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Just received my 2 discs, one for each package (4 movies to a disc.) The first is Sci Fi Classics in SD and contains:

The Man from Planet X-The picture is darker than the Midnight Movie print, same AR.

Beyond the Time Barrier-It's a step up from the Cheezy Flix print and both are 1.37:1.

The Time Travelers-This hasn't been released on SD yet, but the print is quite nice with good colors. It's shown at 1.66:1 and is slightly window boxed (small black lines on top and bottom.)

The Angry Red Planet-The picture is much darker than the Midnight print, colors are slightly lighter. Both are 1.37:1, but IMDB says 1.66:1?

(It has stills from all the movies in the extras section and all are quite good.)

The second is More Sci Fi Classics and contains:

The Amazing Transparent Man-Roan put out a good version, but it's much darker and this print you can see everything. It's window boxed at 1.66:1, but the Roan version is 1.85:1 (IMDB 1.85:1?)Now here's a big difference between the two and I don't know which one is correct. The MGM version starts with the opening logo, goes to some scenes and then shows the title and credits. The Roan version, starts with the logo, goes to the title and THEN goes to the scenes. I think this that's the correct way it should be seen.

Reptilicus-The picture has brighter colors and is slightly darker than The Midnight Movie version. The MGM version is zoomed in and the Midnight Movie version is zoomed out, I wonder why? The Midnight version looks the best. Both are 1.37:1.

The Neanderthal Man-Looks pretty good, a little soft, in 1.85:1. Nothing to compare it to.

The Brain that Wouldn't Die-The picture is zoomed in, window boxed and is 1.66:1. The Synapse version shows all the picture, is window boxed, not zoomed in and is the uncensored version...this I don't understand and I'll explain. I like the Synapse version the best.

(It has stills from all the movies and has a foreign scene in the extras section.) This is a nude scene of a model with a bunch of photographers snapping her picture. She is completely nude. In the Synapse version, it says its the uncensored edition, but this same model is in a polka dotted bikini, no nudity anywhere. So how is it an uncensored version? Edit: I see that 15 minutes were added to the Synapse version, but not the nude version. Don't know if they were added to this version.

I bet some kid is gonna buy this and his parents are gonna raise hell when they find this out. Kinda like Swamp Thing European version. First hand knowledge. Watching with my 6 year grandson and she pops out of the water...I was so embarrassed.

All in all, both are worth the $5 apiece if only for Beyond the Time Barrier, The Amazing Transparent Man, The Time Travelers, The Neanderthal Man and of course the foreign nude scene...that lady is a beauty!!!

I compared these films in my HT thru an ISF'd Epson 9500 UB PJ to a Panny BD30 and a HDA1 shown on a 110" JKP Affinity Screen, of course both players are upscaling.

Edited by John Sparks, September 10 2013 - 07:46 AM.


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...retired at last...and Ray Harryhausen at my side!!!
Edited by inspector - 9/20/13 at 8:14pm
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Interesting. Thanks for the review/heads-up on these, inspector.

 

I wonder if some of these Shout Factory!/Timeless Media SD transfers were sourced from new HD masters, since they aren't an exact match to previous SD releases?

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Interesting. Thanks for the review/heads-up on these, inspector.

I wonder if some of these Shout Factory!/Timeless Media SD transfers were sourced from new HD masters, since they aren't an exact match to previous SD releases?

Good question. Someone had brought that up at another site and it seems that they (Shout factory) decided to release 4 of their westerns in HD, but not SD. Maybe, eventually, these will be released in HD.

I'll be the first to buy them, as long as they are in the OAR...just wish that Criterion, would release their "Monsters and Madmen" in HD and in their OAR!!! Just a dream maybe!
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Are these DVDs or BDs?
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I remember having the bejesus scared out of me as a small boy by The Time Travelers. There was a scene of an android melting or something - really affected me deeply at the time. So naturally, I'll have to get this set! See if it has the same effect. smile.gif
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Are these DVDs or BDs?

DVDs.
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