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Old 01-02-2006, 10:46   #21
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I'm confused as to what they're doing here?
For the first time (outside of a US 'Best Buy' exclusive) they're offering the Tin Edition of 'Kong' with the other two titles; the current box has just the Amaray editions of all three films.

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Old 01-02-2006, 10:51   #22
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Ahhhh so, more or less, they're putting the Best Buy exclusive on general release, then.
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:02   #23
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haineshisway: As John said, my point was aimed at myself. In the face of all these long awaited titles, I still bemoan the fact that Ambersons and The Big Sleep are missing, a point both ludicrous and valid I guess. I agree with your HD centric posts. I will be an extremely late adopter if I do decide to at all. DVD's are more than fine for my liking!
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:16   #24
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So many films I want, I could weep ...
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:48   #25
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Superman 2 recut

Im guessing boxset will at the very end of the year as it will also include the DVD of the new film.

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Is no-one else upset at only having the Superman II discs buried amongst all the others in the set? At the risk of whining at good news, I've already got the R1 Superman SE (which I think is a pretty nice disc), and am only really interested in Supes 2. As much as I had childhood fondness for part III, due to being a Pryor obsessive, I suspect it won't be as good now, and part IV is so bad I'd rather watch Batman and Robin on permanent loop....
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Old 01-02-2006, 15:06   #27
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Sad truth; DVDs cost buttons to produce, once you've paid for authoring, rights, any extra etc., we are talking little more than a few pennies per unit. There's a finite amount studios/distributors can charge for any one disc - Criterion being right at the top end. The trick is to try and crank up what the end user is willing to pay by stealth.

You can stick it in a fancy case, whack a DTS track on there, (give it a daft name, that seems to be flavour of the month - Airplane: Don't Call Me Shirley Edition, pul-lease), or you can bury it in a box set for a year or so, before you finally release it again on it's own as a stand-alone. It's marketing, and Warners are bloody good at it. You're going to have to pay through the nose for this, to underwrite the enormous cost of actually doing in the first place - in other words, you asked for it, you got it (be thankful), but it's gonna cost ya!

Meanwhile, Paramount, who have been bleating that their classic back catalogue titles aren't selling, have announced their first classic of 2006, the 1970 Julius Caeser, which will stay on the shelves until it's consigned to the Wal Mart $5 and under bin. And they'll wonder why they're streets behind those Warner Bros...

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I guess you're right John (as usual )

And there is absolutely loads in your first post that I have been waiting an age for, which is great. Its just explaining to relatives that "no, it has to be this specific box set from an American etailer that I want for my Birthday, and yes I am aware that Amazon Uk are selling a version for a fiver, but trust me its not the same" causes me me undue stress
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Meanwhile, Paramount, who have been bleating that their classic back catalogue titles aren't selling, have announced their first classic of 2006, the 1970 Julius Caeser, which will stay on the shelves until it's consigned to the Wal Mart $5 and under bin. And they'll wonder why they're streets behind those Warner Bros...
..and after that, they'll find a way to repackage the Star Trek franchise in order to get fans to double-dip, just like Fox do with Angel, Buffy and The X-Files.

Well now, they could start with actually restoring the prints used to something like decency. You know, removing all that dirt and damage that's so in evidence on things like The Original Series and the films.

Bitter? Me? Surely not.
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Is no-one else upset at only having the Superman II discs buried amongst all the others in the set?
Not really fair play, is it. Having said that, if I'm upgrading at all, Superman-wise, it's the whole hog - wild horses couldn't keep me from the full 14 disc set.
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..and after that, they'll find a way to repackage the Star Trek franchise in order to get fans to double-dip
It'd be a triple-dip for the film series ... argh!
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Old 01-02-2006, 16:04   #31
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If I could have bought LDs for $29.95 I would have been laughing.

Lots of bare-bones LDs used to list for $29.95 back in the day with some features even going for $24.95 and $19.95.

HD and blu-ray releases are premature at this point IMO. I know the studios are creaming their pants at the thought of flogging us our collections all over again but all but a minority of home theatre obsessives are more than happy with the resolution, range and RRP of plain old DVD.

I’ve half a mind to get excited over the Blade Runner news but.....been there, done that before.
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I maintain my soppy status by being most excited by this -

The Astaire and Rogers Collection, Volume 2 - featuring Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Carefree (1938) and The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
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Question on the original unrated version Eyes Wide Shut - I thought the UK version was uncut? - The American version being cut to achieve their NC-17 rating where as the UK 18 certification was the uncut version?
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Old 01-02-2006, 16:45   #34
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Yes, the R1 had some very naughty scenes digitally altered to save us from eternal damnation. From Michael Brooke's DVD Times review of the R2:

Unlike the R1 DVD of the film, I'm delighted to confirm that this R2 version contains Kubrick's complete, unexpurgated version, with the orgy scene intact (though it's a pity Warner didn't throw in the digitally censored version as a supplement - I'd quite like to have seen it, if only out of curiosity!). One small change was made to this European version, in that the music accompanying this scene was slightly altered to remove what turned out to be a sacred Hindu text, but by all accounts this makes no appreciable difference. All in all, there's no question that this is the definitive version of the film.

All the news in this thread, of course, only refers to R1 releases, so it looks like they are grave danger of being perverted at last...

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I hope that Burton & Taylor set will contain The Comedians
And a Paul Newman boxset, could this be Harper, The Drowning Pool and The MacKintosh Man ?
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Sorry, Earl, my brain must have been in "serious" mode when I read your post. Mea culpa, and I've been a culpa for years.
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Hmm, I suspect the Burton Taylor boxset might be:

2-disc SE of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (although the current London stage production leaves the film for dead)
The Sandpiper
The Comedians
The VIPs

As for the Newman box, I think Jowy has it right. The Harper movies, The Mackintosh Man, Cool Hand Luke. Wouldn't mind an SE of Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean with a Milius commentary but I can't see it happening.
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I still think Somebody Up There Likes Me is a shoo-in...trouble is they're saying Cool Hand Luke SE for 2007.

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If HD DVD and Blu-Ray develop anything like standard DVD, there probably won't be that many classic titles offered in the early years because the big money is in contemporary stuff.

And that's fine with me. I'm pretty happy with current DVD quality, and since 90 percent of my purchases are in the classic category, I won't feel any need to upgrade for several years.

I would like to see an Ambersons release too, but George Feltenstein said in an interview a year or two back that they didn't yet have elements good enough for a release. Besides, I like having something to look forward to.
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Feltenstein said the same thing about King Kong two years ago - didn't have the elements - said it as they were working on the DVD even then. Point: Take his pronouncements with a large container of salt.
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