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Old 02-24-23, 03:14 PM
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Old 02-24-23, 04:18 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Finally! Always felt kind of petty by Arrow Video to skip booklets on second pressings.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Oh boy….

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Old 03-10-23, 01:37 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Fuck! That damn Bruce Lee 4K set.

and I said before here I was done with Bruce Lee on physical media.
Old 03-10-23, 02:59 PM
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and I said before here I was done with Bruce Lee on physical media.
I still am.

And they know people will just keep buying these upgrades because the non-stop releases help to keep Bruce relevant and profitable. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before we see the rest of the Jackie Chan library (beyond POLICE STORY 1-3) recycled upgraded to 4K for another squeeze. By then an 8K Bruce box should be imminent.

And I'm sure these will look amazing, but come on, so do various Blu-rays for these 50-year-old films. I'm sure they'll find some new, never-before-seen private snippet of Bruce, or Linda and Sharon will sit down for their 278th revisionist interviews on the subject, or we'll get some new supplements from 'experts' rarely associated with Hong Kong cinema in the past, to justify the premium.

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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

What hasn't been released in the states is documentary maker John Little's recreation of the actual storyline for Game of Death that was supposed to be an extra in the A Warrior's Journey DVD from 20 years ago.

Also, A Warrior's Journey is out of print as a single release. I'd love to see that included here, but I'm sure there are rights issues involved for both.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

I could possibly maybe be persuaded to buy these again if the color correction on the Ritrovata masters (or will these be new masters?) and the audio tracks are improved over the Criterion, but the truth is, Lee's charisma aside, these movies just aren't that good. Fist of Fury is really the only one that totally works for me. Enter the Dragon is fun, but I presume it will not be included.

That said, if they include a proper HD or 4k presentation of one or both versions of Game of Death II, then there'll be something to get excited about!
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Old 03-11-23, 12:31 AM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Meh. I was hoping it was Dawn of the Dead.
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Old 03-11-23, 09:48 AM
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Meh. I was hoping it was Dawn of the Dead.

Same.

I still havenít completed the Criterion Bruce Lee set.
Old 03-11-23, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
Meh. I was hoping it was Dawn of the Dead.
Order Second Sight's lavish set. 3 cuts in UHD, each on their own disc. The only downside is that the dedicated disc of extras is region B, but there are no restrictions for the movies themselves. The standard edition is $43.99 at Diabolik DVD and $42.99 at Orbit DVD.

I'm skeptical that Arrow would sink the money into as expensive a title at this and not be able to release it in their home market, since Second Sight has it spoken for there. Arrow's US-only release slate has kinda dried up.

For everything announced or released year-to-date, there have been just four US-only (or US/Canada-only) titles; less than one a month on average:
  • January - Lady Whirlwind / Hapkido double feature
  • March - Black Sunday; Knockabout
  • April - The Assassination Bureau
Not a single one in February or May.

I can't imagine much of anyone exceeding what Second Sight has assembled either; at most, it'll be more of the same, maybe losing some extras and adding some others.
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