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Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Annex - Marx Brothers_14.



    Many thanks to HTF member, Moovtune (James) for providing this information:



    Universal posted their Q2 report today. You may be interested in some of the on-going projects.

    • Mastering & Restoration
    - Completed 4k feature restoration project: Spartacus
    - Continued to work on the 4k restorations of: “Animal Crackers”, “Cocoanuts”, “Duck Soup”, “Horse Feathers”, “Monkey Business”, My Man Godfrey” and “Shanghai Express”. These will be completed in Q3
    - Began 4k restoration work on “Ghost of Frankenstein”, “Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman”, “House of Dracula”, “House of Frankenstein”, “Son of Frankenstein” and “The King of Jazz”. These will be completed in Q4
    - Began 4k restoration work on silent features: “Last Warning”, “Oh Doctor” and “Outside the Law”. These will be completed near the end of 2015
    - Began film element research and scan tests for the 4k restoration of “One Eyed Jacks”, Marlon Brando’s only directorial effort. This work is being partially funded by the Film Foundation
    - Completed standard (non-restoration) feature re-mastering work on “Phantom Lady”. Also began standard re-mastering work on “Something for a Lonely Man”, “Winchester ‘73”, “Desperado Outlaw Wars” and “Desperado Badlands Justice”
     
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    I'm hyped for The Marx Brothers and King of Jazz!
     
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    That's great news about My Man Godfrey. Winchester '73 too!
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    We have been BEGGING Universal for a Marx Brothers Blu-ray collection for years.


    I knew the elements were in bad shape. Looks like Universal took their time with this and we may see an exceptional release of their very best films.


    I really don't like anything made after their Universal period. That includes A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. Still pale to to Horsefeathers, Duck Soup and Monkey Business. Those three films are the crown jewels of the Marx Brothers' movie career.
     
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    Since they say the work will be completed in Q3/Q4, I'm guessing that Blu-ray releases might not all happen this year.
     
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    Damn! Has Universal grown a new conscience? Must be a different regime in place. Hope they look at THIS ISLAND EARTH as one of the few great 50's sci-fi classics not yet released on Blu.
     
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    Awesome news.

    I'm a Marx Brothers fan and I'm glad to hear that a movie set will finally come out.
     
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    Dick, I am not saying anything that all of us already know...


    Universal has been the absolute worst studio when it comes to their releases.


    They have been steadily improving over the past three years or more, but now, I think they are starting to really excel.


    Bravo to them! It's about time!
     
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    This is great news as it gives us many titles to look forward to rather than just a press release of imminent releases.


    I am particularly interested in the Monster titles, Marx Bros, and Phantom Lady.


    A restored One Eyed Jacks (the last VistaVision film) will be an entirely new experience.
     
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    FINALLY! Marx Brothers! I hope Horsefeathers isn't the edited version Uni has been putting out for the past couple of decades. Odd that they are doing all those Frankensteins and no creatures or invisible mans.


    King of Jazz will be amazing I bet!
     
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    I wish Warners would give us this info on the titles they are working on.
     
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    Wow! Is this exciting news!!! The Marx Brothers' Paramount titles are in desperate need of major restoration. Isn't that a piercing insight into the obvious?! Very enthusiastic about King of Jazz, also. I'm in for many of these titles.
     
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    Keith,


    Something tells me that was information not meant to go out wide.


    Generally speaking, all studios keep release information tightly to their chest.
     
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    All of Universal's pending announcements for catalog coming to us starting in Q3 and beyond have been impressive. Yes, it finally looks as though we'll be getting some very good stuff coming down the pipeline. Wait and see - and hopefully, be VERY impressed!
     
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    Yay for Marx Bros, My Man Godfrey, etc., but did anyone notice they're beginning work on One-Eyed Jacks??? I never thought I'd see that day come. Woo hoo!
     
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    All very good news. There was a post a while back where Robert Harris hinted that things were happening at Universal...& they are!

    ...& One-Eyed Jacks! Never say never.
     
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    I'm overjoyed with THE KING OF JAZZ restoration. Go, Sisters G!
     
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    What connection does Universal have with Paramount's ONE-EYED JACKS?
     
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    Ron, just to be clear - a 4K restoration doesn't necessarily mean a blu-ray release is coming. That isn't mentioned in the Q2 report.
     
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    Excellent news. I was very impressed with their work on Dracula, especially with the audio. A lot of the problems with the Marx Bros films have been the poor quality of the soundtracks, so I'm hoping for good results here.
     

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