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Criterion Press Release: It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Dual Format)

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#941 of 1824 OFFLINE   bogies4

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Posted January 08 2014 - 10:56 PM

Thank you for the packaging photos



#942 of 1824 OFFLINE   bogies4

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Posted January 08 2014 - 11:38 PM

The fact that the 2 page (plus) spread of Jack Davis' artwork is also included just added more frosting to this cake for me.



#943 of 1824 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted January 09 2014 - 03:06 AM

So he's so important he can have as many typos as he wants and we have to figure out what the $%#@ he's trying to say?  Is that your point? Does he have to show us any respect?

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#944 of 1824 OFFLINE   Ted Van Duyn

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Posted January 09 2014 - 04:19 AM

Having seen it, albeit not on Blu-ray, my feeling is that, much like the Fox three-strip films, it is what it is. Every bit of footage from which we could harvest some sort of image, excluding some bits and pieces that don't belong, is in the project.Quality of the reconstructed footage is a solid 1.5 or thereabouts.

 

1.5 as in 1.5 out of 10? If it's 10, that kind of paints the reconstructed footage as pretty much unwatchable, where as if it's 5 it's incredibly distracting. Now I'm very concerned.



#945 of 1824 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted January 09 2014 - 04:20 AM

Interesting...Do I interpret those images correctly....do the discs just slide into sleeves, no retention trays???  

 

Yup, that's exactly how it's packaged - and I gotta admit it seems a bit on the flimsy side...


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#946 of 1824 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted January 09 2014 - 04:41 AM

1.5 as in 1.5 out of 10? If it's 10, that kind of paints the reconstructed footage as pretty much unwatchable, where as if it's 5 it's incredibly distracting. Now I'm very concerned.

If you look at RAH's reviews, they are out of 5.The reconstructed material is far from unwatchable, from what I've seen at FotoKem, but it's not going to look like material from large format negative, so that's more as a comparison to the pristine footage than an absolute, I would guess.If someone can't handle the quality shifts, then there is the general release version on disc one for them.
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#947 of 1824 OFFLINE   JohnMor

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Posted January 09 2014 - 07:35 AM

He respects us by taking the time to answer our questions, share his knowledge and write some of the most informed reviews of home media I've ever read.  

 

Not to mention the actual work he did on this title (and others).



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Posted January 09 2014 - 07:39 AM

And three more to finish out the set.  BTW, the ironing board isn't included! :D

 

 

 

I have to supply my own ironing board??? NO SALE!!  ;)



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Posted January 09 2014 - 07:40 AM

If you look at RAH's reviews, they are out of 5.The reconstructed material is far from unwatchable, from what I've seen at FotoKem, but it's not going to look like material from large format negative, so that's more as a comparison to the pristine footage than an absolute, I would guess.If someone can't handle the quality shifts, then there is the general release version on disc one for them.

 

I think RAH was speaking relatively.  

 

And even if the footage is rough in spots, it is what it is.  That's what happens when you get people decades prior who don't think to properly preserve stuff.  

 

This won't be an ideal restoration, but we can see what once was.  Just like the Metropolis restoration, which relied upon some very, very battered scenes to complete the missing gaps.  It wasn't by choice or lack of initiative, it literally was all there was, and it was a freaking miracle that footage was even preserved, because it came from a cut of the film that was available to the public for all of a few weeks before being cut down.  



#950 of 1824 OFFLINE   Joe Lugoff

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Posted January 09 2014 - 08:30 AM

Yes and No.

 

You're absolutely wrong.  No one in this world is more important than anyone else.



#951 of 1824 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted January 09 2014 - 08:40 AM

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You're absolutely wrong. No one in this world is more important than anyone else.

This warning is for all, stop sidetracking this thread! Nobody wants to read this stuff about respect or disrespect. Reading this thread should be an enjoyable experience for us all without these non-value issues disrupting what we all want to know about this BD.

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Posted January 09 2014 - 08:41 AM

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This warning is for all, stop sidetracking this thread. Nobody wants to read this stuff about respect or disrespect. Reading this thread should be an enjoyable experience for us all without these non-value issues disrupting what we all want to know about this BD.

 

Hear, hear!  I'd be all in favor of deleting the offending posts.



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Posted January 09 2014 - 08:45 AM

Hear, hear!  I'd be all in favor of deleting the offending posts.

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Posted January 09 2014 - 08:53 AM

1.5 as in 1.5 out of 10? If it's 10, that kind of paints the reconstructed footage as pretty much unwatchable, where as if it's 5 it's incredibly distracting. Now I'm very concerned.

 

RAH has very high standards. Recently he gave the image quality of The Black Swan a "2" (out of "5"). Not having his trained eye to notice all the variables that can detract from a perfect presentation, I thought it looked fine.

 

If the restored footage of IAMMMMW only rates a "1.5" in his opinion, I'm sure that I'll be more than able to live with it. As will most others.

 

That this restoration has happened at all after so many years is a miracle in itself!!



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Posted January 09 2014 - 08:58 AM

Quality of the reconstructed footage is a solid 1.5 or thereabouts.

 

Is 1.5 similar to the extra footage on the roadshow South Pacific BD?


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#956 of 1824 OFFLINE   Robert Harris

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Posted January 09 2014 - 09:14 AM

Is 1.5 similar to the extra footage on the roadshow South Pacific BD?

 

Mad World is very unique.  No comparisons to anything that has ever appeared.

 

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Posted January 09 2014 - 09:52 AM

What's the fuss. The LD had some patchy-looking footage. Nobody complained at the time. It is what it is, and it's more than we had.
 

 


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Posted January 09 2014 - 09:54 AM

What's the fuss. The LD had some patchy-looking footage. Nobody complained at the time. It is what it is, and it's more than we had.

  Hear, hear.  It sure beats having to watch a Rick Schmidlin reconstruction.  Not because those are bad, but because it is so painful to watch and realize what is lost forever.

 

At least we HAVE picture and sound elements here.



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Posted January 09 2014 - 10:04 AM

I found the Greed reconstruction to be riveting, even with two hours of stills.



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Posted January 09 2014 - 10:08 AM

I found the Greed reconstruction to be riveting, even with two hours of stills.

I agree, and I wasn't being critical of those kinds of restorations.  Just that they can be quite sad in that they are usually done because the footage is gone forever.  Same with "A Star Is Born."  We can be grateful that in the case of IAMMMMW, that it was possible to more or less reconstitute the original roadshow release, even if it's not all uniformly brilliant.







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