MGM - What Happened???

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  1. NeilEdwards

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    Received my October 15th order today. Exodus, The Hoodlum Priest, How to Murder Your Wife, The Russians are Coming, The World of Henry Orient.

    Only The Russians are Coming and The World of Henry Orient are Anamorphic. How to Murder Your Wife, The Hoodlum Priest and especially Exodus are not. What a disappointment ... especially Exodus.

    Exodus was a long awaited epic film and not to have this in an Anamorphic version degrades from what would have been a great transfer.

    What happened? Was it an error? Will you be correcting this error?
     
  2. Robert Crawford

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    Yes, the "Exodus" dvd should have been given a better effort with an anamorphic presentation.

    I only hope you treat "Judgement at Nuremberg" differently!



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    I have been waiting for Exodus a long long time. I have to say I was very disappoiinted with this release. The picture quality was not exactly great. Then the case did not even have an insert sheet. That did not help to get a good impression either.

    Ron Birk
     
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    I have a dozen or so of the MGM DVD's of the classic titles in their library control, and I'm frustrated at the utter lack of extras.....most of the people who are buying these titles have already seen the movie a number of times and there's always interesting stories behind the making of all of these films.

    Imagine owning "Dracula" (Universal) without the first-rate commentary.

    Please, MGM, rather than making the price point the primary consideration, consider looking around for some documentary material on the making of these fine films....and while you're at it, fix the sound on "World Of Henry Orient".
     
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    Neil, do any of the 3 non-anamorphic discs you mentioned have a 1.66:1 AR? Because MGM has a policy of NOT making anamorphic transfers of films shot 1.66:1.
     
  6. Dennis Nicholls

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    Exodus is 2.35:1 - a clear candidate for anamorphic enhancement. Could you imagine Lawrence of Arabia in non-anamorphic?
     
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    Lawrence of Arabia was fortunate enough to be restored by Robert Harris. In fact, he has stated that Exodus is likely in terrible condition.

    But, Exodus is still a mildly popular film and should warrant at least a new anamorphic transfer from whatever 35mm anamorphic elements that exist.
     
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    EXODUS was shot using a 65mm negative. So "whatever 35mm anamorphic elements still exist" would not properly represent the film's original aspect ratio.
     
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    And where's The Loved One one of the few letterboxed VHS tapes you (MGM) put out.
     
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    I know Exodus was shot in Super Panavision 70, but I think a 16x9 transfer from an anamorphic element would be a LOT better than the non-anamorphic LD transfer currently used.

    MGM did this with It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (which is Ultra Panavision) at least.
     
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    What about english subtitles on these. Just asking out of curiosity, russians and how to murder your wife are the titles I am most interested in.
     
  12. rbirk

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    Exodus has English subtitles. MGM has been very good with this since they started to support English subtitles again.
     
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    Exodus should have been a 2-disc set with the movie spread over the 2 discs. The "intermission" would have been a ideal breakpoint. Of course if you cut out the intermission (in a rather amateuristic way as you can still hear a cue), use a very low bitrate and make it non-anamorphic you can fit a 200+ minute movie on one disc. It just doesn't look very good though [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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