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My 2 cents worth on "Brothers Grimm"

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by William Moore, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. MarkantonyII

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    There's so many problems with the surviving elements, combined with the multi-camera photography, that makes this among the most problematic titles in western cinema and the cost to put it right, even for an acceptable DVD, is beyond most reasonable budgets, notwithstanding it's age and lack of mainstream popularity, both problematic for re-sale.

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    A DVD release might be struck from some 35mm composite elements that were prepared for "normal" 35mm prints.
    That could certainly be good enough for a high quality DVD even though it certainly would be below Warners' usual standards for a Blu-ray release.
     
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    V true, but surely if that was a possible/cheap/viable/commercial option surely they would have done it by now in the near 15 years since DVD first arrived.

    I suspect with WB, especially now, it’s either the best or nothing.

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    Yes it looks like all or nothing which in this case means nothing.

    I would think that when it comes to difficult unreleased large format productions Grimm is a distant third to Around the World in 80 Days and Raintree County.
     
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    I did contact CineSavant and also followed up with some research of my own,

    On his Facebook page last Wednesday, Arnold Leibovit (producer of the Puppetoon documentary on George Pal's work) noted that restoration work is underway. Documentarian Harrison Engle, who says he is making a short film on the restoration, added that basic scans are being done at Warner Brothers Motion Picture Imaging, and that David Strohmaier is involved with the project.

    Just as CineSavant was cautious in his original statement, I cannot confirm the veracity of any of the above. Obviously, Warner Bros. will not release any public information until the project is completed and available to the public in some form or other.
     
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    Noticed the movie will be broadcast on TCM tomorrow morning. The info display on Directv shows the movie in HD LB but have the funny feeling we might see the terrible looking laserdisc master again.
     
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    If they scan it we can watch it at some point - this is very good news!
     
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    If a restoration is indeed underway, why wouldn't Warner Brothers release it on both Blu-ray and DVD to maximize its sales?
     
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    Who said they wouldn't?

    It appears the restoration is in the beginning stages. I am sure either WB or its Archive would release it at some point. I also wouldn't rule out streaming, Fathom Events, and a Cinerama Dome/Bradford type series of special showings.
     
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    Saw my dvr recording of the TCM broadcast last night and I would say it's the worst looking film they have at their disposal.
     
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    If David is involved then I am very sure that those files will not just disappear into the archives!
     
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    I never said they wouldn't; many people have expressed an interest in a Blu-ray release and I was just suggesting that a DVD release would be a additional viable revenue stream as would streaming and the other options mentioned in your post.
     
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    Didn't Dave Strohmaier say in mid 2018 that he was working on a restoration but could not reveal the film's title? Correct me if I am wrong.I recall that many readers thought that it was THE ALAMO at the time..
     
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    I sure the tile he was referring to was The Golden Head, such was released on Blu-ray in 2019.
     
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