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To Live and Die In L.A. Cancelled Once Again . . . But Now Out! (1 Viewer)

Brad Vautrinot

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This is, I believe, the second time this film has been cancelled on BD and just a day or two before its scheduled release. Anyone know what gives?

Amazon states "Discontinued by the manufacturer".

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Mike.B

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That sucks!! :thumbsdown: :angry:

I've been looking forward to this. Great, underrated 80s movie.
 

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Yeah, it's one of my fave films, would love to add this to the collection. Great soundtrack as well.

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Bummer. I was hoping with this one out of the way that maybe we'd finally get the Sorcerer special edition that's been hinted at for awhile.
 

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To further confuse the situation, now Amazon has it back up for pre-order, apparently with an estimated release of July 1.
 

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BREAKING NEWS!

I just received the HTF review copy of this title, and I think I may know the reason for the delay.
The cover art hasn't changed. It's still as shown at various etailers (including Amazon and DVD Empire). It indicates a 25 GB Blu-ray disc containing the movie encoded with MPEG 2 and the soundtrack in DTS-HD MA, with a DVD that also has the movie plus all the special features (the previously issued 2003 special edition).

And, indeed, the case does contain one Blu-ray disc and one DVD, the latter bearing the same artwork and 2003 copyright date as the DVD previously issued by MGM.

However . . . the Blu-ray isn't 25 GB. It's 50. And when you start playing it, the codec doesn't show up as MPEG 2; it's AVC. And there are a few more subtitle options than are listed on the case.

A full review will follow this weekend, but I thought this was worth reporting sooner rather than later.
 

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Originally Posted by Michael Reuben

BREAKING NEWS!

I just received the HTF review copy of this title, and I think I may know the reason for the delay.
The cover art hasn't changed. It's still as shown at various etailers (including Amazon and DVD Empire). It indicates a 25 GB Blu-ray disc containing the movie encoded with MPEG 2 and the soundtrack in DTS-HD MA, with a DVD that als has the movie plus all the special features (the previously issued 2003 special edition).

And, indeed, the case does contain one Blu-ray disc and one DVD, the latter bearing the same artwork and copyright date as the DVD previously issued by MGM.

However . . . the Blu-ray isn't 25 GB. It's 50. And when you start playing it, the codec doesn't show up as MPEG 2; it's AVC. And there are a few more subtitle options than are listed on the case.

A full review will follow this weekend, but I thought this was worth reporting sooner rather than later.
I received my BRD from Amazon on Wednesday, but haven't yet played it. I hope I don't regret not cancelling my old order.




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Robert Crawford

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I watched the BRD today and thought the film looked very good in comparison to my memory of viewing the film many years ago in a movie theater. The film, like many films in the 1980s, was never that pretty to look at whether in a movie theater or on some video format at home. This is not to say the camerawork of the film wasn't good. I thought the audio track was more impressive on BRD so I'll be interested to read Michael's full review regarding both the video and audio presentations of this release. I didn't play the SD DVD.




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Its interesting that you mentioned that you thought the audio track was better on Blu-ray. Michael had the opportunity to submit a question for William Friedkin. He asked:


In 2003, you spoke in detail about the process of digital restoration for the DVD. Has there been any further restoration work done for the Blu-ray release?

Here is William Friedkin's response. He addresses both the audio and the video:
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