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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby H-Man » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:16 pm

lhb412 wrote:Besides Mothra and H-man the Sony title I want released most is Night of the Demon.


Already out from Indicator. Review.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:48 pm

^ I know. I was hoping that there would be a domestic release soon that would be a little less pricey, but if that doesn't happen soon I'll just buy this UK release.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:08 am

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


Beast, Gwangi and Clash are with WB. One Million Years BC is with Fox (licensed to Kino). The rest (the majority) are with Sony. A third party working with those three studios could do it.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby H-Man » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:22 am

lhb412 wrote:^ I know. I was hoping that there would be a domestic release soon that would be a little less pricey, but if that doesn't happen soon I'll just buy this UK release.


My bad! At least it's region free though. I figured it was like an Arrow release --released domestically and in their native UK-- but it does look like this is just a region free UK release.

I think it's awesome that foreign companies are doing this now, it's so much more convenient than in the early DVD days where, even if you could circumvent region restrictions, you still had to deal with PAL.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:32 am

It's crazy that the 1976 version of King Kong has not been released on Blu-ray in the United States, but I think the reason is that Studio Canal's Blu-ray has been released all over the world and its region free and it's been out forever and it's cheap as hell... Anybody who wants the movie already has it, right? I've got the Japanese release. I think it cost me $15?

It varies from company to company and studio to studio. If you have two boutique labels in two countries releasing basically the same films it makes sense that they would go region locked so that they wouldn't compete with each other when they should have their regions all to themselves.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:01 am

lhb412 wrote:Besides Mothra and H-man the Sony title I want released most is Night of the Demon.


Pick up the 2-disc Powerhouse/Indicator release! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JVF7L8G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It was discussed a few posts up. Region-free and worth every penny. I have gone through everything in the set and - wow - what a great release. Both cuts (original 82min & 'restored' 96min) are included, (in 2 aspect ratios each!), plus the super8mm home movie cut! A boatload of fan-pleasing supplemental featurettes are also included. The restoration work is top notch. The film(s) looks fantastic. You will NOT be disappointed! :twisted:

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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:11 pm

^ I'm awful tempted, but the way these catalog releases of older genre films are piling up right now I feel that something that's pretty much a direct port of that version may be released in America soon.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Gwangi » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:24 pm

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Coming in April from Shout Factory! I think this is the last of the Hammer / Peter Cushing vampire flicks that is finally coming out on BD

https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-legend-of-the-7-golden-vampires?product_id=7032&fbclid=IwAR1SPt7U2vtdESETepGAkyfPbC0uUFAw-2eGdJakbK7vqnELy1kTNbFvArA
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:39 pm

Now all we need is Scars and we'll have all the Hammer Dracs!

(The Quatermass films are still my number one most wants)
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:02 pm

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Coming in April from Shout Factory! I think this is the last of the Hammer / Peter Cushing vampire flicks that is finally coming out on BD


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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Gwangi » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:48 am

Another gem coming our way courtesy of Kino Lorber March 26th

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I did not see this in its 1977 theatrical run, but did see it on its network premier on ABC and it scared me silly! Shatner, I thought was quite good and of course, everything is here is real. No CGI tarantulas!
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:31 pm

Karloff/Lugosi Universal set from Shout!

It'll include The Raven, The Black Cat, The Invisible Ray and Black Friday. Release date April 23.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Gwangi » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:48 pm

Well, another Universal title (though released by Paramount), is getting its blu-ray release apparently soon from Kino Lorber - Dr. Cyclops! :D

https://www.facebook.com/KinoLorberStudioClassics/photos/a.683404775049766/2109276042462625/?type=3&theater
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:33 pm

With the avalanche of catalog releases happening in the past year or two it's as good a time as any to revisit my wish list for blu-ray releases.

A lot of stuff I want but I know is coming. Criterion will slowly release their Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd films, between Shout Factory and Kino all the Universal genre films will be released, Shout Factory is also slowly putting out the Val Lewton and unreleased Hammer films as well.

Of course, Criterion's Godzilla set is the big thing that we're all waiting for.

- Toho/Tsuburaya/Daiei toku stuff. Anything as yet unreleased and, if I may be so bold, some stuff that has been released could do with improved new releases. (Thinking about those new 4K masters they made for the Gamera trilogy in Japan).
- The Thin Man series. I'd like 'em as a box set, but if the Warner Archive wants to drip feed me by making me buy them all individually, sure. There are several other William Powell and Myrna Loy films that I love that are all great candidates for Warner Archive releases. I Love You Again and Libelled Lady come to mind.
- The original Japanese Ring and Grudge films. I know Arrow Video is putting out a Ring set in the UK, but apparently rights issues in the US are holding up a domestic release. Hopefully that gets sorted out. There's apparently a new American remake of The Grudge later this year, so maybe there'll be movement because of that?
- '80s through early '90s John Woo and Jackie Chan movies. Lot of them are unavailable, and even the ones that had been previously released are such terrible quality that all of them need some serious TLC. I know Criterion will be releasing both Police Story movies in a few months, so hopefully that's a sign of things to come!
- All of the Marx Brothers movies currently owned by Warner Brothers need to be released.
- Come to think of it, the catalog of Laurel & Hardy films also needs HD releases.
- Athough classic Hollywood genre films are some of the most popular catalog titles and thus are getting a lot of attention there are still a few that are nowhere on the horizon, presumably because of rights issues? The George Pal version of War of the Worlds as well as Invaders from Mars come to mine. The original Dawn of the Dead is also held up by issues with the rights holder
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Gwangi » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:23 am

lhb412 wrote:With the avalanche of catalog releases happening in the past year or two it's as good a time as any to revisit my wish list for blu-ray releases.

A lot of stuff I want but I know is coming. Criterion will slowly release their Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd films


I have the Criterion of Lloyd's "Safety Last". Great print, and fans may want to grab that one as soon as possible, because as I understand it, that movie along with other features (like "The Ten Commandments") released in 1923, are now going to be in public domain, so I hope that the Criterion version won't get lost in the mix.

lhb412 wrote:Of course, Criterion's Godzilla set is the big thing that we're all waiting for.


Yup, that is my big wish as well! With Filmstruck gone, I hope that Criterion moves ahead with a physical media release of all of these features (yes, I know that Criterion will start their own streaming service come spring).

lhb412 wrote:- The Thin Man series. I'd like 'em as a box set


I have that box set as well, but would not mind seeing a blu-ray addition (along with other Powell & Loy features).


lhb412 wrote:Athough classic Hollywood genre films are some of the most popular catalog titles and thus are getting a lot of attention there are still a few that are nowhere on the horizon, presumably because of rights issues? The George Pal version of War of the Worlds as well as Invaders from Mars come to mine.


They just did a 4K restoration the "War of the Worlds", and premiered it in Tuscon some time late last year. No word yet on a blu-ray release, but the restoration did not come without some controversy. It seems like they digitally removed the wires holding up the Martian war machines, that were visible in some scenes. Here is a quick look of that restoration:

https://www.facebook.com/talkring/videos/709006259482450/

Of course, the one George Pal movie I would love to see on blu-ray is "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm", which has never even had a DVD release (I bought the VHS back in the 90s!). Give me a blu-ray of TWWOTBG, and since it was a Cinerama feature, release it in the "Smile Box" format, like they did with "How The West Was Won".
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:43 pm

Gwangi wrote:
lhb412 wrote:With the avalanche of catalog releases happening in the past year or two it's as good a time as any to revisit my wish list for blu-ray releases.

A lot of stuff I want but I know is coming. Criterion will slowly release their Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd films


I have the Criterion of Lloyd's "Safety Last". Great print, and fans may want to grab that one as soon as possible, because as I understand it, that movie along with other features (like "The Ten Commandments") released in 1923, are now going to be in public domain, so I hope that the Criterion version won't get lost in the mix.


I don't think that'll be much of an impediment. Just because something is in the public domain doesn't mean everyone has access to the best possible sources, and Criterion is dealing with Lloyd's official library. He was famous for keeping his personal film archive well-preserved (for years they were hardly shown, which sadly made him more forgotten than Chaplin or Keaton but is a boon for archivists now) which is why the home video releases are so sparkling and sharp! Besides, all of Buster Keaton's 20s films are in the public domain and that hasn't stopped Kino International in American anf Lobster Films in Europe from doing the definitive restorations. Why would fans want subpar copies when they know excellent ones exist? Same logic behind Criterion's new version of Night of the Living Dead. How can you go back to the public domain copies when you've got a truly excellent version?

Criterion's next release from their Lloyd library is The Kid Brother, which comes out in a couple months.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:08 pm

Shout Factory literally just announced via their FB page that they'll be releasing Quatermass and the Pit and Quatermass II for a BD release this summer.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:05 pm

WOOOHOOOOO!!!
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:40 pm

Kino comes through again,announced that they will be releasing The Land Unknown on BD later this year. That makes what five or six of those movies from the Universal Ultimate Sci-Fi Collection DVD sets that are getting BD releases now? Should I upgrade those films to the BD releases? Wasn't someone saying that those collections have issues?

On a side note does anyone know who has the licenses to the various Ray Harryhausen films? I'm hoping they do Blu-ray releases of them as I've been thinking about upgrading my DVDs.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby H-Man » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:39 pm

Tom R VanSlambrouck wrote:Kino comes through again,announced that they will be releasing The Land Unknown on BD later this year. That makes what five or six of those movies from the Universal Ultimate Sci-Fi Collection DVD sets that are getting BD releases now? Should I upgrade those films to the BD releases? Wasn't someone saying that those collections have issues?


Yeah, I did a couple pages back. Most of the fullscreen films in those collections should have been widescreen. The Land Unknown was shot in Cinemascope so the aspect ratio shouldn't be a problem on the upcoming Blu-Ray. That was one of the films that Universal had right on DVD.

On a side note does anyone know who has the licenses to the various Ray Harryhausen films? I'm hoping they do Blu-ray releases of them as I've been thinking about upgrading my DVDs.


Most of them are owned by Sony. Warner has Mighty Joe Young, Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Animal World, Gwangi and Clash of the Titans. Fox has One Million Years B.C. The only Harryhausen film that's not on Blu-Ray is The Animal World but some of the Sony titles are Twilight Time limited editions released earlier in the decade so some of those are getting pretty difficult to find at a reasonable price.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:38 pm

H-Man wrote:
Tom R VanSlambrouck wrote:Kino comes through again,announced that they will be releasing The Land Unknown on BD later this year. That makes what five or six of those movies from the Universal Ultimate Sci-Fi Collection DVD sets that are getting BD releases now? Should I upgrade those films to the BD releases? Wasn't someone saying that those collections have issues?


Yeah, I did a couple pages back. Most of the fullscreen films in those collections should have been widescreen. The Land Unknown was shot in Cinemascope so the aspect ratio shouldn't be a problem on the upcoming Blu-Ray. That was one of the films that Universal had right on DVD.

On a side note does anyone know who has the licenses to the various Ray Harryhausen films? I'm hoping they do Blu-ray releases of them as I've been thinking about upgrading my DVDs.


Most of them are owned by Sony. Warner has Mighty Joe Young, Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Animal World, Gwangi and Clash of the Titans. Fox has One Million Years B.C. The only Harryhausen film that's not on Blu-Ray is The Animal World but some of the Sony titles are Twilight Time limited editions released earlier in the decade so some of those are getting pretty difficult to find at a reasonable price.


Ah ok I'll probably upgrade those Universal titles to BD later on then. Sucks about the Harryhausen stuff. I'm mainly interested in upgrading the Sinbad movies, 20,000 Miles to Earth, It Came From Beneath the Sea and Jason and the Argonauts
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:10 pm

Many of the Harryhausen titles are out of print in the United States right now, but there are so many region free Blu Ray options available internationally that with a little digging you can get pretty much everything. I'm sure the rights will get snatched up for new domestic releases before too long.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:57 am

lhb412 wrote:Many of the Harryhausen titles are out of print in the United States right now, but there are so many region free Blu Ray options available internationally that with a little digging you can get pretty much everything. I'm sure the rights will get snatched up for new domestic releases before too long.


I can hold off. I'm not in to big of a hurry to get them. I have other stuff I want to get first. By priority number 1 right now is going to be building a new DVD/BD rack. Mine that I got about 10 years ago is almost filled up so I've decided rather than buy a new one and pay $80+ I'm going to build one for half that cost.
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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby lhb412 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:15 am

Shout announces their Quatermass Blu-Rays at the same time that we find out Legendary is rebooting Quatermass as a film franchise.. obviously, Quatermass is the definitive cultural touchstone of the coming decade.

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Re: Blu Ray Wish Lists

Postby The Shadow » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:32 pm

We should start tracking every time someone says or writes Quatermass as QuaRtermass
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