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VOTE 2012: Best Studio/Distributor

HTF Awards 2012

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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 19 2013 - 11:23 PM

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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   JohnS

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Posted January 20 2013 - 12:16 PM

I voted for Warner Brothers as Criterion is almost a given that they are always excellent. Warner Brothers does a good job with their catalog titles.

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#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Nick*Z

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Posted January 28 2013 - 06:08 AM

Okay, I voted for Sony. Truly, I've never been disappointed with a disc from Sony. Not Lawrence, or Guns of Navarone, or Taxi Driver, A League of Their Own, Annie, Dr. Strangelove, et al. I think Sony has set a standard - not surprising since they darn well invented Blu-ray technology. I appreciate Warner's consistency in output, but I find their quality from time to time an issue. The Bad Seed wasn't what I expected, and neither was Dead Ringer or Coma. Warner has sooooo much catalogue under its roof its difficult to decide what to restore and when to restore it. I have to give WB a big hug for Grand Hotel which has never looked this good on home video before. Many thanks. But I had issues with the audio at the start of my Mrs. Miniver and found elements of Driving Miss Daisy problematic (check out the scene where Daisy and Hoke are pulled over at the side of the road and eating lunch on route to Mobile and you'll see some odd - if very faint - color strobe). They also had some weirdness going on with The Bonfire of the Vanities; picture flicker or something during the infamous 'photocopying' scene. I'm also not sure how WB can justify another snatch and money grab for The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights and The Bishop's Wife on DVD at the start of 2013 - utterly flawed elements, disastrous mastering borrowed from the Fox/MGM acquisition and merely repackaged to reflect the new Goldwyn Studio logo. What was the rush with The Bishop's Wife reissue? A Christmas release reissued in the middle of January?!?! Okay, Zanuck released Miracle on 34th Street in July theatrically. But I won't go there any more than I'd contemplate releasing Yankee Doodle Dandy on any other date other than the 4th of July. With the Blu-ray release of Goldwyn's Guys and Dolls and Hans Christian Andersen I thought we were on a solid road to recovery for the Samuel Goldwyn titles. Could be I was mistaken! So, does WB do a good job? Sure. Could they do better? Hey fellas, there's always room for improvement.

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   rsmithjr

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Posted January 28 2013 - 06:22 AM

Warners has done a lot of decent work. The size of their library gives them many opportunities for success, and they have done pretty well. In contrast, Sony has done a spectacular job with a smaller number of titles to work with. Not just Lawrence: important but ignored titles like Picnic, and titles we never thought we would see in Blu-ray like Lost Horizon (1973) and Experiment in Terror with a new stereo soundtrack. Wow. Some of these are through other distributors, but it is Sony's work that we are seeing.

#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 02 2013 - 12:54 AM

Close call between Warner and Criterion.  Last days to cast your vote.  Winners will be posted Monday.

 

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#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Anthony Neilson

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Posted March 03 2013 - 11:27 AM

Warners do a pretty good job but it's soured for me by the fact that they keep re-releasing films without significant upgrade, whilst so many of their great films remain neglected. I also have to say that their policy towards the UK verges on the contemptuous - no direct access to their Archive programmes and only a third, at best, of their pressed releases being distributed here. We also miss out on any kind of special packaging. The other distributors have all released impressive product but all have their disadvantages. Whereas - given it's a US company - there is just no down-side to Criterion. Yes, they're a little pricey but at least you know you're paying for a quality package through and through. I don't really know how any right-minded person can vote another way, to be honest. Excellence should never become unremarkable. I get the point about wanting to encourage other studios but surely that same point is made by awarding Criterion. They set the bar and very few releases from the others match up to even their lesser efforts.
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