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Universal to release "Army of Darkness: Screwhead Edition" on May 19


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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Jesse Blacklow

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Posted February 13 2009 - 07:29 AM

Blu-ray.com - Army of Darkness Announced for Blu-ray
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#2 of 34 OFFLINE   zackscott5

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Posted February 13 2009 - 08:06 AM

Why couldn't they seamless branch the Director's cut with the theatrical cut? What would be wrong with that? I don't think this is going to be a sale for me.
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#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Edward Schatz

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Posted February 13 2009 - 10:10 AM

No sale if it does not have the director's cut. R3 DVD will work just fine. And what is with Universal's love of BD-25? I have not read anything about BD-50s being hard to come by.
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#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted February 13 2009 - 10:48 AM

Well, it is an 81-minute movie with most of the extras likely standard-definition ports. Considering Uni fit this on an HD-15 before with the main problem being the transfer rather than the compression, how necessary could going over 25GB be?
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#5 of 34 OFFLINE   PerryD

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Posted February 13 2009 - 11:46 AM

Just picked this up for $5 on HD-DVD with the current Amazon sale. It will be interesting to see if the blu-ray is improved in any way.

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Posted February 13 2009 - 11:48 AM

Because they would have to licence the DC from DDLC, which would cost more money. Uni doesn't really want to invest a lot of money in AoD because it bombed theatrically and took a while to recoup their investment on video.
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Posted February 13 2009 - 12:45 PM

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#8 of 34 OFFLINE   Vincent_P

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Posted February 13 2009 - 01:48 PM


Didn't Universal play a high-quality longer cut of ARMY OF DARKNESS on TV? This suggests they have access to the original footage.

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Posted February 13 2009 - 02:59 PM

The information in this release doesn't make sense. The commentary track was recorded for the Director's Cut of the film -- Raimi and Campbell would not do a commentary for the theatrical version. This would suggest the version of the film on this disc is the director's cut, BUT... Why include the "original ending planned for the film" in the release? Unless THAT information is incorrect and referring to the "S-MART" ending? What gives? We need clarification please!

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Posted February 13 2009 - 05:00 PM

Alright, use spoilers if u need to but...I've never seen the directors or heard about the original planned ending. Is it worth buying the directors cut?

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Posted February 13 2009 - 06:15 PM

Well, If they have the original planned ending as a bonus feature...didn't they already pay for the footage??? We need more info on this release or Starz video (distributer of Anchor Bay titles on BluRay) to release the boomstick edition. Without more info...still No sale.
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#12 of 34 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted February 14 2009 - 04:00 AM

It's not a question of "already paying for the footage." The DC is owned by DDLC, in the same way that WB does not own distribution rights on the DC of Natural Born Killers, so that version of the film was released on video by another company. Universal only holds the distribution rights to AoD in North America (I believe it's distributed in Europe by MGM/Fox), and only to the theatrical version. They can licence the deleted scenes for inclusion in a DVD/BD, but once that footage is incorporated into the film, it becomes a different version of the film, and a separate entity as far as copyright is concerned.
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Posted February 14 2009 - 06:48 AM

Stephen, I see your point and all this legal crap is what is killing good versions of films and creating hardship for the audience in general.

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#14 of 34 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted February 14 2009 - 07:02 AM

I may have read elsewhere that Anchor Bay's release rights have now ended for all Evil Dead films including AoD. Any truth to this? (Who is DDLC, btw?)

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Posted February 14 2009 - 07:40 AM


I think it stands for Dino DeLaurentiis Company.

I also don't see how Universal would have to re-license anything. Didn't THEY cut the film for its U.S. release? They would have licensed the original version, then applied the edits themselves, no? Now, if they discarded that cut footage, I'd imagine they might have to pay to use a longer element held by another company, but as far as "rights" go I don't see what the issue is here.

Also, as I pointed out above, Universal's T.V. version of ARMY OF DARKNESS contains much of (if not ALL of) the extra material from the "Director's Cut", and in very high quality. This suggests that they DO have access to that film material in their vaults.

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Posted February 14 2009 - 07:46 AM

Couldnt they have come up with a better name for the thing? Screwhead Edition...jeez! Posted Image
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Posted February 14 2009 - 12:22 PM

It's Dino DeLaurentiis Communications. The thing we all need to remember here is that Uni is merely the distributor; they didn't finance the movie. [rant]While Uni may be showing the longer cut on TV, they may only hold broadcast rights to that version. Rights are parceled up like this all the time, especially in cases invloving independent producers, and I take exception to blaming it on the lawyers. Frankly, in a situation like this, it's the accountants who are the real devils, because they dictate just how much a company like Uni is going to fork out. The lawyers are merely facilitators in a circumstance like this.[/rant]
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Posted February 14 2009 - 01:00 PM

The R3 MGM NTSC 96m looks damn near HD what with the great film grain and details. And I agree with why Universal is using a BD-25. They should be using BD-50's for all feature film releases regardless of the running time. Just max out the bitrate. The only thing which was really good about Anchor Bays Boomstick Edition were the extra features. The film transfer was awful. So I'll wait for the image comparison sites before I cave in. I still don't even own a Blu-ray player yet.

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Posted February 14 2009 - 09:50 PM

Gents, First of all, Home Theater Forum gets all Press Releases and we would have posted this ourselves rather than having someone give credit to another site. Fact of the matter is, Universal pulled this press release hours after posting it. I expect changes to be made to it.

 

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Posted February 15 2009 - 08:04 AM

Cheers for the additional info on this. The site I originally read it on (The Digital Bits) hasn't mentioned that Universal pulled the press release. Here's hoping Universal decide to give us a better package than the one they've dangled briefly in front of us. Or at least a little more clarifying info...




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