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post #121 of 158
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For some strange reason Olive's 80's content usually appears to have weaker detail then the earlier productions from Olive but not Hangar 18:
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/hangar_18_blu-ray.htm

The images have great detail and film grain although the tv like lighting the production seems to use is not flattering.

Crashout:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Crashout-Blu-ray/72104/#Review

Wow, I like these images full grain, lots of detail and lovely grading. This looks like one of Olive's nicest pq release.
post #122 of 158
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Summer and Smoke:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/dvd_reviews52/summer_and_smoke.htm

Some EE around white shirts and maybe not great detail, overall film like however.
post #123 of 158
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Holy cow in image 6 you can see the lead actress has big hairy man hands! Sheesh lady at least clean your fingernails. Reminds me of Friday the 13Th when the old woman gets her head chopped off and up comes her big hairy man hands clutching the sky:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Harlow-Blu-ray/73445/#Screenshots
As for the images they look kind of processed, a bit scrubbed and noticeable EE, not Universal bad mind (could not resist).
post #124 of 158
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Holy cow in image 6 you can see the lead actress has big hairy man hands! Sheesh lady at least clean your fingernails.

Those are man hands--they belong to the guy applying her makeup. The brownish thing on the left side of the frame is one of his arms. (Plus the woman isn't the lead actress, she's just some extra in the opening credits sequence.)
post #125 of 158
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Those are man hands--they belong to the guy applying her makeup. The brownish thing on the left side of the frame is one of his arms. (Plus the woman isn't the lead actress, she's just some extra in the opening credits sequence.)

No way, that's was the woman's hands in Friday the 13th, it made her scary, you do not want to get her meat hooks on you.

Anyway back to the grind, God's Little Acre:
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreviews18/gods_little_acre_dvd_review.htm

Seems some hint of EE in a few images but great detail and nice grading in them.

WUSA & Once Is Not Enough:
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/WUSA-Blu-ray/73447/#Review
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Once-Is-Not-Enough-Blu-ray/73446/#Review

Caps in both are film like if maybe from an old scan with kinda mixed results, some EE.
post #126 of 158
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No way, that's was the woman's hands in Friday the 13th, it made her scary, you do not want to get her meat hooks on you.

I'm talking about the cap from Harlow. Those are pretty definitely supposed to be a guy's hands, and whoever that woman is, she's not Carroll Baker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma5K8DiFRyA&t=3m00s
post #127 of 158
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Finally a film addressing the important real issues, the lack on Earth of hot babes, Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956):

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/fire_maidens_from_outer_space_blu-ray.htm

Most BDs on such a serious and pressing topic as this one are of poor pq, the images here are hardly Olive's best put out but you can get past the slight EE and mediocre grading it does have detail and a film appearance.
post #128 of 158
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In Olive's relentless pursuit to corner the b&w BD market yet another one, Cry Vengeance:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/cry_vengeance_blu-ray.htm

Wow this film noir really pop outs in the caps, lots of detail, full grain, lovely grading with maybe a hint of EE in a few images.
post #129 of 158
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Those are man hands--they belong to the guy applying her makeup. The brownish thing on the left side of the frame is one of his arms. (Plus the woman isn't the lead actress, she's just some extra in the opening credits sequence.)
You're forgetting that Wuther doesn't actually watch any movies - he just looks at screen shots.
post #130 of 158
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Dont worry my faithful trolls I will double my output just to please ya.
post #131 of 158
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Another b&w, God's Little Acre:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Gods-Little-Acre-Blu-ray/74301/#Screenshots

When I looked these images there seem to be something odd about them, then I realized it's strange a smoothing that seems to starts strong screen left and diminishes once it gets to screen right. Crazy you say but image 14 illustrates it well, film grain on the right and next to none on the left and it's in all the caps. Maybe the capture was done incorrectly but I doubt it.

Cary Grant & (huba-huba) Doris Day, That Touch of Mink:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/That-Touch-of-Mink-Blu-ray/73646/#Overview

Some might claim Olive does not put out top tier classics but this was a popular film in its day. The images suggest an old master, weak on detail overall, blocky film grain and artifacts abound. Does not appear to be one of Olive's better pqs.
post #132 of 158
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The Bob Hope films were awesome, he played characters whose cowardliness was only matched by their easy manipulation by a pretty face. What a shame only Olive has released a Hope BD (that I know of), My Favorite Spy:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/My-Favorite-Spy-Blu-ray/76069/#Review

Best thing you could say about the images are it's ok, seems kinda mushy, grading is nice. May not be one of Olive's best b&w.
post #133 of 158
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Betty Boop Volume 1!:
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Betty-Boop-The-Essential-Collection-Volume-One-Blu-ray/74378/#Review
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/betty_boop_vol_1_blu-ray.htm

Yes, take that Disney! Overall looks pretty damn good (supposedly 4K scans), film grain, crisp lines and nice grading. Two live footage shots do not look so hot however. And the price is supposedly $25 which is a real deal admittedly only an hour and half of shorts.
post #134 of 158
Good prints of Betty Boop! It's an answer to an old man's prayer.
post #135 of 158
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Good prints of Betty Boop! It's an answer to an old man's prayer.

I hope Volume 2 is just as good.
post #136 of 158
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I noticed lately several Olive titles have pq that look a lot similar to Shane, I guess Paramount mastered them?

Gregory Peck has gotten more BD exposure then other actors of his day:
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews38/only_the_valiant.htm

Certainly has in these images detail and film grain, grading looks a bit lifted.

Flat Top
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/flat_top_blu-ray.htm

Reviewer complains of off registering in the colors and provides examples. Too bad about because it looks detailed and film-like if you can get past the slight EE.
post #137 of 158
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Already snagged Off Limits for $17CAD while picking up Betty Boob, another Bob Hope title:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Off-Limits-Blu-ray/76068/#Review

Images gots fine detail and film like look to it, darks look on the lifted side and some slight EE as usual.
post #138 of 158
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Flat Top
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/flat_top_blu-ray.htm

Reviewer complains of off registering in the colors and provides examples. Too bad about because it looks detailed and film-like if you can get past the slight EE.
Those screenshots look very decent past the noted color issues. I would love to know how Olive Films is doing in terms of sale with their Blu-rays. They release mostly older catalog titles but have almost no retail distribution. The target market for their Blu-rays are not as likely to hunt down exotic home video editions on the Internet.
post #139 of 158
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Some thoughts after watching the Betty Boop BD. For those who have never seen Betty Boop before do not expect the stories to hold up as well as the legendary older Looney Tunes or Betty to be all that naughty plus her dialogue was intentionally hard to understand as the Judge character complains in the trial short, however if you like old classics (as I) it is enjoyable although I found the Koko the Clown close ups to be oddly scary.

There are lots of scratches and specs flying about but for me it made it look more authentic and blends in well. As for the pq the one quibble I have is the mid-tones were lifted which did not hurt the cartoons much but did give the live action a washed out look, the live hairs had fine detail however, the grading for the title card for 'The Foxy Hunter' did not look correct at all. Film is present throughout except the last short which has on an off scrubbing which I hope will not be an indication of volume 2's pq.
post #140 of 158
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Escape From Bahrain:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Escape-From-Zahrain-Blu-ray/77428/#Screenshots

The images seem to show an old scan, lots of artifacts and weak detail.
post #141 of 158
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Originates from the rival site but what the hell, supposedly the 2014 list:

1. J'accuse! (Abel Gance, 1938)
2. Fedora (Billy Wilder, 1978)
3. The Stationmaster's Wife (Uncut Version) (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977)
4. Caught (Max Ophüls, 1949)
5. Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Volume Three
6. Betty Boop: The Essential Colelction Volume Four
7. The Pawnbroker (Sidney Lumet, 1964)
8. Stranger on the Prowl (Joseph Losey, 1952)
9. Sleep, My Love (Douglas Sirk, 1948)
10. Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (Irving Pichel, 1948)
11. That's My Man (Frank Borzage, 1947)
12. I've Always Loved You (Frank Borzage, 1946)
13. Magnificent Doll (Frank Borzage, 1946)
14. Forever Female (Irving Rapper, 1953)
15. Up the Junction (Peter Collinson, 1968)
16. Home of the Brave (Mark Robson, 1949)
17. Johnny Come Lately (William K. Howard, 1943)
18. Flying Tigers (David Miller, 1942)
19. The North Star, plus the alternate shorter version Armored Attack (Lewis Milestone, 1943)
20. Operation Petticoat (Blake Edwards, 1959)
21. Distant Drums (Raoul Walsh, 1951)
22. Good Sam (Leo McCarey, 1948)
23. High School Confidential (Jack Arnold, 1958)
24. Love Happy (David Miller, 1949)
25. Sands of Iwo Jima (Allan Dwan, 1949)
26. South of St. Louis (Ray Enright, 1949)
27. Try and Get Me a.k.a The Sound of Fury (Cy Endfield, 1950)
28. So This is New York (Richard Fleischer, 1948)
29. Arch of Triumph (Lewis Milestone, 1948)
30. The Lost Moment (Martin Gabel, 1947)
31. Men in War (Anthony Mann, 1957)
32. The Other Love (André De Toth, 1947)
33. Cauldron of Blood a.k.a Blind Man's Bluff (Santos Alcocer, 1970)
34. Beware, My Lovely (Harry Horner, 1952)
35. Outrage (Ida Lupino, 1950)
36. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (Freddie Francis, 1965)
37. Man on the Roof (Bo Widerberg, 1976)
38. Adalen 31 a.k.a The Adalen Riots (Bo Widerberg, 1969)
39. Elvira Madigan (Bo Widerberg, 1967)
40. Raven's End (Bo Widerberg, 1963)
41. Ophelia (Claude Chabrol, 1963)
42. The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers (Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Ugo Gregoretti, Hiromichi Horikawa, Roman Polanski, 1964)
43. Guilty of Romance (Sion Sono, 2011)
44. Himizu (Sion Sono, 2011)

For me the highlights are Operation Petticoat, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, & Dr. Terror's House of Horrors plus I praise the releasing of The North Star as it was meant to seen as opposed to just the censored version.
post #142 of 158
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31. Men in War (Anthony Mann, 1957)

That's a good one! I'm curious as to the aspect ratio. IMDB doesn't show it; my DVD is 1.33:1.
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34. Beware, My Lovely (Harry Horner, 1952)

I've been wanting that for a long time. Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino.

-Bill
post #143 of 158
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Only the Valiant is up at blu-ray.com, guess that one would get more interest, anyway...

Quiet Riot (Hackman, with full hair!):

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/dvd_reviews53/riot.htm

The dvd images (also Olive) are slightly darker, have to say I like that color grading better. The images of BD look detailed if a bit up and down and has film grain if somewhat flatter.
post #144 of 158
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Only the Valiant (Gregory Peck):

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Only-the-Valiant-Blu-ray/76145/#Review

The grading is a bit odd in the images, the indoor grading is well done but I find the outdoor shots on the washed out side. Other then that they have good to excellent detail with plenty of grain and it's hard to spot any artifacts.
post #145 of 158
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20. Operation Petticoat (Blake Edwards, 1959)

Of that list it's the one I want the most, I hope it gets an early 2013 release.
post #146 of 158
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Only the Valiant (Gregory Peck):

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Only-the-Valiant-Blu-ray/76145/#Review

The grading is a bit odd in the images, the indoor grading is well done but I find the outdoor shots on the washed out side. Other then that they have good to excellent detail with plenty of grain and it's hard to spot any artifacts.
The exterior shots seem to use stock footage and some rear projection so that probably explains the wash-out look. BTW, there's an interesting gaffe in the stock footage. At the beginning of the movie when you see the troops outside the fort the flag is for the 7th Cavalry but when they are inside the flag is for the 5th. Clearly the exterior shot is from another film (probably about Custer since the 7th was his command).
post #147 of 158
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Americano (1955):

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/americano_blu-ray.htm

The images look similar to Shane, full grain, nice color grading and maybe a bit weak in detail but hard to spot any EE. Wonder if the same folks who did Shane also mastered Americano.

The Big Combo (1955), a pre-cursor to Super Size Me I think:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews16/big_combo_dvd_review.htm

I guess some would argue what the correct OAR is, as for the images the source sometimes look in poor shape with EE and in other caps have nice detail if perhaps a bit scrubbed looking, really need more caps to get a good idea.
post #148 of 158
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Shack Out on 101 (1955) Lee Marvin and the super hot Terry Moore:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/shack_out_on_101_blu-ray.htm

It does not appear to effect the pq but there are odd strech like marks on the top left and middle left in the images. These appear to be usual b&w high quality from Olive/Paramount, plenty of grain and great detail with perhaps a hint of EE. The few examples have grading that ranges from contrasty to flat for some reason.

Plunder Road (1957), more film noir:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_59/plunder_road_blu-ray.htm

The grading in the images look very pleasing to me, maybe it's not as grainy as some other titles but has fine detail but I found the EE more noticeable as well. Still looks far superior to say the Universal b&w BDs.
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Of that list it's the one I want the most, I hope it gets an early 2013 release.

Operation Petticoat was a blockbuster film and stands the test of time very well, I am surprised Paramount (or is it Universal?) is not releasing it themselves.
post #149 of 158
Thanks for the linlks ! Not many scope AR films that are black and white.

Art
post #150 of 158
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Thanks for the linlks ! Not many scope AR films that are black and white.

The last three Oive BDs I bought were all B&W and I loved it, admittedly the blacks seemed a bit lifted.
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