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Rumor: Remastered Rocky and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on the way

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#1 of 138 OFFLINE   John Doe

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Posted September 13 2013 - 06:39 PM

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According to Fox Germany, the remastered editions of Rocky and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly will be released on blu-ray next year. U.S. editions will likely follow.

 

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#2 of 138 OFFLINE   Cremildo

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Posted September 13 2013 - 08:24 PM

I was planning on buying Rocky later this month. Maybe not anymore...



#3 of 138 OFFLINE   geomon

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Posted September 13 2013 - 08:44 PM

Please be true, please be true!



#4 of 138 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 13 2013 - 09:29 PM

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Figures that the Rocky Collection is being discounted on Amazon.

 

I bought it the last time it was on sale.  Can't say it's an awful transfer

despite the negative reviews I read prior to the purchase.  

 

I am especially happy about THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY.  That

has received the most complaints about its transfer compared to the Italian version.

 

Just hate to keep buying this stuff over and over again because the

studios can't get it right the first time.

 

Such is life.


 

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#5 of 138 ONLINE   Billy Batson

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Posted September 13 2013 - 11:44 PM

Fingers crossed. Just think, next year we could have remastered releases of, The Good The Bad & The Ugly & The Wild bunch, two bona fide western classics.

#6 of 138 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted September 14 2013 - 12:46 AM

Big surprise.  I purchased the Gold Box for the Rocky collection earlier today.

 

All of you waiting for a remaster of Rocky are welcome. :)

 

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#7 of 138 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted September 14 2013 - 12:52 AM

Big surprise.  I purchased the Gold Box for the Rocky collection earlier today.

 

All of you waiting for a remaster of Rocky are welcome. :)

 

- Walter.

Many of us feel your pain as we've been there and done that with other titles over the years.


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#8 of 138 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted September 14 2013 - 01:55 AM

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I would get The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly if it included both the "international version" and restored Italian version. It might be heresy, but I actually prefer the shorter cut (and I think I remember reading somewhere that Leone himself supervised the editing of it, but I'm not sure).

 

Good that these films are getting some care and attention, anyway!


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Posted September 14 2013 - 02:21 AM

Wow.  5th time on Good bad ugly (VHS, DVD, blu, blu multipack, ..future remastered I'll surely buy).  somebody is reading our thoughts and making devious plans to take our money. 

 

I'd was so close to buying that Rocky set yesterday (to add to my VHS and DVD sets of Rocky...  ).  Told a fella at work about it.  He said "you just got paid...why not?"  he was damn right.  but I forgot.  good thing! 


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Posted September 14 2013 - 04:13 AM

I would get The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly if it included both the "international version" and restored Italian version. It might be heresy, but I actually prefer the shorter cut (and I think I remember reading somewhere that Leone himself supervised the editing of it, but I'm not sure).

 

Good that these films are getting some care and attention, anyway!

 

I do not care for the extended cut currently out on BD, either. The added scenes with Eastwood and Wallach's dubbed older voices, as well as a Van Cleef soundalike, really take me out of the film and add nothing to the movie, IMO. If the new transfer is the same cut of the film currently available, I will pass and just stick with my current copy.



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Posted September 14 2013 - 05:50 AM

Figures that the Rocky Collection is being discounted on Amazon.

 

I bought it the last time it was on sale.  Can't say it's an awful transfer

despite the negative reviews I read prior to the purchase.  

 

I am especially happy about THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY.  That

has received the most complaints about its transfer compared to the Italian version.

 

Just hate to keep buying this stuff over and over again because the

studios can't get it right the first time.

 

Such is life.

 

Robert, I agree.  But I have absolutely no regrets about buying the original release of this Blu-ray Disc (TGTBATU).

 

This is a film I would now only ever watch on my projector, and the DVD is just too poor to do so.

 

Since the less-than-perfect Blu-ray Disc arrived, an item I bought for under a tenner, I've watched it twice.  As such, I think I've probably had my money's worth.

 

Providing it gets the restoration it deserves, I'll happily double dip.

 

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Posted September 14 2013 - 07:23 AM

GBU should be just the international version + the italian cut, hopefully using the same master as the italian disc, with the differences in a few shots between the versions there via seamless branching. That would be awesome. Rocky, yes, was a very old made for DVD master. I love that film, Stallone was hungry and fantastic in it.



#13 of 138 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted September 14 2013 - 02:51 PM

Figures that the Rocky Collection is being discounted on Amazon.

 

I bought it the last time it was on sale.  Can't say it's an awful transfer

despite the negative reviews I read prior to the purchase.  

 

I am especially happy about THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY.  That

has received the most complaints about its transfer compared to the Italian version.

 

Just hate to keep buying this stuff over and over again because the

studios can't get it right the first time.

 

Such is life.

It's a conspiracy, Ron. They knew you'd buy this title regardless of its drawbacks, and then buy it again when it was remastered. Seriously, I do actually wonder if studios intentionally hold back on their best quality work in order to assure future sales.



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Posted September 15 2013 - 12:42 AM

Figures that the Rocky Collection is being discounted on Amazon.

 

I bought it the last time it was on sale.  Can't say it's an awful transfer

despite the negative reviews I read prior to the purchase.  

 

I am especially happy about THE GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY.  That

has received the most complaints about its transfer compared to the 
Italian version.

 

Just hate to keep buying this stuff over and over again because the

studios can't get it right the first time.

 

Such is life.

 

My solution is to stick with the existing release unless the new release is amazingly improved. Case in point: I highly doubt the Rocky remaster is going to look substantially better. I'm happy enough with my existing copy of Rocky, part of the Undisputed Collection that I purchased cheaply a couple of years ago.

 

In other words, I'm not going to reward studios for this tactic. It's bad enough that we've been rebuying films on new formats every few years. The last thing I want to start doing is rebuying films I already own on Blu-ray.



#15 of 138 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 15 2013 - 12:52 AM

Koroush,

 

I am going to stick with my existing copy, but will keep an eye

out for whatever Fox may or may not do with this release in the

future.

 

I just don't find the current transfer of ROCKY to be that bad.

 

I think the film, given its time period, has an appropriate look for

its era.  Hard to explain other than I think it is supposed to have 

a dingy look to it.  Not sure what a shined-up affect would do to

the flavor of this movie.


 

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Posted September 15 2013 - 07:16 AM

Rocky could look as beautiful as The Terminator does. Same kind of leap from one old release to the next.


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#17 of 138 OFFLINE   schan1269

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Posted September 15 2013 - 07:29 AM

Such is the life of a "buyer and lender"...

 

Out of the last 100 or so movies I've bought, I probably only have 60 or so in my possession. When I bought Cinema Paradiso(again) I bought both the BD and long DVD. I've probably bought 5 copies of that movie, if not more. Mainly from them disappearing(that is what happens when you have tons of house guests...I'll get movies mailed back to me that I didn't know had been borrowed in the first place).



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Posted September 15 2013 - 08:22 AM

If they are doing a new film scan of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly i'll buy it, if it's just a remastering job of the current release then i might not because apart from the serious loss of detail issues there are other problems with the current USA/UK edition of that film.

 

I thought MGM owned the film rights and Fox just distributed them.


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Posted September 15 2013 - 12:10 PM

I would be very interested if all of Leone Westerns are remastered. Hopefully the other 2 will be done in addition to TGTBTU?

 

I've held off on picking up Rocky. I would be interested if all of the films are given proper remastering.



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Posted September 15 2013 - 12:56 PM

I have bought my last THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY and will stick with what I have. I just have to put my foot down so I can buy other titles that have not made their Blu-ray debut. Same with ROCKY.
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