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Releases in May. Pat Boone is going to be in town for a showing of the movie at our local art museum. Tickets are $25, money goes toward a charity. He will also be signing copies of the bluray if they are purchased there at the showing.

What do you think, should I go? I'm strongly considering it, but I've been to the theater at that museum and the seats are incredibly uncomfortable.

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Well, as a child of the '50s, it's one of my childhood favorites and I preordered a copy the first day. If you enjoy '50s sci-fi with its period SFX, it's one of the best and has a fantastic Bernard Hermann score.
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It would be worth it to go buy $25 ticket for charity, buy the BD, get it signed, and then go home and watch it.

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3,000-piece limited run?
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Awwww what the heck- just placed my pre-order. Journey to the Center of the Earth was always one of my sci-fi favorites as a kid!

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Limited run? Weak.

I'm curious... $30 x 3,000 is only $90,000. Maybe this was already discussed in the Twilight Time thread. Assuming they sell every copy for $30 and make enough to profit, transfer and/or restoration of old films and pressing discs must not be nearly as expensive as some say it is... The studios wouldn't do this without earning profit, would they?
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Go see it if they have 35mm - the restored print is gorgeous (I ran it in 2008).

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Limited run? Weak.

I'm curious... $30 x 3,000 is only $90,000. Maybe this was already discussed in the Twilight Time thread. Assuming they sell every copy for $30 and make enough to profit, transfer and/or restoration of old films and pressing discs must not be nearly as expensive as some say it is... The studios wouldn't do this without earning profit, would they?

Yes, it's been discussed ad nauseum. If there was significant profit, the studio would do the release. As it is, they get a check from Twilight Time in advance that is more than they would make selling it themselves.

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Releases in May. Pat Boone is going to be in town for a showing of the movie at our local art museum. Tickets are $25, money goes toward a charity. He will also be signing copies of the bluray if they are purchased there at the showing.

What do you think, should I go? I'm strongly considering it, but I've been to the theater at that museum and the seats are incredibly uncomfortable.

2 questions, is Boone on some kind of tour or is this a one time only thing? And the BD will be for sale at this theater?
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It's a one time only thing. We have a famous film historian/author who lives here and he puts these things on from time to time. The last big one I remember was he had Harryhousen and his wife into town for some King Kong reunion and they showed it in 70mm at the last true movie palace here in town. Sadly the theater has since been torn down and is now a parking lot.

I hope he does a big performance and theatrical showing when Lawrence of Arabia finally releases on blu.

(I assume the bluray will be for sale at the theater, the article in the newspaper said he will autograph them if you purchase it)

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Just pre-ordered my copy. I hope it is in good quality.
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James Mason and the great Bernard Herrmann score are really the only two reasons I like this movie at all. The poor pacing and especially the iguanas with rubber frills standing in for "dinosaurs" really hurt this movie for me when I first saw it as a kid.
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James Mason and the great Bernard Herrmann score are really the only two reasons I like this movie at all. The poor pacing and especially the iguanas with rubber frills standing in for "dinosaurs" really hurt this movie for me when I first saw it as a kid.

Boy I bet you were a real fun kid. You need to change your name to partypooper Yes it was a littel goofy but I like it for what it was'a classic IMHO
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I saw this in a theatre when first released. And in the era of Harryhausen, the dinosaurs were a letdown. But, the scene where they ride up inside the volcano was like no other before it and on the big screen we rode right along with them.

I'd love to see it in a theatre again!
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Loved it as a child. It hasn't aged well at all, but the Herrmann score alone makes it worthwhile. If it's a good Blu-ray transfer I might have to do the dirty deed, but the color would have to be absolutely first-rate.

Actually, none of the Jules Verne movies have aged very well, and some of them weren't much good to begin with.

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Actually, none of the Jules Verne movies have aged very well, and some of them weren't much good to begin with.

Wow, Shaded, that's an interesting topic deserving its own thread!
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Actually, none of the Jules Verne movies have aged very well, and some of them weren't much good to begin with.

Wow, Shaded, that's an interesting topic deserving its own thread!


Probably not

But think about it:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Fun, and from what I have heard, the most expensive American film up its time, but Disney cutesy-wootsey

Around the World in 80 Days Sort of fun, but it tends towards tedium, and apparently is in dire need of an expensive restoration

From the Earth to the Moon One of RKO's last releases; cheaply made, and with a soundtrack cribbed from Forbidden Planet

Journey Undistinguished performances; great imagination mixed with so-so execution, and really for kids

Master of the World (Actually Robur the Conquorer) Charming Projects Unlimited miniatures and a cute Les Baxter score, but AI cheapness and lots of stock footage

Mysterious Island Pretty good Harryhausen film, but not in the caliber of Jason or the first Sinbad film; great Herrmann score

In Search of the Castaways Almost forgot about this one; more Disney goo. A cute Hayley Mills notwithstanding, absolutely dreadful. I recently bought the DVD to see if it had more redeeming factors than I remembered and it did not

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Actually, none of the Jules Verne movies have aged very well, and some of them weren't much good to begin with.

Wow, Shaded, that's an interesting topic deserving its own thread!


Probably not

But think about it:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Fun, and from what I have heard, the most expensive American film up its time, but Disney cutesy-wootsey

Still like it, although clearly from another era. Could be ruined today by over-the-top "action" directors like Michael Bay.

Around the World in 80 Days Sort of fun, but it tends towards tedium, and apparently is in dire need of an expensive restoration

Saw this when new and it was considered an epic. Saw it (in a theatre) about ten years ago and it seemed very slow and rather disjointed.

From the Earth to the Moon One of RKO's last releases; cheaply made, and with a soundtrack cribbed from Forbidden Planet

Saw THIS when new (I was about 10) and it seemed really talky and boring. Haven't seen it since.

Journey Undistinguished performances; great imagination mixed with so-so execution, and really for kids

Don't know this one at all!

Master of the World (Actually Robur the Conquorer) Charming Projects Unlimited miniatures and a cute Les Baxter score, but AI cheapness and lots of stock footage

Didn't see this one, but loved Vincent Price at that time. Read the Classics Illustrated, though.

Mysterious Island Pretty good Harryhausen film, but not in the caliber of Jason or the first Sinbad film; great Herrmann score

Saw every Harryhausen film when new from 7th Voyage of Sinbad on. THOSE were events! This one didn't seem as good as some others, maybe because it was missing the "monsters". 7th is still my favorite; had the most impact.

In Search of the Castaways Almost forgot about this one; more Disney goo. A cute Hayley Mills notwithstanding, absolutely dreadful. I recently bought the DVD to see if it had more redeeming factors than I remembered and it did not

Let me tell you, I was absolutely IN LOVE with Hayley Mills. It was The Parent Trap that did it. I must have seen that half a dozen times when new. (Now I'm so old, the MOTHER [Maureen O'Hara] looks good to me!) So when In Search came out I was right there. Had a three-sheet poster hanging in my room. I haven't seen it in a long time, but I never thought it bad. Rose colored glasses, probably.

There were a ton of others I had forgotten about, like "5 Weeks in a Balloon"...
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Loved it as a child. It hasn't aged well at all, but the Herrmann score alone makes it worthwhile. If it's a good Blu-ray transfer I might have to do the dirty deed, but the color would have to be absolutely first-rate. Actually, none of the Jules Verne movies have aged very well, and some of them weren't much good to begin with.

Jules Verne's imagination is what he's remembered for today even though many of his stories are filled with bad science, but he did the best he could given the knowledge of the time. Journey to the Center of the Earth is a favorite of mine and I saw many times in the theater and it is up there with George Pal's The Time Machine. Both movies came out during my formative early teen years and caused me to read the books and were an early introduction to the difference between Hollywood movies and the actual novels. I have both on DVD and look forward to the Blu-ray release. Yes, it's hokey fun but so is Star Wars to later generations.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth is a favorite of mine and I saw many times in the theater and it is up there with George Pal's The Time Machine.


I've been hoping for an HD viewing on TIME MACHINE for years. No cable, VOD, or BD presentations to be found anywhere! I've been told that it was once seen in HD on HDNet Movies, but that was years ago (and before I had the channel).

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For what it's worth, I adore The Time Machine. It had been an extremely important part of my life since I saw it in original release at age 9. It beats all the Verne films up and down the block, and for so many reasons.

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For what it's worth, I adore The Time Machine. It had been an extremely important part of my life since I saw it in original release at age 9. It beats all the Verne films up and down the block, and for so many reasons.

Yeah TM and JTTCOTE both had a similar impact on me as a child. Completely captured my imagination and satisfied in every way.

It will be interesting and fun to put-up JTTCOTE in my HT and see what it conjures-up after all these years. After years of watching reruns on commercial TV, I can't even remember if I saw it at a theater. In any case, it will be worth a couple hours in glorious HD on my 10' screen..

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Love to see Time Machine and War of the Worlds (w/ piano wires digitally erased) on BD some day. Maybe Olive Films will obtain the rights from Paramount some time soon.
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Love to see Time Machine and War of the Worlds (w/ piano wires digitally erased) on BD some day. Maybe Olive Films will obtain the rights from Paramount some time soon.

I know this has been brought up before, but I don't mind the wires holding up the war machines. WotW has been recently broadcast on one of the HD channels lately and while the quality is decent, the wires really were visible to a much higher degree than the dvd or old laserdisc releases especially in the sequence when they first come out of the crater and confront the army. It took me out for all of a second or two and the strength of the movie re-engaged my sense of wonder.
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I know this has been brought up before, but I don't mind the wires holding up the war machines. WotW has been recently broadcast on one of the HD channels lately and while the quality is decent, the wires really were visible to a much higher degree than the dvd or old laserdisc releases especially in the sequence when they first come out of the crater and confront the army. It took me out for all of a second or two and the strength of the movie re-engaged my sense of wonder.


I think the draw of some of these films is what they did with what they had, pretty incredible really. Removing the stuff removes some of the charm for lack of a better term.

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George Pal and Paramount really went to a great deal of trouble with the special effects of The War of the Worlds. Popular Mechanics had a double page spread that went into detail showing the trouble they went to, using, as best I remember, the 3-strip Technicolor camera. The F/X took a year or more to complete. It reigned supreme for special effects complexity for over a decade.

I want the wires.

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If they would color time War of the Worlds correctly to match the 1953 prints, about 75% of the 'visible' wires would disappear. The film has been printed too light ever since the theatrical reissue in the 70s and it doesn't look like the original Technicolor prints.

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If they would color time War of the Worlds correctly to match the 1953 prints, about 75% of the 'visible' wires would disappear. The film has been printed too light ever since the theatrical reissue in the 70s and it doesn't look like the original Technicolor prints.

To make matter worse, the 2nd "remastered" DVD release of the 1953 WOTW is timed even lighter than the first DVD release. This is very noticable when the saucers are coming out of the pit.
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If they would color time War of the Worlds correctly to match the 1953 prints, about 75% of the 'visible' wires would disappear. The film has been printed too light ever since the theatrical reissue in the 70s and it doesn't look like the original Technicolor prints.

Exactly.
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The generation loss of theatrical prints would have also masked the wires. The filmmakers knew and planned for this when they made the movie. The wires should not have been visible to an audience.

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Exactly. And it would be nice to have the option (via: branching) to have the wires invisible to those who do not want to see them. However I do agree that wires are part of the "charm" of 50's Sci-fi films. Nice to have both options (like Paramount did w/ Star Trek SPFX).
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