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#1 of 38 Jim_K

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Posted July 28 2008 - 11:14 PM

Dr Strangelove Dec 9
Taxi Driver Feb 3

According to releaselists which is pretty accurate most of the time with scoops.

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#2 of 38 Marc Colella

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Posted July 29 2008 - 01:01 AM

I'm on board with Taxi Driver.

#3 of 38 JonZ

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Posted July 29 2008 - 01:11 AM

Dr Strangelove has been playing on HDNet and looks pretty good.

#4 of 38 Joseph J.D

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Posted July 29 2008 - 01:13 AM

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I'm on board with Taxi Driver.

Seconded......I've been waiting for this title. Posted Image
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#5 of 38 Paul Arnette

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Posted July 29 2008 - 03:52 AM

Count me in for both. Considering that these are coming from Sony, I'm reasonably confident that they'll do right by them.
Universal Blu-ray Discs I will not be buying while they're offered only as Blu-ray + DVD 'flipper' discs:

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, Out of Africa, and Traffic.

#6 of 38 MatthewA

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Posted July 29 2008 - 06:19 AM

Now that's more like it. I would have given my precious bodily fluids willingly to get better titles than 10-year-old chick flicks.

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 will not support anything your company produces until then.


#7 of 38 Craig S

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Posted July 29 2008 - 08:08 AM

Well, you guys can thank me for Taxi Driver, because I finally caved and picked up the new SD SE last month... Posted Image

Oh well, I'm in for both. I'm way beyond double-dipping when it comes to Kubrick & Scorsese.

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#8 of 38 Brandon Conway

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Posted July 29 2008 - 08:16 AM

Both will be mine.

Sony really has put their money where there mouth is with Blu-ray releases. A big Posted Image from me.

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#9 of 38 Ed St. Clair

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Posted July 29 2008 - 12:15 PM

"New" transfers?
Thanks.
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#10 of 38 Brandon Conway

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Posted July 29 2008 - 03:37 PM

These should be fine if using the remasters used for the most recent DVD release of each.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#11 of 38 Jesse Blacklow

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Posted July 29 2008 - 05:11 PM

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"New" transfers?
Thanks.
Dunno if you're being sarcastic here, but Sony has been superlative with their new transfers with the exception of a very few 2006 releases. Unlike other studios, they've been extremely dedicated to the source with everything from "20 Million Miles to Earth" to "Casino Royale" and beyond. Along with Disney, they're top-tier PQ all the way.

If you've noticed all the talk about DNR and EE on classic titles, you'll see little to no mention of Sony as an antagonist.
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#12 of 38 Jari K

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Posted July 30 2008 - 01:55 AM

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..but Sony has been superlative with their new transfers with the exception of a very few 2006 releases. Unlike other studios, they've been extremely dedicated to the source with everything from "20 Million Miles to Earth" to "Casino Royale" and beyond.

All true. And they´ve some good "Euro-titles" also in Blu-ray (latest is "The Counterfeiters"), which is great. It´s not all about "Transformers" and "Jamesbonds". Posted Image I guess the name "Sony" is the main reason why certain group of people kinda "forget" their high quality (all studios have mediocre titles, though).

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Posted July 30 2008 - 02:34 AM

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If you've noticed all the talk about DNR and EE on classic titles, you'll see little to no mention of Sony as an antagonist.
That means two things to me:

Sony deserves kudos for that.

It makes the DNR and EE laid on by other studios that much more inexcusable.

#14 of 38 Jonathon M

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Posted July 30 2008 - 07:06 AM

Probably not going to bother with Dr. Strangelove for the moment, but count me in on Taxi Driver. Sure, it'd be the third purchase on DVD/BD, but I have two copies of the LD as well (goddamn player doesn't like the commentary track for some reason - on both discs! separate artwork, probably pressings, but no joy... random rant over).

#15 of 38 Ed St. Clair

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Posted July 30 2008 - 12:55 PM

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Dunno if you're being sarcastic here, but Sony has been superlative with their new transfers with the exception of a very few 2006 releases. Unlike other studios, they've been extremely dedicated to the source with everything from "20 Million Miles to Earth" to "Casino Royale" and beyond. Along with Disney, they're top-tier PQ all the way.

If you've noticed all the talk about DNR and EE on classic titles, you'll see little to no mention of Sony as an antagonist.
I'm not asking what has been done in the past too other titles.
I'm asking have either of these two proposed titles been remaster for HD release?
Or, are they just going too used transfers that were used for the last SD DVD's?
Thanks.
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#16 of 38 Brandon Conway

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Posted July 30 2008 - 03:32 PM

They remastered them in HD for the previous SD releases, so it'll likely be the same source.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#17 of 38 Jari K

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Posted July 30 2008 - 08:04 PM

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I'm asking have either of these two proposed titles been remaster for HD release?
Or, are they just going too used transfers that were used for the last SD DVD's?

Well, usually studios have one "remastered" source (2K, 4K, something like that I guess - I´m no expert). From that one source:

*576 PAL SD DVD
*480 NTSC SD DVD
*1080p HD

I believe both titles were "remastered" for the new DVD-releases, so I assume that HD-releases are using the same "master".

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Posted August 07 2008 - 11:22 AM

A poster on dvdtalk mention this, re: the 2-disc Special Edition that was released a few years ago:

1. @38:09 - In the scene where the Russian ambassador is caught with the camera in the war room: after the line "That's a damn lie. I saw him with my own eyes." In the next line: "Mister >>[Amb...leman]<< this is outrageous. I have never heard of such behavior in the war room before!" there is an odd audio edit that sounds like the word "ambassador" has been replaced with part of the word "gentlemen."

2. @39:52 - There is a film source "skip" where some frames appear to repeat when Peter Sellars is seated on the couch folding the foil gum wrapper.

I never noticed either of these before but sure enough, those slight glitches exist. I have faith that Sony will do right by this title. Maybe we'll even get some new extras. I'd LOVE to hear a commentary on this one. (Your mileage may vary. Posted Image)

#19 of 38 Derek Faber

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Posted August 07 2008 - 04:00 PM

I just don't get Taxi Driver. Is it good? Maybe but the narrative is so, jumpy, for me. De Niro is bored so he dates a woman, turns her off, so he follows her around while trying to save a young prostitute, but then decides he wants to be a sociopath instead. Huh? Hmmm, I like Scorsese more than I did when I was young but Taxi Driver just doesn't do it for me.

Dr. Strangelove, in my top ten, so hell yes, I will get. Next to my 2001.

#20 of 38 Jeff McMillan

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Posted August 07 2008 - 06:01 PM

Instant purchase on both for me. And this is someone that doesn't buy very many Blu-Rays.


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