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Old 11-25-2012, 11:22 AM   #21
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Any word yet on whether this is a pressed disc or a BD-R, or an idea of the quality?
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:49 PM   #22
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Any word yet on whether this is a pressed disc or a BD-R, or an idea of the quality?
I received my copy on Friday and it is a pressed disc (both BR & DVD). I haven't had a chance to watch the film yet but I did briefly look over a couple of scenes. The transfer appears to be fairly strong and the print is in very good condition. From what I've seen, Bob Hope is amusing (as usual) and Hepburn is... er, less amusing. Maybe my impressions will change with a full viewing.

I hope that this is the first of many TCM Vault blu-rays. They're certainly off to a great start with this release.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:47 PM   #23
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I watched this the other night with my wife. Excellent movie! Really really good picture quality. Audio was excellent and very accurate and convienent subtitles and some really good extras. Honestly, one of the best blu-ray blind buys that I have made in recent memory...
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:41 PM   #24
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Is moviesunlimited.com the only place where you can get this ($29.99)? Amazon doesn't appear to have it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:56 AM   #25
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Is moviesunlimited.com the only place where you can get this ($29.99)? Amazon doesn't appear to have it.
TCM has it on sale for 24.99: http://shop.tcm.com/the-iron-pettico...ult-collection

These TCM Vault releases seem to be exclusive, judging from past releases.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:47 AM   #26
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I received my copy on Friday and it is a pressed disc (both BR & DVD).
How can you tell whether it's pressed or burned?
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How can you tell whether it's pressed or burned?
Disc surface is black on the bottom.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:06 AM   #28
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Sorry to bump this thread, but has TCM announced anything else with this line? I'd love to see the UPA Jolly Frolics collection on Blu-Ray.
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Sorry to bump this thread, but has TCM announced anything else with this line? I'd love to see the UPA Jolly Frolics collection on Blu-Ray.
I just searched their site and couldn't find any other titles.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:11 PM   #31
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My projector is out of action atm, but I just gave this a very quick test spin on my 37 inch TV - the picture looks very good. There is a little bit of print damage in the form of white specks here and there, but overall looks like TCM have done a good job.
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Just received in the mail. Wondering why TCM chose to promote this as a b/w film when it features a gorgeous Technicolor VistaVision print. All the stills on the bluray sleeve are (I'm assuming) b/w promo stills, and features no color screenshots.

Also, AVC encode & Master Audio would have been better than VC-1 and "Ye Olde Warner Bros 192kbps audio". The colors are amazing, but there is some light artifacting due to heavy grain. Don't know if this is a dual-layer blu or not, but should have been a 50gb with AVC.

That being said, I'm a huge Bob Hope fan, so for me, watching this obscure film is a blast. The extras are light, but welcome. Subtitles are thankfully provided, as all the Russian accents are generally terrible.

$25 price point is a bit steep, but this isn't worth a blind buy unless you're a Bob Hope completist.
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Just received in the mail. Wondering why TCM chose to promote this as a b/w film when it features a gorgeous Technicolor VistaVision print. All the stills on the bluray sleeve are (I'm assuming) b/w promo stills, and features no color screenshots.

Also, AVC encode & Master Audio would have been better than VC-1 and "Ye Olde Warner Bros 192kbps audio". The colors are amazing, but there is some light artifacting due to heavy grain. Don't know if this is a dual-layer blu or not, but should have been a 50gb with AVC.

That being said, I'm a huge Bob Hope fan, so for me, watching this obscure film is a blast. The extras are light, but welcome. Subtitles are thankfully provided, as all the Russian accents are generally terrible.

$25 price point is a bit steep, but this isn't worth a blind buy unless you're a Bob Hope completist.
I would love to be a Bob Hope completist, but the incredibly sad fact is that only three of his films have seen Blu-ray release out of the 54 features he made. This is a travesty I have difficulty understanding, and continue to be stunned by Paramount and Universal's indifference towards the work of this iconic American film star. We must continue to HOPE that this situation will some day be rectified.
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I would love to be a Bob Hope completist, but the incredibly sad fact is that only three of his films have seen Blu-ray release out of the 54 features he made. This is a travesty I have difficulty understanding, and continue to be stunned by Paramount and Universal's indifference towards the work of this iconic American film star. We must continue to HOPE that this situation will some day be rectified.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:07 AM   #35
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$25 price point is a bit steep, but this isn't worth a blind buy unless you're a Bob Hope completist.
I like Hope, but I don't think of myself as a "completist". On the other hand, I do consider myself a Hepburn completist. This is one of the few Hepburn films I haven't seen.

Kept dragging my heels about ordering this one, but finally pulled the trigger when I pre-ordered The Lady from Shanghai. Am eagerly awaiting them.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:21 AM   #36
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I would love to be a Bob Hope completist, but the incredibly sad fact is that only three of his films have seen Blu-ray release out of the 54 features he made. This is a travesty I have difficulty understanding, and continue to be stunned by Paramount and Universal's indifference towards the work of this iconic American film star. We must continue to HOPE that this situation will some day be rectified.
Well, keep in mind that a good number of his 1950s films, produced by his own company, fell into the Public Domain. Presumably because his estate didn't bother to renew the copyrights on them. So they are only available on fairly lousy PD-label DVDs, and are unlikely to show up in HD on Blu-ray (though it's just a matter of time before we see multi-film collections of PD movies in Standard Def on BDs -- there's one coming out this month, in fact).

This, of course, doesn't excuse the lack of Hope BD love on the part of Universal, but then, Universal hasn't exactly been falling over themselves to get their back catalog out on Blu-ray other than the Hitchcock and Classic Monsters films.

I suppose it's too bad that Paramount sold most of their library up through the late 40s to Universal. Otherwise, we'd probably be seeing more of the Paramount Hopes coming out from Olive.
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