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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   WadeM


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Posted February 29 2008 - 12:24 PM

I knew it was only a matter of time..... a number of titles are in the works for blu-ray according to the company's website.

Blue Underground - Blu-ray Releases Coming Soon

#2 of 25 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted February 29 2008 - 12:53 PM

Blue Underground sells more obscure titles than Criterion and in lesser quantities, yet they're releasing on BD. So what the hell is taking Criterion?

#3 of 25 OFFLINE   Jeff_HR



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Posted February 29 2008 - 12:57 PM

What is taking them so long....I guess perhaps they're stubborn?!? Posted Image
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#4 of 25 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted February 29 2008 - 01:23 PM

Didn't Criterion recently say they were at the cusp of entering the HDM market?

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Posted February 29 2008 - 02:02 PM

Now this is GREAT! Could i even hope to get The Final Countdown on Blu?

#6 of 25 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted February 29 2008 - 02:19 PM

Well someone from Criterion unofficially said that when BD has reached a certain level of market saturation that they would jump aboard. Odd that Blue Underground would beat them to it considering it's a much bigger gamble for them.

#7 of 25 OFFLINE   Zack Gibbs

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Posted February 29 2008 - 02:24 PM

They have "name" synergy.
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#8 of 25 OFFLINE   Paul Arnette

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Posted February 29 2008 - 03:54 PM

It would be awesome to see some Hammer films come to Blu-ray Disc, but it probably isn't wise to get my hopes up.
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#9 of 25 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted February 29 2008 - 06:35 PM

All due respect, but this thread is not about Criterion. So don´t hijact it, please.


Great news! BU is (was) one of the best companies when it comes to Euro cult/horror/exploitation/etc, so bring it on. Posted Image Only thing is, that I have zillion of their SD DVD-titles, so this means double-dipping.

#10 of 25 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted February 29 2008 - 06:38 PM

Indeed. I now realized that BU owns several Hammer-titles (from "Anchor Bay" catalog). Then they´ve most of the Argento-films, Romero, etc.

#11 of 25 OFFLINE   Jim_K


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Posted March 01 2008 - 12:26 AM

Fuck Criterion. They're a bunch of pussies. Posted Image

As for BU, very cool. Their Hammer titles, Spaghetti Westerns and the Dario Argento titles are must haves for me.

I'd be surprised if Suspiria isn't one of the first titles on Blu.
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#12 of 25 OFFLINE   MattFini


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Posted March 01 2008 - 03:05 AM

I can't think of many BU titles that WOULDN'T be a must own for me in Blu-Ray. Any Argento, Hammer, giallo, Castelinni ... my list goes on. And I have to say, I would go nuts if The Prowler was one of their first releases! At any rate, this is absolutely stellar news ... bring it on BU!
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#13 of 25 OFFLINE   EricKA


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Posted March 01 2008 - 03:38 AM

Great!!!!!Posted Image

I'll take FINAL COUNTDOWN on BLU!!!!Posted Image

#14 of 25 OFFLINE   Jari K

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Posted March 01 2008 - 08:22 AM

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Well, seriously, I love Criterion (take some time, and they´ll also release some Blu-ray-titles), but even those guys will be envious as hell if "Suspiria" will be released on 1080p.. Posted Image

But hey, did Weinstein co. acquired also "Suspiria" (along with "El Cid", "Madadayo" and some other titles) quite recently? Am I mistaken?

#15 of 25 OFFLINE   Gary Murrell

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Posted March 01 2008 - 09:52 AM

sketti westerns!!! hell yeah!! -Gary

#16 of 25 OFFLINE   TravisR


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Posted March 01 2008 - 10:51 AM

As far as I know, the Weinstein Company does own Suspiria now. I assume that other Argento titles that Blue Underground had like The Bird With The Crystal Plummage, The Cat O' Nine Tails, Deep Red, etc. are still theirs though.

#17 of 25 OFFLINE   Jeff McMillan

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Posted March 01 2008 - 11:26 AM

Oh great...does that mean that they'll sit it on it for a few years, and then re-release an edited version?

#18 of 25 OFFLINE   Brian Sheffield

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Posted March 01 2008 - 11:46 AM

Considering the poor returns on the movies the Weinstein company has released, they'll probably be out of business soon.

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Then someone else who will actually release films can buy them.

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Posted March 01 2008 - 06:38 PM

1408 and HALLOWEEN both did quite well at the box office for the Weinstein Company this past year, and CLERKS II did pretty darn well the previous year, especially given its budget ($5-million and it grossed around $25-million theatrically in the U.S. alone).


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Posted March 01 2008 - 07:26 PM

"Q", "The Black Cat", "House by the Cemetary" and "Final Countdown" I would buy immediatly and many others shortly after. Oh yeah, throw Argento's "Opera" as a first buy as well.
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