Non-Criterion Boutique Home Video Discussion (Kino, Warner Archive, Arrow, Indicator, Vinegar Syndrome, Code Red, etc.)

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The notion was floated a while back of starting a thread to cover the myriad of non-Criterion boutique physical media distributors, and this bit of (potentially sad? although opinions are divided as to what it actually means) Warner Archive news finally prompted me to undertake the daunting process of clicking 'New Question':

QUE SERA SE-SAVINGS!
2021 is here, and with it comes change. So we and our friends at the Araca Group that manage WBShop wanted to say thank you for your support with a final 4 for 44 sale! Start your lists and get ready to save on the weekend of March 12th, 2021! See you then!

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:33 (eight months ago) link

Oh good, that sale's still like three weeks away.

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:37 (eight months ago) link

Olive Films puts out a lot of good stuff. Can't seem to find a proper home page.

https://www.deepdiscount.com/olive-films/b236587

clemenza, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:43 (eight months ago) link

A small and arthouse-centric Kino sale started today alongside Criterion's: https://www.kinolorber.com/list/view/code/feb-brrr-ary-sale_2021

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:46 (eight months ago) link

xpost I appreciate the titles that Olive releases but I'm not crazy about the fact that they're mostly bare-bones releases (usually just the film itself).

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:48 (eight months ago) link

Agreed. Olive releases tend to make me frustrated Criterion or someone else didn't get them.

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:55 (eight months ago) link

Sometimes I stream from Kino Now, does that count?

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 21:00 (eight months ago) link

Weekend before last I watched some Hungarian mind game thriller that I liked, title is really long and hard to remember.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 21:00 (eight months ago) link

Huh, I didn't even know they had their own streaming service. It seems like a lot of their physical releases wind up streaming on Criterion Channel.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 21:04 (eight months ago) link

Wait, I misspoke. Kino Lorber does have its own streaming service called Kino Now, but I streamed PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME from Film Forum.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:43 (eight months ago) link

Really hope that's not really the final Warner Archive sale! I didn't buy that often, but it was a nice thing to have around.

Nhex, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:03 (eight months ago) link

Streaming the latest Philippe Garrel from Film Forum now before it goes away.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:39 (eight months ago) link

xpost My understanding is that WB is parting ways with the company that runs WB Shop. There has been speculation running the gamut from 'so this is just the final 4 for $44 with that particular distributor' to 'so this means that WB is shuttering Warner Archive altogether'. Given that WB often demonstrates the sound business acumen of a downed power line whipping madly across a roadway, the real answer could fall anywhere within that continuum.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:56 (eight months ago) link

I recommend this Philippe Garrel film.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 05:07 (eight months ago) link

I'm sad about the possible demise of WB Archive but to be honest I could never be bothered with bare bones releases, even if the transfers are very good. Without the contextualization I'd rather just stream it or, in the before times, wait until it hits a repertory cinema.

Can heartily recommend the first volume of Indicator's Columbia Noir boxes. Bought it kinda expecting scraps, but the overall level is actually pretty good, and Drive A Crooked Road might make it on a hypothetical list of my all-time fave noirs.

Second Run is another one to look out for - they specialise in Eastern European cinema, so I end up giving them less of my money than I should because I'm just not very savvy on that topic yet. But a recent release that I loved is Tomorrow I'll Wake Up And Scald Myself With Tea, which is a nazi time travel comedy (!) from Czechoslovakia. Very much official state cinema, not a Czech New Wave kind of thing, but really clever with its time travel conceit; can't think of another movie that uses it so well this side of Back To The Future.

Finally, 88 Films, headed by Nicky Wire in a banana suit, have just had British censors refuse them permission to release a blu-ray for some Italian nazisploitation orgy thing, which is dumb but also very funny if you immediatley think of dude's ilx days.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 10:58 (eight months ago) link

i've been eyeing up the Second Run dvds for a while now, always meaning to buy more, but i only have the Jancso box.

koogs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:42 (eight months ago) link

(and Daisies. but then everyone has Daisies)

koogs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:43 (eight months ago) link

I'm sad about the possible demise of WB Archive but to be honest I could never be bothered with bare bones releases, even if the transfers are very good.


It's worth researching what's actually included each release, as some of their releases are completely feature-free while others are positively laden with features and occasionally even an entire extra film.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 12:12 (eight months ago) link

Huh. Are the latter regular Warner DVD releases that went OOP?

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:39 (eight months ago) link

Some are. They just released Curse of Frankenstein which I think got a crummy snapcase DVD release 20 years ago in the US but was otherwise only ever available in multipacks. The new blu-ray is a two-disc set with the film in three different aspect ratios and a whole lot of new features.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:44 (eight months ago) link

Looking over my recent purchases (Curse, Shop Around the Corner, Meet Me in St. Louis, Best Years of our Lives), only Best Years is fairly stingy with the extras.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:54 (eight months ago) link

Second Run's Goodbye Dragon Inn might be my favorite release of the last year. Or at least my favorite movie that finally got a decent set.

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:59 (eight months ago) link

Didn't realise Nicky Wire Bananaman actually ran 88 Films, but did watch one of his documentaries on a release - might have been Massacre In Dinosaur Valley? - so it makes sense.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:00 (eight months ago) link

I have never understood what "nicky wire in a banana suit" means and had no idea he was a poster...is there some reasonable reason his company has that name?

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:03 (eight months ago) link

Big Hitler fan and cinephile

jammy mcnullity (wins), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:06 (eight months ago) link

One of those more believable than the other.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:09 (eight months ago) link

ugh hitler stans are so annoying

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:11 (eight months ago) link

Just did a nostalgic search through thread titles started by his most frequent identity and that was a wild ride. I didn't realise there were just so many of them.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:16 (eight months ago) link

In actually relevant news I went to order that Czech film from Second Run but I can't check out the shopping cart. Oh well.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:18 (eight months ago) link

yeah sorry for derail (also embarrassingly realized I've figured this out before)

still, I would probably avoid releasing nazisploitation movies with that company name

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:34 (eight months ago) link

I wasn't having a go except at myself because I thought I was derailing.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:17 (eight months ago) link

there are lots of WB Archives Blu-Rays with extras. Off the top of my head, a couple Michael Curtiz movies (Dodge City + Adventures of Robin Hood) have newsreels, cartoons, short films (by Curtiz!), trailers, and multiple radio broadcasts of the film in question. Usually some contemporary interviews with scholars/critics, too.

Dunno about entire extra films though, I've only ever encountered that with Criterion. They should really emphasize that more imo, I mean the Stranger Than Paradise disc for example: it has Permanent Vacation! That's hardly an extra. Stranger Than Paradise is an extra on that disc!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:06 (eight months ago) link

Gaslight at least has both the 1940 and 1944 versions of the film. I could swear I have at least one other with a bonus film.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:11 (eight months ago) link

But yeah, Criterion (and others who do likewise) should make a bigger deal about that. I bought The Front Page from Kino not realizing that it was included on Criterion's release of His Girl Friday.

Please Hammer Stop Hurting 'Em (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:13 (eight months ago) link

Most (if not all) of the Warner Archive Blu extras are ported over from the original DVDs.

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:13 (eight months ago) link

The first Gaslight with Anton Walbrook is grebt.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:16 (eight months ago) link

Wow, I had no idea about Gaslight. Yeah, I had the same reaction with His Girl Friday, tbh I didn't even know it had the extra movie when I bought it. I went to watch HGF again like 2 years ago and was like "what's this extra disc...? ...oh..... wtf?!!"

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:22 (eight months ago) link

It Happened One Night has a feature length Capra silent (haven't watched yet), and the Stagecoach release has one of the best Ford silents I've seen, Bucking Broadway.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:22 (eight months ago) link

Killer's Kiss included with The Killing...The Report included with Certified Copy...yeah...

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:24 (eight months ago) link

I'd imagine with Criterion that it has to do with them gatekeeping what gets the official "prestige" of being included in the Collection, which kinda makes since for stuff like De Palma's Murder A La Mod (bonus for Blow Out) or the 30s version of Magnificent Obsession on the Sirk disc, but is pretty baffling choice when it comes to Permanent Vacation.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:26 (eight months ago) link

Killer's Kiss included with The Killing...The Report included with Certified Copy...yeah...

― Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:24 PM (three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

YO

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:29 (eight months ago) link

I'VE HAD THE REPORT THIS WHOLE TIME.....?

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:29 (eight months ago) link

xxp Yeah that does make sense, it just feels like they should advertise them more, I mean I had NO idea Certified Copy came with The Report-- and I've had that disc for years!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:31 (eight months ago) link

But, then again, I don't read stickers!

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:31 (eight months ago) link

My birthday present to you!

Motoroller Scampotron (WmC), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:35 (eight months ago) link

I love you

flappy bird, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:36 (eight months ago) link

The studio killed the original UK Gaslight in various ways such as renaming it so as not to compete with the US remake, iirc..

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:41 (eight months ago) link

Okay, MGM destroyed the negative at the time, and one or both versions were variously known as Angel Street and The Murder in Thornton Square.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:51 (eight months ago) link

Bonus films are indeed an awesome feature, though tbh I'm not sure I'll ever get around to the earlier version of Holiday

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:55 (eight months ago) link

I haven't looked at the Warner Archive site in years, but I remember being wary because the DVDs (and maybe the blu-rays?) were sometimes DVD-Rs/MOD. The fact that a even some factory-pressed Warner titles from about fifteen years ago became unplayable over time helped sour me on buying Warner releases. But I also just rarely watch physical discs any more, unfortunately.

xxp Another bonus feature IIRC is The Traveler on Criterion's Close-Up.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:57 (eight months ago) link

Jeff Bridges, Harry Dean Stanton, Jimmy Buffett, and PONG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_p4NsgH05E

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 31 August 2021 03:40 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

hey aldo, here from the criterion forum again:\

The crew behind Indicator appeared on the Indicator Cast, and shared some snippets:

(recommend listening to the interview, as it's really interesting!)

-Confirmed titles: Bartleby (1970), The Swimmer (got in exchange for giving Ishtar back to Sony),

-Ishtar had gotten to a point where the studio was asking for significant cuts to every single feature on the disc and to leave off things already licensed for it altogether, and they just decided to cancel the release instead of dropping it all, the studio did not want anything that discussed the film's past reputation at all, too many sensitivities, they could have done a vanilla edition and decided it wasn't in the spirit of the label

-There will be more foreign language titles that for the most part are being restored by Indicator themselves coming in the second half of next year

-There will be UHD releases beginning next year, including some of the aforementioned foreign titles

-The Harryhausen set was basically offset from coinciding with the Anniversary by COVID, it's still not totally locked as a thing that will definitely happen but they remain in positive discussions with the relevant studios

-They tease a very big, exciting announcement coming in the next few weeks that will be made for the company's 5th anniversary ("our biggest announcement in five years")

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 10:08 (one month ago) link

Nice to see the Harryhausen set might still be a thing. Someone was selling both boxes and the Sinbad set for an almost reasonable price the other week so the bubble might be deflating to be honest.

Excited about what the announcement might be but dreading it ending up being a Curly Joe era Stooges set.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 10:24 (one month ago) link

We watched the Al Adamson documentary on Sunday night.

mrs aldo: Why does this have more plot than any of his films?

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 10:33 (one month ago) link

I believe that's by David Cairns? One of my fave current critics, love his blog Shadowplay.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:02 (one month ago) link

David Gregory, probably best known otherwise for the Richard Stanley/Moreau doc.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:14 (one month ago) link

Fun City Editions to release Radio On later this year.

https://www.funcityeditions.com/releases/radioon

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 1 October 2021 19:06 (three weeks ago) link

Love it but not 100% sure I need a new edition.

The Severin nunsploitation box looks good.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Friday, 1 October 2021 19:20 (three weeks ago) link

Turkish Star Wars available on blu, until the end of this month, from https://twitter.com/BigBosphorus/

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 1 October 2021 20:38 (three weeks ago) link

no doubt with all the ripped music gone...

Nhex, Friday, 1 October 2021 22:22 (three weeks ago) link

Ehh, I dunno, given the extremely limited window of availability, this may be kinda like Severin's recent 'come at me lawyer bro' release of Cruel Jaws, which was very quickly pulled just as many suspected it would be.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Saturday, 2 October 2021 01:07 (three weeks ago) link

no doubt with all the ripped music gone...

Nope! Thus only for this month, as OL says.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 2 October 2021 10:47 (three weeks ago) link

Has anybody seen it yet?

He POLLS So Much About These Zings (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 2 October 2021 11:03 (three weeks ago) link

I dived in. It was only $6 to ship to the UK, which had it been more would have been the point I changed my mind. Screenshots actually look pretty clean.

They're using kunaki, a pretty well established dvd/blu/vinyl on demand service so it's probably sketchy as fuck with no rights obtained and they're hoping to fly under the radar.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Saturday, 2 October 2021 15:18 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I leapt as well. Been wanting a physical copy forever and it was always gonna be grey market so whatever.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Saturday, 2 October 2021 16:56 (three weeks ago) link

Warner Archive's November slate includes Some Came Running, The Last of Sheila, Nick Ray's Party Girl, and Lang's Fury.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:03 (two weeks ago) link

Plus pre-code Stanwyck and a Thin Man (late-period, but still). It's a good slate. Fears of their imminent demise seem to have been unfounded.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:33 (two weeks ago) link

I think they're gradually releasing each Thin Man.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:43 (two weeks ago) link

Turkish Star Wars has shipped, so it's passed the point of cancellation over rights.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Thursday, 7 October 2021 10:32 (two weeks ago) link

Ridiculously huge Kino sale in progress: https://www.kinolorber.com/list/view/code/roctober-sale-2021

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Thursday, 7 October 2021 12:38 (two weeks ago) link

There's always too much to look through. Maybe I'll put some recommendations in later tonight.

Nhex, Thursday, 7 October 2021 13:56 (two weeks ago) link

their Marienbad has a better transfer than the Criterion version.

adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:35 (two weeks ago) link

My random recommendation from that sale would be Mädchen in Uniform, a German LGBTQ coming of age film from 1931. One of the absolute best films I've seen this year. In several years, even.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

yeah thats a stunner

think i'm gonna go for the Lionel Rogosin set for $9.99. ive seen Morbius fave On the Bowery but none of the other stuff

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 7 October 2021 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

I know I've recommended it before but And Soon The Darkness is excellent. I watched it again last night and the end still wrong-footed me.

I've got the Masters of Cinema/Eureka version of that Holy Mountain disc and it's great.

The Apple is far, far better than the Cannon haters make out it is. Well worth it for cheap.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Thursday, 7 October 2021 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

The Apple is amazing and yes, get it if you haven't yet.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 October 2021 22:19 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, love The Apple. So bonkers.
Babylon is really good.
Black Sabbath a classicm though I'm confused by the two different versions here.
Just noticed they put out Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker / "Night Warning" which was also silly and nuts.

Any thoughts on:

Death Rides a Horse
Slayground
Straight to Hell
Spetters
Thousand Pieces of Gold
Any Jess Franco they have, which is a lot

Nhex, Friday, 8 October 2021 03:22 (two weeks ago) link

The two versions of Black Sabbath are the original Italian language print and the Americanized AIP cut. They also split Black Sunday into two different releases for some reason, but all of the other Bavas with more than one cut are packaged on single discs.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 October 2021 03:36 (two weeks ago) link

The Italian and American versions of Black Sabbath place the three stories in different order as well.

Death Rides a Horse (1967) is a very good spaghetti western that was a big hit in Italy (stars Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law)

Nightmares Come at Night (1970)
A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1971)
Female Vampire (1974)

are all classic Jess Franco, the first starring Soledad Miranda, the last starring Lina Romay - Franco's two main muses

Josefa, Friday, 8 October 2021 04:48 (two weeks ago) link

Didn't like Death Rides A Horse, mainly because John Philip Law is a vacuum of charisma. Much prefer Day Of Anger for my Van Cleef spaghetti fix.

If Straight To Hell is the Alex Cox movie, well, it's him and a buncha 80's rock stars playing spaghettin western, super disposable but if you're a fan of the ppl involved it's good fun.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 8 October 2021 10:17 (two weeks ago) link

much thanks for the input folx

Nhex, Friday, 8 October 2021 11:55 (two weeks ago) link

Who is gonna step up and release SMALL AXE on a decent format? Or ATLANTA? I’m not buying a fucking DVD in 2021.

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 8 October 2021 12:54 (two weeks ago) link

DVDs are apparently still the highest-selling physical media format in 2021. With VHS presumably coming in a close second.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 October 2021 13:12 (two weeks ago) link

Cheapest format in still being the most popular SHOCKAH!

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 8 October 2021 14:23 (two weeks ago) link

Of course part of the continuing popularity of DVDs is mass sales to libraries, and also bargain bin catalogue titles and multi-film combo packs at big box stores.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 8 October 2021 14:29 (two weeks ago) link

Hey, I still buy lots of DVDs (because cheap)! It's more weird to me because physical media in general is on the wane and is being largely phased out in a lot of retail outlets so it seems like less and less of an impulse purchase for general consumers and increasingly the realm of collectors. And a lot of collectors bitch if something doesn't get a 4k release these days.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 October 2021 14:59 (two weeks ago) link

I must have every grain of film from poverty-row exploitation classics shown down to the tiniest pixel known to earth or else.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 October 2021 15:01 (two weeks ago) link

If Straight To Hell is the Alex Cox movie, well, it's him and a buncha 80's rock stars playing spaghettin western, super disposable but if you're a fan of the ppl involved it's good fun.

Be warned, Cox went back and fucked with Straight To Hell, adding digital blood to all the gunfights and some weird Tim Burton-esque animated sequences, and that's the version Kino Lorber put out. If you want the original theatrical version you have to seek out the old Anchor Bay DVD.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 8 October 2021 15:53 (two weeks ago) link

xp In fairness - you might as well get the best version that's available? The jump in quality from DVD to Blu-ray can be pretty immense, if not always. And most collectors end up rebuying the same films over and over and over again anyway...

Even the shittiest, grimiest low-budget film from the '70s on BR can be astounding to see after decades of crappy TV and home video transfers, and there's more companies out there now than ever doing great restoration work.

Nhex, Friday, 8 October 2021 16:54 (two weeks ago) link

Speaking of, the Ask Any Buddy podcast, which has rapidly become a favorite of mine, has a new episode up that features one of the cofounders of Vinegar Syndrome. Haven't listened yet but the description sounds v. relevant to yer points raised:

https://www.ask-any-buddy.com/podcast/special-bonus-episode-j-c-crickets-sex-demon-1975-with-joe-rubin

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 October 2021 17:09 (two weeks ago) link

I spring for the Blu-ray more often than not, but I also admittedly watch a lot of total garbage that either hasn't made its way to Blu-ray or isn't worth more than buying a '10 movies for 10 bucks' set to see. And on the rare occasion when I'm impressed enough by trash, I do upgrade.

Resisting 4K upgrades with every fiber of my being, though.

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

My take on 4K is: if I never had it or I only had it on DVD, especially if it's a very early DVD, I'll spring for it. If I already had it on Blu-ray, I'm good.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 October 2021 17:12 (two weeks ago) link

I'm entirely ambivalent about 4K, although I could probably be persuaded were anyone to make the case.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

I would have thought supermarkets had a big part in the surge of dvd sales, especially when people were reluctant to go anywhere else

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 8 October 2021 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

I've resisted 4K so far, but right now it feels like you need a really solid theater setup, like 55" screen, appropriate viewing distance, etc. which makes it tougher to justify the investment. I'll get a PS5 someday, though.

Nhex, Friday, 8 October 2021 17:51 (two weeks ago) link

I’m not too fussed about 4K (despite owning a 4K setup) but here in PAL land, most DVDs use a 25fps speedup rather than the 3:2 pulldown that NTSC discs have. Blu rays use 24fps and my setup shows them at 24. Combining that and the near-double resolution, it’s not even close.
I’ll happily buy and watch a $2 DVD from a flea market but haven’t bought a new DVD in years except when forced to by lack of alternative.

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 8 October 2021 20:41 (two weeks ago) link

Ha, missed that the thread was updated, was just coming to post that.

GIVE US HARRYHAUSEN

Donald Fhtagen (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 18:59 (one week ago) link

^^^^ THIS

BUT ALSO GIVE US YOUR "BIGGEST EVER ANNOUNCEMENT"

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 19:13 (one week ago) link

So looks like the Indicator exciting news was the Sinbad re-release (which I am obviously all over and have ordered already).

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Friday, 22 October 2021 16:17 (four days ago) link


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