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  1. Randy A Salas

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  2. Randy A Salas

    DVD Review HTF Review: The Marx Brothers - Silver Screen Collection

    I asked Bill Marx, the son of Harpo who appears in one of the three "Today Show" segments on the DVD, about the general lack of extras on the collection for my write-up in the Star Tribune. His reply: "Though there is limited history about the brothers in what I think is an absolutely...
  3. Randy A Salas

    Rhino Strikes Again! Too Close for Comfort - 22 minute cut episodes

    What's odd about Rhino's response is the discrepancy over the set's total time, which it cited as being 455 minutes (24 minutes per episode) in advance materials but then changed on the actual set to 420 minutes (22 minutes per episode). Something obviously changed. There are commercially...
  4. Randy A Salas

    DVD Review HTF REVIEW: Gone With The Wind - Four Disc Collector's Ed. (VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).

    Those who do worry that the new film is too colorful might like to know that the colors on the DVD were arrived at by comparing them to a 1939 nitrate print, the same one used for reference at the Technicolor labs. The color reference print was not known to exist until this DVD was in...
  5. Randy A Salas

    Married with Children S3 Won't Have "Love & Marriage" Theme Song! (Rights Issues)

    A very well-known DVD producer, who has always gone the extra mile to license original music when releasing DVDs, once told me that the rights holders to most music are like real-estate investors. They buy and sell these songs for the express purpose of making money off of companies like the DVD...
  6. Randy A Salas

    Combat! - Season 2

    You're welcome, Chuck. Image obviously has a production cost and price point that it has targeted for these DVDs, and they don't include demanding and restoring/remastering from the original prints. I had hoped that Image might try a new approach to the second-season set, but sales of the...
  7. Randy A Salas

    Combat! - Season 2

    I hesitate to fuel the negativity that seems to dominate every thread on this board, but for purely informational purposes: The episodes on the second-season Combat! DVDs continue to average about 47 minutes each, just as on the first-season collections. Like those episodes, they are...
  8. Randy A Salas

    Rhino Strikes Again! Too Close for Comfort - 22 minute cut episodes

    Episodes of shows from that era should be 24 minutes long. In fact, Rhino's advance materials indicated that the set's 19 "uncut" episodes would total 455 minutes, which is right at 24 minutes each. But the new set lists an actual (and correct, for its contents) total time of 420 minutes, which...
  9. Randy A Salas

    Married with Children S3 Won't Have "Love & Marriage" Theme Song! (Rights Issues)

    The rub is that if this release sells well--or, at least, no differently than the previous seasons--CTHE will have little incentive to continue paying music rights for other releases.
  10. Randy A Salas

    DVD Review HTF Review: The Marx Brothers - Silver Screen Collection

    What's funny (odd, strange, sad?) is the people who have never seen the new set and yet have made up their minds about its audio and video quality. If this thread follows the usual cycle of others like it (and I'm lumping in the other Marx Brothers thread that began so indignantly about rumored...
  11. Randy A Salas

    Shrek 2 - where are the reviews?

    Advance screeners were sent to some media outlets, but it really wasn't worth the trouble. The discs had forced subtitles warning against copying across the top and the bottom of the widescreen image that obscured nearly half the picture--and they appeared during the entire movie. And the discs...
  12. Randy A Salas

    DVD Review HTF Review: The Marx Brothers - Silver Screen Collection

    Because Universal will sell the movies individually at some point. With each movie having its own disc, all the studio needs to do is create a single keepcase for each. It's a cost-saving move in the long run.
  13. Randy A Salas

    Pirates of the Caribbean SE question

    The packaging on this release is such that it just bundles the previously available DVD with the new bonus disc in one awkward, shrinkwrapped package.
  14. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers' Duck Soup to be edited?

    I agree that these kind of threads spread erroneous information like wildfire, but this is an important point. Beck claims that things have been edited on the new Duck Soup DVD, a disc that she hasn't viewed. I've checked the song she refers to (with no further elaboration from her, mind you)...
  15. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers' Duck Soup to be edited?

    Considering the subject matter, I should have been clearer. I meant what George said, an abrupt switch to a different camera angle.
  16. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers' Duck Soup to be edited?

    That column doesn't indicate what has supposedly been cut, unfortunately. Also, I just checked and the Headstrong/Armstrong comment is still there: There is an abrupt edit a few lines after that, when Groucho says, "It was silly of me to lose my temper on account of that little thing you...
  17. Randy A Salas

    Looney Toones

    And, for what it's worth, Warner Home Video is treating these as TV releases. That's the division that produced them and is promoting them. In addition, some of the supplemental content on the discs specifically addresses the shorts' run on television, such as the various opening sequences of...
  18. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers' Duck Soup to be edited?

    I can't find any evidence that such an article has been written, although it's possible that its newness means that it's not yet available in the newspaper archives available to me. The newspaper cited in the linked posting also does not list it. I have watched the song on the new DVD and...
  19. Randy A Salas

    Gift Set of *every* non-OOP Criterion at Amazon

    The main purpose of such an offer is not to sell X number of Criterion collections at $5,250 each. It is simply a promotional gimmick to get people talking about Criterion DVDs at the busiest selling time of the year. It appears to be working.
  20. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers News?

    The line is still missing. The cut is still awkward and obvious, but it looks quite clean as far as its image quality, not ragged.
  21. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers News?

    I no longer have the Image discs to compare with; I gave them away years ago. But it appears that at least some restoration work has been done. The image seems more stable overall, for one. For another, the reviews cited above, for example, refer to "a veritable storm" of "grain, marks, dirt...
  22. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers News?

    Gotcha. I agree on that point.
  23. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers News?

    Unless I need different eyes. The bonus disc has one static menu that shows after the Universal logo. It says "Bonus Materials: Inside the NBC Vaults -- Today Show Interviews With:" and then selectable choices for "Harpo Marx 1961" (about 7 minutes), "Groucho Marx 1963" (under 5 minutes) and...
  24. Randy A Salas

    Universal releasing Non-OAR dvds including "The Forbin Project, "Charley Varrick"

    Just to be clear before people get too worked up, the executive was responding to fan *rumors* that the DVDs would not have DD 5.1 and confirming that indeed they would. The sound wasn't added in response to fans; it was already planned. But your point remains that some executives do...
  25. Randy A Salas

    Marx Brothers News?

    The set also comes in a custom package that resembles a thick (albeit somewhat flimsy) hardcover book, including a 40-page "booklet" that's bound into the cover. The booklet is light on text but does have lots of good, big photos, poster art and the equivalent of insert cards (chapter info) for...
  26. Randy A Salas

    Universal releasing Non-OAR dvds including "The Forbin Project, "Charley Varrick"

    Not if they're using existing transfers that were done previously, say, for TV broadcast.
  27. Randy A Salas

    Martin & Lewis: Where are their DVDs???

    The PD status of At War With the Army has nothing to do with the rest of the catalog coming out on DVD. That title went PD because the executive producer, who owned the rights, died, and no one realized he owned the rights until it was too late. This is addressed in the interview from the...
  28. Randy A Salas

    Andy Griffith Season One Reviews?

    As Casey noted, it's too early. Paramount hasn't sent review copies out yet. But it will soon.
  29. Randy A Salas

    Martin & Lewis: Where are their DVDs???

    The fate of the Martin & Lewis DVDs has been discussed in one of the threads about the Lewis movies: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=213217 In short, the producer of the new Lewis DVDs, Chris Lewis, hopes to do a boxed set of all 16 Martin & Lewis movies next. The Martin &...
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