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Old 05-09-2008, 09:19 AM
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Default Kino to release on Blu-ray this Fall

In addition to Criterion releasing on Blu-ray, the word is now that Kino International will start releasing on Blu-ray later this year. Great news, indeed.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=1281

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Old 05-09-2008, 09:31 AM
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Forgot to mention that "Fallen Angels" will be their first release on Blu.
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:06 AM
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MORE GREAT NEWS!!!
Kino definitely has the rights to a bunch of great masterpieces.
the bad news is that their transfers are very hit or miss. they have done lots of inferior interlaced transfers on many of their best titles. Eureka in the UK often releases many of the same titles, and they are usually superior. Hopefully Kino can get it's act together for bd. If they can I would look very much forward to purchasing what they have to offer.
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Wow. Fallen Angels is Wong Kar-Wai's companion piece to Chungking Express, which is one of the initial Criterion titles. Couldn't ask for more there.

Arkadin hit the nail on the head with the issues with the Kino transfers -- in many cases (Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler to name two off the top of my head) they are NTSC conversions of the PAL masters that Eureka! has made in the UK. Interlacing is not so much an issue on these as ghosting is -- you see a "halo" of a double image in some frames due to the frame rate difference and conversion.
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Old 05-09-2008, 12:54 PM
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Bring on Nosferatu!

I think these guys own "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", also a welcome addition.
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Old 05-09-2008, 01:02 PM
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Let's say that Kino releases "Nosferatu" next year.
Now I already own the restored Eureka version which is supposedly the best on the planet right now as far as I know. I really wonder how much better if at all the Kino bd would look of this. I mean I guess it is possible, but with a title like this I'm really thinking there may be no discernable difference. What do you think Bandit?

Strangely enough I just ordered the Kino "Cabinet" like 2 weeks ago.
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Boo! I want "The Eye".
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It depends on the quality of the source and how big the TV is. As a rule of thumb, more pixels is better.

I mean, the source for Nosferatu is 35mm film, so the resolution is there, the DVD is the limiting factor with the 480 lines of resolution.... and you have to take into account the lenses used, of course -- older cinema lenses often showed major vignetting, but they were able to outresolve DVD resolution despite the flaws in optics.

The quality of the restoration work is also important, but I'd be amazed if it was done in anything less than a 2k environment.

I have the Eureka MoC Nosferatu, but haven't watched it yet, so I'm not sure how beat up the print is. I'm sure it's not pristine (like Casablanca, for example)... but even if it's scratched up and such, you'll notice the improvements on a 1080p presentation over a 480p one, assuming you are watching it on a larger set.

If I can pull myself away from GTAIV this weekend I might give the film a spin.
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right on.
sounds promising.
Hopefully we'll get to find out.
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Bring on METROPOLIS!
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