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#21 of 197 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted July 19 2012 - 03:37 AM

Originally Posted by Lou Lumenick 

An update to this week's column:

The Rookies - Asp. Ratio: 4:3 1.33 FF
One Foot in Hell - Asp. Ratio: 16:9 2.35 LBX
The Secret of the Purple Reef - Asp. Ratio: 4:3 P/S 1.33
The Day the Fish Came Out - Asp. Ratio: 4:3 1.33 FF
The Secret World. - Asp. Ratio: 16:9 1.78 FF

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#22 of 197 OFFLINE   Lou Lumenick

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Posted July 26 2012 - 12:23 PM

http://www.nypost.co...3qXgkbPXwkuJnSI "Forbidden Hollywood,'' Vol. 4 and 5 and "The Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection.''

#23 of 197 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted July 27 2012 - 10:44 PM

Good stuff, I'm working my way through the Forbidden Hollywood collections this weekend.

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#24 of 197 OFFLINE   Lou Lumenick

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Posted July 31 2012 - 01:44 AM

DVD Extra: 'Jaws' with bite, a grand 'Ilusion,' high-end restorations and classics converted to 3-D http://www.nypost.co...9TRNzHvd0VubOxN

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Posted July 31 2012 - 02:39 AM

Warner,


How many times are you going to release Gone with the Wind, The Exorcist and The Wizard of Oz?  What is the improvement with these upcoming 2013 releases?  I bought those titles so many times, it's starting to make my head spin.  If you want to revisit some titles, how about The Searchers and Rio Bravo which many have complained about the color being off in the last Blu-ray releases.  Okay, my rant is done.  Anyhow, great job Warner, I just wanted to voice some legitimate concerns that will surely be brought up by others.  Also, regarding future 3-D releases, I hope that means titles such as The House of Wax will get release too along with those titles they are converting to 3-D.









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#26 of 197 OFFLINE   Mark Pytel

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Posted July 31 2012 - 12:26 PM

Mr. Lumenick, Very dissapointed to see that in the 2nd wave of the Fox titles, most of them are still full frame/pan and scan of scope movies. It is such a shame that Fox, the company that invented Cinemascope cares so little to show their masterpieces properly. It appears that only two are coming out OAR. i have tried to explain to the contact that I confer with that this is not going to sell titles. They keep saying that it costs a lot to remaster. Maybe they have restore and remaster confused. I'm really not asking for much in regards to the quality of the transfer. I just want the OAR so that I can see the director and cinematographers proper compositions. I am not asking for a Wizard of Oz 8k restoration. I don't understand why Fox and to some extent, MGM can't do this. I can't imagine Warner and Columbia have so much more money flying around then they do. Warner is releasing everything in OAR or waiting until they can afford to do so. Why can't these other companies do so? Is there any hope Lou that you can share this information or post with your contact? I feel that maybe they don't know just what they are going up against with Warner. It is like they are a grade school football team going up against a four time super bowl champion team that is also on steroids. I can't see them succeeding if they continue with that mentality of release what we have. I feel that should be the case only if what you have is of acceptable quality and OAR. Do you think they are taking any of our feedback to heart? As a film fan I sure hope so. If not, tell them I have a film degree and would love to work as their home video department master supervisor :) Thanks for your wonderful comments and your very informative column. -Mark Pytel

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Posted August 01 2012 - 05:11 AM

Warner, How many times are you going to release Gone with the Wind, The Exorcist and The Wizard of Oz?  What is the improvement with these upcoming 2013 releases?  I bought those titles so many times, it's starting to make my head spin.  If you want to revisit some titles, how about The Searchers and Rio Bravo which many have complained about the color being off in the last Blu-ray releases.  Okay, my rant is done.  Anyhow, great job Warner, I just wanted to voice some legitimate concerns that will surely be brought up by others.  Also, regarding future 3-D releases, I hope that means titles such as The House of Wax will get release too along with those titles they are converting to 3-D.  Crawdaddy

I don't care how many times they release titles as long as they don't reduce quality. As for converting titles to 3-D, I think that's a waste of money. There's not that much you can do with a conversion. I saw Titanic in 3-D and it was not much. The only interesting 3-D effects came in the sinking of the ship, and I bet those were redone in the studio. If you think you can make substantial money on a 3-D conversion of a particular title (like TWOO), go ahead, In the long run, I think 3-D conversions of old titles won't be that desired.

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Posted August 03 2012 - 10:57 AM

Mark, when I reviewed the first wave of FCA titles I devoted part of my column to complaining about the pan-and-scan transfers and saying I don't think they're going to fly with the sort of cinephiles Fox hopes to sell DVDs to. But on the other hand, new transfers cost money and I think once FCA starts showing some cash flow they may begin investing some of it in improving the product. This is what happened with the Warner Archive Collection; it took a year or so before they began a serious remastering program, At the outset, WAC used the OAR transfers they had on hand, which is what I would have done if I were running FCA. As for MGM, I can't begin to understand what is going on over there. Lou

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Posted August 03 2012 - 11:47 AM

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Posted August 03 2012 - 12:59 PM

Originally Posted by Lou Lumenick
Mark, when I reviewed the first wave of FCA titles I devoted part of my column to complaining about the pan-and-scan transfers and saying I don't think they're going to fly with the sort of cinephiles Fox hopes to sell DVDs to. But on the other hand, new transfers cost money and I think once FCA starts showing some cash flow they may begin investing some of it in improving the product. This is what happened with the Warner Archive Collection; it took a year or so before they began a serious remastering program, At the outset, WAC used the OAR transfers they had on hand, which is what I would have done if I were running FCA. As for MGM, I can't begin to understand what is going on over there.
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You are one of the voices that FCA will hear along with reading this forum.  I truly hope they will start releasing their scope films in anamorphic OAR.  I have purchased about a dozen of their titles, but non from the scope era.  I have been very happy with the transfers so far and unique films like CHICKEN EVERY SUNDAY looks pretty damn good.  I am also impressed with the color for DO YOU LOVE ME and SWEET ROSIE O'GRADY.  They possibly could have been better but to me they more than acceptable.  I never would have thought that I would own the Charlotte Greenwood vehicle THE PERFECT SNOB, another decent transfer.

One thing that did make me sit up was that at the beginning of THE PERFECT SNOB, Fox placed the disclaimer that the picture was formatted to fit your TV.  Not sure why this was placed on a 1941 film, but it did fit my TV perfectly at 1:37 to 1.

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Posted August 03 2012 - 06:01 PM

At the outset, WAC used the OAR transfers they had on hand, which is what I would have done if I were running FCA.

Then they should stick to Academy ratio films for now, as their current practice of releasing widescreen films in 4:3 is getting them nothing but ill will.
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Posted August 08 2012 - 02:10 AM

http://www.nypost.co...OWytIqDeOEV5vHI Besides looking at the Marilyn Monroe Blu-rays, the most interesting stuff is in the update at the end: Fox is going to release the first direct-to-Blu Ray 3-D conversion, I ROBOT on Oct. 23, debuting a new "Signature'' line with two Danny DeVito titles during the holiday season and will revive the Studio Classics line on Blu-ray in 2013. Plus speculation about plans for MGM's 90th anniversary (2014) and Fox's 100th anniversary (2015).

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Posted August 08 2012 - 08:08 AM

A remastered PATTON Blu, nice.

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Posted August 08 2012 - 08:19 AM

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/movies/dvd_extra_marilyn_blu_streak_sWsc4MjOWytIqDeOEV5vHI Besides looking at the Marilyn Monroe Blu-rays, the most interesting stuff is in the update at the end: Fox is going to release the first direct-to-Blu Ray 3-D conversion, I ROBOT on Oct. 23, debuting a new "Signature'' line with two Danny DeVito titles during the holiday season and will revive the Studio Classics line on Blu-ray in 2013. Plus speculation about plans for MGM's 90th anniversary (2014) and Fox's 100th anniversary (2015).

Mr.Lumenick,thx for sharing this wonderful news to us! Do you think "Laura" will be included in Studio Classic Line?A great classic,IMO!The Flight of the Phoenix would be a great addition too.

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Posted August 08 2012 - 02:04 PM

This is great news.  Thank you for that fine article.  As I stated in another thread. "The River of No Return" has always been my favorite Monroe film.  She seemed relax filming the movie.  I suspect her knowing Mitchum beforehand, prior to the both of them becoming actors contributed to her fine performance, especially, considering how much film location was done for that movie.







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#36 of 197 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted August 08 2012 - 02:05 PM

Originally Posted by Oliver Siegel 


Mr.Lumenick,thx for sharing this wonderful news to us!
Do you think "Laura" will be included in Studio Classic Line?A great classic,IMO!The Flight of the Phoenix would be a great addition too.


That would be great as it's among my favorite film noirs.








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Posted August 08 2012 - 02:30 PM

I'd also love to see Laura. One of my favorite film noirs too.

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Posted August 09 2012 - 08:16 AM

News of an upcoming Robert Mitchum blu-ray set definitely has me anxious to see what is included. River of No Return will almost certainly be double dipped and I pray they don't cheat by including that botched The Longest Day blu-ray. I'm hoping some of the neglected MGM Mitchum titles get a pass--Bandido!, Foreign Intrigue, and Mister Moses topping the list and perhaps even (As Lou mentioned), White Witch Doctor Update: Ah, looks like just another DVD collection. However, it seems to include every movie (already released) that Mitchum appeared from both Fox's and MGM's DVD line. Fox/MGM's past DVD collections this year should warn potential customers that the packaging will be extremely cheap and flimsy cardboard sleeves. Have spare DVD cases just in case.

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Posted August 14 2012 - 05:50 AM

This week's DVD Extra column: MY SON JOHN '52, the little-seen, evil political sibling of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN with the doomed Robert Walker, improbably turns up on Blu-ray http://www.nypost.co...3azwmWLFmorZktN

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Posted August 14 2012 - 06:06 AM

Originally Posted by Lou Lumenick 

This week's DVD Extra column: MY SON JOHN '52, the little-seen, evil political sibling of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN with the doomed Robert Walker, improbably turns up on Blu-ray
http://www.nypost.co...3azwmWLFmorZktN

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Is that ten disc Robert Mitchum set Blu-ray or SD-DVD?


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