out of steam, I guess. Fox never released an anaglyphic standard def DVD of Inferno. It also apparently never bothered to retrieve its masters from Dan Symmes. He used those masters to create his own private Blu-Ray copy of Inferno.

    A few years ago, Dan Symmes passed away unexpectedly. Eric Kurland and others from the Stereo Club of Southern California were present at the estate sale, hoping to retrieve and preserve as much of Mr. Symmes’ 3-D legacy as possible. And so ownership of Dan Symmes’ Blu-Ray of Inferno passed to this group.

    Someone in this group knew how to use the Blu-Ray to create a DCP of Inferno for theatrical projection, which was done. It was decided to screen Inferno at the Downtown Independent Theater in L.A. Since the people who own the Downtown Independent are honest, law-abiding people, they contacted Fox about paying an appropriate fee to screen Inferno in 3-D.

    Fox was surprised and very interested. They weren’t aware a 3-D repertory copy of Inferno was in circulation. Hmm.

    So the situation was explained to them, and you know what Fox did? A surprisingly sensible thing. Yes, pay us “X” amount to screen the movie, Fox said, and then, if you don’t mind, could you please provide us a copy of the DCP you’re using so that we may make this film available for other repertory screenings elsewhere?

    And that’s exactly what happened. Inferno has been screened digitally at several festivals and retrospectives around the country.

    My belief is that Dan Symmes’ optimized version of Inferno is the one to be presented on this forthcoming Blu-Ray.
     
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    I hope someone shows us a little 3D love here. This is a much better picture than A Man In The Dark.
     

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