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  1. Traveling Matt

    MASH and HD

    Looking at the two shots closer, I'm now wondering what the original negatives could truly provide. The show was shot on 35mm, making the OAR 3:2. Which is close to 4:3 but longer on the sides. But in the HD versions there is significantly more information to the left and right, which leads me...
  2. Traveling Matt

    MASH and HD

    I just noticed, in the HD shot, the beer can on Henry's desk looks like it's just floating there. There's no evidence he's even at a desk cause there's no desk. :oops:
  3. Traveling Matt

    MASH and HD

    I've checked out a few episodes on Amazon and, while the restorations are terrific, the cropping is unfortunate. Here's a DVD screengrab followed by one from the HD transfers. As you can see most of Henry's nameplate is cut off in HD and his coffee cup, which is already in an odd position on...
  4. Traveling Matt

    Physical Media might not be dead, but Physical Media in Retail Stores are accelerating the death

    I'm sure it's somewhere in this long thread, but many people are of course not debating discs or streaming. With their interests spread out over numerous streamers at $10 per, they've simply returned to pirating. That, sadly, neutralizes the concerns we're discussing on both formats, and for...
  5. Traveling Matt

    B&N Criterion Sale starts July 10, 2020!

    Here's something interesting. I picked up Destry Rides Again and The Cameraman at my local store, and asked the guy checking me out what their return policy is. I like to keep track how they change at different merchants and I don't go to B&N much. He told me 30 days and... the media can be...
  6. Traveling Matt

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations - in Blu-ray

    I know a lot of hard work went into this set, and I have admiration for people like Mr. Skretvedt who have dedicated so much to L&H over the years, but a purchase at this point seems really hard to justify. As much as I want to reward the effort overall. But like someone else said earlier, I...
  7. Traveling Matt

    Kino Lorber Insider (Read Guidelines Post #3)

    I've read so much about this film over the years but never got my hands on the DVD. I look forward to rectifying that here. I've also read that Miklós Rózsa's score is quite impressive, and reminiscent of one of my favorites of his works, another WWII film made in 1943 with a desert locale...
  8. Traveling Matt

    UHD Review A League of Their Own (Columbia Classics Collection) UHD Review

    Thank you for the review, Todd. Alas I am still waiting for my true holy grail release for this film: an expanded album of Hans Zimmer's wonderful score. I'm sure he sounds great in Dolby Atmos here along with the rest of the track.
  9. Traveling Matt

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations - in Blu-ray

    I apologize if I came across a little harsh and, again, my disappointment is tentative. I haven't gotten the chance yet to cancel my pre-order but will hold off for now. Thank you for chiming in, Randy. I think my concern is two possibilities: this release falling short, and this poor...
  10. Traveling Matt

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations - in Blu-ray

    I'm confused as well. Either the UCLA theatrical showings were overrated, or something happened during this project to result in something different from what UCLA has done. Either way, I'm skeptical this is the best it can possibly be until UCLA confirms this is how they're "supposed" to look...
  11. Traveling Matt

    Dear Warner Bros...How 'Bout Giving Up Your Marx Bros. on Blu-ray?

    Agreed. I've been wanting these just as long as the Paramount films. A Night at the Opera especially as it's my all-time favorite comedy. It would be incredible if they found and restored the beginning of the opening scene that's been missing probably since its original release.
  12. Traveling Matt

    The One...The Only...JAWS

  13. Traveling Matt

    The One...The Only...JAWS

    When Intrada released the comprehensive Jaws in 2015, I sent my very close friend a copy of it with a short note printed out. He loves the movie like I do and quotes lines with me all the time. "Yeah, it's a CD but what kind? What kind of CD?" "A 2-disc film score/album soundtrack CD."
  14. Traveling Matt

    The One...The Only...JAWS

    The Memories From Martha's Vinyard book mentions how salty, old New Englanders of that era tended to think of actors as "sissy" types, as was common when that generation was young during the Golden Age. Since then I can't help but think that extra was doing his "actor voice" in that shot. His...
  15. Traveling Matt

    The One...The Only...JAWS

    I no longer lived near a beach when I first saw Jaws at about 8 years old, but after seeing it I was spooked just swimming in a pool. :lol: One of the things that makes it click so well for me, that I haven't seen mentioned yet, is the clear and satisfying nature of its three acts. You can feel...
  16. Traveling Matt

    Laurel and Hardy Restorations Coming to Blu Ray and DVD

    Thanks Tony. If you see any early reviews, or in particular mention of the packaging style for the BD, would you report it here please?
  17. Traveling Matt

    Converting 35mm slides to digital

    Those look great, Scott! It looks like you've also done a little cleanup, no? I'd say those look better than mine do, but I went back and looked, and my scans aren't as bad as I thought. They're pretty close to what you've got. Definitely not as good as the slides, particularly in density, but...
  18. Traveling Matt

    Kino Lorber Insider (Read Guidelines Post #3)

    Speaking of Columbia titles, I'm still seriously hoping someone can get to Sahara (1943), a powerful and underrated Bogart film.
  19. Traveling Matt

    Converting 35mm slides to digital

    Sounds good! Yes, unfortunately, the negatives just don't have the same quality as positive slides. Though I understand it depends on a variety of factors - type of rolls/format, type of camera, lighting etc. Ours are all 35mm negative rolls, the ubiquitous format for consumer cameras back in...
  20. Traveling Matt

    Converting 35mm slides to digital

    Scott, your 1963 image is incredible! I also recently started this same project and also picked an Epson V600 for the job, and am very happy with it. I'm actually all done with positive slides at this point, and am scanning negative rolls now. And I can tell you, I'm so glad my mom shot most of...
  21. Traveling Matt

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Great Escape (1963) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Labels like Intrada and La-La Land have a lot of out-of-stock titles for long stretches due to limited production capabilities (and frankly their priority in the queue) at the remaining pressing plants on this continent. I seriously doubt Great Escape will come back in stock timed to Criterion's...
  22. Traveling Matt

    Amazon Launches ‘Prime Cinema’ for Early Digital Movie Releases

    There's still very little out there about this, and one article said Amazon didn't reply to requests for comment. And older titles are available thru the service too. So it looks to me like another temporary adjustment for now.
  23. Traveling Matt

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Cameraman (1928) (Blu-ray)

    In this case maybe on a wet gate afternoon. I'll leave now.
  24. Traveling Matt

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Cameraman (1928) (Blu-ray)

    While director-approved extras and a 5.1 DTS-HD MA track would be cool, I think it's an error here. :D
  25. Traveling Matt

    Greyhound (2020)

    Maybe I shouldn't judge until I see it, but putting over CG missiles, ships and, well, oceans is a harder sell when it's the main setting and consequences. The trailer gives no sense of genuine risk because nothing looks real. That, and Tom Hanks looks like Captain Queeg for half of it. :D
  26. Traveling Matt

    Blu-ray Review Tom & Jerry The Golden Collection Volume 1 Blu-ray Review

    So WHV titles can earn extra money going to WAC but WAC can't get WHV titles to satisfy fans (and make money). Gotcha.
  27. Traveling Matt

    Kino Lorber Insider (Read Guidelines Post #3)

    Is this new? Very fortuitous timing if so.
  28. Traveling Matt

    Laurel and Hardy Restorations Coming to Blu Ray and DVD

    Sour grapes has me thinking sour grapes. Producers, please *please* don't package this set in sleeves. Thank you.
  29. Traveling Matt

    TV on DVD news roundup

    Honestly 12 releases a week sounds like a lot to me, in this day and age. What a disappointment to see the complete Cheers simply reissued on DVD. The show is complete on Netflix and looks terrific in HD.
  30. Traveling Matt

    Pocahontas (1995)

    Though it's not as good as the Lion King (itself not as good as Mermaid/Beast/Aladdin), I have always had a soft spot for Pocahontas and feel it's still underrated today.