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Old 12-03-11, 11:44 AM
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Originally Posted by Superdaddy
There's a bunch of things that interest me, if this turns out to be legit.

I figured the classic monster films for a long, long shot, but considering they will soon release another film from the same era (All Quiet on the Western Front), I'm willing to entertain the possibility that they may finally come out.

The Spielbergs are probably accurate. Next year is E.T.'s thirtieth, so it makes sense. And Steven previously said Jaws is in the works.
Some of the Monster films are available in HD on Netflix streaming. Which at least probably tells us they were in the pipeline to be released. I expected this year since it was Frankenstein's 70th anniversary, but they can use this set to help promote the "100 Years of Universal" theme with some of the other catalogs.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Some of the Monster films are available in HD on Netflix streaming.
The 1080i source files for Frankenstein, Dracula and Bride of Frankenstein all looked fantastic, which would bode well for any potential Blu-ray.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Some of the Monster films are available in HD on Netflix streaming. Which at least probably tells us they were in the pipeline to be released. I expected this year since it was Frankenstein's 70th anniversary, but they can use this set to help promote the "100 Years of Universal" theme with some of the other catalogs.
Many Universal films are available in HD. Does not mean we all ever get them on Blu-ray.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Originally Posted by NoirFan
The 1080i source files for Frankenstein, Dracula and Bride of Frankenstein all looked fantastic, which would bode well for any potential Blu-ray.
I want all of these, but Bride Of Frankenstein most of all! If I could ever have that and Freaks on blu (not counting on it, but if) then that would make me very happy.

Love to see Dracula (both versions), Frankenstein, Bride, Wolf Man, Invisible Man, Creature, Mummy, Freaks, Mad Love. Yeah, basically all of it.
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Originally Posted by GizmoDVD
Many Universal films are available in HD. Does not mean we all ever get them on Blu-ray.
Not too many that are as iconic as their classic monsters, which I think will arrive on BD sooner than later.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Did I read correctly on that list that universal is releasing "last temptation of christ" on blu and dvd? Odd that they would take a crack at releasing it themselves then letting Criterion release the blu ray since I always figured Universal tries to disavow the fact that they financed the film because of the controversy behind it.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

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Did I read correctly on that list that universal is releasing "last temptation of christ" on blu and dvd? Odd that they would take a crack at releasing it themselves then letting Criterion release the blu ray since I always figured Universal tries to disavow the fact that they financed the film because of the controversy behind it.
I would like to see this on BD eventually. If the listing is accurate (and who knows how accurate it is), it seems to indicate Universal putting out their own DVD release of it. I don't see a suggestion of a BD. This does seem odd to me, so we'll need to wait and see what transpires.

I figured if it came out on BD at all, it would be Criterion that made it happen. I assumed since Uni hadn't bothered with getting it out on disc thus far, that they were not interested in doing so.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Originally Posted by Superdaddy
Originally Posted by Ringmaster
Did I read correctly on that list that universal is releasing "last temptation of christ" on blu and dvd? Odd that they would take a crack at releasing it themselves then letting Criterion release the blu ray since I always figured Universal tries to disavow the fact that they financed the film because of the controversy behind it.
I would like to see this on BD eventually. If the listing is accurate (and who knows how accurate it is), it seems to indicate Universal putting out their own DVD release of it. I don't see a suggestion of a BD. This does seem odd to me, so we'll need to wait and see what transpires.

I figured if it came out on BD at all, it would be Criterion that made it happen. I assumed since Uni hadn't bothered with getting it out on disc thus far, that they were not interested in doing so.
Yeah, it looked like, if that list is accurate, it would be a DVD only release.

Personally, I'd love for Criterion to put out a Blu-Ray for it. Frankly, it seems like it'd be the most likely venue for it to be put out on Blu-Ray...
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Originally Posted by Ringmaster
Did I read correctly on that list that universal is releasing "last temptation of christ" on blu and dvd? Odd that they would take a crack at releasing it themselves then letting Criterion release the blu ray since I always figured Universal tries to disavow the fact that they financed the film because of the controversy behind it.
Maybe in the US they have a problem with it, or more likely Universal just didn't think it would sell well enough to bother with it so there was more money to be made by letting Criterion deal with it.

Certainly here in the UK, Universal released it through CIC Video on rental and retail VHS (Universal Video didn't exist at the time), once through Columbia/Tri-Star DVD (Universal DVD didn't exist at that point either) but now it's solely through Universal DVD. I know in other European countries Universal handle it themselves wherever they have their own label.

From the list posted, even if it was from a new poster I'd say there's a high chance of a lot of them being correct. Many have been strongly rumoured for a while and with Universal going heavy on their 100 years 100 movies program and a lot of the titles heavily requested, I'd say that Back to the Future, E.T., the Universal Horror range, The Blues Brothers, Smokey and the Bandit and at least half of the others are dead certs.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

It's been mentioned in the Criterion thread that Criterion has posted a Facebook hint that indicates that Last Temptation is coming soon on BD. Maybe it will be a March title (the next month they're due to announce releases for).
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

That 2012 list was correct about Jaws, so it could be legit across the board. In that case, bring on Pillow Talk and the monsters box!
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Originally Posted by Digital Bits
First, Universal has set Out of Africa for Universal 100th Anniversary Collector's Series Blu-ray/DVD combo release on 3/6. We've asked the studio whether this is a new transfer or just a re-issue of the existing version, and HAVE CONFIRMED that this is a newly-remastered version that should be far superior to the existing disc. Here's hoping they revisit Kubrick's Spartacus soon as well. Speaking of catalog BDs, the studio has also set The Deer Hunter, The Nutty Professor, Parenthood and Harvey (1950) for Universal 100th Anniversary Blu-ray release on 3/6 as well.
The Criterion list is looking pretty solid now.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Blu-ray.com has announced the following additions to the Universal slate, all due 3/6:

The Deer Hunter
Harvey (yes, the James Stewart film)
The Nutty Professor (remake)
Parenthood

Hoping hard for a good transfer on Harvey myself.

EDIT: Extras are as follows...

The Deer Hunter:

Universal's Blu-ray/DVD combo pack presents the film in its 2.39:1 original aspect ratio with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The disc also contains the following supplements:

Deleted and extended scenes
Commentary with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher
100 Years of Universal: Academy Award Winners featurette

Harvey:

Universal's Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack presents the film in its 1.37:1 original aspect ratio with a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The disc also contains the following supplements:

Special Introduction by star Jimmy Stewart with photographic montage
Production notes
Two 100 Years of Universal featurettes:
- The Carl Laemmle Era
- The Lew Wasserman Era
Theatrical Trailer

The Nutty Professor:

Universal's Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack presents the film in its 1.85:1 original aspect ratio with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The disc also contains the following supplements:

Two 100 Years of Universal featurettes:
- The Lew Wasserman Era
- Unforgettable Characters

Parenthood:

Universal's Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack presents the film in its 1.85:1 original aspect ratio with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The disc also contains the following supplements:

Three behind-the-scenes featurettes:
- Art Imitating Life
- Family Reunion
- Words and Music
Two 100 Years of Universal featurettes:
- Unforgettable Characters
- The Lew Wasserman Era

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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

well well well...looks like the predictions have been correct
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Originally Posted by Superdaddy
The Deer Hunter:

Universal's Blu-ray/DVD combo pack presents the film in its 2.39:1 original aspect ratio with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The disc also contains the following supplements:

Deleted and extended scenes
Commentary with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher
100 Years of Universal: Academy Award Winners featurette
None of the R2/B Featurettes?
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

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None of the R2/B Featurettes?
No as Universal does not have the Region 2 rights.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

I'm sure the people who buy The Nutty Professor will also be dying to watch that Lew Wasserman doc!
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Posts are surfacing on AVS and blu-ray.com that the Out of Africa reissue also due on 3/6 will be a remaster. Needless to say, I will not buy until I hear reports from people who've seen the disc that this is actually done right this time. I want this movie on BD badly but will not purchase the current disc, which is generally considered one of the worst transfers on the format.

Then, for a super-celebration of Universal's 100th anniversary, they can start reissuing all the other catalog titles they've screwed up in the past.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

The Digital Bits says they've confirmed with the studio that it's a total remaster.
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

Originally Posted by NoirFan
The Criterion list is looking pretty solid now.
I'm kinda disappointed. The list wasn't anything too special.
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The Digital Bits says they've confirmed with the studio that it's a total remaster.
Looked it up on amazon. It's got a Criterion-level price tag. I hope it looks stellar. We'll see!
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Still waiting for Universal to release the rest of their John Carpenter titles on BD.....
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I'm kinda disappointed. The list wasn't anything too special.
There are a few notable titles:

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Double Indemnity
Pillow Talk
Jaws

Hitchcock box
Classic Monsters Box
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Still waiting for a release date for "Bring It On"
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Re: New wave of Universal catalog releases

From Blu-ray.com--
As part of its 100th Anniversary this year, Universal Studios will unveil the results of its extensive film restoration campaign. Beginning this year, thirteen Universal titles will benefit from the studio's labors. The list includes:

All Quiet on the Western Front
The Birds
Bride of Frankenstein
Abbott and Costello's Buck Privates
The English and Spanish language Dracula versions filmed in 1931
Frankenstein
Jaws
Out of Africa
Pillow Talk
Schindler's List
The Sting
To Kill a Mockingbird

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Universal's Technical Operations Head Michael Daruty stresses the thoroughness of this project, as "the restorations...took three to six months each and cost $250,000 to $600,000 per title."

Daruty also hinted at similar film treatment in the future, noting that "this was a commitment by the company to say, 'We're gonna devote funding and most probably continue that effort year over year, to try and preserve and restore the legacy of the company...whether we're gonna get our money back in that first year or not.' "

The only caveat is that not all of the aforementioned films will receive Blu-ray treatment; Universal has only definitively confirmed All Quiet on the Western Front, Jaws, Out of Africa, and To Kill a Mockingbird Blu-rays.

However, the studio's official press release includes a detail that "highly anticipated Blu-ray releases of Universal's Classic Monster and Alfred Hitchcock series" will street later in the year, which bodes well for expecting The Birds, Bride of Frankenstein, both Dracula versions, and Frankenstein HD upgrades.

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