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Discussion in 'High Definition' started by Nailwraps, Nov 15, 2012.
Yup, Frightmare "recycled" From Beyond the Grave's art.
I had a dim hope that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would spur Warner Archive to release FVK and if QT gave us one thing this year it's this release. So thank you QT; if indirectly.
But no new 4k scan? That's odd. You practically have to go out of your way to do less than 4k these days. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark gets one? They already did an HD remastering on DVD for a second release. This must be a pretty big seller.
I mean, how can you not want to see this face in 4k?
Warner must've done research that told them nobody buys 80's movies on Blu-ray so this must be why they're going all "Golden Age" for the Archive line. Well, that research is flawed because a lot of people are requesting movies like The Hand, Deadly Friend and Alone In the Dark yet here we are without them. Sure, they'll throw us a bone every now and then but it's just not enough. And at the rate they release these titles we'll never get the newer stuff. Major bummer.
Alone in the Dark is WAY overdue.
DVDBeaver review for The Witches: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film7/blu-ray_reviews_92/the_witches_blu-ray.htm
I'm under the impression that there may not be any pre-print elements left for Polanski's original 107 minute cut of Fearless Vampire Killers and, if memory serves me correctly, Warner only does 4K scans when they're working with an OCN or 2K scans for IPs.
Fuck Warner. I've been waiting for widescreen releases of Goldie Hawn's Private Benjamin and Protocol ever since the dawn of DVD, yet Warner only ever offered up pan and scan versions. They even did a double feature release with both movies, but still in pan and scan. I guess hoping for a blu-ray release of either title is out of the question. Maybe Protocol wasn't a big hit but I'm pretty sure Private Benjamin was huge when it was released.
Protocol received a widescreen Warner Archive DVD release a few years ago.
Well then that would explain it. And also explain the delay. They've probably been searching for better elements all this time. We know that was the case with Thing From Another World so it tracks.
I can't say I agree with the practice of using the most complete print as your base so all the footage matches. I'd like to see the film in the best possible light even if it's only select scenes. Quality shifts never really bothered me.
Yeah where is Pvt Benjamin? Haven't even seen it on TV for a long while and it use to be a staple. I wonder if Goldie Hawn has something to do with it as executive producer? Not that she's trying to bury it but perhaps keeps trying to improve upon it endlessly. We've seen that happen to other movie.
I haven't seen it on there in the past few weeks, but there's an HD transfer of Private Benjamin that airs on HBO and Cinemax channels from time to time.
WHAT?!?!?!?! Where the hell was I? Thank you SO much for posting this! I must go hunt it down immediately!!!
A Warner Archive DVD-R of course.
There have been a few other widescreen Warner Archive DVD-R releases of their earlier fullscreen DVD releases. Stealing Home and Star 80 come to mind.
Private Benjamin made nearly 70 million just in the U.S. so I'm sure it was a very profitable film. I actually saw it in the theater but haven't seen it since.
Blu-ray.com reviews Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Dont-Be-Afraid-of-the-Dark-Blu-ray/253026/#Review
Blu-ray.com reviews The Fearless Vampire Killers: https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Fearless-Vampire-Killers-Blu-ray/75217/#Review
Why So Blu reviews From Beyond the Grave: http://whysoblu.com/beyond-grave-blu-ray-review/
Why So Blu reviews The Fearless Vampire Killers: http://whysoblu.com/fearless-vampire-killers-blu-ray-review/
Picked up this
This is the DVD that turned me on to Robert Ryan (I think it was one of those WB noir collections). If you're into old boxing flicks, I can also recommend KID GALAHAD (1937).