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Film Chest to release PITFALL (1948) on Dec 11


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#1 of 14 OFFLINE   JoHud

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Posted October 09 2012 - 07:40 AM

Classicflix has announced that the noir film Pitfall starring Dick Powell and Lizabeth Scott is finally on its way to DVD. I'm a bit mixed on this as Film Chest's previous releases, which are often Blu-ray/DVD combo packs used too much DNR processing when attempting to filter out imperfections. I'm hoping that this one, being released solely on DVD, will have less interference or at least make it less obvious to the naked eye. And a good source element would be nice.

#2 of 14 OFFLINE   borisfw

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Posted October 09 2012 - 07:58 AM

A very good noir with Dick Powell . Very interested in hearing how this release turns out .

#3 of 14 OFFLINE   Robin9

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Posted October 10 2012 - 04:36 AM

Didn't Warner Archives release this on DVD-R not so very long ago? I swear I read reports that picture quality was pretty bad.

#4 of 14 OFFLINE   Thomas T

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Posted October 10 2012 - 06:07 AM

Pitfall is not part of the Warners Archives and this will be, to the best of my knowledge, its DVD debut. The laser disc of Pitfall was put out by the Republic/Artisan/Lionsgate group so I somehow expected it to be part of the Olive releases of their product via the Paramount deal. Guess not.

#5 of 14 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted October 10 2012 - 01:29 PM

Film Chest works almost exclusively in PD material using museum or collector's prints. So if they wanted, Olive could still do PITFALL with whatever better materials are in Paramount's vaults, but if Film Chest follows through with this release, Olive will obviously be disinclined to do so.
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#6 of 14 ONLINE   GregoryMesh

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Posted October 10 2012 - 02:23 PM

It was released on poor DVD-R by Synergy that I reviewed for DVD Beaver.

#7 of 14 OFFLINE   Robin9

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Posted October 11 2012 - 04:39 AM

It was released on poor DVD-R by Synergy that I reviewed for DVD Beaver.

That must be what I was thinking of. Thank you.

#8 of 14 OFFLINE   kingofthejungle

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Posted October 11 2012 - 10:02 AM

Film Chest works almost exclusively in PD material using museum or collector's prints. So if they wanted, Olive could still do PITFALL with whatever better materials are in Paramount's vaults, but if Film Chest follows through with this release, Olive will obviously be disinclined to do so.

It's too bad they always crank the DNR to 11, otherwise this would provide interesting potential releases. I would rather have an entirely untouched HD transfer of a 35mm print than the waxy, overly bright picture of their Blu-Ray of The Stranger.

#9 of 14 OFFLINE   Livius

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Posted October 11 2012 - 09:49 PM

True, but their release of The Red House, while not perfect, is still the best edition of that film available.


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#10 of 14 OFFLINE   kingofthejungle

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Posted October 12 2012 - 01:52 AM

True, but their release of The Red House, while not perfect, is still the best edition of that film available.

Agreed.

#11 of 14 OFFLINE   Jeffrey Nelson

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Posted December 27 2012 - 10:04 AM

I just picked this up, and looks like it was mastered from the laserdisc. Soft and a bit fuzzy. Lame.

#12 of 14 OFFLINE   borisfw

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Posted December 27 2012 - 10:59 AM

Not a great print . But I'm still glad to have it . Good film . Better than nothing .

#13 of 14 OFFLINE   Jeffrey Nelson

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Posted December 27 2012 - 06:22 PM

I really hope this crap release doesn't dissuade Olive from releasing the real deal.

#14 of 14 OFFLINE   Robin9

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Posted December 27 2012 - 08:39 PM

I really hope this crap release doesn't dissuade Olive from releasing the real deal.

So do I.




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