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post #631 of 1368 Old 12-25-2008, 06:10 PM
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Does anyone know if the UK and/or French release of Rise -- The Blood Hunter is region locked?

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What is the best version of [rec] that's available? I see three versions up to this point:

[Rec] - Spain - Filmax
[Rec] - Italy - Mediafilm
[Rec] - Norewegian/Scandinavian - Star Media (no english subs)

Also, what's the best retailer to order from? I believe the Spanish version is available at dvdgo (or something similar...), but the shipping price to Canada/USA is horrible.

http://www.yesasia.com/us/rec-blu-ra...0-en/info.html

Just another option/release.
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Anyone have the U.K. My Best Friend's Wedding? It was listed for release here in the U.S a few months ago but got canceled.

Image/Audio?

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Hi Tim

MBFW looks very good- to excellent (on a 50" screen). i cant decode the Dolby Tru HD 5.1 track so cant comment on that
At 50" i couldnt spot EE or DNR though to be honest i was more focused on enjoying the movie

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Does anyone have information on some National Geographic releases in Greece on Blu ray? I came across some interesting titles - one being on Ferrari as well as Africa and there are some Sony releases as well called Hi Def Planet. Trying to find out if they are Region Free.
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Any imported BD on this list that probably dissapoints in either picture or sound? (I'm already aware 'The Island' doesn't have a High Def sound track.) If a title offers little overall improvement over the SD DVD, I might as well skip it ! Thanks for any help !

(Double '+' indicates it looks a pretty safe purchase , double '-' indicates it's probably a mistake , the others I'm still wondering about )

Earth vs The Flying Saucers [Blu-ray] [1956] - Hugh Marlowe; Blu-ray
-- Escape From New York [Blu-ray] [1981] - Isaac Hayes; Blu-ray
++ The Fog [Blu-ray] [1979] - John Houseman; Blu-ray
The Ipcress File [Blu-ray] [1965] - Michael Caine; Blu-ray
++ The Island [Blu-ray] [2005] - Ewan McGregor; Blu-ray
Predator 2 [Blu-ray] [1990] - Danny Glover; Blu-ray
-- Ronin [Blu-ray] [1998] - Robert De Niro; Blu-ray
++ Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street [Blu-ray] [2007] - Johnny Depp; Blu-ray
++ Zulu [Blu-ray] [1964] - Michael Caine; Blu-ray

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK's transfer is upscaled from 480p. I'd definitely hold off for the supposedly upcoming US release of that one.
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Zulu has been DNR'ed to death.
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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK's transfer is upscaled from 480p. I'd definitely hold off for the supposedly upcoming US release of that one.

Whoops, thanks ! That really would be a waste! I see 'The Island' and 'Sweeney Todd' fare well in the above PQ thread, so I guess I shouldn't worry about them.

I understand 'Ronin' is a single layer BD. Given it's kind of a long film, I wonder if there are any issues there -- anybody have an opinion?

'The Ipcress File' is one of my all time favorite spy movies, it would be really nice if it was a good transfer, though I see the Amazon UK price is only 9.99 pounds -- relatively inexpensive. Anybody seen it?

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Zulu has been DNR'ed to death.

Oh, no -- that's a real shame !
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Does anyone know if the UK Omen Collection is region coded? I was thinking of getting that in a 3 for 2 deal if not. I don't want the US version because it has the remake.
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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK's transfer is upscaled from 480p. I'd definitely hold off for the supposedly upcoming US release of that one.

I was afraid of that...I have the original dvd and it looks worse than a worn out VHS tv broadcast recording. Was the original master of this movie lost/destroyed or did it look pretty bad in theaters also? (not quite old enough to remember)

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There's a user review on blu-ray.com complaining about the grain on the Ipcress File.

I take that as a good sign.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/movies...ow=userreviews
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Does anyone know if the UK Omen Collection is region coded? I was thinking of getting that in a 3 for 2 deal if not. I don't want the US version because it has the remake.

If I learn anything on that, I'll post it!
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There's a user review on blu-ray.com complaining about the grain on the Ipcress File.

I take that as a good sign.

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/movies...ow=userreviews

Indeed, I love that film, so if the complaint comes down to grain -- I'm sold !
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I was afraid of that...I have the original dvd and it looks worse than a worn out VHS tv broadcast recording. Was the original master of this movie lost/destroyed or did it look pretty bad in theaters also? (not quite old enough to remember)

Check out this thread for some comparisons to an HD broadcast.

But as for the look of the film in general, it was shot on a low budget, but it was still in anamorphic widescreen, so I can't imagine it looked all that bad originally.
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FWIW: I own this film on LD and absolutely LOVE it ! I'm not looking for a pristine upgrade in BD, just what it's reasonably capable of! If it beats the SD DVD, I'm interested ! (All of Carpenter's films were low budget, but that doesn't mean they weren't thoroughly enjoyable. I'll take 'Escape From New York' over at least 80% of what's released today, no problem !)
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Indeed, I love that film, so if the complaint comes down to grain -- I'm sold !

A transfer can, of course, have excessive grain........although I'm not saying that is necessarily so in this case. From what I remember, the 35mm prints were, indeed, very grain-heavy.
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A transfer can, of course, have excessive grain........although I'm not saying that is necessarily so in this case. From what I remember, the 35mm prints were, indeed, very grain-heavy.

I have the suspicion the concept of 'excessive grain' is very much an individual judgement. My perspective is the grain is the grain! If the film that I know includes grain, then so be it, all I ask is that the film be delivered as honestly as technically reasonable. I really don't want the rest of the image damaged due to some misguided attempt to reduce the director intended grain!
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Zulu, if you love the film, is still a significant upgrade from the DVD
and well worth a purchase IMO.
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Thanks for the recommendation, that's the kind of argument I find telling !
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FWIW: I own this film on LD and absolutely LOVE it ! I'm not looking for a pristine upgrade in BD, just what it's reasonably capable of! If it beats the SD DVD, I'm interested ! (All of Carpenter's films were low budget, but that doesn't mean they weren't thoroughly enjoyable. I'll take 'Escape From New York' over at least 80% of what's released today, no problem !)

It might be slightly better than the SD DVD, but it's certainly less than it's reasonably capable of. And with a theoretically substantial upgrade right around the corner, I would wait.
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Thanks, sounds like I should probably hang tight on 'Escape From New York"! I'm not running into much question on the others so far (somewhat mixed bag on 'Zulu'), so perhaps they are OK, though I'm trying to take my time on this !

If anybody has watched any of my other selections and has observations, I'll be happy to learn what you think!

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What is the best version of [rec] that's available? I see three versions up to this point:

[Rec] - Spain - Filmax
[Rec] - Italy - Mediafilm
[Rec] - Norewegian/Scandinavian - Star Media (no english subs)

Also, what's the best retailer to order from? I believe the Spanish version is available at dvdgo (or something similar...), but the shipping price to Canada/USA is horrible.

There are more versions. A German one by E-M-S, a French one by Wild Side Video and a Japanese one by Happinet. I have the French and Japanese releases, neither one has English subs though. The French one has forced French subs with Spanish audio and is locked to region B. I think many of the European releases are 1080i / 25 fps (which makes them incompatible with a lot of region A hw) and the Japanese one is 1080i / 29.970 fps.

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"The Fog" generally received thumbs down concerning image quality in reviews.

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content/id/68323/the-fog.html

is just one of the negative reviews.
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I'm with you on the grain. Bullitt has all of that coarse late sixties grain and it looks fabulous.
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I have Zulu. I don't have Patton, but I have seen screen grabs. Zulu does not appear as bad as what I've seen of Patton, but there are some faces that are missing detail. I still enjoy Zulu because its a great movie and because outside of some of the faces, Zulu fills the screen with some incredible visuals. It looks a lot better than the DVD. If you're a fan of the film, as I am, you have a tough decision to make. Being forewarned may help as you won't be surprised. I still enjoy my blu-ray of Zulu, but I do wish they'd left the grain alone. I've read that they couldn't because the original was so dirty, they had to clean it up. If you get the Ipcress file, report back and update us!
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Ronin is region locked (unless a new version has been released that isn't).

Zulu is a great film and probably the best you'll get at this point. Much better than the current dvd offering, so to me there's no regret in purchasing it. It being "DNR'ed to death" doesn't distract from my viewing pleasure.
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"The Fog" generally received thumbs down concerning image quality in reviews.

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content/id/68323/the-fog.html

is just one of the negative reviews.

I'm told the BD has the same transfer as the French HD DVD. Here is the HD Digest review: http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/755/fog1980_fr.html

Frankly, given the age of the film and the budget production -- I'm not sure how much can really be expected. Three and a half stars on the video, not that bad !
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I have Zulu. I don't have Patton, but I have seen screen grabs. Zulu does not appear as bad as what I've seen of Patton, but there are some faces that are missing detail. I still enjoy Zulu because its a great movie and because outside of some of the faces, Zulu fills the screen with some incredible visuals. It looks a lot better than the DVD. If you're a fan of the film, as I am, you have a tough decision to make. Being forewarned may help as you won't be surprised. I still enjoy my blu-ray of Zulu, but I do wish they'd left the grain alone. I've read that they couldn't because the original was so dirty, they had to clean it up. If you get the Ipcress file, report back and update us!

I think Zulu is probably a lock at this point. I really enjoy Ipcress and if the picture gains any noticable ground, I'm interested.

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Ronin is region locked (unless a new version has been released that isn't).

Zulu is a great film and probably the best you'll get at this point. Much better than the current dvd offering, so to me there's no regret in purchasing it. It being "DNR'ed to death" doesn't distract from my viewing pleasure.

Uh, oh! Thanks for the alert on Ronin!
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