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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#276 Post by willoneill » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:52 pm

I promise you it wasn't a film like Enter the Void or Antichrist, much as some childhood revisionists would like to believe
See, the problem with the reviewer's argument is that they are implying that you should still be loving the same films you did as a kid when you first started loving movies. But people get older, and their tastes should actually mature. I doubt I'm the only person on this forum who's been profoundly disappointed when they've gone back as an adult to some of their childhood favorites. When I was 5, I used to like that "Baby: The Lost Legend" or whatever it was called dinosaur movie with Sean Young. I'm sure it's probably a pile of shit.

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#277 Post by Gregory » Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:53 pm

Seems like it's most commonly with Spielberg that defenders must resort to this argument (I've seen it thus applied on this forum and off (Ebert)). "If you don't like this thing that I like, or if you raise any questions or criticisms of it, then it must be because you've forgotten how to enjoy movies in the pure way that a child would. Children don't raise such questions, so why should I, a film reviewer, do so?"

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#278 Post by dustybooks » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:58 pm

I never liked E.T. much even as a kid because something about it stressed me out. I associate it with headache pains still. Don't know why exactly -- I had the same issue with larger-scale disaster type movies like Armageddon and Independence Day but this is the only intimate-ish film that induced that particular sort of migraine. Wonder if there's an explanation for that.

Anyway, I gave it another shot recently and while I admire its evocation of childhood (the Halloween scenes are great), I agree with Domino; the alien is so off-putting. Plus I find it makes too literal and thus cheapens the idea of the "imaginary friend." I actually like a lot of movies that draw inspiration from or pay homage to E.T. -- incl. In America, Super 8, and more recently Beasts of the Southern Wild -- considerably more than E.T.. And I'm a Spielberg defender generally.

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#279 Post by Murdoch » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:24 am

While I'm not the fan I used to be, the "I'll be right here' scene still tears me up every time.

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#280 Post by Roger Ryan » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:03 am

I've noted this before, but what has made E.T. consistently work for me throughout the years is the subtext of Melissa Mathison's script (she does something similar with her screenplay for THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD) that uses the alien to represent the naivete of childhood. This is nothing earth-shatteringly original, mind you, but the film is enriched by it. Drew Barrymore's sister is fully capable of believing in the impossible, the older brother has moved beyond that point and Elliot is on the cusp of leaving his childhood illusions behind (as he becomes aware of how devastating his parents' divorce is). Peter Coyote's scientist is, essentially, the adult Elliot who would like nothing more than to recover a small piece of childlike wonder that would allow him to believe again (note the scientists in hazmat suits examining the toys or the fact that Coyote's character is finally given a face only after entering the scene through a birth canal-like tunnel). One of the film's most striking images is the older brother taking refuge among his sister's stuffed animals as he recognizes what he has given up to be a teenager. I particularly like that the alien touches Elliot's forehead when he proclaims "I'll be right here" and not his chest; Elliot must remember what it is like to be a child, to use those memories in his reasoning in order to be a happy adult.
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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#281 Post by rwaits » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:51 am

Nice Roger. I have a similar interpretation of the film but couldn't have articulated it as well as that. I watched ET not long ago and found it still works for me, though I understand why it might not for some.

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#283 Post by Matt » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:19 pm

That's certainly encouraging. I'll wait until I see caps of the other films before pre-ordering, though.

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#284 Post by manicsounds » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:16 pm

Although I think most people would like to know if Universal have restored the 'Dracula Scream' correctly on this release. The green 'Dracula' collection I have is the messed up edition.

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#285 Post by Peacock » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:19 pm

A friend sent me some caps from Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, Wolf Man and Creature from the Black Lagoon. They all looked great apart from the Wolf Man which has a strong amount of edge enhancement applied... so be prepared for the backlash on that one.

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#286 Post by andyli » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:38 pm

The transfer of Wolf Man may be comparatively older. If I remember correctly they offered HD streaming of Wolf Man when the blu-ray of the 2010 version was out.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#288 Post by evillights » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:23 pm

Isn't DRACULA supposed to be 1.19:1?

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#289 Post by manicsounds » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:05 am

it's always been 1.33:1 (or 1.37:1 to be nitpicky)

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#291 Post by bigP » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:51 pm

Beaver on Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Mummy. I can see this already being my favourite release of the year, regardless of the condition of the remaining films in the set (although The Creature from the Black Lagoon looking on par with the James Whale films would make this a certainty).

Thrilled that my set posted today \:D/

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#292 Post by triodelover » Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:16 pm

Has anyone seen screen grabs from the UK versions? Is it safe to assume they are identical since every disc seems to be the same except for the exclusion of the Spanish version of Dracula, which I presume is a Region 2/B licensing issue?

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#293 Post by MichaelB » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:07 pm

The UK version definitely contains the Spanish Dracula.

And since the specs are identical (as far as I can see), it's a reasonably safe bet that the discs are too.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#294 Post by triodelover » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:44 pm

MichaelB wrote:The UK version definitely contains the Spanish Dracula.
Well, that's what I get for believing Amazon. If that's the case, the sets (and individual UK releases) were probably pressed at the same plant.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#295 Post by Minkin » Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:51 pm

triodelover wrote:
MichaelB wrote:The UK version definitely contains the Spanish Dracula.
Well, that's what I get for believing Amazon. If that's the case, the sets (and individual UK releases) were probably pressed at the same plant.
The UK page has changed from when it initially went up. It used to say nothing about the Spanish Dracula, but now it has http://www.amazon.co.uk/Universal-Class ... YVFG1TG8HW:
Dracula (1931):
The original 1931 movie version of Bram Stoker's classic tale has for generations defined the iconic look and terrifying persona of the famed vampire. Dracula owes its continued appeal in large part due to Bela Lugosi's indelible portrayal of the immortal Count Dracula and the flawless direction of horror auteur Tod Browning.

Bonus Features:
Dracula (1931) Spanish Version
Introduction to the Spanish Version by Lupita Tovar Kohner
Dracula: The Restoration
The Road To Dracula
Lugosi: The Dark Prince
Feature Commentary by Film Historian David J. Skal
Feature Commentary by Steve Haberman, Screenwriter of Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Alternate Score By Philip Glass performed by the Kronos Quartet
Dracula Archives
Monster Tracks Pop-Up Facts (pop-up facts about the making of Dracula that can be read while watching the film)
Trailer Gallery: Centennial Trailer, Dracula Trailer, Dracula's Daughter Trailer, Son Of Dracula Trailer, House of Dracula Trailer
You can also spend 8 pounds more and get the same set in a stupid coffin.

How did this set turn out so well, when, uhh, most everything else from Universal hasn't?

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#296 Post by triodelover » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:05 pm

I bought the individual releases of four films, including Dracula, because I wasn't interested in owning four of the films in the set. Amazon's page for the individual release lists these extras:
  • Dracula: The Restoration – New Featurette Available for The First Time!
    Monster Tracks: Interactive Pop-Up Facts About the Making of Dracula
    Dracula Archives
    Score by Philip Glass performed by the Kronos Quartet
    Feature Commentary by Film Historian David J. Skal
    Feature Commentary by Steve Haberman, Screenwriter of Dracula: Dead and Loving It
    Trailer Gallery
After MichaelB's post and yours, I assume that was just an oversight in the Amazon posting since it would make no sense to press a different disc for the individual release. (And before any of the math wizards post that I paid slightly more for the individual releases of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Bride of Frankenstein, I already knew that, thanks very much. :) [-X )

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#297 Post by oldsheperd » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:00 pm

I would jump all over the Universal Monsters Blu if it had all the sequels of the films.

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#298 Post by Matt » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:49 pm

Even without the sequels, the box is currently $55 shipped to the US from Amazon UK = less than $7 per movie.

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#299 Post by stevewhamola » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:19 pm

Plus I would rather Universal release a handful of good-to-excellent discs than risk shitting the bed with a 15 disc boxset ala Hitchcock.

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#300 Post by manicsounds » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:34 pm

Maybe they'll release a sequels collection in the future.

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