2 Peter Weir films coming to region 2 UK

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  1. Jay E

    Jay E Cinematographer

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    Just saw that The Cars That Ate Paris and The Plumber are being released on June 30th for only 5.99 (pounds) in region 2 UK. Great price!
     
  2. Sean Campbell

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    I seem to remember reading that 'Picnic At Hanging Rock' is also due on region 2 within the next few months ( although it's worth remembering that the Criterion edition is region 0 ). Hopefully it'll be anamorphic this time.
     
  3. Tim Fleming

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    Does anyone have any idea what (if any) extras will be on The Cars That Ate Paris?

    Also, the following is a section of the transcript from the HTF's own Criterion Collection chat on October 23rd 2001 (full transcript here) and releates to a question I asked about The Cars That Ate Paris:

     
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    The running time (1 hour and 50 minutes PAL) seems to indicate that the Picnic at Hanging Rock dvd will feature the original theatrical cut instead of the 1998 (?) director's cut that was on the R0 Criterion.

    So despite already having the Criterion, I'll get this one - if OAR - too at GBP 5.99. [​IMG]

    Now, an OAR Fearless anyone?
     
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    great news Mark, at that low price even better

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  6. Gordon McMurphy

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    I have Picnic At Hanging Rock.

    It is 1.77:1 anamorphic. Beautiful transfer: colourful; clean; sharp.

    Dolby 2.0 mono is very nice, too.

    No extras, but that would be somewhat inappropriate for a mysterious film such as this. [​IMG]

    Buy it! £5.99?! No-brainer, really.


    Gordy
     
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  8. Mark_vdH

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    I received mine too, and it is the same (1997 or 1998) director's cut that's also on the Criterion. Although trivially, the title screen in the movie that says "Picnic At Hanging Rock" is slightly different.

    The quality looks about the same as the Criterion to me, apart from the slight cropping to 1.78:1 and slightly sharper appearance on my TV (that doesn't handle non-anamorphic NTSC stuff like the Criterion very well).

    The only things you miss buying the R2 version are English HOH subtitles, the 5.1 remix, the (IMO pretty bad) theatrical trailer, and the liner notes by, I believe, Vincent Canby.
     
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    Unfortunately "the cars that ate Paris", although starting out as 2.35:1, after the main titles is panned & scanned to 1.77:1....
     
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    Yeah, Paul - I bought The Cars That Ate Paris today, and it has the familiar "2.35:1/16x9 widescreen" icon.

    But lo and behold - it is a 1.78:1 transfer after the credits finish! I also vomited BLOOD at the site of that! I thought those days were over!

    So disppointed. [​IMG]

    Where's the region 1 Home Vision Entertainment SE that Weir was working on with the HVE team!? [​IMG]


    Gordy
     
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    Joking aside, this is a great cult film and I have never seen it in anything other than 1.33:1 pan and scan, and although seeing slightly more at 1.78:1 is so Great, I expected to see the full Panavision framing I paid for.

    Needless to say, I returned the DVD to HMV today

    I walked in with it raised above my head for all to see - and mock. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Grrr.


    Gordy
     
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    Great news, Tim! [​IMG]

    Home Vision puts out some great stuff. Do you haev their Black And White In Color DVD? Absolutely superb. [​IMG]


    Gordy
     
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    I still want a good (I'm not even asking for great [​IMG] ) release of Weir's Fearless.

    Which company holds the rights to the European/British market? Warner?
     

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