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USHE Announcement: Traffic (Blu-ray Combo)


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#1 of 11 Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 03 2010 - 11:42 PM

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Traffic (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Disc)


Headline Date:  TBA
Release Date:  4/27/2010





TRAFFIC
Product Source: Theatrical
Theatrical Studio: USA
Theatrical Release: 12/27/2000

 

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#2 of 11 Jeff Cooper

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Posted February 04 2010 - 03:31 AM

Wow.  At least those glaring yellow bands on the cover-art will provide easy, significant warning to stay away from the combo disks!

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#3 of 11 Jeff Ulmer

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Posted February 04 2010 - 10:07 AM



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Wow.  At least those glaring yellow bands on the cover-art will provide easy, significant warning to stay away from the combo disks!
Yes. As if the combo thing weren't bad enough, now they're ruining the cover art as well!


#4 of 11 Yumbo

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Posted February 04 2010 - 10:40 AM

 2 disc combo, or single or hybrid, or nothing (no flippers).

#5 of 11 Vincent_P

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Posted February 05 2010 - 03:55 AM

Universal's HD-DVD of this was a standard-definition upconvert.  Hopefully they got their hands on an actual HD master for this Blu-ray.

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#6 of 11 Brian Borst

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Posted February 05 2010 - 05:49 AM

I don't care if it's a flipper or not, but the big yellow band and the big blue one at the bottom look hideous to me.

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#7 of 11 cafink

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Posted February 05 2010 - 06:04 AM

I estimate there to be approximately a zero percent chance of the final retail product having that hideous yellow banner.

 

 


#8 of 11 Brian Borst

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Posted February 07 2010 - 07:41 AM



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I estimate there to be approximately a zero percent chance of the final retail product having that hideous yellow banner.
Yeah, but the hideous blue banner on the bottom is on the covers too (although they may not be blue all the time), so I think the chance is bigger than zero percent. Although it might end up smaller.

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#9 of 11 ManW_TheUncool

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Posted February 10 2010 - 05:56 PM

This is probably one of those titles that I won't mind just sticking w/ my old DVD, especially if it comes on that flipper format.

Maybe if I see it in some bargain bin deal (for under $10) at some point, I might consider picking it up...

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#10 of 11 CynthiaF200

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Posted February 16 2010 - 07:50 AM

Why didn't Criterion get their hands on releasing this to Blu-ray? Guess I'll make a custom disc label for this if I ever buy it.


#11 of 11 Brandon Conway

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Posted February 16 2010 - 10:23 AM



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Why didn't Criterion get their hands on releasing this to Blu-ray? Guess I'll make a custom disc label for this if I ever buy it.
Simple: Universal decided that it would be more profitable to release it themselves than to license Blu-ray rights to Criterion. They already did this for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Do the Right Thing.

Other titles licensed to Criterion from Universal (and still in print) are:

51 - Brazil
57 - Charade
70 - The Last Temptation of Christ
95 - All That Heaven Allows
96 - Written on the Wind
103 - The Lady Eve
105 - Spartacus
109 - The Scarlet Empress
114 - My Man Godfrey
118 - Sullivan's Travels
170 - Trouble In Paradise
176 - The Killers
248 - Videodrome
336 - Dazed and Confused
381 - La Haine
414 - Two-Lane Blacktop
423 - Walker
428 - Blast of Silence
436 - Before the Rain
449 - Missing
457 - Magnificent Obsession
485 - The Last Days of Disco
489 - Monsoon Wedding
505 - Make Way for Tomorrow
514 - Ride with the Devil

Monsoon Wedding is already out on Blu, while Ride with the Devil is coming out shortly. If I was a betting man, I'd put money on Universal keeping Spartacus and Dazed and Confused for themselves, as they released those two on HD-DVD. All others probably get licensed to Criterion for Blu release if Criterion wants to make that choice. I'd expect Brazil to be their highest priority.



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