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Old 04-28-2011, 05:08 AM   #1
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Good news, everyone. Digitalbits is reporting that 20th Century Fox is working on a new HD remaster of this wonderful film and that it won't be released until later this year:

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We've spoken with the good folks at 20th Century Fox and have learned that they ARE in fact working on a new HD master of Patton. It appears that it will NOT be included on the 5/10 Blu-ray re-issue of the title, however the studio tells me they ARE working to make it available on Blu-ray to all of you sometime before the end of the year. We'll post all the official details as soon as the studio provides them. Just know that a new remastered Blu-ray IS coming later this year and we'll let you know more when release plans are set.
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Good news, everyone. Digitalbits is reporting that 20th Century Fox is working on a new HD remaster of this wonderful film and that it won't be released until later this year:
The master was flawless for the original BD release until DNR was added.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:24 AM   #3
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It's pretty bizarre that they would re-release this disc twice in the same year Hopefully someone will check what's on the disc coming out May 10th in case Bill's source isn't correct about it.
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Too bad they most likely won't offer an exchange program, but one can hope.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:58 AM   #5
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Too bad they most likely won't offer an exchange program, but one can hope.
If Universal can do it for Gladiator - a title which the studio did not consider to be defective in any way, don't forget - then Fox really should be doing the same for Patton.
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:08 PM   #6
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How can anyone say that this isn't great news? I think it is ... whatever the reason, we're getting a better improved version of Patton and I can finally get the chance to see one of my dad's favorite movies.
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Agreed. Absent the PQ reviews I would have added this long ago. Depending on price and feedback I hope to be adding it in the not too distant future.

It's a great film.
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I bought the first Patton disc full well knowing the DNR issues. I got the disc very cheap, which is why I bought instead of rented. I had never seen this film, and was really looking forward to watching it. Now I don't notice DNR as much as the very well trained eye, but this film was so bad that it really detracted from the greatness of George C. Scott's performance. I for one am overjoyed by this news. I forget to check The Digital Bits every day so thank you Kemcha for reporting this. It's a great year for BD's.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:53 PM   #9
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Fantastic news. I guess I will have to do away with my current DNR copy... Actually I will hold on to it in case they do an exchange program.
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I bought the first Patton disc full well knowing the DNR issues. I got the disc very cheap, which is why I bought instead of rented. I had never seen this film, and was really looking forward to watching it. Now I don't notice DNR as much as the very well trained eye, but this film was so bad that it really detracted from the greatness of George C. Scott's performance. I for one am overjoyed by this news. I forget to check The Digital Bits every day so thank you Kemcha for reporting this. It's a great year for BD's.
Same here. I think I paid about $12 or so for it and I knew about the DNR debacle, but then again color saturation is greatly improved over the DVD.
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Same here. I think I paid about $12 or so for it and I knew about the DNR debacle, but then again color saturation is greatly improved over the DVD.
I had never seen the DVD so I wouldn't know. I've actually JUST started getting into classic films recently (when I was younger I was one of THOSE guys that couldn't sit through an "old" movie) and I heard how great this film was. I picked it up for about 5 bucks so even though its a WAX MUSEUM, its a BD for the price of a DVD so I couldn't pass it up. I will buy the remaster when its cheap and give this copy away to a friend or family member that wants it and doesn't care about the DNR.
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Good news, everyone. Digitalbits is reporting that 20th Century Fox is working on a new HD remaster of this wonderful film and that it won't be released until later this year:
Thanks for the updated information; I was thinking about purchasing this release but will now wait for the remastered version!
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Too bad they most likely won't offer an exchange program, but one can hope.
they did for Sunshine!
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:57 AM   #14
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In any event, don't let anyone tell you guys that this isn't a new master because Bill Hunt at The Digital Bits.com is reporting that Fox is working on a new HD master for this release. I would expect that this won't become available until around Christmas.

But, I'm glad I haven't broke down and purchased this just yet. I plan on waiting until the new HD master is released.
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The current release has gone on sale from anywhere to 8-10 bucks, on and off. It's well worth it at that price and if the new release is that much better, I'll just buy it and not care, since I only paid 10 dollars for the current release. (Which, I don't think is that horrid, in my opinion, but w/e)
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I'm not going to completely discount the May 10 release just yet, until someone confirms its the old disc. The original source for the rumor said the May 10th disc is remastered, and clearly that rumor wasn't entirely meritless.
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Awesome news! Hopefully it will be released in a Digibook.
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Awesome news! Hopefully it will be released in a Digibook.
+1. I have been holding off just because I saw the current transfer and was none too pleased with the House of Wax look.
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I'm not going to completely discount the May 10 release just yet, until someone confirms its the old disc. The original source for the rumor said the May 10th disc is remastered, and clearly that rumor wasn't entirely meritless.
Yeah, it is curious why they would bother re-releasing the current encode on May 10th only to have a new encode coming out several months later. That would be a first if it happens.
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Yeah, it is curious why they would bother re-releasing the current encode on May 10th only to have a new encode coming out several months later. That would be a first if it happens.
Probably was intended as a last-minute Father's Day cash-in by Fox before their contract with MGM ran out; at the time, everyone thought MGM would go back to Sony as part of the Bond 23 deal. Now that MGM has re-upped with Fox thru 2016, the improved Patton is back on the front burner; but it was too late to pull the May 10 release.
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