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Time For THE THREE MUSKETEERS & THE FOUR MUSKETEERS on a Region A Blu

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Dick, May 4, 2018.

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  1. Dick

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    StudioCanal controls these, released in 1974 and 1975, and so far, only an edition from Optimum in the UK offers them on Blu. Making matters worse, they are devoid of grain. They do seem to be correctly framed, and the color is okay, but that damn DNR kinda kills them. We need for Shout! or Criterion or someone to rescue these brilliant Richard Lester adventure films (actually one film that producer Alexander Salkind split in two without informing the cast, prompting lawsuits over royalties, as I understand it) for proper domestic Blu release! If you've not seen them, you've missed out on a marvelous pair of exciting, often hilarious films that combine into one 3 1/2-hour story representing the Alexandre Dumas book, with a cast that includes Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Michael York, Raquel Welch, Oliver Reed, Faye Dunaway, Roy Kinnear and many other terrific actors. The music is gorgeous as well (Michel Legrand for the first part, Lalo Schifrin for the second). Delightful films. SOMEONE, PLEASE RELEASE!
     
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    Agreed.... incredible cast and Lester at his peak in some ways.
     
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    The interviews with the cast and crew on the Anchor Bay DVDs are priceless. One hopes that any blu ray incarnation will port them over to the blu ray release.
     
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    Any current reissue will be up to Lionsgate (which has a deal with the films’ owner, StudioCanal).
     
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    I saw a 35mm print of The Four Musketeers and it had an alternate voice over at the start. Every version I've ever seen on video had the voice over by Frank Finlay, but the print (with a 20th Century Fox logo at the start) featured Richard Chamberlain. I'd love for a future home video release to have both.

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    I had the region B Blu-rays of these great films, but I got rid of 'em. I didn't even like the colour, the picture would improve if I turned the colour right up on my TV, which can't be right. I've said it before, these films could look spectator on Blu-ray if done right. Maybe one day.
     
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    Here's another vote for the release of these very amusing and highly entertaining adventure films. I rewatched the first one on TCM about a year ago, and I didn't think the transfer they showed looked all that great, but I was so delighted with the film that I endured it.
     
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    Both films are available for HD streaming on Amazon. Has anyone screened those? I
     
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    I have these on AU bluray, and the picture is not good. The highlights are blown out and there is DNR and bad encoding. The DVD looks better, IMO
     
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    The Four Musketeers features one of Oliver Reeds finest performances.
     
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    These are wonderful films and two of my favorites. They are also two of the best films of the 70s (which is saying a lot). They deserve a Criterion.
     
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    Lionsgate is the worst. Apart from, maybe, a dozen titles, they have shown no interest in releasing StudioCanal's titles on Blu-ray in the US.
     
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    Both these films were 35mm 4 Track Mag in the UK on release.
     
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    Just done a quick search at the BFI archives, as they often hold weird & wonderful disparate elements, unfortunately they have no audio multi-track, separation elements or even Mags for 3 or 4 M, hopefully they are sitting in the Salkinds vault...

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