Buy Beyond Tomorrow VCI, NOT Beyond Christmas FOX

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  1. Rodney

    Rodney Supporting Actor

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    I just received Fox's Beyond Christmas, and I am terribly disappointed. I had previously purchased VCI Entertainments Beyond Tomorrow and expected Fox's release to be restored. Nothing of the sort. BC is a terrible print, with many scratches and dark scenes, while BT is a much cleaner print, and contains the original RKO opening and original title card. The title credits on Fox's poor production noticebly shift, and I got a little motion sickness, trying to compare the two. There is no comparison. Legend Films just created a colorized version of the movie, and did not bother to restore the film. Not only that, but it appears that they used a cut version of the film, and then tried to pass off the cuts as additional deleted scenes. This probably accounts for the time differences between the two (BT is listed at 84 minutes and BC is listed at 79.

    I did not watch the entire movie. After watching the beginning credits and intro to characters, I moved to different chapter stops to compare print quality. Not only was VCI's better, but FOX had actually zoomed in and cropped many scenes. Heads were much closer to the top of the frame than in VCI's version.

    I believed Barry Sandrew's post(colorization) when he explained that Legend Films restored the films. I also believed the information on the back of the case, explaining they restored the film. Obviously the film they used was in much poorer shape than VCI used. I heartily recommend that everyone stay away from Fox's poor effort here, and purchase VCI's Beyond Tomorrow.
     
  2. Rodney

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    Does anyone know if VCI has the best version of Beyond Tomorrow?
     
  3. Kyle McKnight

    Kyle McKnight Cinematographer

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    If you were not sure of Beyond Tomorrow being the superior version to Beyond Christmas...why would you tell people to buy it before the other?
     
  4. Paul Hillenbrand

    Paul Hillenbrand Screenwriter

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    Kyle wrote:Kyle,

    If I'm not mistaken, IMHO[​IMG], Rodney still feels that the VCI version is better than the "Beyond Christmas" DVD , but he is now asking if anyone knows of a better version than "VCI", which would then be the best version out there.[​IMG]

    Paul
     
  5. Rodney

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    Thanks, Paul. That is exactly what I was saying.
     

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