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Old 02-23-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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http://www.classicflix.com/spartacus-hd-dvd-p-2248.html

Just heard that Spartacus - 50th Anniversary Edition is coming to Blu-ray (hopefully a better print than the HD DVD) on May 25th. It will be a single-disc edition.

Special features will include:

Deleted Scenes
Interview with Peter Ustinov
Interview with Jean Simmons
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Vintage Newsreels
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I have always like the special Criterion edition but will cross my fingers this will be great. It's too bad this doesn't have the Dalton Trumbo commentary.

UPDATE:
Here's the cover art. Nothing spectacular, unfortunately:

Spartacus Blu-ray preorder

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Old 02-23-2010, 01:56 PM   #2
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Cool! I remember seeing this movie a couple times growing up. I have not seen it for a few years.
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The lack of commentary sucks, but as long as it looks better than the HD-DVD which was a major disappointment, I'll pick it up.
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Yes, definitely waiting for (several) reviews on this one before picking it up. The HD-DVD was disappointing.
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Old 02-23-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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The Criterion also had a section on composer Alex North that I don't see with the Universal release. I agree it is going to be a check-the-reviews for me, too. I really hope they remaster this completely. But knowing Universal...
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Well, sadly Universal doesn't have a great track-record with redoing Discs.. Most BD Re-releases have been HD-DVD portings.. Let's just hope they give Spartacus the attention it deserves
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I'm glad this is coming to Blu-ray. I hope the transfer is a big improvement over the HD version.
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:27 PM   #8
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Well, sadly Universal doesn't have a great track-record with redoing Discs.. Most BD Re-releases have been HD-DVD portings.. Let's just hope they give Spartacus the attention it deserves
Actually none of the Universal Re-releases have been ports of the HD-DVD encodes. They are all new encodes with higher bandwidths. This issue is the HD Masters. They are earlier HD masters that were done for DVD. Several of the films need restoration work and new HD masters need to be done.
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I saw a pre-order page on some Italian webpage saying it is a new remaster few weeks ago. Let's hope it's true!
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I would love to see them really go to town on this and do it up GREAT! The late Jean Simmons was so lovely in this.
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Getting this for my collection for sure. One of my favorite epics.
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I'm down on this day 1.

Great movie for the collection.
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I'm not digging the coverart but I can live with it.
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Love this movie and if I get it I can add to my Kubrick high def collection
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I'm pleased about the announcement although I suppose it was a pretty obvious choice as it's the 50th anniversary.

But will it be a flipper I wonder?!
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I want Spartacus Blood and Sand on Blu! That's an awesome show.
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I don't have my Criterion DVD handy right now... Are any of these extras new?
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