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A few words about...™ Fritz Lang's M (Import) -- in Blu-ray

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#21 of 49 OFFLINE   Oblivion138

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Posted August 16 2013 - 12:38 AM

Can anyone confirm that the German release is the same print used for the MOC version?

 

It is not the same master at all.  The German release has had further restoration to both the audio and video. 

 

Several missing frames have been reinstated, eliminating jump-cuts that exist on both the Masters of Cinema and Criterion Collection editions (which are sourced from the same master, though CC bumped up the contrast a bit).  The image has been stabilized, eliminating jitter and wobble seen on both the MOC and CC editions.  The film has also been re-graded, and no longer features the blown-out highlights that were sometimes discernible on the MOC and CC editions.  Greyscale is richer and fuller than on any previous edition.

 

As for the audio, the noise floor has been significantly reduced without using the filters that caused high- and low-end clipping on the MOC and CC editions, and the silent sections of the film are now truly 100% silent, as intended by Lang.  The original 2001 preservation track, without the noise reduction (which was the original source for the MOC and CC audio, as well, prior to filtering), is also included, but for my money, the 2011 restoration track is the real winner, in terms of audio.

 

The German edition is, bar none, the definitive presentation of M on Blu-ray.  The film has never looked nor sounded better.  The difference between the previous Blu-ray releases and the Universum Blu-ray is a major one, in my estimation.  The digibook packaging is also quite gorgeous, and the contents of the book are almost entirely comprised of images, which means one needn't be fluent in German in order to fully enjoy it.  All in all, there is no comparison.  The MOC and CC editions are still nice to own for the exclusive extras they include...but when it comes to the presentation of the film itself, the Universum edition is indispensible.


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#22 of 49 OFFLINE   tele1962

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Posted August 16 2013 - 01:18 AM

Thanks Oblivion. Does anyone know if this is liable to import duty into the UK?

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Posted August 17 2013 - 10:49 AM

Hello everyone- this is my very first post on HTF...I made a video showcasing the beautiful packaging of the German 80th Anniversary Edition for those who may be interested. 
I had not read Robert Harris's wise words about the resto prior to making the video so apologies for not mentioning in the vid.
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=6Hnaq_QLXnc


Just ordered mine and thanks for the Vid.

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#24 of 49 OFFLINE   Peter Neski

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Posted August 17 2013 - 10:54 AM

well don't like rebuying this,but for 25.00 its was hard not too,I guess it will last till 4k version



#25 of 49 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted August 17 2013 - 10:59 AM

Yeah, I've had this one on my mental list since I heard about it, back when Torsten Kaiser was posting about it here.

 

Time to act.



#26 of 49 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted August 17 2013 - 11:04 AM

And..................      

 

DONE!               :)



#27 of 49 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted August 17 2013 - 11:15 AM

I get some amazing service from Amazon UK and France.  Hope Germany plays along.



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Posted August 17 2013 - 11:56 AM

Just ordered mine and thanks for the Vid.

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Yes- that's me buddy!   :thumbs-up-smiley:


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Posted August 17 2013 - 11:59 AM

Welcome to Home Theater Forum! I hope you will come back soon and visit us often!

Thanks Matt- I have been enjoying the website for quite a while and visit regularly- don't know why it took me so long to actually join. Love HTF  :thumbsup:



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Posted August 17 2013 - 12:31 PM

Yes- that's me buddy!   :thumbs-up-smiley:


Good to talk to you again...I miss not being able to talk to you lads over there.
Did you pay any Duty importing from Germany?

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Posted August 18 2013 - 04:28 AM

Good to talk to you again...I miss not being able to talk to you lads over there.
Did you pay any Duty importing from Germany?

Thanks!- no import duty for me...but I'm in Ireland at the moment. Never paid duty within the EU. Item is quite cheap though so I imagine it would be under most countries import duty threshold- but don't quote me on that!   :)


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Posted August 21 2013 - 07:33 AM

Down to EUR 14,99 down from 17.98 last week ($26 and change). Ordered last night, total just under $23 shipped.


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Posted August 21 2013 - 08:43 AM

Damn!  There goes my three bucks!    :)

 

If I recall, though, back when that was first released it was actually kind of expensive.  If I'm right, it's come way down over the past year or two.



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Posted August 21 2013 - 12:08 PM

I have no idea how I missed this release, but I've now rectified that. 


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Posted September 02 2013 - 06:25 PM

I have no idea how I missed this release, but I've now rectified that. 

 

Put me in the same camp. Not sure how this got passed me, but I have it coming now. Cannot wait to see this restoration.


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Posted September 02 2013 - 08:58 PM

Managed to sell my Criterion for a good price to make this replacement free ... but I did pay extra to buy the Blu ray of Altman's 'Pret a Porter' in the same shipment!



#37 of 49 OFFLINE   Peter Neski

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Posted September 03 2013 - 06:08 AM

the Criterion ed  has a bunch of fine extras  ,so you have to keep both



#38 of 49 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted September 03 2013 - 06:10 AM

I'm keeping all three -- Criterion, MoC, and this one which is one beautiful digibook package.

 

All I've had time to do so far is check out the picture, and it is stunning.



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Posted September 03 2013 - 02:12 PM

I'm hoping Criterion one day update their Blu to this restoration
Yes, these strange things happen all the time - PT Anderson, Magnolia

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Posted September 03 2013 - 02:22 PM

I have the Criterion Blu Ray release but have just ordered this release from Amazon Germany - looking forward to it! Also I promise that this is the last time that I shall upgrade this title - honest :)

 

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