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International Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (Blu-ray) Import Price Drop

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    When the Amazon UK preorder first appeared, it converted to
    about $35.

    Taking another look at the preorder, the price has dropped
    substantially.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Remo-Williams-Adventure-Begins-Blu-ray/dp/B00KHQD6DU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402497265&sr=8-1&keywords=remo+williams+blu-ray

    Just preordered it for about $23 shipped to United States.

    This is being released by ARROW, who has a reputation for
    excellent Blu-ray releases.

    It is region locked, however for those of us that have an all-region
    player (or mod installed), this should be no problem for anyone
    who wants to own a title that will probably not be released domestically.
     
  2. Steve Tannehill

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    Thanks Ron. I just realized the blu-ray drive on my Mac is region free, as is the ripping software that would allow me to watch on the iPad. So I ordered the disc,
     
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    By the way, have you tried any of the Destroyer books? They are cheap, short, and available on Kindle. There is even a screenplay that bears no resemblance to the Remo Williams movie.
     
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    One never knows--Shout has released a number of titles that appeared via Arrow first, with different extras. But why wait? I've preordered this one myself; after problems with some horror titles some time back Arrow has righted itself and is by and large an outstanding label.
     
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    Steve,

    I am happy you were able to order this disc. Have known you long enough to
    know how big a fan of this film you are. Never heard of the Destroyer books.
    Wish I had the time to sit and actually read a book these days.

    Bob,

    I can only base my viewpoint of Arrow on their release of RUNAWAY TRAIN
    which is just outstanding.
     
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    Everytime I hear about a title like this (I've enjoyed this film since it ran theatrically so many years ago) I tell myself I need to get multi-region playback capability for Blu-Ray.

    - Walter.
     
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    The Destroyer series is the basis for Remo Williams. Started in the early 70's and has about 160 books in the series. They are very pulpy, and generally run under 200 pages each. I highly recommend the first one, just download the Kindle app on your iPad and check it out. It goes fast. It's a shame the movie was not successful, with more books than Bond, it had a potential for a long run.
     
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    It was a fantastic film, I know you will agree, Steve.

    It has its following. I know it's been a very popular requested title
    here on this forum over the years.

    However, the absence of a proper DVD release here in the states
    after all these years doesn't give me any hope for a domestic BD release.
     
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    The HD transfer is sitting on the shelf somewhere. I saw it in HD on one of the FiOS movie channels a couple of years ago. It shouldn't be too hard to slap that on a blu-ray. As much as I dislike full-frame movies in place of widescreen, at least the DVD didn't lose any picture. I am looking forward to the Arrow blu-ray.
     
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    Here are the just announced specs on the UK release:

    (Also prefer the original artwork that will be available by folding the inside cover out)

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

    [*]High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the film from a digital transfer prepared by MGM
    Studios
    [*]Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 PCM audio
    [*]Isolated Music and Effects soundtrack
    [*]Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    [*]Audio commentary with producers Larry Spiegel and Judy Goldstein
    [*]Remo, Rambo, Reagan and Reds: The Eighties Action Movie Explosion – all-new feature-length documentary from High Rising Productions focusing on a decade of cinematic destruction and Remo Williams’s place among the carnage. Includes new interviews with genre expert Bey Logan, Remo producers Larry Spiegel and Judy Goldstein, celebrated directors Sam Firstenberg (American Ninja) and Mark L. Lester (Commando), producers Don Borchers (Angel) and Garrick Dion (Drive), filmmaker and scholar Howard S. Berger and Professor Susan Jeffords (author of Hard Bodies: Hollywood Masculinity in the Reagan Era)
    [*]When East Met West – Joel Grey reflects on his turn as Chiun
    [*]Changing Faces – make-up expert Carl Fullerton discusses his Oscar-nominated work on Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins…
    [*]Notes for a Nobleman – composer Craig Safan talks about his classic score
    [*]Theatrical Trailer
    [*]Reversible Sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Red Dress
    [*]Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the origins of Remo Williams by Barry Forshaw and an on-set report from American Cinematographer magazine
    [/list]
    DETAILS:
    Region: B
    Rating: 15
    Cat No: FCD965
    Duration: 121 mins
    Language: English
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    Audio: 2.0 Stereo
    Colour: Colour
     
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    Finally got my copy of Remo Williams.

    All I can say is WOW!

    Arrow certainly is gaining a very good reputation with
    these 80s releases.

    Only had the chance to spot check, but I was impressed.

    The transfer looks and sounds magnificent.

    Something tells me this import is going to be the only means
    of acquiring this title domestically. So, if you want it --and you
    have a region-free player -- buy it!
     
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    Starting at the end of 2012, Arrow set out to reinvent themselves and had an outstanding 2013. I'm confident by the end of this year a lot of people will be happy to label them the Criterion of the U.K.
     
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    Eddie,
    It's quite obvious.
    Runaway Train was stellar. Remo is just as stellar!
     
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    I have it, too, which means it will be released in Region A before long. :)
     
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    Finally got a chance to watch this. It's a great package.
     
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    The recently released The Burbs is also outstanding.
     
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    Craig Safan, opening score sounds a lot like The Last Starfighter, marvelous open to Remo. Unarmed and Dangerous was the UK title saw it on Hi-Fi stereo VHS rental around late 80' and enjoyed it for a few playings.

    To bad its (region A locked) no wonder they don't want to share the film as region free. HD-DVD didn't have this locking code nonsense. Won't be playing here unless same pressing gets a region B release. If they sell it as region free they might stand to make more profit from the sales.
     
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    Its Region B, a UK release from Arrow, originally censored in the eighties it is now fully uncut.
     
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    Let me get this straight now.

    Your saying there is a Region B release of it available to buy.
     
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