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Old 04-14-2012, 03:44 PM
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Default 'Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)' & 'The Big Heat' are coming May 8

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/6708...arth_1959.html

Preorder here:
http://www.screenarchives.com/title_...959-PRE-ORDER/

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/6819/big_heat.html

Preorder here:
http://www.screenarchives.com/title_...953-PRE-ORDER/

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Old 04-15-2012, 09:51 AM
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Would like both of them, but not paying $30 each, this store exclusive and limited disc release thing that's happening lately is annoying, would love to own "Journey" but don't have the cash at this moment, when I do they will be gone. Bullshit, I say. Yeah yeah, I know I should be happy it's even being released (limited) on blu, but I still say bullshit.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:44 AM
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While I agree that it sucks that these are being offered above the going-rate for Blu-ray movies, I just think back to my younger self paying $40 in 1980's money, at a minimum, for anything on laserdisc and suddenly an esoteric title on BD for $30 circa 2012 looks like the steal that it is.
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Oh, a film noir on BD? I haven't seen it before, but I have been wanting to see it.

I'll wait to see what Amazon's preorder price is on it.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:49 PM
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I'll wait to see what Amazon's preorder price is on it.
Good luck with that- it's a 3,000-piece limited run not sold on Amazon.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:19 AM
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I received an email from Screen Archives this weekend. They are running a promotion.

For every $85 worth of Twilight Time product you purchase you'll received a choice of 1 of these DVDs FREE:
The Kremlin Letter
Violent Saturday
Woman Obsessed
The Egyptian(DVD)
My Cousin Rachel

I had just placed an order for Egyptian on Fri so I emailed them to canceled which they did this morning.

I ordered The Egyptian, The Big Heat, and "Bell, Book, and Candle" and selected My Cousin Rachel.

Considering their DVDs are $19.95 that's a pretty good promotion. Wish it was a blu ray though! LOL
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Good luck with that- it's a 3,000-piece limited run not sold on Amazon.
What? Why would it not be sold on Amazon?
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:00 PM
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What? Why would it not be sold on Amazon?
Twilight Time's blu rays are EXCLUSIVE to Twilight Time only I believe and they limit their runs to only 3000.
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How is the video quality of these "Twilight Time" transfers? Some years back, there were companies that would snap up any old print of a popular show and put it on VHS (and later DVDs), sometimes even with scenes missing or faded color, and market it. How do some of you that have gotten Twilight Time Blu-Ray releases rate them?
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How is the video quality of these "Twilight Time" transfers? Some years back, there were companies that would snap up any old print of a popular show and put it on VHS (and later DVDs), sometimes even with scenes missing or faded color, and market it. How do some of you that have gotten Twilight Time Blu-Ray releases rate them?
Twilight Time licenses their HD masters directly from the studios. What they put on blu-ray comes from the vaults of Sony, Fox, etc.

Some films are in terrific shape. "The Egyptian", from Fox, was based on a 4K scan remastering/restoration from the original negative, performed in 2010. "Fright Night", although at the mercy of the lenses and film stocks available on a limited budget in the 1980s, is based on a 4K remaster supervised by Sony's own Grover Crisp (responsible for Sony's own "Taxi Driver" BD and several of their other well-done catalog releases) in 2011. These titles look as good as they probably ever will. Had Fox and Sony released the films themselves, these are the sources they would have used.

Other titles aren't as brillant. The recently released "Demetrius and the Gladiators" looks downright awful. It was sourced from a 2K scan of secondary elements--the original CinemaScope negative is apparently damaged beyond repair--performed in 2008. Honestly, I can't believe Twilight Time released the film on BD once they saw the poor quality HD master. It looks B-A-D. Probably the reason Fox didn't want to release it themselves, despite the fact it's the sequel to "The Robe", which Fox put on BD and looks AMAZING.

Many of Twilight Time's other titles fall in between these examples, with good but not exactly exceptional transfers. The quality of the BD really depends on the quality of the available HD master supplied by the studio.
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