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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ric Easton, Feb 4, 2009.
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"Who would want to buy a movie from 1856? Movies are about right now so piss off with your late 19th century films. You're steppîng in the way of instant profits. Now who wants another Bud? Wazaaaaaaaaa!!!!"
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They are. Look at the situation with Lionsgate and Little House On the Prairie. People are emailing the studio begging them to reconsider their decision to drop Blu-ray releases and all they get back is a canned robo-response: "Thank you for contacting us. If there's anything more we can do for you please don't hesitate to contact us again". Yeah, right.
The same FOX that decided to discontinue releasing "The Simpsons" on DVD and has yet to announce the HD version of "The X-Files" for Blu? If so, our chances are 50-50 at best.
My computer ineptitude prevents me from linking it here, but there is an article linked in another Abyss thread, yesterday, in which Cameron details the Blu, due out in 2017. Great news!
Too little too late, but welcomed just the same. Now, True Lies....anyone?!?
Wow! I cannot believe this... Only 7 years after I started this thread. Now to see if it ain't bullshit. Btw, I'll need the extended cut as well.
Oh wow... really? Thank god the dead horse has finally gone to heaven.
Hell will freeze over in 2017. No kidding
I'm sure most have given up hope at this point....but if you haven't, Cameron mentions it might happen in 2019.
From an interview with Empire magazine.
“Man, it’s on my to-do list,” Cameron admitted. “It’s a question of time-management. True Lies and The Abyss both have Blu-ray transfers that are complete for my review. The problem is the next 14 hours when I have to go back and trim the color and get each one perfect. That’s 28 hours. I don’t have 28 hours.” He added that he’s hoping to take a look at them before 2019 arrives: “I’ve put it on my list to try to get it done before the end of the year.”
Bill Hunt's column from the Digital Bits yesterday.
All right, let’s get right down to it. I’ve been reluctant to talk about the prospects of James Cameron’s The Abyss and True Lies arriving on Blu-ray (and dare we hope 4K) in 2019 because we’ve had SO many solid reports that these films were finally coming only to see them evaporate. And when I’ve tried to find out why, Fox always pointed at Cameron and Cameron always pointed back at Fox. What I finally figured out is that Cameron has just been too distracted with other projects to approve new transfers of these films, first with diving to the bottom of the ocean and more recently with his Avatar prequels.
As longtime Bits readers will be well aware, both films were expected for their last major anniversaries in 2014. We know for a fact that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment had even prepared new Blu-ray releases (most recently rumored for release in 2017), but Cameron never got around to approving the new transfers, so the Blu-ray releases never happened. The transfers were quietly released to the pay cable movie channels only.
Well, now it’s five years later. 2019 officially marks the 30th anniversary of The Abyss and the 25th of True Lies. Naturally, that means Bits readers have been asking me for weeks about the prospects of finally seeing these films released on Blu-ray (and, again, dare we hope 4K). I’ve even spoken to studio sources about this recently. And again, what I learned was that the ball was still in James Cameron’s court. [Read on here...]
What’s more, as recently as late last year, Cameron was hinting on social media that he still had yet to approve new transfers and color timing, but he’d just been too busy. So about two weeks ago, and pretty publically on my Twitter page, I posted this...
And goddamnit, I tagged James Cameron on it. Because I’m really tired of talking about these films not being released on Blu-ray and anamorphic DVD when they should have been years ago. I’ve just had my damn fill of the subject, so much that I almost stopped caring.
Let’s just say, the response from readers on social media at the time was... strong.
Jump ahead to today. I’m reading my Twitter feed over my coffee this morning, when I see that a Bitsreader named Ray Hahn (thanks Ray!) shared this post from professional film colorist Skip Kimball of Deluxe’s EFilm (the colorist for Avatar among other Cameron films) on Instagram...
It was posted on Sunday, and it clearly references a new color grade of the new 4K scan of The Abyss that is finally happening. And yes, presumably for both Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release, this year, for the film’s 30th anniversary.
Now... I don’t know if the one had anything to do with the other, but I’ll take it either way. I also don’t know which cut or cuts of the film are being graded (hopefully all of them), so don’t ask me. I don’t know when the release is coming, so don’t ask me (though the actual anniversary is 8/9, so presumably around then). And I don’t know if True Lies is coming too yet or not, so don’t ask me.
BUT... this appears to be semi-official confirmation that The Abyss on BD and 4K is FINALLY FUCKING HAPPENING. Naturally, I’ll believe it when I see it. But I’m encouraged. I will, of course, let you know more as soon as I do. LOL.
I hope this thread's OP, Ric Easton, is paying attention!
Leave it to Bill Hunt to claim credit for something he had nothing to do with. He really thinks his Twitter post is why Cameron decided to do it?
You mean that 19 years after the initial non-anamorphic sourced-from-LD-masters DVDs we may actually get proper transfers of these movies on Blu-ray and 4K/UHD???
(And this news is coming out a week after Samsung stopped making players to boot!!)
WOW! I started this thread 10 years ago. At that point, it had already been a long wait. One of my favorite movies. I'll believe it when I see it!
I have the non-anamorphic DVD of the Abyss, but I haven’t watched it in forever. I’d happily pay for a proper upgrade to BluRay. Let’s hope that both versions will be included, along with the documentary that was on the 2 disc DVD.
Having The Abyss & True Lies on 4K UHD would be nice but I would happy with BR, come on James!
Same boat. Its been forever since I looked at the DVD. On an old standard def TV it looked fine, but ever since I got an HD set (around 2001), it is just atrocious. And yes, I hope it has both versions and the doc!