Where's the reviews of THE ROBE

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  1. David Coleman

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    This is the title I'm really looking forward to being released on Tuesday and oddly enough I haven't seen a single review of it anywhere?
     
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    Wow... I didn't even know that it was going to be released on DVD. So, does anyone have any idea what this disc is going to look like? From what I have heard, it looks like a really bare disc.
    [Edited last by donovan_chin on October 12, 2001 at 02:18 AM]
     
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    I also had NO IDEA this was coming out until I read this thread.
    Hmmm, I wonder if it will have the standard 35mm version in addition to the CinemaScope version.
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  4. David Coleman

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    It's the CinemaScope version!
     
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    I ordered Fox's The Robe and The Bible. Both have been despatched but only The Bible has turned up so far.
     
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    I've heard that the original 4-channel directional mix
    is still intact (DD 4.0) and the aspect ratio is 2.55:1,
    which is accurate for the early Scope films. I'm eager
    to check this one out. It's the first Cinemascope release,
    and if memory serves right, Fox's first multi-channel audio
    film soundtrack. It is a shame the alternate 1.37:1 version
    of the Robe didn't also make it onto the DVD. Would've made
    a nice 2 disc set.
     
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    I believe it comes out the 16th of Oct.
     
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    I have now received The Robe and can confirm that it is in the correct ratio of 2.55:1 with the original 4 track stereophonic sound. Dialogue is fully directional. The surround track is used sparingly and is most effective during the storm in the crucifixion scene.
    Fox have clearly not carried out any major restoration work because the disc displays numerous speckles and a fair amount of grain. However, the picture is reasonably sharp for a film of this vintage and the color is very good. The only extras are the theatrical trailer and trailers from other Fox films. Fox has much promotional material about The Robe and Cinemascope so it’s a pity they could not have included some of this with the disc.
    It’s hard to believe today that Richard Burton’s hammy performance was nominated for an Academy award. Far more deserving of credit is Alfred Newman’s stirring and moving music and Jay Robinson’s scenery-chewing performance as Caligula, which he reprised in the sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators.
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    Wanted to bump this up to see if anyone else has an comments on the transfer as I'm considering this title!
     
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    DVD Savant has a review up now.
     
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    What a missed opportunity!
    I would have liked to have seen Fox make The Robe into a 5-star edition. Among the missed features include featurettes about CinemaScope, the 1.37:1 version, information about CinemaScope, a documentary, and trailers.
    The Robe isn't a great film, but it should have gotten more CinemaScope stuff.
     
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    Has anyone seen this at their B&M yet? I've gone to a few stores and not seen any copies.
     
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    Curious, here in Canada, The Robe and The Bible have been available for awhile as an inexpensive two-pack, less than $30can. for the two, at Zellers, which is essentially a Wal-mart like chain. I didn't realize people were waiting for these two titles.
     

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