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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Basic Instinct -- in 4k UHD

    Theatrical cuts are usually the result of choices dictated by the ratings. However I think the over the top, excessive gore, all violence and sex pushed in the red style of Verhoeven diminished the film in the uncut version, whereas the cutting out of some stuff make it more classy and efficient...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Basic Instinct -- in 4k UHD

    I don't get why the UHD doesn't offer both cuts. Also, I agree that it looks weird. I saw this in theaters multiple times, and it feels like a re-interpretation of the movie to me. I probably will stick in the future to the original dual sided DVD, which has the feel and the atmosphere I...
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    VHS Sound Mixing

    Stereo conversions of mono tracks were already appearing by mid, to the end of the 80's, witness the Dirty Harry films for example, which were expanded from the stems into stereo in 1989, then 1995, before finally being destroyed by 5.1 with new foley tracks in the DVD era. Also, the 1985 VHS...
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    In the Case of Buffy, the creator had issues with the widescreen versions and unless I'm mistaken he stated the series was boxy. It was released in widescreen in Europe however from the get go. My take on it is he just didn't want to bother with shooting safe for both formats, then complained...
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    I just saw the first episodes of season 1 of Cagney & Lacey, the ones with Meg Foster as Cagney, on Amazon, and apart from the badly cropped credits which they didn't fix, it's invisible that it was originaly shot for 4/3.
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ High Plains Drifter – in Blu-ray

    The Kino has sightly better contrast and colors, making it more pleasurable in motion. However be warned that the mono mix included actually is stereo. It's probably a down mix of the 5.1 track, or a produced stereo track made at the same time as the 5.1. Since no foley and sound effects seems...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    A fine video from a fan, all 93mn of it, will tell everything you want to know about this and past releases. Indeed it could have been more finely handed out regarding the contrast, but Kino had to work from the already color timed scan, not the raw scan files which are unavailable. I can...
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    Has Criterion upgraded the Blu-ray of CHILDREN OF PARADISE?

    The same "scrubbing" as hit a few Marcel Carne restorations in France, like Daybreak / Le Jour se lève which is just sightly better looking in HD, but also has the life of the film sucked out by the restoration team. I think there were four versions of Children Of The Paradise released over the...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    I agree it need a new scan, like most of Sergio Leone's filmography. In the meantime, it's going to be good to own the international cut with a color timing that is an improvement over past presentations, even if still imperfect.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly-- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Not seen yet but looking forward to it. For this release, Kino consulted fans and had access to scans of several original prints.
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    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    We talked about this one a few years back. The end credits scrolls is within a 1.66:1 area which means it appears and disappear out of thin air instead of the black borders that are obviously missing. So I suspect it's probably 1.66:1.
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    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    Not sure about this, but recently, a new Blu-ray edition of Melville classic Bob Le Flambeur has been released in France by StudioCanal. UPC is 5053083124823. It appears according to online sources, that this new edition present the film in a 1.85:1 ratio. I have not been able to track down the...
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    Mad Max: Fury Road - Rarely Seen Documentary - "Going Mad: The Battle of Fury Road"

    I bought the film on iTunes just to watch the documentary Matt :) It's great! Mad Max Fury Road is the last film I bought on every possible format, 2D, 3D, UHD, Black and Chrome and iTunes. If it ever comes out again with the documentary, I'll buy it again. One cool feature could be like what...
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    So to go with the 60th anniversary of The Avengers, I updated my initial demonstration video with an expanded version.
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    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    So I stumbled onto this while researching TV aspect ratio... https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/819_lignes? It seems that the french norm for B&W TV was 819 lines, from 1949 to 1983! It resulted in about 737 active lines which made that format on par with 720p, before additional channels, and...
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    Wonder Woman. Complete season 1 in Widescreen on iTunes.
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    Here I will try to post some screens as I come onto them: Hart to Hart (available in widescreen on Amazon video)
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Terminator Dark Fate -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    The train scene is so dark, it could justify a recall and returns from buyers.
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    International Sergio Leone Blu-ray thread

    But... Harmonica didn't wake up on the platform in any french dubbed release. It was only on one of the USA recuts/rerelease until they inserted it in the DVDs.
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    International Sergio Leone Blu-ray thread

    Damn, I usually tape OUATITW on TV but missed this last one. Was this the old french print without Harmonica waking up on the platform? I doubt the Kino will be anything else than the regular Blu-ray master or masters.
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    When I say obviously zoomboxed, it means the scan of the IMF show was made by zooming in inside the negative space, in effect cropping the picture on all four sides. They would have to, because if they scan the whole Oneg and frame it for 4/3, it look ridiculous. However, if you crop the top...
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    I wouldn't take those IMF shots as evidence. I have seen the first seasons in HD, and they are obviously zoomboxed. Those example probably widen on the sides, with top and bottom intact if you go back to the Oneg. In fact, few episodes were released as films overseas.
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    That discussion goes back 10 years, but to sum it up: - Every show should be approached with a unique perspective. - It's true I love Lucy and others just were made to be fully 4/3. - It's also true that showing most 1960's TV shows 4/3 reveals too much top and bottom room which makes them...
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    Wow that official 16/9 version is tight, at least on that shot. You can also do the same with Remington Steele as the opening credits shows the full frame in a cinema. I love Bewitched, but the series deserve a good remastering, not the rush job kind with approximative cropping.
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    Where is the rest of the Original Avengers (Steed & Mrs. Peel)?

    Well they were mastered in HD and aired on Arte TV. I believe they come from 16mm kinescopes of the original tapes.
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    Where is the rest of the Original Avengers (Steed & Mrs. Peel)?

    Yes all the three episodes have been remastered. Studio Canal HD masters go back to 2009 and were a botch job. They scanned all the 35mm footage instead of zooming using SMPTE specs, offering edges of sets, microphones, cameras feets and other not to be seen items. Then they zoomed those...
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    I read that the show La Femme Nikita (Canadian show by the Team of 24 from 1997) was also shot widescreen but cropped for network, as were all the shows by the same company. Sadly I doubt it will ever be released in widescreen one day. For 24 they recycled many ideas and storylines from that show.
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    Wow those original 4/3 masters of Charmed really are tight! Yes, I wonder why they didn't release the complete series, they would have sold better. Even a season 1-3 set would have killed it. IMHO it's not streaming that kills sales, it's bad commercial tactics from the publishers plus the...
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    TV shows and TV movies gone W I D E

    It's probably a conversion badly made. I'm looking forward to revisiting season 1 of Charmed in widescreen.
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    UPDATE The Abyss and True Lies --4K Now Possibly In 2019 (See Post #69)

    I'm betting they will come out either right before, or right after Avatar 2 in theaters. Not 2019. Both films have underwater scenes. The best window to sell Abyss is by linking it to Avatar 2 with similar designs, creatures etc.
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