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  1. mike kaminski

    Star Wars Saga DVDs

    So you think 1080p resolution is acceptable as an archival negative resolution? I find this strange, considering that the 35mm originals should resolve roughly 5 times that resolution, and considering double the resolution of 1080p has been the standard for film scanning since the days of...
  2. mike kaminski

    RASHOMON gets 4k Lowry treatment

    This is amazing news. I can't wait to see how this turns out.
  3. mike kaminski

    New Apocalypse Now DVD set this year?

    Neither Coppola nor Murch ever said they recut it from scratch. The closest to that is what a journalist wrote. What they did was, instead of just dropping the deleted scenes in mechanically, they actually went back to the dailies, re-edited the deleted scenes from scratch, and also re-edited...
  4. mike kaminski

    New Apocalypse Now DVD set this year?

    Its actually not that hard to follow. The re-worked scenes number probably...what, a dozen? Across two disks. So you have the roughly 100 minutes of the theatrical cut on disk 1, with maybe a half dozen branch points, accounting for about an additional 20 minutes of reworked scenes on that first...
  5. mike kaminski

    New Apocalypse Now DVD set this year?

    They didn't re-edit the entire film. The original cut took four or five people over a year to do. Certain scenes were just re-tooled. For instance, the surf board scene has new sections added to it, but some of the pre-existing shots have been shortened, lengthened, whathaveyou, so that scene is...
  6. mike kaminski

    Breaking News: Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (DVD/Blu-ray)

    Could the blu-ray boxset be far behind? I'd be surprised if there wasn't a 4-film boxset at least for DVD by Christmas--would be the perfect chance to put the films on Blu-ray as well. We know they already have the CGI-added HD Raiders ready so maybe they've been anticipating this.
  7. mike kaminski

    Friday The 13th SEs/Box Set Info Coming on September 19th!?

    I'm apprehensive they will complete the series. Here's why: This is being done as a tie-in with the remake. In the remake, the killer is Jason and he has the hockey mask. In the original film, it stars his mother and explains his backstory. In the second film, we are introduced to...
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    Friday The 13th SEs/Box Set Info Coming on September 19th!?

    It may be possible to do a joint New Line-Paramount complete collection. Studios have collaborated on box sets before. Here Paramount gets to make a buck by selling their property to New Line and getting the three New Line F13 films and marketing pull by having the remake promotional stuff, and...
  9. mike kaminski

    Criterion Press Release: October 2008 Titles

    Looking forward to the Mizoguchi set. He's very under-representated in Criterion, which is surprising.
  10. mike kaminski

    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    The BFI caps are on the High and Low page at DVD Beaver.com. Its true that they are slightly cropped on top and bottom. However, I remain convinced that the framing is in fact originally wider, and not just due to incidental cropping--every transfer crops a bit in some way or another, and the...
  11. mike kaminski

    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    Yeah, I've always said that 2.55 looks to be what its aspect ratio is. I've never seen a Tohoscope print or transfer wider than the standard 2.35, but I wonder if maybe they briefly experimented with a wider 2.55 ratio the same way that cinemascope did. I think these were commonly shown in...
  12. mike kaminski

    Two films I've been waiting for since forever

    It's also one of Irvin Kershner's (Empire Strikes Back) best films.
  13. mike kaminski

    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    Well according to Matt, it seems to be slightly better than the previous Criterion transfer--maybe they used the same print but were able to crop less of the edges. Or maybe its a different print, but struck in the same 2.35 ratio. Now that I think about it, it does seem better than the first...
  14. mike kaminski

    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    Watching the DVD right now, I'm impressed but also a little disappointed. As I suspected, it appears Criterion might have done a new transfer from the same print they used before, which means the OAR is wrong. The extra-wide aspect ratio the film was shot in--NOT the standard anamorphic...
  15. mike kaminski

    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: High and Low

    I was so happy when I saw this was being re-released. Looks like its everything it should be--though I still have some reservations about the OAR. I hope my copy arrives on my doorstep today.
  16. mike kaminski

    Any insider news about a possible 50th Anniversary edition of 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD?

    I would definitely get this. I mean if 20 Million Miles to Earth can get a deluxe release, I don't see why one of his best and most popular titles shouldn't. At least the current disk is decent enough, one of my favorite films is One Million Years BC and thats only a barebones disk, thanks to Fox.
  17. mike kaminski

    Halloween 6-disc 30th Anniversary release

    6 disks seems a little much but hopefully this will mean that Anchor Bay can never, ever, ever again re-issue these damn things.
  18. mike kaminski

    Lawrence of Arabia 2 Disc Repackaged?

    I don't have it but my understanding is that disk 1 is the correct superbit transfer.
  19. mike kaminski

    New Godfather DVD release

    That was my impression as well. The reason being, everything from the previous set is being ported over, which would point to this commentary being the same one. Doesn't seem to be any reason to re-record one when he already did DVD commentary for all the films.
  20. mike kaminski

    This is when Blu-ray starts to piss me off.

    Yeah but at 4k resolution the difference in apparent picture quality is pretty much zero because most people have televisions in the 30-50 inch range. At that small a size the difference in apparent quality between HD and 4K is so small that I doubt most people will tell because you approach the...
  21. mike kaminski

    This is when Blu-ray starts to piss me off.

    I doubt you need 4K resolution in your home. You likely will not be able to tell enough of a difference to justify the expense when dealing with a television monitor.
  22. mike kaminski

    This is when Blu-ray starts to piss me off.

    Stores don't sell it for the suggested retail price though. It'll probably be $32.99 like a lot of Blu Ray special editions when it comes out.
  23. mike kaminski

    This is when Blu-ray starts to piss me off.

    I still don't get this attitude that the companies are in some way taking advantage of you. If you can't afford Blu then just don't get one, tough luck, thats always the way its been with top-end home theater equipment, and its not like the studio deliberately withheld the score, they might have...
  24. mike kaminski

    This is when Blu-ray starts to piss me off.

    So you're pissed off that Blu-Ray has added-value content or that you can't control your buying impulse? Either way seems like a weird complaint.
  25. mike kaminski

    Paramount to re-do "Godfather" DVDs

    One thing to keep in mind is that the contrast levels and the overall image may actually be "correct" but video does not have the dynamic range of film, so where on 35mm those whites would still have detail visible as on the original disk, on video they get turned into hotspots when you bring...
  26. mike kaminski

    Paramount to re-do "Godfather" DVDs

    It looks fine to me--you can still see its a lamp hanging, pretty much in the same detail as the original disk. The brightness between the two is almost the same, actually.
  27. mike kaminski

    Paramount to re-do "Godfather" DVDs

    It's strange but I find myself much preferring the palette of Godfather II that was used for the original DVD. Its not just that it looks different, theres an entirely different pyschological color scheme to the film now; will take a bit of adjustment. On the other hand, Godfather III looks...
  28. mike kaminski

    Paramount to re-do "Godfather" DVDs

    Yeah, I find it quite hilarious when people are watching a transfer from the original negatives and they complain about grain. As if, for some reason, it should not have been shot on film or something. I'm really not sure what the actual thought process is, but its as amusing as it is frustrating.
  29. mike kaminski

    DVD Review HTF DVD Review: Night of the Living Dead - 40th Anniversary Edition (Recommended)

    Yeah, the older disk doesn't have a very good transfer (is it even anamorphic?). Honestly I never noticed the audio differences, I don't find it a big deal at all, and the sound and picture are upgraded to such extent that it balances out, not to mention the terrific extras.
  30. mike kaminski

    Paramount to re-do "Godfather" DVDs

    I'm not saying it should be anything but the way it was shot, just that I find Willis' use of the sepia tint a little bit inconsistent in this respect.