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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#801 Post by felipe » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:30 pm

domino harvey wrote:
captveg wrote:Mighty Joe Young (1949) (Also part of 4-film Special Effects Collection))
This is, for those keeping track, the second (I believe) title to get downgraded to a Warner Archives DVD-R and then receive a Blu-ray release
Also The Sunshine Boys, which was "downgraded" to DVD-R and then released on Blu-ray (through WAC, nonetheless).

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#802 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:22 pm

Good catch, I hadn't realized that one had been previously downgraded as well (or forgot)

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#803 Post by domino harvey » Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:40 pm

Think of all the movies from the Warner Brothers back catalog you'd like to see get Blu-rays. Now here's what you get instead: Bogus and Boys on the Side are getting Blu-rays in August. These would be hilarious (not the films, their release) as Archive Blus, but as retail Blu-rays it's somehow even funnier.

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#804 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:19 pm

I would love to read their interoffice emails on why such and such a title should get a blu ray release. That would be comedy. :roll:

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#805 Post by sir_luke » Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:01 pm

Hopefully this is evidence that their better titles are being licensed out to worthwhile labels!

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#806 Post by captveg » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:44 pm

As stated in the Fox thread, it's more of an indication that the Regency catalog has been consolidated under Fox, with these two titles being Fox releases.

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#807 Post by captveg » Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:21 pm

10/13/15

15 Minutes (2001)
Matchstick Men (2003)

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#808 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:18 am

Variety: Morgan Creek Identifies Potential Studio, Private Equity Buyers for Film Library

Will be interesting to see how this ends up, maybe Criterion getting the rights back to Dead Ringers. Better yet (for me anyway) to whoever this ends up with, there would likely be a new version of True Romance in the cards as the old Blu-ray had a pretty weak A/V presentation.

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#809 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:26 pm


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#810 Post by onedimension » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:12 pm

Can anyone read German and share whether they're offering both cuts of The Big Sleep? :D

Thrilled to see that one either way, one of my favorite Bogarts/Noirs/Chandlers/Hawks/Faulkners (!!) overdue for blu ray..

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#811 Post by willoneill » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:46 pm

At the bottom of the Big Sleep listing were links for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as well as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Both also Feb. 4.

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#812 Post by domino harvey » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:56 pm

willoneill wrote:At the bottom of the Big Sleep listing were links for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as well as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Both also Feb. 4.
Great news on Woolf, especially since it's one of Warner's disc rot titles

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#813 Post by tenia » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:49 am

There was a product page for The Big Sleep on Amazon France for a very long time and it still hasn't materialised, so I would wait for a real confirmation than Warner rather than getting my hopes high thanks to an Amazon product page.

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#814 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:37 pm

I just got the new Blu-Ray reissue of GoodFellas, mastered from the 4k restoration. It got a glowing review from Robert A. Harris, so I had high expectations.

I watched the old Blu-Ray disc many times - it was the one title my old roommates watched more than anything else, and I was usually around when they did. I gave that disc to a relative months ago, and I just watched this new reissue on the same LCD HDTV that I had when I watched the other one so many times. I have to say, going by memory, this new transfer looks darker (especially in the blacks) and the color are a bit washed out. And the impression isn't just a comparison to memory, having tested a few other Blu-Rays before getting to this one, this is how it looks in general - dark (especially black in the shadows) and the color a bit drained. I'm not sure what to make of it as I've never even seen this in the theater, let alone projected from a good 35mm print.

Any other thoughts? The detail and grain are excellent (I never noticed that the footage of the teenage Henry Hill used grainier film stock - with all the detail in every scene rendered better, the difference between these shots and the others is all the more noticeable). But I'm a little unsure about the timing. (And yes, Scorsese "supervised" it, but as seen in many other threads, having that supervision is far from a reliable…)

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#815 Post by tenia » Sun Nov 22, 2015 5:52 pm

It does look quite dark.

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#816 Post by hearthesilence » Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:27 pm

It looks like a hair short of crushed blacks, and the overall balance is dark (even the mid-tones) even though Harris does say the black levels are appropriate.

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#817 Post by hanshotfirst1138 » Sat Nov 28, 2015 12:22 am

hearthesilence wrote:I just got the new Blu-Ray reissue of GoodFellas, mastered from the 4k restoration. It got a glowing review from Robert A. Harris, so I had high expectations.

I watched the old Blu-Ray disc many times - it was the one title my old roommates watched more than anything else, and I was usually around when they did. I gave that disc to a relative months ago, and I just watched this new reissue on the same LCD HDTV that I had when I watched the other one so many times. I have to say, going by memory, this new transfer looks darker (especially in the blacks) and the color are a bit washed out. And the impression isn't just a comparison to memory, having tested a few other Blu-Rays before getting to this one, this is how it looks in general - dark (especially black in the shadows) and the color a bit drained. I'm not sure what to make of it as I've never even seen this in the theater, let alone projected from a good 35mm print.

Any other thoughts? The detail and grain are excellent (I never noticed that the footage of the teenage Henry Hill used grainier film stock - with all the detail in every scene rendered better, the difference between these shots and the others is all the more noticeable). But I'm a little unsure about the timing. (And yes, Scorsese "supervised" it, but as seen in many other threads, having that supervision is far from a reliable…)
Generally speaking, Scorsese is not as enthusiastic about revisionism as some of his contemporaries (Lucas, Cameron), and is committed to film preservation. Apparently when offered the chance to make a minor change to remove a wire or something in one restoration, he declined, insisting that the film be presented as it originally was. The only previous versions of the movie I've seen are TV airings and the old DVD, so without having seen a 35mm print, they're my only frame of reference. It does seem to look significantly different, however as with all of these things, it comes down to the preference of the viewer. It's screwy to use the DVD as reference, admittedly, but unlike other cases where the changes are pretty clear (the teal fetish, for instance), this difference, while significant, appears to be up for considerable debate.

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#818 Post by jsteffe » Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:46 pm

hearthesilence wrote:I just got the new Blu-Ray reissue of GoodFellas, mastered from the 4k restoration. It got a glowing review from Robert A. Harris, so I had high expectations.

I watched the old Blu-Ray disc many times - it was the one title my old roommates watched more than anything else, and I was usually around when they did. I gave that disc to a relative months ago, and I just watched this new reissue on the same LCD HDTV that I had when I watched the other one so many times. I have to say, going by memory, this new transfer looks darker (especially in the blacks) and the color are a bit washed out. And the impression isn't just a comparison to memory, having tested a few other Blu-Rays before getting to this one, this is how it looks in general - dark (especially black in the shadows) and the color a bit drained. I'm not sure what to make of it as I've never even seen this in the theater, let alone projected from a good 35mm print.

Any other thoughts? The detail and grain are excellent (I never noticed that the footage of the teenage Henry Hill used grainier film stock - with all the detail in every scene rendered better, the difference between these shots and the others is all the more noticeable). But I'm a little unsure about the timing. (And yes, Scorsese "supervised" it, but as seen in many other threads, having that supervision is far from a reliable…)
I saw the film a couple of times on 35mm when it came out, and I don't recall the blacks being this deep based on the Bluray.com screenshots. In fact I remember the blacks being a little light in some shots. That said, Scorsese knows how he wants his own film to look, and my memory could well be faulty. As hanshotfirst1138 points out, he's not prone to revisionism, though I wouldn't even call slight adjustments to the color timing revisionism. Rather, it could just be awareness of the differences between two formats - 35mm vs. digital. I would need to see this new Blu-ray in full before making up my mind.

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#819 Post by hearthesilence » Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:45 pm

Those Blu-Ray.com shots are actually spot on in terms of what's on the BD. I don't think Scorsese is into revisionism, but there's plenty of reasons it may have been timed too dark with his knowing but without an attempt at revisionism. Maybe he was going by memory and not comparing it to a reliable print, or maybe he was comparing to a print but one that for whatever reason wasn't the best or most accurate representation of the film. Impossible to say though.

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#820 Post by Drucker » Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:48 pm

Haven't we also seen examples where the disc doesn't match the restoration? Think about the Lady With Shanghai blu ray debacles...

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#821 Post by jsteffe » Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:17 pm

Or maybe this is how Goodfellas is actually supposed to look... At any rate, I'm tempted to buy it since it's so cheap, and I could compare it at home to the original Blu-ray, which I own but have barely watched.

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#822 Post by ianthemovie » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:38 am

Does there seem to be any logic to when Warner switches a title over from the "book" packaging to regular Blu-ray packaging? I keep waiting for this to happen with some Warner titles that I want to upgrade to Blu-ray (A Star Is Born in particular) because I really despise the book packaging. I seem to remember they switched North by Northwest from a book to a regular case fairly quickly back in the early 2010s.

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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#823 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:24 pm

Strange Brew coming March 1st!


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Re: Warner Catalog Titles on Blu

#825 Post by tenia » Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:16 pm

That's completely washed out !

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