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This is an impressively diverse collection of art-house classics, many titles of which I'll bet no-one posting on this thread has seen - Synecdoche New York and The Celluloid Closet being two examples. This release reminds me of the heyday of LaserDisc, when lovingly curated - pricey - boxes were released. Apparently, a major driver behind the LaserDisc releases, was that the heads of the major film studios really liked the format and wanted to have the films readily accessible in their own home theatres. I can see this particular box-set being gifted to Hollywood insiders this coming Christmas.

And for anyone wailing about their own favourite titles not being included in a 4K set - chances are they'll turn up. You might have to look over the pond. The German 4K Howard's End has been available since 2018. It is cheap and looks splendid - by far the best looking version of the film, which has been released to date.

 

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Several very good films in that set, but the only one I would buy is ORLANDO. I'll wait for it to pop up on eBay.
 

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This is an impressively diverse collection of art-house classics, many titles of which I'll bet no-one posting on this thread has seen - Synecdoche New York and The Celluloid Closet being two examples.

You'd lose that bet. Of the 11 films included, there are only two I haven't seen: SLC Punk and Still Alice.
 

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Given that Cohen Media Group now controls the Merchant Ivory library, not a helluva lot SPC could do about it.
This. Sony only held a US license to Howards End and that expired 20 years ago.

Ironically they do own Merchant Ivory's follow up The Remains of the Day in perpetuity but that's not a SPC film.
 

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Of the 11 titles in the set, 7 of them appeal to me: City of Lost Children, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Devil's Backbone, Orlando, Run Lola Run, Synecdoche New York, and Volver.

That's is a pretty strong hit-ratio. However, I have little to no interest in the other 4. Also, when I break it down:

Crouching Tiger - I already have the existing UHD and the addition of Dolby Vision does nothing for me as a projector user. So, basically, scratch this one right off the list.

The Devil's Backbone - I'm pretty satisfied with the Criterion Blu-ray.

Run Lola Run - I'm not sure how much this would benefit from 4K given its shooting style of inclusion of video footage.

Synecdoche - The Blu-ray for this is frustratingly soft and I would very much welcome a sharper image, but I suspect that the softness may be inherent to the photography.

Orlando - I have this on Blu-ray but haven't watched the disc in ages, and don't recall how satisfying or unsastifying it was on that format. My recollection is that the movie has fairly soft and grainy photography, but maybe I'm misremembering?

City of Lost Children - I just bought this on Blu-ray recently and it's a little frustrating that an upgrade is available already. I haven't even watched the disc yet. Nevertheles, it's the one I'd most want in 4K, just on principle.

Volver - This is another one where I think 4K (and especially HDR) could have a real benefit. Almodovar's use of color should look very nice. But, again, I haven't watched the Blu-ray in years and don't know how well it holds up.

Overall, I just can't justify either the price of the box set or the amount of shelf space it would take up, sadly.
 

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This is an impressively diverse collection of art-house classics, many titles of which I'll bet no-one posting on this thread has seen - Synecdoche New York and The Celluloid Closet being two examples. This release reminds me of the heyday of LaserDisc, when lovingly curated - pricey - boxes were released. Apparently, a major driver behind the LaserDisc releases, was that the heads of the major film studios really liked the format and wanted to have the films readily accessible in their own home theatres. I can see this particular box-set being gifted to Hollywood insiders this coming Christmas.

And for anyone wailing about their own favourite titles not being included in a 4K set - chances are they'll turn up. You might have to look over the pond. The German 4K Howard's End has been available since 2018. It is cheap and looks splendid - by far the best looking version of the film, which has been released to date.


The Celluloid Closet was shown on HBO in 1996. I taped it at that time.
 

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The Celluloid Closet was shown on HBO in 1996. I taped it at that time.
I suspect the 4K will look a tad bit better than your 480i recording assuming the tape hasn't been exposed to extreme heat/cold/moisture or electromagnetic fields ;)...
 

Colin Jacobson

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To my immense shock, Sony sent me a copy of this set.

Sony supports my site... erratically. They didn't send any of the 3 "Columbia Classics Collection" sets to date, and I didn't expect this one.

But it arrived today - a rare Sunday FedEx delivery!

Will dig into it in the coming days.

Did want to indicate that if it's not already clear, the set if 4K only. No BD copies of the movies.

Which seems a little odd but it is what it is, to coin a cliche.
 

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