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post #601 of 5740
I was so excited to see An American Werewolf In London was being released that I failed to see the South Park link. That's another must buy. For years I've hoped for a Special Edition, but I've always respected Matt and Trey for refusing to double dip.
post #602 of 5740
Someone has probably bitched about this before, but what's up with Criterion not having their stuff be region-free, when that's now become sort of standard procedure as far as blu-ray goes?
post #603 of 5740
The American Werewolf doc started as an unauthorized fan production, and the kid worked hard to get access and clearance, and then Universal floated him completion funds, I think. It's a cool story.
post #604 of 5740
Holy shit, "Screwballs" is not only coming to DVD, but Blu-Ray as well?!? Probably one of my favorite teen sex comedies from the early 80s. I think I saw this movie 3 times in the theater, and then rented it over and over again from the video store. Awesome. I may have to break down and buy this one.
post #605 of 5740
I like Blu-Ray discs.
post #606 of 5740
Rescue Dawn is fairly disappointing as a transfer. It has moments, but ignoring the stock footage - the actual stock itself is washy and not as sharp as i'd like.

Not exactly important though.
post #607 of 5740
CNet recently did a write-up on 25 must have blu-ray discs.
Some interesting suggestions, although there are a few stinkers mixed in that are only worth a rental.
post #608 of 5740
Rewatching Mad Men on Blu-Ray in preparation for season two. A solid must own, looks great with an absurd amount of commentaries and extras. Looking forward to The Prisoner and Arrested Development getting released some point in the future.

I'm not liking how flimsy the cases can be though, got season two and discovered the clasps holding Disc 1 and 2 were broken. Store won't do anything about it and can't find a replacement cases for three.
post #609 of 5740
The Mad Men S2 extras are pretty good, actually, better than S1.
post #610 of 5740
Has anyone here tried out Best Buy's Insignia BDLIVE01 model? I have come to the conclusion that if there is a God, the spiteful bitch does not wish for me to have a PS3, and I'll be in a position to snatch this up on the super cheap soon, but can't find a single good or bad word about it on the internets.
post #611 of 5740
Blu-ray sales up 91 percent in first half of 2009 despite recession

I'm guessing this is due to price reductions, even though a lot of the brand new titles are still going for an obnoxious $30.
post #612 of 5740
Mad Men Season 2 may has an ingenious Clorox ad.
post #613 of 5740
Does anyone have the original Halloween, Texas Chainsaw, and Dawn of the Dead?

If so, is the transfer significant? I noticed they're fairly cheap.
post #614 of 5740
You should all already be aware, but Night of the Living Dead has a beautiful transfer. Very clean, great brightness/contrast balance (as opposed to the nightmares I encountered with Sweeny Todd on BD) and a very decently preserved soundtrack.
post #615 of 5740
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Originally Posted by C.S. Lewis Jr. View Post
Does anyone have the original Halloween, Texas Chainsaw, and Dawn of the Dead?

If so, is the transfer significant? I noticed they're fairly cheap.
I've got Halloween, and honestly, I don't see much difference at all between it and just upscaling the DVD. But hey, it's my favorite film so I had to buy it.
post #616 of 5740
I feel similar about the Anchor Bay BR disc for Dawn. But, I do have to add that the Blu-Ray for Day is a drastic improvement over the DVD.

The TCM disc is strong and has more special features than my old Pioneer DVD. But, the A/V Quality isn't going to wow anyone.
post #617 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Tieman View Post
Blu-ray sales up 91 percent in first half of 2009 despite recession

I'm guessing this is due to price reductions, even though a lot of the brand new titles are still going for an obnoxious $30.
You know what's more obnoxious? WB, Disney and Criterion want to hike up that MSRP to $40.
post #618 of 5740
I don't mind new release blu-rays costing $30. That's what some 2-disc standard DVDs go for anymore. You're paying more for the special feature, and I get that. But then the standard 2-discs drop in price by half, and the blu-ray stays at $30.
post #619 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Barkatthemoon View Post
I don't mind new release blu-rays costing $30. That's what some 2-disc standard DVDs go for anymore. You're paying more for the special feature, and I get that. But then the standard 2-discs drop in price by half, and the blu-ray stays at $30.
Well, the plan is to push higher.

For example, Adventureland is going to hit the retail roof on Blu-Ray around $32-35.

Criterion has marked up their Blu-Rays to the near 40 dollar marker for October. Howards' End and the lot. I'm not sure how big of a seller that will be around here.
post #620 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Anderson View Post
Howards' End and the lot. I'm not sure how big of a seller that will be around here.
Howard's End was a fine movie. But it's not worth $40.
post #621 of 5740
I hadn't bought any of the Criterion blu-rays until this recent B&N sale. But for less than $20, I'm all over them!
post #622 of 5740
I picked up the Band of Brothers BD boxset for £24.99.

That's ridiculously cheap for the UK. It looks nice too.
post #623 of 5740
Criterion announced Wings of Desire for Blu-Ray this fall (and yes, at the $40 price point). That's great news (well, not the price). I hope they can get ahold of some of Wenders' other films (Paris, Texas, his greatest, perhaps), as I'd love to see them come to HD.
post #624 of 5740
I just plugged in my new Blu ray this week..my first titles : Robocop, Reservoir Dogs and Watchmen. Gotta say, if you have Blu ray player-a surround sound system should be required. Trying to avoid any double dipping...
post #625 of 5740
Got an e-mail a week ago (7/17) saying they received my Red2Blu order. Hopefully will get another any day now saying they've shipped it.
post #626 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Dan View Post
I picked up the Band of Brothers BD boxset for £24.99.

That's ridiculously cheap for the UK. It looks nice too.
Is its? I buy all my DVD´s and BD´s over in the UK, mostly via Amazon, since it is incredible cheap over there since the pound dropped so harsh against the euro. I pay half or less for every disk as opposed to over here. The only difference is that most new releases don´t have a german dub, but I couldn´t care less about that.

And Band of Brothers for 25 pounds does sound tempting....
post #627 of 5740
Now the proud owner of a $110 Samsung BD-P1500, Silent Hill, Close Encounters, and Watchmen. Even got myself registered for the BD-Live commentary tomorrow night.

Long live the new flesh, or something.
post #628 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Jan View Post
Is its? I buy all my DVD´s and BD´s over in the UK, mostly via Amazon, since it is incredible cheap over there since the pound dropped so harsh against the euro. I pay half or less for every disk as opposed to over here. The only difference is that most new releases don´t have a german dub, but I couldn´t care less about that.

And Band of Brothers for 25 pounds does sound tempting....
Considering that HMV are still retailing Wall*E at an absolutely disgusting £30 - £25 for the entire run of Band of Brothers is even more of a bargain. It's apparently a £50 retail (although i'd never pay that). I picked up the DVD version of BoB at Christmas for exactly the same price.

I just cant get enough of these BD boxsets - that Planet Earth one is still pride of place and that was (if I remember rightly) the same price in the January sales.
post #629 of 5740
Rumor Mill:
Fight Club: Oct. 3
Heat: Nov. 3

Is the Robocop blu-ray transfer that bad? I've heard it's horrible, but it's only $10 at Walmart right now.
post #630 of 5740
Robocop looks like an upscaled DVD. For the same price, you could grab the standard def disc, and get the bonus features.
post #631 of 5740
I already have the the Criterion and the 20th Anniversary Steelbook.

Maybe the old blu-ray's on clearance because they're doing a remaster.
post #632 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Justin Clark View Post
Robocop looks like an upscaled DVD. For the same price, you could grab the standard def disc, and get the bonus features.
Ehh I didin't think it was HORRIBLE but yes it could have been better I guess. However I would call it a step up over an upscaled DVD. Plus you do get a DTS-HD-MA sountrack which is nice. Although if you are that into special features maybe you should switch to srandard def. I just don't don't care about special features anymore. It's just become too much trouble rebuying things. I upgraded to Blu-ray for perfect picture and sound so the only way im ever going to rebuy a Blu-ray is if it uprades both of those things, otherwise im done with that studio ploy.
post #633 of 5740
I mentioned the Robocop thing earlier. Upon reflection - and a second viewing, there are moments (mostly establishing shots of the city) that are actually wonderful transfers. The problem is that the news broadcasts were always in such a shitty quality that a HD transfer was always going to show them up.

It's not as bad as that original Fifth Element transfer - and the sound on it is happily worth the price of admission anyway.
post #634 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Barkatthemoon View Post
Rumor Mill:
Fight Club: Oct. 3
Heat: Nov. 3

Is the Robocop blu-ray transfer that bad? I've heard it's horrible, but it's only $10 at Walmart right now.
Fight Club isn't a rumor. They were going to list at the first Tuesday in October, but it's looking like it got rolled back by at least 2 weeks. I'd expect an announcement any day now. Heat is news to me.
post #635 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Anderson View Post
Heat is news to me.
It's up for preorder on Amazon now:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
post #636 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Barkatthemoon View Post
Kickass. I was under the impression that Boogie Nights was November and HEAT was TBD.
post #637 of 5740
I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to post this, and if it's not please direct me to the correct area, but...

has anyone else had problems with BluRay players playing their normal dvds?
I sometimes get digital noise, the picture breaking up and sometimes just freezing all together. This happens with about 1 out of 4 regular dvds I try to play (and they do play just fine in my normal dvd player, except for my truly fucked up Munsters disc).

Anyone?
post #638 of 5740
Thread Starter 
I have no idea which Fast and the furious movies to get tomorrow (except the new one) since I own 1 and 3 on DVD (and 2 was too dumb). The first one is one of my favorite stupid films. If I buy one of the old ones, I can get another for 10 bucks more bringing the total to 35 (plus 13 for the new one since I have a gift certificate).
post #639 of 5740
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Originally Posted by E.T.C. View Post
I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to post this, and if it's not please direct me to the correct area, but...

has anyone else had problems with BluRay players playing their normal dvds?
I sometimes get digital noise, the picture breaking up and sometimes just freezing all together. This happens with about 1 out of 4 regular dvds I try to play (and they do play just fine in my normal dvd player, except for my truly fucked up Munsters disc).

Anyone?
Which BluRay player do you have?
post #640 of 5740
Snatched up Speed Racer at the local Mom and Pop game/DVD store for $10.

That bit in Videodrome where Max Renn groped his television makes a lot more sense now.
post #641 of 5740
The Robocop "newscast" scenes are hard to watch. In general, its like a cable network (USA nework, History channel) level of quality.

Its hard buying standard dvds once you have seen blu ray.

The lastest Fast and Furious is at least worth a rental. blu ray + surround sound = great for movies with BOOM
post #642 of 5740
The Revenge of the Fallen collectors set come with a $50 gift card to Sideshow Collectibles. That's like getting the set for free. Um, if you collect toys. I'm not one for busts though. Don't like a buch of armless torsos setting around. Creepy.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....p=1&id=2011873
post #643 of 5740
post #644 of 5740
Thread Starter 
Just gotta say that The Fast and the Furious and Fast and Furious (parts 1 and 4 for people not keeping up) look and sound amazing. I'm really impressed with the sound.
post #645 of 5740
Anyone grab THIS IS SPINAL TAP yet? Curious about the picture. I hear it sounds great though.
post #646 of 5740
It's not a very good movie, but Race to Witch Mountain looks really good on BR. 12 Monkeys, on the other hand, looks pretty drab. Not worth the upgrade if you have the DVD, honestly.
post #647 of 5740
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Originally Posted by BadlyDrawnBagel View Post
Which BluRay player do you have?
Panasonic
post #648 of 5740
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barkatthemoon View Post
The Revenge of the Fallen collectors set come with a $50 gift card to Sideshow Collectibles. That's like getting the set for free. Um, if you collect toys. I'm not one for busts though. Don't like a buch of armless torsos setting around. Creepy.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....p=1&id=2011873
If it's anything like the gift card I got with T2, it's only usable on select items.
post #649 of 5740
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Originally Posted by Alan "Nordling" Cerny View Post
Anyone grab THIS IS SPINAL TAP yet? Curious about the picture. I hear it sounds great though.
It's one of the best audio tracks I've heard in 2009. The picture is an odd beast. The field of depth is amazing. But, there is so much digital noise during darker scenes. The whole Stonehenge gag and getting lost under the stage shows this off.
post #650 of 5740
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barkatthemoon View Post
The Revenge of the Fallen collectors set come with a $50 gift card to Sideshow Collectibles. That's like getting the set for free. Um, if you collect toys. I'm not one for busts though. Don't like a buch of armless torsos setting around. Creepy.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....p=1&id=2011873
I might buy the first movie, but the 2nd movie well I'll just watch my army recruitment dvd i got in the mail.

Also what good sideshow collectible is under 50 anyways?
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