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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 13, 2014.
Because that will invite a storm of criticism and contempt!
Then they shouldn't use the original poster art advertising CinemaScope
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.
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.
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!
Are any of them legitimate or are they all bootlegs?
My apologies in advance for my ignorance on this issue, but are all Fox Cinema Archives released as DVD-Rs or are any of them released initially as pressed discs and then switch to DVD-Rs? The reason I ask is that I am considering buying Princess of the Nile and some Ebay listings describe it as DVD-R and some listings describe it as DVD.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
All the title's I've bought from the fox mod program have been dvd-r .
"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.
Thanks for the confirmation, Frank.
Thanks for your recommendation. I recently purchased The Tiger of Eschnapur and the Indian Tomb on Ebay which led me, of course, to Princess of the Nile which I really would like to purchase. And yes, to state the obvious, the common theme Is Debra Paget .
Anyone know what's going on with Fox's Cinema Archives program ? I just bought 2 Clifton Webb Blu-ray discs from Amazon, and I would love to be able to buy other films . Any idea if the program is still ongoing ?
Nothing new there since last March. The Warner Archive is the only ongoing MOD program.
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.
I just realized that CBS just released The Californians , a 1958 Western , so their program is still active .
A long time coming, but yes I have that Spanish dvd. Any word yet on the release of CENTENNIAL SUMMER? A sad waste of a restoration !