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  1. Sean Campbell

    Giant Monsters on film

    Now that Peter Jackson's 'King Kong' is about to hit DVD, what are everyone's favourite giant monster films? I'm talking about 'giant creature loose in the contemporary world' style flicks, so no films such as '7th Voyage of Sinbad' or 'Jason & The Argonauts' ( excellent as they may be ). My...
  2. Sean Campbell

    Akira Ifukube R.I.P.

    Japanese composer Akira Ifukube passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Along with Miklos Rosza, he was my all time favourite film composer. He provided the music for a vast number of films during his long career, notably dozens of Toho's sci-fi productions ( many Godzillas, The Mysterians...
  3. Sean Campbell

    DVD & The Decline of Television

    Has anyone else found that since becoming a dvd collector, their interest in broadcast television has declined? Back in the mid to late 90s I would watch every sci-fi show that came along and stuff like Babylon 5 and the X Files would be watched each and every week without fail. However, since I...
  4. Sean Campbell

    Non-Disney Animation Collections

    I'm sure it goes without saying that most animation fans ( much like myself ) will have a large collection of Disney movies on their DVD shelf. But what of non-Disney productions? The following is a listing of such movies in my collection, and I'd be quite interested in hearing what other HTF...
  5. Sean Campbell

    Merged Thread: Darby O'Gill & The Little People OAR?

    Darby O'Gill & The Little People has just been released in R2 - but with an aspect ratio of 1:33:1. I know this movie was made in the late 50s, so can anyone tell me if it's the correct OAR or not? I don't want to buy it if it's cropped http://www.sendit.com/video/item/7000000088374
  6. Sean Campbell

    Ikiru ( UK region 2 )

    I just watched the BFI edition of Ikiru, an excellent Kurosawa flick that was long overdue for release. The disc was no great shakes though. There was a lot of dirt and scratches on the print and a high degree of hiss on the soundtrack. The movie should really have been given a complete...
  7. Sean Campbell

    Before home cinema....

    I was talking about movies with my grandfather the other day. He's now in his 80s but still has clear recollections of going to the cinema on a regular basis back in the late 1920s and 1930s. One of his most vivid memories is of seeing King Kong on its original release back in 1933. Kong...
  8. Sean Campbell

    DVDs that revert back to the main menu too soon

    Anyone else really hate it when DVDs return to the main menu before the film is fully finished? There's nothing worse than the final bars of a soundtrack being cut short, particularly on older movies where it was the norm to simply have a 'The End' caption rather than full credits. A few of my...
  9. Sean Campbell

    The Quiet Earth ( UK release )

    I picked up the UK edition of 'The Quiet Earth' today ( As far as I'm aware it's the only version of this great movie currently available on DVD ). I have to say that I was highly disappointed with the release. Aside from a pretty poor photo gallery there's no extras and worse than that, it's...
  10. Sean Campbell

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit - French 2 disc edition

    I received my copy of this in the mail this morning. Firstly, despite the fact that it's not mentioned on Amazon.fr, the disc does indeed include the commentary track from the US release. It also features the 'Toon Confidential' subtitle track ( in English )which reveals interesting trivia as...
  11. Sean Campbell

    The Land that Time Forgot ( German edition )

    Despite the questionable special effects, 'The Land That Time Forgot' has always been one of my favourite movies. Based on the book by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this WW1 set tale deals with a group of British and German sailors who have to work together in order to survive after finding themselves...
  12. Sean Campbell

    Infinite World of HG Wells?

    I just saw this on CDJapan: http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=PCBE-50420 Anybody have this title? ( or any info about what it actually is? )
  13. Sean Campbell

    Cover designs

    Why is it that studios insist on changing the cover designs of certain DVDs from territory to territory? Wouldn't it be far cheaper to simply use the same cover for all releases worldwide? Case in point: Journey to the Centre of the Earth American edition...
  14. Sean Campbell

    Disney's Robin Hood - aspect ratio?

    Anyone know what the original aspect ratio for Disney's Robin Hood is? ( 70s animated version ) My DVD copy is 1:33:1 and according to a couple of online sources, that was the format it was made in. Or was it? Here's the way it looks on the disc - am I missing something or is everything...
  15. Sean Campbell

    Region 0 DVDs

    Does anyone know of any sites that give a full listing of region 0 discs available? ( and I mean official releases, not bootlegs ) Although I have multiregion capability ( in fact, most DVD players over here do ), I prefer to buy either region 2 or region 0 whenever possible. Call me...
  16. Sean Campbell

    I got Kurosawa's Dreams today

    I received my copy of Akira Kurosawa's Dreams in the post this morning, thought you might be interested in hearing my initial impressions of the disc. Firstly, although I haven't yet fully watched the movie, from what I could see the quality of the picture is superb. It's anamorphic 1:85:1...
  17. Sean Campbell

    Anyone got 'Red Sun' region 2?

    Just wondering if anyone has the Japanese edition of 'Red Sun' ( dodgy but fun 70s western with Toshiro Mifune & Charles Bronson ) http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=TBD-1027 I picked up a copy from Brazil recently ( under the title 'Sol Vermelho' ) but the picture quality left a...
  18. Sean Campbell

    What's up with Toho?

    Anyone else as annoyed as I am at the fact that Toho won't put English subtitles on their sci fi DVDs? ( Godzilla, Rodan, The Mysterians etc... ) Ever since I was a kid I've been a big fan of these movies. They were always bright and colourful, had huge special effects scenes that bordered on...
  19. Sean Campbell

    Forced subtitles

    I've been importing a lot of DVDs recently and have had some problems with 'forced subtitles'. ( Foreign subs on screen whether you like it or not when you watch the English soundtrack ) Discs with this problem are 'On the Beach' Japanese region 2, 'Fahrenheit 451' French region 2, 'The...