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Interesting and unusual DVD/Blu-Ray releases (News)
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(04-09-2019, 05:56 PM)TM2YC Wrote: I cannot believe it's taken 17-years for the anarchic cult-classic '24 Hour Party People' to get an HD upgrade (in June). The cover boasts 4.5 hours of bonus material. I know there are a lot of deleted scenes but will they also be in HD?:


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NN3FJ3G/



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Luckily I haven't bought it yet because the reviews are saying things like "the worst blu-ray ever released". Turns out the film was shot on SD video in the first place, so full HD was never an option. It would've been nice if they'd put a 35mm print scan on the blu-ray instead of trying to upscale the SD video.

I just had a look at my old 2003 DVD and it's pretty heavy with digital compression and blocking (on top of the soft picture), so the new 50GB blu-ray might still be a nice upgrade. I'll wait and see if I can pick it up cheap.
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(06-19-2019, 06:24 AM)TM2YC Wrote: Update on this one:

(04-09-2019, 05:56 PM)TM2YC Wrote: I cannot believe it's taken 17-years for the anarchic cult-classic '24 Hour Party People' to get an HD upgrade (in June). The cover boasts 4.5 hours of bonus material. I know there are a lot of deleted scenes but will they also be in HD?:


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NN3FJ3G/



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Luckily I haven't bought it yet because the reviews are saying things like "the worst blu-ray ever released". Turns out the film was shot on SD video in the first place, so full HD was never an option. It would've been nice if they'd put a 35mm print scan on the blu-ray instead of trying to upscale the SD video.

I just had a look at my old 2003 DVD and it's pretty heavy with digital compression and blocking (on top of the soft picture), so the new 50GB blu-ray might still be a nice upgrade. I'll wait and see if I can pick it up cheap.

 I bought this last week for £9.99 in HMV alongside  a splurge on the Arrow buy one get one free deal.  I havent watched it yet but i'll let you know my thoughts once i have...The cover art work is awful.
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'Local Hero' is getting it's first blu-ray release on Region-A Criterion in September:

https://www.criterion.com/films/28709-local-hero

Love the cover painting:

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There is also a Region-B blu-ray, which has less good artwork (based on the original poster) but does have a commentary from Forsyth and Mark Kermode, making that the release to go for in my book:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Local-Peter-Rie...07TKDPL4V/

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Criterion are also putting out '1984' in a couple of weeks in a new 4K restoration. Reputedly with the intended colour timing supervised by Roger Deakins and the option of watching with the theatrical or intended scores.

https://www.criterion.com/films/29140-1984

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A very fitting cover design.
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Powell & Pressburger's 'Oh... Rosalinda!!' is getting it's first blu-ray release next week (new transfer from the original elements). One more film closer to getting their whole filmography in HD.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oh-Rosalinda-Bl...07T2GN9BW/

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A 9-film Mario Bava boxset is being released by Arrow Video in September. It's stuffed with extras, including another 7 alternate cuts of the films. It's not cheap but you get a lot for your money. I might order one just to sell because bond togo out of print and through the roof.

https://www.arrowfilms.com/product-detai...ay/FCD1925

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The BBC are finally putting out the Alec Guinness 'Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy' mini-series in proper HD (it was shot on 16mm, not videotape) and it's the full uncut 5&1/4 hours. There was a dodgy US blu-ray with an abridged cut before. I do like the cover art.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tinker-Tailor-S...07VWR4KF4/

I wanted to do a TV-to-Movie fanedit of this one, so now is my chance. No word yet on them releasing the sequel series, 'Smiley's People'.
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david lynch is releasing a massive 22 disc set of all things twin peaks
https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/08/t...a-box-set/
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^ Post moved, as this thread is more relevant I think.

Looks very nice but I don't think it'll tempt me to upgrade from my existing blu-ray boxsets of the two series.
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Two very cool-sounding old dinosaur adventure flicks have gotten blu reases of late: The Land Unknown and Dinosaurs!.

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Alas, not only are both apparently not available for streaming rental, neither appear to have cheap used DVD versions to check out in lieu of a blind buy. Still, I feel that two (allegedly) high-quality dino flicks deserve a mention any day. Smile
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Monty Python is arriving on blu-ray in November: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monty-Pythons-F...07XN4BKQC/

Before you say "hang on wasn't that shot on low res videotape" the info says "Previously edited sketches have been returned to their original length while filmed sketch sequences and Terry Gilliam's animations have been newly scanned in High Definition". The price will put me off though.

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Arrow Video are releasing an ultimate Robocop set in November: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robocop-Limited...07X385BSV/

4K scan. Theatrical and unrated cuts on separate blu-rays, plus censored TV cut in standard defintion. 4 commentaries. Multiple sound mixes. Isolated scores. loads of other stuff. I've already pre-ordered a copy! Smile

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Also in November from Arrow, new 4K scan of this Gilliam classic: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fear-Loathing-V...07X5GB828/

New commentary by Gilliam. Includes bonus film about Ralph Steadman.
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The 3-hour extended "Director's Cut" of 'Midsommar' that is "exclusive to Apple TV" apparently isn't. This French blu-ray release scheduled for December has both cuts on it "Edition Limitée (Version cinéma + Version longue)": https://www.amazon.fr/MIDSOMMAR-COLLECTO...07XJD59BX/

I was reading about the Arrow blu-ray of the Spaghetti Western 'The Grand Duel' here. The review says the slightly censored UK release and the uncensored US release are the same disc. Depending on which region player you use, A or B, it will load up a different cut of the film. Because the US R-Rating is a little harder than a UK 15-rating, Hollywood movies are sometimes slightly trimmed for the UK to avoid an 18-rating. So I wonder if there other blu-rays that work like that?
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Arrow Video are releasing Exorcist III in December:

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https://www.arrowfilms.com/product-detai...ay/FCD1969

If the info is correct it includes a bonus blu-ray with an official copy of spicediver's 2011 'Legion' fanedit.

Any comment spicediver ?


Also an awesome looking 4-disc Park Chan-Wook blu-ray boxset:

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https://www.arrowfilms.com/product-detai...ay/FCD1970
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