Posted January 04 2007 - 02:32 PM
Quick addendum Tim…
I found a little extra bit of info buried within Retromedia's forum area.
According to owner Fred Olen Ray:
| The MABUSE films are all ver nice and sharp. Also included is one of those repro's of the original German program books that we've done in the past. |
He also had a couple of quotes regarding another upcoming DVD release I'm very interested in:
| The KOMMISSAR X films are all full frame unfortunately, as they were not released theatrically here... one was and we have a 35mm element on that, but it's just tooo damged to restore. |
… and …
| Frankly, I was against putting these out from the start as they were from US film elements, which means full-frame editions... but I couldn't find any source for them here and figured what the hell, maybe someone would want to see them... so we put three of them together in one package. |
I'd love to see them in a pristine edition, but I can't hold my breath quite that long.... they are new transfers, but from US film prints.
As Fred himself says, I doubt we'll ever see these in a pristine edition, then again, I ever expect to see them released in any form. These three KOMMISSAR X films are basically spin-offs of the 007 franchise, and from what I recall, they were a lot of fun… (Then again, it's been at least 20 years since I've seen them, so who knows).
Someone else on the forum who's from Sweden has a bunch of old Swedish ex-rentals of the KOMMISSAR X films from the very early 80s; he recalls that all his tapes are English-dubbed and widescreen.
If the films are still as fun as I remember, I'll happily take a Retromedia edition, so long as the transfers on these are at least in "very watchable" condition. I doubt these will ever see a release through anyone else.