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#1 of 69 Michael Allred

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Posted March 14 2009 - 04:11 PM

Ok so "The Thing," "Halloween" and the SE of "Assault on Precinct 13" are the only John Carpenter films currently on Blu-Ray correct?

Who here owns them and what do you think of the picture quality? Significant upgrade?

"Ghosts of Mars" comes out March 31st, by the way.

Any rumors about the rest of his work?

Universal has: They Live, Prince of Darkness and Village of the Damned

Sony has: Starman, Christine and Vampires

Warner Brothers has: Memoirs of an Invisible Man and the TV movie "Someone's Watching Me"

VCI has: Dark Star

MGM has: Escape from New York and The Fog

Paramount has: Escape from L.A.

Elvis: The Movie? Still don't know who owns that, waiting on Dick Clark Productions to finally work something out.

FOX has: Big Trouble in Little China

Who owns his 'Masters of Horror' films "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life"? Starz?

What else am I missing here? Anyway that's a lot of Carpenter not in HD yet!

#2 of 69 Michael Allred

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Posted March 14 2009 - 04:44 PM

Oh forgot, New Line has "In the Mouth of Madness" but didn't Warner officially close them out (New Line I mean) so i guess that's a WB title now. Still not on Blu-Ray.

#3 of 69 Eric F

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Posted March 14 2009 - 04:57 PM

Think "They Live" will ever see the light of day again? The most "anti-establishment", "anti-commercialism", "anti-everything" movie ever to come out of Hollywood. I'd love to see someone to give it the treatment it deserves (I know plenty of people involved with "The Industry" would like to bury this movie deep in a hole and burn it).

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#4 of 69 Michael Allred

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Posted March 14 2009 - 06:15 PM

Eric, heck I'd be happy if they just had that commentary with Carpenter & Piper included.

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Posted March 14 2009 - 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Michael Allred
Ok so "The Thing," "Halloween" and the SE of "Assault on Precinct 13" are the only John Carpenter films currently on Blu-Ray correct?

Who here owns them and what do you think of the picture quality? Significant upgrade?

All three have excellent picture quality and are significant upgrades to the SD releases.
The Fog and Escape From New York have been released on BD in Europe (UK, Germany, France, Netherlands etc all using the same Studio Canal masters).
The BDs are region free but while they're better than the SD versions, the picture quality on these releases is not as good as it could be so I would wait on MGM for those.

#6 of 69 Jeff McMillan

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Posted March 14 2009 - 08:32 PM

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Think "They Live" will ever see the light of day again? The most "anti-establishment", "anti-commercialism", "anti-everything" movie ever to come out of Hollywood. I'd love to see someone to give it the treatment it deserves (I know plenty of people involved with "The Industry" would like to bury this movie deep in a hole and burn it).


Considering at least half of JC's movies have been remade or are in the process of being remade, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there's a remake for this under development.

#7 of 69 Michael Allred

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Posted March 14 2009 - 09:48 PM

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Considering at least half of JC's movies have been remade or are in the process of being remade, it shouldn't come as a surprise that there's a remake for this under development.

Which only bodes well for a SE release......

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Posted March 15 2009 - 02:04 AM

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Who owns his 'Masters of Horror' films "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life"? Starz?
I don't have it but Cigarette Burns must be in one of the 4 volumes of Masters Of Horror: S1 Blu-rays.

#9 of 69 Mr. Pacino

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Posted March 15 2009 - 03:01 AM

Recently Fox Germany has announced that they will release "Big Trouble in Little China" on Blu-ray in Summer.
So maybe you US-folks will get a Code A Blu-ray as well.........

#10 of 69 MattFini

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Posted March 15 2009 - 03:19 AM

I want all of JC's stuff on Blu, and I want it NOW.

You guys neglected to mention Vampires, which is also a Sony title. I really wish they were releasing that instead of Ghosts of Mars, but oh well...
Universal, please release Streets of Fire on Blu-ray.

#11 of 69 Jesse Blacklow

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Posted March 15 2009 - 03:54 AM

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MGM has: Escape from New York and The Fog
These were released on BR in the UK, but IIRC were later proven to be upconverts.
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Who owns his 'Masters of Horror' films "Cigarette Burns" and "Pro-Life"? Starz?
"Cigarette Burns" is on the MOH Volume 1 Blu-ray from Season 1. "Pro-Life" is part of Season 2, which hasn't been released on Blu-ray yet.
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#12 of 69 Paul Arnette

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Posted March 15 2009 - 05:04 AM

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Ok so "The Thing," "Halloween" and the SE of "Assault on Precinct 13" are the only John Carpenter films currently on Blu-Ray correct?

The Fog and Escape from New York are available on Blu-ray Disc as region free UK releases. Both leave a lot to be desired however (DNR and upconvert respectively).

They Live was scheduled to be released by Optimum Home Entertainment as well, but it was canceled when it was discovered it shared the same issues as Escape from New York.
Universal Blu-ray Discs I will not be buying while they're offered only as Blu-ray + DVD 'flipper' discs:

The Jackal
, Out of Africa, and Traffic.

#13 of 69 Geoff_D

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Posted March 15 2009 - 06:45 AM

I watched The Fog again last night and was surprised by how acceptable it looks. It's not great, but it's still streets ahead of the R1 SE DVD and it puts the low-rent EFNY Blu-ray to shame.

They Live will no doubt be with us at some point, but after the cancellation of the European Blu-ray version I've got some hope that Studio Canal have been busy creating an actual high-def version...

#14 of 69 Derek M Germano

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Posted March 15 2009 - 10:20 AM

Put me down for the entire John Carpenter catalog.
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#15 of 69 Gordon McMurphy

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Posted March 16 2009 - 05:37 AM

VCI are finally going to release a SE of Dark Star later this year:

IMDb :: Boards :: Dark Star (1974) :: Calling all Dark Star fans!!!

I spotted this last night after watching the UK DVD via online rental.

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Posted March 16 2009 - 05:55 AM

That's awesome news. More Carpenter please!

#17 of 69 Michael Allred

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Posted March 17 2009 - 06:05 AM

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VCI are finally going to release a SE of Dark Star later this year:

IMDb :: Boards :: Dark Star (1974) :: Calling all Dark Star fans!!!

I spotted this last night after watching the UK DVD via online rental.

Interesting but an odd way to announce the release....

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Posted March 19 2009 - 03:38 AM

While I feel that JC's talent has waned over the years give me everything up to They Live on BD.

I have Halloween on BD and IMO it's excellent even though they seemed to have used the DIVIMAX master which of course isn't the Dean Cundy approved version.

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Posted March 20 2009 - 03:36 PM

Escape From LA needs an anamorphic release. Posted Image

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Posted March 21 2009 - 03:09 AM

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Escape From LA needs an anamorphic release. Posted Image

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Universal, please release Streets of Fire on Blu-ray.


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