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  1. Douglas Bailey

    MGM Press Release: 12 Angry Men

    And a further follow-up: DVD Beaver's comparison page confirms that the 50th Anniversary Edition is anamorphic, and shows it to be a lovely transfer, too.
  2. Douglas Bailey

    MGM Press Release: 12 Angry Men

    Buy.com's listing for the 50th Anniversary Edition says "Anamorphic Widescreen 1.66:1". I don't know how trustworthy that is given that no other e-tailer lists the same information, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they have the skinny. Edit: I lied. DVDWorld has the same information...
  3. Douglas Bailey

    The official BLADE RUNNER SE thread. (Check out page 8 and #790.)

    I picked the new edition up while in the UK over Christmas: does that count? It's definitely worth having (ooh! hardcover!), but the new material isn't integrated as well as I'd expected: the book is really the current US edition with several new chapters - covering the Final Cut, the DVD set...
  4. Douglas Bailey

    TCFHE Press Release: Invasion of the Bodysnatchers Collector's Edition

    [retailer] shipped my copy to me today, so I don't think it's been cancelled or pushed back.
  5. Douglas Bailey

    DVD Profiler?

    It seems to be working normally for me.
  6. Douglas Bailey

    JIGOKU (Criterion) Defective DVD Replacement Info

    Not to take us too far off-topic, but... what's wrong with the Criterion M disc? I haven't heard of any issues with that title.
  7. Douglas Bailey

    Ivanhoe 1982 on DVD??

    I haven't heard anything, but I'd cheerfully pick this adaptation up were it released. So that's two votes... :-)
  8. Douglas Bailey

    JIGOKU (Criterion) Defective DVD Replacement Info

    Sorry, double post.
  9. Douglas Bailey

    JIGOKU (Criterion) Defective DVD Replacement Info

    Thanks very much for the information, Jeff; as someone who hasn't ever seen the film, I wouldn't have known it was a problem. And I'm now going to hold off watching it until I can get the corrected edition, so that my first experience isn't affected by this glitch. Much appreciated.
  10. Douglas Bailey

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail...Again?

    The Criterion laserdisc of MPatHG was 1.66:1, so there's another data point in favour of that being the correct AR for the film.
  11. Douglas Bailey

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail...Again?

    (double post, please delete)
  12. Douglas Bailey

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail...Again?

    Double yay! /scurries off to pre-order and marks current MPatHG disc "for sale"... Thanks for the heads-up, Colin.
  13. Douglas Bailey

    A Few Words About A few words about... The Searchers -- in SD (Some potential bad news See Post #139)

    You mean the laserdisc set put out by Fox? I'm puzzled; why would Warner have said anything about that set?
  14. Douglas Bailey

    The All-New and Improved Criterion!

    My only real gripe with the new look is that by putting the tilted-C logo in the exact same spot on all covers, they end up covering some artwork with it (look at the Six Moral Tales box cover for an example). I'd almost rather they kept that logo off the front covers - making do with the...
  15. Douglas Bailey

    Star Wars discussion from The Bits...

    Count me among those who love the original OT films, but who aren't feeling any great interest in the non-anamorphic DVD releases. I already own the 1993 laserdiscs, and will not be inclined to spend further money for these films if Lucasfilm isn't going to offer me a significant upgrade in...
  16. Douglas Bailey

    SPHE Press Release: Some Like It Hot: Collector's Edition

    Not sure about "definitive", but DavisDVD's version of the announcement claims the new SE will be anamorphic.
  17. Douglas Bailey

    Brainstorm, any news of a re-release?

    I don't have the DVD, so corrections are welcome, but my understanding from old discussions in alt.video.dvd is that the "real world" sequences are in 1.85:1, and that the image shrinks vertically to 2.2:1 for the "brainstorm" sequences (so that they fill less screen space and have less visual...
  18. Douglas Bailey

    The Shining OAR or MAR

    Vincent_P, that was my conclusion, too; the helicopter blades are visible even with 1.66:1 or 1.85:1 matting, but the helicopter shadow on the hillside is hidden when the film is matted.
  19. Douglas Bailey

    ATTN ALL: King Kong Box Set With Collector's Tin, Son Of Kong, & Mighty Joe Young!!!

    I'm dumping the outer box and the tin in the attic and just shelving the Kong digipak (and the Amaray cases for Son and Joe) individually. The tin is actually very pretty, but I don't have enough free shelf space to keep it on display; I need that room for all the frickin' Warner DVDs I'm...
  20. Douglas Bailey

    ATTN ALL: King Kong Box Set With Collector's Tin, Son Of Kong, & Mighty Joe Young!!!

    My thanks also to Vincent-P for letting us know about the existence of this set.
  21. Douglas Bailey

    November Criterion releases

    Agree 100% with Elijah's comments. The Criterion transfer is that much more of a revelation after having seen this film transferred badly to DVD twice before. The colours are just fantastic – the green hills in the opening scene, the red and yellow battle flags, the pale rose sunsets – and the...
  22. Douglas Bailey

    HTF REVIEW: Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    As for Star Wars dialog I misheard when I was four, I thought Dark Invader was talking about the dark side of the forest. To this day, it sounds to me as though Obi-Wan, when reacting to the destruction of Alderaan, says "as if millions of oysters had suddenly cried out". I know it's...
  23. Douglas Bailey

    When will The Last Emperor SE come to Region1?

    Do you happen to remember which chapter it was? I have the Korean edition, and don't remember encountering this flaw, but I'd like to double-check.
  24. Douglas Bailey

    REVENGE OF THE SITH DVD Review up and running...(let the flood begin)(SNEAK LOOK POST #146)...

    I'm most interested by Bill's comment (based on Jim Ward's statement) that the DVD contains the unaltered theatrical cut of RotS. This makes it the first Star Wars film—and the first film directed by George Lucas—to make it to DVD in its original theatrical version.
  25. Douglas Bailey

    A Few Words About A few words about... Batman Begins

    I'm with you. Maybe it was just a mistake on the part of the underpaid, untrained non-union projectionist who no doubt set up the film at my local multiplex, but I found the soundtrack painfully loud. It's not a good sign when I have to sit through the fight scenes with my fingers in my ears...
  26. Douglas Bailey

    A Few Words About A few words about... The Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection

    RAH writes: If you're purchasing the set for Psycho, be aware that there are audio sync problems. Details, please? Where in the film? How badly?
  27. Douglas Bailey

    Warner Classics Mega Collection

    I just shudder to think how long it would take to determine whether all the discs had arrived unscratched. You've only got 30 days to send it back...
  28. Douglas Bailey

    Flash Gordon re-release is coming.....

    Brian Blessed audio commentary? Wonder if it'll come with a warning to play it at low volume so he doesn't blow your speakers?
  29. Douglas Bailey

    DVD Review HTF REVIEW: Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition: MUST BUY

    Tin Toy and Luxo, Jr. are both in the Ultimate Toy Box set. Knick Knack appears in modified form on the Finding Nemo DVD. I'm not aware of any DVD release of The Adventures of Andre and Wally B. or Red's Dream.
  30. Douglas Bailey

    Think The Blues Brothers (25th Aniv Ed) will be worth buying again?

    The inclusion of the original theatrical cut and the possibility of a better-placed (or better-encoded) layer change are enough to interest me.