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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#601 Post by captveg » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:26 pm

No idea. The Wal-Mart titles have been hit or miss in that regard.

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#602 Post by jedgeco » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:27 pm

But, more importantly, has Major Payne been restored????

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#603 Post by domino harvey » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:28 pm

jedgeco wrote:But, more importantly, has Major Payne been restored????
Surprised there's no 4K UHD. Really need to feel the humiliation of that fat kid at the hands of Damon Wayans in Ultra Hi-Def

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#604 Post by captveg » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:04 pm

Next two classic monster sets coming 5/16/17 (not too surprising since the new Mummy comes out theatrically in June):

The Mummy: The Complete Legacy Collection
- The Mummy (1932)
- The Mummy's Hand (1940)
- The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
- The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
- The Mummy's Curse (1944)
- Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Dracula: The Complete Legacy Collection
- Dracula (1931)
- Drácula (1931)
- Dracula's Daughter (1936)
- Son of Dracula (1943)
- House of Frankenstein (1944)
- House of Dracula (1945)
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

MSRP is $39.98/each. So even though some of these sets have a lot of repeat titles (since each is trying to be comprehensive for their character), at least Universal has priced them accordingly very affordably.

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#605 Post by vidussoni » Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:11 pm

I hope Phantom Lady and Winchester '73 are still coming

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#606 Post by Feego » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:40 pm

Jean-Luc Garbo wrote:
captveg wrote:3/7/17 - Walmart Exclusives

Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - 50th Anniversary Edition
Major Payne (1995)
Any chance that Fahrenheit 451 has been restored at all?
I'm willing to bet this from the same dated master as the Koch Blu-ray. I noticed a few people on some other forums around the web questioned how many Walmart shoppers would be interested in a Truffaut movie. It's currently among the best-selling Blu-rays on their site, which is really not that surprising to me. Certainly scores of people are familiar with the title from their high school English class, and the recent surge in popularity of dystopian fiction is no doubt helping.

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#607 Post by captveg » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:50 pm

Walmart exclusives for May:

MacArthur (1977)
Smokey and the Bandit - 40th Anniversary Edition (1977)

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#608 Post by captveg » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:12 pm

A couple 90s animated features flew under the radar until their Walmart exclusive release today:

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
Balto (1995)

IIRC, this should be the first ever proper widescreen releases of these two titles.

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#609 Post by Ashirg » Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:24 pm

Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - 50th Anniversary Edition and Major Payne (1995) are now listed for pre-order on Amazon for June 6, so these exclusives become widely available in 3 months.

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#610 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:42 pm

captveg wrote:A couple 90s animated features flew under the radar until their Walmart exclusive release today:

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
Balto (1995)

IIRC, this should be the first ever proper widescreen releases of these two titles.
There were widescreen DVDs in Europe, just not in the U.S.—which must've been especially frustrating for fans since there were OAR laserdiscs in the U.S.

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#611 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:22 pm

Best Buy exclusive of Problem Child on August 8th. Finally, Jack Warden's ass in Hi-Def!!!

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#612 Post by domino harvey » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:32 pm

Seems Universal's dumping a few more too

Best Buy August 8th: BASEketball, Bowfinger, EdTV, For Love of the Game
Amazon September 5th: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Fletch Lives, the Paper, the Skulls

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#613 Post by John Shade » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:11 pm

domino harvey wrote:Best Buy exclusive of Problem Child on August 8th. Finally, Jack Warden's ass in Hi-Def!!!
Wow, one of my HBO frequent viewings from childhood (it still seems to be on there now too), I hinted at this during one of our Criterion guesses a few months ago. Kind of hoping 1 and 2 would be packaged together.

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#614 Post by AfterTheRain » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:56 pm

Also, standalone release of Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy in September.

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#615 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:07 pm

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#616 Post by domino harvey » Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:47 pm

Universal is the latest studio to turn to fucking BD-Rs for catalog titles: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and Fletch Lives-- both available already on region-free Blu-rays from... Universal-- are coming later this month

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#617 Post by eastguy » Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:15 pm

domino harvey wrote:Universal is the latest studio to turn to fucking BD-Rs for catalog titles: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid and Fletch Lives-- both available already on region-free Blu-rays from... Universal-- are coming later this month
Ugh. I saw these went up on Amazon, but didn't see a mention of BD-R. I imagine if it is the case, The Paper and For Richer or Poorer, also releasing that day, will be the same?

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#618 Post by domino harvey » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:30 am

Blu-ray posters are reporting these are unexpectedly NOT BD-Rs after all!

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#619 Post by McCrutchy » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:32 am

domino harvey wrote:Blu-ray posters are reporting these are unexpectedly NOT BD-Rs after all!
It seems like Universal may be following the example of Warner Archive Collection. I've received three of the four titles so far (all pressed BD-50s), and the covers have the slight facsimile appearance of WAC Blu-ray jackets. Of course, it may also have simply been a mix-up, which will only affect this batch of titles. I would still greatly prefer to see Universal releasing these Blu-rays at retail, rather than online only.

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#620 Post by McCrutchy » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:14 pm

With the arrival of For Richer or Poorer, I can now confirm all four titles released on December 26th, 2017 are indeed pressed BD-50 discs. I have yet to check out at all four in my home theater, but according to others, they continue Universal's new trend of no menus (just a subtitle on/off option), and no extras, and it seems that all four titles have only English SDH subtitles.

I initially thought this was okay in terms of no extras, but I was rather stunned to discover that For Richer or Poorer, while not having any extras on the standard or DTS DVDs, actually had a Signature Collection LaserDisc with a director's audio commentary, a making of, an alternate ending and deleted/extended scenes, outtakes (which may or may not be different to those with the end credits) and the film's theatrical trailer. This must make it one of scant few Universal titles where no extras survived the jump from LD to DVD (to DTS DVD) and then Blu-ray. Worse still, the LD and the standard DVD were both released simultaneously on May 5th, 1998.

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#621 Post by CSM126 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:17 pm

The Wizard. Gotta admit: didn’t expect that to happen. Also gotta admit: I’m buying it.

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#622 Post by JSC » Wed May 16, 2018 11:17 am

So Universal's release of For Whom the Bell Tolls, got a right-royal
paddling at blu-ray.com. One of the lowest scores since Universal's
equally mediocre treatment of Hitchcock's Family Plot.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/For-Whom- ... 57/#Review

Has anybody seen or can comment on the UK release of the film by
Fabulous Films?

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#623 Post by AfterTheRain » Wed May 16, 2018 12:48 pm

JSC wrote:So Universal's release of For Whom the Bell Tolls, got a right-royal
paddling at blu-ray.com. One of the lowest scores since Universal's
equally mediocre treatment of Hitchcock's Family Plot.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/For-Whom- ... 57/#Review

Has anybody seen or can comment on the UK release of the film by
Fabulous Films?
And it's not even the 166 minute archival edition that was released on DVD.

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#624 Post by Jameson281 » Wed May 16, 2018 2:23 pm

JSC wrote:So Universal's release of For Whom the Bell Tolls, got a right-royal
paddling at blu-ray.com. One of the lowest scores since Universal's
equally mediocre treatment of Hitchcock's Family Plot.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/For-Whom- ... 57/#Review
The blu-ray.com seems to naively believe that the original three-strip neg for the full-length version of the film still exists. Considering the film came to Universal from Paramount--which notoriously junked most of its original nitrate--and the film was cut down to a shorter version, it's very likely that parts of the film only exist in the form of composite dupe neg. A full GONE WITH THE WIND or BAND WAGON style restoration may well be impossible.

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#625 Post by tenia » Wed May 16, 2018 2:49 pm

Still, it seems that the PQ is plagued with various other issues outside of color registration, such that the end look isn't enticing at all. From what the caps look like, it almost makes the whole point of releasing it on BD moot because the material barely seems worth it.

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