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The Apartment on Blu?


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted July 21 2009 - 07:34 AM

I just watched a program from MGMHD called "From the Vaults" or something like that.  I saw in my guide that it was about The Apartment and since it was from the vaults, I assumed it would be some promo piece produced at the time the film was originally released.  No, it was a recently produced talking heads doc in HD.  It was a fairly interesting piece too.  It looked like something that would be included as an extra on a DVD or BD.

Of course what really got my attention were the clips of the movie in HD.  The film was looking good to my eyes.  So now I'm thinking they've got an HD transfer, can a BD be on the horizon?  Yeah, I know, don't hold your breath.  I'd sure like to see this film on BD.

If it does come to BD, this film absolutely deserves 1st class treatment.  In addition to the best in video and audio quality, the extra that would most interest me is a first rate commentary by a film historian.  A commentary that is researched and almost scripted, because of the prep for it.  Some of the best commentaries I've heard are on the Universal monster DVDs.

One of the things the doc did was place the film in it's contemporary perspective.  I was reminded of how daring it was in it's subject matter.

Anyway, bring on The Apartment, please.

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Posted July 21 2009 - 11:21 AM

I'm certainly no authority but I'd assume that the transfer for the DVD (from about 2 years ago) came from an HD transfer.

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Posted July 21 2009 - 12:18 PM

 Hear Hear, Johnny!

I absolutely love this film- and even though I double dipped last year for the SE, I would buy a Bd in a heart beat. 
The SE was a good improvement over the original vanilla  release, even if it does seem a little too dark. As Travis says, I'm sure the new master that was created for the SE was also intended for a HD release at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later)

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted July 21 2009 - 03:06 PM



Originally Posted by Paul_Scott 
 I absolutely love this film- and even though I double dipped last year for the SE, I would buy a Bd in a heart beat.
Just watching that half hour program really got my juices flowing to get the film on BD.  Good b&w really looks  terrific in HD.

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Posted July 21 2009 - 09:31 PM

 ...and it's a scope film. For someone in my position, with a front projector using a constant height set up, the resolution boost from HD is much appreciated and noticed.

I never watched the features on the new SE- I wonder if what you saw was the same feature on the disc, just broadcast in HD- or an entirely new production. If it's the later that could be a very good sign.

#6 of 10 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted July 22 2009 - 02:06 AM



Originally Posted by Paul_Scott 

I never watched the features on the new SE- I wonder if what you saw was the same feature on the disc, just broadcast in HD- or an entirely new production. If it's the later that could be a very good sign.
It wouldn't be the first time that a broadcast feature became a disc "extra" or vice versa.  It was certainly good enough that I'd like to see it on the upcoming BD....fingers crossed.

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#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Bruce Morrison

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Posted July 25 2009 - 06:39 AM

2010 will mark the 50th anniversary of The Apartment, so it would make sense for MGM to release it on Blu then.
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#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Frank Ha

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Posted July 26 2009 - 02:25 AM

Careful, now.  You guys are getting my hopes up. :) 

I know it's a little off topic, But speaking of 50th anniversary, why wouldn't MGM release Some Like It Hot this year? Has anybody heard anything about it?
 

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Posted July 26 2009 - 09:36 AM



Originally Posted by Frank Ha 

I know it's a little off topic, But speaking of 50th anniversary, why wouldn't MGM release Some Like It Hot this year? Has anybody heard anything about it?
 
They are releasing a repackaged, barebones standard DVD at budget pricing with "50th Anniversary" branding.  I can't see any plans beyond that.


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Posted July 27 2009 - 01:36 AM

What a shame.
 

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