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Old 10-22-23, 05:07 PM
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Celluloid Dreams - another new boutique label

There's very little known about Lucas Henkel's label Celluloid Dreams, but they're starting to be more active on social media (link!) and have teased a UHD/BD release of The Case of the Bloody Iris.



Per The Digital Bits:

In other news, about a month ago we mentioned here at The Bits that Giuliano Carnimeo’s gaillo/thriller The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) (aka PerchŤ quelle strane gocce di sungue sul corpo di Jennifer?) is currently being worked on for a new remastered Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD release in the months ahead. Well, sources have informed us that a brand new 4K scan of the film has been completed and it’s currently undergoing careful digital restoration and color correction. It apparently requires major restoration in some areas because of physical and chemical damage to the original camera negative which requires a lot of manual frame-by-frame work.

We’ve learned that the release will be coming from a new label called Celluloid Dreams. And one of the company’s chief ambitions is never to run their transfers through an “autograder” as some other studios do, a process that results in transfers where the colors are simply neutralized and very different from the way the original theatrical prints looked. The team at Celluloid Dreams is adamant about properly correcting each shot with the goal of restoring the original theatrical look, wherever possible.

We’ve also learned that this new release will include some of the legacy bonus features, along with exciting new content as well. We’ll share more when we’re able to, but if you’re a fan of the film, it certainly sounds like this should be a special release.
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This is interesting information, and may explain a lot of controversial recent video masters:

And one of the company’s chief ambitions is never to run their transfers through an “autograder” as some other studios do, a process that results in transfers where the colors are simply neutralized and very different from the way the original theatrical prints looked. The team at Celluloid Dreams is adamant about properly correcting each shot with the goal of restoring the original theatrical look, wherever possible.
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I wish them luck. Especially with securing rights with some of the more current established distributors.
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They sent out their first (?) newsletter today:

CELLULOID DREAMS
Embraces Physical Media With Restored Genre Film Classics

Boutique startup to release specially curated and restored genre cult classics to Blu-ray and 4K UHD


Finally, after months of toil, today we officially announced the formation of our new home video label, dedicated to bringing underserved movies to home video in North America. We apologize for the officious tone, but we thought, we'd best share the general press release with you. With an unwavering commitment to physical media, such as Blu-ray Disc and 4K UHD, Celluloid Dreams’ mission is to deliver highest quality versions of their favorite genre cinema classics, many of which are unavailable on streaming platforms or even past home video formats.

Over the past few months, the team at Celluloid Dreams has been curating and hand-picking movies from around the world, to allow viewers to experience these films anew in the best possible quality. Titles selected by Celluloid Dreams will receive brand new ultra-high definition transfers and digital restorations to ensure they not only match today’s exacting home video standards, but to help rescue them from potential deterioration and obscurity for future generations of film lovers across the globe.

In addition to restored feature presentations, Celluloid Dreams is also committed to providing in-depth bonus features for all of its releases. Working closely with filmmakers and cast members, the releases will assemble existing extras as well as complement them with newly-created materials, all devoted to fulfilling the company’s goal of creating a definitive, comprehensive package for each release, presenting the feature with state-of-the-art technology, but also charting the history of the film itself—the production, the people behind it, its impact and its relevance.

“Our goal is entirely quality-focused and we hand-pick each movie—films that we love ourselves—and we will make every effort to fully restore each of these films to polish them to their original glory, always with an eye on the original theatrical presentation as the guidepost,” said Celluloid Dreams CEO and film preservationist, Lucas Henkel.

With major studios and retailers continually pulling back in the release and distribution of physical media, smaller and obscure films are often casualties, fading into unavailability or out-of-print status. Celluloid Dreams wholeheartedly supports physical media with multi-disc combo releases, containing standard Blu-ray and 4K UHD versions in a single package.

“We are very selective with our films, and our release schedule will be determined solely by the time it takes to polish and craft each release,” Henkel added. “Look for our releases starting in early 2024!”

For more information, visit the Celluloid Dreams website at https://www.celluloid-dreams.net
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"[D]edicated to bringing underserved movies to home video in North America."

I can't be the only one who read that as "undeserved movies." I had to double-take and read it a couple more times before it clicked in my head.
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"[D]edicated to bringing underserved movies to home video in North America."

I can't be the only one who read that as "undeserved movies." I had to double-take and read it a couple more times before it clicked in my head.
Some of these boutiques are becoming rather masterful at erasing any distinction between the two in buyers' minds.

Hopefully these guys are different, but I remain wary.
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April 9th!



Extras
  • “Flowers of Blood” Interview Featurette with George Hilton
  • “Marylin” Interview Featurette with Paola Quattrini
  • “Drops of Giallo” Interview Featurette with Ernesto Gastaldo and Giuliano Carnimeo (NEW)
  • Commentary Track (NEW)
  • Outtake Reel
  • Image Gallery
  • English & Italian Trailers
Celluloid Dreams posted on the other forum that their slate will be very giallo-centric, although they do plan to diversify down the road.
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Celluloid Dreams posted on the other forum that their slate will be very giallo-centric, although they do plan to diversify down the road.
Are there many giallos that haven't been released to death already? I suppose the appeal of 4K to fans should land them other titles on par with BLOODY IRIS, hopefully. Blue Underground's old DVD of that one definitely needs a successor. Shameless in the UK did a really nice Blu-ray years ago, but of course a 4K set means higher margins. I just hope they don't go deep-diving too much, a la Vinegar Syndrome and the FORGOTTEN GIALLI sets. Those are some pretty mixed bags.
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Are there many giallos that haven't been released to death already?
The House with Laughing Windows and Black Belly of the Tarantula top most of the not-on-BD-stateside wish lists Iíve seen, with others like The Killer Must Kill Again and Death Carries a Cane popping up frequently.

Vinegar Syndrome will reportedly have another giallo collection in next monthís slate. Unclear if itís Forgotten Gialli or not, but chances are... The trend with those has generally been one movie I like (but rarely love), one thatís okay, and one thatís dismal. This next collection is supposed to have 2 never-on-BD titles and one thatís gotten a Blu-ray release overseas.
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The Case of the Bloody Iris has been delayed to June 11th, and they confirmed that there are two other gialli in the works as well. (link!)
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Black Belly of the Tarantula!
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