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#1 of 20 OFFLINE   Ernest

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Posted May 03 2013 - 10:08 AM

Both "The Blue Max and Farewell to Arms" are being released on Blu-ray on May 7th and can be purchased from Amazon.de.  I ordered by movies and will advise their quality as well if the are Region "B" locked.  Because I own several Region-Free Blu-ray players I am not concerned about the disc region code.  Here is the frustrating part. I paid $39.00 for both titles which includes the shipping.  That is a dollar less than I paid for Major Dundee. Twilight is very expensive.



#2 of 20 OFFLINE   Simon Lewis

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Posted May 05 2013 - 02:47 AM

I've also ordered The Blue Max as its one of my favourite movies. I will be interested to see your comments about A Farewell to Arms.

 

These movies are both released by Ascot Elite and I have a few releases from them on Blu and they have been fine.

 

Ascot Elite are also releasing Hornets Nest in June. This is a movie I've always wanted to see, so I shall probably pick that up as well. I like the artwork.

 

http://www.amazon.de...=I25DJB7GP9OMYW



#3 of 20 OFFLINE   Billy Batson

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Posted May 05 2013 - 07:58 AM

It will be interesting to read what you both think about the Blu of The Blue Max, I really enjoyed it at the cinema about a thousand years ago. Will it be a Von Ryan's Express or a Sand Pebbles? If it looks good I'll put my order in.


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#4 of 20 OFFLINE   John Hermes

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Posted May 05 2013 - 08:17 AM

 

It will be interesting to read what you both think about the Blu of The Blue Max, I really enjoyed it at the cinema about a thousand years ago. Will it be a Von Ryan's Express or a Sand Pebbles. If it looks good I'll put my order in.

I remember seeing this at the movies, too, when I was about 14 (was it that many years ago?). I pre-ordered it and am hoping it's nice.

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#5 of 20 OFFLINE   trajan

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Posted May 05 2013 - 08:20 AM

The ad says it is PAL. A US release would be nice. Hello FOX.



#6 of 20 OFFLINE   Billy Batson

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Posted May 05 2013 - 10:02 AM

The ad says it is PAL. A US release would be nice. Hello FOX.

 

I wouldn't take any notice of that, they often get that wrong. Blu-ray is HD & not PAL or NTSC. The big question is, is it region B locked? The great thing about the internet is that you can find these things out quite soon after it's released. It's a good price, I hope Fox was able to supply them with a good HD master.



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Posted May 05 2013 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for info.



#8 of 20 OFFLINE   Lromero1396

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Posted May 06 2013 - 02:35 PM

Based on the Blu-ray.com specs for The Blue Max, it appears that the English audio track is a DTS HD MA version of the 2.0 downmix found on the DVD. The German track is also 2.0. Perhaps these are coming from old HD master from overseas and not new, restored elements which Fox would prepare for a domestic release. The Blue Max did extremely well in write-in votes when Fox did the Vote Your Choice program a few months ago according to a HTF owner, so we can probably expect a US release of TBM sometime down the road. The only way I see A Farewell to Arms getting a domestic release is if Fox does an HD upgrade of their Hemingway Classics set (which would be awesome so The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Sun Also Rises would be upgraded). Honestly, I think that AFtA is an absolute steaming crap pile and one of the worst major films of the '50s. I'd much rather see some of the true classics (which are sadly going to Twilight Time) get released than this abomination.



#9 of 20 OFFLINE   Simon Lewis

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Posted May 08 2013 - 12:14 PM

Received "The Blue Max" in the post today. Had a quick scan through and the picture quality is very good, a big improvement on the DVD. Some of the back projection effects look a bit soft but apart from that its very good.Disc is region B locked, dual layer, looks like its the full version at 155 minutes.One nice touch is that the cover is reversible and there is some original poster art on the reverse cover.



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Posted May 08 2013 - 06:57 PM

Received "The Blue Max" in the post today. Had a quick scan through and the picture quality is very good, a big improvement on the DVD. Some of the back projection effects look a bit soft but apart from that its very good.Disc is region B locked, dual layer, looks like its the full version at 155 minutes.One nice touch is that the cover is reversible and there is some original poster art on the reverse cover.

 

Is the Intermission and entr'acte included? Any bonus material?


Edited by Reed Grele, May 08 2013 - 06:59 PM.


#11 of 20 OFFLINE   Simon Lewis

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Posted May 09 2013 - 09:16 AM

Is the Intermission and entr'acte included? Any bonus material?

Only extra is a trailer.

 

I havnt watched the film all the way through so I dont know about the intermission, however there was some text in German before the film started which appeared to say there was an intermission of 3 minutes - however my German is very poor, so I could be wrong.


Edited by Simon Lewis, May 09 2013 - 09:19 AM.


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Posted May 14 2013 - 01:05 PM   Best Answer

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Posted May 14 2013 - 01:16 PM

                                                               Farewell To Arms                                      Blue Max

Video                                                       1080P/24                                                 1080P/24

Audio                                                        DTS-HD 2.0 Mono                                    DTS-HD 2.0 Mono

Running Time                                           153 minutes                                              156 minutes

Region-Code                                             Locked B                                                  Locked B

Extras                                                        Original Trailer/TrailerShow                      Original Trailer/TrailerShow

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The video for both Blu-rays is very good a big improvement over the DVD.  if you enjoy these titles they are a good buy make sure you have a Blu-Ray player that allows you to manually change the region-Code.



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Posted May 18 2013 - 12:23 AM

I watched this last night and was pretty impressed , but to me the some of the squeeze does not seem right with

actors looking thinner in the centre and even more thinner at the edges. Also the frame seems taller than 2.35.1.

 

The Blue Max is a great movie i saw in London in 4 Track Mag on release when i was very young as my dad was

chief projectionist at the Rialto Cinema in Coventry Street.

 



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Posted May 18 2013 - 03:16 AM

                                                               Farewell To Arms                                      Blue Max

Video                                                       1080P/24                                                 1080P/24

Audio                                                        DTS-HD 2.0 Mono                                    DTS-HD 2.0 Mono

Running Time                                           153 minutes                                              156 minutes

Region-Code                                             Locked B                                                  Locked B

Extras                                                        Original Trailer/TrailerShow                      Original Trailer/TrailerShow

Series                                                        Cinema Treasures                                    Cinema Treasures

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The video for both Blu-rays is very good a big improvement over the DVD.  if you enjoy these titles they are a good buy make sure you have a Blu-Ray player that allows you to manually change the region-Code.

Both films are listed as mono, but I am sure both were shown in stereo recently.



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Posted May 18 2013 - 03:30 AM

Re my above post, The Blue Max was only 3 Track Magnetic Stereo on release.

 

Also the German audio track is DTS MA 2.0 Mono and the English track is DTS MA 2.0 Stereo.

 

I did also have a LP of the soundtrack that was taken from the 3 Track Mag, one of Goldsmiths many great scores.



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Posted May 18 2013 - 05:14 AM

Re my above post, The Blue Max was only 3 Track Magnetic Stereo on release.

 

Also the German audio track is DTS MA 2.0 Mono and the English track is DTS MA 2.0 Stereo.

 

I did also have a LP of the soundtrack that was taken from the 3 Track Mag, one of Goldsmiths many great scores.

The Blue Max was released with 4-track mag, and possibly with 6-track 70mm blowups (not sure about the second one). The music recordings may have been done in 3-track, but Fox never did 3-track final mixes to my knowledge.

 

Oh, and the score is absolutely sublime.


Edited by Lromero1396, May 18 2013 - 05:19 AM.


#18 of 20 OFFLINE   John Hermes

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Posted May 18 2013 - 08:40 AM

I watched this last night and was pretty impressed , but to me the some of the squeeze does not seem right with

actors looking thinner in the centre and even more thinner at the edges. Also the frame seems taller than 2.35.1.

 

The Blue Max is a great movie i saw in London in 4 Track Mag on release when i was very young as my dad was

chief projectionist at the Rialto Cinema in Coventry Street.

I thought it looked pretty good too.  Contrast is a bit flat and the color's not exactly vibrant.  I'll have to take another look for the squeeze.  I didn't notice it the first time around.



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Posted May 18 2013 - 09:48 AM

70mm prints of The Blue Max were released in the USA, I have never heard of a 70mm showing in the UK.



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Posted May 18 2013 - 10:27 AM

The Blue Max was released with 4-track mag, and possibly with 6-track 70mm blowups (not sure about the second one). The music recordings may have been done in 3-track, but Fox never did 3-track final mixes to my knowledge.

 

Oh, and the score is absolutely sublime.

Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't believe "Blue Max" had a surround channel, as DP70 said, it was just L.C.R. This is what the blu-ray should be, not a mix-down.

Also, I think the dvd release had reversed channels on part or all of the english track.


Edited by Stephen PI, May 18 2013 - 10:28 AM.

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