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Discussion in 'General' started by Cujo108, Dec 19, 2009.
Hey if people can get excited by another Friday release and want it, then all good for them.
Just a head's up, Escape From LA CE has been delayed to 1 month according to Amazon.
But in some more positive news, Shout! has acquired the Stephen J. Cannell library (no word if home video rights are included. UPDATE: Just select broadcast and digital rights only: https://twitter.com/ShoutFactory/status/1237795044775440384)!:
Extras for Curse of The Werewolf are up:
"NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM FROM AN INTERPOSITIVE
NEW Audio Commentary With Actress Yvonne Romain, Special Makeup Effects Artist Mike Hill And Composer Leslie Bricusse
NEW Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr
NEW The Men Who Made Hammer – Roy Ashton
NEW Serial Killer – Benjamin Frankel, Serialism And The Curse Of The Werewolf
The Making Of The Curse Of The Werewolf – Including Interviews With Actors Catherine Feller And Yvonne Romain, Mike Hill, Art Director Don Mingaye, Art Department Member Margaret Robinson And Filmmaker Jimmy Sangster
Lycanthropy: The Beast In All Of Us
Censoring The Werewolf
Trailers From Hell With Commentary By Filmmaker John Landis
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature"
Review for Bones:
I received the April Fool's Day Blu-ray + Poster earlier today from SF. The cheap bastards sent it "Media Mail" again, which they are not supposed to be doing with a poster. Thankfully the USPS did not flag or inspect the box... but it's not worth pre-ordering from them anymore if they knowingly continue to do this crap.
Just scanning through the disc real fast, the picture quality looks really good... but I'll dig into the disc fully later tonight. It is disappointing that the alternate ending footage could not be located, but at least it's finally on Blu-ray.
BDInfo scan of the disc:
DVD Beaver reviews Frankenstein - The True Story: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film9/blu-ray_review_121/frankenstein_the_true_story_blu-ray.htm
DVDBeaver reviews the Universal Horror Collection Vol.4: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film9/blu-ray_review_121/universal_horror_volume_4_blu-ray.htm
It sickens me that Shout got all of these vintage Universal flicks. Night Monster looks absolutely terrible. MUCH more detail is visible in the old DVD transfer. What a debacle.
I don't know why I keep pre-ordering these sets.
I hadn't been following reviews on these, but your comments caused me to look and you're absolutely right. Night Monster appears much more crisp and you can see the natural sheen on the skeleton while still getting texture. On the Blu-ray it all looks a tad fuzzy like it's not even in focus. And I came to that conclusion myself and came back to re-read you called out of Night Monster. NM is pretty fun too. It finally stuck out with me I think during Svengoolie one time and I've been enjoying it more ever since.
Climax though... What the hell happened there?!? It looks like they wanted to candy coat the only color film on there so they cranked the contrast boost up to 11 and called it a day. Some of the whites look like old edge enhancements they're so blown out. I'm guessing because the color stock is problematic like on Phantom that the bleeding is just smearing the details but after the boost the DVD looks better there too.
What's the deal? Universal's film preservationists have been stellar up to recently. I've got chills from the life like aura some close ups still have in the classic monster movies.
And I'm remembering now DVDBeaver seems to be completely blind to their own screenshots; like they give positive reviews just to keep the free review copies coming but leave the shots up for the keened eyed to really decide for themselves.
Here are some random screenshots I captured from the April Fool's Day Blu-ray, if anyone is interested:
(double click on the images for full sizes)
Had to get that swimsuit shot in there.
Robert Harris wrote that Climax suffers from the same issues as Lubin's Phantom--major misalignment of the Technicolor strips. Night Monster is an absolute travesty. That's BY FAR the worst "high-definition" transfer ever if you A-B compare it to the standard-def encode. And it makes me extremely dubious of Shout's claims that they did the best they could with Badham's Dracula. That release has sections that suffer from the exact same lack of focus and loss of detail. Element issues? I don't think so. This seems to be a Shout phenomenon.
I killed my pre-order in time. What a disappointment. I'll still pick up this set for the lossless audio tracks. But the price has to drop into the low $30s like it has for most of the earlier sets in the series.
Details for Homeboy:
"Original Featurette Takes You Behind The Scenes And Into The Ring
Optional English subtitles for the main feature"
Also How to Make a Monster has been delayed to July.
Plus some more titles:
Exorcism at 60,000 Feet:
Excited about both The Hills Run Red, which I would probably consider one of the best of the more recent slashers (if you can call something more than a decade old recent), and Orca. I own none of the existing Blu-rays of Orca, but once reviews the Scream Factory release start coming in, I can decide which release to add to my collection.
Why So Blu reviews April Fool's Day: https://whysoblu.com/april-fools-day-collectors-edition-blu-ray-review/
Blu-ray.com review for Bones:
And DVD Drive-In Review for Universal Horror Collection Volume 3:
Why So Blu reviews Munster, Go Home!: https://whysoblu.com/munster-go-home-blu-ray-review/
Blu-ray.com review for Munster, Go Home!:
Details for Danger: Diabolik:
"NEW Audio Commentary with critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
Audio Commentary With Actor John Phillip Law And Tim Lucas, Biographer Of Director Mario Bava
Danger: Diabolik – From Fumetti To Film
The Beastie Boys Music Video Body Movin' With Optional Commentary By Adam Yauch
Optional English subtitles for the main feature"
Details for Shatter:
"NEW 2K Scan Of The Uncut Original Film Elements
Audio Commentary With Uncredited Co-director Monte Hellman And Star Stuart Whitman, Moderated By Norman Hill
World Of Hammer Episode “CHILLER”
DVDTalk review for The Wizard:
Wow I had no idea Stuart Whitman was still alive. But I just looked him up and he died just last week. Missed that news in all the chaos.
The Whitman commentary dates back to the 1998 laserdisc release.