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    Default Warner Preps 4k Restorations of Classic Catalog

    Just posted this:

    http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh...ay,_HD_DVD/648

    Regardless of how the format war turns out, at least it is good news that a studio is archiving some of its classic titles in high-resolution.

    Some good titles then should be on the way for both formats, including 'Cool Hand Luke,' 'Bonnie & Clyde' and some of the Dirty Harry flicks...

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    IMO, these titles will not sell very well, but will definitely make fans of these movies very happy...

    I can't bring myself to buy Road Warrior or Lethal Weapon on blu ray for full price, much less any of the classical titles that were listed...I did get Battle of the Bulge for $14 though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by spacejamz View Post
    IMO, these titles will not sell very well, but will definitely make fans of these movies very happy...

    I can't bring myself to buy Road Warrior or Lethal Weapon on blu ray for full price, much less any of the classical titles that were listed...I did get Battle of the Bulge for $14 though...

    I Guess I have to ask why? Why is a classic film valued less just because it's older. If you like Road Warrior, and it's a good restoration, why isn't just as worthy of you $30 as something like Aeon Flux.

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    I think I'm more excited about them doing the 4k remasters than prepping them for Blu-ray/HD-DVD releases.
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    I am getting tired of everything that is related to High Definition has to be related to new blockbusters to be important or good.
    Catalog titles are very important in my opinion and we all know that Blockbusters are even more important to "win" a format war, but these releases are also important to win movie lovers to HD in general.
    Not everything should revolve around blockbusters.
    ...and please...save your time reminding me what is obvious. We all know already that blockbusters are more important than air itself.

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    The only older movies i will buy is Star Wars & LOTR which is 4 or 5 years old. Its worth the high def prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by divian View Post
    I am getting tired of everything that is related to High Definition has to be related to new blockbusters to be important or good.
    Catalog titles are very important in my opinion and we all know that Blockbusters are even more important to "win" a format war, but these releases are also important to win movie lovers to HD in general.
    Not everything should revolve around blockbusters.
    ...and please...save your time reminding me what is obvious. We all know already that blockbusters are more important than air itself.
    I agree. I will try to buy new blockbuster movies in HD, but there are just some catalog titles worth the double dip to me. I'm incredibly looking forward to movies like Back to the Future, Gattaca, School of Rock, Short Circuit, and Secondhand Lions. I know some of those aren't even on the slate yet, but hopefully they will be, and I will snap them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by divian View Post
    I am getting tired of everything that is related to High Definition has to be related to new blockbusters to be important or good.
    Catalog titles are very important in my opinion and we all know that Blockbusters are even more important to "win" a format war, but these releases are also important to win movie lovers to HD in general.
    Not everything should revolve around blockbusters.
    ...and please...save your time reminding me what is obvious. We all know already that blockbusters are more important than air itself.
    Well I for one am more interested in getting catalog titles I love in HD way more so than getting newer films in HD. One of the main reasons is I really think Hollywood has lost alot of its creativity and we now see way way way too many sequels and not nearly enough new material.

    So at least for this HD guy, catalog titles are my bread and butter for HD and if they ignored those classics I would dump the formats.

    As for the 4k masters being done, this should be done by ever single studio in existance as film is only going to get older and the restoration work is only going to become more expensive and more difficult per film. Each studio should have programs active to archive thier entire library of films.
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    Scratches head. You know there are only so many blockbusters to go around. What do people think makes up the majority of peoples film libraries?

    Heck, I have The Adventures of Robin Hood in high def and that film is 70+ years old and it is brilliant. I don't care if you're a blu-ray or HD DVD cheerleader if you don't investigate those catalog titles you are surely missing out on some outstanding films.

    I am a Hammer Film Studios fan. For those that don't know they were the horror film masters in the 50's through the 70's. I have just found that a complete high def restoration has been done on Horror of Dracula (with Christopher Lee) and was presented at Cannes on May 17th to celebrate the films upcoming 50th birthday. Warner's has hinted (I don't have the link at the moment) that there is a very good possibility this title will come out HD DVD/Blu-ray by the end of the year. I nearly creamed my jeans when I found out.

    Yes, catalog titles definitely have a place in anyone’s film library if you love film.

    Sorry to rant, but this blockbuster only stuff just gets me
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    thread moved because this isn't smackdown material. It is general discussions of both formats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfbinet View Post
    Scratches head. You know there are only so many blockbusters to go around. What do people think makes up the majority of peoples film libraries?

    Heck, I have The Adventures of Robin Hood in high def and that film is 70+ years old and it is brilliant. I don't care if you're a blu-ray or HD DVD cheerleader if you don't investigate those catalog titles you are surely missing out on some outstanding films.

    I am a Hammer Film Studios fan. For those that don't know they were the horror film masters in the 50's through the 70's. I have just found that a complete high def restoration has been done on Horror of Dracula (with Christopher Lee) and was presented at Cannes on May 17th to celebrate the films upcoming 50th birthday. Warner's has hinted (I don't have the link at the moment) that there is a very good possibility this title will come out HD DVD/Blu-ray by the end of the year. I nearly creamed my jeans when I found out.

    Yes, catalog titles definitely have a place in anyone’s film library if you love film.

    Sorry to rant, but this blockbuster only stuff just gets me

    LOL, I just read that myself and was absolutly thrilled. Those are the films I grew up on and are some of the most vaulued inmy collection atm. I would buy those in a millisecind if they brought those out in HD andI fully expect them too as the work is already done. This was actually the most exciting news film wise I have read in months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HomeTheatreFreak View Post
    Well I for one am more interested in getting catalog titles I love in HD way more so than getting newer films in HD..
    And I for two. I can't understand why some folks are willing to pay for a worthless new HD release but not willing to see a classic like Bonny & Clyde in high def. Even if you already have an SD copy, keep in mind that you can still sell it for a couple of bucks to someone without HD.

    If you enjoy films at all, support the restoration efforts by huying the classics in high def.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkremer View Post
    I agree. I will try to buy new blockbuster movies in HD, but there are just some catalog titles worth the double dip to me. I'm incredibly looking forward to movies like Back to the Future, Gattaca, School of Rock, Short Circuit, and Secondhand Lions. I know some of those aren't even on the slate yet, but hopefully they will be, and I will snap them up.

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    I work for cinema camera company and all I can say is that 4K is the holy grail of digital cinematography. 4K masters is essentially equivalent to a 35mm analog master according to the digital experts in my company. It looks like Warner Bros is making these 4K masters so they don't have to go back to the analog masters anymore.
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    Bonnie and Clyde is one of my all-time favorites and I also love Sudden Impact and Blade Runner. That Warner is giving them now a state of the art 4K restauration for HD release on both formats sure makes me happy! These 3 titles are definitely a buy for me.
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