New Australian DVD and BD Releases

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1626 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:09 am

L.A. wrote:Hopefully I can post this here...

Is Umbrella's Blu-ray of Black Robe (1991) possibly still available, or is it OOP?
As far as I know with their website, Out of Stock = Out of Stock, not Out of Print. But you'd be better off contact them directly if you want a definite answer.
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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1627 Post by Aunt Peg » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:54 am

The Devil's Playground (1976) was recently released in Australia on Blu Ray.

Same special features as the DVD. Picture quality is better but not significantly so.

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1628 Post by tojoed » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:04 pm

Aunt Peg wrote:The Devil's Playground (1976) was recently released in Australia on Blu Ray.

Same special features as the DVD. Picture quality is better but not significantly so.
Do you know if it has English SDH, the DVD didn't.

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1629 Post by Aunt Peg » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:53 pm

The back of the case states: 2.0 English DTS-HD

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#1630 Post by GaryC » Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:13 am

Has anyone used Artfilms as a supplier? They have both Australian and UK websites here and here respectively, depending on which country you're based in, and whether you wish to pay in pounds or Australian dollars. Their Australian section contains several pretty obscure films on DVD which I don't believe are otherwise commercially available and some I didn't think I'd ever get a chance to see short of a visit to an Australian archive. They aren't cheap, though: starting from £25 for personal use (plus VAT), more than that for school/academic use. They airmail from Australia, which gets round the fact that almost all of these titles have never been BBFC-certificated.

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#1631 Post by bugsy_pal » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:48 pm

Picked up 'Blood for Dracula' today for AUD $11 - https://www.jbhifionline.com.au/dvd/dvd ... ray/698386" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Haven't watched it yet, but it comes with a commentary, production stills and screen tests. It states that it's 1080i and region B. The bluray case is in a slipcase, like other discs in the Cinema Cult series. I'll report back on how it looks on screen.

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#1632 Post by Lino » Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:18 pm

I've been searching the web high and low for Oz-ploitation Volume 2 with frankly disappointing results... It's the only one I'm missing from the 4 volumes released so far... Does anyone know where can I get one, even though it seems to be out of stock in every nook and cranny I desperately look in?

If anyone would like to sell an used copy, hey! - be my guest! Just PM me!

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#1633 Post by GaryC » Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:19 am

The Charles Chauvel Collection was released by Umbrella on 4 November, and my copy arrived yesterday, along with the Blu-ray of Jedda.

The Collection brings together DVDs of all seven of Chauvel's sound features, which had been separately released on DVD in 2014 and 2015 plus an additional disc containing his two silent films, The Moth of Moonbi and Greenhide (both 1926), or rather what remains of them, 31 and 34 minutes respectively. Jedda was also released on Blu-ray, following its recent restoration, and is still available in that format.

I've only glanced at each disc and haven't watched any of the features yet, but reviews will be forthcoming at The Digital Fix, most likely starting in December. So a few comments.

All the DVDs are Region 0 NTSC, and the Jedda Blu-ray is Region ABC.

Aspect ratios are 1.33:1 (obviously correct*). Oddly, the Jedda DVD and the silents' disc are 1.33:1 anamorphically-enhanced while the other discs are non-anamorphic. The transfers are variable at first glance, probably reflecting the state of the original materials. The two silents are presented mute, no music score.

Extras include the 74-minute documentary on Chauvel, The Big Picture, which is included on all the discs. Also included are trailers and stills galleries in some cases. The trailer for Jedda is in black and white, despite the film being the first Australian feature made in colour. The Jedda Blu-ray has two additional extras not on the DVD, both possibly confusingly called "Screen Tests" - mute screen tests for Jedda and the 1937 short film Screen Tests which Chauvel co-directed, filming the Australian scenes.


*Jedda was released in 1955, premiering at Cannes, though there was a print available in the UK in November 1954, as the BBFC passed it (A certificate with cuts) in that month. However, it started production in 1952 so Academy Ratio would be correct.

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1634 Post by Stephen » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:02 pm

The exclusive pre-order allocation of Umbrella's Tom Savini/George A Romero Night of the Living Dead dual edition is selling quickly at JB HiFi online.

Anyone who missed the announcement a earlier this month, the master of the 1990 film from Sony differs from the edition put out by Twilight Time. There's brand new & existing extras to look forward to & some marvellous new artwork. The 1990 edition is getting a solo general release should this only be of interest, but the limited edition has got to be the one to snap up.

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/movies-tv-sho ... on/889426/

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#1635 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:15 pm

Hey Stephen, do you have a link to that announcement?

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#1636 Post by perkizitore » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:52 pm

I am only interested in the 1968 film, but I guess it will be the same transfer as the already released Umbrella BD.
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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1637 Post by Stephen » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:59 pm

Adam Grikepelis wrote:Hey Stephen, do you have a link to that announcement?
Sure,

Scroll to the 14th and 15th Feb: https://www.facebook.com/UmbrellaEnt

Lots of discussion from the production team & the emerging news here: http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=273605

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1638 Post by Stephen » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:11 pm

Umbrella release this little beauty next week too:

http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/movies/24 ... reeps.html

Extras:
Commentary with writer/director Fred Dekker
Commentary with cast
The Making of Creeps
Tom Atkins Man of Action
Fred Dekker interview (NEW)
Deleted scenes
Original Theatrical ending
Original Theatrical trailer
Trivia track

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1639 Post by Stephen » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:53 pm

perkizitore wrote:I am only interested in the 1968 film, but I guess it will be the same transfer as the already released Umbrella BD.
Yes, that's right.

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#1640 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:54 pm

Thanks for that

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1641 Post by L.A. » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:03 am

Another JB Hi-Fi exclusive which I'm interested in is Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969). Special edition including two cuts of the film.

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#1642 Post by phelings » Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:03 pm

L.A. wrote:Another JB Hi-Fi exclusive which I'm interested in is Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969). Special edition including two cuts of the film.
Don't get too excited.
The long unseen UK version of the movie has a different title and that seems to be it but the quality of the print is so poor compared to the regular version on the disc it's unlikely you'll ever watch it all the way through.

But it's still the best disc of the movie in the world and the PDF extras from Fanderson also make for very interesting reading

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1643 Post by GaryC » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:02 am

The Blu-ray of Roadgames (from a 4K restoration) has gone back three weeks to 27 July. I'd preordered it directly from Umbrella and they're going to send me a "randomly-selected Blu-ray" with my order as compensation for the delay.

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1644 Post by tenia » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:30 am

Nice gesture from them for just a 3 weeks delay.

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1645 Post by L.A. » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:10 pm

Umbrella Entertainment posted this on Facebook:
Umbrella Entertainment wrote:We are excited to announce that RAZORBACK will be coming to Blu-ray on February 7th, loaded with hours worth of extra content!

SPECIAL FEATURES

- Audio Commentary with Director Russell Mulcahy and Shayne Armstrong

- Audio Interview With Actor Gregory Harrison

- JAWS ON TROTTERS: Featuring interviews With Director Russell Mulcahy, Producer Hal McElroy, Razorback Creator Bob McCarron, Composer Iva Davies And Cast Judy Morris and Chris Haywood.

- Interviews with Cast and Crew by Mark Hartley From "Not Quite Hollywood"

- Grisly Deleted Scenes with option audio commentary

- RAZORBACK: THE VHS CUT

- Theatrical Trailer

- VHS Trailer

- A CERTAIN PIGGISH NATURE: Looking Back at Razorback

- Image Gallery

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1646 Post by L.A. » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:20 am

From Facebook:
Umbrella Entertainment wrote:Restored from the original interpositive CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH is coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever in March!

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#1647 Post by L.A. » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:35 pm

L.A. wrote:From Facebook:
Umbrella Entertainment wrote:Restored from the original interpositive CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH is coming to Blu-ray for the first time ever in March!
Beaver. Quentin Tarantino’s favorite, huh?

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1648 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:12 pm

Of all the films out there, I’m not sure how this one would get lumped in as exploitation - ‘ozploitation’ is a term that didn’t exist until 2008, it’s not like it was an industry-wide movement. Mark Hartley, you’ve a lot to answer for.

In other news, Umbrella have also released a 4K restored BD of Rolf de Heer’s The Tracker.

Oh, and Madman released a restored edition of Rowan Woods’ The Boys last year. All 3 are great films, well worth seeing.

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Re: New Australian DVD and BD Releases

#1649 Post by bdsweeney » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:52 am

Indeed, I would never have considered “The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith” as exploitation cinema. Anyone who seeks it out as such is likely to be disappointed.

Great film, by the way.

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#1650 Post by Adam Grikepelis » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:17 pm

So Umbrella are getting in on the limited slipcover thing with a new line. Along with a few titles released elsewhere in the world, they've got some really interesting films coming in 2018, a couple barely released at all since VHS.
Umbrella Entertainment wrote:Umbrella Entertainment is proud to announce the launch of our curated range of Blu-ray releases, BEYOND GENRES: WORLDS ON FILM. This series, starting with our June releases of Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna's seminal Re-Animator trilogy (Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator), and continuing with Gordon's cult Lovecraftian tale, Dagon in July, will aim to shine a spotlight on films that offer more to their genres than the standard bag of tropes.
Each first-pressing release of the Beyond Genres collection will be packaged in an o-ring slip featuring exclusive artwork and reversible sleeves with poster and production art and will be strictly limited. From trailblazing cult movies previously lost to late-night television and the VHS graveyard to art-house classics that defy the expectations of their genres, the Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film collection will be a worthy addition to the shelves of any cinephile.
...we will be unleashing the following titles in 2018:
RAZORBACK
Newly restored from a 4K scan [...] in a brand new edition with newly commissioned special features!
SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS
The debut feature from director Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow), this post-apocalyptic vision arrives newly re-mastered from a 2K scan on
blu-ray for the first time in the world.
NEXT OF KIN
Tony Williams' unsettling horror tale set in a remote retirement home hits blu-ray newly remastered from a 4K scan and for the first time worldwide.
THE QUIET EARTH
THE NAVIGATOR: A MEDIEVAL ODYSSEY
Vincent Ward's striking tale of medieval pilgrims travelling through time to save their village [...] comes to blu-ray newly remastered from a 2K scan for the first time in the world.

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