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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#651 Post by Drucker » Tue Nov 09, 2021 7:08 pm

To be fair to Ribs, the 4k release also has a Blu-ray reissue with the new master, and it's very well regarded.

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#652 Post by dwk » Tue Nov 09, 2021 7:45 pm

True, but not everyone has a region free player and Ilm pretty sure that Blu-ray is region locked.

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#653 Post by starmanof51 » Tue Nov 09, 2021 8:30 pm

dwk wrote:
Tue Nov 09, 2021 7:45 pm
True, but not everyone has a region free player and Ilm pretty sure that Blu-ray is region locked.
The Paramount's pretty damn cheap, too. Maybe it sucks, maybe it's perfectly fine. I'd like to know.

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#654 Post by Ribs » Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:55 am

Ordinary People at last coming via Presents line in March

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#655 Post by Ribs » Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:55 pm

Blu-ray.com on Reds and Heaven Can Wait

Seeing shots of Reds that actually look great is like, breaking my mind, it's something I've been wanting to see redone for so, so long now and I really didn't think it would happen. These, to me, are two of the capital-G Greatest films and I can't believe they're just slipping out from the studio in very affordable editions with little fanfare

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#656 Post by domino harvey » Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:06 pm

Ribs wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:55 am
Ordinary People at last coming via Presents line in March
Can't believe it took so long, but at least it's finally coming out. This surely has to be the last "big" obvious film not out on Blu-ray, wonder what will supplant it in comment sections now

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#657 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:42 pm

James Cameron is still waiting for the "28 hours" he needs to sign off on The Abyss and True Lies. A Spanish BD of the latter was released last year but it's apparently a bootleg.

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#658 Post by domino harvey » Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:47 pm

Good call. It's absurd that a relatively recent big budget action adventure film as popular as True Lies isn't out yet

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#659 Post by EddieLarkin » Mon Nov 22, 2021 7:52 pm

The Fanciful Norwegian wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:42 pm
A Spanish BD of the latter was released last year but it's apparently a bootleg.
It is a bootleg, but it's a pressed BD50 not a BD-R, and it's easily the best quality the film has ever been available in on home video (basically equivalent to your average HD master circa 2005-2010). And it's very cheap. Until Cameron pulls his finger out it'll more than do (and who knows, any future legit release may turn out to be a disaster like the latest T2 release, in which case the bootleg will become even more worthwhile).

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#660 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:15 pm

This is getting into areas that probably shouldn't be discussed here, but the transfer on the Spanish BD is allegedly a re-encode of a 36 GB fan restoration/regrade that's been freely available for over two years. The ethics of bootlegging in general is a bigger discussion, but I personally have a problem with companies that profit from work done by fans with no compensation involved.

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#661 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:14 pm

jazzo wrote:
Sat May 22, 2021 1:15 am
flyonthewall2983 wrote:The 4K release of Almost Famous looks quite packed with extras, and also comes with a deluxe vinyl edition of the soundtrack.
I think the expanded soundtracks are being sold separately. And it’s very expensive.
Finally watched this last week, as it had been something of a blindspot considering my interests. I watched the directors cut and was thoroughly charmed. I was afraid there would have been some skeeviness considering the presence of groupies of a questionable age as the sort of Greek chorus but I think it felt respectful to their agency from Crowe’s perspective. To that end Kate Hudson is tremendous, as someone who hasn’t seen anything else she’s been in, it’s really no wonder this performance is still so fondly remembered.

Should I bother with the theatrical cut?

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#662 Post by therewillbeblus » Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:30 pm

I think I've only seen the theatrical and liked it, so it's not bad by any means, though I don't know enough of the differences to determine whether or not you're getting anything worthwhile from that cut vs. the DC

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#663 Post by ryannichols7 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:39 pm

La Dolce Vita arrives 08 February, with its own horrible cover art

is this Paramount's first time releasing it on home video themselves?

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#664 Post by dwk » Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:28 pm

Yes, they licenaed it to Criterion right after the lawsuit over the rights was decided.

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#665 Post by dustybooks » Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:23 pm

flyonthewall2983 wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:14 pm
Should I bother with the theatrical cut?
It's a bit tighter, but I think the longer version is preferable overall, with a more immersive feeling and better development of the side characters, especially Kate Hudson's. (And if you're wondering this specifically, I don't believe there is anything in the theatrical cut that's not in the DC.)

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#666 Post by knives » Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:43 pm

I haven’t seen the longer cut, but the theatrical is an all time favorite.

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#667 Post by cdnchris » Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:01 pm

If I recall correctly, the theatrical cut is Crowe's director's cut, so it may be still worth watching for that. I think the idea behind the Bootleg Cut (called Untitled) was it was supposed to be a sort of homage to bootleg recordings of unreleased material from bands/singers that would get passed around. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm misremembering.

Still only have the DVD, so may have to finally upgrade.

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#668 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Nov 24, 2021 8:53 pm

That sounds a bit right. The credits both opening and end have that kind of bootleg VHS feel to it.

I remember on an episode of Dinner For Five Jon Favreau said he was offered the Lester Bangs part. Said he couldn’t get into it because he’s not deep into music, which makes me think his character in PCU wasn’t so far off.

But man Philip Seymour Hoffman really owned that characterization and expressed a love of writing I can actually relate to now.

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#669 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:27 pm

dustybooks wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:23 pm
(And if you're wondering this specifically, I don't believe there is anything in the theatrical cut that's not in the DC.)
I was actually wondering more what is left out of the theatrical cut. Nothing seemed very excessive to me, a major irony in a movie about decadence.

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#670 Post by knives » Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:46 am

Is the movie at all about decadence? I would have never read that into the movie.

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#671 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Nov 27, 2021 4:25 am

It’s not a wealthy decadence but what a group of handsome talented guys (and Mark Kozelek) with a song in the charts could get away with in the 70’s, as opposed to now. It’s also viewed in a much sweeter almost innocent way then perhaps what was really going on. It’s the natural product of what happens in the movie’s juxtaposition of a young man who’s a little more mature for his age pursuing journalism, and these slightly older men (and their entourage) are not above acting like children while maintaining the discipline of craft and performance a band like theirs would have been at this point in their career.

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#672 Post by DeprongMori » Sat Nov 27, 2021 12:57 pm

Is it just a run of bad luck on my part, or is the state of Paramount’s vault and their output generally far worse than the other major studios? I watched Mitchell Leisen’s Swing High, Swing Low recently on the Paramount+ streaming channel, and the picture quality was worse than a low-bitrate bad fourth-generation dupe of a public domain title. I watched Schultze Gets the Blues last night, rented from iTunes, and it looked like a PAL-to-NTSC conversion of a low-res source. (This one opened with the Paramount logo, but I’m not sure whether they actually own the rights to the film.)

There have been a number of other films I’ve streamed from legit sources (including Criterion Channel) where the picture quality has been low res and generally dismal that I noted were Paramount, but don’t recall the title off-hand.

Have they had a particularly troubled financial history, or other issues that have led to this apparent dire present state of their assets?

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#673 Post by domino harvey » Sat Nov 27, 2021 2:53 pm

I think Swing High Swing Low is in the public domain, so they may just be offering it because they can

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Re: Paramount Catalog Titles on Blu

#674 Post by Monterey Jack » Sun Nov 28, 2021 10:04 am

domino harvey wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:47 pm
Good call. It's absurd that a relatively recent big budget action adventure film as popular as True Lies isn't out yet
I think Cameron is somewhat "ashamed" of it, because a lot of it is politically dicey by today's hyper-sensitive standards ("It's racist! It's sexist...!")

That doesn't explain why we haven't gotten The Abyss yet, 'tho. That's a movie that should be hitting 4K UHD by now, and yet we're still stuck with a non-anamorphic DVD from over TWENTY YEARS ago. #-o

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#675 Post by captveg » Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:19 pm

Some more upcoming titles:

1/25/22
Dreamer (2005) (DreamWorks)

2/8/22
Foul Play (1978)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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