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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#476 Post by Drucker » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:01 am

Imitation of Life is playing at Film Forum in a brand new 4k restoration. Very disappointed it's not coming from Criterion.

Of course, if they lavish the attention on it that they lavished on Touch of Evil/Double Indemnity, I will be thrilled.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#477 Post by Ashirg » Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:21 pm

Special Features
Disc 1 - Imitation of Life (1934):
Theatrical Trailer
Optional Feature Commentary with African-American Cultural Scholar Avery Clayton

Disc 1 - Imitation of Life (1959):
Lasting Legacy – An Imitation of Life
Theatrical Trailer
Optional Feature Commentary with Film Historian Foster Hirsch

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#478 Post by Lowry_Sam » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:20 am

Ashirg wrote:
Special Features
Disc 1 - Imitation of Life (1934):
Theatrical Trailer
Optional Feature Commentary with African-American Cultural Scholar Avery Clayton

Disc 1 - Imitation of Life (1959):
Lasting Legacy – An Imitation of Life
Theatrical Trailer
Optional Feature Commentary with Film Historian Foster Hirsch
That's pathetic. I was really hoping Criterion would get this one.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#479 Post by FrauBlucher » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:18 am

The majors seem to have ramped up catalogue for blu ray, which is something the masses want. Some studios will do a good job (WB, SONY and Fox), the others will be hit or miss (mostly miss). it's a catch-22, though, as the films will be less available to the likes of Criterion. Although, there is only so much CC can put out without increasing their own production.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#480 Post by tenia » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:44 am

Criterion and co can only release so many movies per year. Look at all the movies restored that we're still waiting to be out on BD in an accessible way.

If the studios exploit properly some good new restorations (in this case, it seems the 4K restoration of the '59 movie), I'm happy to see them released on BD even if it's not through Criterion. Sure, it will lack in the extras department, but at least it's out.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#481 Post by Drucker » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:36 am

Tenia, you're right. My main concern though is PQ. If the transfer is good, without digital manipulation, than the majors can absolutely keep 'em coming!

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#482 Post by tenia » Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:49 pm

In a way, I can also understand how Universal handling a catalog title can be worrying due to their poor previous experience.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#483 Post by Gregory » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:34 pm

Are they not even carrying over the making-of documentary from the 2008 release?

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#484 Post by PfR73 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:04 pm

Gregory wrote:Are they not even carrying over the making-of documentary from the 2008 release?
It's listed there. It's called "Lasting Legacy – An Imitation of Life"

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#485 Post by Gregory » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:34 pm

:oops: I skimmed those specs a few times but my eyes kept seeing nothing but trailers and commentaries.
Okay, I'll join up with team "As long as the transfers are good, keep them coming," but will cautiously await reviews. And we'll probably continue to only see a sparse number of releases of older catalog titles like this.

As their "restoration chief" said a couple of years ago in the Time article linked in this thread, "We have a commitment to restore 3 to 5 new prints a year. Right now, we’re working on A Touch of Evil, High Plains Drifter, Double Indemnity—and we’ll probably add another title or two at the end of the year." I wonder what happened to High Plains Drifter, apart from it being offered in a big Clint Eastwood Blu-ray shoebox in the UK that I've seen no reviews of.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#486 Post by aox » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:38 pm


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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#487 Post by Gregory » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:04 pm

Thanks, I guess I'm pretty hopeless today. I'd seen no mention of that Blu-ray on this forum, and Amazon's new practice of combining search results with multiple formats lumped together didn't help either, but my fault really. Glad to know it's out, and it looks superb.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#488 Post by Minkin » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:00 pm

Drucker wrote:Imitation of Life is playing at Film Forum in a brand new 4k restoration. Very disappointed it's not coming from Criterion.
This seems like an odd decision coming from Universal (what with their massive horror catalog that they've just scraped the surface of exploiting) and at this particular time (when all the other studios are jumping ship - MGM/Sony in particular have all but left the business w/their catalog). At least Universal is great at letting other companies do their own disc - even within a few months of their own blu (Brazil, etc). So, perhaps the Sirk will still come eventually (but how big could the Sirk market be to support multiple blus?)

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#489 Post by Anthony Thorne » Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:47 pm

Universal's HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER restoration is also out in Australia, Region free, and looks gorgeous.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#490 Post by solaris72 » Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:42 pm

Excited for Silent Running! Been meaning to pick up the MOC but I do prefer region A or region free because I do a lot of movie watching at friends' houses.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#491 Post by Forrest Taft » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:41 am

domino harvey wrote:Universal is releasing an eight-disc Clint Eastwood Blu-ray box in the UK in August
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
The Beguiled (1971)
Play Misty for Me (1971)
Joe Kidd (1972)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Breezy (1973)
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
In Germany, they've released a set that includes six of these titles. You don't get High Plains Drifter and Coogan's Bluff, but those can be bought separately (the latter has only been released separately in Germany though). The good news is that they don't come in a shoebox, and you can get the German set for less than half the price of the UK one.

Edit: I see now that all of these are getting individual releases in Scandinavia in april, so I'm guessing they'll be out in other countries soon too.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#492 Post by John Doe » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:50 am

May blu-ray titles:

Spielberg;s singles (1941, Always, Duel, The Sugarland Express and Munich)

Clint Eastwood: The Universal Pictures 7-Movie Collection

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#493 Post by Ashirg » Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:32 am

Reminder for those who can't wait til May to get Munich - it streets February 17 as Best Buy exclusive.

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#494 Post by captveg » Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:36 pm

5/12/15

Orgazmo (1997) (Includes both cuts)
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#495 Post by The Narrator Returns » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:13 pm

When I went to Best Buy today, I noticed that they were selling Blu-Rays of The Game, but not the Criterion release, but instead Universal-issued Blu-Rays which had the original theatrical artwork and none of the Criterion features listed on the back. Is this the flipside to their earlier Criterion deal where they released the bare-bones (probably HD-DVD-sourced) release first and the Criterion came after?

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#496 Post by jwo17 » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:10 am

Sounds like the Best Buy exclusive: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Game-Blu-ray/125340/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#497 Post by John Doe » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:37 pm

Apollo 13: 20th Anniversary remastered edition - 6/2

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#498 Post by captveg » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:38 pm

Spartacus update:

"While it’s true that the screening [at TCM Festival] has been cancelled, we’ve confirmed through our industry sources that a new restoration of Spartacus has been completed and that Universal Studios Home Entertainment is planning to release it on Blu-ray later in 2015."

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#499 Post by chatterjees » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:09 pm

captveg wrote:Spartacus update:

"While it’s true that the screening [at TCM Festival] has been cancelled, we’ve confirmed through our industry sources that a new restoration of Spartacus has been completed and that Universal Studios Home Entertainment is planning to release it on Blu-ray later in 2015."
So, no Criterion edition in near future?

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Re: Universal Catalog Titles on Blu

#500 Post by Minkin » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:12 pm

chatterjees wrote:
captveg wrote:Spartacus update:

"While it’s true that the screening [at TCM Festival] has been cancelled, we’ve confirmed through our industry sources that a new restoration of Spartacus has been completed and that Universal Studios Home Entertainment is planning to release it on Blu-ray later in 2015."
So, no Criterion edition in near future?
I suppose that's what everyone is thinking with this announcement, but I'd imagine a Criterion edition would follow a few months to a year later (as has been the case with almost every 80s/90s Universal licensed Criterion movie on bluray).

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