The Glenn Miller Story (1954)- coming from Shout! Factory

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  1. Okay! Now you're talking! Frankly, I find the film a bit of a slog to get through but any June Allyson on blu ray gets my dollars no matter what! 🙂 I'm assuming it will be in the correct wide screen ratio rather than all previous 1.37 Academy ratio.

  2. Thomas T

    Okay! Now you're talking! Frankly, I find the film a bit of a slog to get through but any June Allyson on blu ray gets my dollars no matter what! 🙂 I'm assuming it will be in the correct wide screen ratio rather than all previous 1.37 Academy ratio.

    Specs say 1:85:1

  3. Might well be interested in this one.

    Working from memory, I believe most home video versions domestically were lightly edited – I was sort of surprised when I learned that, found it to be true when I ran the Universal DVD against an off-air recording. (Information included a thread on this forum.)

    Do hope the forthcoming release is uncut (original theatrical release); running time quoted seems to favor that thought (116 min versus Uni's 113 or so).

  4. Finally! I didn't buy the German Blu because I read that the widescreen version was mono. Glad I waited for a proper release.

    Tom St Jones

    Awesome!! Now, how about THE BENNY GOODMAN STORY?

    There is a decent German Blu-ray of The Benny Goodman Story, though it is region locked.

  5. Mark-P

    Finally! I didn't buy the German Blu because I read that the widescreen version was mono. Glad I waited for a proper release.

    There is a decent German Blu-ray of The Benny Goodman Story, though it is region locked.

    Unfortunately/ fortunately, I'm Region-A locked

  6. PatrickDA

    So it shouldn't be 1:85:1?

    Technically, no. See Bob Furmanek’s research here. However it really is a nitpick to object to the frame being slightly opened up to 1.85 which is how it would have played in a majority of the theaters anyway.

  7. battlebeast

    The Glen Miller Story, The Al Jolson Story, The Buddy Holly Story, The Benny Goodman Story, The Story of Louis Pasteur, The Greatest Story Ever Told- too many stories!

    Don't forget "New York Stories", as well.:D
    "The Glen Miller Story" won the Oscar for Best Sound; so this holds much interest for my ear.:)

  8. Top Ten domestic rentals 1954:
    White Christmas $12 million
    The Caine Mutiny $8.7 million
    The Glenn Miller Story $7 million
    The Egyptian $6 million
    Rear Window $5.3 million
    The High and Mighty $5.2 million
    Magnificent Obsession $5 million
    Three Coins in the Fountain $5 million
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers $4.75 million
    Desiree $4.5 million

  9. PatrickDA

    Top Ten domestic rentals 1954:
    White Christmas $12 million
    The Caine Mutiny $8.7 million
    The Glenn Miller Story $7 million
    The Egyptian $6 million
    Rear Window $5.3 million
    The High and Mighty $5.2 million
    Magnificent Obsession $5 million
    Three Coins in the Fountain $5 million
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers $4.75 million
    Desiree $4.5 million

    How reliable are those figures? I ask because I've always heard that The Egyptian was a commercial failure, but your statistics indicate it was a big hit and made more money than several well-known commercial successes.

  10. That seems about right for box office for the Egyptian. It cost about 4-5 million so it was an expensive production which did not recover much more than its production cost and publicity at the Box Office. Foreign revenues would have helped though.

  11. The Buddy Holly Story still stands out as a terrific biopic and the Twilight Time blu ray is excellent.
    Sadly, when I watched The Jolson Story the other day it seemed to have dated terribly … though seeing Al Jolson himself doing Swanee (the only scene he wouldn't let Larry Parks do) is a great nostalgia trip. My DVD is in such excellent shape that I doubt if there's be much improvement if it ever came to Blu ray .. or should we say Black-face Ray?

  12. Looks okay. Not great. "Strategic Air Command" looked better, but that's mostly because of VistaVision. This transfer was clearly based on the early-2000's master made for the DVD release instead of a new one. Still, if you're an Anthony Mann, Jimmy Stewart, Glenn Miller fan, BUY IT! I couldn't tell which scenes were cut from the 1954 version, so including the second cut wasn't much of an extra. That's nearly four hours on one blu-ray disc. The commentary is okay, but only if you don't know much about Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stewart. Not a great track for those wanting to know more about the making of the film, but maybe there's not much info out there to re-tell.

  13. PatrickDA

    Looks okay. Not great. "Strategic Air Command" looked better, but that's mostly because of VistaVision. This transfer was clearly based on the early-2000's master made for the DVD release instead of a new one. Still, if you're an Anthony Mann, Jimmy Stewart, Glenn Miller fan, BUY IT! I couldn't tell which scenes were cut from the 1954 version, so including the second cut wasn't much of an extra. That's nearly four hours on one blu-ray disc. The commentary is okay, but only if you don't know much about Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stewart. Not a great track for those wanting to know more about the making of the film, but maybe there's not much info out there to re-tell.

    Stereo sound?

  14. haineshisway

    So, no reason to have this if one has the overseas version, yes? Sounds exactly the same and I assume it will be so for Sweet Charity, too.

    If you’re talking about the German Blu of Glenn Miller Story, I avoided that one because it was reported that the widescreen version on the disc was mono whereas the 1.33:1 version was stereo. I really hope that the Shout! Factory release is stereo, but no one has confirmed it yet.

  15. Out of the ones I've seen…

    Top-level Mann
    Raw Deal, T-Men, The Tall Target, The Naked Spur, Bend of the River, Winchester '73, The Furies, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire, The Man from Laramie, Man of the West, The Far Country, Men in War, Border Incident, Black Book (a.k.a. Reign or Terror), Devil's Doorway, The Tin Star

    Mid-level Mann
    The Glenn Miller Story, Strategic Air Command, Heroes of Telemark, Cimarron, Side Street, God's Little Acre, A Dandy in Aspic, Desperate, The Great Flamarion

    Lower-level Mann
    Strangers in the Night, Serenade, Thunder Bay, Bamboo Blonde, Strange Impersonation, The Last Frontier, Railroaded!, Two O'Clock Courage, Sing Your Way Home

  16. Got my copy. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1 and sound is stereo for both cuts, with optional mono for the 1954 version. Now, was this a three strip production? I only ask because this Blu-ray has some rather unsightly color registration errors.

  17. Mark-P

    Got my copy. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1 and sound is stereo for both cuts, with optional mono for the 1954 version. Now, was this a three strip production? I only ask because this Blu-ray has some rather unsightly color registration errors.

    Yes, it's a Technicolor film as indicated by the opening credits.

  18. Honestly, can we just get Uni to start doing basic color alignment on their Blu releases. There's no point to a hi-def transfer if the 3-strip records are so mis-registered it's just a blurry, halo-ridden mess. Warner's ultra-hi-def process used to apply this to all of their 3-strip releases and the results were rewarding. Uni just seems intent on slapping out whatever archived materials they have, sans care or inspection of the elements first. And since not all of the movie is mis-registered, exactly how much would it have cost Uni to simply go back in and fix the few scenes in which the color is atrociously out of whack?!? Time and money, folks. It needs to be spent…correctly!

  19. Robert Crawford

    Yes, it's a Technicolor film as indicated by the opening credits.

    Yes, it's Technicolor but (I stand to be corrected) not three strip Technicolor as Mark P asked about. In 1954 (the year Glenn Miller Story was released), only two films were released using the three strip Technicolor process (Barefoot Contessa, Caine Mutiny) while the majority of films were reverting to straight Technicolor. In 1955, after Universal's Foxfire (coming from Kino Lorber in December), studios abandoned the process entirely (three strip, not Technicolor). I'm sure Bob Furmanek has more precise information on this subject..

  20. Thomas T

    Yes, it's Technicolor but (I stand to be corrected) not three strip Technicolor as Mark P asked about. In 1954 (the year Glenn Miller Story was released), only two films were released using the three strip Technicolor process (Barefoot Contessa, Caine Mutiny) while the majority of films were reverting to straight Technicolor. In 1955, after Universal's Foxfire (coming from Kino Lorber in December), studios abandoned the process entirely (three strip, not Technicolor). I'm sure Bob Furmanek has more precise information on this subject..

    That's my understanding too!

  21. Thomas T

    Yes, it's Technicolor but (I stand to be corrected) not three strip Technicolor as Mark P asked about. In 1954 (the year Glenn Miller Story was released), only two films were released using the three strip Technicolor process (Barefoot Contessa, Caine Mutiny) while the majority of films were reverting to straight Technicolor. In 1955, after Universal's Foxfire (coming from Kino Lorber in December), studios abandoned the process entirely (three strip, not Technicolor). I'm sure Bob Furmanek has more precise information on this subject..

    In that case, they obviously didn't use the oneg for this transfer then. The source must be some dye-transfer ip (or something) which would account for the registration errors.

  22. I think it looks okay. Could (should) it look better? Yes! However, didn't Universal (as well as FOX) dump a lot, if not all, of their OCN's in the mid-60's? So, I'm not sure what sort of prints they've got to work with. Would 'Glenn Miller Story' have a lot of of prints in vaults around the world? I doubt it. Although, it was a big hit in '54, so maybe some prints are here and there. Who knows. As I've mentioned before, I think it suffers because of natural comparisons with "SAC," but that blu-ray was helped by the VistaVision photography and (maybe) superior print(s).

  23. Mark-P

    In that case, they obviously didn't use the oneg for this transfer then. The source must be some dye-transfer ip (or something) which would account for the registration errors.

    Once again, an IP is not dye transfer – dye transfer is a printing process, and IP is an interpositive. I have the German Blu – it's merely okay and I'm assuming this is exactly the same.

  24. haineshisway

    Once again, an IP is not dye transfer – dye transfer is a printing process, and IP is an interpositive. I have the German Blu – it's merely okay and I'm assuming this is exactly the same.

    Hence the "or something" qualifier in my comment. I actually considered saying dye transfer print but figured somebody would just tell me that prints are not used to make HD masters. Nevertheless something has caused registration errors which should not be present here, perhaps it's the result of separation masters having been used?

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