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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jul 15, 2011.
I'm looking forward to this a great deal. I'm surprised that there is not more substantial description of the source elements. Previous discussions on this film had alluded to the fact that all original materials were in deplorable shape or missing altogether.
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS and CITIZEN KANE in Blu-ray. The time has come.
I will absolutely buy this no matter what, but I'm a bit concerned about the transfer. I wonder if new elements were located somewhere....? Either way, the blu-ray should look better than the old VHS tape I used to borrow from my local library. I can't wait!
really a year of great surprises, LUGOSI in 1080P, now if only another restoration could be done and White Zombie, and it make it to blu ray as well, definite day one purchase, hell pre order, thank you Criterion, but more so than you Universal, for letting Criterion do what you have failed to do since dvd started as a format.
Lousy cover art, silly supplements, but it's still a biggie. I've been waiting for this movie forever. It is super sick and disturbing.
What is "silly" about the following: # Audio commentary by film historian Gregory Mank, author of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff and Hollywood’s Maddest Doctors # New video conversation among filmmaker John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Oscar-winning makeup artist Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Videodrome), and genre expert Bob Burns # New interviews with horror film historian David J. Skal (The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror); filmmaker Richard Stanley (Hardware, original director of the ill-fated 1996 remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau) # New interviews with Devo founding members Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh, whose manifesto is rooted in themes from Island of Lost Souls # Theatrical trailer # PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Christine Smallwood
John Landis, Rick Baker, Bob Burns, Devo and the director of the absolutely amateurish modern remake. If a film is too old to have any surviving members of the cast and crew, just do a couple of historical commentaries, give us a gallery of stills and posters, a trailer and leave it at that. Of this group of extras, Skal is the only one I would want to listen to.
I'll gladly pick this up. Never seen it, but I've heard so much about it over the last 10 or more years from its fans, my curiosity has gotten me interested. Hope it's as good as everyone made it out as being.
yes, it was meant sort of as a jib at universal, but then not so much, this is probably the best representation that this was a title that universal had, but somehow knew that no matter what people would have something to say, and didn't know how to release it on their own, so the chance to get it out via licensing it to criterion makes the best of both worlds, fans get what they want, and universal makes money, hint, hint. agree skal is going to be worth it just because he has so much info on Lugosi.
Extremely glad this has been officially announced, and I think the extras sound great. HOWEVER...the person in charge of approving cover art at Criterion needs to be fired immediately. That is one of the worst covers I've ever seen for a classic film. Pretentious BS. Imagine if this were used instead: Or a rejiggering of this:
Read a little more carefully. Richard Stanley was fired as director of the 1996 remake and John Frankenheimer was brought in to replace him; Stanley's firing was reportedly influenced by Val Kilmer. Stanley's film Hardware is actually pretty decent, althought the BD version isn't so good. Landis, Baker and Bob Burns are horror icons.
And Stanley's film DUST DEVIL is even better than HARDWARE; in fact, I'd say it's damn fine.
Is this the first title from Universal Studios that Criterion was able to release as a Blu-ray? Because I found it strange that Make Way for Tomorrow was a regular DVD while Masters of Cinema was able to release a full Blu-ray transfer. The fact that it is being released on Blu-ray should be the clearest sign that this title has likely been restored in a high quality print. Hopefully this leads to more pre-code classics that have been otherwise neglected.
I LOVE the Criterion cover - so there!!!
I like these better than the Criterion artwork as well. Criterion seems to use some of the most unattractive artwork for its releases although I did really like the photo cover on Blow Out. Many of these classic films are better served by using the original poster artwork instead of something new.
I can smell a Blu-ray release of THE UNINVITED (1944) from here already...
Don't mind Criterion's covers because they generally avoid using lazy photoshop methods in favor of trying to create something unique and original. These days, its either using a direct scene from the movie, or something completely designed from scratch. While they don't always hit the mark in that regard, they certainly succeed more than those that rely on stock footage and Photoshop. Though I agree that they should start using more original art as they had been earlier in their DVD catalogue.