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Postby criddic3 » Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:12 pm

From the Digital Bits:

In the news today, I've spoken with Warner Home Video and learned that they've completed the telecine process for a long-awaited release of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. Work is now underway on special edition content, with the goal of releasing a worthy DVD release sometime in 2007.


Yay!

I still have my Widescreen Video Double-tape version from 2000. And of course my playbill-type keepsake from seeing the 70mm print in the city from 1996. A great film!
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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:33 am

Per Jeffrey Wells:

And the Becket DVD delays continue, courtesy of MPI Home Video. The Illinois-based company had rights issues with the family of playwright Jean Anouilh to deal with, but these have been settled. Despite the current interest in Peter O'Toole, who nearly won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this 1964 film, and his Oscar-calibre performance in Roger Michell's Venus, MPI still has no plans to release the Becket DVD. A great film, remastered and ready to go, is being kept in the cupboard by a third-rate outfit; it seems like a kind of hostage situation. The MPI Home Video website makes no mention of Becket DVD whatsoever -- not in their "new releases" or "upcoming releases" section -- not even if you do a search. This despite the fact that a message on an IMDB board on 5.30.06 from Christie Hester which said that "MPI Home Video intends to release Becket on DVD during the first quarter of 2007."

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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Oct 19, 2006 1:46 am

From the Digital Bits:

In the news today, I've spoken with Warner Home Video and learned that they've completed the telecine process for a long-awaited release of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. Work is now underway on special edition content, with the goal of releasing a worthy DVD release sometime in 2007.




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Postby Big Magilla » Sat Oct 14, 2006 8:24 am

Nice collection, but only five of them (Angel, Desire, Dishonored, Follow the Boys and Song of Songs) are not already available.

Blonde Venus and The Devil is a Woman are available in both previous Region 1 and Region 2 Dietrich collections. The Region 1 collection also includes Golden Earrings and Morocco. The Region 2 also includes A Foregin Affair, Shanghai Express, Destry Rides Again (available as a separate title in Region 1) and The Lady Is Willing (not in the 18 DVD collection).

Pittsburgh and The Spoilers are part of a John Wayne colleciton in Region 1. The Blue Angel and The Scarlet Empress are available separately, although the scratchy Criterion version of the latter is not one of their best efforts.

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Postby Precious Doll » Sat Oct 14, 2006 1:52 am

Look what's coming to R2 (UK) in November:

A collection of 18 Marlene Dietrich films, most of which are making their DVD premiere. Features Angel, Blonde Venus, Desire, Destry Rides Again, The Devil Is A Woman, Dishonored, The Flame Of New Orleans, Follow The Boys, A Foreign Affair, Golden Earrings, Morocco, Pittsburgh, The Scarlet Empress, Seven Sinners, Shanghai Express, The Song Of Songs, The Spoilers, Touch Of Evil.
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Postby Reza » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:21 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Movie Mail - this was one of the two sites recommended by Eric. They list a lot of titles you don't find elsewhere. The problem is they do not have all of them in stock. Once they get them, though, delivery is fast - only 3 days.

Could not find the website for this!

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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:41 pm

Correction to previous post.

Few_and_far_between_ which apparently can only be accessed through Amzon,com.uk is the website for ordering hard to find out-of-print titles like The Family Way and the 1960 League of Gentlemen. Findthatfilm is a reasonably priced UK retailer that carries somewhat less rare title like Johnny Got His Gun and teh 1981 True Confessions.

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Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:37 am

I didn't see that post. I bought Bigger Than Life from DaaVeeDee, which I first discovered through Amazon.com. Unfortunately when I played it on my region free DVD player, it froze at the last chapter. Quite annoying, but I don't want to go through the hastle of returning it and maybe not getting a replacement. I've yet to try it on my other region free player.

Strange thing about DVD freezes. One episode of Footballers Wives - Season 2 (region 1) freezes on the region free player but plays on my Phillips, while another episode on the same disc freezes on the Phillips but plays on the region free. Weird.

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Postby Precious Doll » Fri Oct 13, 2006 5:01 am

This post was orginally asking Magilla where he purchased Bigger Than Life from.

I then found it on Amazon France and have ordered it.

I can't wait to see the film again. I have only seen the film once about 10 years ago at the cinema in a ratty print.
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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:51 pm

I started out by going to Amazon.com and then Amzon.com/uk. As I've said before, Amazon.com/uk won't ship anything they stock themselves to my address. Some DVDs such as The Prisoner of Shark Island DVD have a disclaimer on them, "only for sale in England and Ireland", which apparently Amzon,com/uk and some of their retailers abide by. However, there are a number of retailers, who sell through Amazon,com/uk who will ship internationally.

I've found these to be the best:

DaaVeeDee.com - a New Jersey retailer that has everything in stock it lists on its website. Funny thing is when you order through Amazon.com they ship priority mail in the U.S., which arrives in 2-3 days. When you order directly from them, they send via media mail which takes 2-3 weeks. International shipping should not be a problem. They will ship 6-99 DVDs anywhere in the world for under $17.

SelectCheaper.com - a British retailer that also has everything in stock they list on their website. They also live up to their name, under-selling rivals on all products available with no shipping charges. The odd thing about them is that they package each DVD separately and send you four confirming e-mails for each DVD. Day 1 they tell you they've received your order. Day two they tell you they've mailed the DVD. Day 3 they tell you the local post office has recived the DVD. Day 4 they tell you the package has left the local post office. My first order from them was for 2 DVDs. My second was for 11. So far I've gotten 44 e-mails on those 11 items. At first I found it a little annoying. Now I find it funny, even endearing.

Movie Mail - this was one of the two sites recommended by Eric. They list a lot of titles you don't find elsewhere. The problem is they do not have all of them in stock. Once they get them, though, delivery is fast - only 3 days.

FindThatFilm.com - they stock really hard to find titles. Thy're a little pricey, but if you're looking for an out-of-print title you can't find anywhere else (The Family Way, the 1960 League of Gentlemen), they're worth it.

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Postby Reza » Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:36 pm

Big Magilla wrote:I am buying DVDs manufactured mostly in Great Britain and Australia

Which websites do you buy these DVDs from?

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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:10 am

As I read that first sentence, I thought you were advocating turning on the subtitles because of the heavy Australian accents of some of the actors!

Speaking of subtitles, now that I have a region-free DVD player, I am buying DVDs manufactured mostly in Great Britain and Australia, but I have a few Hollywood films that have only been put out on DVDs from Spain and one from Germany. The ones from Spain (Cluny Brown, Bigger Than Life) allow you to play them in Spanish or English, with or without the subtitles.

How strange it is, though, to play the German produced DVD of The African Queen, which allows you to play it only in either German or English with German subtitles which can't be turned off.

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Postby anonymous1980 » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:26 am

For those of you planning to get The Sundowners DVD: Put on the close captions. I actually worked on it. (I proof-read subtitles for DVD's and we got this project a couple of weeks ago).

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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:23 am

Finally! I've been waiting for Home From the Hill and The Sundowners to be released on DVD for eight years! Angel Face has been available in a crappy TV to tape to DVD version. The Good Guys and the Bad Guys is a curious choice, a western that got lost in the avalanche of revisionist westerns in 1969 - The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, True Grit, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here. Macao and The Yakuza are good films.


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