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Re: The New DVD and Blu Thread

Post by EricJ » April 20th, 2012, 11:36 pm

And even then it was to sell Totoro as the B-billed picture, since Japanese theaters thought a tragic postwar story made more marketable sense than a happy picture set in the postwar farming country.

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Post by Bill1978 » April 21st, 2012, 5:17 am

I was always under the impression that the double bill came about because

a) Fireflies was a more well known story in Japan

b) Totoro would help lift the mood of the audience after the down end of Fireflies

Whatever the reason, the double bill, while a critical success in terms of both films was not a financial success. It was only after when Japan embraced the merchandise of Totoro that both films came to a wider audience. Plus the merchandise of Totoro helped Studio Ghibli to become an independent studio. Another reason for the double bill, both were financed by the some company so I guess they really wanted to make there money.

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Post by Randall » May 8th, 2012, 10:57 pm

Somewhat off-topic, but I was thrilled to hear today that Synapse is finally releasing their Blu-ray (and DVD) of Hammer's Twins of Evil this July. It's been in the works for a while, and was the gaping hole in my Hammer collection until now. I'm so glad I fought the temptation last weekend to pick up a bootleg at a comics show.

More on topic (kinda): If you search for Twins of Evil on Amazon, Lindsay Lohan's The Parent Trap shows up! :)

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Post by Randall » July 25th, 2012, 1:59 am

Two new not-quite-animation-but-still-related exciting Blu-rays announced for the fall:

Annie -Ben and I have talked about pouncing on a Blu-ray when it comes out--- well, for me, anyhow; my wife loves this film but I wouldn't get it for her on DVD because the DVDs were lame and I have the LD; the BD looks like a budget release, but at least it should be in widescreen, unlike the last DVD

Muppet Christmas Carol--- one of my own all-time faves, and a Christmas tradition in my home. No word on the other Muppet movies, but for me this is the best one of all. Keep the old DVD though--- this one may not have anything from the extended cut, with the essential When Love is Gone song.

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Re: The New DVD and Blu Thread

Post by Ben » July 30th, 2012, 7:14 am

I have the original widescreen Annie DVD, which stands up pretty well when we watched it a year and a half or so ago. Think it had the trailer and a featurette on it, which isn't so bad. I may wait on a BD though, and see if they couple it with Oliver!, which they often do and I'd also like to get in HD.

Muppet Christmas Carol the best over even the Henson trilogy!? Okay, I admit that it's very, very special, and maybe it is the best of the bunch. It definitely has the Henson spirit in there, and is the most consistently narrative as opposed to the sketchy Movie and Caper, but I'll always love the feel of Movie since it harks back to the anarchy of the Show.

I'm missing all the announcements at the moment it seems: first Heidi's Song, now this! Whatever happened, I wonder, to the "Muppet Movies Collection" that was supposed to come out with the new movie? Has only Christmas been announced or are they looking to put out the others too (in the UK, we didn't get Blu-rays, but all the other films were issued on DVD with the new "Muppets" branding as "Muppets Classic Movies" or something like that).

I have Christmas on LD and just kept to that since it has the When Love Is Gone (essential I agree) sequence and is in widescreen (the first Muppet movie not to mask a taller image but be composed at 1.85, the rest were 1.66 matted, which is why you can see some things that were not meant to be seen in the UK VHS of Muppet Movie).

I hope they handle this right: they should offer the When Love Is Gone version as a default, or include both cuts. On The Muppet Movie, whenever it comes to BD, I really hope someone there is paying attention and makes sure we get the UNCUT version of the movie that corresponds to the soundtrack (as the UK VHS did) as opposed to the subsequent Disney/Sony versions that cut out random little bits here and there.

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Post by Randall » July 31st, 2012, 1:33 am

Yes, A Muppet Christmas Carol is the best Muppet movie of all time. For me, it is really THAT good. Though, nothing will ever beat seeing Kermit sing Rainbow Connection, which still give me tingles.

The Carol DVD only had the When Love is Gone sequence in the 4:3 version, which forces me to go to the menus to switch over for the one scene from the preferred widescreen framing, which is annoying.

No word on the other Muppet films for BD release. They must have figured they're worth more being sold as singles. Then, they'll finally bundle them together with the TV Oz film. Just watch.




I never bought Annie on DVD, and the LD is looking pretty dated at this point, so wifey will be happy to get it on BD.

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Re: The New DVD and Blu Thread

Post by Ben » July 31st, 2012, 5:43 am

What gets me EVERY time with Christmas Carol is "oh look, it's the Penguins' Christmas skating party!" - that line creases me up and is just so Muppet perfect. For me it's a tie: Movie has some better moments and pure Muppet comedy, but Carol is the most consistently entertaining. As to which pips the other to the post, well, Movie has Henson, but Carol has Henson's spirit (quite appropriately for the subject matter) and they're easily equals.

What I'm secretly hoping is that Disney has held up the Movies set to talk with Sony about including Manhattan and Space in there. They've nabbed the Iron Man and Hulk films from different distributors to include them in their Avengers Assembled set, so it's not outside the realms of possibilities, and Sony would realize that they can get a few more $s by "reissuing" them again through a license to Disney. Or maybe Disney will exchange titles, like letting them have rights to a co-pro title for instance. I didn't pick up those two on BD yet, so that would be cool. :)

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