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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Brent Avery, Aug 5, 2008.
Thanks Stephen for the new info, which I've now revised.
Probably because it was not originally released as a roadshow.I remember queing in line at the Plaza where it opened in London, no reserved seats or serperate performances as I recall. Eventually saw it in 70mm at the Casino Cinerama where it was a roadshow, even if a very shortlived one!
That is exactly what puzzles me - one would think that together with South Africa the UK would have been one of the countries where this movie had the most viewers which usually would mean a roadshow presentation.
I see you have been enjoying most of the big 70mm movies from the 60ies and 70ies - lucky you !
Well it also may be that they needed a quick financial return and a wide release would give them $$$$$ quickly whereas a roadshow would take its time to refill their coffers. Also, Joe Levine was involved with it and with his reputation, I imagine he wanted to grap the $$and run. It was of course a smash hit in the UK.
Yes its a nice trip down memory lane to revisit these epics. Saw most of them in 70mm and now kick myself for those that I missed.Will "revisit" the Astoria Theatre tonight when I have friends over for TFOTRE which I will be seeing for the first time on DVD.
Hope you enjoyed FOTR last night.I think that overall it is the best version that is currently out there and it works OK at viewing distances of 2 screen widths and above.
But in the end definitely another large format movie that will need an HD version to come back to live - all the large crowds and sets just don't shine as they should when constrained to the resolution limited DVD format.
Interesting info about the producer, he was apparently the take the money and run kind of guy
I have just updated my post above with what looks like the final artwork(Amazon UK) plus a few bits of additional info.
Does anyone know of a site that you can order this BD from through Paypal? It is due for release soon and I was looking at ordering a copy but I don't use a credit card. Thank you for any suggestions.
With regards to region codes, I have just viewed Paramount UK Blu-Ray Godfather on my US Sony BDP-S1 without any problems. I will update when the UK Zulu is released with info.
Review of the UK disc: highdefdouches » Zulu (UK) - Review
Judging from the screenshots it unfortunately looks like another Patton job. I hope it looks better in motion.
Looks like this release destroys what little hope I had for a Blu-Ray release that is completely different than the very bad TV version. I guess this will be it with regard to watching an unfiltered version of Zulu with nonfaded colors for the foreseeable future.
I would like to see comparisons to the screen shots on dvdbeaver.
Confirmation that the UK Blu-Ray Zulu works on a US Sony BDP-S1 main feature,yet to test the extras. Audio is Stereo L and R only.
I also received Zulu today and can confirm that the main movie is not region coded. It also has the usual Cinemascope aspect ratio of 2.35 to 1 despite having been shot in Super Technirama 70.
How's it look? Has it been overly processed (i.e. DNR'ed to death)?
The Technirama process was able to provide 35mm prints in 2.35:1 anamorphic scope format and in a 2.2:1 non-amanorphic format for 70mm prints. When they manufactured the 70mm prints a minimal bit of picture was cropped from the sides. When they made 35mm prints they cropped just a sliver of picture from the top and bottom. The camera's viewfinder had crop marks etched into it which took this into account. So as you can see, either aspect ratio is correct.
Some will call it DNR'ed to death other will say it is sharp and colorful and looking very clean for such an old movie
Kidding aside it looks so artificial to me that I could not bring myself to watch it, I think that a person that liked Patton and The Longest Day could be fine with it, those who weren't will be sorely disappointed and in this case a hefty dose of EE has been added to the DNR. I have not yet sampled The Longest Day but I will say that Patton looks more natural to me than Zulu or should I say less fake ?
Another large format disappointment if I had to sum up my feelings on the matter.
Yikes! Thanks for sharing that. I'll pass.
There is a thread over on the other forum, too and I am sure that uncompressed screencaps will pop up sooner or later that will also help you in your decision, so do not only take my word for it. In fact the screencaps that were posted in several places of the TV version already give a pretty good approxiimation of the way the Blu-Ray looks, both probably coming from the same, and I assume already flawed, master.
Glad I kept my 5 buck bin version.
How much did you pay, Oliver?
Thanks for the input.
I think I paid about 18-20$ everything included, hard to say exactly as it was a 3 for 2 deal.
I will do a comparison to the DVD later and I assume that the Blu-Ray will be the preferred version despite its weaknesses, but still I would not advice to buy it due to its shortcomings.