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  1. Brent Reid

    Lost Films Found

    There's an increasing tendency for folk here and elsewhere to use the widely accepted term "lost film" (no longer extant; not known to exist) when they really mean "unavailable" or, better still, "not easily accessible to members of the public." The only reason I can think of is that consciously...
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    Pre-Order Stage Fright (Warner Archive Collection) (1950) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    You're right: it is a fabulous piece and makes a very persuasive argument for Stage Fright. It was in the Fall 1970 issue. You're welcome. :)
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    Glorious Technicolor

    A DVDCompare whole site search indicates it isn't on any other listed releases.
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    Seen The 1959 Hercule's Threads - But does anyone really know who has the US rights to the film?

    Thank you. It may initially appear to be mumbo jumbo but I've studied it for many years and understand it perfectly. But it's really not that difficult: copyright laws may seem intimidating at first but once you decipher the legalese, they're actually quite straightforward. This especially...
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    Seen The 1959 Hercule's Threads - But does anyone really know who has the US rights to the film?

    This thread is a very frustrating read: there's so much speculation, much of it completely misinformed. Hopefully this will end it. I'm not going to quote individual posts but reply to various points raised since the beginning of this thread. Once again: as of today, 1st January, essentially...
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    As is the use of the phrase "colored people".
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    Seen The 1959 Hercule's Threads - But does anyone really know who has the US rights to the film?

    People are conflating two entirely different concepts: essentially, no post-1925, non-US works are public domain in the US – or anywhere else for that matter. This film belongs to somebody 100%; what remains to be seen is whether they claim(ed) their copyright and intend to enforce it.
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ Number Seventeen – in Blu-ray

    Kudos for continuing to highlight the widespread piracy of Hitchcock's fully copyrighted British films but note The Pleasure Garden is not in the public domain. When it finally becomes so, at the end of this year, note too it only applies in the US and to silent copies of the two unrestored...
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    Pirate and Bootleg Blu-ray/DVD Documentation

    I'm certain that's nothing more than an anonymous Australian pirate. It's ripped from the US Warner Archive Collection 2017 region 0 reissue DVD-R as opposed to the 2009 region 1 pressed DVD issued in the TCM Spotlight: Doris Day Collection. I've encountered many very similar Oz DVDs that are...
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    Blu-ray Review HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Seventh Seal

    This is a commonly reported problem. There is no fix and as the fault didn't develop until years later, no corrected discs were issued. Criterion will send free replacements on request ([email protected]) but all stocks of the original disc are gone and they only have copies of their...
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    Has Anyone A Clue As To the Fate of the Remaining Val Lewton Films?

    This is such a shame. I love this body of films, but they should not have treated hour-long B movies to the same individual, premium-priced releases you'd accord A-list studio product. That they'd turn a profit in the current physical media market was hopelessly optimistic at best, misguided at...
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    Pre-Order House By The River (1950) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Kino's 2005 DVD has a PAL-NTSC transfer, so is sped-up by 4%. Their latest DVD, issued commensurately with the BD, has a native NTSC transfer, so has the correct runtime.
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    Animated Films in Public Domain?

    You might want to pay more due diligence as to what you consider to be public domain. Straight off, I can assure you that three of the twelve films on your current schedule are actually copyrighted. They are: the 20th Century Fox Hour adaption of Miracle on 34th Street (1955), Cyrano de Bergerac...
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    Completion of Kay Francis Catelogue at Warner Archive

    Hi Tracy, Welcome to the forum and congrats on your excellent taste! Until someone gets around to producing a round-up of Kay Francis titles available on official home video (I may do so one day), the best place to check availability is here. Just click on the "Releases" tab for each title...
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    Pre-Order Day The World Ended (1955) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Or they could release them as real value for money barebones twofers – or even threefers – as per Kit Parker's excellent film noir sets. But they won't. :(