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Close Encounters of the Third Kind - November 13th


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#1 of 148 OFFLINE   BrettB

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Posted July 25 2007 - 04:28 PM

Story at USA Today

'77, '80, '98, new Spielberg interview, new storyboards

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#2 of 148 OFFLINE   Jim-J

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Posted July 25 2007 - 05:04 PM

Sweet!

usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2007-07-25-sci-fi-dvd_N.htm
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#3 of 148 OFFLINE   Douglas Monce

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Posted July 25 2007 - 05:08 PM

OOOOHHH I'm on that like hair on a gorilla!!!!

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Posted July 25 2007 - 07:47 PM

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Story at USA Today

'77, '80, '98, new Spielberg interview, new storyboards

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wowwww Posted Image
my spending budget is shrinking already with coming Q4 Posted Image

can;t wait for this PCM or DolbyTrueHD track, that will be amazing Posted Image

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Posted July 25 2007 - 09:08 PM

other info

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/


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#6 of 148 OFFLINE   ReggieW

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Posted July 25 2007 - 09:15 PM

So much for the theory that Speilberg was somehow waiting for greater market penetration for his films.

Universal are you listening?
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Posted July 25 2007 - 09:30 PM

Here's a link in which the article talks about Blade Runner too.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Nov. 13

Details: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition (DVD, $40; Blu-ray Disc, $50). Includes three versions of the film: the 1977 original theatrical cut, the re-edited 1980 theatrical special edition, and Steven Spielberg's director's cut, released in 1998.


Why it's important: It's the first time a Spielberg movie has been issued on high-definition disc, and it's the first home video release of all three versions

What's new: An interview with Spielberg created especially for this release and a retrospective documentary.

Plus: Only on the 50 GB Blu-ray edition are new "storyboard-to-scene" comparisons and the original 1977 "Watch the Skies" featurette. Blu-ray, says David Bishop, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, "will add yet another new and thrilling dimension to this timeless film."


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#8 of 148 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted July 25 2007 - 09:32 PM

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So much for the theory that Speilberg was somehow waiting for greater market penetration for his films.

Universal are you listening?
I don't think Spielberg controls this title which might be a reason why Sony is able to release it on BRD. Remember, this is being released the same day on SD DVD too.

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#9 of 148 OFFLINE   Paul_Scott

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Posted July 25 2007 - 10:19 PM

YESSSS!!!
Great news. I kind of had a feeling that we might be getting this Spielberg film earlier than any of the others. Doesn't seem like he has much involvment with Sony, so they don't have to walk on eggshells as far as the two properties they hold of his are concerned.
Even better news- all three cuts of the film. First time since the Criterion LD we'll be seeing that- 'cept no four disc changes this time.

I was thinking we might have been in line to get Jaws this year after all- until I read of Spielbergs dissatisfaction with Paramount over how they have been handling the Dreamworks films. Prior to that I would have thought- hey, he bolted so the studio probably feels no compunction about using properties they own outright as they see fit- but now I'm thinking, SS might be regreting splitting from Universal, They suspect as much, and if they play their cards right, they maybe can woo Dreamworks back when the contract is up for renewal next year. Not sure if Universal wants them back, but I'm guessing after Dreamgirls and Transformers, it wouldn't look like a bad idea.
So even though they own Jaws (and some others) outright, and may have been planning on kicking them out sooner than expected- that could all be on hold now.

just musing though.

still- sweet news about CE3K. $50 msrp = $35 from Amazon, and maybe $28 if DD has another sale at that time. I can hang with those prices on this one.

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Posted July 25 2007 - 11:08 PM

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Posted July 25 2007 - 11:33 PM

Holy crap all 3 versions! NOW were talkin! Great news! Posted Image

Now why is it again that Universal can't release Jaws now? I think it has more to do with Universal being unwilling rather than a Spielberg dictate.



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Posted July 25 2007 - 11:46 PM

I'm smiling a country mile right now. First the Kubricks and now Close Encounters? Awesome!

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Posted July 26 2007 - 12:26 AM

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YESSSS!!!
Great news. I kind of had a feeling that we might be getting this Spielberg film earlier than any of the others. Doesn't seem like he has much involvment with Sony, so they don't have to walk on eggshells as far as the two properties they hold of his are concerned.
Even better news- all three cuts of the film. First time since the Criterion LD we'll be seeing that- 'cept no four disc changes this time.

I was thinking we might have been in line to get Jaws this year after all- until I read of Spielbergs dissatisfaction with Paramount over how they have been handling the Dreamworks films. Prior to that I would have thought- hey, he bolted so the studio probably feels no compunction about using properties they own outright as they see fit- but now I'm thinking, SS might be regreting splitting from Universal, They suspect as much, and if they play their cards right, they maybe can woo Dreamworks back when the contract is up for renewal next year. Not sure if Universal wants them back, but I'm guessing after Dreamgirls and Transformers, it wouldn't look like a bad idea.
So even though they own Jaws (and some others) outright, and may have been planning on kicking them out sooner than expected- that could all be on hold now.

just musing though.

still- sweet news about CE3K. $50 msrp = $35 from Amazon, and maybe $28 if DD has another sale at that time. I can hang with those prices on this one.

I believe that Paramount bought Dreamsworks outright. Universal might get Spielberg and Amblin back, but not Dreamworks.

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Posted July 26 2007 - 12:49 AM

Doug, I'll try to track down the article, but it sounded like Spielberg had an escape clause written in for Dreamworks as well as himself.

Here it is
http://www.businessw.....ex _top story

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Could Paramount Pictures (VIA) lose Steven Spielberg and the DreamWorks (DWA) studio it bought just 20 months ago for $1.53 billion? It's entirely possible. People close to Spielberg say he is vexed that Paramount has treated his team shabbily and grabbed credit for DreamWorks productions. If Spielberg were to leave, says a person familiar with the situation, he could take several of his hitmakers and the DreamWorks name with him.

...What's more, Spielberg could set up an entirely new company called, yes, DreamWorks. That's because DreamWorks Animation, which was spun out of the main DreamWorks studio, controls the name. (Paramount distributes Shrek and other animated films produced by DreamWorks Animation but doesn't own them.)


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Posted July 26 2007 - 12:58 AM

Holy crap! I'm having trouble keeping up with all these BD releases, and Fox/MGM haven't even announced anything yet. Posted Image

Anyway, a must buy for me, especially since it includes all three versions!
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Posted July 26 2007 - 01:02 AM

With announcements like these, who needs Fox?

Hanukkah is getting happier by the minute.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then.


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Posted July 26 2007 - 01:22 AM

Wow.

I guess I really have to buckle down and get that HDTV soon, don't I? GREAT NEWS!

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Posted July 26 2007 - 01:32 AM

A few points here:

As far as the movie goes, I used to own a 35mm print of this. It was such a wonderful experience seeing this in a real theater with some friends back in the laserdisc days when you could watch a high quality version with no flipping Posted Image. Sadly, it was a mono print. It's long gone, I no longer collect film (what's the point?) but this is one of my favorite films. Having all three versions on this is a great selling point. Maybe now I can get rid of that ancient Criterion CAV!

As far as BR goes, I was completely format neutral since last year. REAL neutral, not this "internet neutral" where they bash one side and claim neutrality. However, in the last few weeks I've seen a MASSIVE push towards Blu-Ray. A killer app like this almost seals the deal on HD-DVD's fate. Unless some killer app comes out on HD-DVD (like Back to the Future, but it's Amblin), I can't see HD-DVD catching up now. I hate to say it but as much as I'm trying, my feeling is that by the end of this year, HD-DVD is going to get crushed.

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Posted July 26 2007 - 02:21 AM

Oh sweetness. Dah Duh Dah Duh Daaaaaaaa in PCM Posted Image

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Posted July 26 2007 - 02:31 AM

Is this officially announced? I note the David Bishop quote in the article but I wonder if that's just because it's written by industry insider and HMR publisher and editorial director Thomas K. Arnold.

Thanks much for that BusinessWeek link, Paul Scott.


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