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Alfred Hitchcock films in 4K??

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Osato, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. Robert Harris

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    No. Dial "M" is nowhere near 4k. Marnie is soft. Torn Curtain, all you'll see are (I believe it's Gloria Gorvin's) protective knee pads.
     
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    I watched a little Black Narcissus on TCM the other night and it looked like a new 4K scan. Could Criterion be prepping that as it’s first?
     
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    Harry was filmed in VistaVision, so it makes sense that it looks better, but Family Plot looks much worse than other films of its vintage.
     
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    So just the VistaVision ones, then?
     
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    If they can do anything with the two that have always been sourced from reductions...that's the question.
     
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    I’d like to see Hitchcock’s take on “White Christmas”. Maybe Emma the nosy housekeeper, who causes all the trouble in the last act, is murdered.
     
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    At least since 2012 (masterpiece collection) they were not sourced from reductions anymore but from 8-perf IP's and they have the detail to prove it.
     
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    If she is, then I'm probably the culprit (though I love actress Mary Wickes to distraction, but that character does not get the comeuppance she deserves for causing so much trouble).
     
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    I really doubt many Hitchcock films would end up on physical UHD disc besides Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Psycho. Though, some of his films could use newer masters.

    From digging around, looks like there's a 4K restoration from 2015. Criterion released their Blu-ray (and DVD upgrade) in 2010 alongside The Red Shoes, which was from its 4K restoration at the time. Though, the original Blu looks quite beautiful, even if a notch or two below the full 4K workflow ones for the rest of P&P's Tech films.
     
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    I don’t see 4K source mentioned on the case or inside the the pamphlet of the current criterion from 2010.
     
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    That would be difficult if the 4k restoration was finished in 2015.
     
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    LO- now be nice! I thought he meant there was also an older 4K restoration- but he's referring only to The Red Shoes having one in 2010. Thanks for the reading comprehension test.
    Now I can only hope Black Narcissus gets released in UHD in addition to it streaming.
     
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    Sorry but it did actually not cross my mind that you could have meant a second 4k restoration as I still believe that it is miraculous that these movies got even one :)

    I think that Black Narcissus having a 4k master does not mean that much, Criterion has quite a few titles that have a 4k master but so far only 1080p Blu-rays for those and 1080p streaming of course as their channel does not offer 4k yet. At least if they decide to start with UHD they'll have quite a number of movies to choose from that actually have 4k masters - something that today's 200 million $$ blockbusters often don't have.
     
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    I am feverishly waiting for any Hitchcock titles in 4K as he is my favorite director!
     
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    I'd be more impressed if they'd just suck it up and do a new to Blu scan of Stage Fright, and, Mr. and Mrs. Smith - the only two Hitchcock's from Warner still MIA in hi-def.
     
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    Oh my God, it isn't?!?! All these years...well, I guess you learn something new every day!
     
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    Could Uni just get off its lump and remaster The Man Who Knew Too Much for standard Blu-ray - a painfully ugly viewing experience currently. I will second To Catch A Thief as a great looking UHD title.
     
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    Hitch should have made a Christmas film, either religious or secular.
     
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    It’s a murderful life
     
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    I think PSYCHO was as close as Hitchcock got to making a Christmas film. The opening shot contains a caption, "FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH"

    And when Marion is driving out of Phoenix with the loot, you can clearly see festive Christmas decorations hanging across the boulevard. Norma Bates as the Ghost of Christmas Past?
     
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