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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:21 pm 
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Universal's tampering isn't just limited to classics:

American Pie Blu-Ray.com Review


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:21 pm 
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Has any release yet as part of the 100th year anniversary had satisfying results?!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:02 am 

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Drucker wrote:
Has any release yet as part of the 100th year anniversary had satisfying results?!

'Out of Africa' remastered?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:33 am 
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"All Quiet On The Western Front"


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:19 am 
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Much like the Apatow films under the Universal banner, American Pie has always been DNRed to death on home video. It's a shame because it's actually a pretty damn sweet Hughes-ian film from my youth that I'll ultimately buy regardless.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:05 am 
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The Sting. Awesome.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:18 am 
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It's Universal doing the transfer. Not awesome.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:32 am 
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The Narrator Returns wrote:
It's Universal doing the transfer. Not awesome.

Sadly, this is true.

Why did the Psycho transfer come out so well? Did a third company involve themselves in the process? It says Universal distributed the BD, but the film was made at Paramount.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:48 am 
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I thought there were complaints about Psycho, too.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:08 am 
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The Carlito's Way BD also looked really good. Maybe there was a change in staff or management in the last year or so?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:15 am 
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I've been slow to pick up their releases, given their reputation (and my perpetual brokeness), but in all seriousness I had actually thought they had gotten better. They'd gone from simply re-using ugly, outdated DVD-era HD masters to creating new masters that were nonetheless still moderately problematic. IOW, in terms of letter grades, they'd gone from a solid 'D' to somewhere closer to a 'B'.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:47 am 
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Oh, I thought Psycho was universally loved. Except that Jeffrey Wells guy bitching about AR.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:19 pm 
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Ha ha ha, Wells. Maybe the fact that he loved the Psycho Blu is the reason that I thought it had problems. I'm being serious.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:23 pm 
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aox wrote:
Why did the Psycho transfer come out so well? Did a third company involve themselves in the process? It says Universal distributed the BD, but the film was made at Paramount.

Actually, Paramount originally distributed PSYCHO, but it was made at Universal (Paramount's reluctance to allow the film to be shot on their property is reportedly one of the reasons Hitchcock moved his operations to Universal). By 1970, all rights had been transferred to Universal so all home video versions have been controlled by them.

Isn't PSYCHO one of the first archive releases on Blu-ray by Universal? Perhaps a management change after that release resulted in their recent standard.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:01 pm 
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Sixteen Candles available June 5 and now up for pre-order at Amazon!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:12 pm 
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Jeffrey Kauffman has changed his tune about the DNR use. Buck Privates Blu-Ray.com Review


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:01 pm 

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The Narrator Returns wrote:
Jeffrey Kauffman has changed his tune about the DNR use. Buck Privates Blu-Ray.com Review

Gee, those screenshots look good to me. Mostly well detailed with a healthy amount of film grain. Looks miles better than most of the other Universal catalog titles that Kauffman praises.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:29 pm 
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eerik wrote:
The Narrator Returns wrote:
Jeffrey Kauffman has changed his tune about the DNR use. Buck Privates Blu-Ray.com Review
Gee, those screenshots look good to me. Mostly well detailed with a healthy amount of film grain. Looks miles better than most of the other Universal catalog titles that Kauffman praises.

Overscrubbed, says Robert Harris.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:32 pm 
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Pillow Talk Blu-Ray.com Review


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:40 pm 
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Can't they get anyone other than this Kaufman clown to review Universal releases? He consistently not only gives top marks to DNR'd discs, but mocks and minimizes the concerns of those who despise such treatment:
Pillow Talk review wrote:
some will decry Universal's standard use of DNR
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no doubt be derided for some apparent DNR

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I'm the first person to admit that DNR, at least when applied judiciously, does not bother me in the slightest, though it evidently drives other videophiles to froth-mouthed fury

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Universal catalog releases always come in for brickbats, though I personally seldom feel they're as hideous as some insist they are. Let's address the biggest issue that most people have with Universal catalog releases, the often misunderstood or misattributed DNR. Is there DNR applied to this release? Probably, though certainly not to any problematic degree.

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I found the DNR to be relatively minimal by modern (often hyperbolic) standards, perhaps a backhanded compliment.

To Kill a Mockingbird review wrote:
Now, I have never believed that at least some of Universal's catalog Blu- ray releases were as outright terrible as some claimed, but I seem to have a much higher tolerance for DNR than some.

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Universal releases are regularly pilloried for over aggressive DNR, and there's a very interesting segment on this featurette addressing that issue that all DNR-phobes really should watch.

I'm sure every other Universal review includes similar statements. Is he secretly on their payroll or something?


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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 10:02 am 
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Does anyone know if _any_ of the DVD versions of CAR WASH are uncut? The earlier versions cut out several scenes that were in the original theatrical release. Unfortunately Amazon has simply moved the reviews of the older editions over to the new version, so it's impossible to tell if they've "fixed" this problem.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 7:55 am 

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Hitchcock box-set will include 14 films, according to ze Germans.

  • Rope
  • Rear Window
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Torn Curtain
  • The Birds
  • Family Plot
  • Frenzy
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • The Trouble with Harry
  • Marnie
  • Psycho
  • Saboteur
  • Topaz
  • Vertigo


via Blu-ray.com forums


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 9:08 am 
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My decision - having only got into Hitchock films late - to only buy the ones available on Blu-ray and wait for the others looks like it has paid off.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 9:28 am 
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Cash Flagg wrote:
Can't they get anyone other than this Kaufman clown to review Universal releases? He consistently not only gives top marks to DNR'd discs, but mocks and minimizes the concerns of those who despise such treatment
I'm sure every other Universal review includes similar statements. Is he secretly on their payroll or something?


I can only imagine the praise he would have lavished on something like that DNR-blasted Predator blu.


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 11:53 am 

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German Hitchcock set is now up for pre-order.


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