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Old 10-25-2010, 11:30 AM - Thread Starter
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The latter will be a digibook.

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NETWORK

Newscaster Howard Beale has a message for those who package reports of cute puppies, movie premieres and fender benders as hard news: I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore. Sidney Lumet directs Paddy Chayefsky's satire about the things people do for loveand ratings. Faye Dunaway plays a TV exec guarding ratings like a tigress protecting her cubs; Peter Finch's airwave rants become a phenomenon and William Holden, Robert Duvall and Beatrice Straight add to the fierce vitality.



Special Features:
· The Making of Network 6-Part Documentary: Tune in to How a Movie Landmark Caught Media Lightning, with Sidebars on Paddy Chayefsky, Getting Mad As Hell and Walter Cronkite's Reflections
· Vintage Paddy Chayefsky Interview Excerpt from Dinah!, Hosted by Dinah Shore
· Commentary by Director Sidney Lumet
· Private Screenings with Sidney Lumet: Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne Interviews the Director


ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

In the Watergate Building, lights go on and four burglars are caught in the act. That night triggered revelations that will drive a U.S. President from office. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) grabbed the story and stayed with it through doubts, denials and discouragement. Directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on the Woodward/Bernstein book, the film explores a working newspaper, where the mission is to get the story - and get it right.



Special Features:

· Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of All the President's Men
· Woodward and Bernstein: Lighting the Fire
· Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat
· Commentary by Robert Redford
· Vintage Featurette Pressure and the Press: The Making of All the President's Men
· Vintage Jason Robards Interview Excerpt from Dinah!
· Alan J. Pakula Thrillers Trailer Gallery

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Would you believe that this weekend I caved in and bought "All The President's Men" on DVD (2-disc CE) when it became obvious Warner wasn't about to release this on BD? It only cost me five bucks though, so no biggie. Hopefully "Network" will have a much improved and/or remastered HD transfer from the flat-and-colorless look this flick had had on TV, VHS and DVD every time I've seen it. Not counting on it though since its Warner's.
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I'll pass on Network, but I might get All the President's Men if it looks good.
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Both for me also, great movies Especially presidents men

Nice CA also

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Great cover for the digibook. NETWORK is one of my all-time favorites, so I'm in. That Paddy Chayefsky script is incomparable.

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Oh yes please. My "must have on Blu Ray" list is not that long however both these movies are on it. Can't wait.
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Not only is Network one of the most important films ever made it is one of the best. Let us hope for good things. If not Warner can burn in hell.
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I'm definitely upgrading from my old Network DVD next year, it appears. I'm kind of surprised that one's not getting the digibook treatment, though.

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They'll probably run it through a high pass filter and have a lower than needed bitrate. This is Warner, after all.

They did a lousy encode job for "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", not to mention lossy audio. I wanted to buy that classic badly.

Will they even be fully restored?

Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!
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DVDBeaver review for All the President's Men. Looks like a pretty decent transfer. Though DVDBeaver have had some problems lately with screenshots being slightly blurred, so the real disc might look a bit sharper.
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DVDBeaver review for All the President's Men. Looks like a pretty decent transfer. Though DVDBeaver have had some problems lately with screenshots being slightly blurred, so the real disc might look a bit sharper.

Looks pretty poor IMO. Typical WarnerMush™ for grain and cooked contrast. Pretty sure the HDTV recording I have of it looks better. Comparison en route.
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dvdbeaver now has screencaps for NETWORK, which looks better to me than ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN.
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They changed the cover art for ATPM for a shot which makes it look as though Redford and Hoffman are looking at a computer screen - which is how they would crack the case these days whereas in reality back in the 70s they probably rarely touched a keyboard
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I think Network looks worse, it's clearly from the same old transfer as the 2006 DVD, whereas AtPM looks like a new one (completely different colours and framing to the DVD.)
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I've just watched the first half of ATPM. I was extremely disturbed by the facial and, more generally, flesh tones, which most of the time look oversaturated, from amber to purple/red and, thus, completely unnatural to me. Apart from that, seems to me to be a really decent transfer.
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Network is an atrocious BD. There is no other way around it. It says dual layered. The disc is only a slight smidgen over 25GB with a bitrate not even 18Mbps and you can bet it's not a new transfer. The don't care one bit about any of this. Trash. Warner again can go **** themselves if they think this is going to sell. This is called a rental, Warner. This stuff doesn't cut it. I don't pay new prices for barely better than DVD transfers. Yeah, the resolution jump is nice. But that is basically the only difference. Hell no to this garbage. SO disappointed in this ****.

It is quite obvious from the Raging Bull rerelease and others that all studios want to do is keep releasing these same films on the same format over about 10 years or so. This tactic of bleeding the consumer ultimately fails and it fails hard. People should know the difference by now. None of this stuff is worth touching to own. The packaging is as bare as it gets and the blue will always be annoying. We will do this all over again no doubt.
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http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDRev...dvd_review.htm

yes, network could look better. but considering its warner, its AVC and no DNR!

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDRev...dvd_review.htm

same for all the presidents men as it seems
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Blu-ray | HDNet Movies HDTV (full bitrate)











Same transfer obviously, but looks like they did some very nice dirt cleanup by hand.
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by hand? someone threw away their key to the DNR machine?
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by hand? someone threw away their key to the DNR machine?
As we saw in BBC Click's report, Warner does their dirt/scratch removal by hand. Their one saving grace.
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