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The Official Arrow Blu-ray Thread

Old 03-10-11, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by asianxcore View Post
Has anyone picked this up?

I've read lots of people on various Cult/Horror Films forums being bothered by Arrow's use of DNR.
I'm waiting on its arrival. I'm no expert on a/v presentations but I know what I like (and DNR isn't what I like). I'll report back with my thoughts whenever it arrives.
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Old 03-11-11, 01:54 AM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
Excessive DNR seems to be an ongoing issue with this company. They should spend less time on atrocious cover art and more time on quality control. That said, I thought Vamp looked quite good, all things considered. The selection of extras was pretty nice as well - Deedee Pfeiffer is as adorable as ever - but I don't think they need to include opening and closing credits for a 25 minute featurette.
I own Arrow's BD releases of Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and City of the Living Dead. That's it, since it was around the time after City of the Living Dead came out, when I heard lots of mixed reviews on their BD's.

Excessive DNR and Brightness boosting seem to be the main complaints I hear.

Originally Posted by SethDLH View Post
I'm waiting on its arrival. I'm no expert on a/v presentations but I know what I like (and DNR isn't what I like). I'll report back with my thoughts whenever it arrives.
Thanks!
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Old 03-11-11, 02:58 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Blu-ray Thread

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I'm waiting on its arrival. I'm no expert on a/v presentations but I know what I like (and DNR isn't what I like). I'll report back with my thoughts whenever it arrives.
Originally Posted by asianxcore View Post
I own Arrow's BD releases of Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and City of the Living Dead. That's it, since it was around the time after City of the Living Dead came out, when I heard lots of mixed reviews on their BD's.

Excessive DNR and Brightness boosting seem to be the main complaints I hear.



Thanks!
It just arrived 20 minutes ago. Scanned through it and in my opinion it looks good. I'm an "Argentophile" so I wouldn't be satisfied with a crap transfer. It does look brightened in a few of the darker scenes but not even close to ruining it. Its mainly in the scenes that looked murky on the dvd releases. Other than that detail seemed good, skin tones and black levels seemed good too. Not perfect, but judging by this compared to the old dvd releases I don't know if perfect would actually be attainable. I'm more than satisfied and I would certainly say this is the best the film has looked on disc.
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Old 03-13-11, 01:00 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Blu-ray Thread

I added synopsis/specs/cover art for Rififi to the first post. Also, Ashes and Diamonds is now due 9/12.
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Re: The Official Arrow Blu-ray Thread

According to Amazon, Tenebrae has been pushed back until 5/23.
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Old 04-01-11, 11:37 AM
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Added info/artwork on Tenebrae (two commentaries!), Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Obsession.
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
Added info/artwork on Tenebrae (two commentaries!), Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Obsession.
Please let them not screw up the transfer on Tenebre. That package will be incredible.
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Old 04-01-11, 01:07 PM
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Arrow Academy will be releasing The Conformist later in 2011! Also, Bicycle Thieves has been pushed back again to 4/18.
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Old 04-07-11, 10:30 AM
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DVD Beaver on Bicycle Thieves - Yet another mixed bag from Arrow transfer-wise. The extras look very nice, however. If it drops to under 10 pounds I might pull the trigger while waiting for the Criterion upgrade.
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Old 04-17-11, 07:39 PM
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DVD Beaver on Diabolique, which is actually Region B. Another reason to wait for the Criterion, which I'm sure will have the superior transfer.
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Old 04-18-11, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
DVD Beaver on Bicycle Thieves - Yet another mixed bag from Arrow transfer-wise. The extras look very nice, however. If it drops to under 10 pounds I might pull the trigger while waiting for the Criterion upgrade.
It looks way better than those caps infer. A very solid package.
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Old 04-19-11, 07:21 PM
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DVD Beaver on Rififi
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Old 04-19-11, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
I'm kinda salivating. Arrow is so hit or miss that even with as much as I love Rififi, this wasn't even on my radar. It sure is now...
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Old 04-20-11, 06:06 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Blu-ray Thread

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There is some additional work being done on the discs for Tenebrae and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage which means that the release dates have had to be pushed back a couple of weeks. In terms of specifics, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage requires some work whilst Arrow add the Kim Newman and Alan Jones commentary. Arrow weren't happy with the encode for Tenebrae so they have increased the bitrate. They have been experimenting with the 5.1 track but it won't work because Arrow's version of the film is slightly longer than the previous Anchor Bay version. This means the audio will not synch with the picture and so is not usable. The upcoming bank holidays may make things a little difficult in terms of liaising with other companies so these revised release dates are subject to change. It's all about ensuring these releases are as good as they can possibly be, so the revised release dates are:

Tenebrae: June 13
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage: May 30
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Re: The Official Arrow Blu-ray Thread

I'm fine with them pushing back Tenebre but if it looks anything like the screen grabs of The Beyond replacement I just saw... no thanks.
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Originally Posted by SethDLH View Post
I'm fine with them pushing back Tenebre but if it looks anything like the screen grabs of The Beyond replacement I just saw... no thanks.
I suppose the fact that they've increased the bitrate can be taken as a positive sign, but as with all of the Arrow releases, I'll wait for the screenshots.
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Re: The Official Arrow Blu-ray Thread

From blu-ray.com...

British distributors Arrow Films have revealed that they will release on Blu-ray Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse (1981), starring Elizabeth Berridge (Amadeus, Smooth Talk), Miles Chapin (Bless the Beasts & Children), and Shawn Carson (Something Wicked This Way Comes). The distributors have also revealed that this will be a Region-Free release. Street date is July 18th.

Technical specs and special features:

- Brand new transfer of the film in glorious High Definition (1080p)
- 4 panel reversible sleeve options with original and newly commissioned artwork
- Double-sided fold-out artwork poster
- Collector's booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by critic and author Kim Newman.
- Audio commentary with The Funhouse S/FX wizard Craig Reardon and Jeffrey Reddick (creator of The Final Destination series)
- Audio commentary with producer Derek Power and genre scholar Howard S. Berger
- Audio commentary with Justin Kerswell, author of 'Teenage Wasteland' and host of the slasher cinema website Hysteria Lives, and author Calum Waddell
- Stuck in the Funhouse with director Tobe Hooper
- Carnage at the Carnival: Tobe Hooper Remembers 'The Funhouse'
- Miles of Mayhem: Acting in Tobe's Funhouse with star Miles Chapin
- A Trilogy of Terror: The Make-up Madness of Craig Reardon, the S/FX wizard recollects his collaborations with Tobe Hooper; 'Eaten Alive', 'Poltergeist' and 'The Funhouse'
Master Class of Horror: Mick Garris, the director of Sleepwalkers and The Shining reflects on the crimson-covered career of his longtime colleague Tobe Hooper
- Live Q&A with Tobe Hooper from San Francisco
- Never before seen behind the scenes photographs from the collection of Craig Reardon

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Old 04-28-11, 04:11 PM
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Great news! The Funhouse is one of Hooper's better films, and this looks like a super-stacked disc.
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3 (!!) commentary tracks - damn!
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3 (!!) commentary tracks - damn!
Plus five featurettes - most impressive. Let's just hope they don't go crazy with the DNR.
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Old 04-29-11, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
Great news! The Funhouse is one of Hooper's better films, and this looks like a super-stacked disc.
This being one of Hooper's better films isn't saying much considering he's only really made ONE good movie his entire career. I'm not one for snark, but I couldn't resist.
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This being one of Hooper's better films isn't saying much considering he's only really made ONE good movie his entire career. I'm not one for snark, but I couldn't resist.
Oh, I think most of his films are terrible too - Lifeforce is entertainingly shlocky, but other than the classic TCM, Funhouse is, in my opinion, the only other worthwhile film in his oeuvre, which is why I'm pleased to see it receiving such a comprehensive HD release.
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Yeah, Poltergeist sucks.
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are you guys forgetting POLTERGEIST or are you in the "spielberg directed it" camp?
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I'm in the I love Invaders From Mars (1986) camp. Though I admit, it's lonely here.
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