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Postby GeorgeC » June 30th, 2010, 11:29 pm

Keep your fingers crossed that Universal does right by these films.

A LOT of re-issues of films on Blu ray have been just awful.

Really bad BD reviews for Flash Gordon (1980), Patton, and Predator amongst others.

These films have just been DVNR'd to death and the grain's gone.

I just saw a snap photo from the recent Predator BD on The Digital Bits and it looks terrible!



Fox and the other studios are really screwing it up on quite a few of the older film re-issues.

They're not supposed to look like home video. They're supposed to look like film -- with grain!

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Postby Ben » July 1st, 2010, 6:03 am

Okay...we have the FINAL SPECS! :)

The BD set will be three 50gb discs, with the movie and associated features on them. The DVD set is four DVD-9s, with the three movies and limited extras on the first three platters, and extensive extras on the fourth.

Here's the full run down for the BLU-RAY TRILOGY:

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Blu-ray Widescreen Disc 1
Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 56 Minutes
Language: English
Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Digipak with Slip Sleeve
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French European DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish DTS 5.1 Surround,
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
• U-Control: Setups & Payoffs
• U Control: Storyboard Comparison
• U Control: Triva Track
• Tales from the Future: In the Beginning...
• Tales from the Future: Time to Go
• Tales from the Future: Keeping Time
• The Making of Back to the Future
• Making the Trilogy: Chapter One
• Back to the Future Night
• Michael J. Fox Q&A
• Original Makeup Tests
• Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence
• Photo Galleries
• Huey Lewis and the News "Power of Love" Music Video
• Theatrical Teaser Trailer
• Q&A Commentary with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
• Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gales and Neil Canton
• Join TEAM FOX
• My Scenes
• pocket BLU App

Blu-ray Widescreen Disc 2
Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Language: English
Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Digipak with Slip Sleeve
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French European DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
• U Control: Setups & Payoffs
• U Control: Storyboard Comparison
• U Control: Trivia Track
• Tales from the Future: Time Flies
• The Physics of Back to the Future
• The Making of Back to the Future Part II
• Making the Trilogy: Chapter Two
• Production Design
• Storyboarding
• Designing the DeLeorean
• Designing Time Travel
• Hoverboard Test
• Evolution of Visual Effects
• Photo Galleries
• Q&A with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
• Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gales and Neil Canton
• My Scenes
• pocket BLU App

Blu-ray Widescreen Disc 3
Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Language: English
Disc Type: BD-50 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Digipak with Slip Sleeve
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French European DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
• U Control: Setups & Payoffs
• U Control: Storyboard Comparison
• U Control Trivia Track
• Tales from the Future: Third Time's the Charm
• Tales from the Future: The Test of Time
• The Making of Back to the Future Part III
• Making the Trilogy: Chapter Three
• The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy
• Designing Hill Valley
• Designing the Campaign
• Photo Galleries
• ZZ Top "Doubleback" Music Video
• FAQ's About the Trilogy
• Back to the Future: The Ride
• Q&A Commentary with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
• Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton
• My Scenes
• pocket BLU App



And the run down for the DVD BOX SET:

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DVD Widescreen Disc 1
Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 56 Minutes
Language: English
Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Digipak with Slip Sleeve
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
• Tales from the Future: In the Beginning…
• Tales from the Future: Time to Go
• Tales from the Future: Keeping Time
• Q&A Commentary with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
• Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton

DVD Widescreen Disc 2
Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Language: English
Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Digipak with Slip Sleeve Layers: Single
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
• Tales from the Future: Time Flies
• The Physics of Back to the Future
• Q&A Commentary with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
• Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton

DVD Widescreen Disc 3
Run Time (HH:MM): 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Language: English
Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Digipak with Slip Sleeve Layers: Single
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
• Tales from the Future: Third Time’s the Charm
• Tales from the Future: The Test of Time
• Back to the Future: The Ride
• Q&A Commentary with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale
• Feature Commentary with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton

DVD Disc 4: Bonus Disc
Language: English
Disc Type: DVD-9 (Single Sided)
Packaging: Digipak with Slip Sleeve
• The Making of Back to the Future
• The Making of Back to the Future Part II
• The Making of Back to the Future Part III
• Making the Trilogy: Chapter One
• Making the Trilogy: Chapter Two
• Making the Trilogy: Chapter Three
• Michael J. Fox Q&A
• Original Makeup Tests
• Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence
• Production Design
• Storyboarding
• Designing the DeLeorean
• Designing Time Travel
• Hoverboard Test
• Evolution of Visual Effects
• Designing Hill Valley
• Designing the Campaign
• Photo Galleries
• The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy
• Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love” Music Video
• ZZ Top “Doubleback” Music Video
• Back to the Future Theatrical Teaser Trailer
• Back to the Future Part II Theatrical Trailer
• Back to the Future Part III Theatrical Trailer
• FAQ's About the Trilogy
• Join TEAM FOX


I have no idea what lies within the individual (new) features themselves, but that's whats on the actual discs. The constant referral to "digipak with slip sleeve" probably implies these discs are all housed in one digipak, not that each disc has its own slipcase.

It all looks very, VERY nice! :)

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Re: Great Scott! Back to the Future Blu-rays!

Postby Dan » September 12th, 2010, 2:39 am

Thought I'd post this here since it's a pre-existing Back to the Future thread.

From November 5-November 12 in Burbank, California, there will be a Back to the Future 25th Anniversary reunion festival. Cast and crew of the film will be on hand to help out in a whole Back to the Future experience that includes a DeLorean car show, a tour of the 1955 locations, hoverboard lessons, an Enchantment Under the Sea gala, and more. With all proceeds going to Team Fox for Parkinson's research.

Confirmed so far to appear include co-creator Bob Gale, director of photography Dean Cundey, the original Jennifer Parker - Claudia Wells, Principal Strickland - James Tolkan, Marvin Berry himself - Harry Waters Jr., Goldie Wilson - Donald Fullilove, and more.

You can learn more about it here:
http://www.weregoingback.com/Were_Going_Back_-_25th_Anniversary/Home.html

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Postby droosan » September 12th, 2010, 2:53 am

Coooool. :o

No way I'd be able to do all of that .. but I'll try to clear my schedule for some of it! 8)

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Postby Ben » September 14th, 2010, 6:22 am

Claudia Wells? Wow...good job securing her! And a real Enchantment Under The Sea? Oh man, this is heavy! :)

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Postby Ben » October 3rd, 2010, 3:05 pm

Nice recap on making the trilogy from the lead trio involved:

http://www.empireonline.com/interviews/interview.asp?IID=1084

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Re: Great Scott! Back to the Future Blu-rays!

Postby Whitney » October 14th, 2010, 1:55 pm

I wonder how the trilogy would be viewed today if they had kept Eric Stolz. Would it be one of those bad 80s movies that you love to hate or would it have fallen into relative obscurity? It probably would not have been spawned the two sequels.

Maybe someone could build an actual time machine with a DeLorean, go back to the 1980s to the Back to the Future set, convince the producers to keep Stolz, then come back to the present to see the results. Then we'd be stuck with an alternate 2010 timeline.

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Re: Great Scott! Back to the Future Blu-rays!

Postby EricJ » October 14th, 2010, 5:18 pm

SZWG wrote:I wonder how the trilogy would be viewed today if they had kept Eric Stolz. Would it be one of those bad 80s movies that you love to hate or would it have fallen into relative obscurity? It probably would not have been spawned the two sequels.


Here's a copy of "Some Kind of Wonderful" (aka one of Those Bad 80s Movies You Love To Hate):
Watch it, and get back to us as to whether Stoltz ever owned a sense of humor. :| ...And be glad it wasn't "The Fly II".

We did get "Mask" as his one other 80's shot at leading-teen headlining, and while it was relatively feel-good, did have a little self-importance to it that suggests why he lost the Zemeckis-comedy gig.

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Postby Whitney » October 14th, 2010, 11:20 pm

http://blog.movies.yahoo.com/blog/45-michael-j-fox-recreates-the-classic-back-to-the-future-teaser-trailer

Here's a trailer for the 2010 Spike Awards featuring Marty. Awesome!

It makes the DeLorean look futuristic again.

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Postby Ben » October 24th, 2010, 7:07 am

WOW:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Future-Trilogy-Limited-Collectors-Blu-ray/dp/B003U5UQCE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1287918917&sr=8-2

Comments have been good and bad, but I'm a sucker for this kind of packaging.

However, I've searched and searched for any news of a US edition to no avail, though it's been mentioned that it may be a store exclusive. Although the UK/Euro set is essentially region-free (A, B and C), I just hate UK packaging and always prefer to buy the US edition.

Anyone know about this, or seen something about this set in the US for Tuesday's release?

THANKS! :)

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Postby GeorgeC » October 24th, 2010, 7:24 am

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Translation:

For all the improvements they claim to make in re-releases of films on home video, something always gets screwed up!

Cat = Home Video Company
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Postby Randall » October 24th, 2010, 10:23 am

I saw that myself, and was giving it consideration if there are no drawbacks to playing it in Region A. (There's a nice-looking Metropolis set in the UK too.) The negative remarks are mostly about the films supposedly not being remastered, but it should be the same transfers that appear in the US set, which was just reviewed at DVD Beaver.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews52/back_to_the_future_blu-ray.htm

None of those Amazon reviewers have any direct knowlgedge of it, they're only giving their feelings based on what they expect. In short, I'd also like to hear from someone once they actually have seen the UK collector's edition.

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Postby Ben » October 24th, 2010, 10:34 am

My crazy plan was to order the US set anyway, and I'd get the UK one for the packaging (wouldn't do this for every film, but after Superman, BTTFT is up there).

I just didn't want to buy it twice if there was a US tin, though. ;)

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Postby GeorgeC » October 24th, 2010, 1:15 pm

What is it with you and tins, Ben?

The only BD/DVD tins I see regularly are for Disney films and usually they're only available at Best Buy (electronics chain store) for pre-order specials or online Disney Movie Club-only specials.

They're still few and far between on most single film releases.

I've got a couple myself... They're usually available only as first print run items on films or sets. I've got RoboCop (the best version available on DVD -- includes BOTH cuts of the film and extras; the BD version is a joke with no extras to speak and only the theatrical cut), Edward Scissorhands (DVD tin), and the full first series of Full Metal Alchemist (all tin collections) and I'm sure some other stuff.

I get more annoyed with the slipcovers on Disney films and how things change over time with their movie sets. They generally offer stripped down single disc editions on BD a while after the combo packs. I kinda prefer the combo packs myself...
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