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  1. Brent Reid

    Lost Films Found

    There's an increasing tendency for folk here and elsewhere to use the widely accepted term "lost film" (no longer extant; not known to exist) when they really mean "unavailable" or, better still, "not easily accessible to members of the public." The only reason I can think of is that consciously...
  2. Brent Reid

    Pre-Order Stage Fright (Warner Archive Collection) (1950) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    You're right: it is a fabulous piece and makes a very persuasive argument for Stage Fright. It was in the Fall 1970 issue. You're welcome. :)
  3. Brent Reid

    Glorious Technicolor

    A DVDCompare whole site search indicates it isn't on any other listed releases.
  4. Brent Reid

    Seen The 1959 Hercule's Threads - But does anyone really know who has the US rights to the film?

    Thank you. It may initially appear to be mumbo jumbo but I've studied it for many years and understand it perfectly. But it's really not that difficult: copyright laws may seem intimidating at first but once you decipher the legalese, they're actually quite straightforward. This especially...
  5. Brent Reid

    Seen The 1959 Hercule's Threads - But does anyone really know who has the US rights to the film?

    This thread is a very frustrating read: there's so much speculation, much of it completely misinformed. Hopefully this will end it. I'm not going to quote individual posts but reply to various points raised since the beginning of this thread. Once again: as of today, 1st January, essentially...
  6. Brent Reid

    RAINTREE COUNTY on Blu?

    As is the use of the phrase "colored people".
  7. Brent Reid

    Seen The 1959 Hercule's Threads - But does anyone really know who has the US rights to the film?

    People are conflating two entirely different concepts: essentially, no post-1925, non-US works are public domain in the US – or anywhere else for that matter. This film belongs to somebody 100%; what remains to be seen is whether they claim(ed) their copyright and intend to enforce it.
  8. Brent Reid

    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ Number Seventeen – in Blu-ray

    Kudos for continuing to highlight the widespread piracy of Hitchcock's fully copyrighted British films but note The Pleasure Garden is not in the public domain. When it finally becomes so, at the end of this year, note too it only applies in the US and to silent copies of the two unrestored...
  9. Brent Reid

    Pirate and Bootleg Blu-ray/DVD Documentation

    I'm certain that's nothing more than an anonymous Australian pirate. It's ripped from the US Warner Archive Collection 2017 region 0 reissue DVD-R as opposed to the 2009 region 1 pressed DVD issued in the TCM Spotlight: Doris Day Collection. I've encountered many very similar Oz DVDs that are...
  10. Brent Reid

    Blu-ray Review HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Seventh Seal

    This is a commonly reported problem. There is no fix and as the fault didn't develop until years later, no corrected discs were issued. Criterion will send free replacements on request ([email protected]) but all stocks of the original disc are gone and they only have copies of their...
  11. Brent Reid

    Has Anyone A Clue As To the Fate of the Remaining Val Lewton Films?

    This is such a shame. I love this body of films, but they should not have treated hour-long B movies to the same individual, premium-priced releases you'd accord A-list studio product. That they'd turn a profit in the current physical media market was hopelessly optimistic at best, misguided at...
  12. Brent Reid

    Pre-Order House By The River (1950) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Kino's 2005 DVD has a PAL-NTSC transfer, so is sped-up by 4%. Their latest DVD, issued commensurately with the BD, has a native NTSC transfer, so has the correct runtime.
  13. Brent Reid

    Animated Films in Public Domain?

    You might want to pay more due diligence as to what you consider to be public domain. Straight off, I can assure you that three of the twelve films on your current schedule are actually copyrighted. They are: the 20th Century Fox Hour adaption of Miracle on 34th Street (1955), Cyrano de Bergerac...
  14. Brent Reid

    Completion of Kay Francis Catelogue at Warner Archive

    Hi Tracy, Welcome to the forum and congrats on your excellent taste! Until someone gets around to producing a round-up of Kay Francis titles available on official home video (I may do so one day), the best place to check availability is here. Just click on the "Releases" tab for each title...
  15. Brent Reid

    Pre-Order Day The World Ended (1955) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Or they could release them as real value for money barebones twofers – or even threefers – as per Kit Parker's excellent film noir sets. But they won't. :(
  16. Brent Reid

    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    1.66:1 has become a ubiquitous ratio for classic widescreen films on DCP and home video, despite originally being nowhere near as common as supposed. I thought I'd compile a list of the worst offenders, that were shot for widescreen exhibition but only released fully open matte on certain...
  17. Brent Reid

    Help Save Abbott & Costello's AFRICA SCREAMS!

    Not referring to anyone in particular, but... Certain peoples' sympathies towards buying bootlegs and "grey market" (an insidious, misleading term if ever there was one) releases has long been a matter of record. As has certain peoples' complete lack of knowledge but unswerving confidence in...
  18. Brent Reid

    Help Save Abbott & Costello's AFRICA SCREAMS!

    Brilliant, just brilliant. Hopefully this time around, the damn dirty bootleggers* will keep their stinking paws off your transfer! *Film Chest/Film Detective and others too numerous to mention. :angry:
  19. Brent Reid

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Bishop's Wife -- in Blu-ray

    Well, it's time of year and I was thinking of giving this a rewatch. I have the disc with the initial pressing fault corrected but does anyone know if Warner ever fixed the glitch in the second disc? It'd be a pain for them to remaster it a third time, but as they're usually so assiduous I find...
  20. Brent Reid

    The Human Monster Blu Ray Review

    Bob's not kidding about that OCN. Interesting. Though the plethora of budget knock-off releases might have you believing otherwise, this film is not in the public domain. In fact, it's copyrighted until at least the end of 2054 (the 1984 death of co-writer Patrick Kirwan + 70 years). The BFI...
  21. Brent Reid

    Can anyone ID this Alfred Hitchcock film music?

    Hi Thomas, thanks for your replies. I know about all The Lodger's custom scores over the years (I wrote the article in the link you posted!) but the answer won't be found there. This music is a needle-drop score, which means it's just some random old piece, likely public domain, which has been...
  22. Brent Reid

    For Those Who Still Think Physical Media Has No Place in the 21st century...

    Well, you've either got a big medicine cabinet or a tiny collection! :huh:
  23. Brent Reid

    Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection region free Blu-ray

    Fawlty Towers: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Though shot mostly on SD videotape, outdoor scenes shot on 16mm film have been remastered in HD, as per the Monty Python BDs. :)
  24. Brent Reid

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

    Not impressed. They said exactly the same thing about Disney's Second Screen, Virtual Vault and BD-Live – look what happened to them.
  25. Brent Reid

    Can anyone ID this Alfred Hitchcock film music?

    I'd love to know the title of the music accompanying a version of Alfred Hitchcock's silent film The Lodger (1926). It's a well-edited needle-drop of a pre-existing recording on the "Vintage Films" sound reissue (c. 1930–1950), which now appears on many bootlegs. There are a couple of...
  26. Brent Reid

    Poll: What to do with your Colorized IAWL Blu-ray disc

    Agreed. Agreed. Agreed.
  27. Brent Reid

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ It's a Wonderful Life (Corrected)-- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Ever since the botched roll-out of GDPR with all its attendant misinformation, we in the EU have been blocked from accessing numerous sites for no good reason whatsoever. Easy to get around it with proxy sites like HideMyAss and HideMe, or even look up a site's last Internet Archive save. Very...
  28. Brent Reid

    UHD Review The Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary UHD Review

    So smelly you named it twice! ;) Hate smoking with a passion – have never dated smokers and don't even hang out with them – and well remember choking in cinema auditoriums full of smoke into at least the late 1980s. :angry: Back on topic, it's a pity Warner didn't remaster The Wizard of Oz BD...
  29. Brent Reid

    Scarface (1932) Incoming on Blu-ray

    The standalone US BD is due on Nov 5, 2019; it was released in Spain today, October 25,. Here's the Spanish Universal artwork; the US will probably be the same but in English: As per the norm for Universal, all releases will be region free and look like having similar, if not identical, sub...
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