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A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. OliverK

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    This looks like it will first be available for purchase on itunes or similar services and I would expect a 4k DCP to become available for theatrical screenings.

    Be that as it may as far as I am concerned there better be a disc version, too or they will not get my money.
     
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  2. Robert Harris

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    Appears to be no release on disc.
     
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    Wow....just wow.
     
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    :angry::(:thumbsdown:

    This sucks.
     
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    "Appears to be," Robert? Or, do you know for certain?
     
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    That may not bode well for the home video future of Roman Holiday.
     
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  7. Robert Harris

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    I remain, in at least some areas, to have a blithe virtue of optimism.
     
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    RAH,

    If it's only getting a digital release was this 4K restoration done for preservation reasons too?
     
  9. Peter Apruzzese

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    I'm not RAH, but I have heard via the grapevine that Paramount is doing extensive 4K work/restorations on their library. War of the Worlds is another recent one.
     
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    Or any other Paramount film. They've done this with War of the Worlds and now It's a Wonderful Life, one of the most beloved films of all time. Highly doubt we'll see them release other films on disc now.
     
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    That's what I'm thinking, but I'm wondering if RAH is hearing anything to confirm it.
     
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  12. Robert Harris

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    The comment regarding Paramount’s preservation program, as mentioned in a post above, is not hearsay. They’re doing some wonderful work.
     
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    I know they're doing wonderful work, but my question was whether this 4K restoration was completed mainly to preserve this film with digital or disc sales as an added revenue stream bonus?
     
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    I would presume preservation
     
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    Thank you.
     
  16. Robert Harris

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    Let’s look at this without 4k passion.

    Even as a home theater projected image, seated at a nominal distance, the difference between an HD or 4k image of a 1946 black & white film, will be minimal.

    On a theater screen, there will be a difference, and that’s great, as the studio has made the investment.

    I’m really not having a problem with a non-disc release. People who wish to steam it instead of HD...

    Good for them.

    The disc market is saturated with this title.
     
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    As somebody that has bought this film title three times on DVD and twice on BD, I'm perfectly fine with having my HD download/stream on iTunes upgraded to 4K/HDR at no cost to myself as I bought it from iTunes during one of their previous sales last year or the year before that.
     
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    Agreed. I see no downside here.
     
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    I can see downside to those that don't stream movies and want only physical media. I have empathy for them, but it's a changing market place for film buffs. A number of years ago I decided to be more adaptable to those changes. Yet, I got a shipment of discs today, some of them DVD and others on Blu-ray like the Frank Capra WWII docs.
     
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    But even with this, the film has undergone a restoration, correct? So it should be a version which has been improved upon in terms of its appearance.

    So why maybe you believe the difference in resolution at home isn't worth the difference, there may be many who want to view this restored version on disc.

    Let's not forget it is being marketed like this:

     
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