Movies that deserve the SE treatment/remastering

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by AKA, Apr 12, 2003.

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  1. AKA

    AKA Senior Member Thread Starter

    We've already done "movies that deserve to be on DVD," so let's take it to the next level. Which movies are already available on DVD, but deserve some friggin' special features? Also, name some DVDs that use poor transfers and need to be remasered (both audio and visual).

  2. Dan C

    Dan C Forum Fotographer

    The West
    I hearken back to another thread I started about "depressing movies", my all-time favorite being "Midnight Cowboy".
    How stupidly ridiculous is this DVD that the friggin' VHS '25th Anniversary' edition has more goodies than the DVD?!?! It has an inclusive documentary that features outtakes, still production photos, audition films, and even new interviews with the director and some cast members. What does the DVD have other than the movie? Bupkis! Nada! Hrumf.

    As for remastering, has anyone else bought those cheapo DVD's of out-of-copyright Fleischer studio Popeye cartoons? I don't even want to think about how this thing looks/sounds. A tragedy.
    Dan C
  3. Jamie Tate

    Jamie Tate New Member

    A Christmas Story

    Hard Day's Night (ooops, sorry)
  4. Andrew

    Andrew Chairman of the Bored

    Supposedly the current DVD of "The Sting" is a really ****e pan-&-scan piece of rubbish.
  5. Ed Bishop

    Ed Bishop Incredibly, I'm still here

    You'd have to start with the botched audio of AHDN; that really hurt.

    The ABBA DVD; so bright and harsh, well....the limited video quality is OK(very nostalgic, really)but the sound, even at medium volume, is overwhelmingly brittle...OWWCH!!


  6. Ed Bishop

    Ed Bishop Incredibly, I'm still here

    I know what's wrong with the AHDN, Jamie; what's wrong with A CHRISTMAS STORY? I've been tempted to buy it, but...

  7. Dan C

    Dan C Forum Fotographer

    The West
    Ugh! What a shame about "A Christmas Story"! It's basically the same old P&S transfer we've been seeing on TV and VHS over the past 10+ years. Geesh, shouldn't they get around to doing a director's commentary before Bob Clark dies?!:rolleyes:
    Dan C
  8. poe_man

    poe_man Senior Member

    One that I would love to see get a proper transfer, would have to be David Byrne's classic, "True Stories". The current DVD version is awful P&S, with 0 bonus material! This is one of my all time favorites, and would love to see this one done properly.
  9. Jamie Tate

    Jamie Tate New Member

    It's a poor transfer. Dan pretty much summed it up. I wish we could see a widescreen version as well as some interviews with Bob Clark and Jean Shepherd... maybe even a few deleted scenes if they exist.

    I'd be happy with just a new transfer though. I'm tired of hearing the warbling audio.
  10. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Goodfellas! Geez, Still a flipper!...I've heard a SE is coming. Hopefully soon...
  11. -=Rudy=-

    -=Rudy=- ♪♫♪♫♫♪♪♫♪♪ Staff

    That's the reason I've never bought it. A shame, since it's one of my favorites, and was quite popular in its day. I don't even remember if it ever had a letterboxed LD release either--I have it in P&S.

    Reminds me that I should get the soundtrack CD also...heck, I have two Joplin rags as MIDI files uploaded to my Nextel phone. ;)
  12. indy mike

    indy mike Forum Pest

  13. Steve-oh

    Steve-oh Senior Member

    Michigan, USA
    Oh yeah, I got one of those for around five bucks at Target. That should have tipped me off to how terrible it is.:realmad:

    As for special edition DVDs, how about the Star Wars trilogy? Too bad it looks like we'll never get the original edits.

    Also, the Big Lebowski cries out for a special edition.
  14. Evan L

    Evan L Beatologist

    The Marx Brothers: Duck Soup/A Night at the Opera/A Day at the Races
    Monty Python: Holy Grail/Life of Brian/The Meaning of Life
    Laurel & Hardy: Sons of the Desert/Way Out West/Pardon Us
  15. AKA

    AKA Senior Member Thread Starter

    Unfortunately, Jean Shepherd passed away a few years ago, but I'd love to see a widescreen SE of "A Christmas Story" sometime before we all die.
  16. indy mike

    indy mike Forum Pest

    Careful - Goodtimes has some cheap Fleischer Superman DVD comps that look pretty dadgummed good for the $6 (for two discs) I shelled out at Sam's; sure, they ain't from the neagtives (Republic owns the rights, but Warner's owns DC and I betcha there's some legal hullabaloo keeping Republic from making nuice DVD's). The color is pretty bright, and surprisingly non scratchy looking (think how Tom and Jerry look on Cartoon Network or the lone DVD out now). Interestingly enough, the German/Japanese WW II toons are on them - mebbe you should grab them if you see them... Can't speak for the Popeye stuff - I'm not a fan, so I wouldn't buy 'em anyhow...
  17. Beatlelennon65

    Beatlelennon65 Active Member

    MAtrixman- Monty Python's Holy Grail is out on a SE DVD. I think it looks great and it has some cool special features.

    What we need is a SE box set of all the Pink Panther movies. They could all use better transfers and ther has to be some deleted scenes. It's Peter Frickin Sellers, we need to see some outtakes.
  18. ksmitty

    ksmitty Senior Member

    Two Thousand Maniacs . Anyone seen this cult classic Budget flick?
    A story of a Southern Town of 2000 People that hold a centenial and a
    car of lost Yankee's that made a wrong turn end up being the Guest Of Honor. A real bizaare flick. Very stupid movie , but it is so stupid that is hillarious to watch.Two Thousand Maniacs
  19. guy incognito

    guy incognito Senior Member

    There were outtakes, but they were all used in the awful Trail of the Pink Panther in 1982.

    Yep, that's a great "midnight movie". And of course, the title inspired the name of the band 10,000 Maniacs.
  20. Beatlesfan03

    Beatlesfan03 New Member

    cleveland, ohio
    I've read good reviews on the Python Holy Grail DVD and Criterion recently reissued Life Of Brian (although I have the original DVD).

    Any problems with these I wasn't aware of?

  21. njwiv

    njwiv Senior Member

    Atlanta, GA
    I believe I read on that there is one penciled in for release later this year.
  22. JohnG

    JohnG PROG now in Dolby ATMOS!

    Long Island NY
    The Road Warrior could use a SE.
  23. JPartyka

    JPartyka I Got a Home on High

    I think a Special Edition of Double Indemnity would be nice. I have the standard DVD, but it's been a while since I've looked at it so I can't even recall much about the transfer or anything ... but in any case I believe it's pretty bare-bones.
  24. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden MichiGort Staff

    Livonia, MI
    Holy Grail SE had some player compatability issues with subtitles in its first run that have reportedly been addressed. The transfer on Criterion's "...Brian" was merely OK, but otherwise, they are great SEs.

  25. reechie

    reechie Senior Member

    They replaced my first run copy (which had the subtitle problem on my old Toshiba player) with a later pressing that corrected the problem.

    Then of course, I bought a new player, which probably would have also fixed the problem.

    Kevin Smith is reportedly working on a new SE DVD of Clerks. Hopefully the transfer will get rid of that odd blue haze around the edge of the picture (at least that shows up on my copy.)
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