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#1041 of 1052 Bob Furmanek

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Posted March 29 2014 - 12:44 PM

At this point, I have no idea if Universal is doing any work with their 3-D titles.

 

My repeated attempts to have a dialogue have been ignored.


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As there has been some colorful debate about the meaning of "Director-approved" transfers and how it relates to how widespread 1.66 was in the UK, I will make the following point. The dominant aspect ratio at British Studios between 1955-1970 WAS 1.75. This is based on research going through trade listings of hundreds of British films, as well as studio archives and other primary sources. 1.85 was the second most listed aspect ratio, with 1.65/1.66 a distant third.

 

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Posted March 30 2014 - 10:30 AM

Bob, this is a fascinating (and disappointing) insight. Thanks.

I can fully understand if you wouldn't be comfortable saying so publicly on this board, but care to venture as to what's happened generally (not just in relation to exploiting their 3D titles) at Universal's Home Entertainment unit in recent years? Can this possibly be the same team of people who issued so may box sets of catalog titles up until about 4 years ago? Why do they sit on their library, stiff partnership entreaties and not communicate with fans?

Some people of course have issues with Warner Bros' home entertainment operation (I get that), but, still, the contrast is stark -- in terms of unearthing and making available titles (quality issues aside) and communicating with existing and prospective customers.

Is the problem simply that Universal staffers are frozen in limbo, still awaiting the post-Comcast acquisition shakeout before trying to move forward with initiatives and capital spending? I should think, as the biggest cable system owner (even if they don't get Time Warner) it would be a no-brainer for Comcast at least to launch a "Universal Classics" cable (maybe streaming too) network a la TCM and Fox Movies.

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Posted March 30 2014 - 11:41 AM

I really have no idea. I wish I could be more optimistic with their 3-D holdings but we've hit one brick wall after another.

 

And this is after having a 30+ year working relationship with Colleen Benn, a VP in the Universal Studios Home Entertainment Division!


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As there has been some colorful debate about the meaning of "Director-approved" transfers and how it relates to how widespread 1.66 was in the UK, I will make the following point. The dominant aspect ratio at British Studios between 1955-1970 WAS 1.75. This is based on research going through trade listings of hundreds of British films, as well as studio archives and other primary sources. 1.85 was the second most listed aspect ratio, with 1.65/1.66 a distant third.

 

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Posted March 30 2014 - 11:50 AM

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Thanks, Bob. Count me among the many classic film fans truly appreciative of your efforts.
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Posted March 30 2014 - 04:27 PM

I really have no idea. I wish I could be more optimistic with their 3-D holdings but we've hit one brick wall after another.
 
And this is after having a 30+ year working relationship with Colleen Benn, a VP in the Universal Studios Home Entertainment Division!

It sounds like I should abandon all hope of It Came From... Being released in 3D this year. Very discouraging.
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Posted March 30 2014 - 04:51 PM

I'm still hoping the 3D Film Archive puts out Robot Monster myself. Speaking of things, when are we going to be able to buy some Archive stuff, Mr. Furmanek?


Viewing a 3D movie in 2D is kinda like viewing a Scope movie in Pan and Scan.


#1047 of 1052 Bob Furmanek

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Posted April 03 2014 - 08:07 PM

Very soon, Todd. Our first release should be in your hands in early July...

 

In the meantime, 3-D/color television is demonstrated in Princeton, NJ on December 13, 1945.

 

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As there has been some colorful debate about the meaning of "Director-approved" transfers and how it relates to how widespread 1.66 was in the UK, I will make the following point. The dominant aspect ratio at British Studios between 1955-1970 WAS 1.75. This is based on research going through trade listings of hundreds of British films, as well as studio archives and other primary sources. 1.85 was the second most listed aspect ratio, with 1.65/1.66 a distant third.

 

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Posted April 07 2014 - 04:00 PM

We remember Mickey Rooney. He never appeared in a 3-D film, although Columbia did announce Jerry Wald's production of CLOWNS WITH BAGGY PANTS as a 3-D project in June 1953. Sadly, the backstage story of clowns and circus life was never made.

 

Here's an episode of his 1953 TV show with a 3-D comic book angle: https://www.youtube....h?v=YUqvUxiolnA

 

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Bob Furmanek

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As there has been some colorful debate about the meaning of "Director-approved" transfers and how it relates to how widespread 1.66 was in the UK, I will make the following point. The dominant aspect ratio at British Studios between 1955-1970 WAS 1.75. This is based on research going through trade listings of hundreds of British films, as well as studio archives and other primary sources. 1.85 was the second most listed aspect ratio, with 1.65/1.66 a distant third.

 

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Posted April 10 2014 - 09:54 AM

In today's mailing from Fox. How does this anaglyph mistake happen in 2014?

 

I'm scratching my head at this one!

 

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As there has been some colorful debate about the meaning of "Director-approved" transfers and how it relates to how widespread 1.66 was in the UK, I will make the following point. The dominant aspect ratio at British Studios between 1955-1970 WAS 1.75. This is based on research going through trade listings of hundreds of British films, as well as studio archives and other primary sources. 1.85 was the second most listed aspect ratio, with 1.65/1.66 a distant third.

 

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Posted April 10 2014 - 09:57 AM

Oh man.

 

It's probably because the image of red/blue glasses is so damned iconic.  But this use of it -- maybe all such promotional uses of it now -- are unconscionable.

 

Thanks a lot, Fox.


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Posted April 10 2014 - 11:37 AM

I already have Rio, Life of PI and the Ice Age titles on Blu-ray 3D. Vampire Hunter, Glee, Prometheus and Epic have been on HBO or Starz free On Demand in 3D. The rest have average 3D.


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Posted April 13 2014 - 01:17 PM

I already found Dawn Treader (exclusive version) on eBay, most of the rest of the Fox titles--Epic, Rio, Ice Age, I Robot--um.....stink. :(




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