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VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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EL BROMANCE posted:

Thereís been dozens of Aliens collections in various formats that have gone Ďout of printí and replaced by others over the years. Virtually nobody cares, and the market isnít going to suddenly uptick for them in 20 years time.

Unless that Disney buyout comes through and the Alien movies go into the Vault.

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VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Egbert Souse posted:

Heh, Shout! Factory confirmed they approached Paul Rudd to contribute to the Mac & Me Blu-Ray, but he declined.

I guess he realized the joke was getting old.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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I really should get Forbidden Zone. One of my cinematography mentors worked on it back in the day and I've been meaning to show it to him and jumpstart that nostalgia.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Anything new on the City of the Living Dead Bluray? I already have the one they released before.

EDIT: Nevermind, saw it. New 4k restoration.

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VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Cloks posted:

Also, hot drat, hope that Big Lebowski is a new remaster. I don't own it because I've heard bad things about the Blu Ray.

Same. The Bluray just uses the old HD master used for DVD transfers and it really shows.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Five Cent Deposit posted:

An uncompressed standard def transfer from film can fool many people into thinking they are watching an actual 35mm print if the projector and intermediate hardware are both top notch. Iíve done it - screened features that way, I mean - and had people ask me if they were watching film. Industry pros, even.

My cinematography mentor has a great story about this. Back when the first restoration of "Night of the Hunter" back in the 90s happened, they showed it at the ASC Clubhouse with Stanley Cortez in attendance. By chance, he sat next to Stanley during the screening and afterwards, Stanley turned to him and said, "That's the best the film has ever looked."

They were watching a standard definition restoration of "Night of the Hunter", which says a lot of the supposed resolution and color/tonal gamut of a film print.

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VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Five Cent Deposit posted:

Thanks for sharing that story. I donít doubt it happened pretty much as your mentor described.

The internet makes it difficult to tell if youíre being sarcastic, but my mentorís an ASC member.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Five Cent Deposit posted:

Zero sarcasm intended. Iíve worked in features for maybe 14 years or so. Only career Iíve ever had. Love stories like this, and I probably have a million of them myself. I appreciated the sharing, as simple as that.

Ah okay, the Internetô is hard.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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LOL, and the very thing I warned people about is happening. Digital copies and streaming are bullshit, stick to physical media.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Spatulater bro! posted:

Paying for a subscription to a streaming service with rotating titles is okay, but buying a single item without actually owning it IS bullshit.

My issue with streaming services is how largely it's becoming Balkanized. I'm not paying for multiple streaming services.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Egbert Souse posted:

Kino was going to release it, but the rights were blocked at the last minute. Allegedly, itís Michael Mann not wanting the film in circulation.

Yeah, Michael Mann in several interviews has said that "The Keep" will never see a release nowadays. Too many bad memories making the movie.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Unmature posted:

Whoa cool! I've been going to an amazing shop in South Pasadena called Videotheque lately. I'll make sure to stop in there. And if you're in the area, that place RULES.

Yeah, I've been meaning to check it out.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Vagabundo posted:

I wonder if it'll be the original cut.

Last I remember, none of the original film elements exists and the print of it is gone.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Man, imagine if someone did that to Gordon Willis when he was still alive. He wouldíve tore that guy apart.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Egbert Souse posted:

I've seen people try to "restore-splain" to Robert Harris on the Blu-ray.com forums and it's hilarious. He supervised the restoration of The Godfather Trilogy with Coppola and Willis advising every step of the way.

Lol yeah, Iím well aware of that. Robert Harris is one of the preeminent film restorationists in the United States and he constantly has chuds talking down to him about how to restore films.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Cemetry Gator posted:

Fun story - one of the movies I used to set up my TV was Arrival.

There's a reason why you shouldn't use a movie with a muted color palette to calibrate a television, but hey, I always felt that Unforgiven needed to look washed out with a hosed up contrast though.

Calibrate with color bars 👌🏻

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Liar Lyre posted:

For the longest time I used an IKEA bookcase. Think it was called Kallax? Adjustable shelves, perfect size for media, sturdy as hell and cheap.

Kallax is the new one, Expedit was the old (and, from a design standpoint, much sturdier) design. In any case, still the standard for housing records, books, DVD/Bluray, and board games.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Oh goddammit, Arrow...

Black Sunday
Donnie Darko (2 disc edition)
The Hills Have Eyes
The Story of Yonosuke
Tetsuo/Tetsuo 2: Body Hammer
Uzumasa Limelight
What Have You Done to Solange?
The Woodsman and the Rain
Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Don't care so much about Robocop since I already have the remastered MGM disc (but let's see what they end up doing). I'm interested in what they do with "Cruising", hell, maybe they somehow found the missing footage.

Also, I would like to thank Arrow. I just got my December order from them today and they decided to gift me with 3 extra movies for free (probably to fill out the weight of the package). Still, thanks.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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I, Butthole posted:

Oh boy, popped in the blu-ray of Rabbit Proof Fence and was treated to this:



TV is fine, outputs are all seated properly, what the gently caress is this?

Is dynamic contrast on? If yes, then turn it off.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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So apparently Second Sight Films has the rights to ďDawn of the DeadĒ because they just posted an email from DP Michael Gornick about the restoration theyíre doing.

Well, about time it got out of rights hell.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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CPL593H posted:

Do any Criterion blu-rays still have the color bars? I remember the DVDs did but I can't recall ever seeing that feature on a blu-ray but at least half of the Criterions I own are black and white movies.

Yes, they all do, with the exception of Eraserhead, which has its own calibration thing but itís pretty much the same if you know how to use the PLUGE.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Man, all this talk reminds me of when a friend and I used to run a microcinema group at UC Davis in the mid-2000s where every Friday or Saturday night, we would break into one of the big lecture halls, usually Wellman or Olson Halls, and screen movies. A few of the films we screened were:

Man Bites Dog
Yi Yi
The Pornographers
The Day I Became a Woman
Last House on the Left
The Beyond
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control

Those were the few I remembered off the top of my head. I really miss those days.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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feedmyleg posted:

Sounds like it's time to break in again!

I don't live in Davis anymore unfortunately. I live in LA near-ish to the aforementioned Echo Park Film Center. I should drop by there sometime.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Detective No. 27 posted:

Yeah. I didn't realize it would make that much of a difference. Neither of us have tower PCs, and he got the external bluray drive for free.

It's probably because that drive is USB2, which is too slow to be doing this sort of thing. You'll see better times if you get a USB3 drive.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Apparently within minutes of posting news of the Oldboy release, Arrow ran into rights issues with some of the extras since they're supposed to be for the Korean release only.

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Feb 24, 2006
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Iron Crowned posted:

The thing is, Ghostbusters 1 was filmed with film stock from the early 80's, and with 4k or even regular blus, everything I've seen from that era looks pretty grimy at some points. It's weird to think that over the next few years film stock got a whole hell of a lot "cleaner" and lacks a certain feel that you get from the 80's.

Ghostbusters was shot on Eastmancolor 5294, which was a notoriously lovely film stock. It was super grainy even if you processed it as normal without pushing and it had terrible blue/green separation so you couldn't use it for compositing work.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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FilthyImp posted:

Well that's interesting. Cost-cutting feature? I assume "lets use the stock that's shittiest for what we'll eventually need" was not in the original design

It was the fastest film available up to that time, so it meant you didn't need to use as much light if you wanted to shoot scenes in low light and night urban exteriors, and Ghostbusters sure had a lot of those.

EDIT:

5294 was also the film used to shoot Aliens, which James Cameron notoriously complained about when the Alien Anthology was about to be released. The film stock only lasted like 3 years and was replaced by the better 5295. Ghostbusters 2 was shot on 5295.

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VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Eureka's Weimar sale is ending in a week so any suggestions on what discs to get?

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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CPL593H posted:

I got the Arrow Films Crimes of Passion blu-ray in a thrift store for three dollars and I have to share because I am loving pumped.

Nice, and itís a great movie. One of my mentors shot some second unit on that.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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caligulamprey posted:

Has PTA even shot anything digitally?

(I haven't watched any of his music videos so possibly? God bless him if he's shooting Haim on 35mm I guess)

Nope, heís one of those directors who swore he would always shoot film.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Oh god, why did I do this to myself? I ended up buying from the Vinegar Syndrome Black Friday sale:

The Angel Collection
Body Melt
The House on Tombstone Hill (Dead Dudes in the House )
Liquid Sky
Murder Weapon/Deadly Embrace
Star Time
Tammy and the T-Rex UHD
Vice Academy 1-3

And this is what I whittled down the list to.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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ultraviolence123 posted:

Only problem with this order is that you didn't get Spookies. Do yourself right and pick up a copy of that.

I wanted to get it but I gave myself a limit.

Probably just gonna get it next time a sale happens, so next Black Friday.

EDIT:

Ok gently caress it, I bought Spookies.

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VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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ChazTurbo posted:

Got the dark society trilogy from the arrow sale. can't pass up 3 movies for 17 bux. Anyone know if 12 monkeys ever goes on sale during these things?

I got 12 Monkeys during one of the B&N Arrow sales, which was $20. Not a huge amount but I've definitely seen it on sale during Arrow UK's sales for between £7.50 and £10, which is like between $10 and $13. The only issue is you never know what titles they decide to put on sale.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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I canít wait to hear people bitch about the color grading.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Steen71 posted:

I can bitch about Ran's colour grading some more, if you'd like me to.

Go right ahead.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Just finished watching Angel and uh wow, that was actually good.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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wuggles posted:

Also I'm going to keep hanging out here because I buy 4Ks and blu-rays and people make fun of me for it

Until they find out they have to pay for multiple streaming services just to watch a portion of the movies they want to watch and the studios take away their digital downloads because people keep ceding control and access to them.

VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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FilthyImp posted:

You mofos are gonna make me buy it when I grab the Angel collection. I expect to not be disappointed.

I bought the UHD version of it and I went to my brother's house to watch it since he has a UHD TV and player. My brother's response to it was "What the gently caress are we watching?" which is usually a good thing (he said the same thing about Hausu).

Also, I went through the entire Angel Collection and man, was not expecting those movies to be as good as they are. Granted, the first one is the strongest one in the series and Avenging Angel is goofy fun, but Angel 3 had the best credits song.

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VoodooXT
Feb 24, 2006
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Egbert Souse posted:

Because Stewart Raffill lets the VinSyn people do their job.

Itís also a bit of a political thing with studios and post facilities. You can get great transfers with very little effort but studios like telling post departments to degrade the footage through softening (like Gaussian blur) and compression so that you can only see the best quality image from a DCP.

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