AMC "Roger Corman Collection" set really sucks! Is there better source material?

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  1. Dick

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    Just rented (thank God did not buy) the 2-disc set from AMC (I should have guessed the DVD's would be the video equivilent of the AMC TV channel - i.e. as crappy as it gets). The four titles (BUCKET OF BLOOD; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; WASP WOMAN; THE TERROR) are excrement - blurry, no contrast, full of flaws - worse than a typical VHS tape). I really would like to own the first three titles (I don't much care for THE TERROR) and am wondering if there are decent transfers out there on some label? I assume they are public domain, but sometimes on label gets it right. Anyone?
     
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    How's the quality on the other 'Classics' set w/ Piranha, Death Race, Hollywood Boulvd & Rock N Roll Highschool?

    Anyone know if the version of Piranha is the same as the 20th Ann. Sp. Ed?
     
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    Bucket of Blood is available in a nice print from MGM.
    The best print of Little Shop of Horrors that I have yet seen is the Goodtimes DVD.
    The Corman DVDs put out by New Concorde have pretty good prints, except they are fullscreen. I'm not sure if this is the correct OAR for films such as Death Race, Piranha, Hollywood Blvd...etc.
     
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    Yeah, in the case of the AMC line of cheapo DVDs, you get what you pay for. AMC basically licensed their name to a public domain distro that proceeded to flood WalMart with discs containing some of the worst transfers this side of Madacy. They're really that bad.
     
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    My understanding is that Piranha was shot full screen, so if presented in WS it is "fake WS" (excuse my technical language [​IMG] ), as has happened to some other FS films, so OAR is 1.33:1 if you go by how it was shot at least (don't know if that means much, different than how it's presented sometimes, but the director should know).
     
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    We just have a disagreement on this Randy.
    Until I know that the directors who shot these films ,(and not the producer or studio), would rather have them on DVD fullscreen, I'm going to question their presentation.
    CraigF - many films are shot 1:1.33 but are intended for release at OAR 1:1.85. This is why some films that are fullscreen on DVD are open matte. That doesn't mean that they are correctly presented on DVD (ie: boom mikes appearing in shots,etc.).
     
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    Sorry Marco, I have no ideas about its status, found very little info about the set before it came out even but pre-ordered it anyway. Was not at all disappointed, except that I always find Corman's movies too short...

    deepdiscountDVD still lists the set as available, bear in mind I didn't check everywhere, just the places I normally order from. This is just a repackaging of existing discs, the best of existing R1 versions, a couple of which I found impossible to get elsewhere, probably as you did.
     
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    Thanks Craig,

    Video Universe seems to be offering it for pretty cheap and it shows it in stock so I'll be definitely placing an order this week. I hate ordering box-sets online though, they always arrive banged up!

    Oh well...

    Thanks again for the info, I might have otherwise missed out.

    :}
     
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    How are the Drive-in Collection releases? Has anyone seen the transfers on these? I know Little Shop and Terror have better releases, but I am mainly interested in the other Corman films from this series - T-Bird Gang, Swamp Women, etc.
     

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