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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Dick, Jan 16, 2018.

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  1. Message #761 of 792 Jan 19, 2020
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    Ed Lachmann

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    Just hope that WB doesn't follow your recommendations, but I imagine that they will. Thank God we did get grand classics like From Hell it Came, The Cyclops and Queen of Outer Space. That's not to say I didn't pick one or two up, however. "One man's crap" as they say.
     
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    I think I read a post about that HD screening in the meantime but I do not believe a 4k scan was done. Pharaoh is quite colorful and gets shown in HD from time to time but I saw one such HD recording and if you have a very good upscaler there is not really that much difference to the DVD.

    The good thing is that the current HD version is of low enough quality that Warner would not dare to release it on blu-ray.
    This means that when we get Pharaohs on Blu-ray it will look excellent as it will have been done recently.
     
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    Don’t get me wrong, but Silver Chalice was one historical epic that did absolutely nothing for me, besides I doubt my criticisms will discourage Warner from eventually releasing the film through the Archive. That being said, I do happen to like quite a few historical epics, some of which you yourself have suggested the Archive release on Blu-ray, like Land of the Pharaohs (by the way, who was it that the film had already received a 4K restoration and where did he/she hear it) and especially Ivanhoe, which was a favorite of mine growing up.
     
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    Time for me to watch the film again! :)
     
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    I watched it once and it was a chore to get through it so I concur with Paul Newman regarding the quality of this movie.
     
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    The thought of doing so gives me chills.:D
     
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    Obviously, you don't like Virginia Mayo as much as I do! :)
     
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    I like Virginia Mayo just fine, but I can watch her in better movies.;)
     
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    Yeah I love epics but need at least a little bit of battle scenes or action in them. So I find The Silver Chalice, Land of the Pharaohs and The Prodigal all deadly dull and not interesting as Dramas either so I would definitely pass on Blu Rays. I would take more Italian epics over those 3.
     
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    Ha, the opposite with me. I did see a lot of Italian epics when I was young & not many made an impression (I do have happy memories of Duel of the Titans & Sons Of Thunder, but they'd probably bore me now), whereas I still enjoy Land Of The Pharaohs, no battles, but lots of spectacular scenes, & the closing of the pyramid at the end alone is worth the price of admission (plus a blacked-up Joan Collins). It does have a problem that even a Blu-ray release wouldn't solve, & that's that it has lots of duped dissolves that don't look to hot now. I've never seen The Silver Chalice, but I have seen some pictures of the art deco sets, I'd have to buy it & The Prodigal if they were ever released on Blu-ray. The two top Warner ancient world epics for me are, Helen Of Troy & Land Of The Pharaohs, maybe one day...
     
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    Don't get me wrong I prefer big budget US epics over the Italian. I Just do not care for those 3 at all and to be honest I have not heard people talk much about those 3 epics in my 36 years of movie collecting before this thread. The DVD's didn't sell well so no surprise to me that WAC would release B sci fi movies or Italian epics that need minimal work over spending big bucks to restore and release those lesser epics. Helen of Troy I would buy although its not a favorite. It lacks some big stars or something to move the drama. The action scenes are good but the drama falls flat but I do like that film.
     
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    That's most likely the same post I read. Did get me a bit excited, though, as Pharaohs is an HD release I'd die for.
     
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    Or Jack Palance either.
     
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    I don't think WB owns the rights to America America; last time I checked, it was owned by Castle Hill, which. I believe no longer exists. Then again the Castle Hill library also included Baby Doll and WAC released a DVD of it a few years back, so who knows?
     
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    I'd get almost all the Hollywood ancient world epics - there weren't that many and beggars can't be choosers as they say.

    We have a decent chance of seeing Land of the Pharaohs and Helen of Troy as they have big director names attached to them and at least they were relatively short single strip 35mm productions that should be complete with no missing parts which all helps keeping restoration costs down.
     
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    Same here, which is why I asked. Hard to believe but I never watched it in its entirety as I always wanted my first viewing to be memorable and for such a movie a certain amount of resolution is needed to bring out the visual splendor to better effect.

    I still hope that I'll see it soon in either a 35mm print or on blu-ray but if this doesn't happen in the next one or two years I will have to watch one of the lesser versions.
     
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    America America is available in HD on iTunes, from Warner.
     
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    ok so i got my Warner Archive e-mail today announcing the March pre-orders and one very major surprise, Tom and Jerry : Golden Collection Vol 1, this is now being released by WAC, hopefully that means, that they are going to finally treat the original theatrical cartoons in the same manner as the Popeye set's, and the upcoming Tex Avery set. My biggest hope is that the possibility of Vol 2, and 3 of the original William Hanna & Joseph Barbera shorts are released proper.
     
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    Here's hoping that they have located better elements for some of the shorts and it isn't just a straight re-press. I would double-dip if so, though mostly the quality is excellent already. The Tex Avery set Vol. 1 is amazing!
     
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    I wouldn't count on that. They didn't announce it with all their other new releases, so it is likely just them releasing essentially the same discs as before, with no new work done. So far, WAC hasn't redone anything released on Blu-ray by WHV. It's just a way of keeping things in print, since the numbers (and costs) to reprint them for retail would be too expensive for how many people would buy them at this point. To keep things simple, if you have the previous release, you don't need this one (unless you have money to spare to grab a second copy and in the process, help convince them to release a volume 2).
     

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