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  1. Paul Thrussell

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Nightmare Alley – in Blu-ray

    It does unfortunately seem that even the venerable Criterion gets told to "like it or lump it" sometimes with transfers which they don't have much choice other than to accept as-provided, especially if the rightsholder has a "new restoration" that they paid for and are proud of. I'm thinking of...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Zombie -- in Blu-ray

    From what I've heard, Lustig was told that the transfer he received for his last BD (there's three now, I think?) was from the neg and was pretty choked to find out they had lied and supplied one from an IP, and then they turned around not long after and let Arrow access the OCN (perhaps due to...
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    Meet The Feebles (1989) needs a Blu-ray now more than ever

    From what I understand, the transfer and cleanup work has already been done. There are some very nice HD clips from the film in one of the LotR extended edition Blu-ray featurettes (couldn't tell you which one specifically off the top of my head as I'm not really a big fan of modern CGI...
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    3D Meet Bob Furmanek: HTF Golden Age 3-D Consultant

    Does he actually give any concrete reason for not loaning any of these prints? Like, does he just have a hate-on for home video as mentioned previously, or does he refuse to loan his prints for restoration efforts as well? I suppose the former could lead to the latter if a video release was the...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Outlaw -- in Blu-ray

    Similar to what happens when you try to scan still negs/slides that weren't exposed properly. The areas where you've tried to recover detail out of overly dark/light spots are very noisy and the gradation is poor.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Outlaw -- in Blu-ray

    I'd be curious to know what exactly the source element was. Grain has that 'peppery' look in some of the shots, and the image overall is a bit mushy. An old dupe neg?
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    Mosfilm's archives

    Wonder if this means they're working on Dersu Uzala too.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The His Girl Friday -- in Blu-ray

    I wondered about that too - it definitely seems to have been heavily scrubbed and is lacking in detail. In the fascinating restoration featurette for The Front Page, they mention that the original elements were junked by CFI after the print in question was created, but considering how dupey...
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    Black Christmas Collector's Edition (1974) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I haven't compared the two, but one possibility is that the Critical Mass mono was just a fold-down, not the real mono mix.
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    An E-mail Appeal to Mr. Wade Williams

    It's a shame that the Eastman OCN of IFM is in different hands than the rest of the materials, since I'd imagine it would improve upon third-generation elements (neg from seps) for the shots that it does contain. Shocking that it sold for just five grand (if I understand correctly!) :blink: At...
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    How does an indy blu-ray re-issue happen?

    In the case of Vinegar Syndrome, they operate a private archive and mostly release titles from their own collection, and they do all the scanning, authoring, etc. in-house. They have strong business and personal connections with a lot of their filmmakers and rights-holders, and they own the...
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Triumph of the Will -- in Blu-ray

    Forgive my ignorance, is a field enlargement essentially a rephotographed optical blowup of part of an image after it was shot? (Almost as ugly as "digital zoom" on a video camera.)
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    Triumph of the Will Thread?

    It is indeed a fantastic piece of filmmaking, and I apologize to all concerned if the company is legit (and I am very excited too if they've got quality releases on the way!) When I had searched "Triumph of the Will Blu-ray" originally what came up was a Stormfront post linking to the...
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    Triumph of the Will Thread?

    Yikes. Leave it to Nazi propaganda films to bring out the drama!
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    Triumph of the Will Thread?

    It's funny, I watched the film again recently for a documentary course, and came across that site a few days ago. I could be completely wrong, but the site looked a bit like Hitler glamor, what with the pictures everywhere, the cover art, and the sale of posters and whatnot.