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  1. Gary Tooze

    Slumdog Millionaire DVD errors

    Hi, I bought an early copy of Slumdog Millionaire on DVD but... as stated in my review HERE: Anyone know where my brain-cramp resides? Also - I am correct that this single disc is the only DVD available in region 1? (there is no two disc package?) I also own the Blu-ray and it appears to...
  2. Gary Tooze

    NEWS ! - Criterion affected - Home Vision bought by Image Entertainment

    As of August 1st, circa 3 pm, Home Vision as we all knew it ceased to exist. Home Vision will now be a "specialty label" owned and operated by Image Entertainment. Image will be closing the Chicago location to "consolidate" Home Vision's label to their corporate offices in California. As to...
  3. Gary Tooze

    The Stanley Kubrick Archives...

    Hi all, I didn't know of another place to post this, and as the booket set includes a CD it is somewhat appropriate. In March 2005 - the first book to explore Stanley Kubrick’s archives (also the most comprehensive study of the filmmaker to date) will be released for purchase. It is...
  4. Gary Tooze

    Criterion 'Notorious' - for $5

    At DVDBeaver we have come across a few of these in the past 2 years. Direct ports of Criterion DVDs with optional Korean subtitles. We have been told through non-official sources that Criterion have sold certain rights to Korean distributors. Our review of the Seil (Korea) Notorious DVD is HERE...
  5. Gary Tooze

    Transfer problems with Bergman Boxset causes MGM to delay Release!

    This deserves a second post: In the forthcoming Bergman MGM Boxset - we showed recently that they have either zoomed in or cropped away about 11.5% from their Persona DVD presentation. Unfortunately the news is getting even worse. MGM have taken 2 other films from the Boxset - Hour of the...
  6. Gary Tooze

    DVDBeaver DVD of the YEAR Results Posted...

    After 3000 votes in... http://www.new.dvdbeaver.com/ No surprises I guess... Cheers,
  7. Gary Tooze

    TVA DVD "Together" should be replaced...

    Kaige Chen's Together - good film - horrible DVD... This disc should be recalled, the transfer fixed and replaced. Three times (using three different players) the subtitles froze (at the exact same point) and will eventually freeze your machine (even did this on my computer DVD player) if...
  8. Gary Tooze

    Schwarzenegger Action Pack flaw... HELP!

    Hi, I don't know if everyone's is like this, but would love to find out. On my Columbia Tri-Star Schwarzenegger Action Pack Boxset with The 6th Day and Last Action Hero it is stated that both are anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1, but lo-and-behold Last Action Hero is Full Frame 1.33:1 (no...
  9. Gary Tooze

    Columbia Tri-Star drops ball on Apu Trilogy...

    Columbia Tristar's eagerly awaited R1 USA DVDs of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy are being released seperately on October 28th, 2003. Unfortunately, they are unrestored, have ingrained English subtitles, and zero extras (not even liner notes) duplicate cover art from the VHS versions. Considering...
  10. Gary Tooze

    DVD Review REVIEW: Fox's "The Song of Bernadette" (with screen captures)

    Thought I saw something on this DVD here (by Joe Capps?) but can't find it now. There is a kind of sentiment expressed in the conclusion of Henry King's "The Song of Bernadette" that human suffering is a somehow co-related to spiritual enlightenment. This is not particularly a unheard of...
  11. Gary Tooze

    Paramount's "The Way Home" DVD Review with screen caps!

    The Way Home Paramount Home Video DVD Release May 6th, 2003 (aka 'Jibeuro' or 'The Way Home') directed by Jeong-hyang Lee South Korea 2002 A pleasant if hollow experience, "The Way Home' followed similar patterns to other Korean films I have seen recently. Starting from an...
  12. Gary Tooze

    'Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo' DVD REVIEW with screen caps...

    Release Date: May 13th, 2003 'Zatôichi to Yôjinbô'or 'Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo' directed by Kihachi Okamoto Japan 1970 Shintaro Katsu is the one and only Zatoichi! A warm-hearted, blind masseur, occasional gangster and defender of justice. He is possessed of superlative swordsman skill...
  13. Gary Tooze

    DVD Review Criterion's "The White Sheik" - DVD Review with screen captures!

    The White Sheik Criterion - released April 29th, 2003 Fellini's first solo directorial effort (after co-helming 'Variety Lights') is partially written by director Michelangelo Antonioni! The story is about a young small-town couple vacationing on their honeymoon in Rome. The young bride, who...
  14. Gary Tooze

    DVD Review Criterion 'Drôle de drame' DVD Review with screen caps

    Drôle de drame Criterion - released April 29th, 2003 A huge international hit in the 30s, I suspect this seems a bit too labored and artificial now to quite captivate a modern audience the way, say, Children of Paradise still does. But the fan of 30s cinema (Marx Brothers and Carole Lombard...
  15. Gary Tooze

    DVD Review Criterion 'Antoine Doinel' Box-set DVD Review with screen captures !

    The Adventures of Antoine Doinel Boxset - released April 29th, 2003 The release of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) in 1959 shook world cinema to its foundations. The now-classic portrait of troubled adolescence introduced a major new director in the cinematic...
  16. Gary Tooze

    New Yorker's "L'Atalante" DVD Review with screen captures...

    New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC DVD of Jean Vigo's "L'Atalante" Full Review with more screen captures linked at the top of this page HERE Release Information: Studio: New Yorker Video Theatrical Release Date: September 12th, 1934 Edition Details: • The Making Of..." Featurette ...
  17. Gary Tooze

    La Dolce Vita -Medusa - R2 DVD Review

    Film/DVD Review: Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' - Medusa Region 2 PAL DVD English subs in the film, but not on all of the Extras... Picture: very beautiful, sharp, detailed. Deep Blacks and good contrast. Viewing on a large screen I found some compression artifacts in scenes with large...
  18. Gary Tooze

    R3 Millennium Mambo Review...

    Millennium Mambo ( aka 'Qianxi manbo' ) * directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou Taiwan 2001 "Looking at the youthful friends around me, I find that their cycle and rhythm of "birth, age, illness and death' are moving* several times faster than those of my generation. This is particularly true of...
  19. Gary Tooze

    'A Time For Drunken Horses' Tartan DVD Review with screen caps

    "Simplicity... a window on another world... the innocence of childhood. 'A Time For Drunken Horses' is a film filled with honesty, but because it is from an environment that so few can relate it almost appears to be intentionally extracting sympathy as we can hardly believe the plight of the...
  20. Gary Tooze

    'Lost Highway' Region 4 (0) PAL Review...

    The transfer is disappointing. Cloudy at times to moderately sharp at others. There are moments of brightness and sharp contrast but it is never consistent. I would say this DVD is a failure. It is possible for those that love the film that this image inconsistency is acceptable and possibly...
  21. Gary Tooze

    Tsai's "The River" WellSpring DVD review... with screen caps

    [SIZE=2]Review from DVDBeaver on the Upcoming (Feb 4th) WellSpring release of Ming-liang Tsai's "The River" Release Information: Studio: Wellspring Media, Inc. Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1997 Aspect Ratio(s): Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1 Discographic Information...
  22. Gary Tooze

    Kurosawa's 'Dreams' DVD Review with screen caps...

    We have reviewed the Warner Region 2 NTSC release of Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. This is a gorgeous film in a beautiful anamorphic transfer. The complete review with screen captures can be found HERE. Here are two samples: If you don't have a region-free player, this is another...
  23. Gary Tooze

    More Multi-Region encouragement - Kurosawa's "Dreams" Warner DVD Review with scr caps

    We have reviewed the Warner Region 2 NTSC release of Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. This is a gorgeous film in a beautiful anamorphic transfer. The complete review with screen captures can be found HERE. Here are two samples: If you don't have a region-free player, this is another...
  24. Gary Tooze

    DVD Review: Kieslowski's "A Short Film About Love" with screen caps...

    Hey, In case anyone, is interested Byung Joo has done a review of the Korean release of Kieslowski's "A Short Film About Love". You can access it and some screen captures HERE. Excerpt: Now, as far as the transfer is concerned, there are quite a few problems to this South Korean release by...
  25. Gary Tooze

    DVD Review: Kieslowski's "A Short Film About Love" 86min version - with screen caps !

    Hey, In case anyone, is interested Byung Joo has done a review of the Korean release of Kieslowski's "A Short Film About Love". You can access it and some screen captures HERE. Excerpt: Now, as far as the transfer is concerned, there are quite a few problems to this South Korean release by...
  26. Gary Tooze

    Dec 3rd Release Reviews: RUSH, Happy Times, Kiss Before Dying etc. (with screen caps)

    Here are my review of a few releases coming out next Tuesday Dec 3rd, 2002. RUSH, USA 1991 Edition Details: • Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only) • Trailer - anamorphic (2:20) • Commentary by director Lili F. Zanuck • "Filming Rush" featurette (Non-anamorphic) 8:40 •...
  27. Gary Tooze

    DVD Review: "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" with screen captures.

    Thirteen Conversations About One Thing HIGHLY RECOMMENDED "Jill Sprecher, whose only previous directorial effort was 'Clockwatchers', utilizes some of the more consequential experiences in her own life in the creation of "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing". After graduating...
  28. Gary Tooze

    DVD Review: De Sica's "Shoeshine" NOT RECOMMENDED (with screen captures)

    DVD Review: Image Entertainment's "Shoeshine" Bit of a disappointment. Unfortunately the print used for this DVD was quite damaged. It is similar, if not worse than the Image Entertainment 'The Bicycle Thief' DVD. I was aware that this was not restored, but am quite disappointed in...
  29. Gary Tooze

    Criterion Solaris vs. RusCiCo (with screen captures)

    Hi all, I got an early copy of the Criterion Solaris and compared 5 or 6 frames to the RusCiCo version... http://www.compare.dvdbeaver.com/ in the R1 section... The Criterion image is outstanding and the RusCiCo is cropped slightly... RusCiCo Criterion You can see much...
  30. Gary Tooze

    DVD REVIEW: "Hot Summer" (with screen captures!)

    Hot Summer (distributed by First Run Features): East Germany 1967 "How fun can a movie get? I show the first 15 minutes of this film to EVERYONE who stumbles into my Home Theater. In an attempt to define quirky/cool/eclectic... well this is it! East German's dancing and singing in mostly...