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Old 11-26-09, 05:02 PM
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Re: The Official Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Thread

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For All Mankind is Region B, so I'm assuming M will be as well. Criterion did announce the latter as being an eventual Blu-ray title though.
Well, the new Une femme mariee blu-ray isn't region-locked, so there may be some hope for M after all.
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Old 11-26-09, 07:30 PM
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eureka is having a blu-ray sale...http://www.eurekavideo.co.uk/offers/BD.html

free shipping worldwide!

picked up MAD DETECTIVE for less than $14 shipped.
That's pretty damn cool. I'd definitely get Mad Detective if I hadn't already purchased it, but I'm going to jump on Tokyo Sonata for $18.
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Old 11-26-09, 08:29 PM
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Well, the new Une femme mariee blu-ray isn't region-locked, so there may be some hope for M after all.
Yes, but Criterion didn't release that title in the U.S., Koch Lorber did.
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M

Fritz Lang, 1931

Of all Fritz Lang’s creations, none have been more innovative or influential than M, the film that launched German cinema into the sound era with stunning sophistication and mesmerising artistry. A spate of child killings has stricken a terrified Berlin. Peter Lorre gives a legendary performance as the murderer Hans Beckert, who soon finds himself chased by all levels of society.

From cinema’s first serial killer hunt, Lang pulls back to encompass social tapestry, police procedural, and underworld conspiracies in an astonishingly multi-faceted and level-headed look at a deeply incendiary topic. One of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, M remains as fresh and startling almost 80 years on. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present a stunning high-definition restoration of a definitive classic of world cinema.

• Stunning, restored 1080p high-definition transfer in the correct 1.19:1 ratio, with restored sound

• Two audio commentaries: one by German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler; the other featuring film restoration expert Martin Koerber, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich’s 1965 audio interviews with Lang

• The original 1932 British release version of M, presented in its entirety, recently rediscovered after 70 years, featuring different actors, alternate takes and Peter Lorre’s first performance in English

• Zum Beispiel Fritz Lang, a 1968 documentary with Fritz Lang discussing his career in German cinema

• 48-page illustrated booklet, including writing by Fritz Lang, historian Robert Fischer, details of a missing scene, behind-the-scenes stills and production drawings

And City Girl is now Blu-ray only.

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That's pretty damn cool. I'd definitely get Mad Detective if I hadn't already purchased it, but I'm going to jump on Tokyo Sonata for $18.
Received it on Saturday. Fantastic!
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Old 12-18-09, 04:38 PM
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A heads-up: our forthcoming BD of M will be Region B to respect Criterion's wishes (we're using their master). This will be our second BD to be region encoded (the first was FOR ALL MANKIND, also from Criterion).
Disappointing, but not unexpected. Guess I'll just have to wait.
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Disappointing, but not unexpected. Guess I'll just have to wait.
I imagine it'll come sooner rather than later from Criterion, but man would I love to have Eureka's coverart instead.
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Old 12-18-09, 05:02 PM
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I imagine it'll come sooner rather than later from Criterion, but man would I love to have Eureka's coverart instead.
Yeah, MoC really have no equal as far as packaging is concerned, and that includes Criterion. Their cover art and booklets (some of which are more like actual books) are top notch. I'm guessing Criterion's M will be an April or May title.
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I am new to this forum.

I thank in advance the replies to my few questions (confirmations) below:

A) from what I read, SUNRISE BD from MoC is Region Free, right?

B) I've bought some very nice Criterion DVDs in the past. Just recently got acquainted to MoC. I saw some people here mentioning they prefer artwork from MoC, another post said it mostly preferred Criterion.

My main concern is the transfer, and picture quality (assuming sound will be pretty much the same). Is this mostly a film by film approach to what is better, or is there a difference in terms of concept on the digital remastering of the films? I believe I read that MoC try to make less digital processing on the negatives or something like this. If so, is this "less processing" approach only related to scratches and dust, or do Criterion alter contrast and all? Any input will be appreciated.

BTW, I saw "M" will be out in Feb 22 in Amazon UK.

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Old 01-01-10, 09:37 AM
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A) from what I read, SUNRISE BD from MoC is Region Free, right?
Absolutely. I have this very amazing disc in-hand myself and can confirm first-hand that it's region-free.
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Old 01-02-10, 04:07 PM
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Thanks!

Anyone on item "B"?
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Old 01-02-10, 04:35 PM
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In regards to picture quality, I'm bias because I'm a bit of a Criterion fan. However, there are exceptions where Masters of Cinema is clearly better than Criterion (Kwaidan) and others where I found MoC slightly better (Vampyr). I recommend checking out DVD Beaver. You can view comparison shots of titles that have been released by both Criterion and MoC.

IMO, Masters of Cinema does have better artwork. They also include amazing booklets with their films. Masters of Cinema is viewed as almost an underdog compared to Criterion. I love MoC for the silent films that they have released. I like picking up their discs that Criterion has not yet released. However, 9 times out of 10, I will go with Criterion when there are overlapping titles of similar quality.

That's my opinion.
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Old 01-03-10, 04:15 AM
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Thanks.

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Old 01-08-10, 08:00 AM
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Re: The Official Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Thread

I'll be in the US in February, when I intend to buy Sunrise BD and other UK released titles. Can any US based fellow please let me know if I buy the discs from Amazon UK if it will go directly to my destination in the US, or if I would have to pay any customs dues (and/or have to clear the package with customs)? And how many days should I expect from purchase to actual delivery to my address in the US?

Thanks a lot for the info.
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Can any US based fellow please let me know if I buy the discs from Amazon UK if it will go directly to my destination in the US
It might vary depending on the volume of what you order -- my packages always seem to have just one or two things in them -- but they went straight to me without any hiccups at all. No signing for anything, no additional fees...and you don't have to pay VAT.

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And how many days should I expect from purchase to actual delivery to my address in the US?
A work-week-ish, I think? I'm frequently surprised by how quickly amazon.co.uk orders arrive.
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Old 01-08-10, 08:19 AM
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Thanks so much!

If anyone has a different experience, please let me know. I'll be in Florida (if that matters...)
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Old 01-12-10, 04:50 PM
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Order Une Femme Mariee direct from Eureka for 15.98 and it will ship now (2 weeks before release date), plus free worldwide shipping. Total price from Amazon is 17.53 (with VAT removed and shipping added), so this is definitely the way to go.
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Thanks for the heads-up. Just ordered.
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Just recieved my copy of Un Femme Marriee. Fast for free worldwide shipping!
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I just got mine in too. I don't think I could be more impressed with their service.
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Regarding The Burmese Harp:
It will be out in 2010. We're aiming for Blu.
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it would be Region B, unfortunately.

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Old 02-01-10, 07:13 PM
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Awesome news on Burmese Harp. Hopefully will include the original and the remake. I have the Criterion, but unfortunately, it's been sitting unwatched on my shelf unwatched for many years....
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Old 02-01-10, 08:15 PM
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NOTE: This is the first Blu-ray only release that we have seen! Masters of Cinema aren't offering a DVD of the title.
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In a word - wow.
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