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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - American Graffiti -- in 4k UHD

    I think this is maybe more relevant. From your review of the second release of French Connection... "I'm one of those people who believes that if a film wins important awards for Best Picture, Cinematography, Screenplay, et al, that when it is released on Blu-ray that it should come as close to...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - American Graffiti -- in 4k UHD

    It feels like you strongly believe that Lucas himself personally supervised this new release and directed the removal of grain/waxy appearance that everyone's talking about -- is that right? I don't see why there should be handwringing either way about his intentions or whether we, as the...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Dressed to Kill -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    It's true. She's onscreen, almost in every shot, for an uninterrupted 30 minutes with only two brief dialogue sequences. She manages to do so much without words.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Dressed to Kill -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    The 5.1 track is included in lossless, as well as the original mono track which is much more balanced in its mix. It sounds wonderful here.
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    Press Release SPHE Press Release: Columbia Classics Ultra 4K HD Collection Volume 2

    This thread started with nit-picking of the titles chosen and questioning the idea of releasing this kind of boxed set. Hostility was maybe not the right word. I love this community and I think, as collectors, we all have vibrant opinions and always will. Great! But as someone who is acutely...
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    Press Release SPHE Press Release: Columbia Classics Ultra 4K HD Collection Volume 2

    This seems to me to be a more consistent set than Volume One but that's subjective. It's really surprising to see some of the hostile comments here, given this audience. UHD releases of catalog titles certainly aren't happening every day and each one of these films has a constituency. I didn't...
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    This is beyond weird because FedEx attempted delivery of this for me last week (I have no idea why this vendor is requiring signatures during a pandemic, but that's another story), they left a note saying signature was required, and they came back the next day and left the package without any...
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    I'm reminded of the Fall 2012 brouhaha when they released the Hitchcock titles on blu for the first time and several of the titles had issues with the credits. Does everyone remember that? I'd lean to being understanding given the pandemic but Universal just has a history of being sloppy with...
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    Criterion Press Release: The Great Escape (1963) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I'm beyond thrilled to see Criterion taking on this title.... but seeing the announcement details that this is a one (1) disc blu ray release is concerning. They released Barry Lyndon on 2 discs (for blu) and really should do the same here. This is way too much content (including the lengthy...
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    International February 2018 Powerhouse/Indicator Films Releases

    No Scream of Fear in the Hammer boxset? Hoping that will come soon from PW/Indicator.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Bird with the Crystal Plumage -- in Blu-ray

    Many thanks, Mike. I appreciate your update (and value Home Theater Forum very much). And I didn't mean to suggest that RAH is the absolute only expert here - but, being who he is, he certainly is the rockstar of the restoration world. :D
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Bird with the Crystal Plumage -- in Blu-ray

    Thanks for your thoughtful response, Mike. And I have to draw a distinction - I've worked in the film and entertainment world and have never (apart from film school) handled film. I'm assuming that goes for the great majority of people in these fields. The larger point I was making, which still...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Bird with the Crystal Plumage -- in Blu-ray

    This page should give you some background on tramlines.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Bird with the Crystal Plumage -- in Blu-ray

    There ARE tramlines as well as minute scratches throughout both the credits and the later sequence at the racetrack - both sequences heavy on opticals, obviously, with the "viewfinder" effects of the supposed binoculars. As a more casual user of this site it's a bit jarring to see a select few...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Carrie (1976) -- in Blu-ray

    Outstanding news! Shout/Scream Factory seems to be on a roll this fall...
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    Oops I did not see that. Thanks Neil!
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    Blu-ray Review The Detective Blu-ray Review

    Mia Farrow has also indicated this is just how it happened (read her memoir). Can we perhaps drop this? Or are there really people who still believe Frank Sinatra could do no wrong? That's what your post seems to boil down to. Anyway, this is for a review of "The Detective", not "Rosemary's Baby".
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    Blu-ray Review The Detective Blu-ray Review

    Robert Evans in "The Kid Stays in the Picture" substantiates what was mentioned about the Sinatra/Farrow contretemps over "The Detective" and "Rosemary's Baby", as does Roman Polanski's comments in the supplementary materials for the Criterion "Rosemary's".
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    Blu-ray Review Scorpio Blu-ray Review

    The best comment about Michael Winner was a review of one of his films, I think "Death Wish II", where the reviewer called the movie "another loser from Winner".
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    A little surprised that after all the hullabaloo about this title, no one at HTF (including Mr. Harris) bothered reviewing this. Isn't every Criterion title usually reviewed?
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Ghost Story -- in Blu-ray

    Also, am I correct in remembering that PENNIES was the last true "MGM" film, before MGM merged with UA to become MGM/UA?
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Ghost Story -- in Blu-ray

    Vincent Canby at the NY Times was less than impressed: Almost anyone - film makers as well as imaginative 6-year-old children - can get a ghost story off to a good, creepy start that prompts the listener to ask, ''And then what happened?'' The difficulty is in keeping the suspense building...
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    So is no one at Home Theater Forum going to review this title?
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    Let's move on, shall we?
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    Mmm not quite. You can re-read the post. Anyway, it's water under the bridge.
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    Not quite. A lot of folks on this board said, in effect, "Despite Criterion's statement, this looks wrong" and Mr. Harris shut that down. All due respect - but turns out he was wrong.
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    They're not "fat heads". I think the statement is diplomatically trying to say they messed up, the result was not what the film should look like, and they're fixing it. Anyway, let's all move on. Criterion is doing the right thing, and they responded with a fix in very short time.
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    Agreed. Although I haven't seen the film theatrically as much as you evidently have (I've seen it in 35mm three times), this is most certainly not how the film has ever looked. I am hopeful that this was an authoring error, rather than a conscious choice on Mr. De Palma's part.
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    The two shots in the museum scene are not different lighting. For those familiar with the sequence, they're two walls in adjoining rooms with the same lighting. I understand people's reluctance to weigh in on this release until it's out. However, I feel comfortable calling out the color...
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    Criterion Press Release: Dressed To Kill (Blu-ray)

    Also, this new review provides more evidence that the color scheme is indeed off. There are two caps from the museum scene - the first (probably from about the 16 minute mark in the film) shows white walls. The next cap (20 minute mark) has decidedly greener-looking white walls - from the same...
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