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Clint Eastwood: Escape from Alcatraz (January 3rd in Germany)


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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   Mr. Pacino

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Posted October 31 2012 - 08:09 AM

Paramount will release the movie in Germany. Hopefully for you guys in the USA soon as well......

#2 of 21 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted October 31 2012 - 08:36 AM

I believe Warner is giving this title serious consideration in regard to their distribution deal with Paramount.







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#3 of 21 OFFLINE   Didier R

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Posted October 31 2012 - 08:43 AM

Good news!

I believe Warner is giving this title serious consideration in regard to their distribution deal with Paramount.  Crawdaddy

Robert,have you hear anything from Paramount/Warner about Death Wish being released on Blu-ray?

#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted October 31 2012 - 08:46 AM

Originally Posted by Didier R 

Good news!
Robert,have you hear anything from Paramount/Warner about Death Wish being released on Blu-ray?

Nope, that title didn't come up in my conversations.  In 2013, Warner is doing a major celebration on Eastwood's career which has mainly been with Warner.






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#5 of 21 OFFLINE   Oliver Siegel

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Posted October 31 2012 - 08:57 AM

Great news indeed.

#6 of 21 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted October 31 2012 - 09:00 AM

Originally Posted by Robert Crawford 

In 2013, Warner is doing a major celebration on Eastwood's career which has mainly been with Warner.

Hmmmm....


Warner has released a good amount of their Eastwood's catalog on Blu already. Disregarding Clint's early non-headlining films of the 50s/early 60s, if one includes acting and/or directing credits the following are left:


Bronco Billy (1980)

Honkytonk Man (1982)

City Heat (1984)

Tightrope (1984)

Bird (1988)

Pink Cadillac (1989)

White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

True Crime (1999)


Paramount has the following Eastwood films yet on Blu:


Paint Your Wagon (1969)

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)


"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#7 of 21 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted October 31 2012 - 09:05 AM

Originally Posted by Brandon Conway 

Hmmmm....


Warner has released a good amount of their Eastwood's catalog on Blu already. Disregarding Clint's early non-headlining films of the 50s/early 60s, if one includes acting and/or directing credits the following are left:


Bronco Billy (1980)

Honkytonk Man (1982)

City Heat (1984)

Tightrope (1984)

Bird (1988)

Pink Cadillac (1989)

White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

True Crime (1999)


Paramount has the following Eastwood films yet on Blu:


Paint Your Wagon (1969)

Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

They're going to release a 40 DVD and 20 Blu-ray collections in 2013 along with a new Eastwood documentary that the HTF Group sampled on our visit there.









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#8 of 21 OFFLINE   Mr. Pacino

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Posted October 31 2012 - 09:15 AM

They're going to release a 40 DVD and 20 Blu-ray collections in 2013 along with a new Eastwood documentary that the HTF Group sampled on our visit there. Crawdaddy

Hopefully "Tightrope" will be one of them.

#9 of 21 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted October 31 2012 - 09:20 AM

Originally Posted by Mr. Pacino 


Hopefully "Tightrope" will be one of them.

I agree with you as I think Tightrope is one of his most underrated films.


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#10 of 21 OFFLINE   Didier R

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Posted October 31 2012 - 09:23 AM

Good.I hope they release Bird on Blu-ray as well.Also,what's happening with Uni's Eastwood's movies?I'd gladly upgrade to a Blu-ray following ones : High Plains Drifter,The Beguiled,Play Misty for Me.

#11 of 21 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted October 31 2012 - 09:50 AM

Originally Posted by Robert Crawford 

They're going to release a 40 DVD and 20 Blu-ray collections in 2013 along with a new Eastwood documentary that the HTF Group sampled on our visit there.

Right, but the 2013 schedule press release suggests those are repackagings of existing releases (+ the upcoming Trouble with the Curve BD). I haven't seen any "new to Blu" titles announced anywhere yet.


"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#12 of 21 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted October 31 2012 - 02:15 PM

Originally Posted by Brandon Conway 

Right, but the 2013 schedule press release suggests those are repackagings of existing releases (+ the upcoming Trouble with the Curve BD). I haven't seen any "new to Blu" titles announced anywhere yet.

I have the press release kit and it doesn't mentioned which titles are in the collection besides Trouble with the Curve.  Also, some of those titles like Unforgiven can use another rework so I'm hoping for that at least.


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#13 of 21 OFFLINE   Mr. Pacino

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Posted January 02 2013 - 09:27 AM

i bought it today in germany and the picture quality is much better than on dvd.

#14 of 21 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted January 02 2013 - 03:21 PM

I always enjoyed this movie. I remember watching it on Sunday night ABC movie when I was probably around 9 or 10 (early 80s) - always found it so intriguing and the suspense worked.

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Posted January 06 2013 - 02:04 AM

specs and screenshots from the blu-ray. courtesy of cinefacts.de forum member Xorp
DISC INFO: Disc Title: ESCAPE_FROM_ALCATRAZ_WS Disc Size: 38.010.075.603 bytes Protection: AACS BD-Java: Yes BDInfo: 0.5.8 PLAYLIST REPORT: Name: 00800.MPLS Length: 1:51:55.625 (h:m:s.ms) Size: 37.428.701.184 bytes Total Bitrate: 44,59 Mbps VIDEO: Codec Bitrate Description ----- ------- ----------- MPEG-4 AVC Video 36973 kbps 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1 AUDIO: Codec Language Bitrate Description ----- -------- ------- ----------- Dolby TrueHD Audio English 2413 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2413 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB) Dolby Digital Audio German 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB Dolby Digital Audio French 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB Dolby Digital Audio Italian 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB SUBTITLES: Codec Language Bitrate Description ----- -------- ------- ----------- Presentation Graphics Danish 15,244 kbps Presentation Graphics German 16,781 kbps Presentation Graphics English 14,959 kbps Presentation Graphics Spanish 15,071 kbps Presentation Graphics Spanish 12,957 kbps Presentation Graphics French 13,832 kbps Presentation Graphics Italian 15,331 kbps Presentation Graphics Japanese 11,198 kbps Presentation Graphics Dutch 15,596 kbps Presentation Graphics Norwegian 14,537 kbps Presentation Graphics Portuguese 13,916 kbps Presentation Graphics Finnish 15,252 kbps Presentation Graphics Swedish 14,879 kbps Presentation Graphics English 16,394 kbps
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#16 of 21 OFFLINE   Wade Sowers

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Posted January 06 2013 - 05:02 AM

It probably says someplace on these specs, but I cannot find it - do you know the Region Code of this Blu?

#17 of 21 OFFLINE   EnricoE

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Posted January 06 2013 - 09:03 AM

afaik paramount doesn't use region codes on catalog titles. should be free.

#18 of 21 OFFLINE   Wade Sowers

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Posted January 07 2013 - 04:44 AM

Thanks for the information.

#19 of 21 OFFLINE   EnricoE

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Posted January 08 2013 - 10:40 AM

here is a comparison of the german blu-ray vs the german dvd. nothing spectacular, but a solid upgrade.

#20 of 21 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted January 08 2013 - 11:20 AM

Definitely looks like it came from an older master, but should be way better than that non-anamorphic DVD I used to have.




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