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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:25 pm

Tarantula and The Deadly Mantis coming to Blu-Ray from Shout this March!
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby jellydonut25 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:01 pm

Now if only Shout would stop price fixing and ripping people off...
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:17 pm

I wonder if they'll include the mst3k version of The Deadly Mantis as a special feature. Apparently they did so with the release of The Brain That Couldn't Die?

I love Tarantula. I love it even though it starts John Agar.

It seems that between the Warner Archive, Shout Factory, and Kino that pretty much every classic horror and sci-fi movie is going to be released on Blu-ray pretty soon. Then of course we have the much-anticipated, little actual concrete information on, Criterion release of Godzilla films.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby H-Man » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:11 pm

Oh that's awesome news! Tarantula is one of my favorite '50s sci-fi movies. Them! is the superior film, of course, but I think I like Jack Arnold's attempt just as much. On the other hand, I'm not a huge fan of The Deadly Mantis, but a Blu-Ray upgrade is essential. Most of the mid-2000s DVD releases of these Universal films were marred by incorrect aspect ratios, however, Universal generally just released unmatted fullscreen transfers. I've been "fixing" this with mixed results by using the zoom function on my TVs. Mantis was a mess, though. I think it was the only title in that lot that was neither presented in its correct aspect ratio or unmatted. It was pan and scanned and it looked as bad then as it does now.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby canofhumdingers » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:35 pm

H-Man wrote:Oh that's awesome news! Tarantula is one of my favorite '50s sci-fi movies. Them! is the superior film, of course, but I think I like Jack Arnold's attempt just as much. On the other hand, I'm not a huge fan of The Deadly Mantis, but a Blu-Ray upgrade is essential. Most of the mid-2000s DVD releases of these Universal films were marred by incorrect aspect ratios, however, Universal generally just released unmatted fullscreen transfers. I've been "fixing" this with mixed results by using the zoom function on my TVs. Mantis was a mess, though. I think it was the only title in that lot that was neither presented in its correct aspect ratio or unmatted. It was pan and scanned and it looked as bad then as it does now.


Wait, so you’re saying this dvd set has all kinds of aspect ratio problems? Because I’ve had it for years and loved it to death! We watched a few of them over Halloween recently and I was at just amazed at how well the transfers hold up when compared to Blu-rays for films of similar age.

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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:26 pm

lhb412 wrote:I love Tarantula. I love it even though it starts John Agar.


Just what the hell is that supposed to mean!? John Agar is the greatest!!!!!! :lol:
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:57 pm

I hate to be rude, but I didn't know what the phrase "**** eating grin" meant until I saw John Agar's face.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Gwangi » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:33 pm

According to Monsters in Motion, it looks like "The Giant Behemoth" will also get a blu-ray release some time in 2019!

https://www.facebook.com/monstersinmotionstore/photos/a.10154783917433731/10156271279688731/?type=3&theater

As for John Agar, I always thought he was cool and "Tarantula" was his most likable performance. As a kid, I had thought that he was also in the American version of "King Kong. vs. Godzilla", as U.N. reporter Eric Carter, but that was Michael Keith, a look-a-like and sound-a-like!

jellydonut25 wrote:Now if only Shout would stop price fixing and ripping people off...


Unlike say Twilight Time and how they handle their merchandise, I've really never had any issues with Shout!
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:54 pm

Gwangi wrote:
jellydonut25 wrote:Now if only Shout would stop price fixing and ripping people off...


Unlike say Twilight Time and how they handle their merchandise, I've really never had any issues with Shout!

It's more price-fixing. Shout is making it impossible for retailers to discount their discs at all and so Shout discs are continuing to retail around 30 to even 35 bucks.

Candyman at one point on Amazon was at $24, but Shout caught wind of that and now it's back at $35, and Shout was pissed that Amazon was honoring their lower price to people who pre-ordered.

I don't know all the deets, but it's just...slimy.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:07 pm

^ I think they should just label some releases as 'Deluxe' or some such other title to let you know the fact that this is going to be a pricier release. I understand that licensing these films from major studios, especially the ones that everyone knows are going to be big sellers, isn't exactly cheap. When you combine that with the massive amount of special features that they often produce... But, there are better ways of doing it.

Shout Factory is also releasing the Val Lewton film The Body Snatcher on Blu-ray... man, they're really chipping away at my Most Wanted on Blu-ray list.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:16 pm

One of the worst things about these hi-def re-issues is that we're going to be paying a helluva lot more for what many/most of us already had on DVD, as they continue to release these titles one at a time instead of 2 or three titles per disc, or bundled as they originally came. That sucks, but that's the price you pay to upgrade, I suppose.

As for John Agar, when I see his name on a cast list I know I'm gonna be getting something just a little more... dunno... fun? Love the guy. It's so sad that he went through mist of his life thinking that his work was unnoticed and ignored. Touches my heart about the story where - very late in his life - he was at some convention or other and got a standing ovation after they screened HANDS OF DEATH.. and he just broke down in tears, never realizing his impact nor how much his genre work was loved by so many. :D
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby H-Man » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:13 pm

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H-Man wrote:Oh that's awesome news! Tarantula is one of my favorite '50s sci-fi movies. Them! is the superior film, of course, but I think I like Jack Arnold's attempt just as much. On the other hand, I'm not a huge fan of The Deadly Mantis, but a Blu-Ray upgrade is essential. Most of the mid-2000s DVD releases of these Universal films were marred by incorrect aspect ratios, however, Universal generally just released unmatted fullscreen transfers. I've been "fixing" this with mixed results by using the zoom function on my TVs. Mantis was a mess, though. I think it was the only title in that lot that was neither presented in its correct aspect ratio or unmatted. It was pan and scanned and it looked as bad then as it does now.


Wait, so you’re saying this dvd set has all kinds of aspect ratio problems? Because I’ve had it for years and loved it to death! We watched a few of them over Halloween recently and I was at just amazed at how well the transfers hold up when compared to Blu-rays for films of similar age.

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Yep, that’s the one I’m talking about. Taranatula, The Mole People, Monolith Monsters, and Monster on the Campus are all presented in the modern version of the Academy Ratio (1.33:1). These movies were all produced after Hollywood studios (including Universal-International) had adopted widescreen.

Whether that’s the incorrect or original aspect ratio is a debated topic. The movies were shot at that ratio (actually 1.37:1, a negligible difference) and the widescreen was achieved by matting out the top and bottom of the frame when projected. Essentially you could do the same with a TV with a zoom feature, that’s what I’ve been doing with those DVDs since they came out. Some people like the 1.33 frame because there’s more image, it’s not cropped at all. But others hate it for that same reason: the compositions are too barren because the filmmakers knew the tops and bottoms of the frame would be hidden in the theater and purposefully kept those areas mostly empty. For what it’s worth, I think Universal later stated that 1.33 was the accurate OAR. I personally prefer having a 1.85 image to zooming in on an SD full frame image.

The one that is unquestionably wrong is The Deadly Mantis. Like the other films I mentioned, Universal-International shot it using the Academy Ratio but it was going to be projected at ~1.85. The problem with the DVD transfer is that it’s not the original unmatted image, it’s been cropped and is pan and scanned. I didn’t realize this until someone on the CHFB posted screenshots overlaid on the corresponding frames from a film print. (If I can find those images I’ll share them here.)

By the way, the other films in that collection are mostly correct: Doctor Cyclops is unquestionably an Academy Ratio film, produced long before Hollywood adopted widescreen techniques. The Land Unknown is presented in CinemaScope. The Leech Woman and The Cult of the Cobra are presented in their theatrical aspect ratios (1.85:1), although both were shot at 1.37:1 and later matted to 1.85 for theatrical projection. Shrinking Man is presented at 1.78:1. That’s extremely close to 1.85:1, maybe close enough, but the credits are windowboxed so I think they could have used a wider ratio on that title.

Ultimately it’s personal preference. If you’re happy with those films at 1.33 then there’s really nothing wrong with that. That’s how the films were shot after all. I would have preferred a more unified approach to aspect ratios across all those open matte films. And I intend to keep those versions once the widescreen (likely) Blu-Rays drop.

Edit: Bob Furmanek home video forum post with screenshot of The Deadly Mantis: https://www.hometheaterforum.com/commun ... s/4073763/
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:35 am

Gwangi wrote:According to Monsters in Motion, it looks like "The Giant Behemoth" will also get a blu-ray release some time in 2019!

https://www.facebook.com/monstersinmotionstore/photos/a.10154783917433731/10156271279688731/?type=3&theater


Yep, they officially announced it. Presumably will be released next month!
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:45 am

Okay, let me get all the stuff that may be coming out straight in my head...

- Criterion has some manner of Godzilla release (they also have Rodan and War of the Gargantuas) in the works and popular opinion seems to think that they'll want to schedule the release sometime around these new American Godzilla movies.
- Vinegar Syndrome apparently has licensed some Japanese monster movies, and we think they're probably Gorath and Human Vapor?
- Kraken still releasing Garo stuff, Shout Factory is still releasing Super Sentai series.
- Discotek media has Juspion and Message From Space releases coming soon.
- And now that Tsuburaya is actively licensing stuff to the US who knows what's going to come of that. Something awesome, I hope!

What I'm trying to say is that I feel I will spending a lot of money pretty soon, so it might be time to start saving my pennies.

Also, with the Gamera releases from Mill Creek out of print I have a sneaky suspicion that someone will relicense those soon. There's just too many cult video labels putting out genre stuff.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby canofhumdingers » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:14 am

Man, I’m so far behind on my genre Blu-rays. Half the ones I’ve put in my amazon wishlist are out of print. I’m hoping that 2019 will be the year I start catching back up on that stuff. It’s been kinda low priority for a few years now because life.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Gwangi » Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:20 pm

lhb412 wrote:Also, with the Gamera releases from Mill Creek out of print I have a sneaky suspicion that someone will relicense those soon. There's just too many cult video labels putting out genre stuff.


I would be ecstatic if they would release the Gamera AIP titles and finally release "Gamera, the Invincible". As these Legendary / WB Godzilla films are nearing release, fingers crossed some labels will take advantage of this current monster mania. The window is not going to be open for long.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Ultra T-Rex » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:23 pm

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lhb412 wrote:Also, with the Gamera releases from Mill Creek out of print I have a sneaky suspicion that someone will relicense those soon. There's just too many cult video labels putting out genre stuff.


I would be ecstatic if they would release the Gamera AIP titles and finally release "Gamera, the Invincible". As these Legendary / WB Godzilla films are nearing release, fingers crossed some labels will take advantage of this current monster mania. The window is not going to be open for long.

I too have been thinking about what might happen with the Gamera films now, post-Mill Creek.

There are many boutique labels around these days, several that put out very high quality releases geared towards collectors. It would be a dream come true if, for example, Arrow got their hands on the Gamera series. I'd especially love to see what they could do with the Kaneko trilogy. There are the new 4K masters that were released on Blu-ray in Japan, for starters. Some decent special features would be nice too.

Would be especially nice to have better subtitles! Mill Creek really messed those up on Gamera 3. I commend them for doing something about it, but even the last (third, right?), most correct revision still has flaws.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:37 pm

I'm really hoping we'll get to see Arrow Video do their magic on some Kaiju tiles. They're also my dream company for a Gamera Trilogy release.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Ultra T-Rex » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:34 pm

lhb412 wrote:I'm really hoping we'll get to see Arrow Video do their magic on some Kaiju tiles. They're also my dream company for a Gamera Trilogy release.

Absolutely, and I've suggested it to them a few times. I'd recommend you and anyone else who's interested do the same. Doesn't hurt to let them know there's some kind of demand!

If anything's going to happen with Gamera plus other Japanese giant monster fare on the home video front in the near future, it'll be over the coming two, three years. That'll be where most of the activity is, for obvious reasons. Same thing that happened around G14's release, only this time we're getting two of them, and with any luck they'll be even more successful!
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:43 am

As much as I'd like them to do kaiju stuff this upcoming year I think 2020 is going to be our best bet due to the fact that Godzilla vs Kong is going to have more hype than G:KotM that's just my personal opinion. I'd love to be wrong.

Ideally I'd love to see Toho start doing domestic Japanese 4K BD releases for classic Godzilla stuff then in 2020 I'd love for Criterion and Sony to pump out their library of films on 4K.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Henry88 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:52 am

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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:38 pm

To compliment Shout's Street Fighter set Arrow has announced their Sister Street Fighter set!

They're also doing an awesome looking set of the Japanese Ring movies... but it's UK only.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:19 pm

After licensing the title out twice to Twilight Time, now Sony proper is releasing Fright Night on Blu-ray next month!

I only hope the remake of The Blob is also in store... it also might be a good idea to make those Harryhausen titles available again, right? Though, there are so many region free options for those movies the lack of a currently available North American release is hardly any impediment at all.

Besides Mothra and H-man the Sony title I want released most is Night of the Demon.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby tbeasley » Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:41 pm

We need a good Harryhausen set. He did what... 15 movies?
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