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Old 11-11-2008, 15:27   #781
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Sorry, thank you very much

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Old 03-12-2008, 10:15   #782
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I haven't noticed any mention of this on the forums, but Hitchcock collaborator John Michael Hayes just recently passed away. Obituary here.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:46   #783
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I was suprised by the lack of press coverage of Hayes' death, given that "Rear Window" is such an iconic film. Anyway, I mentioned it on my blog at the time and linked in some of the obituaries.
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Cover art for the single releases of The Lodger, Young and Innocent, Sabotage and The Paradine Case can be seen here.
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The Beaver has a review up of the stand-alone release of The Lodger here.
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Old 06-02-2009, 07:41   #786
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I've had a few emails from people who've bought the single MGM discs but found they exhibit the same problems as the box set discs. To be safe, I'd recommend buying them from a supplier that won't quibble about exchanges/refunds.

I think it's extremely disappointing that MGM have continued to deny there are any problems with the box set.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:50   #787
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Thanks for the update. This kind of thing is very disappointing and frustrating.
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Network DVD have released quite a few of Hitchcock's pre-war DVDs and the package looks good.
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recently moved over from CRT to LCD and using upscaling North by Northwest looks stunning, whereas Vertigo is no where near as good...
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recently moved over from CRT to LCD and using upscaling North by Northwest looks stunning, whereas Vertigo is no where near as good...
I agree, the North by Northwest DVD is the best looking of all my Hitchcock DVDs.
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recently moved over from CRT to LCD and using upscaling North by Northwest looks stunning, whereas Vertigo is no where near as good...
Now you know why I'm keeping my CRT television for as long as possible and am in no hurry to buy a flat screen TV.
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Agreed also that NBNW is a great transfer - looked exellent on my 42" plasma. But I have no problems with transfers of Vertigo or Rear Window. The only Hitchcock DVD where the images seem soft to the point of being out of focus is my R1 CE of The Birds. The first 20 minutes are pretty bad and give me a headache every time I watch it. The quality improves after the first bird attack.
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Agreed also that NBNW is a great transfer - looked exellent on my 42" plasma. But I have no problems with transfers of Vertigo or Rear Window. The only Hitchcock DVD where the images seem soft to the point of being out of focus is my R1 CE of The Birds. The first 20 minutes are pretty bad and give me a headache every time I watch it. The quality improves after the first bird attack.
The Birds is an ancient and terrible looking transfer, easily the worst of my Hitch DVDs. Tried to watch this on my projector and gave up after five minutes.

I want Hitchcock on Blu-ray and I want it now.
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Agreed also that NBNW is a great transfer - looked exellent on my 42" plasma. But I have no problems with transfers of Vertigo or Rear Window. The only Hitchcock DVD where the images seem soft to the point of being out of focus is my R1 CE of The Birds. The first 20 minutes are pretty bad and give me a headache every time I watch it. The quality improves after the first bird attack.
What about the R2 CE of The Birds then ?
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What about the R2 CE of The Birds then ?
but isn't that in the wrong ratio anyway?
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What ratio is it supposed to be in then ?
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see:

http://www.dvdcompare.net/comparisons/film.php?fid=1072

R2 is 4:3 (fullscreen)

IMDB says orig aspect is 1.85:1

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056869/technical
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By having it in 1.85:1 a lot of picture info would be missing and that is why it is in 4:3.
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By having it in 1.85:1 a lot of picture info would be missing and that is why it is in 4:3.
No, quite the opposite. Have a look at these caps at Davey P's site here. Click on the links to compare them with the other editions and you'll quite clearly see how much info is lopped off the sides in the R2 transfer.
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No, quite the opposite. Have a look at these caps at Davey P's site here. Click on the links to compare them with the other editions and you'll quite clearly see how much info is lopped off the sides in the R2 transfer.
thanks for that - just confirms what I thought - 4:3 is not good at all for that film
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