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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#101 Post by knives » Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:18 am

The Fanciful Norwegian wrote:
domino harvey wrote:Between this and the Olive Tashlins, thank God for VistaVision's ultra-crisp resolution lending itself to super stellar Blu transfers
Apparently the Olive Tashlins weren't actually transferred from VV elements, though.
They look good all the same though. Damn those blues and pinks bounce.

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#102 Post by kinjitsu » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:11 pm

Blu-ray.com on To Catch a Thief

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#103 Post by SamLowry » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:50 pm

knives wrote:
CSM126 wrote:Don't you talk about Clue. Clue is fucking great.
Don't under exaggerate. It's the fucking greatest.
Just went to a midnight showing of Clue & while there were some funny moments, I didn't find it as uproariously funny as the rest of the (mostly college student) crowd. Unlike The Life Of Brian, Airplane!, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or The History Of The World Part 1, it wasn't something I envision revisiting. Then again the taste of kids today (judging by midnight movie offerings) seems rather pedestrian (John Hughes fare & 1980s sci fi or horror blockbusters) in comparison to the midnight movie offerings when I was their age (John Waters, Rocky Horror, Make Them Die Slowly, Querelle, Salo)

On the other hand, I just finished watching the Dietrich "box" which I thoroughly enjoyed. Would love to see Criterion pick up at least The Devil Is A Woman which I thought was even better than The Scarlet Empress. Why Paramount put 4 movies on a dual-sided dvd & then one film (one of the weakest of the set) on a single dvd is inexplicable. Would love to see Criterion do a von Sternberg/Dietrich box.

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#104 Post by domino harvey » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:53 pm

I can just about guarantee an audience sympathetic to Clue grew up with it-- it's only a generational thing in terms of proximity, not taste

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#105 Post by eerik » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:51 pm


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#106 Post by swo17 » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:01 pm

I'm astonished that the thing everyone is complaining about at that site is having to double dip on Crystal Skull.

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#107 Post by Brian C » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:15 pm

Quite. On the contrary, the inclusion of Crystal Skull is enough to dissuade me from buying the set. I'll maybe pay for two films I don't really want, but not three.

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#108 Post by eerik » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:41 pm


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#109 Post by Tom Hagen » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:55 pm

Instead of Crystal Skull, they should just license the South Park parody for the fourth disc.

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#110 Post by knives » Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:56 pm

That wouldn't need a license since they're both Viacom though it's far from the worst in the series.


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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#112 Post by domino harvey » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:06 pm

Got my copy of To Catch a Thief and I can not BELIEVE how good it looks. This has always had a spotty home video record, as it always seemed like the masters were a couple generations old, but this transfer is a revelation. I am in awe

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#113 Post by Brian C » Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:05 pm

Not surprised - I saw a DCP "print" a couple months back, and my knee-jerk dislike of digital projection (and Grant's striped shirt) aside, it looked pretty phenomenal. They would have really had to screw up badly for the Blu-ray to be anything less than excellent.

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#114 Post by Drucker » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:37 am


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#115 Post by david hare » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:03 pm

Is clearly taken from the same three or four year old master as the HDnet Broadcast (in 720p.)

It's very good but could have been better if they'd done a new 4k scan.

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#116 Post by andyli » Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:20 pm

I think this thread at HTF is worth sharing. Check the last few posts out.

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#117 Post by david hare » Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:08 pm

I hand't caught up with the last 24 hours over there. This just gets worse and worse. Ron Smith has basically been let go because they decided they can't afford him. So they are hereon using older captures from over four years ago which just satisfy the specs for a haflway decent Blu encode. I won't be holding too much hope for the May French releases of Funny Face and Sabrina. FF as a Vistavision title in particular is really going to suffer from what will almost certainly be a 35mm reduction print transfer, not an 8 perf VV.

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These are from the HDNet Chinatown:

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#118 Post by kinjitsu » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:36 pm

DVDBeaver on Chinatown

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#119 Post by Jeff » Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:05 pm

knives wrote:
CSM126 wrote:Don't you talk about Clue. Clue is fucking great.
Don't under exaggerate. It's the fucking greatest.
Damn right. Clue now has an announced date of August 7 and is available for pre-order at Amazon.

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#120 Post by eerik » Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:57 am

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#121 Post by Drucker » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:07 pm

Has anyone here seen the Chinatown blu ray for sale anywhere? I was going to just pick it up in a store, but the Barnes and Noble and Best Buy near where I work in NYC didn't have it, nor was it at Princeton Record Exchange in NJ or an FYE in Philly I went to over the weekend. These places all have Criterions, Hitchcock blus, Woody Allen blus, Buster Keaton, etc. etc.

Just wondering if anyone here has actually seen it for sale!

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#122 Post by willoneill » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:10 pm

Drucker wrote:Has anyone here seen the Chinatown blu ray for sale anywhere? I was going to just pick it up in a store, but the Barnes and Noble and Best Buy near where I work in NYC didn't have it, nor was it at Princeton Record Exchange in NJ or an FYE in Philly I went to over the weekend. These places all have Criterions, Hitchcock blus, Woody Allen blus, Buster Keaton, etc. etc.

Just wondering if anyone here has actually seen it for sale!
In Canada, I've seen it at HMV, and at Best Buy (where I purchased it).

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#123 Post by fdm » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:22 pm

Drucker wrote:Has anyone here seen the Chinatown blu ray for sale anywhere? I was going to just pick it up in a store, but the Barnes and Noble and Best Buy near where I work in NYC didn't have it, nor was it at Princeton Record Exchange in NJ or an FYE in Philly I went to over the weekend. These places all have Criterions, Hitchcock blus, Woody Allen blus, Buster Keaton, etc. etc.

Just wondering if anyone here has actually seen it for sale!
Best Buy would be your best bet, but they're currently doing the trade and save promo ($5 off of any blu-ray with dvd trade-in), so copies of it are likely rather scarce at the moment. Suggest trying their website to see at which "nearby" stores it may still be available.

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#124 Post by swo17 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:44 pm

eerik wrote:Image
Such a missed opportunity for a triple feature combo pack.

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#125 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:53 pm

Catch Me if You Can!! A film that desperately needs a new transfer despite the fact that is isn't even a decade old. You guys take your flashy Spielberg Blu-rays, this is the one I'm most excited about.

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