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#21 of 159 Larry Sutliff

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Posted September 17 2002 - 10:16 AM

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Though it's not in the AFI 100 greatest, it's the pinnacle of U.'s classic horror flicks and deserves the royal treatment.



I agree. And BRIDE is considered superior to the original FRANKENSTEIN which did make the list. I think BOF is deserving of the Criterion treatment myself, but I'd be happy with a remastered version from Universal.

#22 of 159 Jeff_HR

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Posted September 17 2002 - 10:21 AM

I hope what I've read in the past about "Scarface" getting a new soundtrack upon reissue is not correct. It would be very out of place for that film to have a "more up to date" music track.
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Posted September 17 2002 - 10:25 AM

I hope they will start a film-noir series on DVD similar to the one they had on VHS.

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Posted September 17 2002 - 10:34 AM

The OOP Bride of Frankenstein looks fantastic.

A remaster isn't really needed unless it's something along the lines of a Lowry Digital Images restoration. The supplements are great AND there's lots of them.

All of the 8 Classic Monster films (in the box set) have excellent DVDs...making SE's of them is just about as un neccecary as American Pie: Ultimate Edition

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Posted September 17 2002 - 10:46 AM

The OOP Bride of Frankenstein looks fantastic.


Hmmmmm, "fantastic" is not the term I would use to describe this DVD. Check the framing compared to the VHS, as when the picture fades out in the hermit's hut and the Crucifix is held on screen for a second or so. Grain is excessive, as well.

Not really terrible, but could (and should) be a whole lot better. For an average film from '35 I would say the transfer is acceptable, but not for BOF. The extras are nice, though.

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Posted September 17 2002 - 11:01 AM

Jeff, it's good to know that they are concentrating on "never on DVD before" titles. 115 titles between January and June 2003 sound almost too good to be true, let's hope they don't opt for quantity over quality!

Hopefully among the 115 titles the following will be included:

Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves (1944)
All I Desire (1953)
Anne Of The Thousand Days (1969)
Arabesque (1966)
Arabian Nights (1942)
Back Street (1932), (1941) & (1961)
Bend Of The River (1952)
Big Clock (1948)
Black Cat (1934)
Cat And The Canary (1939)
Countess From Hong Kong (1967)
Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
Criss Cross (1949)
Dark Mirror (1946)
Deadly Mantis (1957)
Five Graves To Cairo (1943)
Flower Drum Song (1961)
Gambit (1966)
Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Imitation Of Life (1934) & (1959)
Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
The Killers (1946) & (1964)
Leech Woman (1960)
Last Sunset (1961)
List Of Adrian Messenger (1963)
Lonely Are The Brave (1962)
Lover Come Back (1961)
Magnificent Obsession (1935) & (1954)
Madame X (1966)
Man Without A Star (1955)
Man's Favorite Sport (1964)
Mary Queen Of Scots (1971)
Midnght Lace (1960)
Mirage (1965)
Mole People (1956)
Monolith Monsters (1957)
Morocco (1930)
Phantom Lady (1944)
Prince Who Was A Thief (1951)
The Raven (1935)
Revenge Of The Creature (1955)
The Spoilers (1942)
Sweet Charity (1969)
Tammy And The Bachelor (1957)
Tarantula (1955)
Tarnished Angels (1957)
There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Thrill Of It All (1963)
Thunder Bay (1953)
Thunder On The Hill (1951)
Winchester 73 (1950)


On the TV front, in addition to a complete season by season Alfred Hitchock Presents box sets, a Thriller box set would also be most welcome.

#27 of 159 Chris Xolotl

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Posted September 17 2002 - 11:10 AM

Jeff. Any DVD Screeners this year? I might be at the one in November.

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Posted September 17 2002 - 12:38 PM

So they're toying around with the idea of releasing Miami Vice on DVD huh? That is one show that I have been eagerly waiting for on DVD. Please Universal... season box sets with all the original music intact! (fingers crossed)

Did they happen to mention anything about The Six Million Dollar Man?

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Posted September 17 2002 - 01:57 PM

Did the "Streets Of Fire: CE" petition work?

That's my main question. I would so dig a CE DVD of this...

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Posted September 17 2002 - 02:07 PM

What about the original '42 Cat People?
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Posted September 17 2002 - 02:15 PM

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I'd love to have it, but the studio may think that it is a bit obscure & therefore uncommercial. If you multi-regional & PAL enabled then this USA company has it available: Diabolik DVD.
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Posted September 17 2002 - 02:49 PM

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I handed my survey in but I can remember that Miami Vice...(was) on the list.


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Posted September 17 2002 - 02:55 PM

I definitely second The Frighteners... I would love to see a port of the Signature Collection laserdisc with the full documentary intact plus dts for the feature! Surely all this could fit on 2x dvd-9s for an Ultimate Edition?

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Posted September 17 2002 - 03:14 PM

The original 1942 Cat People is part of the RKO library owned by Time Warner. not Universal. That reminds me that I've got an extra copy of the Criterion Cat People laser disc that I keep meaning to put on e-bay.

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Posted September 17 2002 - 03:24 PM

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Oh yeah, what was I saying?

Jeff, did they, by any chance, mention Orgazmo ? Posted Image I realize it's new catalog for UNI, but the DVD is just sitting there waiting to be pressed.

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Posted September 17 2002 - 03:27 PM

A new 1941 as well as restored Marx Bros. movies.

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Posted September 18 2002 - 12:57 AM

is this what you are looking for www.orgazmodvd.com

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Posted September 18 2002 - 03:39 AM

I just hope that they will finally release their Anthony Mann westerns. A remastered SE of The Sting would be nice as well.

#39 of 159 Tom Foley

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Posted September 18 2002 - 04:18 AM

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Well, it's nice, but it just ain't the DVD. Posted Image

But to think, all that effort for a DVD that isn't even confirmed to be released. Gee Universal, you think it might be a popular movie? Posted Image

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Posted September 18 2002 - 04:57 AM

We really need 1983's "The Pirates of Penzance". it was an early laser disc but we never got a widescreen version. They hinted at it but it never was released. Also where is "Sweet Charity" with the success of "Fosse" and "Chicago" on Broadway, Vegas, and touring I was sure Universal would capitalize on this one....but hey they are probably working on the "Munsters" boxed set.Much more important.

As someone said above, lets hope they go for quality rather than quantity!!!


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