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  1. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I like how they claim it is a PAL disc - there is no such thing as a PAL 1080p Blu-ray. Would not be surprised if the stereo is really dual mono.
  2. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Maybe Kino does not like to release a movie where nearly half of the cast got cancer because they shot it near a nuclear test site.
  3. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Nah, just a big fan of large format in UHD :cool:
  4. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Good choice - I'd even take the last three in UHD!
  5. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    I think that the argument is that a lossless soundtrack, especially for old mono films takes up very little space and will almost always fit on the disc without going to a bigger sized disc so why not go lossless if it is possible? These days it seems that we can happy if the "original"...
  6. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    It would be nice if a label could check the color grading of certain movies and correct very obvious wrongs. That should be a lot less costly than a new scan for every title. I would also hope that the matter of soundtracks gets more attention. Sometimes better soundtracks are available on...
  7. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    With the passing years it is hard to say but a few years ago the elements of El Cid apparently still were in pretty good shape. Fall of the Roman Empire is younger and has not been overprinted so it also could not need that much work to bring it into the digital realm in good quality. So in a...
  8. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    There was the 90s "restoration" I linked to which was basically a re-release for screenings in repertory theatres with a number of prints, I think Martin Scorsese was somehow involved. Then in 2008 El Cid was indeed released on DVD from a scan of an old 35mm element. According to the man who...
  9. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    On the topic of restorations some may remember the "restoration" of El Cid: https://variety.com/1993/film/news/restored-el-cid-sans-extra-footage-107748/ From what I remember this "restoration" did not go much beyond striking some new 35mm prints and at no point was the negative accessed...
  10. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    The dumbing down is a problem but there also is an issue where for example a relatively simple 4k scan with color grading and cleanup is a restoration to some but not to others. I think most would draw the line at existing transfers that are only tinkered with but beyond that things get more...
  11. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Restoration probably sounds better and if that helps to move discs I am less critical of this kind of "creativity" with the current state of the game.
  12. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    From what he says I would think he meant zooming. Indeed stretching (i.e. expanding only horizontally or vertically) always looks horrible
  13. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Thank you for telling your side of the story. It it is rather puzzling that David Lynch would make a tweet now instead of working with you on this release when you reached out to him. It does not seem to make any sense but then it may be a fitting side story to a release of Lost Highway that has...
  14. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    It was my intention to thank Bryan^H for mentioning Crossfire, not to derail this thread, sorry for that. I could write more regarding screencaps but I do not think it is necessary to convince anybody to use them or explain how they should be used to even make valid statements about their...
  15. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    You have to do what works for you and I have had cases, too where movies where praised and turned out to have little more than DVD resolution but one can easily see that in screencaps. Resolution increases or a lack thereof, is quite easy to see. I have watched a large number of Blu-rays by now...
  16. OliverK

    Your thoughts on Kino-Lorber Blu-rays

    Hi Dan, thanks for pointing this out, for some reason it ended up on one of my to buy lists but looking at the caps at both DVDbeaver and blu-ray.com I am quite shocked at how artificial it looks, just have a look at this cap...
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