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I see no Blu-ray on Amazon that is sold by Amazon. What am I missing? The only one that seems to be available is over $27.00. Is that what everyone paid? There is another one for $8.72 but that is out of stock, and has been since I ordered it, a month or more ago.
 

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I got my shipping notice (finally) from Amazon, and it will be here Wednesday. I know what my Thanksgiving night viewing will be!
 

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John Maher_289910 said:
I see no Blu-ray on Amazon that is sold by Amazon. What am I missing? The only one that seems to be available is over $27.00. Is that what everyone paid? There is another one for $8.72 but that is out of stock, and has been since I ordered it, a month or more ago.
I preordered early directly from Amazon and, after a weeks-long delay, it finally arrived on Tuesday. The final price was $9.69.
 

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John Maher_289910 said:
I see no Blu-ray on Amazon that is sold by Amazon. What am I missing? The only one that seems to be available is over $27.00. Is that what everyone paid? There is another one for $8.72 but that is out of stock, and has been since I ordered it, a month or more ago.
That's it! My arrived last week.
 

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dpippel said:
Amazon is currently offering it as a "Prime Exclusive" for $8.72, but it's out of stock.
That's the same status when they did ship out my copy.


Edit: Amazon just did the "Prime Exclusive" with Witness too.
 

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I finally got around to watching this over the weekend, and it's just as beautiful as RAH claimed in his initial thoughts.


But how SHOCKING that a classic film such as this is released with NO bonus material at all. Some film historian should have been engaged to provide a commentary at the very least. A desperately missed opportunity.
 

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Matt Hough said:
I finally got around to watching this over the weekend, and it's just as beautiful as RAH claimed in his initial thoughts.


But how SHOCKING that a classic film such as this is released with NO bonus material at all. Some film historian should have been engaged to provide a commentary at the very least. A desperately missed opportunity.

The earlier Centennial Collection DVD had a bevy of special features, including a commentary with Peter Bogdanovic.
 

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Finally got mine from Amazon UK. Why I didn't buy it from there two years ago, saving myself much bother, is a mystery. (And yes the DVD is worth holding onto for the extras.)
 

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Allansfirebird said:
The earlier Centennial Collection DVD had a bevy of special features, including a commentary with Peter Bogdanovic.
Yup, I don't understand why these extras weren't ported over so now i have those DVD discs inside the BD case and threw away the DVD case.
 

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davidmatychuk said:
Oh, Paramount, what are you doing? The "Zoolander" Blu-Ray gets fancy packaging and a deluxe edition, while "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" loses its Collector's Edition status.
Perhaps, the remake of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence will give Paramount a reason to release it again with the proper bonus material this great film deserves from them.:)
 

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Robert Crawford said:
Perhaps, the remake of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence will give Paramount a reason to release it again with the proper bonus material this great film deserves from them. :)
Remake?
 

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I don't know how this can work really.

The characters & actors in Liberty Valance are what made it what it is.

It would be like remaking Lawrence of Arabia or Gone With The Wind etc., impossible.
 

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This certainly *has* been subjected to a moderate amount of DNR, but it is arguably the best version available. There are two DVDs, and the newer one appears to have been derived from the same master/source as the blu-ray (which I'm assuming is identical to its European counterpart). There's a sizable improvement in stability, but the old DVD looks more organic and has more 'depth' to it, despite its myriad of other issues.


Once you notice the DNR on the blu-ray, though, it's rather difficult to unsee it:

http://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?go=1&a=0&d1=1194&d2=1193&s1=11445&s2=11437&i=0&l=0

Look at his face, especially. The lines, the shadow beneath the brim of his hat, his nose. They have a blotchy quality to them.


And here:

http://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?go=1&a=0&d1=1194&d2=1193&s1=11448&s2=11440&i=3&l=0

The details of his suit (again, the lines), and look at the wood on the floor in the corner. The light mounted on the wall, too.


The DVD in these caps-a-holic comparisons is the newer one, so it has the same problems (albeit much less noticeably due to the resolution).


The old DVD can be seen here: new, old. It's quite different.


Nit-picking this may seem, but it is quite evident in motion depending on your sensitivity to these sort of things. Rising smoke, in particular, looks much better on the old DVD.


So while this may certainly be watchable and may possibly be the overall best available version of the film at the moment, it's very far from perfect. When this is inevitably restored (it's Ford and among his best works, so it certainly will be, eventually) expect a significant improvement.
 

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