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#76 Post by Lino » Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:27 pm

Ok, now! The set arrived today via Amazon UK (it was mailed last Friday!) and already had a quick run through it.

Main points of interest for those planning on buying it:

- all the discs come with english subs on the features except for A Canterbury Tale;

- the set is packaged as a fold-out box (like the Battles Without Honor and Humanity one but without the steel slipcase, of course!) with the discs over-lapping each other (I would have prefered slim cases, naturally but as a 11 disc space-saving set it does what it's required: it saves space);

- Black Narcissus comes with no extras whatsoever even though the transfer was culled from the recent Network edition (a bummer but I'm not complaining as the price for this set is right);

- Tales of Hoffmann also doesn't have any extras at all and from doing a cursory view, I think it's safe to assume that it resembles Criterion's current transfer for this film (for davidhare: the makeup is green-ish and not blue-ish as in the LD).

Apart from that, great money-saving set and I look forward to go through it during the Christman holidays.

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#77 Post by Greathinker » Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:39 pm

Lino wrote:Ok, now! The set arrived today via Amazon UK (it was mailed last Friday!) and already had a quick run through it.
Aside from Black Narcissus and Tales of Hoffman, can I assume that the rest of the films are the same transfers as the Carltons?

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#78 Post by Lino » Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:19 pm

Yes, I should think so even though I didn't own any of them before buying this set so I can't really confirm but as the extras are the same on all the 9 discs as before, that is a safe bet.

The only difference is that this new 11 disc set is being released by ITV whilst the previous 9 disker was a Granada release.

edit: just checked from Beaver and as an example, the menus on my Red Shoes disc are exactly the same as on the individual Carlton release. No fear there. Buy it.

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#79 Post by Lino » Fri Dec 08, 2006 1:08 pm

Just some more details about the 11 disc-set: at the end of Black Narcissus, you get the film's original trailer. It's not mentioned anywhere on the disc, not even on the scene selections. When the film ends, the screen goes black for a few moments and then the trailer starts, much like a hidden track on a CD. Wonder what kind of decisions were behind this.

Tales of Hoffmann like I said, has no extras whatsoever but it does include english subtitles, always a big help in this movie, no doubt! The transfer does seem to be the same used on the Criterion because the colors do seem to be similar and it even has the Studio Canal logo printed on the disc itself.

I will report more about the remaining 9 discs as I watch them.

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#80 Post by Anonymous » Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:11 am

I assume the transfer of A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH wasn't taken from the new restoration?

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#81 Post by Lino » Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:58 pm

Carsten Czarnecki wrote:I assume the transfer of A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH wasn't taken from the new restoration?
No, it wasn't. I just checked the Beaver review for it and the menus, extras and image quality of the screencaps are virtually the same as on the recently released 11 disc set.

And you might as well assume that the others are also the same Carltons that were previously available individually and then put together in the 9 disc set that was released earlier this year.

If I find any difference in them (I still have a long way to go before I finish the whole set!), be sure that I will report it here.

Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon I went to a screening of The Red Shoes! First time watching it on the big screen and indeed it makes all the difference. And the show was for free!

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#82 Post by Alyosha » Tue Dec 19, 2006 4:47 pm

Regarding the "Institut Lumière" Peeping Tom edition mentioned earlier in this thread - has anyone seen it? Would be interesting to know how it compare to the Criterion. I was about to buy the Crit but just heard of this one...

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#83 Post by Greathinker » Tue Dec 19, 2006 5:15 pm

Alyosha wrote:Regarding the "Institut Lumière" Peeping Tom edition mentioned earlier in this thread - has anyone seen it? Would be interesting to know how it compare to the Criterion. I was about to buy the Crit but just heard of this one...
According to this review the transfer is identical to the R2 studio canal release, which can be compared to the criterion here.

Being that the Institut Lumière version is exclusive to the box I don't think it's worth it, especially with nothing done to better the transfer.

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#84 Post by broadwayrock » Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:29 pm

The only benefit of the Institut Lumière version of Peeping Tom is that some of the extras are exclusive (the very short interviews with Thelma Schoonmaker), but the documentary 'A very british Psycho' is already on the Criterion.

This is a French review of the Institut Lumière Boxset including details on the extras and an small image comparison on Peeping Tom. The Institut Lumière/Studio Canal's colours appear more natural whereas the Criterion's skin tones seem more red.

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#85 Post by Alyosha » Wed Dec 20, 2006 5:28 am

Thanks for the info. I missed that it's been released in Sweden as well. By Universal, but with a Studio Canal-logo on the back of the cover. Maybe it's the same transfer as the other R2:s then.

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#86 Post by Narshty » Wed Dec 20, 2006 6:47 am

I got word from Optimum that their individual UK release of The Tales of Hoffmann will be coming on 3rd September 2007. Presumably there'll be some extras attached.

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#87 Post by alfons416 » Wed Dec 20, 2006 9:43 am

Alyosha: the swedish dvd is the same transfer!

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#88 Post by MichaelB » Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:17 am

Lino wrote:The only difference is that this new 11 disc set is being released by ITV whilst the previous 9 disker was a Granada release.
To all practical intents and purposes, ITV is Granada - since the recent merger with Carlton, Granada is the single biggest ITV company and virtually the only one of any significance.

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#89 Post by Alyosha » Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:38 am

alfons416 wrote:Alyosha: the swedish dvd is the same transfer!
Some supplementary info regarding the Swedish P&P disks: I had the opportunity to see a bit from both the Swedish "Red Shoes" and Swedish "Black Narcissus" and from what I can see, comparing with DVD Beaver, the video is identical with the french editions. I guess that this would be cheaper than the french disks for people not interested in the extras (since the Swedish disks does not include any extra at all). About 16 USD each + shipping.

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#90 Post by Greathinker » Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:15 am

According to sendit.com, Optimum will be releasing an edition of Peeping Tom on Mar 19th, linkhere.

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#91 Post by Narshty » Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:26 pm

Extras on the new Peeping Tom, courtesy of Zeta Minor:

- Audio commentary by film historian Ian Christie
- The Eye of the Beholder documentary (30m)
- The Strange Gaze of Mark Lewis documentary (25m)
- Booklet containing essay by Ryan Gilbey and interview with screenwriter Leo Marks
- Behind-the-scenes production stills

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#92 Post by Greathinker » Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:46 pm

What's the status of A Matter of Life and Death and Oh Rosalinda!...? The french releases are never going to see the light of day it seems. Are there any plans else where for these, particularly with the new restoration of AMOLAND?

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#93 Post by Rsdio » Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:31 am

So, as someone who only owns the Carlton release of The Red Shoes, what would be the best way to hoover up most of the others? At the moment I'm leaning towards getting the 9-disc HMV set for £15 then the Network Black Narcissus and the Criterion Tales of Hoffmann (or possibly waiting to see what the upcoming Optimum is like). The Criterion of 49th Parallel has thrown a spanner in the works of my thinking though, I don't tend to double-dip on things..

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#94 Post by Lino » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:13 am

You do know that there is an 11 disker that includes both Black Narcissus and Tales of Hoffmann, don't you? Just scroll up the thread for my comments.

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#95 Post by Rsdio » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:19 am

I know, but the cheapest I can find that set is £45 on Play - buying the 9 disc one and the other two titles seperately would end up being cheaper and would have more extras to boot.. Unless I'm missing something?

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#96 Post by Lino » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:27 am

Well, if you put it that way, maybe you're right. It's just that I'm perfectly happy with my 11 disker and apart from an eventual Criterion reissue of Red Shoes (and depending on the final results), I don't see myself double-dipping on any more P&P.

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#97 Post by Rsdio » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:47 am

Yeah, if it was cheaper I'd go for it but the 9 disc set is such a steal at £15 delivered. I was holding off on buying any Powell and Pressburger until the newer set was released to see what was included, so your post above was very helpful.

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#98 Post by Greathinker » Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:20 pm

Amazon UK has the cover art up for the new Peeping Tom, and interestingly enough you can also view Scorsese's introduction.

Can't wait for this release. Though it looks like they're really playing off the whole 'British Pyscho' idea with the cover art.

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#99 Post by Gordon » Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:19 pm

Peeping Tom should be £11.99 max at CD-WOW if you have voucher:

Peeping Tom: Special Edition

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#100 Post by jt » Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:34 am

Rsdio wrote:At the moment I'm leaning towards getting the 9-disc HMV set for £15 then the Network Black Narcissus and the Criterion Tales of Hoffmann (or possibly waiting to see what the upcoming Optimum is like). The Criterion of 49th Parallel has thrown a spanner in the works of my thinking though, I don't tend to double-dip on things..
That's exactly what I did and I'm very happy, I got the 9-discer as it was much cheaper than the new 11 disc set and I already had Narcissus.
Seeing as it is basically the price of a single CC, you shouldn't hesitate. I also don't like double dipping unless absolutely necessary but the extras and artwork on the new 49th Parallel are making me rethink my policy...

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