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post #2371 of 2486
I got Quadrophenia, Lonesome, and The Children of Paradise (which is one of the greatest movies ever ever ever). I may poke around the stuff only on DVD and pre-order some stuff as well.
post #2372 of 2486
I thought the sale was only for in stock titles, but I was able to preorder Rashomon and Brazil at 50% off, which was fine with me. I see they've raised the prices on those two already.
post #2373 of 2486
I ordered Rosemary's Baby and Purple Noon the first day of the sale.

Glad I ordered early as Purple Noon is now back up to $34.29
post #2374 of 2486
I thought the sale was only for in stock titles, but I was able to preorder Rashomon and Brazil at 50% off, which was fine with me. I see they've raised the prices on those two already.

If you can find a sympathetic salesperson they can force through the sale prices on upcoming titles. But it's probably a no no. My sympathetic salesperson was moving to the left coast to attend culinary school.
post #2375 of 2486
The only Blu-ray I'm interested in right now is the November 20 release of Heaven's Gate. At 50 percent off list price it comes in at under $25 so no free shipping. Amazon has the preorder at $30 at the moment, I have Prime shipping so it's kind of a wash.
post #2376 of 2486
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Originally Posted by giantchicken View Post

I thought the sale was only for in stock titles, but I was able to preorder Rashomon and Brazil at 50% off, which was fine with me. I see they've raised the prices on those two already.

Generally with these Barnes & Noble sales, the 50% discount applies to any titles that will be released through the end of the sale period (in this case, November 19th). However, when the current sale started, titles scheduled for release through the end of the year were included. It looks like that may have been an error, since the price for Brazil has bounced up to $42.57.
post #2377 of 2486
I wonder why all the reviews are so fond of Rosemary's Baby. This BD is just bad and riddeled with digital noise all over the place. Same with Heaven's Gate.

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post #2378 of 2486
Looks like film grain to me, albeit overly compressed... (haven't seen the disc)
post #2379 of 2486
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Looks like film grain to me, albeit overly compressed... (haven't seen the disc)

Basically yes. In a German Film forum restoration expert Torsten Kaiser from TLE Films told us that this look is probably caused by Polanski's lighting and visual style. The SCANITY LED scanner seems to have some issues with these conditions and produces minor digital artifacts, especially in lowlight scenes, which then could have been strengthened by the encode.
post #2380 of 2486
BLOW OUT looked great, other than a scratch that affected one entire reel. I'm curious about how that happened. Tonight IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE.

I wish I had snagged THE FOLLOWING while it was 50% off. Major bummer I missed out on that error.
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post #2382 of 2486
'On the Waterfront' is the one that interests me in the next release batch.
post #2383 of 2486
I'm watching the Criterion of Rosemary's baby now (1/2 way through) and I love the transfer! It has lots of detail, despite being shot somewhat soft overall. The main thing is it is deep and rich in both contrast and color, appears very film-like and cinematic.
It's been one of my more satisfying film experiences on my system.

I'm thrilled they are doing On The Waterfront as I've had a strong urge to re-visit that movie. Hope it comes out soon.
post #2384 of 2486
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Originally Posted by R Harkness View Post

I'm watching the Criterion of Rosemary's baby now (1/2 way through) and I love the transfer! It has lots of detail, despite being shot somewhat soft overall. The main thing is it is deep and rich in both contrast and color, appears very film-like and cinematic.
It's been one of my more satisfying film experiences on my system.
I'm thrilled they are doing On The Waterfront as I've had a strong urge to re-visit that movie. Hope it comes out soon.

I watched it two nights ago. Still one of the creepiest movies ever made. It has lost none of its power, and has to rank as one of the best horror films of all time. From the special feature, it turns out Robert Redford was the first choice for Guy (and Tuesday Weld for Rosemary). I'm not sure Redford's blond clean-cut look would have been as good as Cassavetes' slightly sinister and darker appearance. As noted, there was tension between him and Polanski, and his performance - unlike Farrow's - may not have been among his best.
post #2385 of 2486
Watched BLOW OUT and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE in the last few days and both are keepers.

Now just get me THE FOLLOWING!
post #2386 of 2486
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Now just get me THE FOLLOWING!

Just an FYI, the movie's title is actually just "Following."

"The Following" is a new series on Fox this January.
post #2387 of 2486
Semantics. smile.gif
post #2388 of 2486
Watched the new release of Heaven's Gate. This is a terrific restoration and a must-have for fans of the film. Also has a very nice booklet detailing the disastrous studio release of the film, and an entire BD disc of bonus content.
Don't go here looking for razor sharp images, as it was shot with natural light. But there's abundant film grain and beautiful colors and contrast. AQ is also top-notch.
post #2389 of 2486
THE FOLLOWING is at a mind blowing pre-order price on Amazon right now. Thank God I checked today. I am one happy camper.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009D5LVCE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
post #2390 of 2486
That's not the only pre-order, either. Brazil is down to $20.99 as well and that was enough to get a pre-order out of me.
post #2391 of 2486
Most of the new ones didn't reach 50% off so I skipped them (already wasted too much on the BN sale) however Brazil is a better deal since it's $50 MSRP. I do hope to see some screens before the release though. If it's from the same master as the Universal US Blu-ray then it's fine, but there's a pretty good chance it'll be the same as the European Fox releases (which use the previous Criterion DVD master), in which case I'd rather cancel my pre-order.
post #2392 of 2486
Lots of stuff available at the cyber Monday sale cheaper than B&N. Lots but not all.
post #2393 of 2486
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Originally Posted by paku View Post

Most of the new ones didn't reach 50% off so I skipped them (already wasted too much on the BN sale) however Brazil is a better deal since it's $50 MSRP. I do hope to see some screens before the release though. If it's from the same master as the Universal US Blu-ray then it's fine

For me there's no point in paying more if it's going to look like the Universal BD.
post #2394 of 2486
An early look at Brasil:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare/brazil.htm

The color scheme of earlier dvds of the film appear to have been all over the place and the two BDs have quite a different color grading in these images as well. The Criterion has more contrast then the Universal in the caps, what one prefers maybe more a personal taste then anything else. The Criterion has more film grain in the screenshots but I find it hard to see an increase in detail, maybe png comparisons would give more a clue.
post #2395 of 2486
I like what I am seeing with Criterion shots. Might have to wait a while on a good price, though. smile.gif
post #2396 of 2486
I like what I am seeing with Criterion shots. Might have to wait a while on a good price, though.

Unless you buy used, you won't find much better prices than some of these (at least as of 11/30/12):

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_9?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=criterion+collection&sprefix=criterion%2Cmovies-tv%2C216
post #2397 of 2486
Oooohhhhh. I didn't realize it got down so low.

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Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood View Post

I like what I am seeing with Criterion shots. Might have to wait a while on a good price, though.
Unless you buy used, you won't find much better prices than some of these (at least as of 11/30/12):
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_9?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=criterion+collection&sprefix=criterion%2Cmovies-tv%2C216
post #2398 of 2486
Rosemary's Baby
Amazon.com $18
Amazon.ca $41

@##$&&(#%#$#$@*##%!!!!
post #2399 of 2486
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Originally Posted by wuther View Post

For me there's no point in paying more if it's going to look like the Universal BD.
Well I'm going to cancel as I prefer the look of the Universal to the old Criterion master. The grain is finer and not as artifacted/noisy, I think the colours are better and it doesn't look quite as boosted in general. I doubt I would be able to tell the difference between the 132 and 142-minute cuts anyway.
post #2400 of 2486
Wow, Criterion's release of Brazil looks markedly worse (more Universally) than Universal's. That's gotta be a first...
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