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    A Few Words About Poll: What parameters do you seek for 4k UHD releases?

    Very interesting poll, and the results aren't surprising to me given the HTF audience. I would be interested how other, more average and casual film buyers would respond. I'd wager most have the attitude that film grain is like dirt on a windshield that needs to be wiped away - and anything that...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ -The Godfather(s) 50th Anniversary Restoration -- in 4k UHD

    Yes, Coppola asked Spielberg to convince Paramount to restore Godfather back in '07 or thereabouts, that was the origin of the Robert Harris restoration from that time.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ -The Godfather(s) 50th Anniversary Restoration -- in 4k UHD

    I'd wager that most filmmakers (and artists in general) view their works as 'living documents,' never quite finished, and they can't resist the urge to tinker and experiment. (Coppola himself probably started the trend way back in '77 when he released The Godfather Epic chronological version for...
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    Unexpected Blu-Ray releases You've Been Delighted to See

    The Australian label Imprint released David Mamet's The Winslow Boy - my all-time favorite film. Sure, the transfer is a bit dated, but it's a huge step above the old DVD, which had a transfer that made the movie look as if the camera had been coated in Vaseline.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ -The Godfather(s) 50th Anniversary Restoration -- in 4k UHD

    I know - that's why I still have mixed feelings about the 2022 version, although I do like it in a lot of ways. Yes, it has a grain-less, clean, modernistic sparkle that's attractive in its own way. But it departs from the look intended by Willis in '72 and which was captured in your great '08...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ -The Godfather(s) 50th Anniversary Restoration -- in 4k UHD

    That's a good point, hadn't thought of that Storaro example. His Univisium aspect ratio, though, from what I gather, was retroactively applied to the DVD release and wasn't what the movie originally used. In the case of The Godfather, since Willis' 'four points yellow, one point red' look was...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ -The Godfather(s) 50th Anniversary Restoration -- in 4k UHD

    That's an excellent point - when the ultimate author of a work approves a particular version of the work, it's hard to argue that version is incorrect, a betrayal, or whatever. This isn't a case of a home video label releasing something without the director's input. And if Coppola himself isn't...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ -The Godfather(s) 50th Anniversary Restoration -- in 4k UHD

    The 4k version is attractive, but I think it would be more embraced if Gordon Willis hadn't designed the photography and post-processing to achieve a very specific look that the new version departs from. I agree with you, changing the tint/coloring doesn't alter the power of the film at all...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ -The Godfather(s) 50th Anniversary Restoration -- in 4k UHD

    Since so many home video releases of movies over the years have been subtly or not-so-subtly changed over the years (color timing, different aspect ratios, etc.), it makes me wonder how truly important cinematography is to many directors. I'm sure it is important and they all value great...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About While we wait for a few words about...™ The Godfather(s) -- in 4k UHD

    Aside from the movies themselves, what I'm most looking forward to in this set is the special feature on the latest restoration process, which should be a good bookend to the fascinating "Emulsional Rescue" feature from the original bluray set. I wish more releases had these kind of features...
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    Pre-Order The Two Jakes (1990) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I had the same reaction. I didn't think it was anywhere near the quality or tone of Chinatown. Chinatown had a low-key subtlety that made it seem realistic; Two Jakes felt too overblown, like it was trying too hard. For one example, there's a scene in which Jake goes ballistic on someone in a...
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    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    Wholeheartedly agree. I think with the technological advances of this modern era (4K digital restorations, etc.), we know there is the capacity for a near perfect presentation of a movie, so a lot of people automatically expect that every blu-ray release will be near perfect. It's a complete...
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    UHD Review The Shining (1980) UHD Review

    Excellent points. The book and the film are trying to achieve different goals, and they use different methods to achieve those goals. I used to think the novel - and novels in general - was "better" because it could easily show the thoughts and feelings and memories of the main character. While...
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    UHD Review The Shining (1980) UHD Review

    My feelings as well. In fact, for me, the most haunting and memorable parts of the novel of The Shining are Jack Torrance's often self-pitying and tragic internal monologues and memories of his abusive childhood - stuff that would be impossible to effectively translate to the screen. To me, that...
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