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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:21 pm 
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Has anyone else heard about this?

And can anyone confirm that BFS is a reliable company? I've been waiting for this DVD in R1 for ages.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:18 pm 
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Having a quick look, the few online sellers that are selling it have no technical info listed for it. If it's presented in its OAR, I'll definitely pick it up. If not, as with Lionsgate's release of "Ironweed" earlier this year, then what was the fucking point??? :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:29 pm 
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You can check out BFS Entertainment here. It's seems most of their titles are generic documentaries and new age stuff. My guess would be they ported the non-anamorphic R2 release. I'm not holding my breath they bothered with doing any kind of proper work on the disc.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:17 pm 

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The R2 from Fabulous Films is not too bad a transfer (though non-anamorphic and interlaced)! It's in the OAR of 1:85, dual layered, and includes some minor extras (Leigh interview, photo gallery, etc). It also sports a running time of 108 minutes, the same as the imminent BFS R1 which lists 109 minutes.

If the R1 is an anamorphic transfer, and derived from a better print, I would consider the upgrade as I believe HH is one of Leigh's best films.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:21 am 
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Amazon now has it posted that it's 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Just as I suspected...why'd they even bother??? ](*,)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:46 am 

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MoonlitKnight wrote:
Amazon now has it posted that it's 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Just as I suspected...why'd they even bother?

Amazon is wrong. I watched this last night. There were thin strips of black at the top and bottom of my screen, but I don't have any way of measuring exactly what the aspect ratio is. Whether the ratio was technically correct or not, it looked appropriate. However, it doesn't really matter because the disc is really shitty, although it's a little better than the heinous R1 Waterbearer Leigh releases. The picture froze up periodically (almost never a problem with the player I was using), and shots where the camera moved looked sped up. I don't usually notice PAL speedup (I'm in the US), so I'm guessing that for some reason the film was sped up more than the normal 4%. Great film, though, if you don't mind a bad transfer.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:35 pm 

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Terrific. Yet another one I have to buy from the UK instead of Netflixing for 35 cents or so.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:31 am 
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Uk Blu-Ray in February.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:17 am 
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tojoed wrote:
Uk Blu-Ray in February.


Some other boards say this is a massive disappointment. Haven't seen it myself, but it allegedly looks like a "dvd on blu-ray" transfer. Can anyone confirm?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:14 pm 

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Just watched High Hopes on the R1 BFS DVD for the very first time. Excellent film, with the usual Mike Leigh combination of extreme comedy & tragedy. The plight of the elderly mother was quite disheartening, though this was somewhat off-set by the amusing boorishness of her daughter & son in law.

However, from a technical standpoint the transfer had extremely sub-par PQ & was a non-anamorphic mess.

Haven't seen the UK Blu-ray, but it doesn't sound like this is much better than the regular DVD:

http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=163402

It's interesting that the cover of the UK BD release shows a picture of a bearded character wearing a woolen cap - I don't remember this character in the R1 version of the film. Possibly the UK version is a director's cut of some sort?! Or, maybe I just missed something when watching the film...


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:22 pm 
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LavaLamp wrote:
It's interesting that the cover of the UK BD release shows a picture of a bearded character wearing a woolen cap - I don't remember this character in the R1 version of the film. Possibly the UK version is a director's cut of some sort?! Or, maybe I just missed something when watching the film...

That bearded character is Leigh! Great cover.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:36 pm 

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bainbridgezu wrote:
That bearded character is Leigh! Great cover.


Thanks - I've never seen a picture of him, so didn't know what he looked like. That's obviously a publicity shot, then - he fits in with the other bearded character - very clever & funny.....


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:41 am 

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On a related note, Leigh's stuff, both theatrical and TV based, needs some SERIOUS release treatments.
I bought the Leigh-at-BBC set and was severely disappointed to find it's the wrong region for my player. Absolutely ridiculous.

And yeah, High Hopes is great, like all the rest.

Could have sworn Secrets and Lies had a Criterion release; and why does a google search for it bring up some trashy cable series?


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