Second Sight (UK): When a Stranger Calls / When a Stranger Calls Back

Discussion in 'High Definition' started by zbinks, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. zbinks

    zbinks Beset by Creatures of the Deep

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2011
    Messages:
    4,116
    Likes Received:
    2,830
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    DuPage County, Illinois
    [​IMG]

    https://www.facebook.com/SecondSigh...vwBU_WFhlZREeX3-QHQSizgFth_utJRLLQD&__tn__=-R
     
    Erick H., gunner, Matt89 and 3 others like this.
  2. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2001
    Messages:
    3,790
    Likes Received:
    231
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    San Francisco - down by them two ol' sheds
    Wow - both of those movies are TERROR-IFIC! Do I have to go Zone Free now? If so, so be it! Creepy movies!
    The opening of "...Calls Back" is really stressful and unnerving! Cutie Jill Schoelen is terrific. I wonder if they'll ever release the original short "The Sitter" also by Fred Walton? I saw that on, of all things, HBO short breaks in the mid-80's (long AFTER the first film) once...and only once.
     
  3. zbinks

    zbinks Beset by Creatures of the Deep

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2011
    Messages:
    4,116
    Likes Received:
    2,830
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    DuPage County, Illinois
  4. gobad2003

    gobad2003 Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    686
    Likes Received:
    231
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    Minnesota
  5. thing

    thing Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2004
    Messages:
    1,809
    Likes Received:
    185
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    New Zealand
    I’ve always preferred the sequel, so color me stoked
     
  6. CPT HOOK

    CPT HOOK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Messages:
    7,670
    Likes Received:
    2,515
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    US
    Updated specs on this. Release date is December 17th. It will now be 1 blu-ray disc instead of 2 blu-ray discs.

    Biggest news of all, this release will be region free. Meaning it's now friendly to us North American customers.

    SPECIAL FEATURES AND TECHNICAL SPECS:
    • BRAND NEW REMASTER OF THE FILM
    • When a Stranger Calls Back - the sequel to the classic film presented in high-definition
    • The Sitter - short film directed by Fred Walton
    • NEW interview with director Fred Walton
    • NEW interview with actor Carol Kane
    • NEW interview with actor Rutanya Alda
    • NEW interview with composer Dana Kaproff
    • Reversible sleeve with new artwork by Obviously Creative and original poster artwork
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main features
    EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION CONTENT:
    • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack placed on a CD
    • 40-page perfect bound booklet with new essay by Kevin Lyons
    • Reversible poster with new and original artwork
    • Rigid slipcase packaging
     
  7. shape22

    shape22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2005
    Messages:
    2,131
    Likes Received:
    652
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Assuming they don't mess up the transfers, this is going to be a fantastic release. My Amazon UK pre-order has been in for quite a while now, and I can't wait to get this. Way to go, Second Sight.
     
    hots4, Angelman and buck135 like this.
  8. CPT HOOK

    CPT HOOK Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Messages:
    7,670
    Likes Received:
    2,515
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    US
    Just in from the UK:

    IMG_20181228_110005.jpg
     
    buck135 likes this.
  9. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    4,502
    Likes Received:
    1,127
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    A dimension of sight, sound and mind.
    I have my copy as well. I'm going to try and watch it tonight.
     
  10. shape22

    shape22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2005
    Messages:
    2,131
    Likes Received:
    652
    Trophy Points:
    113
    For those who are more interested in the sequel, I'm sorry to report it's been encoded with an extremely subpar bitrate. The original looks great with plenty of grain and a bitrate that averages more than 35 mbps, but the sequel averages something around 15 mbps. It definitely looks better than the old DVD, but it's soft with no HD pop and a dull, lower-generation look that suggests a video master. It could definitely look a lot more robust.

    This is a reasonably priced release, so it's understandable that they treated the sequel more like an extra. But I'm disappointed nonetheless. The extras definitely compensate somewhat, with The Sitter being particularly interesting. The feature version not only uses the same script, it's almost a shot-for-shot remake. Needless to say, the short is less polished but still extremely effective. As expected, the killer's voice is different, but possibly even more eerie. I'm really grateful that we got the chance to see it.
     
  11. hellraiser40

    hellraiser40 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Messages:
    1,070
    Likes Received:
    95
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Helchteren, Belgium
    this went from a 2 BluRay release to 1 BluRay so the question remains : what available elements did they have for it as the original intent surely must have been to give the same treatment to the second film (with both films having 1 BluRay or all the extra's on a separate one)?
     
  12. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2003
    Messages:
    21,639
    Likes Received:
    3,042
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Missouri
    I watched my set a few days ago, and thought the sequel looked fine. It does have a lower bit-rate than the original film, but I didn't notice any real compression artifacting or lack of visible detail. 15 mbps is still higher than most HD streaming services, and at least they didn't use some ancient Universal HD master with DNR/EE applied.
     
    DVDBone likes this.
  13. shape22

    shape22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2005
    Messages:
    2,131
    Likes Received:
    652
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I don't disagree with any of this. I only wanted to point out that this would be a Mill Creek-level release if the sequel had gone out the door solo. Recent Mill Creek releases even have lossless audio like this one.

    I have a strong suspicion that Second Sight shoehorned both movies onto the same disc because they correctly realized that the available elements for When A Stranger Calls Back were inferior to the point that the benefits of an ideal bitrate weren't sufficient enough to justify the added cost of a two-disc release.
     

Share This Page