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20th Century Fox's CinemaScope films

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Thomas T, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. Message #41 of 125 Oct 21, 2018
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    Robin9

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    I'm glad this thread got "bumped" as I'd forgotten about it. Very interesting to note that 26 films listed in post No. 1 have now been released on Blu-ray disc. We are making progress even if not as quickly as we'd like.
     
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    Looks like you were wrong with that prediction.
     
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    We certainly have as more than 25% of them have been released on Blu-ray or DVD.
     
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    I've gone back and highlighted in red the Fox CinemaScope films that have since come out on DVD and/or blu ray. I have not included titles that have been put out in non anamorphic wide screen transfers (like some of the Fox MODs). I'm hopeful that a few more will see the light of day.
     
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    Well fortunately your crystal ball wasn't in working order :) 10 years have come and gone and physical media, battered and no longer the belle of the ball, is still hanging on. With boutique labels like Twilight Time, Kino Lorber, Criterion and Shout Factory, this is a great time for lovers of "classic" cinema and catalog films.
     
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    Thomas, you also have highlighted only films released in Region 1/Zone A. Several of the other titles have come out on DVD in various European countries.
     
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    Yes, I realize that and I actually have some of them. I've gone back and highlighted the non R1 releases in blue along with country of origin.
     
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    Just got A High Wind in Jamaica, The Barbarian and the Geisha, and From Thé Terrace in French released Blu Rays, the first à bit disappointing, the others pretty good. A pity the Paul Newman isn’t as good a restoration as Long Hot Summer which looks gorgeous on Blu Ray.
    Hell and High Water and the Hepburn and Tracy Desk Set anyone?
     
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    Esther and the King German release is pan and scan. And only on DVD. Pity.
     
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    There's nothing wrong with the Twilight Time Blu-ray disc of From The Terrace. Twilight Time have also released Hell And High Water.
     
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    My From the Terrace is the French release probably from the same source, and pretty good. Just not as good as The Long Hot Summer or North to Alaska, or The Comancheros, the last in my view the best Blu Ray from Fox to date. All three I mention are official Fox restorations. When Fox do them the quality is terrific. As are the Criterion releases, though few so far. But a lot seem to have got under the wire and not got the attention they deserve. As I said before, many of the Fox CinemaScope movies from the 50s and 60s have been broadcast on television using wonderful High Definition copies. The Bravados for example. And on French télévision recently they showed The Egyptian using an HD of the best quality I’ve ever seen. But some of the releases in Spain have not been that good, some even cutting off the Fox CinemaScope ident from the start. Boy on A Dolphin being one such. The French release of Desiree is just awful!
     
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    I have the German release of Esther And The King and it is NOT pan and scan but anamorphic wide screen and it looks quite nice.
     
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    Fox released The Desk Set domestically on blu ray. Is it out of print?
     
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    Blu-ray releases from Spain are bootlegs! Don't touch them with a disinfected bargepole! Of course they're substandard! Of course they butcher the Fox logo! They're bootleg products from career bootleggers! AKA professional criminals.
     
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    The Desk Set doesn’t show up on any of my searches, and some like Beneath The 12 Mile Reef that seem to have been limited edition releases on BluRay are so expensive on amazon to make me live without it in my collection!
     
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    Then amazon needs to stop printing every damn review they get. And it’s only on DVD. Being Joan Collins I’d have thought it worth a Blu Ray restoration. I’ve The Girl on thé Red Velvet Swing, French release and not bad. They did a great restoration for Richard Egan’s 300 Spartans, though probably because of the 300 movie.
     
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    Don’t know where the copy of Desiree came from but it looks like vhs quality! Even bootleggers should be ashamed, though in spite of the cast, i find it a rather dull movie.
     
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    The Twilight Time disc of Desiree does not look like a VHS tape. Bootleggers have no sense of shame.
     
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    Like a few others difficult to get hold of or too expensive.
     
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    The Blu-ray disc of Beneath The 12 Mile Reef is currently available for $19.95 plus shipping from Screen Archives.
     
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