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  1. titch

    Walter Hill's The Warriors (1979)

    There is a great retrospective on Walter Hill's masterpiece, The Warriors, in the latest edition of EMPIRE magazine (September 2021, pages 90-95). I realised that I didn't have a blu-ray in my library, but checking to see what was available to purchase, I could only find a blu ray from 2007 from...
  2. titch

    Blood For Dracula Severin Films 4K UHD

    OMG - barely a mention anywhere else on the web of the release of this legendary cult movie? According to Severin: "a new master of the film, scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative for the first time ever". Severin's UHD of Santa Sangre was lovely, so I'm definitely getting this. Haven't...
  3. titch

    Battle Royale 4K UHD

    I've just been browsing through Arrow Video's outstanding package. I had the previous Arrow blu-ray box, and the picture and sound on the Theatrical version have been substantially upgraded. Silver Salt was responsible for mastering and grading the film from the original 35 mm camera negative of...
  4. titch

    True Lies 4K UHD

    Took me a full 30 seconds to realise that the date today is April 1st. I bet there are some other suckers out there! https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?d1=15684&d2=4516&c=1851
  5. titch

    International La Haine 4K UHD

    I had already got hold of the BFI region B-locked blu-ray of StudioCanal's new 4K mastered release of this blistering French classic - it would make a good double-bill with Do The Right Thing. Then I noticed over on Beaver that the French 4K UHD release had English subtitles, so I ordered that...
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    La Grande Illusion StudioCanal 2020

    Suddenly, a new blu-ray of this great classic film, Criterion's DVD spine number 1, is released in the UK. But is this a new mastering effort? Absolutely no information to be found anywhere (Beaver just links this release to the 2012 blu-ray). However, since StudioCanal have been redoing many...
  7. titch

    Best film restoration companies?

    After six years of 4K discs and 15 years of Blu-rays, there is still little transparency regarding the various companies which are responsible for the authoring of the video masters. There are exceptions - some of the discs have a title card clearly identifying who has been responsible for a...
  8. titch

    David Byrne's American Utopia Region B

    If Stop Making Sense is the greatest concert film ever made, then David Byrne's American Utopia isn't all that far behind. The recently released Region B-locked UK release is excellent - both the audio and visual quality are first rate. What's unusual - and very welcome - is that this disc is...
  9. titch

    International SHOWGIRLS 4K UHD

    I just had a look at the German 4K UHD disc and compared it to the 2010 15th anniversary blu-ray. I didn't like the look of the 4K disc at all. It's a so-called "restoration" done at Pathé in 2015 and what the "restorers" seem to have done, is to have scrubbed the grain away and given everyone a...
  10. titch

    AKIRA 4K UHD

    I've had Akira at home since the almighty Criterion CAV three-disc laserdisc - it was my first experience of Japanese manga. I subsequently purchased the 2009 blu-ray and thought the picture looked pretty decent then. However, this 4K UHD is a significant improvement. Compared with the blu-ray...
  11. titch

    4K UHD Le Cercle Rouge

    Have to say I'm baffled by that nitwit Dr. Whatever over at the other site about his review he posted yesterday. He gave the picture a 2.5, which is about the worst he can ever bring himself to award, over there. (Remember: he gave the film This Is Spinal Tap 2.5). He said the colour grading was...
  12. titch

    4K UHD The Ladykillers

    In a word: stunning. This is the third release of The Ladykillers since 2010 - I purchased both the 2010 and 2015 restored versions. However, this is the first 4K scan from the original 3 strip Technicolor negative and the result on the 4K UHD disc, when projected, leaves the blu-ray looking...
  13. titch

    4K UHD King Of New York (1989) Arrow UK

    This must be Christopher Walker at his most mesmerising. You can't take your eyes off him. Abel Ferrara is an unpredictable director, who has had a very interesting independent film career. King Of New York is a gangster film, where you are just rooting for the bad guy, because he's Christopher...
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    Breathless/À bout de souffle (1960) 4K UHD Amazon UK

    For those of you who miss the days of opening a laserdisc box, the newly released 4K UHD restoration comes in exactly the same size box as one of those Criterion CAV triple disc sets. Because they decided to include a vinyl LP of the soundtrack. I don't have a record player and I don't want huge...
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    International Crash (Cronenberg 1996) German 4K UHD

    For those who relish the weird and wonderful world of David Cronenberg, we've been waiting to upgrade the Criterion laserdisc for more than 20 years. Now there is a 4K/blu ray release in Germany. The screen caps look absolutely stunning. Since Arrow are finally dipping their toes into 4K...
  16. titch

    Amazon.com no longer shipping orders overseas?

    I was going to pre-order some titles due to be shipping this week - the 1917 4K UHD, among them - and none of the titles will ship to Norway. Checked all the titles I recently ordered and if I were to try and purchase them again, I'm notified that they won't ship to my address. Any other...
  17. titch

    A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON 4K UHD

    Saw the 4K UHD disc yesterday - it's probably the best-looking 4K UHD disc I've seen so far. Projected on a 150 inch screen, the level of detail and colours were stunning, quite surpassing the theatrical presentation I saw last year. It's a native 4K disc too. I really love Aardman - those with...
  18. titch

    Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) BFI Blu-ray

    Can confirm that the BFI blu ray released this week is the same restored version that Pathé released in 2018. The French release doesn't have English subtitles, whereas the BFI has the legendary Anthony Burgess translated subtitles in rhyme. The picture is just like the film release was - there...
  19. titch

    The most engrossing long-distance documentary project in the history of film

    British Netwerk received a lot of praise for their painstaking restoration of Monty Python's Flying Circus on blu ray. They have also released the entire series of what Roger Ebert called "one of the great imaginative leaps in film", all episodes fully restored from the original camera...
  20. titch

    International Sight & Sound's best blu-rays of 2019

    It's been yet another terrific year to be a collector. As one of the critics says, "In this age of streaming, it’s surprisingly and actually a wonderful time to be a collector and watch films in a physical format." This is probably the most diverse and interesting yearly list out there - despite...
  21. titch

    Oldboy 4K UHD HDR

    Some people have wondered why Arrow and Criterion aren't releasing 4K discs. The answer is that the vast majority of titles they release would not show major benefits of 4K versus blu-ray. I compared the German 4K disc of Oldboy to the Arrow release - which are based on the same scan - and the...
  22. titch

    APOLLO 11 4K UHD

    I checked out the UK 4K disc release of one of this year's most spectacular films. I purchased the US blu-ray in May and saw it again in IMAX this summer. As I typically experience, projected on my Optoma/Oppo 203 set-up with the HDR turned off, the picture is much darker than the blu-ray and...
  23. titch

    True Romance (1993) Arrow Region 'B'

    If anyone was hoping that this week's Arrow release of True Romance would be an improvement on the US Warner and Sony blu-rays, then I can dash their hopes. It looks like the same old master, just boosted. Silk purse - sow's ear etc. Avoid.
  24. titch

    International Angel Heart 4K UHD StudioCanal UK 14 October 2019

    Oh I'm a big fan of this! Must have seen this a dozen times when it came out over 30 years ago - I had the infamous Lisa Bonet Interview poster tacked onto my bedroom wall. My previous blu-ray is the UK 2009 disc, which looks completely rubbish projected. Looks like there'll be another Halloween...
  25. titch

    International StudioCanal new 4K restored Kind Hearts & Coronets

    The greatest Ealing comedy and one of the all-time greatest British films has just been upgraded. I just did a quick comparison between the new region 'B'-locked 4K restoration of Kind Hearts & Coronets and the one previously released in 2011. To my eyes, the differences in picture quality are...
  26. titch

    Commentary on The Thing (1982) censored and re-edited for blu-ray

    An Austrian website has published a very interesting, detailed analysis on the changes made by Universal to the excellent John Carpenter and Kurt Russel commentary for The Thing, originally recorded for the laserdisc over twenty years ago. The original, uncensored, commentary was available on...
  27. titch

    Talk Radio from Twilight Time

    I'm a big fan of Oliver Stone but I was disappointed with Twilight Time's recent release of Talk Radio, as the master used is dated and looks no better than a DVD, when projected. The poor picture quality actually hides the occasional scratches and speckles on the print. Also, the lack of...
  28. titch

    International 2019 Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo available on region 'B'-locked blu-ray

    One of the least controversial Oscar-winners this year - this nerve-wracking and surprisingly intimate documentary is available as a region 'B'-locked blu-ray disc, instead of just the streaming option available in the US at the moment. Noteworthy for making over 20 million dollars at the...
  29. titch

    2019 - Blade Runner predictions

    The first film I'm screening on New Year's Day will be the 4K disc of the original Blade Runner. There are quite a few articles around about what the film "got right and wrong about 2019" https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/28/movies/blade-runner-predictions-2019-trnd/index.html The creators sure...
  30. titch

    What's your go-to snack and beverage for your blu-ray?

    Right - you've now finally received the 4K 2001 in your trembling hands, after a wait that took longer for Discovery One to get to Jupiter. You close the shutters, lock the doors, switch off the lights, fire up your home theatre and prepare yourself for some quality time. What do you enjoy to go...
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