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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   oscar_merkx

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Posted October 22 2002 - 11:43 PM

http://www.dvdjourna....nde_ce.q.shtml

I am very surprised that no one seemed to have brought this to our attention. Ron reviewed High Noon & The Quiet Man.

At least John Ford movies are getting more exposure on dvd which is always a good thing
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#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted October 23 2002 - 01:21 AM

I was wondering what happened to this release. Best Buy had "The Quiet Man" & "High Noon", but no "Rio Grande". I also hadn't seen any reviews on "Rio Grande" yet. I thought that maybe this release had been cancelled. It sounds like a quality disc, but I'd still like to see a review that talks more about the picture quality, before I pick it up.

#3 of 12 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 23 2002 - 01:24 AM

I have it, but frankly I was so upset with the quality of The Quiet Man that I opted not to review it. Also, Artisan totally disregards subtitles and that is a problem for me. We shall see. If I have time this week maybe I'll review it.

 

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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   oscar_merkx

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Posted October 23 2002 - 01:42 AM

I can certainly understand your POV Ron, hopefully by the time next week rolls around, you have changed your mind

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Posted October 23 2002 - 01:44 AM

I went out and purchased both High Noon and Rio Grande, although I had both earlier incarnations. High Noon is abysmal and not at all Representative of the film. Viewed a bit of the extant RG, and decided not to even open the new one, which will be returned. Artisan is spending more time and energy on packaging than on their films. These people might just as well be selling plastic combs. RAH

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#6 of 12 OFFLINE   Mark_Wilson

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Posted October 23 2002 - 02:31 AM

[quote] High Noon is abysmal and not at all Representative of the film. [quote]

I picked this up recently and have never seen the movie before. Can you elaborate on the problems with it?

#7 of 12 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted October 23 2002 - 09:42 PM

RAH, My eyes might not be as critically inclined as your trained eyes, but I thought Hign Noon video presentation was better than the previously released dvd and was a big improvement audio wise in comparison to the old dvd. The latest Rio Grande dvd was also an improvement along the same level over the previously released dvd. However, the big part of this latest dvd release is hearing Maureen O'Hara's commentary. After listening to her stories, you can see why John Ford and John Wayne loved her so much and really enjoyed working with her. This black and white film really captured her beauty. Crawdaddy

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#8 of 12 ONLINE   Robert Harris

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Posted October 24 2002 - 03:01 AM

These films have a major problem with digital over-processing, to a point at which virutally nothing is left of the original film. RAH

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Posted October 24 2002 - 04:52 AM

[quote] These people might just as well be selling plastic combs. [quote] Posted Image

Robert H, you mentioned in another thread that these titles would be going back to Paramount (I think it was Paramount) at some point. Any idea of the possible time-frame on that?

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#10 of 12 OFFLINE   Gordon McMurphy

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Posted October 26 2002 - 06:25 AM

For sure, Fartisan's High Noon DVD is about 1 million light-years from looking 'film-like'. Posted Image Sure it's clean and sharp, but at what cost? I recall Mr Harris' comments about Warner's North By Northwest DVD being cleaned up to the point of eradicating precious film-grain (our "friend" Posted Image ) but I quite like the work (in home video terms) that was done on that title, but Artisan do things with their transfers that boggle the mind. I'd like to be more positive, but ya gots to says whats ya feels.

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#11 of 12 OFFLINE   Deepak Shenoy

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Posted October 26 2002 - 08:18 AM

The High Noon transfer just did not look right to me and that is why I was surprised to see all the positive reviews that this DVD has received. I am glad that my eyes were not playing tricks on me. The DVD sure is watchable, but doesn't in any way compare to some of the recent black-and-white transfers from Warner.

#12 of 12 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted October 26 2002 - 11:03 AM

Deepak, Who is comparing the High Noon dvd release to Warner's recent dvd transfers? Also, I think most have recognized that the High Noon transfer is far from being very good. However, it was still a slight improvement video wise over the previous dvd release with the audio and extras being the big difference between the two dvd releases. Hopefully, in the future, a more measurerable improvement can be seen when a new video transfer can take place in more capable hands. Crawdaddy

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