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#451 Post by Calvin » Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:12 pm

What would appear to be the worldwide Blu-Ray debut of Elem Klimov's Come and See is out in Japan next week

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#452 Post by L.A. » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:29 am

Apparently there are some talks that German label Subkultur Entertainment is doing a 4K resto of Cellat / Turkish Death Wish and releasing a DVD or Blu-ray edition of it. The Greek label Onar Films released this on DVD many years ago which was limited to 500 copies.

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#453 Post by feihong » Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:48 am

I received two Screenbound blu rays from the UK this evening; one was La Ronde, the other, Black Orpheus. Both discs are region A, B, and they were not expensive at all.

These are pretty good–looking discs, which I'd compare to some of the better Olive or Twilight Time discs. The image on La Ronde looks lovely, and the layers of depth in the image really come through.

Black Orpheus was the one I was most anxious about––my favorite film, and Criterion's bluray left a lot to be desired..the result is a fascinating mixed bag. The picture on the Screenbound disc looks quite a bit sharper than on the Criterion, with better depth and a more comfortable–looking grain structure. There appears to be a bit more image in the frame on the Screenbound disc, but the colors, which were very nice on the Criterion, are a tiny bit desaturated on the Screenbound disc. Either they have faded source materials or they desaturated the image on purpose? The 35mm print of Black Orpheus I have seen featured some of the most dazzling, feverish color I've witnessed in the cinema, and this disc is not that. Neither is the Criterion, for that matter.

Both discs have nice grain, without overt DNR that I could see. And both transfers have pops and scratches you might associate with screenings and age. The color on Black Orpheus and the contrast on both prints is completely even throughout the films. The sound is dual mono. There are 3 audio options for Black Orpheus––different dubs of the film.

These are very user–friendly discs, presenting a pretty high–quality hi-def experience of each film. The biggest problematic issue, really is the English subtitles, which are the smallest English subtitles I've ever seen. They appear tiny on the image, in white, and they get completely lost. Sitting less than 4 feet from a 48" TV, I had to squint at the subtitles to make them out. What's more, they are not timed very closely with the on-screen dialogue. Three lines at a time will be placed on the sub track, slightly before the speaker of the first line starts talking. The lines disappear and are refreshed seemingly at random. If you don't already know the film, it's hard to make out who is talking sometimes. It's quite annoying, but as a lifelong fan of foreign–language films, I've had worse subtitle experiences.

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#454 Post by jsteffe » Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:30 am

I'm not a fan of Screenbound's Blu-ray of Max Ophuls' La Ronde. It is an advance over the DVD editions in terms of resolution, but I don't think they transferred the best available elements--or there were some technical problems with the transfer process. There is persistent frame (or perforation?) noise on the soundtrack. Also I want to emphasize, as feihong pointed out, that the subtitles are pretty bad, even downright unprofessional. They really are too small to read comfortably, and the line breaks are sometimes careless. It's better to wait for a higher quality version either from Criterion or from France.

Mind you, it doesn't look bad. But it's a lost opportunity.

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#455 Post by tenia » Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:20 am

I've been using in the past fansubs for TV Shows that had 3 different "norms" : a quick one which was recommended to be avoided, a normal one which was quite strict but still relatively easy to produce, and a very strict one which was quite rare to find because it was so strict it was very hard to produce adequate subtitles.

The norms were based on timing, number of characters per line and per second, tags and number of simultaneous lines on screen. The timing especially was very normalised : duration of each line, minimum blank time between 2 subtitles, and the utmost respect of the editing.

Many many professional subtitles I've seen on DVD or BD wouldn't get the approval for these types of work. On the other end, I get that some of the professional situations of the subbers aren't the same.

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#456 Post by feihong » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:52 am

Got the new blu rays of The Boys From Fengkui and Summer and Grandpa's from Japan. Weirdly, the two were released on the same day by different companies, and the transfers look pretty much the same. Take Shobo released Boys and Summer was put out by Pony Canyon. Neither disc has English subtitles, though the Japanese subtitles are removable.

On the plus side there is a frankly enormous bump in quality up from the previous DVD editions of the films. But some kind of DNR is being applied to these films, not evenly across the shots, but persistently throughout the films. You can in fact see the film grain in many shots, especially closeups. But in most cases the grain looks subtly softened. You don't see very sharp delineation, or great depth of field on either disc. Color is the great improvement for both films. Boys features occasional frame jitter. On the long shots the picture gets quite a bit softer. In spite of the DNR you generally see flecks and little pops and scratches. The restoration is one Guy Maddin would approve of. They didn't do "too much" restoration to the films, so that they look better than they did when they were first screened. The audio has a better showing. It sounds expanded from the previous DVDs, but not so much that you forget how rudimentary the sound was for these films.

All in all, it's great to see these in higher quality. I have seen neither on the big screen––of Hou's films I've only seen Dust in the Wind and The Sandwich Man theatrically. The presentation of these films were consistent with what I heard in those films, and the images look luminous, the way they did in those theatrical experiences. I just wish the DNR hadn't been brought into the mix. These could have been really special, but instead this treatment renders them sadly average. It's great to see better images on these films, but you look at the discs––especially in the long shots, where figures look a little wan and a little too pale and milky, and you can see they could have done much better.

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#457 Post by tenia » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:04 pm

For those who might have been interested in it (despite the lack of English subs) : all the Costa Gavras movies recently released in a Vol. 1 boxset in France by Arte are encoded at 1080i50 because fuck that crap. :x
EDIT : it also looks like Missing is from a pre-existing master, despite what the booklet included in the set says.

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#458 Post by hearthesilence » Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:42 pm

A friend of mine is visiting Taipei and is going to make time to pick up some Blu-Rays for the both of us - what should we get? I know The Terrorizers is only available in Taiwan. Anything else?

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#459 Post by andyli » Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:15 pm

Most HHH and Tsai titles are worth picking up at the point. Taiwan Sony Music has issued Dust in the Wind (remastered), The Time to Live and the Time to Die, The Sandwich Man, The River, Rebels of the Neon God, and Vive l'amour on blu-ray.

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#460 Post by hearthesilence » Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:18 pm

Awesome - thanks!

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#461 Post by movielocke » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:45 pm

I just got (as a late Christmas gift) Indiana Jones complete adventures bluray set which was on my Amazon wishlist as the normal USA region A release

The bluray I got has UK style censorship labels on the front cover and spine (a circle and an octagon), I see no indication on the packaging of the region coding, before I open it up or return it, does anyone know if this is an all region release or is region locked or encoded in pal that would make the disc unplayable for a region locked player?

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#462 Post by swo17 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:51 pm

Same thing happened to my brother. I believe it's an all-region release.

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#463 Post by TMDaines » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:40 am

jsteffe wrote:I'm not a fan of Screenbound's Blu-ray of Max Ophuls' La Ronde. It is an advance over the DVD editions in terms of resolution, but I don't think they transferred the best available elements--or there were some technical problems with the transfer process. There is persistent frame (or perforation?) noise on the soundtrack. Also I want to emphasize, as feihong pointed out, that the subtitles are pretty bad, even downright unprofessional. They really are too small to read comfortably, and the line breaks are sometimes careless. It's better to wait for a higher quality version either from Criterion or from France.

Mind you, it doesn't look bad. But it's a lost opportunity.
There are also at least two cuts:

1) The credits at the start commence abruptly rather than fading in from black with a little into music in the dark.

2) At the start of their section the poet and the woman descend the stairs of his apartment. We then cut back to the narrator on the roundabout. We cut back to the couple a few seconds later. On the Criterion, the narrator continues a voiceover with the following text:

But the poet is complicated

He's the first we meet
of those people so blasé

that they can't love
like ordinary folk.

These few seconds of narration are cut on the Blu-ray. Damaged print or censorship, I do not know.

They may be other minor cuts too, but I've found these whilst trying to sync up the Criterion commentary with the Blu-ray.

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#464 Post by andyli » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:17 am

Sidonis Calysta is releasing Nicholas Ray's Bitter Victory.


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#466 Post by Arrow » Wed May 03, 2017 11:40 am

It seems the French Costa-Gavras blu ray boxset is not English friendly, has anyone heard any rumblings of a similar release from somewhere else?

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#467 Post by tenia » Wed May 03, 2017 11:55 am

Arrow wrote:It seems the French Costa-Gavras blu ray boxset is not English friendly, has anyone heard any rumblings of a similar release from somewhere else?
Except for The Confession and State of Siege which are released through Criterion in the US, I don't believe having read plans somewhere of English-friendly releases of the other movies.
Also, the French set is entirely encoded in 1080i50, thus running at the wrong 25fps frame-rate.

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#468 Post by Arrow » Wed May 03, 2017 12:03 pm

tenia wrote:
Arrow wrote:It seems the French Costa-Gavras blu ray boxset is not English friendly, has anyone heard any rumblings of a similar release from somewhere else?
Except for The Confession and State of Siege which are released through Criterion in the US, I don't believe having read plans somewhere of English-friendly releases of the other movies.
Also, the French set is entirely encoded in 1080i50, thus running at the wrong 25fps frame-rate.
That's too bad, I suspect there's not enough potential sales for someone like Arrow Academy or Criterion to do a release of his early work, some of which is even missing from DVD.

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#469 Post by Ribs » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:20 pm

Sony's releasing Hope and Glory in the UK this October.

Makes me wonder if something like The Dresser is more likely to come from Sony itself than to be on Indicator's list. I'm really happy about this because it's a great movie and is treated very poorly by current releases, but somehow I just assumed one of the boutique labels with deals with Sony would have went for it.

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#470 Post by RobertAltman » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:17 pm

There's a John Huston collection from Warner France, including The Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre, Key Largo, and Reflections in a Golden Eye. Amazon is selling it for EUR 31,99, but after VAT removal it's down to 26,66. Pretty good deal if you, like me, haven't picked up Falcon and Sierra Madre yet. And I think this is the only BD of Reflections in a Golden Eye?

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#471 Post by domino harvey » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:24 pm

As I recall, doesn't this edition lose the intentional golden hue for Reflections?

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#472 Post by RobertAltman » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:39 pm

I'm not familiar with the film, so I didn't think to check before I ordered, but it looks like you're right. Forced French subs too...Oh well, I'll still get the set for the other titles.

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#473 Post by phoenix474 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:28 pm

Has anyone bought/seen this type of Wong Kar-Wai boxset? I was wondering how the quality is...

(Sorry if this is the wrong place or has been discussed before!)

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#474 Post by RobertB » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:45 am

I received the Swedish Blu Ray of Troell's "Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd" (Flight of the Eagle) today. I can't do screencaps and I have only dipped into the film at various places to check it, but this is my report:

To begin with - it says region B, but it plays fine on region A setting, and the feature has optional English and Swedish subtitles. The film is on a BD disc, and the extras on a DVD. Aspect ratio looks right (1.66). I compared with Criterion's edition of "The Emigrants", and the grain doesn't look as good on Eagle. I suspect they have placed the 140 minute film on a single layer disc, but I'm not sure. The colours look right to me, and I see no softening or filtering of the picture. I am satisfied with this disc. It's no rubbish French-style restoration.

Plenty of extras on the DVD disc, but most seem to be in Swedish without subtitles. The hour long documentary "En frusen dröm" about the 1897 expedition does have optional English subtitles.

I'm afraid I have no idea who sells this outside Sweden.

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#475 Post by L.A. » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:10 pm

Has anyone received this edition of The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)?

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