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Discussion in 'High Definition' started by Nailwraps, Nov 15, 2012.
Blu-ray.com reviews The Swarm: https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Swarm-Blu-ray/177937/#Review
Bad Ronald review: https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Bad-Ronald-Blu-ray/210653/#Review
Wow, harsh! But those stills look incredible. Would love to see more old TV movies restored so impressively.
I make a point to avoid their film reviews whenever possible. They seem amazingly biased in favor of recent films--all of which seem to get 4 stars or more. They should stick to the technical stuff.
Blu-ray.com reviews Dracula A.D. 1972: https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Dracula-AD-1972-Blu-ray/215760/#Review
Audio & video scores are good, but once again the reviewer hates the movie. Yes, this is the same guy who hated Bad Ronald up above.
Anyone catch Fearless Vampire Killers on TCM lately? They showed it last Saturday and I didn't DVR it because I was too focused on Cry of the Werewolf that same night. But now I'm curious if there was a new transfer, and if that means we might at least get an Archive release. With #MeToo going on I thought maybe Warner had shelved their Polanski films but if they're screening it on their own channels then maybe they're thinking about it after all. With Tarantino casting Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate in his next film that might push them over the edge, might even get a 4k release outta it.
Man, a UHD would be might tasty right now... I almost ordered that shit show of a French release just because dat Steelbook looked so damn scrumptious!
Prepare yourself for... The Thing From Another World!:
I've been waiting for this one. Let's hope they found decent elements.
Hopefully, that was reportedly the hold up before. It's also possible they have the edited version with better elements as the main feature with the uncut version with lesser elements as a "bonus." But I'll take what I can get and will be snatching this up for sure.
Amen! Sounds like we've heard the same scuttlebutt over the years--that the elements are in truly shabby shape. A Wicker Man-type reconstruction would be fine by me. I like Carpenter's take on this material, but this is the version I prefer. This has to be one of the top horror films still absent on region A blu-ray. I can't wait to lay hands on this.
Have you heard about whether or not they're going to include the Carpenter commentary track?
DVD Exotica reviews Bad Ronald: http://www.dvdexotica.com/2018/10/bad-ronald-as-youve-never-seen-him.html
Details and artwork:
No confirmation yet regarding the source for the new HD master.
Sounds like this MIGHT be really good news. Thanks for posting.
Carpenter's take was far closer to the source material. Hawks movie took Campbell's story and pared away the communal paranoia, and instead focused it on the rather cliche idea of the 'amoral scientist', which nowadays doesn't do much for me. Changing the nature of the alien makes sense given the era; realizing a shape-shifting creature would have been difficult and expensive. As it stands, I think Carpenter's film is superior, especially when deferring to the source material (which is excellent, btw). I don't want to come off as judging the 1951 version too harshly, though! I haven't seen it since I was a kid, and am looking forward to getting the blu and being able to re-assess it. That first unexpected reveal of the monster was always a good jolt!
Looks good to me. Thanks!
DVD Beaver reviews Dracula A.D. 1972: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews54/dracula_AD_1972_blu-ray.htm
HORROR OF DRACULA (1958) is coming!
HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)
NEW 2018 1080p PRESENTATION SOURCED FROM THE HAMMER/BFI RESTORATION
Run Time 82:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 - English
Aspect Ratio ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.66:1, 16 X 9 WIDESCREEN
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration BD 25
Includes Original UK Theatrical Trailer (HD)
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, Britain’s premier masters of the macabre, bring the Horror of Dracula to vivid, full-color death in this retelling of Bram Stoker’s spellbinding vampire tale. Dracula (Lee), a centuries-old Transylvanian nobleman damned to an eternal half-life, regularly finds new victims. He also finds Dr. Van Helsing (Cushing), a scientist who becomes the Count’s implacable foe in a deadly game of bat-and-mouse. This is the UK version titled “DRACULA”, and featuring footage previously restored by the British Film Institute and Hammer Films. Warner Archive’s new release restores the original color palette of the film, using dye-transfer Technicolor prints as reference, and has been meticulously cleaned of film-related damage for a superior presentation
The dread is here – as are the power and pathos of this genre landmark by which Hammer Studios ushered in a new era of screen chills from classic evildoers. Tremble through that era again. Unleash the horror.
Also new on remastered DVD!
Wow! Color timing has always been controversial for this film. Let's hope this release is definitive.
About fucking time. Disappointing that it's getting dumped into an archive release but maybe that's the only way restoration teams can work without executive thinking interfering. 1.66:1 is a good sign too. WB was operating under the delusion that this ratio didn't exist. It took Criterion to get Kubrick's Barry Lyndon in 1.66:1 for fuck's sake!
As for the color WAC commented about it on Facebook:
Sounds good! And already up for pre-order: https://www.wbshop.com/products/horror-of-dracula-bd
I've been waiting a LONG time for this release. I didn't get the UK releases and I didn't even get the German Anois release. Yet I'm still going to hold out. I'm curious what the ripple effect of this release will be in Europe.
And I bet Frankenstein's close behind!