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    Star Wars Saga DVDs

    So you think 1080p resolution is acceptable as an archival negative resolution? I find this strange, considering that the 35mm originals should resolve roughly 5 times that resolution, and considering double the resolution of 1080p has been the standard for film scanning since the days of...
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    RASHOMON gets 4k Lowry treatment

    This is amazing news. I can't wait to see how this turns out.
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    New Apocalypse Now DVD set this year?

    Neither Coppola nor Murch ever said they recut it from scratch. The closest to that is what a journalist wrote. What they did was, instead of just dropping the deleted scenes in mechanically, they actually went back to the dailies, re-edited the deleted scenes from scratch, and also re-edited...
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    New Apocalypse Now DVD set this year?

    Its actually not that hard to follow. The re-worked scenes number probably...what, a dozen? Across two disks. So you have the roughly 100 minutes of the theatrical cut on disk 1, with maybe a half dozen branch points, accounting for about an additional 20 minutes of reworked scenes on that first...
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    New Apocalypse Now DVD set this year?

    They didn't re-edit the entire film. The original cut took four or five people over a year to do. Certain scenes were just re-tooled. For instance, the surf board scene has new sections added to it, but some of the pre-existing shots have been shortened, lengthened, whathaveyou, so that scene is...
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    Breaking News: Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (DVD/Blu-ray)

    Could the blu-ray boxset be far behind? I'd be surprised if there wasn't a 4-film boxset at least for DVD by Christmas--would be the perfect chance to put the films on Blu-ray as well. We know they already have the CGI-added HD Raiders ready so maybe they've been anticipating this.
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    Friday The 13th SEs/Box Set Info Coming on September 19th!?

    I'm apprehensive they will complete the series. Here's why: This is being done as a tie-in with the remake. In the remake, the killer is Jason and he has the hockey mask. In the original film, it stars his mother and explains his backstory. In the second film, we are introduced to...
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    Friday The 13th SEs/Box Set Info Coming on September 19th!?

    It may be possible to do a joint New Line-Paramount complete collection. Studios have collaborated on box sets before. Here Paramount gets to make a buck by selling their property to New Line and getting the three New Line F13 films and marketing pull by having the remake promotional stuff, and...
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    Criterion Press Release: October 2008 Titles

    Looking forward to the Mizoguchi set. He's very under-representated in Criterion, which is surprising.
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    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    The BFI caps are on the High and Low page at DVD Beaver.com. Its true that they are slightly cropped on top and bottom. However, I remain convinced that the framing is in fact originally wider, and not just due to incidental cropping--every transfer crops a bit in some way or another, and the...
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    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    Yeah, I've always said that 2.55 looks to be what its aspect ratio is. I've never seen a Tohoscope print or transfer wider than the standard 2.35, but I wonder if maybe they briefly experimented with a wider 2.55 ratio the same way that cinemascope did. I think these were commonly shown in...
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    Two films I've been waiting for since forever

    It's also one of Irvin Kershner's (Empire Strikes Back) best films.
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    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    Well according to Matt, it seems to be slightly better than the previous Criterion transfer--maybe they used the same print but were able to crop less of the edges. Or maybe its a different print, but struck in the same 2.35 ratio. Now that I think about it, it does seem better than the first...
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    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    Watching the DVD right now, I'm impressed but also a little disappointed. As I suspected, it appears Criterion might have done a new transfer from the same print they used before, which means the OAR is wrong. The extra-wide aspect ratio the film was shot in--NOT the standard anamorphic...
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    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    I was so happy when I saw this was being re-released. Looks like its everything it should be--though I still have some reservations about the OAR. I hope my copy arrives on my doorstep today.