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Postby Dunnyman » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:37 am

Ever since I've gone Blu-Ray, I've stuck more or less to recent and contemporary films. However, my love of classics is well known, and the only classic I have is Casablanca.
What other great films of yesteryear would y'all think I should look at? I'm not looking for something that was just a basic transfer, I want remastered, cleaned up, hi-tech versions of the great films!
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dan Mancini » Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:07 am

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly looks spectacular, as do early Bond flicks like Dr. No and From Russia with Love.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Gabriel Girard » Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:06 am

Is 8 1/2 your style?
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Mitchell Hattaway » Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:42 am

The Searchers is pretty sweet. Then again, most of the classic Warner releases are.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dan Mancini » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:00 pm

Mitchell Hattaway wrote:The Searchers is pretty sweet.

Rio Bravo is pretty sweet. The Searchers is frickin' incredible.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby hoytereden » Sun Feb 28, 2010 9:04 pm

The Adventures of Robin Hood
North By Northwest
The Wizard of Oz
Gone With the Wind
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
An American In Paris (Where is Singin' In the Rain? :? )
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The Searchers plus it's dirt cheap too!
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Steve T Power » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:28 am

Blade Runner!
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dan Mancini » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:18 am

Steve T Power wrote:Blade Runner!

I don't care for your implication that Blade Runner is a "great film of yesteryear." No, sir, I don't care for it one bit.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Steve T Power » Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:21 am

Dan Mancini wrote:
Steve T Power wrote:Blade Runner!

I don't care for your implication that Blade Runner is a "great film of yesteryear." No, sir, I don't care for it one bit.


It's a great film of any year dammit! and over 25 years old... hell, almost 30 years old *gasp* come on now!
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby hoytereden » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:17 am

Steve T Power wrote:
Dan Mancini wrote:
Steve T Power wrote:Blade Runner!

I don't care for your implication that Blade Runner is a "great film of yesteryear." No, sir, I don't care for it one bit.


It's a great film of any year dammit! and over 25 years old... hell, almost 30 years old *gasp* come on now!

While we're on the subject I forgot to mention-2001.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Future Man » Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:28 pm

If Steve can get away with circa 1982 eye candy allow me to add

The Wild Bunch
The Professionals
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Mitchell Hattaway » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:02 pm

Now that Future Man has opened the gate, I'll add Blazing Saddles. (Yeah, yeah--shut up, Steve.)
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby cdouglas » Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:16 pm

The Seventh Seal - a superb film with an excellent hi-def transfer & a terrific new supplemental package.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Future Man » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:09 pm

If you can wait until May, I see that Spartacus has recently been announced. Which naturally I bought in SD (Criterion) about a month ago. Must - resist - buying - SDs.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Steve T Power » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:16 pm

Future Man wrote:If you can wait until May, I see that Spartacus has recently been announced. Which naturally I bought in SD (Criterion) about a month ago. Must - resist - buying - SDs.


Or you could, y'know, go out and buy the most expensive SD edition of Lawrence of Arabia there is to be had.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Mitchell Hattaway » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:50 pm

Future Man wrote:If you can wait until May, I see that Spartacus has recently been announced. Which naturally I bought in SD (Criterion) about a month ago. Must - resist - buying - SDs.
Yeah, but everyone's waiting to see if Universal is going to recycle the transfer from the HD DVD, which was mediocre at best.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dunnyman » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:56 pm

cdouglas wrote:The Seventh Seal - a superb film with an excellent hi-def transfer & a terrific new supplemental package.

Local chain Silver Platters had a bunch of good deals so I picked up Seventh Seal, Yojimbo/......and North By Northwest.
Popped them all in to check quality, and yep, Seventh Seal looks great, Yojimbo looks great, nice job, and Holy Hitchcock, what an amazing restoration of such a great film!! I can't imagine being on the set would look any better than this does. One can only hope that all other films get this kind of attention.

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Steve T Power wrote:Blade Runner!

I don't care for your implication that Blade Runner is a "great film of yesteryear." No, sir, I don't care for it one bit.

Hey, if we can live with Steve being a heathen for his views on Blazing Saddles, I'd hope we can accept that the fact that not only do I not think of a BladeRunner as a classic film of yesteryear, I don't consider it a classic at all.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Steve T Power » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:26 am

Dunnyman wrote:
cdouglas wrote:The Seventh Seal - a superb film with an excellent hi-def transfer & a terrific new supplemental package.

Local chain Silver Platters had a bunch of good deals so I picked up Seventh Seal, Yojimbo/......and North By Northwest.
Popped them all in to check quality, and yep, Seventh Seal looks great, Yojimbo looks great, nice job, and Holy Hitchcock, what an amazing restoration of such a great film!! I can't imagine being on the set would look any better than this does. One can only hope that all other films get this kind of attention.

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Steve T Power wrote:Blade Runner!

I don't care for your implication that Blade Runner is a "great film of yesteryear." No, sir, I don't care for it one bit.

Hey, if we can live with Steve being a heathen for his views on Blazing Saddles, I'd hope we can accept that the fact that not only do I not think of a BladeRunner as a classic film of yesteryear, I don't consider it a classic at all.
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Everybody gets one freebie ;)

Now say something about Lawrence of Arabia... then your fate is sealed...
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dunnyman » Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:43 am

Steve T Power wrote:Everybody gets one freebie ;)

Now say something about Lawrence of Arabia... then your fate is sealed...

I will, it's an amazing, stunning freaking masterpiece of a film and when the $%&*# is it coming out on Blu-Ray?
You gotta a problem with that, ya damned Newfie?, Well, do ya?
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Steve T Power » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:09 pm

Dunnyman wrote:
Steve T Power wrote:Everybody gets one freebie ;)

Now say something about Lawrence of Arabia... then your fate is sealed...

I will, it's an amazing, stunning freaking masterpiece of a film and when the $%&*# is it coming out on Blu-Ray?
You gotta a problem with that, ya damned Newfie?, Well, do ya?


No problem, it's cool.

It's coming out on blu-Ray the week after Future man buys (or buys it again) it on DVd.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby HGervais » Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:03 pm

I picked up some of the 007 Blu-rays that BB have on sale and just did a quick scan on them and dude, they look amazing! The process shots are going to look like crap no matter what you do but everything else, well, Dr. No had my jaw on the floor. Must have On Her Majesty's Secret Service NOW!
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dunnyman » Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:06 pm

HGervais wrote:I picked up some of the 007 Blu-rays that BB have on sale and just did a quick scan on them and dude, they look amazing! The process shots are going to look like crap no matter what you do but everything else, well, Dr. No had my jaw on the floor. Must have On Her Majesty's Secret Service NOW!

I wonder if they're going to have some sets of multiple movies, if not the ultimate complete set? Shirley Eaton in HD? Ooooh yeaaaah...
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby HGervais » Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:12 pm

There are three box sets thus far. Like I said in the other thread, I'm just not so sure I want to buy Octopussy or A View To a Kill a third time.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dunnyman » Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:40 pm

HGervais wrote:There are three box sets thus far. Like I said in the other thread, I'm just not so sure I want to buy Octopussy or A View To a Kill a third time.

On the other hand, Vol's 1 & 2 for 70 bucks seems rather reasonable, a little over ten bucks a title. I mean, you don't have to watch all of them. My previous sets, however, are for sale before their value plummets. I splurged and enjoyed them all, but if the upgrades are all that and a bag of chips, I gotta do it. Of late, I'm surprised how cheap Amazon is on Blu-Ray compared to others. Usually DeepDiscount keeps up with them on DVD, and can beat them on a number of titles, but I've noticed things like a 40 dollar difference on commemorative sets like Gone With The Wind and the Wizard Of Oz. Is there a retailer that only carries Blu-Ray?
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby J.M. Vargas » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:22 am

It's out of print and somewhat expensive. But, until Studio Canal re-releases it in the States, Criterion's BD of The Third Man is to die for; great flick with bigger-than-life actors/characters plus shadows and lighting that simply beg for a big-screen and 1080p codecs. Truffaut's The 400 Blows BD is also good, although not as sharp and eye-catching as other B&W Criterion goodies (Last Year at Marieband, Repulsion, Seventh Seal, Wages of Fear, etc.). You just gotta love that a large number of Criterion's BD's (out now or soon-to-be-released: Yojimbo, Stagecoach, M, etc.) flaunt their B&W cinematography with authority and no shame whatsoever.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dan Mancini » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:06 am

HGervais wrote:There are three box sets thus far. Like I said in the other thread, I'm just not so sure I want to buy Octopussy or A View To a Kill a third time.

Or, worse yet, end up owning two copies of each, which is exactly what would happen if I bought the BD box sets since their 3-title configurations seem specifically designed to prevent me from being able to get rid of any of the DVD boxes without having serious holes in the series. Right now, I have Dr. No and From Russia with Love on Blu, as well as both Craig movies (and Never Say Never Again, which I picked up dirt cheap a while back). I've considered upgrading Goldfinger and Thunderball, and then maybe picking up the other Connery movies as they're released, but I've already bought each of the them 4 times (beginning with widescreen VHS). Every time I've been in a brick 'n' mortar with Goldfinger and Thunderball in hand, I haven't been able to convince myself it's worth pulling the trigger.
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dunnyman » Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:09 am

J.M. Vargas wrote:It's out of print and somewhat expensive. But, until Studio Canal re-releases it in the States, Criterion's BD of The Third Man is to die for; great flick with bigger-than-life actors/characters plus shadows and lighting that simply beg for a big-screen and 1080p codecs.
If it's half as impressive as the job they did on Seventh Seal, it'll be worth it.
Dumb question though, is Blu-Ray region coded? Once again, as with the early days of DVD, there's stuff out in other places that I'd love to have, and if so, has anyone seen a hack to unlock their player? I'm not sure if I'd want to risk it. This thing wasn't exactly free, with my old Phillips DVD player that I snagged for 39.99, if I bricked it, no huge loss,but this....?
'Nother dumb question, when will Laura hit Blu-Ray?
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Steve T Power » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:06 am

Dunnyman wrote:
J.M. Vargas wrote:It's out of print and somewhat expensive. But, until Studio Canal re-releases it in the States, Criterion's BD of The Third Man is to die for; great flick with bigger-than-life actors/characters plus shadows and lighting that simply beg for a big-screen and 1080p codecs.
If it's half as impressive as the job they did on Seventh Seal, it'll be worth it.
Dumb question though, is Blu-Ray region coded? Once again, as with the early days of DVD, there's stuff out in other places that I'd love to have, and if so, has anyone seen a hack to unlock their player? I'm not sure if I'd want to risk it. This thing wasn't exactly free, with my old Phillips DVD player that I snagged for 39.99, if I bricked it, no huge loss,but this....?
'Nother dumb question, when will Laura hit Blu-Ray?


some stuff is, most stuff isn't. Sony included it to appease studios who demanded it, but it isn't a mandatory thing. I haven't run into much that actually IS region locked, though i hear one or two companies are all about 'Region A'. (Was it Disney maybe? And i think Criterion as well?)
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Re: Classic recommendations?

Postby Dan Mancini » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:24 am

Steve T Power wrote:
Dunnyman wrote:
J.M. Vargas wrote:It's out of print and somewhat expensive. But, until Studio Canal re-releases it in the States, Criterion's BD of The Third Man is to die for; great flick with bigger-than-life actors/characters plus shadows and lighting that simply beg for a big-screen and 1080p codecs.
If it's half as impressive as the job they did on Seventh Seal, it'll be worth it.
Dumb question though, is Blu-Ray region coded? Once again, as with the early days of DVD, there's stuff out in other places that I'd love to have, and if so, has anyone seen a hack to unlock their player? I'm not sure if I'd want to risk it. This thing wasn't exactly free, with my old Phillips DVD player that I snagged for 39.99, if I bricked it, no huge loss,but this....?
'Nother dumb question, when will Laura hit Blu-Ray?


some stuff is, most stuff isn't. Sony included it to appease studios who demanded it, but it isn't a mandatory thing. I haven't run into much that actually IS region locked, though i hear one or two companies are all about 'Region A'. (Was it Disney maybe? And i think Criterion as well?)

All of Criterion's stuff is region coded -- mostly because they only own the licenses for North American distribution.
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