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TCM Vault: Universal Westerns of the 1950s, Feb 18


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#61 of 88 OFFLINE   JoHud

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Posted February 22 2013 - 08:45 AM

Got mine and can confirm that Saskatchewan and Pillars of the Sky are both MOD discs while the other 3 are pressed. Truly bizarre. I'll be watching them today and chime in on the quality.

#62 of 88 OFFLINE   Bob Cashill

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Posted February 22 2013 - 10:52 AM

Indeed, same here. Universal must have prepped them for MOD release, then turned them over to TCM when a deal was struck.

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Posted February 22 2013 - 11:53 PM

same here, 3 dvd and & 2 mod. Watched the 2 mods & quality is excellent

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Posted February 23 2013 - 12:43 AM

Mixing up pressed and MOD discs within a set is a tactic I wouldn't be too happy about.
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#65 of 88 OFFLINE   JoHud

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Posted February 23 2013 - 05:12 AM

Horizon's West looked great. Saskatchewan's transfer somewhat less so and the transfer seems a bit older, but it still looked pretty good.

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Posted February 23 2013 - 02:08 PM

same here, 3 dvd and & 2 mod. Watched the 2 mods & quality is excellent

My set arrived today . Same as everybody else received . 3 Dvd 2 Mod . I've bought many of the TCM sets . This is the first i received with mods. I have bought many mods from all the different companies putting them out . So i don't have an issue with mod discs . Just not sure why they sold the sets mixed with no fanfare . I didn't notice anything on their website stating that the discs would be mod . I just wish they were a little clearer on the product description .

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Posted February 23 2013 - 05:09 PM

Horizon's West looked great.

The larger your screen, though (mine was projected 8.5 feet wide) the more you'll be able to see that hardly a shot was free of some degree of color misregistration, varying from subtle to glaringly obvious, though the latter was comparatively rare.

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Posted February 23 2013 - 05:27 PM

Watched 'em all and was generally pleased overall. Not Sony quality transfers, but good overall and better than some of the Universal 2012 TCM entries (i.e. "Dark Crimes" collection, Women in Danger) and no OAR issues.

The larger your screen, though (mine was projected 8.5 feet wide) the more you'll be able to see that hardly a shot was free of some degree of color misregistration, varying from subtle to glaringly obvious, though the latter was comparatively rare.

Yeah, my screen is 50" so it didn't really stick out much. Thanks for the input.

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Posted February 26 2013 - 08:42 AM

Originally Posted by JoHud 

Watched 'em all and was generally pleased overall. Not Sony quality transfers, but good overall and better than some of the Universal 2012 TCM entries (i.e. "Dark Crimes" collection, Women in Danger) and no OAR issues.
Yeah, my screen is 50" so it didn't really stick out much. Thanks for the input.

Thanks for the heads up. look forward to the set. I still haven't watched my Dark Crimes or Women in Danger sets.  I'll get to them eventually. :)

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Posted February 26 2013 - 09:34 AM

I thought Backlash looked very good as well as Horizon's West.  I'm still watching Pillars of the Sky and thought the other two titles looked fine.

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Posted February 27 2013 - 08:19 PM

I'm pretty certain I'm going to be buying this set soon, but could someone who's already done so and watched it confirm whether or not the Robert Osborne intros are included? Not like my purchase is hinging on it or anything, but it'd be nice to know for sure. The reason I ask is that the sole review over on the TCM site seems to indicate that they might not be on there, despite being listed as a feature. Thanks.

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Posted February 27 2013 - 09:08 PM

Originally Posted by yoknapatawpha 

I'm pretty certain I'm going to be buying this set soon, but could someone who's already done so and watched it confirm whether or not the Robert Osborne intros are included? Not like my purchase is hinging on it or anything, but it'd be nice to know for sure. The reason I ask is that the sole review over on the TCM site seems to indicate that they might not be on there, despite being listed as a feature. Thanks.

I didn't notice any intros.









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#73 of 88 OFFLINE   JoHud

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Posted February 28 2013 - 04:38 AM

Lately the sets just have one all-encompassing Osborne/Mankiewicz intro on the first disc alongside the TCM.com article on all the features. This one however had no intro but included the TCM.com article on the Horizons West disc.

#74 of 88 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted April 21 2013 - 09:40 AM

Is the AR correct on these? HORIZONS WEST is the only 1.37:1 film in the group.


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Posted April 21 2013 - 01:58 PM

Is the AR correct on these? HORIZONS WEST is the only 1.37:1 film in the group.

That is correct!


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#76 of 88 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted April 21 2013 - 02:34 PM

That's good to know. Are the others 1.85 or 2.1?


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Posted April 21 2013 - 02:55 PM

That's good to know. Are the others 1.85 or 2.1?

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I was mistaken, Saskatchewan is in 1.33 and so is Dawn at Socorro which should be in 2:01


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#78 of 88 OFFLINE   JoHud

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Posted April 21 2013 - 03:06 PM

It seems TCM had some defective discs of Horizons West during their initial release.  The defect affects the scene when the sheriff has a meeting in which they agree to reinstate the Texas Rangers and round up a posse.  My original and replacement set both had this defect.  TCM just shipped me a replacement disc for this film in a cardboard sleeve along with a note stating why.

 

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I was mistaken, Saskatchewan is in 1.33 and so is Dawn at Socorro

 

 

Correct, only the last two are presented in widescreen.


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#79 of 88 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted April 21 2013 - 03:29 PM

That's a big mistake.

 

"Saskatchewan" was one of the first 2.1 features. It began filming for that ratio on August 4, 1953.

 

If they're not going to do research, why don't they reach out for help?


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Posted April 21 2013 - 06:29 PM

So infuriating. But they released one of my most anticipated Joan Crawford features Female on the Beach in Academy last year much to my dismay.






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