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New from Universal: Francis the Talking Mule - The Complete Collection in April


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#21 of 33 JoeDoakes

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Posted February 14 2014 - 12:08 PM

And don't forget as well a new Bob Hope movie collection is also forthcoming on that same release date and here is that listing...http://www.amazon.co...ywords=bob hope

 

And the list of films on there...Give Me a Sailor,The Cat and the CanaryNothing But the TruthThe PalefaceThanks for the MemoryThe Ghost Breakers,My Favorite BlondeSorrowful JonesNever Say Die, and Caught in the Draft

No new titles on that one, however.



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Posted February 14 2014 - 02:30 PM

I think a great Universal 10 B movie horror collection; House of Horrors / The Strange Case of Doctor Rx / Murders in the Zoo / The Mad Ghoul /The Mad Doctor of Market Street / The Black Cat (1941) / Man Made Monster / Horror Island / Night Monster / Captive Wild Woman.

 

Even though these titles are already in MOD, I wish Universal would re-release a non flip disc version of The Bela Lugosi Collection.

Scratch Black Cat (1941), The Monster and the Girl instead



#23 of 33 SilverWook

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Posted February 14 2014 - 10:30 PM

It figures they would finally release the others, as I bought the old set last year. ;)



#24 of 33 Dick

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Posted February 17 2014 - 07:00 AM

I saw FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE theatrically when I was seven. I loved it, with its secret passageways and trap doors and the implications of ghosts. I've seen it only one time since, and thought it was slow and rather awful, and the only one of the series not directed by my late friend Arthur Lubin. Still, for the sake of nostalgia, I will probably pick up the set.



#25 of 33 rmw650

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Posted February 17 2014 - 04:54 PM

You can't go wrong for that price and it's the complete series set of the famous talking mule.



#26 of 33 JeffT.

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Posted February 17 2014 - 05:48 PM

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FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1956) is definitely the "odd child" of the film series.  (As mentioned) director Arthur Lubin is no longer involved.  Donald O'Connor is conspicuously absent.  Even Chill Wills isn't providing the "Talking Mule" voice any longer.

 

It does have the (redeeming) virtue of (wisely) including Richard Deacon (a boyhood friend of Rod Serling and who was under contract at Universal Pictures at the time) in the cast.  Certainly a most capable albeit underused actor-comedian.  As a matter-of-fact I just saw him today in THE KETTLES IN THE OZARKS (1956)!

 

I don't feel there ever was a bad entry in this (most) enjoyable series but it is apparent that the end was nigh.

 

Whether there were definite aspirations to continue on only the film experts know for sure.

 

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#27 of 33 JoHud

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Posted May 02 2014 - 05:17 PM

Watched them and I can confirm that the discs are single-sided and the final three films are not presented in widescreen, but rather in open-matte as per most Universal DVDs from that era.  These three look good at a 16:9 ratio, a 1.85 ratio looks too cramped, particularly on Francis In the Navy.

 

However the transfers are just as good as the first 4.



#28 of 33 Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 02 2014 - 05:23 PM

Then the transfers are zoomed. Those last three should be either 1.85 or 2:1.


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Posted May 02 2014 - 05:26 PM

Then the transfers are zoomed. Those last three should be either 1.85 or 2:1.

 

Francis In the Navy is probably the only one with that problem.  I watched Francis Joins the WACs in 1:85:1 and it looked fine, but didn't take any chances with Francis in the Haunted House and watched that in 16:9 right off.



#30 of 33 Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 02 2014 - 05:44 PM

I checked my notes and NAVY should be 2:1.


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Posted May 02 2014 - 07:11 PM

I thought the last three looked good in 1.85, 2:1 would be cramped. In 1:85, the main titles are centered on the monitor and I did not notice any heads cut off.
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Posted May 02 2014 - 11:26 PM

I've just posted the documentation:

 

http://www.hometheat...tion/?p=4081854


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Posted May 05 2014 - 08:18 AM

So Just like Ma and Pa, and Their 50's Sci-Fi collections they went the cheap route using old, existing masters instead of new widescreen transfers. 

Dissapointing but for the price I'll still get it.

 

Watched them and I can confirm that the discs are single-sided and the final three films are not presented in widescreen, but rather in open-matte as per most Universal DVDs from that era.  These three look good at a 16:9 ratio, a 1.85 ratio looks too cramped, particularly on Francis In the Navy.

 

However the transfers are just as good as the first 4.


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