Universal Studios To Restore Classics

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  1. Mo Better Blues

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    Just read this on Empire....

    With Universal Studios celebrating a big old centenary this year - it's a hundred years old on April 30 - the studio has delved into its illustrious library and fished out a clutch of classics to restore and re-release. There are 13 lined up, including The Birds, Schindler’s List, All Quiet On The Western Front, Jaws and Dracula

    Universal Studios To Restore Classics | Movie News | Empire
     
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    Sound good a couple in their I want :)
     
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    Good to see The Sting in there (an HD DVD still AWOL on Blu-ray Disc).

    A bit strange that The Birds is in but no mention of Vertigo.

    Steve W
     
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    This is awesome news ..... I so want JAWS & SCHINDLERS ...... it's about goddamm time Uni did their releases justice.

    I had visions of them using the 25th ani DVD master for Jaws :rolleyes:
     
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    Good news. But I hope someone's told Universal that when they're "restoring" these films they need to do more than dredge up a tatty old master, slather it in DNR then whack on a load of EE to sharpen it back up again.
     
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    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Universal's Technical Operations Head Michael Daruty stresses the thoroughness of this project, as "the restorations...took three to six months each and cost $250,000 to $600,000 per title."
     
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    This added nothing - was a troll post from me - sorry, old enough to know better!
     
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    Here's the full press release:
     
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    Then when they're restored them to perfection they get passed on to Dwayne Dibley in the mastering department and...
    Good to see some of my favourites appear on the list (more Abbott And Costello and Universal monster flicks please :lesson:) ,but please, please Universal don't :censored: it up.
     
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    Me really wants 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. Fabulous book, and a great film.

    Please Universal, pretty please, with a cherry on top, don't mess this one up.
     
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    Some cracking picks in there to be sure, although like most others here just hope they don't make a mess of it all!!

    KH
     
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    Hi,

    The two "Dracula" films (1931 original, and Spanish alternate cut), and "Schindler's List" will look very tasty. It'd be nice to see all the classic horrors, from the 1920's-40's released in definitive editions. Let's hope they do the restorations well, and don't :censored: them up. :eek:


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    Please keep hands of the DNR button!!

    TBH they are all titles that should be out by now anyway!!

    Oh, and change the terrible generic menu screens, with the awful sound effects when you move through the options!
     
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    I wish they'd hurry up and release The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Mummy films together with the Frankestein and Dracula films.
     
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    That's probably because Vertigo received an extensive (and some would say controversial) restoration in the mid-90s.
     
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    A restoration performed by Robert Harris, who has said further work would need to be done for a Blu-ray Disc release.

    I think 99% of the controversy was about the re-recorded elements of the soundtrack. I believe that some more recent DVD releases have also contained the original mono soundtrack, though I'd have to check on that.

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    Only, as far as I know, the edition of Vertigo within the R1 Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection.
     
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    Yes, i hope they include the mono track on the Blu-ray release. They also left the flash back sequence unrestored, due to budget reasons, but also to demonstrate the difference and maybe that will get done. At the time this was still a restoration of the original film elements. A digital restauration would is not nearly as work extensive, so doing that scene shouldn't be a big deal. Vertigo is my favourite Hitchcock and the one I want most on DVD, but The Birds is high up on my want list too, so I won't complain. :)
     
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    You mean, the one you most want on Blu-Ray, yes? ;)

    And I concur, about the generic Universal Blu-Ray menu-system, with the stupid sound effects on each button. It's annoying, dull and shows no effort of any kind has been put into it. :( There's no need for such rubbish efforts in this day-and-age. :lesson: Come on, Universal, make them really effective, and unique for each film. :)


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    I agree the only standardised format I really like is Criterion's, I just think HD DVD whenever I watch a Universal disc.
     
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    totally agree - its diabolical

    Whats more infuriating is the "double" language selection (ie the menu language selection down the side as per hd-dvd's, and then the "proper" soundr track language selection)
     
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    I'm not generally bothered about menus, but universal's are universally terrible. Looking forward to Schindlers List and Jaws, and separately..ET. Can't wait for that one :thumbsup:
     
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    That I don't mind, but I miss their kick-ass HD DVD logo which had an awesome bit of 5.1 sound. Shame they didn't retool it for Blu-ray.
     
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    I agree about the menus. Not the sort of thing that has much impact on me unless it is rubbish.
    Very much looking forward to the Frankensteins plus Jaws and Schindler. Would like to see the Mummy as well, which is probably my favourite of the Universal horrors.
     
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    The Mummy's my favourite as well and I think the sequels were good also, not as good as the first one but as a series they were better than the Frankenstein series which after Bride of... got progressivly worse. The 'Creature' film and it's sequels were also very good. Although I haven't seen them for years, I also thought the two Universal Monsters and Abbott and Costello films were also very good.
     
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    I have been waiting for Jaws on blu ray for a long time. I hope it at least includes the documentary from the special edition dvd, and it would be nice if they could really push the boat out on further special features.

    I mean, its the film that launched the blockbuster..... so make it a blockbuster blu ray release for gods sake!
     
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    I think the second or third re-issue will eventually be the 'blockbuster' release on BD. You've got to let them bleed the punters a bit first you know.
     
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    Good, while they are at it can they also do a proper remaster of

    Gladiator
    Jurassic Park
    The Lost World: JP2

    and while they are at it, remember to put English as the default language
     
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    Nothing wrong with the Jurassic Park movies imho.
     

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