It's pretty safe to say that Universal will probably be releasing these themselves on Blu-ray isn't it?david hare wrote:Robert - only Universal will deal those titles, and from what one can gather Vertigo is up for Blu release through Uni later this year, along with Rear Window. Robert Harris - I'm quite sure - has a handle on that. And just as well, I think.
On a laptop though, I'd say they look better than most DVDs, and in turn, better than the quality that The Auteurs offers... and they're free.Not least the completely sub par crap that comes out of Blu 1080p down to 720 Matroska downloads. These things seem to have spawned out of a faux HD Windows Media format or worse reduced rez format that was designed to take up the least possible HD space, like the totally trash audio new media. They are just rubbish, as anyone who's downlaoded these "Blus" will tell you, and they of course lack all the extras that come with a properly produced disc, like MoCs or Crits Blus.
I wouldn't say it's "surely minor", for every thousand free downloads, if only 10 of those people would have bought the release, it adds up to a sizeable number - particular if you were to see the actual sales figures for a title such as SOUL POWER. Let's just take this title as an example, and let's forget about MoC/Eureka here, it's the film's makers who need to recoup, and who need to go back and restore all the other footage. They need every penny.So for sure the inroads these things can make into legit sales now are surely minor, and the people who think they're getting anything like a real Blu will get a real shock when they put their downloads up on a large 1080p screen.
I agree that "it has been left to people to" throw together what they can, but I strongly disagree with the reasoning "because there is simply no market in the commercial world" or, as Tommaso says: "absolutely no label is making these gems available".I'm going out on a limb here but - for example - somebody is currently putting up near mint hi res SD quality of Pal Fejos early movies on BT servers. Shortly there will be very professionally subtitled versions of things like La Nuit du Carrefour and much more from the same places. It has simply been left to people in a couple of cyber commnties to do this stuff because ther is simply no market for this materai lin the commcerical world. And - well - maybe some TV broadcast rights or whatever are violated, and whatever else. But I know where I stand on this...
Let's take LA NUIT DU CARREFOUR, we know who has it and we've been after this for years. It's being restored and the copyright is being ironed out. What you've failed to take into account is that people are working on this title.
Tommaso, "the few hand-picked silents that ARE released tend to be the same all over the world" because they cost a fortune to bring to DVD and it's easier for smaller countries to licence works that have already been brought to DVD in other countries than it is for them to bankrupt themselves trying to bring a different silent to market in their territory. I guess you know this though!