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"The Graduate" 40th Anniversary CE - 9/11

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#1 of 23 OFFLINE   Jay E

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Posted June 08 2007 - 12:12 AM

DVD Empire has "The Graduate" 40th Anniversary CE up for pre-order for 9/11. Retail price is $24.98. Here are the specs: Features: Commentary by Actors Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross Commentary by Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh Screen Tests with Video Introductions Coming of Age: The Making of The Graduate Would You Like Me to Seduce You?: The Seduction Scene Revisted One on One with Dustin Hoffman Behind the Scenes Documentary Original Theatrical Trailer Simon and Garfunkel CD Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

#2 of 23 OFFLINE   Radioman970



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Posted June 08 2007 - 01:01 AM

That sounds like a really nice set. Although I paid 5 bucks for the other version and I'm quite happy with it. It's not a flick I pick up to watch more than once or twice every few years.
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#3 of 23 OFFLINE   PaulP



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Posted June 08 2007 - 01:37 AM


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#4 of 23 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted June 08 2007 - 02:52 AM

Well, that's a must-have. Soderbergh gives great commentary.

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Posted June 08 2007 - 03:42 AM

keep forgetting to buy this. now it's a must
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#6 of 23 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted June 08 2007 - 04:51 AM

Thats very odd that they've announced it as being in mono (then again it is Fox...). All releases of The Graduate have been in stereo IIRC.

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Posted June 08 2007 - 06:24 AM

There are TWO stereo tracks listed in the specs.
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#8 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted June 08 2007 - 06:55 AM

The big question is whether this release will finally have a new anamorphic transfer. Without that feature, I will not be buying this.

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Posted June 08 2007 - 07:02 AM

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#10 of 23 OFFLINE   PaulP



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Posted June 08 2007 - 07:03 AM

Of course. This is not just a simple repackaging.

#11 of 23 OFFLINE   Rich Malloy

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Posted June 08 2007 - 07:14 AM

The very first R1 DVD release included both mono and stereo. The mono was dropped after that in each of the reissues. Also, the anamorphic R2-PAL release only has the stereo track. I'm not Blu-Ray or HD-DVD capable yet, but isn't there a hi-def release of "The Graduate" that's out or coming out?
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#12 of 23 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted June 08 2007 - 07:21 PM

One would think that it is getting prepared by MGM/Fox, but with their concerns over security they've been holding off on catalog releases on Blu-ray until BD+ is enabled. Of course, they've also been putting no bonus content on 99% of their releases, so maybe the catalog title delays will help them with that problem, too. In any case, the film is too much of a moneymaker for them to ignore on BD forever.

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#13 of 23 OFFLINE   bobbd



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Posted June 09 2007 - 04:03 AM

Funny you should ask. Studio Canal just put out a French R2 HD-DVD release a week or two ago. It should be playable in any HD-DVD player right now. It has an English audio track (that sounds a bit high-pitched I believe), and the picture is stunning. I can't post a URL yet, but you can get it in the US from xploited cinema dot com.

#14 of 23 OFFLINE   Mark_Wilson



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Posted June 09 2007 - 12:17 PM

I have The Graduate HD-DVD and don't think it has the pitch problem of the earlier releases.

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Posted June 09 2007 - 06:42 PM

You know what's funny? The Graduate is a title I always assumed would get a "collector's edition" or "deluxe edition", but I ended up picking up the current bare-bones edition at FYE for $9 less than a month ago. -_- Oh well. The Graduate is a title I'd gladly double-dip for.

#16 of 23 OFFLINE   Joe Karlosi

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Posted June 10 2007 - 01:54 AM

I guess I'll be upgrading this one. I have the Polygram "Special Edition" of 1998 which features a Dustin Hoffman interview, but this new release sounds more definitive.

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Posted June 14 2007 - 09:11 AM

glad i never bought this film. it's about time. hope a 30th anniversary SE of annie hall is also released.
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#18 of 23 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted June 15 2007 - 04:02 AM

I wouldn't count on an SE of Annie Hall. Has there ever been an SE of a Woody Allen film? Heck, have there ever been any *extra features* on a Woody Allen film?

Psyched for the new Graduate though. I haven't gotten around to buying it yet.
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#19 of 23 OFFLINE   Vincent Fok

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Posted June 16 2007 - 01:51 PM

OMG. Special Feature wise, this is MUCH better than I expect for a DVD SE. The Hoffman-Ross commentary, if that sticks till release date, is a fan's dream coming true (third-best thing until we get a genuine Part 2). Too bad they couldn't get a commentary done earlier so Bancroft can be included too before she's sadly departed. I also hope they include all the screen tests (plus more if possible) on the Criterion CAV LD, so it saves me the trouble of making my own DVD - although I still need to somehow make one just to have the Howard Suber commentary on the LD handy. If it comes out on BD later on, I'll dip again. Until then, the Purchase of the Year this is.

#20 of 23 OFFLINE   Larry Geller

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Posted June 17 2007 - 07:29 AM

The most intelligent & informative commentary EVER! Too bad it's now lost to LD-land.
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