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#1 of 14 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 20 2013 - 12:52 AM





During the entire month of January and February Home Theater Forum will be asking our membership to nominate and then vote upon the BEST and WORST Blu-ray releases of 2012. What makes our awards so important is that they aren't voted from within the industry by committees or journalists. The selection of these awards begin and end with the HTF membership -- those individuals that know Blu-ray better than anyone else!
 
 
VOTE FOR THE TOP NOMINATED TITLES: January 20-March 3rd
 
Winners Will be announced March 4th
 
 
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BEST BOXED SET?
 
What Blu-ray Boxed Set released in 2012 represents the very best of what was released that year?
 
 

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#2 of 14 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted January 20 2013 - 07:12 AM

All due respect to Lawrence Of Arabia and the work done on it but it should not be nominated in this category. I consider a 'box set' to be something that contains multiple movies rather than referring to one movie that happened to come in a box.

#3 of 14 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 20 2013 - 07:16 AM

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I consider a 'box set' to be something that contains multiple movies rather than referring to one movie that happened to come in a box.


Travis,


I would say you are mostly correct with that opinion.  However, you can also say that

a considerable amount of thought and positive effort was put into the entire package of

Lawrence of Arabia.  This was an elaborate boxed set built from the ground up for its fans.  


I have seen sets of this kind that are complete crap.  Willy Wonka is a prime example.  

At least there are no scented pencils in Lawrence of Arabia.


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#4 of 14 OFFLINE   dana martin

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Posted January 20 2013 - 09:32 AM

Oh that Universal could get this right, and be informed, that it would benifit all of US with a Volume 2, or a Classic SciFi Collection for next year


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#5 of 14 OFFLINE   Ken Volok

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Posted January 20 2013 - 03:23 PM

I voted for Universal's Monster St. While I got two defective copies, the restorations themselves on the films I have been able to see were magnifecent and Universal should be encouraged and praised when they do good work like this. (Defect was in manufacturing not authoring.)

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Posted January 21 2013 - 01:32 PM

I voted for the monsters set. A surprisingly good set with the addition of the 3D Creature movie that we finally got and thought we would never get. So this whole hardily deserves the best box set of the year.

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Posted January 28 2013 - 05:57 AM

Yeah, I went with the monsters too. Universal did such a class 'A' job on this one it was impossible to resist. The films have never looked better. It must have cost Universal a small fortune to resurrect these in hi-def. Most, if not all, looked terrible on DVD. None look anything less than fantastic on Blu. I would have liked to have had The Return of the Creature also included - but I'm quibbling here. Universal also frillied up the extras - and very nicely too. It took me a good long while to get through everything but when I did I felt as though I was boned up on my Hollywood Transylvania. I think I'd like to give a cheer and honorable mention to Criterion for their David Lean Directs Noel Coward box. The transfers in that set were on par with Universal's efforts herein. Where Criterion dropped the ball, curiously enough, was in the extras. These discs had some stuff, but nowhere near what they ought to for careers as comprehensive as those of Lean and Coward. Still, a good transfer of a feature film trumps a ton of extras included on a bad transfer, and Criterion's Lean/Coward set was all about giving us real quality. Much appreciated. I don't know why the Indiana Jones box is included in this vote. Not only did Raiders get a flubbed 'color adjusted' rendering, but the extras were verbatim what we were given on previous sets from Paramount and in some cases were even missing stuff featured on those previous DVD offerings. Bond 50? In theory, A for effort. In practice - B - with some transfer inconsistency the biggest setback - particularly on Goldeneye and The Spy Who Loved Me. I don't think of Lawrence of Arabia as a 'box set' per say, although it undoubtedly comes in a box - the biggest one to grace my shelving in a long while. But it's a single film. I voted for it as the best stand alone classic release of 2012. But when I think of 'box set' I think of multiple discs and multiple movies. Regrets.

#8 of 14 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 02 2013 - 12:55 AM

Classic Monsters taking the lead.  Last days to cast your vote.  Winners will be posted Monday.


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#9 of 14 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted March 02 2013 - 01:46 AM

Interesting how Indiana Jones is competing for best and worst boxed set. Sounds like multiple personality disorder to me. :)
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#10 of 14 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 02 2013 - 02:11 AM

Not surprising.


A year or two ago it was the same thing with the STAR WARS

boxed set.  You had one camp that felt they were severely shortchanged

with the extras.  The other camp felt the box set perfectly suited their needs.


Same exact story with Indiana Jones.


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#11 of 14 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted March 02 2013 - 02:18 AM

You had one camp that felt they were severely shortchanged with the extras.  The other camp felt the box set perfectly suited their needs. Same exact story with Indiana Jones.

I'm sure that's the reason and to each their own but when you look at the Hitchcock and Bond sets which have multiple movies with flawed transfers, it's ridiculous for the Indiana Jones set to be in the same category as those sets. Every release could have more but since the Indy set has about 7 hours of extras on it, I can't see whining about it. That being said, everyone has their own criteria and they can vote however they want.

#12 of 14 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted March 02 2013 - 02:41 AM

Travis,


I feel your pain.  The best response I can provide is that for a period of

two weeks we had members nominate titles in each category.  We merely

set up the categories and then told the membership to put in their suggestions.


What titles were placed as the top 5 choices was based on the top member

nominated choices in each category.


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#13 of 14 OFFLINE   Johnny Angell

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Posted March 02 2013 - 04:11 AM

That's the trouble with asking for other people's opinions, they don't always agree with me. :)
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Posted March 02 2013 - 04:41 AM

That's the trouble with asking for other people's opinions, they don't always agree with me. :)

LOL. That is such a true statement for many of us!
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