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#1 of 34 Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 31 2010 - 01:34 AM

Rather surprised to see this title surface on Blu-ray

with little fanfare.  We received no press announcement.


It is available from Legend Films, who released a

restored DVD a few years back.


Not a bad gamble for $12.95 on Blu-ray.


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#2 of 34 ahollis

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Posted July 31 2010 - 02:56 AM

Is it colorized? That would be intersting, but a non buy here.


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#3 of 34 jim_falconer

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Posted July 31 2010 - 03:03 AM



Originally Posted by ahollis 

Is it colorized? That would be intersting, but a non buy here.



Actually, I have to disagree.  This is a film that really should have been shot in color, not B&W.  I do agree most films should not be colorized (still can not believe they colorized "It's A Wonderful Life"), but this is one of the few that I prefer this way.



#4 of 34 ahollis

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Posted July 31 2010 - 03:53 AM




Originally Posted by jim_falconer 





Actually, I have to disagree.  This is a film that really should have been shot in color, not B&W.  I do agree most films should not be colorized (still can not believe they colorized "It's A Wonderful Life"), but this is one of the few that I prefer this way.


But flaws will be seen.  In HD this could be disastrous transfer.  While I applaud Legend in their efforts to restore films and their brief agreement with Paramount, I have really never seen a perfect colorized film.  And I have seen Legend's version.  In Blu-ray I would prefer the original Black and White version.  But this this just my opinion.


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#5 of 34 Sumnernor

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Posted July 31 2010 - 04:51 AM


I have the B&W film "March of the Wooden Soldiers" released in 2008/9  by  MGM/20th C Fox.  The original movie was called  "Babes in Toyland". The colorized version was usually called "March of the Wooden Soldiers". I hope that the BR disc is B &W and not colorized. The picture quality was very good and easily the best version of this film.



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Posted July 31 2010 - 06:44 AM

The Legend DVD has both the B&W and Colorized versions of the film, so I doubt this will drop the B&W version. Unfortunately, while the Legend DVD release is good, the MGM release is far, far superior, IMO, so one can only hope they would release their transfer on Blu in the near future.


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Posted July 31 2010 - 06:47 AM

Compared to the MGM disc Legend's transfer of 'March' is not particularly good (and the less said about the crayoning in the better); hi-def won't do anything to improve it. I see Legend are also releasing Richard Fleischer's Mandingo on BD the same day.


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#8 of 34 Joe Karlosi

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Posted July 31 2010 - 07:30 AM

I'll bet there's a good reason why this particular Blu-ray will only cost $12.95. I won't be buying, but will certainly check in to read others' reviews.



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Posted July 31 2010 - 08:37 AM

Oooh! Here's hoping for Man Who Could Cheat Death and The Skull on blu-ray then! Phase IV and The Deadly Bees would be welcome too.

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Posted July 31 2010 - 01:26 PM

No sale for me; I'm not going to reward bad behavior (colorizing films).


A BD of the MGM official release?  I'd be all over that.


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Posted August 02 2010 - 06:48 AM

I contacted Legend about these releases and inquired about their Hammer & Amicus dvds making the move to blu-ray. Here's the positive response I got, and why we might want to vote with our wallets:



These are two of our best-selling titles and we're hoping to find that there is an audience for these "catalog" movies on Blu-ray. If they are met with a good release, we are certainly looking towards moving all of our titles to Blu-ray, including your Hammer and British horror films (which I think would be great for Blu-ray as the original reels are very clean and should have a very nice HD transfer.) So please keep your fingers crossed with us that there is enough success with this release to warrant additional titles being converted.



#12 of 34 Xenia Stathakopoulou

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Posted August 15 2010 - 03:13 AM

Any idea if this will be region free ? Have legend films released other blu rays ?


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#13 of 34 Xenia Stathakopoulou

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Posted September 02 2010 - 12:25 AM

I e mailed to legend films a couple days ago.Im dying to find out if this is region free ! Those region free blu ray players are still very costly.


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#14 of 34 Powell&Pressburger

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Posted September 02 2010 - 07:17 AM

I would also like a Pied Piper release from Legend Films... I am gonna buy the horrible Mandingo.... but I woudl buy those Amicus Hammer titles in a heartbeat. I am just hoping for strong storage usage on the films, and that they look as good as possible with no tinkering. I don't mind film damage or debris as much as long as it isnt manipulated badly.

 


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Posted September 11 2010 - 03:50 AM

Currently an $11.49 pre-order.  And it retains the B&W version with the colorized version.

 

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Posted September 11 2010 - 06:51 AM

Deep Discount now has it up for $6.73.

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Posted September 11 2010 - 01:06 PM

$7!.... I've yet to pick up the MGM DVD, so if this is at least equal to it or even slightly better I may have to bite at such a low entry level cost.


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Posted September 11 2010 - 08:31 PM



Originally Posted by bgart13 

Deep Discount now has it up for $6.73.



Cancelled my Amazon order at $11.49.  Only thing is DDD shows a release date of 10/26.  What's up with that?



#19 of 34 Xenia Stathakopoulou

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Posted September 15 2010 - 11:11 PM

Can anyone who has this, confirm if region free ?  Amazon does have this in stock.


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#20 of 34 Xenia Stathakopoulou

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Posted September 16 2010 - 12:47 AM

According to a poster at blu ray.com , he tried the disc on a region b player and it plays! Despite saying region a on the backcover !!! I guess he is not lying lying,I just ordered mine at amazon. I guess I should be good to go right ?


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