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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#251 Post by The Narrator Returns » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:01 pm

Have you forgotten about To Kill a Mockingbird and All Quiet on the Western Front already?

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#252 Post by Gregory » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:05 pm

What was bad about All Quiet?

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#253 Post by TMDaines » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:59 am

Gregory wrote:What was bad about All Quiet?
I'm don't know either. Seemed a pretty good disc to me, even though there was a little DNR at times, but nothing that really harmed the viewing experience.

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#254 Post by tenia » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:48 pm

Gregory wrote:What was bad about All Quiet?
Quite DNRed, but also plenty of shots where ringing is very intrusive.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#255 Post by Gregory » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:55 pm

Hm. I haven't upgraded my DVD of it yet (due to the fairly high price tag) but this is the first I've heard about it unfavorably. Zooming in on the Beaver caps, it looks pretty fine to me, especially for a Universal blu.

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#256 Post by bigP » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:38 pm

Calvin wrote:Citizen Kane gets a UK release on November 19th
Not as stacked in terms of extras as the Region A, by any means, but there are a couple of nice exclusives on the UK Blu.

Anatomy of a Classic - a 50 minute feature presented by Barry Norman
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Ken Barnes
The original film budget
Welles off-screen (the original 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds and Welles' 1945 commerical recording of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince)
Blu-ray Exclusive - The Restorarion of Citizen Kane

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#257 Post by Drucker » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:48 pm

bigP wrote:
Calvin wrote:Citizen Kane gets a UK release on November 19th
Not as stacked in terms of extras as the Region A, by any means, but there are a couple of nice exclusives on the UK Blu.

Anatomy of a Classic - a 50 minute feature presented by Barry Norman
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Ken Barnes
The original film budget
Welles off-screen (the original 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds and Welles' 1945 commerical recording of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince)
Blu-ray Exclusive - The Restorarion of Citizen Kane
A totally different set of extras than the US Version (which is just a port of the DVD extras, not even in HD) is more than welcome. I may have to get this.

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#258 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:08 pm

If I ever need a Blu-ray of Kane (or, more accurately, if I can afford it), I'll definitely get the UK Blu. The US Blu doesn't have anything I want, that I don't already have on the DVD.

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#259 Post by hearthesilence » Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:30 pm

The Norman documentary may be preferable to the American Experience piece they used here in the States. The American Experience piece was nominated for an Oscar, but it's a piece of shit, IMHO. "Tasteful" production values like any other PBS documentary, but as history it's garbage, cherrypicking facts to fit a narrative the producers were aiming for, one with some pretty sleazy tabloid overtones. (Actually reminds me of the Clinton documentary the same show put out earlier this year - another waste that glosses over far more interesting and important aspects of its subject in favor of sleazier material that seems more trivial with time, i.e. the intern/Lewinsky affair.) One historian demanded they take his name off the piece, and those who still had theirs in the credits publicly trashed the piece when it aired. If you didn't know much about Kane or Welles before watching it, I don't think you'd walk away with any real appreciation of the film as art or what it accomplished or why it's so important, none of that was treated as a primary concern.

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#260 Post by Drucker » Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:07 pm

I guess this all comes with the caveat that it's hopefully the same transfer as the Warners US edition, which is excellent.

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#261 Post by manicsounds » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:01 pm

Be warned that the UK "Citizen Kane" may be region locked, for those without region free players.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#262 Post by Drucker » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:37 am

E.T. Review on Bluray.com. We have a new reviewer!

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#263 Post by stroszeck » Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:53 pm

I promise you it wasn't a film like Enter the Void or Antichrist, much as some childhood revisionists would like to believe
Thats a strange quote for a review of E.T. I've never heard this film compared to Noe or Von Trier...where do these people come up with this stuff?

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#264 Post by ShellOilJunior » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:20 pm

The line before it is even more amusing. There's nothing like telling the reader how to feel then putting them down if they don't agree with you:
But if you're incapable of giving in to escapism, if you're incapable of losing yourself in a heartfelt adventure, then perhaps it's time to question what it is that made you fall in love with movies in the first place.

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#265 Post by domino harvey » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:28 pm

I have never been able to stand E.T., even as a kid, because the alien is just too damn ugly. Escapism would have provided me with a more palatable creature!

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#266 Post by matrixschmatrix » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:49 pm

domino harvey wrote:I have never been able to stand E.T., even as a kid, because the alien is just too damn ugly. Escapism would have provided me with a more palatable creature!
Haha, are you literally my sister, because this has been her opinion since she was five years old

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#267 Post by The Narrator Returns » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:50 pm

Yeah, well your face is ugly, and it smells like a butt!

I was on the debate team in high school.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#268 Post by ShellOilJunior » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:00 pm

domino harvey wrote:I have never been able to stand E.T., even as a kid, because the alien is just too damn ugly. Escapism would have provided me with a more palatable creature!
It's a good film but just doesn't do much for me these days. It's probably because teachers put this on for my classes damn near every year in grade school. I practically associate those old television carts with the film (on vhs, of course).

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#269 Post by hearthesilence » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:29 pm

asshat wrote:But if you're incapable of giving in to escapism, if you're incapable of losing yourself in a heartfelt adventure, then perhaps it's time to question what it is that made you fall in love with movies in the first place.
Oh please, it's a problem if you don't like escapist fantasies that are corny as shit? Give me a fucking break.

EDIT: To be fair, the homage to The Quiet Man is hilariously awesome. Wish the movie went more in that direction.

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#270 Post by knives » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:35 pm

I'm sure even Spielberg (at the time) though it as a B side at best since he sent all of his best men and women to work on Poltergeist instead. I'm in Domino's boat incidentally. I doubt I've ever been able to sit all the way through.

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#271 Post by warren oates » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:50 am

I promise you it wasn't a film like Enter the Void or Antichrist, much as some childhood revisionists would like to believe
It's worth noting that Enter The Void only exists because Gaspar Noe's mom showed him Kubrick's 2001 when he was seven instead of something more age appropriate and less inspiring like E.T. Cool mom.

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#272 Post by matrixschmatrix » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:51 am

Does that mean Irreversible is also the fault of her non traditional parenting? Because if so I'm never showing any prospective children I have any Kubrick ever, just to be safe

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#273 Post by warren oates » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:00 am

On the level of form, being that it was more or less intended as a dry run for the visual ideas and camerawork in Void, yeah. But not so much with respect to the content. Yet your no-Kubrick rule is pretty airtight, being as the man himself practiced it with his own brood, at least until they were well into their late teens.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#274 Post by Brian C » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:39 am

ShellOilJunior wrote:The line before it is even more amusing. There's nothing like telling the reader how to feel then putting them down if they don't agree with you:
But if you're incapable of giving in to escapism, if you're incapable of losing yourself in a heartfelt adventure, then perhaps it's time to question what it is that made you fall in love with movies in the first place.
It's just a case of this guy's insecurity getting the best of him. Millions of people love E.T., there's no reason for him to get so defensive about it.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#275 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:20 pm

warren oates wrote:On the level of form, being that it was more or less intended as a dry run for the visual ideas and camerawork in Void, yeah. But not so much with respect to the content. Yet your no-Kubrick rule is pretty airtight, being as the man himself practiced it with his own brood, at least until they were well into their late teens.
When did Noe watch Zardoz? :wink:

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