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WHV Announcement: The Man Who Would Be King (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 07 2011 - 02:13 AM

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#2 of 17 OFFLINE   Worth

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Posted February 07 2011 - 02:21 AM

Fantastic! One of my favourite films, and one that never even had a proper DVD release.
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#3 of 17 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted February 07 2011 - 02:59 AM



Originally Posted by Worth 

Fantastic! One of my favourite films, and one that never even had a proper DVD release.



This had a beautiful transfer on HDNet Movies (making its poor DVD treatment that much more puzzling). The BD should be even better.


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Posted February 07 2011 - 03:49 AM

Yay! Great film, looking forward to adding it to the collection. :)

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#5 of 17 OFFLINE   Terry Hickey

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Posted February 07 2011 - 10:13 AM

I will definitely be getting this and retiring the flipper disc.
 

#6 of 17 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted February 07 2011 - 10:18 AM

While I'd prefer a lower priced release, this is a definite buy. Now, can we have The Wind and the Lion please?

#7 of 17 OFFLINE   John Nelson

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Posted February 10 2011 - 04:59 PM

I've been waiting for this one for a long time but am shocked to hear it will actually happen! This is one of the best forgotten movies I know of- the only time Michael Caine and Sean Connery starred together- and the abysmal flipper DVD with terrible audio and missing dialogue did this film no justice. Can't wait to see and hear this in Hi Def!
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#8 of 17 OFFLINE   Scott Calvert

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Posted February 11 2011 - 06:43 AM

I'm certainly looking forward to this one but dismayed that awful cover art is now carrying over to digibook packaging as well. The awful cover art fad has gotten so shockingly bad that it almost seems like an intentional ploy to spite enthusiasts.

#9 of 17 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted February 11 2011 - 07:29 AM

Strange, given that the Warner Archive uses original poster art. I guess they figure "the masses" require more obvious images. (This is the same art used for last year's DVD reissue of the title, which was simply a repackaging of the old crap disc.)

#10 of 17 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted February 11 2011 - 10:51 AM

This will be mine, and just in time for my birthday! A personal favourite, which I saw for thefirst time @ the drive-in....... ah, memories.
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#11 of 17 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted February 14 2011 - 09:10 PM



Originally Posted by MatthewA 





This had a beautiful transfer on HDNet Movies (making its poor DVD treatment that much more puzzling). The BD should be even better.


Wasn't the original DVD released in 1998? That would explain why it looks so bad.



#12 of 17 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted February 15 2011 - 12:21 AM

The need to "flip" the 125-minute movie, which was indeed an early release, was the main source of the frustration.

#13 of 17 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted February 15 2011 - 06:11 AM

I could live with flipping the disc if the image quality weren't so horrible. It's ironic that they couldn't squeeze such a crappy encode onto a single side. :)
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Posted February 15 2011 - 09:33 AM

The only positives to the old "flipper" were the multiple trailers for John Huston films and the EPK-style docu that was included. The uninspiring audio (a very flat sounding Dolby Digital 1.0 track) and the mediocre transfer that required you to flip the disc 1/2 way through the movie were frustrating for someone like me, a fan of the film since early childhood (I was 5 the first time I saw it).
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#15 of 17 OFFLINE   Ransom Stoddard

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Posted February 15 2011 - 03:18 PM

Surely they could have gotten Huston and Kipling experts to do a commentary?

#16 of 17 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted February 15 2011 - 11:29 PM



Originally Posted by Bob Cashill 

The need to "flip" the 125-minute movie, which was indeed an early release, was the main source of the frustration.

I think this was caused by the fact initially pressing plants couldn't make dual layer discs, even though it was part of the DVD spec. According the DVD profiler, the first release of The Man Who Would be King was released on 18 November, 1997, so it isn't surprising that it wasn't released on a dual layer single sided disc.


I can recall in mid 1998 a lot of DVDs released in Australia were  discontinued and reissued as dual layer versions.



#17 of 17 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted February 18 2011 - 03:58 AM

Just an FYI that this is up for preoreder at Amazon, but not under the original placeholder. 




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