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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:11 am 

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http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news ... re-anymore


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:23 pm 

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Wow 'restorations of Chaplin shorts'??! I can't wait for that! Considering that they were voiceless (black pictures with white text) that would be interesting to see.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:06 pm 
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Does anyone know why both this and Who's That Knocking At My Door are now DVD-only?

Did Warner Bros just say no to a Blu-ray (as they did with The Devils, though that was obviously under different circumstances), or was the master not good enough for HD?

I emailed BFI about it the other day but no response yet. Just thought I'd ask on here if anyone knew the reasons for scrapping the Blu-ray. Obviously it'll be a huge shame if we're not getting worldwide firsts of both films on the format anymore.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:11 pm 
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No kidding. I was really looking forward to a Blu of Alice.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:09 pm 
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I wonder why they are even bothering, then, since these look to be very similar to the old WB editions beyond the addition of booklets. Here's hoping there's still a chance Blus will materialize.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:13 pm 
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The Glass Shield finally emerged as a blu-ray, thankfully, and hopefully things turnaround here.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:45 pm 
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It's definitely DVD-only, I'm afraid, and there's no chance of a change of plan.

It's the exact opposite of the situation with The Glass Shield in that there are no HD masters in existence and no possibility of having them created.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm afraid this is straight from the BFI.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:48 pm 
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Wow, that's unfortunate. I was quite certain they were released because new restorations had been performed.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:25 pm 

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Very unfortunate. I don't mean to doubt the BFI's word, but has anyone tried out the HD version of Alice available on Amazon and iTunes? Is it just an upscale? Who's That Knocking At My Door is only available in SD


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:40 pm 

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MichaelB wrote:
It's definitely DVD-only, I'm afraid, and there's no chance of a change of plan.

If I may ask, is it a matter of Warner unwilling to supply the materials necessary to create an HD master? Only curious, because this initial development, along with Criterion's Warner deal, seemed like a change in policy, that would open the door to other companies licensing out from them -- although this seeming double-back would negate that. (And it would certainly be the harbinger of bad news for any chance of a Blu-Ray of The Devils in the near future -- wouldn't the presumably 6-year license on that one be expiring later this year anyway?)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:47 pm 
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MichaelB wrote:
It's definitely DVD-only, I'm afraid, and there's no chance of a change of plan.

It's the exact opposite of the situation with The Glass Shield in that there are no HD masters in existence and no possibility of having them created.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm afraid this is straight from the BFI.


Well that's obviously a massive shame. I wonder why it was advertised as Blu-ray at first then - possibly a miscommunication from Warner Bros' end?

Also, I'd be interested to know what the DCP of Who's That Knocking at my Door is like if it's not good enough for a Blu-ray release. They're showing it tomorrow night at BFI Southbank but it's a sold out. Anyone going to that?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:18 am 
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Hmm, if only there were some kind of famous American filmmaker with some kind of a, I don't know, world cinema foundation who could intervene into such an unfortunate situation...

In all seriousness, I find it pretty shocking that Alice at least is not a possibility in HD.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:30 am 

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Is there any advantage of this DVD over what came in the Scorsese box in Region A?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:52 am 
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I thought these films were restored in 4K?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:58 am 
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kekid wrote:
Is there any advantage of this DVD over what came in the Scorsese box in Region A?

Based on the Amazon listings, only booklets will be added.

At least they will be in print again in the UK, otherwise these look to be pretty superfluous (depending on how good the booklet content is, I guess). Even if the transfers are improved, they are going to be PAL, so it seems worth holding on to the R1 releases no matter what.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:03 am 

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And just a week after I sell both out of print discs for a couple bucks each. Love it when that happens.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:48 am 
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Full specs announced:

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Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
A film by Martin Scorsese
Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson
With Harvey Keitel and Diane Ladd


Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed fourth feature is one of the key films of the golden age of 1970s New Hollywood – a touching, funny and poignant tribute to the independent spirit and dreams of ordinary Americans.

Ellen Burstyn puts in an Oscar®-winning performance as Alice Hyatt, a recently widowed 35-year-old woman who leaves her small town in New Mexico with her precocious young son Tommy (Alfred Lutter), determined to make a new life as a singer. When money problems force her to settle in Tucson, she takes a job in a diner and begins to fall for rancher David (Kris Kristofferson). Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore co-stars Harvey Keitel and Diane Ladd and features a delightful cameo from Jodie Foster.

Special features
• Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese and actors Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson and Diane Ladd
Second Chances... The Making of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (20 mins)
• Original theatrical trailer (2 mins)
• Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and essays by Nicolas Pillai and Christina Newland

Product details
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIV2106 / Cert 15
USA / 1974 / colour / 107 mins / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.85:1 / DVD9: PAL, 25fps, PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/16-bit)


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:50 am 
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Full specs announced:

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Martin Scorsese’s
Who’s That Knocking at My Door
Harvey Keitel, Zina Bethune


Hailed by Roger Ebert on its original release as ‘a great moment in American movies’, Martin Scorsese’s debut feature film introduces many of the themes and techniques that he would later revisit in his classics Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and GoodFellas.

This powerful drama, shot in gritty black and white on the streets of the Italian-American communities where Scorsese grew up, stars Harvey Keitel as JR, a young New Yorker who falls in love with an independent and free-spirited college graduate (Zina Bethune). However, he finds his values shaken when she reveals a secret about her past.

Special features
• Partial audio commentary with director Martin Scorsese and Mardik Martin
From the Classroom to the Streets: The Making of Who’s That Knocking at My Door (13 mins)
• Illustrated booklet featuring full credits and a new essay by Christina Newland

[u]Product details[u]
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIV2107 / Cert 15
USA / 1967 / black and white / 86 mins / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.85:1 / DVD9: PAL, 25fps, PCM 2.0 mono audio (48kHz/16-bit)


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