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Alright so now I'm Jelous

post #1 of 59
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Up until now I now I haven't been green with blu-envy, but hearing people talk about their new Anchor Bay/Starz horror titles has finally got there.

What do I do? Cat People got canceled, I have The Shinning and Omega Man on order, but the AB titles woulda really scratched my Halloween HD itch.

Universal shoulda coughed-up some seasonal fare, Frankenstein, Psycho, even the Langella-Dracula would have tided me over.
post #2 of 59
Yeah the red side is seriously lacking Horror titles... It's a shame especially this time of year. I am looking forward to the Shining though.
post #3 of 59
I wouldn't feel too jealous of the new Anchor Bay titles... they are the most re-released titles Anchor Bay has, so you know that they will be released several times over... and who knows... if they ever change their mind we may see better versions on HD DVD down the road...
post #4 of 59
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Originally Posted by Macroblocker View Post

I wouldn't feel too jealous of the new Anchor Bay titles... they are the most re-released titles Anchor Bay has, so you know that they will be released several times over... and who knows... if they ever change their mind we may see better versions on HD DVD down the road...

you wouldn't be saying that if you seen how the BDs looked.
post #5 of 59
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Originally Posted by jkcheng122 View Post

you wouldn't be saying that if you seen how the BDs looked.

Including the 1.5 stars High Def Digest gave Halloween?
post #6 of 59
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Originally Posted by Timothy Ramzyk View Post

Up until now I now I haven't been green with blu-envy, but hearing people talk about their new Anchor Bay/Starz horror titles has finally got there.

What do I do? Cat People got canceled, I have The Shinning and Omega Man on order, but the AB titles woulda really scratched my Halloween HD itch.

Universal shoulda coughed-up some seasonal fare, Frankenstein, Psycho, even the Langella-Dracula would have tided me over.

I'll feel the same way when Bourne comes out!!!
post #7 of 59
That 1.5 review is an insult to those of us who think this was a decent release!
post #8 of 59
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Originally Posted by SoulOnice View Post

Including the 1.5 stars High Def Digest gave Halloween?

It got a bad review becuase of the color in the movie. Read the review again.
post #9 of 59
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Originally Posted by kmlm13 View Post

It got a bad review becuase of the color in the movie. Read the review again.

I did read it and I agree with the reviewer that Anchor Bay should have used the director approved version. Thus 1.5 stars. This was one of the titles that could have swayed me to neutrality but I feel I can hold off a little longer now.
post #10 of 59
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Originally Posted by Malcolm_B View Post

That 1.5 review is an insult to those of us who think this was a decent release!

Yes it is! Although the added sharpness makes it easier to spot palm trees in the background!!!
post #11 of 59
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Originally Posted by SoulOnice View Post

Including the 1.5 stars High Def Digest gave Halloween?

Or the 4-star "Highly Recommended" DVDtalk review?
post #12 of 59
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Originally Posted by SoulOnice View Post

Including the 1.5 stars High Def Digest gave Halloween?

Or the 4 star rating at Home Theater Forum.

Or the general consensus within the AV community that it's a superb transfer.
post #13 of 59
Are you serious?!! That's funny because it supposed to be in Illinois and when I lived there, we didn't have palm trees. I'm keeping my THX SD DVD of the movie because of the color issues, otherwise I hear it looks good.
post #14 of 59
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Originally Posted by SoulOnice View Post

Including the 1.5 stars High Def Digest gave Halloween?

That was based on a color timing disagreement. Personally, I don't care for the heavy handed BLUE look that's being touted as "approved". To each their own I guess.
post #15 of 59
The day scenes HAVE been tweaked to look more like the THX dvd, but it was shot in LA in the spring. Even with the slight fall coloring, none of the trees look like fall in the midwest.
post #16 of 59
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Originally Posted by Timothy Ramzyk View Post

Up until now I now I haven't been green with blu-envy, but hearing people talk about their new Anchor Bay/Starz horror titles has finally got there.

What do I do? Cat People got canceled, I have The Shinning and Omega Man on order, but the AB titles woulda really scratched my Halloween HD itch.

Universal shoulda coughed-up some seasonal fare, Frankenstein, Psycho, even the Langella-Dracula would have tided me over.

You know what to do:
You buy a BD-player and enjoy these releases.

Nobody will taunt you...probably...maybe.
post #17 of 59
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It's funny to me that this thread got dropped into the BD section, given my OP, did someone think I was trying to rub HD DVD nose in BD pooh?

Anyway, I'd probably buy Halloween anyway, horror is my first love, and neither format is old enough or has enough choice titles to make it's release a maybe.

Get me a 1.1 player for $300, and I'll have a second player on my overtaxed AV cart.

However, if Anchor Bay (sorry hate calling them "Starz") ever goes neutral, these titles will be out in HD DVD a heartbeat. They are the double-dippingest company out there, and these three titles have had more scoops than a Baskin Robbins.
post #18 of 59
Go neutral, my friend. As a horror/cult fan, it's the best way to go - you get the best of both worlds.
post #19 of 59
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Originally Posted by Dave Mack View Post

The day scenes HAVE been tweaked to look more like the THX dvd, but it was shot in LA in the spring. Even with the slight fall coloring, none of the trees look like fall in the midwest.

They did a better job of cloaking the local in Rob Zombie's remake, but even there they show some sort of gray, smooth-barked trees from the waist-down that you just don't see here in the Northern Midwest. No palms this time though, and a lot more bags of leaves strewn about.
post #20 of 59
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Originally Posted by jkcheng122 View Post

you wouldn't be saying that if you seen how the BDs looked.

Oh dear.... here we go. I'm not jealous, the OP is jealous. I honestly couldn't care less because if I really really wanted any of these titles, I'd go out and buy them to play on my PS3.

The simple point I was trying to make is that these titles have be released so many times in the past that better versions are almost a given.. whether it be on BD or HD.

The only 2 titles I'm interested in are Halloween and Dawn and I'm holding off on those until they include the TV cut for Halloween and the Extended cut of Dawn. Until then, if I want to watch Halloween I could turn on Monsters at any given time and am almost guaranteed that it will be on, and if I want to watch Dawn I'll pull out the Ultimate Edition (which is the treatment Anchor Bay should've given the BD release to begin with)
post #21 of 59
Hey come on now, the HD-DVD folks have "dead silence" for this Halloween! LOL! What a horrible movie.
post #22 of 59
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Originally Posted by Macroblocker View Post

and if I want to watch Dawn I'll pull out the Ultimate Edition (which is the treatment Anchor Bay should've given the BD release to begin with)

That's not one I'd be dumping anytime either. It's got the longer cut and Argento's cut, and the theatrical cut, and every extra you'd ever care to subject yourself to. In that case the HD is a supplement to the box.

Until as you said AB goes in for another dip, that they may be counted on for.
post #23 of 59
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Originally Posted by ShagMan View Post

Hey come on now, the HD-DVD folks have "dead silence" for this Halloween! LOL! What a horrible movie.

I thought it was kinda fun, not "good," but there are plenty of guilty pleasures in the horror genre.
post #24 of 59
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Originally Posted by ShagMan View Post

Hey come on now, the HD-DVD folks have "dead silence" for this Halloween! LOL! What a horrible movie.

LOL, I actually enjoyed that one. You know how when you set your expectations so low that when you finally see a movie and you say, that wasn't as bad as I thought... that's what I felt about Dead Silence. However, the cinematography alone kept me enthralled. I thought it was gorgeous.
post #25 of 59
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Originally Posted by Nick Graham View Post

Go neutral, my friend. As a horror/cult fan, it's the best way to go - you get the best of both worlds.

Nothing wrong with going format neutral.

post #26 of 59
Don't be jealous, they (at least the initial batch) aren't all that they are cracked up to be IMO.
post #27 of 59
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Originally Posted by Nick Graham View Post

Go neutral, my friend. As a horror/cult fan, it's the best way to go - you get the best of both worlds.

Agreed. except I'd replace "horror/cult fan" with "movie fan."
post #28 of 59
HD DVD has the "Frighteners" you know.
post #29 of 59
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Originally Posted by SoulOnice View Post

Including the 1.5 stars High Def Digest gave Halloween?

Do you seriously put any weight in their reviews? High def Digest is as reliable as HD DVD Combo discs.

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Originally Posted by Robert A. Harris View Post


The great news is John Carpenter's Halloween has arrived full-blown and running on all 12 cylinders in a beautiful Blu-Ray edition that leaves little future concern about how Starz is going to handle their product in the high definition marketplace. They're doing just fine.

Out of the gate, they have created a gorgeous BD DVD that will most assuredly by snapped up by horror aficionados everywhere.

With beautiful imagery, superb color rendition and crisp, sharp blacks, Halloween looks unlike it ever has in the past. I did note a couple of errant video lines, but they may have been a decoding problem. I'm not going to be the naysayer and gripe about grain that isn't there, as the home video audience doesn't seem to care about how closely a DVD compares to the original film, and I don't know what cinematographer Dean Cundey's intentions were.

What seems to matter is that the resultant disc is clean and pretty.

Personally, I can't wait till mine arrives. Blue tint or no blue tint.
post #30 of 59
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Originally Posted by Timothy Ramzyk View Post

Up until now I now I haven't been green with blu-envy, but hearing people talk about their new Anchor Bay/Starz horror titles has finally got there.

What do I do? Cat People got canceled, I have The Shinning and Omega Man on order, but the AB titles woulda really scratched my Halloween HD itch.

Universal shoulda coughed-up some seasonal fare, Frankenstein, Psycho, even the Langella-Dracula would have tided me over.

I'm going through as much withdrawal as you are with respect to Transformers in the same time period.

My desire to own the red cased movies has not yet exceeded my opposition to prolonging the format war, but I'll admit it's getting harder to resist.
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