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- Dec 13, 2006
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Given the quality of so many Fox Cinema Archive releases, it would appear that their source material is not only old VHS tapes, but old VHS tapes discarded by Blockbuster after too many viewings. It's an on-going disgrace that Fox seems to have such utter disdain for its library of classic films. Sadly, though, disrespecting both their customers and their own history seems to be Fox's actual intent. Who knows why.maybe they get there source material from vhs tapes. when dvd was in its infancy some of the releases were from vhs. we are still waiting for certain films that are supposed to be in widescreen to be released that way. when sharky's machine was first released by warner it was full screen. i am wondering if the blu is widescreen. sorry to go off topic.
Are any of them legitimate or are they all bootlegs?The Classicflix website usually lets buyers know what ratio the Fox Archives dvd-roms will be presented in. Reviewers on Amazon will often describe the ratio too, sometimes in emotive language!
I have received the Spanish blu ray pressings of A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN and MAN ON A TIGHTROPE. They look terrific. Neither have the extra features which accompany the ones in the Kazan sets, but I'm sure they are taken from the same masters. BROOKLYN is particularly outstanding.
The Spanish blu ray of GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER has all of the features of the 2-disc Special Edition. If the TT release has another commentary track added, then that is the one feature missing.
THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS looks great on the Spanish blu ray too. However AVOID 'SAYONARA" (very soft, like a VHS tape) and 'KINGS ROW' (inexplicably cropped to 1.85:1 and stretched to boot. A travesty of James Wong Howe's brilliant Academy ratio cinematography (which should have won the Oscar that year, as indeed should the film in my opinion. ) We'll have to wait for Warner Archoves to do it properly. A wasted opportunity!
Bert:"Princess of the Nile" is a fun little film, almost reminiscent of the old Montez/Hall films of Universal. The Fox DVD-mod isn't bad. Better than a lot of their other 50s color releases. Indeed, I tend to usually avoid a lot of their 50s-era releases, due to a lot of reasons often stated on this thread. I'm more apt to give a shot to the older, black-and-white offerings that Fox serves up.
That's close to a year. That's too bad . The Blu-rays I've gotten from them have been excellent . Sony's program seems to be inactive as well. I was hoping for some classic TV from them. This gets back to what many have said on this site : if the major studios don't want to release their catalogs , they should think about licensing them out to companies like Mill Creek, Amazon , Timeless, etc.Nothing new there since last March. The Warner Archive is the only ongoing MOD program.
I just realized that CBS just released The Californians , a 1958 Western , so their program is still active .That's close to a year. That's too bad . The Blu-rays I've gotten from them have been excellent . Sony's program seems to be inactive as well. I was hoping for some classic TV from them. This gets back to what many have said on this site : if the major studios don't want to release their catalogs , they should think about licensing them out to companies like Mill Creek, Amazon , Timeless, etc.