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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#26 Post by patreig » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:36 am

There is a MK2 DVD (non anamorphic, PAL video) of Mysterious Object at Noon that does not contain engrained english subtitles (only removable french subtitles). Therefore there was a potential source for a better restoration. The DVd is quite watchable.

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#27 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:52 pm

patreig wrote:There is a MK2 DVD (non anamorphic, PAL video) of Mysterious Object at Noon that does not contain engrained english subtitles (only removable french subtitles). Therefore there was a potential source for a better restoration.
Not if the MK2 was sourced from the now-lost 16mm reversal element. That release came out in 2004, so it's not like it's a recent transfer.

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#28 Post by MichaelB » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:02 am

patreig wrote:There is a MK2 DVD (non anamorphic, PAL video) of Mysterious Object at Noon that does not contain engrained english subtitles (only removable french subtitles). Therefore there was a potential source for a better restoration. The DVd is quite watchable.
Emphasis on the word "was". And not only is this DVD a dozen years old, but the fact that it's non-anamorphic suggests that the master wasn't created by MK2 themselves (French labels jumped on the 16:9 bandwagon very early) and was most likely sourced from the SD video master that would have been created back in 2000 as part of the film's original package of distributor deliverables.

And "quite watchable" isn't good enough as the basis for a touring DCP and Blu-ray release. Even assuming the non-anamorphic SD video master survives (in other words, eliminating the problem that a DVD would be heavily compressed), the resolution would only be around 720x400 at best - and the telecine itself would be well below contemporary standards. By definition (literally), a 35mm blow-up struck from the 16mm camera reversal print is going to look much, much better, regardless of whether it has burned-in subtitles.

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#29 Post by Bikey » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:06 am

Full details of this release now up at our website

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#30 Post by MichaelB » Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:25 pm

Further to the discussion of the restoration process, it's worth noting that there's an unusually informative featurette on the subject on the disc itself, presented by Matteo Lepore, who supervised it, and illustrated with numerous examples of the challenges they were faced with (including ungraded scans, split-screen comarisons, etc.).

I've only dipped into the main feature, but it's already glaringly obvious why they sourced it from the 35mm dupe negative instead of an SD video master.

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#31 Post by Ozu Teapot » Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:06 pm

Does anyone know why this title has been pushed back to an April 25th release date on Amazon and Arrow's store and yet some people have already received it from HMV where they still have the release date as today and it's available to order "usually dispatched within 24 hours".

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#32 Post by Bikey » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:23 pm

The delay is simply because the stock arrived late at the Sony distribution warehouse, and missed the ship-out deadlines that week.
The stock is now there and moving out.
Those that have received copies already were sent personally by us (mainly journos and friends).

Apologies to all for the slight delay.

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#33 Post by Ozu Teapot » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:30 pm

Bikey wrote:The delay is simply because the stock arrived late at the Sony distribution warehouse, and missed the ship-out deadlines that week.
The stock is now there and moving out.
Those that have received copies already were sent personally by us (mainly journos and friends).

Apologies to all for the slight delay.
Thanks for the info!

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#34 Post by Bikey » Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:48 am

"Elliptically beguiling, deeply original"
The Arts Desk review Apichatpong's MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#35 Post by Oedipax » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:32 pm

Just got my shipping confirmation from Arrow \:D/

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Mysterious Object at Noon

#36 Post by MichaelB » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:23 am

Beaver - with a useful comparison with the old DVD, which looks decidedly bleached-out now.
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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#37 Post by Bikey » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:23 am

"This is a must-own (there is nothing I can compare it to) and I am so grateful to have this Blu-ray in my world cinema library. Our highest recommendation!"
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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#38 Post by ALLCAPSAREBASTARDS » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:59 am

Well, there go some of my Arrow points.

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#39 Post by Bikey » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:27 am

OUT TODAY!

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#40 Post by Bikey » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:00 am

"This new Blu-Ray release, so crisp you can almost feel the sunlight on your skin... a vital resource for anyone looking for an understanding of perhaps the most groundbreaking and innovative director of the 21st century so far, as well as a beautiful and strange trip to take in its own right"
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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#41 Post by Bikey » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:10 am

"This challenging and infinitely rewarding Thai film offers a unique take on the concept of storytelling, delivered in a way that only cinema can."
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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#42 Post by Bikey » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:26 am

"A glorious Blu-ray release courtesy of Second Run's recent development into high definition... a work of captivating and arresting beauty."
CineVue on MYSTERIOUS OBJECT

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#43 Post by nitin » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:10 am

so with the pictureboxing, particularly the sides, is it effectively 1.66:1 in a 1.78: frame?

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#44 Post by MichaelB » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:29 am

This full-frame grab makes it clear - thin black borders at the sides, a single thick one at the bottom, with the top of the image aligning with the top of the screen.

By eye, I'd say it's actually a 1.78:1 (16:9) frame within a 16:9 frame, but since this framing dates from the creation of the 35mm dupe negative, it should precisely match all 35mm presentations.

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#46 Post by Bikey » Wed May 04, 2016 5:32 am

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#47 Post by Bikey » Sat May 07, 2016 8:01 am

"A great film on a great disc."
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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#48 Post by nitin » Sat May 07, 2016 10:30 pm

I am not sure this is up my alley but just ordered it! Been on a bit of a Second Run dvd mini-binge and the quality of some of the films that is being put out is amazing (despite some of the weak transfers).

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#49 Post by Bikey » Wed May 11, 2016 5:38 am

"For those who like things away from the beaten track this is an essential purchase: original, inventive and thrillingly strange."
James Oliver at MovieMail

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Re: Mysterious Object at Noon

#50 Post by Bikey » Sat May 14, 2016 2:58 pm

"An important and welcome release... there is much to absorb and appreciate here, and enough left over to fuel a most interesting debate. Recommended."
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