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Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

Old 08-31-11, 07:36 PM
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Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

From Blu-ray.com--
According to a statement released by Twilight Time, only 3000 units of each title will be produced, aimed at the collector/classic film aficionado market, and available exclusively online through http://www.screenarchives.com, the nation's largest independent distributor of specialty soundtracks.

The November 8th Blu-ray debut of director Cy Endfield's and special effects master Ray Harryhausen's 1961 science fiction/fantasy classic, Mysterious Island, will be followed by a new release on the first Tuesday of each month. Scheduled follow-up on December 13th is the original Fright Night (1985), the horror/comedy cult favorite written and directed by Tom Holland and starring Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall.
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Old 08-31-11, 07:39 PM
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

Nice! so it'll be really expensive and limited. Guess I'll find a way to watch this.
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Old 08-31-11, 07:59 PM
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

The presumable $40 price tag is a drag, but I'm such a fan of the movie that I'd rather pay that for a full-blown remastered special edition with extras than the $10 it would cost for a presumably bare-bones catalog release from Sony.
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Old 08-31-11, 08:10 PM
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The write up above is confusing considering this is a soundtrack(?) company? No matter what I'm buying this. I LOVE the original. I went ahead and saw the remake last night and while it has some positives, it isn't even a pimple on the ass of the original.
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Old 08-31-11, 08:13 PM
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Ok, so I linked and read the article. Makes sense now, but I could give a shit about isolated music scores. Just give me a nice a/v transfer and some extras and I'll be a happy boy. This will be pre-ordered.
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Old 08-31-11, 08:17 PM
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

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The write up above is confusing considering this is a soundtrack(?) company?
They've recently branched out into Blu-ray releases - their first was last month's The Egyptian. If the Blu-ray.com review is any indication, they do top-shelf, if pricey work. I'm guessing for the $40 price they'd do more than include the two online commentaries, but it would be nice if those were there too. An extensive documentary with the cast and crew (including Amanda Bearse!) and one or two new commentaries would do it for me. Plus original cover art, of course. Does anyone know if The Egyptian came with a booklet or any other goodies? The review doesn't mention anything.
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Old 08-31-11, 08:31 PM
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

Why can't Sony release the BD when the sequel comes out? They get tons of promotion that way. Why must they make us pay some ridiculous amount for one BD. Besides this movie surely has more demand than just 3000 copies. The 39.95 doesn't even include the ridiculous high shipping price as well. I was gonna get Egyptian BD until I saw the full crazy price.

Twilight Time doesn't really do any great extras usually but the isolated score and booklet.

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Old 08-31-11, 08:53 PM
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Sony sold the rights of many films to Twilight.
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Old 08-31-11, 09:23 PM
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

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Twilight Time doesn't really do any great extras usually but the isolated score and booklet.
If this ends up being a $40 bare-bones disc I'll most likely pass and make do with my copy of the full 1080i HDTV broadcast.
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Old 08-31-11, 10:08 PM
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Here's the full press release:

WILIGHT TIME joins forces with SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT to release Blu-ray editions of classic Columbia titles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (September 1, 2011) — Specialty label TWILIGHT TIME has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to license and release classic films from the Sony-owned Columbia Pictures library in high-definition Blu-ray editions. In line with TWILIGHT TIME’s innovative limited series concept, just 3000 units of each title will be produced, aimed at the collector/classic film aficionado market, and available exclusively online through www.screenarchives.com, the nation’s largest independent distributor of specialty soundtracks.

The November 8th Blu-ray debut of director Cy Endfield’s and special effects master Ray Harryhausen’s 1961 science fiction/fantasy classic, Mysterious Island, will be followed by a new release on the first Tuesday of each month. Scheduled follow-up on December 13th is the original Fright Night (1985), the horror/comedy cult favorite written and directed by Tom Holland and starring Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall.

TWILIGHT TIME—the label that has made a recent splash in the classic film home video pond with the release of such titles as The Kremlin Letter, Violent Saturday, and The Egyptian—is the brainchild of 30-year Warner Bros veteran Brian Jamieson and filmmaker/music restoration specialist Nick Redman. In his long tenure at Warner Home Video, Jamieson initiated and oversaw countless legacy restorations, including the films of Stanley Kubrick, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, and Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. Redman, a film historian and Oscar nominee for his 1997 documentary, The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, is also a prime mover behind Twentieth Century Fox’s pioneering series of limited edition soundtracks, the inspiration for TWILIGHT TIME’s release model.
TWILIGHT TIME, Jamieson explains, is motivated by a desire “to optimize the film enthusiast’s dream, providing long sought-after collectible and fully restored titles, in their original aspect ratios, all manufactured to the highest quality available, and at an affordable price.”

Unlike movies-on-demand offerings, each TWILIGHT TIME release is a BD or DVD (not a DVDr) properly pressed from a restored transfer. Each is accompanied by a collectible 8-page booklet complete with original essay, stills, and poster art. And each TWILIGHT TIME disc provides, whenever possible, that extra most coveted by cinemusic enthusiasts: an isolated score. Mysterious Island offers a particularly high incentive along these lines, featuring music by pantheon composer Bernard Herrmann.
Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Entertainment's Executive Vice President for Asset Management, Film Restoration, and Digital Mastering, is enthusiastic about his studio's new partnership with the label. “Our collaboration with Twilight Time will allow us to make available for Blu-ray release some of our library's most collectible titles in a way fans have been asking for: restored and re-mastered with attention to detail and quality.”

And Jamieson concurs: “Sony and Twilight Time,” he says, “will be serving both the collectible drive of film aficionados, and, in a larger sense, the cause of cinema literacy.”
I had to shake my head at the "affordable price" line. If these are $40, they will be the most expensive single-disc releases ever. At least Criterions go on sale.
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Old 09-01-11, 01:51 AM
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

This is really bad news if this is going to be the state of things. $40 for a release that could be had for $10 should Sony do it themselves. Not to mention if you miss out on ordering the movie could be OOP for good. Unless Twilight Time both has sales and never hits their 3K number (unlikely on popular movies), I can't see ordering from them much if at all.
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Old 09-01-11, 02:10 AM
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The price tag doesn't bother me. If it weren't for Twilight, it could be ages before this would be released. If ever. Plus, it looks as though they are doing it right the first time.

I wonder if they will include the web exclusive commentaries.

Fright Night is one of my top five horror films of the 80s. Bring it on.
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Old 09-01-11, 07:10 AM
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I'm in the camp that would love to own this, but not for $40. I appreciate a small label putting it out, but I just can't justify that much for any single Blu-ray.
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

Sorry, but for a title like this which Sony would have released on Blu-ray themselves to tie in with movie, there is no way I am paying $40+.
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Old 09-01-11, 07:46 AM
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Sorry, but for a title like this which Sony would have released on Blu-ray themselves to tie in with movie, there is no way I am paying $40+.
Yeah, I kind of expected Fright Night would have been a big enough catalog that Sony would have handled the release, especially with the remake out. I hope The Fog and Christine are eventually handled by Sony. Those are prime candidates for $10 budget titles, much like Fright Night would have been.

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I do not understand why Fright Night is being treated like some obscure gem of a movie, while much smaller movies that were never remade get much better, reasonably priced releases.

This is definitely one of my most wanted, but if the price is going to be $40.00, not sure if I am going to jump.
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I'm gonna shank someone if the PQ/AQ is Mill Creek quality.
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I'll order this and Mysterious Island, but I can't find them on their site for pre-order yet, unless I'm missing something. I also got a little excited at seeing some of those MGM titles until I realized those were MODs. At first I thought, foolishly, that they made limited DVD versions. They should mark them clearer as DVD-Rs. I don't feel the DVD logo should be used on those. Anyway, I'm willing to spend a few extra dollars to get titles I want on Blu or DVD if that is what it comes down to. Anything but MODs for me. (Notice, I said "for me." I'm not bashing fans of MODs.)
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post
Sony sold the rights of many films to Twilight.
That sucks! More overpriced, limited Blu-rays.

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I do not understand why Fright Night is being treated like some obscure gem of a movie, while much smaller movies that were never remade get much better, reasonably priced releases.

This is definitely one of my most wanted, but if the price is going to be $40.00, not sure if I am going to jump.
I feel the same way. Why wouldn't Sony release this to tie in with the movie, if not now then on its eventual home video release? It would be very difficult for me to justify spending that much on Fright Night. I really like the movie and would like to own it, but I'm just not sure if I can justify spending that much.
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Re: Fright Night (1985): Twilight Time exclusive - 12/13/11

I'm curious what, if any, extras will be included, but this is one of my favorite horror films, so I'll plunk down $40 if I must.
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I'm in the camp that would love to own this, but not for $40. I appreciate a small label putting it out, but I just can't justify that much for any single Blu-ray.
My thoughts exactly. I almost bought this yesterday in the standard form for about $5-6. But I thought that I would wait for the bluray version if there ever was one. Now that I see it's going to be $4o, I may go back and get the $6 copy. but seriously, I think i'll wait to see what the actual release day price is going to be. But one thing is for sure- i'm not going to pay $40 for this.
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Do we think they'll release these wide after the limited run if demand is strong enough?
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Apparently Twilight Time posted on Facebook that the sticker price for these would be $30-$35, not $40 the way The Egyptian was.
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I went ahead and saw the remake last night and while it has some positives, it isn't even a pimple on the ass of the original.
Nostalgia is a powerful thing, I guess. I rewatched the original on cable after seeing the remake, and quite frankly the remake is an improvement in nearly every respect. Other than Roddy McDowell, the actors in the original are across-the-board atrocious. I found myself cringing repeatedly as William Ragsdale screamed every line of dialogue.
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^ Blasphemer!

I really doubt Anton Yelchin makes a better Charlie. And Farrell can't hold a canlde to Sarandon's appeal. And all that glorious practical FX work is now shitty CGI? Yea, big improvement.
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