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  1. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I tend to doubt it in the immediate present if only because they’ve made physical media versions available for films they’ve financed and released to theaters (and their service) in the past. If Amazon stops making titles they own available for physical media down the road, I think that might...
  2. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I don’t remember exactly what it was - there had been something with the audio sync on one of the tracks on one of the two versions of the film included if memory serves. This was back maybe three years ago and they were pretty quick to correct it so my thinking is that there aren’t that many...
  3. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I didn’t have any issue with my copy. It looked like a film from the era it was made in that was in reasonably good condition without an extensive state of the art restoration.
  4. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Thanks for reminding me that I have a copy of Covered Wagon waiting to be watched :)
  5. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I think it comes down to, they’ve tried releasing his titles and they didn’t sell well for them. For some of those other titles you’ve alluded to, some of them cost less to license so they can be profitable even if they don’t sell in as high numbers. Some of them haven’t been released as...
  6. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    My order from the 6th arrived yesterday (the 12th). I was pleasantly surprised to have gotten it so quickly.
  7. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    It’s not a popular opinion perhaps but the cost of renting an editing bay/color timing suite and a colorist could simply exceed whatever the expected profit margin on this title was estimated to be. It could even be the case that this was one of the titles Kino was contractually obligated to...
  8. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I rarely think, when it comes to customer opinions or even Kino’s releasing decisions, that there’s any ill will or poor intentions. We do know from previous licensing deals that Kino is able to secure the rights to titles they wish to remaster and release in part by agreeing to release...
  9. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I really enjoyed reviewing FP1 - I love those grand visions of future technology as imagined circa 1930-1960 or so.
  10. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    At this point, most people who are providing commentaries are doing it because they love film and are passionate about that particular title. These days, it’s increasingly rare to get paid for the actual commentary, and if it is one of the cases where some money changes hand, it’s very little...
  11. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I could be mistaken but I believe the Insider commented either at HTF or elsewhere that the British noirs were DVD only based on sales expectations - the audience most interested in buying that content falls into a demographic that’s mostly DVD-only, so that’s what they did - they didn’t believe...
  12. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Always a good choice.
  13. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Kino does that with some but not all of their releases.
  14. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I think it’s silly too the way the word “restoration” has become a catch-all to include new transfers of film elements that are in perfectly fine shape, but the problem is that they’re competing in a limited marketplace where the competition has long been doing the same. I think Criterion was...
  15. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Given the lack of a quality presentation available in the U.S., I will gladly take the above as an upgrade over what I currently have. The UK Blu-ray is a standard definition PAL-upscale with the speedup, and the digital streaming version available domestically has poor audio. A new disc, even...
  16. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I think sometimes the problem is that the studio doesn't immediately provide a list of available assets relating to each title, or the information they have listed in their database is incomplete. This happens with previously created bonus material as well. Sometimes the material exists and...
  17. Josh Steinberg

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    The new disc of "Sunset In The West" is absolutely stunning. I wrote more in depth in my thread about it, but the short version is that the transfer in and of itself is worth the price of admission alone. Nevermind that the movie is pleasant and entertaining. It looks amazing...
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