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Old 30-10-2006, 21:56   #21
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The original Eureka release of Metropolis is dire. Thank god I didn't pat for it.
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The original Eureka release of Metropolis is dire. Thank god I didn't pat for it.
Never saw it on DVD but I gather it was a transfer of the old JEF Aikman-Archive version which sold on its length: 139 minutes! It still managed to miss several scenes, including, iirc, the titles. 18fps speed, I think, explained the mad running time. I had it on VHS and fell completely out of love with that movie, proof of what a bad transfer can do.

When The Times advertised a freebie version, I suspected it was that old horror. Amazingly, it was the second Eureka version with the original score.

I must watch it one day. It looks amazing compared to the earlier version.

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Old 31-10-2006, 08:54   #23
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I have a transfer of Night of the Living Dead which looks like it was shot through an old coke bottle. The tin-boxed version seems only marginally better. From memory, my VHS copy (which I no longer own) had better picture quality; and the appalling 1998 revised version, with changed music, seems the most crisp of all.
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The old release of L'Atalante by New Yorker was very hard on the eyes - flickering headache-inducing material, not exactly the experience I was after.

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Without a doubt the Hong Kong release of Wong Kar Wai's Ashes Of Time - almost unwatchable!
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As a footnote to my "Runaway Bus" DVD post: I emailed Pickwick regarding the quality (or lack of it) and just got the following reply:Quote:"We have had a number of complaints regarding the release of The Runaway Bus and have had a close look at the film. The freezing and countdown midway through the film have been corrected and the DVD is being re-manufactured.
Unfortunately, although we licensed the rights to release the film from the estate of Val Guest, the estate did not have a copy of the film in any form and so we have had to locate the best possible copy in order to manufacture – this turned out to be an American public domain supplier.
If you would care to return the DVD to us I will arrange for a replacement copy without the freezing to be sent to you as soon as it is available.
Yours sincerely; Graham Betts"
I suppose at least they are trying!
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The original Nouveux release of Argento's "Suspiria" was dire. Made even more apparent when the excellent Anchor Bay edition's arrived.
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The original Nouveux release of Argento's "Suspiria" was dire. Made even more apparent when the excellent Anchor Bay edition's arrived.
I payed about 23 quid for that from Tower Records in Glasgow back in the day

Ebayed it when the AB edition came out but never got round to upgrading it
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