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 Post subject: Re: 88 Films
PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:09 pm 
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A question for those of you who own a few of the "Italian Collection" releases.

What is the booklet situation? Are they included with every release? And if so, is it limited to the first pressing only (ala Arrow) or do they keep re-printing the booklets?

I am a big fan of Italian movies on Blu-ray and looking for good releases from a reputable company.


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 Post subject: Re: 88 Films
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:36 am 
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I have a few of the Italian Collection releases but I don't recall any booklets.


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 Post subject: Re: 88 Films
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 12:26 pm 
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There is no booklet, just a single sheet of thin card with alternative poster art, with other titles from the range on the other side. The only release with a booklet, that I'm aware of, is Zombie Holocaust.


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 Post subject: Re: 88 Films
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:10 pm 
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I have the full range of the Italian Collection and also their Slasher Collection. There are some which came with 4-8 pages worth of leaflets. There is no booklet in any of them. Although most of them came with postcards. Leaflets are provided with the following titles -
#1 Night Train Murders
#2 The Bloodstained Shadow
#5 Zombie Holocaust
#12 Man from Deep river
#14 Burial Grounds

All of these have postcards too.

Unfortunately, their last 5 releases (can't remember the exact numbers), all came with store exclusive slipcovers, but didn't include any postcard or any leaflet.

Surprisingly, their latest release of The Ghost Town, which doesn't belong to these series, came with a thick booklet.

So far, they don't have anything like "limited to the first pressing only", but what they do is that they offer store exclusive slipcover cases for may be first 200 direct buys from their store. You can't get those slipcovers from other retailers.


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 Post subject: Re: 88 Films
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:30 pm 
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Many thanks for the detailed reply chatterjees! I think I will limit my purchases to the movies I want, rather than collect all the releases.

I do like their presentation and uniformity.


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 Post subject: Re: 88 Films
PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:56 am 
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88 have pulled off quite a coup with the worldwide Blu-Ray premiere of Alfred Sole's Alice, Sweet Alice, currently scheduled for a July release and now available to pre-order. Sadly it's not from the original negative scan that Warner Archive have been working on for years that aired on TCM a couple of years ago, but even from a 35mm print, this (extremely spoilery - seriously, don't watch it if you haven't seen the film) restoration demo looks quite good.


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 Post subject: Re: 88 Films
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:38 am 
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Filmwerk’s review for Alice, Sweet Alice. It seems the Blu-ray can already be bought directly from 88 Films’ website.


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 Post subject: Re: 88 Films
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:18 am 
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Yes, they've been selling it as a webstore exclusive for about a month or so. Here's my review from the other forum:

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Having watched thorough my copy of the Blu-Ray this morning, and compared it side by side with the DVD, I thought I'd update on how it matches up to the VHS and DVD. Full disclosure - I donated the TV spot and compiled the poster gallery for the disc, so I understand if anyone subsequently accuses me of being biased when endorsing the disc. Needless to say, I was happily impressed, and while there's certainly room for improvement if Warner ever releases their OCN restoration, I think this is a fine stopgap and shits all over any other video transfer of the film released so far. Some notes:

The print used for this release is actually from its 1981 re-release as Holy Terror, complete with alternate opening credits that prioritise Brooke Shields above the other cast members. (There's also a text card after the opening credits spelling out the date and location which isn't in any other version.) Despite reports that the Holy Terror version was missing 10 minutes out of the middle of the film in cinemas, this Blu-Ray is completely uncut, running 106 mins 52 seconds. Comparing against speed-adjusted copies of the Communion VHS and 88's earlier DVD, I noticed there appears to be a handful of shots missing a few frames at the start and end of shots here and there, but nothing anyone would miss or notice (they probably add up to about a second in total). Also it should be noticed that this print restores a few seconds of footage missing from the DVD master: a shot of the undertaker at Karen's funeral whispering in Catherine's ear; the priest exiting his house and saying "Tom"; and the fade to black as the camera pans down the church following Tom's murder. Again, nothing essential, but it's nice to have them restored all the same.

In terms of what's missing compared to the DVD: the end credits on the Blu-Ray don't have any music as per the original theatrical release, though the music restored for the laserdisc and DVD is still heard at the end of the commentary track. It's a shame it wasn't included on the main feature audio, but certainly you could argue it's "authentic" given it was silent on every theatrical and video release prior to the laserdisc/DVD masters. In terms of extras, the original stills gallery is not carried over, and there's no presence of the original Communion or Alice Sweet Alice opening credits, which again is a shame if you're a ridiculous completist like me. (My fantasy special edition of this film would have seamless branching options to watch the film with any of the title sequences, including the rarer The Mask Murders title.) But it would be churlish to argue against the strengths of this release on that basis, especially as the commentary is included which is certainly the most essential of those early extras.

I could nitpick in small ways like that but ultimately I think 88 Films (and The Ark, who handled the digital restoration of the battered print) have done a terrific job given the source they had to work with. There's room for improvement, but until someone obliges (if ever), this will do very nicely.


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