Originally Posted by Jim_K ">[/url]
The Birds huh? Wasn't aware of that.
Now who said Hollywood was devoid of original ideas.
Oh dear god why?!
Didnt they learn anything from remaking Psycho?!
It doesn't really say anything, giving that you're talking about three different studios here. And I still prefer that they postpone a release to work on it than to respect the release date whatsoever. Of course Psycho will come eventually, there's no doubt about that. It's just a matter of when, I wouldn't worry.Originally Posted by Ben Cheshire
That first group are the ones, along with The Birds (thanks to the remake) we're most likely to see; its just taking so long for them to be announced. North by Northwest was announced deep back into 2008, and its coming out at the end of 2009... What does that say for when we'll see the titles they've already announced, like Ben Hur and Lawrence of Arabia... Let along those they haven't, like Psycho...
Most. if not all of these titles are probably being prepped for BD in the US by Criterion.Originally Posted by ReggieW
Some good news here:
It looks like ITV is releasing "The 39 Steps" on Blu-ray in the UK on Oct 12 with a few other classics. Hopefully, it'll be region free since I believe this is a public domain title in North America.
On a side note, It's cool to see Hamlet (1948) and Henry V (1945) are being released on Blu as well. Also, The BFI (whose discs have all been locked to "b" thus far) will be releasing The Leopard (1963).
It looks like classics are making it to Blu at a faster rate in the UK market than here in the states. I was impressed with ITV's Black Narcissus and Great Expectations, so I really look forward to picking these up.
Really interesting point, Brandon. Still, via ports the rest of the world might sometimes be able to benefit? Depending on the international rights situation. Or can the US and Asia only benefit via region free players?Originally Posted by Brandon Conway
Part of the reason the UK is getting classics on BD sooner through such distributors as BFI is that BFI is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting world cinema. The US really doesn't have something so able to disregard realities of turning a profit.
Often it takes a company like Criterion for the US to benefit. I'd say the chances of Criterion releasing a film like The 39 Steps on BD is a lot higher than, say, Fox releasing Sunrise on BD.Originally Posted by Ben Cheshire
Really interesting point, Brandon. Still, via ports the rest of the world might sometimes be able to benefit? Depending on the international rights situation. Or can the US and Asia only benefit via region free players?
Given that MGM/Fox released new DVD editions of REBECCA, SPELLBOUND and NOTORIOUS just a year or so ago, I'd be shocked if they gave them to Criterion for blu-ray. THE 39 STEPS and THE LADY VANISHES might be a different story, however...Originally Posted by benbess
Brandon: I think you have a point. And the Criterion DVD releases of Hitchcock from about 5 years ago were excellent. I wonder if, just maybe, when they did those masters for those DVDs if they did them all the way to 1080, and then downscaled them (or whatever it's called) for DVD. In that case, maybe if Criterion could get the rights again, even if for a few years, they could without that much added expense release some fine blu-rays of early Hitchcock films from the 30s and 40s...
Especially since they had a DVD re-release of The Lady Vanishes just a couple years ago, along with The 39 Steps getting a BD release in the UK. It's possible.Originally Posted by Craig Beam
THE 39 STEPS and THE LADY VANISHES might be a different story, however...