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Old 02-03-2015, 08:38 PM   #1
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United Kingdom Cat People (1982) - Collector's Edition - May 25th 2015



It seems that Mediumrare Entertainment are bringing Paul Schrader's Cat People to the UK. I've been meaning to see this for a while and was really close to picking it up on DVD, so I'm glad to see that this in on the horizon. The US disc is apparently pretty mediocre-looking, though, so I hope Mediumrare don't manage to make it look even worse (their TMNT trilogy was fugly).
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:55 PM   #2
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Would love to pick this one up but the reviews for the current editions are pretty poor...a shame Arrow couldn't pick this one up, would've been right up their street!
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Love this film. Hopefully this will look significantly better than the currently available HD releases.
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Is t this already out with Shout Factory
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Is t this already out with Shout Factory
Yeah. It's been released in the US on hd-dvd & blu-ray. And in Germany on blu-ray. All of those have looked sub-standard.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:37 AM   #6
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Mediumrare use the masters they are given. Cant see this looking better than current releases.
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I remember watching this when it first came out on VHS so I would jump at the chance to own this on blu ray.
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Yay for one of my favourite films getting a UK blu, boo for the fact that it'll look as crappy as all the other blus out there.
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If not worse given their track record. They managed to make their reissue of the first Turtles movie diabolically awful.
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As has been mentioned, it's a shame Arrow or Second Sight didn't pick this up, but they would have been stuck with the same ancient master and the only improvement might've been the extras, so...

This movie deserves better - John Bailey's cinematography is wonderful, especially in the prologue sequence, and the production design is lush.
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how is the german release for this ?
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I've owned the US and German releases of this, both are sh!te

DNR overload, horrible smeary mess.
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The HD-DVD was a piece of crap as well; there's no hope outside of a new master, really, and this is Universal we're talking about.
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This thread is quite a depressing read.
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I wouldn't be surprised if ARROW passed on this title based on the transfer Universal would be supplying. (If it was offered to them) but there is always hope until someone gets to review the disc.
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Looks like they're issuing this in a clear amaray release, possibly to make it less ambiguous that this is a Dual Format edition. Here's hoping they correct the misspelling of Nastassja's name on the front cover!

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I wouldn't be surprised if ARROW passed on this title based on the transfer Universal would be supplying. (If it was offered to them) but there is always hope until someone gets to review the disc.
"The 'Burbs" was an in-house restoration and transfer, wasn't it?
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Wouldn't mind checking this out, even if it is for the rocking David Bowie title track.
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Looks like they're issuing this in a clear amaray release, possibly to make it less ambiguous that this is a Dual Format edition. Here's hoping they correct the misspelling of Nastassja's name on the front cover!
Uh-oh...already in trouble if you can't get the lead actor's name right!

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"The 'Burbs" was an in-house restoration and transfer, wasn't it?
Yes, because they could access the materials and decided to go to a lot of effort to restore it themselves - it cost a lot, but they managed to figure out how to balance it (popular title, premium steelbook option etc).

I think what PowellPressburger is saying is that there possibly wasn't access to materials for Cat People for Arrow to try and restore it, and the current master isn't very good ( from the reviews I've seen of the Shout Factory and Koch Media discs)...it does seem like a title Arrow would be interested in releasing, so it looks likely that MediumRare are just porting the current lacklustre HD master. I'd be very surprised if this was a restored edition...after all, surely they'd be promoting it on the product listings?
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Looks like they're issuing this in a clear amaray release, possibly to make it less ambiguous that this is a Dual Format edition. Here's hoping they correct the misspelling of Nastassja's name on the front cover!

Natassia was used in numerous movies early in her career...to appeal to US audiences.

There are also a few examples of North America theatrical posters being Natassia. Rest of the world, Natassja. Stay as You Are being an earlier example.
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