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Old 15-10-2002, 00:16   #41
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Hi Elmpark80

Not watched Mr and Mrs Smith yet but had a quick look and the picture looks superb i'll watch it tomorrow and will post my verdict tomorrow night .

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Old 15-10-2002, 07:32   #42
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Mr & Mrs Smith DVD

Thanks Smithy20

Look forward to hearing what you say.

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Old 15-10-2002, 18:27   #43
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Hi ELMPARK80

i've just finished watching the French DVD release of Mr and Mrs Smith. , and what a joy it was too. This was always one of my favorite screwball comedies even before i started getting into Alfred Hitchcock films, then it was a bonus. An excellent film all round and one that is often overlooked.

The picture is in 4:3 format of course which is what it should be in and was very clean and bright and on the whole very sharp. There was a couple of thimes it went into soft focus but i think that is how it was intended.

There are a few artifacts on the picture now and again but for a film that is 51 years old that is only to be expected. There is also a litle crackle and hiss to the soundtrack in the last reel otherwise the sound is fine.

I think that a little restoration work has been done on this copy ( if not it is a very good archive copy ) but a little more work could be done especially to the sound on the last reel


All in all i think this is a vast improvement over the VHS release and is worth every centime of the Ff 99 ( whatever that is in Euro's )

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Old 15-10-2002, 21:42   #44
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film that is 51 years old .

This of course should be 61 years old

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Old 15-10-2002, 22:17   #45
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Mr & Mrs Smith DVD

Thanks for your review of this DVD. Very much appreciated.

I will order it next week and get rid of my old UK VHS copy.

I also notice that there is a French DVD of 'Young & Innocent'
available - do you know anything about it? It is listed on
the French Amazon website.
I currently have the UK Carlton DVD of this title and was wondering whether this French version was of better quality.

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Old 16-10-2002, 00:21   #46
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Hi Elmpark80

No i havent heard anything about the French Young and innocent but it can only be an improvement on the appalling carlton DVD even the Laserlight was an improvement over that.

Do you know anything about the German release of Blackmail with the Talkie AND silent versions on it ?

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Old 16-10-2002, 12:34   #47
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kept north by northwest (r2) - superb.

sold strangers on a train - DVD material - mmm - taped it off of TCM.

Someone convince me to keep vertigo - its in the ebay pile at the moment!
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Old 16-10-2002, 13:42   #48
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...Someone convince me to keep vertigo - its in the ebay pile at the moment!
[Steps up to the podium]What!!!! Are you ? One of the all time great movies given a great transfer and well remixed 5.1 sound (unlike Suspicion) along with a decent extras package. Can you honestly say you'll never want to watch the movie again?

My $0.02.

(Was that good enough? )
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Old 17-10-2002, 11:25   #49
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mmm dunno...

rather put the £ towards The Office dvd!
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Has anyone got any thoughts/info on why the R1 and R4 versions of To Catch A Thief being released this month are apparently anamorphic 1.85:1 when, according to both MichaelDVD and the IMDb, the OAR is 1.66:1? Why, why, why???

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The R2 (UK) also appears to be 1.85:1 anamorphic as well.
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Why, why, why???

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Because To Catch A Thief was shot on VistaVision and Paramount more than likely used a 35mm reduction print for the DVD transfer which would allow any aspect ratio between 1.66:1 and 1.85:1 to be a correct and original ratio for projection (and for the DVD obviously).
If Paramount had used original VistaVision elements any ratio between 1.85:1 and 2:1 would have been correct.
In short, the DVD is correct and (probably) gives you more info on the sides with 1.85:1 then it would have with 1.66:1.
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Because To Catch A Thief was shot on VistaVision and Paramount more than likely used a 35mm reduction print for the DVD transfer which would allow any aspect ratio between 1.66:1 and 1.85:1 to be a correct and original ratio for projection (and for the DVD obviously).
If Paramount had used original VistaVision elements any ratio between 1.85:1 and 2:1 would have been correct.
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I'm usually pretty good with this sort of thing (well, I think I am), but I might need a new manual for that one...? Surely there is one intended AR, so how could anything in a range be correct?

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In short, the DVD is correct and (probably) gives you more info on the sides with 1.85:1 then it would have with 1.66:1.
Well I like the bottom line anyway.
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I'm usually pretty good with this sort of thing (well, I think I am), but I might need a new manual for that one...? Surely there is one intended AR, so how could anything in a range be correct?
There probably was a recommended ratio but ultimately choosing what ratio to use within the range of 1.66:1 and 1.85:1 would have been up to the projectionist of the cinema. Whatever the projectionist chose would have made no big difference as Hitchcock would have framed his shots according to VistaVision specs, ie he could expect that some theaters would show it 1.66:1 while others would use 1.85:1.
This page might explain it better. It has an actual VistaVision frame from TCAT with the different possible aspect ratios outlined in the frame: http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/widescreen/vvspecs.htm

Everything else you may want to know about VistaVision can be found on that website (one of the best on the web imho) as well: http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/widescreen/wingvv1.htm
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Excellent. Cheers hitch.
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Worth a bump I think as Hitch questions are up again and it's time to fill in the details about the new R2 issue of Psycho (see this thread here).

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Old 16-04-2003, 17:22   #57
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Some good info on this thread.

The new 17 disc boxset looks great (love the covers and the pic on the spines) and is cheap, £120 from Amazon. I only have 4 of these at the mo as was getting the cheap r4s a few weeks back. May have to get this rather than just buying the ones I want for a tenner each at Play.

Has anyone been able to find out if the Birds etc discs are open matte or pan and scan?

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Anyone know what the new UK R2 DVDs are like? Are they just the same discs but with new covers or is there anything new/different/better?

I wish they hadn't done a matching 'spine' thing to the covers though, as I've got a mix of R1, R2 and R4 discs .
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Same discs - new packaging as far as I know ...
... plus a few extras added to the range (not released on R1 currently as far as I know)
Foreign Correspondent
Suspicion
Mr & Mrs Smith
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