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Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Magnificent Ambersons (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. Reggie W

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    I first saw that documentary when it was broadcast on TCM in the early 1990's. Great documentary and lucky to have that original 1982 BBC interview on dvd.
     
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    So, the thing Orson addresses in that video is that when he was in South America the studio was supposed to send him the film and a Moviola so he could cut Ambersons while he was there. I believe this is why people have said over the years that they thought there may be a complete cut of the picture somewhere in South America...but Welles says they never sent him the film there. So, this means the film in a form that was not butchered could not exist in South America somewhere...right?
     
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    My copy came today, and as soon as I got back from lunch, I watched it. Grand to see it again and revel in the wonderful performances and terrific atmosphere of this uberly bittersweet story. I also had time to watch Simon Callow's analysis of the movie in the first bonus feature.
     
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    Our UK release is next month - but at the equivalent of $32.20, I'm waiting for a deal!
     
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    Have the blu-ray and it's a big improvement over the the dvd released a few years ago. Now we need Journey Into Fear cleaned up and on disc.
     
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    I watched the blu-ray and the transfer is amazing once you get the past the prologue.

    It has the original(?) RKO logo with the animated lightning bolts (that looks like it might have seen better days). There is what appears to be about a three frame film tear in the ballroom sequence right after they get to the second floor (?) as the tracking shot starts ... but it does look amazing ...
     
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    Halfway through now. Hard to know what to think at this point, although it's a nice step up from the DVD, like a real nice step up. The prologue, BTW, is one optical after another. I can't imagine they have the original camera negative on this anymore, so we're however many steps away, generation-wise. Looking forward to finishing.
     
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    I have the Japanese version and there is a rather wide variation in detail from one shot to the next, looking forward to check out how much the Criterion version improves upon it.
     
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    I though i did read somewhere that Robert Harris did look at the original released camera negative and thought it looked good?
     
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    It is entirely possibly that it is in quite good shape but that would still not help with the opticals looking very soft.
     
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    If the negative exists and is in good shape, wouldn't one suppose that with Criterion it would have been used?
     
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    I don’t yet have this but I presume the scan grading and transfer were done with WarnerMTI? I have the Jap disc which is not great, but it’s better than some of their RKO titles. Whch ain’t saying much.
     
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    According to the booklet, the source for the 4K restoration was an original 35mm nitrate fine-grain positive held by MoMA, scanned by Warner MPI.
     
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