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Old 12-12-2017, 02:41 AM   #81
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well DVDsavant just reviewed RUBY and didn't mention the issues, so they must have fixed the black screen issue? (or worse, the reviewer didn't really watch the film so he didn't notice? who knows?)

https://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/72653/ruby/
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well DVDsavant just reviewed RUBY and didn't mention the issues, so they must have fixed the black screen issue? (or worse, the reviewer didn't really watch the film so he didn't notice? who knows?)

https://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/72653/ruby/
DVDSavant is the last reviewer I would look to for info on image quality. I would not be shocked if he watches his films on a 13" B&W TV.
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I'm watching the fixed Ruby now. I have no idea what footage was missing. I didn't notice any. But thankfully, they did make things better on the visuals. An admirable move from a company that dates to my childhood. Still the same scan. There's softness and blurr. Still dark. But there are no more choppy blocks or minecraft eyes so far. It's an honest view of that scan. No idea how they achieved this? Maybe a quick day at vinegar syndrome? The best they could do with the weight of black friday order packaging? But it's a very noticeable upgrade. It doesn't have that video-like appearance anymore. A pain, but satisfyingly worth price paid.
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:38 AM   #84
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DVDSavant is the last reviewer I would look to for info on image quality. I would not be shocked if he watches his films on a 13" B&W TV.
He's also chummy with Kit Parker and the VCI guys so not likely to diss them period.
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He's also chummy with Kit Parker and the VCI guys so not likely to diss them period.
Oh Great Mr Kit (damn meddling blu ray kids, why do they like images to be so sharp!) Parkers buddy.
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:44 PM   #86
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Received One Million BC from Deep Discount today (order placed 10.16).

How do I tell if this has the REMASTERED disc?

Codes on the disc I received:
Barcode (UPC): 089859903021
Matrix Code: 3453-BR-0020VCI0930 BD17110072
Mastering SID Code: IFPI LW42
What are the markings or codes for the replacement discs?
See next post for answer!

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Old 12-20-2017, 09:48 PM   #87
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All right! Reba @ VCI sent me the answer:

Original Pressing : CDV/CA BD170701010
Case has square corners on the left side and rounded corners on the right.

Revised Pressing : 3453-BR-0020VCI0930 BD17110072
Case has rounded corners on all sides. Shrinkwrap has an overlap on back side.

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We watched One Million BC the last two nights (night 1: movie - night 2: commentary).
If you enjoy these old movies, then I would highly recommend this one to you. The remastered disc looked great to us. No problems with either the picture or audio.

Having recently watched its remake, One Million Years BC with Raquel Welch, we were very conscious of the plot similarities and differences. But we both agreed that we enjoyed the 1940 film over the 1966 release. Note: we're both great fans of Harryhausen, so we would own that BD of the 1966 in any case.

Considering the technologies available in 1940, the back projection of the lizard fights, snake and bear in swamp, and climactic lizard fight with the Rock Tribe were well done and very enjoyable. The elephants with the woolly mammoth costumes were also great. Heck, even the guy wearing the dinosaur costume had a fun element for us.

The commentary was informative and nicely paced. My wife commented that she enjoyed that the speaker, Toby Roan, paused to let some scenes play (not like some commentators who fill the track with endless talk for the length of the picture). I completely agreed. And unlike many commentaries which add no value for me (and are quickly turned off), this commentary kept my attention and provided interesting history(ies) of the film and those associated with it.

The other extra (a photo gallery) played longer than expected IN A GOOD WAY. It was not just a few lobby cards in foreign languages like many of these photo galleries tend to be. Particularly enjoyed the Carole Landis cheesecake photos in her "Wilma Flintstone" attire. OK, it may not impress like Raquel's fur bikini, but IMO, Carole is far cuter (and sexier).

For all the deservedly bad rap that VCI gets, I think they did a fine job with this remastered release.

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Old 12-22-2017, 05:24 PM   #89
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I ordered One Million B.C., Ruby, and Satan's Cheerleaders during this sale, and the items have shipped already (at least a couple of them, anyway).

I specified in my order for the corrected versions of the applicable discs.
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Received my 9.99 copy from Amazon/Sprocket Vault and it is the revised version.
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I ordered One Million B.C., Ruby, and Satan's Cheerleaders during this sale, and the items have shipped already (at least a couple of them, anyway).

I specified in my order for the corrected versions of the applicable discs.
I received these in the mail today.

One Million B.C. is the corrected disc version.

How do I know if my Blu-ray of Ruby is the corrected version? (I haven't seen any word on codes, etc.)
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How do I know if my Blu-ray of Ruby is the corrected version? (I haven't seen any word on codes, etc.)
I would also like to know this. The discs look identical to me...
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I've reached out to VCI. Will post what they reply.
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Four fun-loving girls in a high school cheerleader squad enjoy partying down with the football players, causing trouble with a rival squad, and teasing the middle-aged school janitor. Unfortunately for these cheerleaders, however, the janitor belongs to a wicked Satanic cult, and he is willing to go to any length, including human sacrifice, to satisfy his earthly desires. The girls and their dim-witted squad leader narrowly escape disaster when they are all kidnapped by this janitor after their car breaks down on the way to a football game, but their escape takes them from the frying pan into the fire. They flee to a small-town sheriff, only to find that the sheriff, his wife, and the rest of the town are involved in the evil cult and that they have diabolical plans for their new visitors.

The 1977 horror comedy, Satan's Cheerleaders, which was directed by Greydon Clark, who also brought us glorious B-movies such as Without Warning (1980), The Return (1982), and Joysticks (1983), is not a feature that I would recommend as being a good film in any conventional critical sense, but it is wondrously entertaining in the way that many 1970s drive-in movies were during an era where the lunatics seemed to run the asylum. That decade was an amazing time for occult-themed movies that flooded the screens in the wake of Roman Polanski's 1968 classic, Rosemary's Baby, and William Friedkin's iconic 1973 work, The Exorcist. Some of these films took themselves more seriously than others, and Satan's Cheerleaders, despite a few moments of decent suspense, is one example of an entry that is meant to be viewed with a healthy sense of humor.

The legendary John Carradine (Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath) excels in one of his many late-career B-movie appearances as a street bum whom the girls encounter during their misadventure. John Ireland, who graced the screen in classics like Red River, All The King's Men, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, is similarly effective in his role as the sheriff who doubles as the Satanic cult leader. Yvonne De Carlo, who stole the hearts of film noir fans as a beautiful femme fatale in the 1949 classic, Criss Cross, and later played Lily Munster in The Munsters television series, is a riot as the evil sheriff's wife. Jack Kruschen (The Apartment) is, hands down, the best Satanic school janitor in cinema history.

The lovely Jacqulin Cole (Joysticks), who was married to the director at the time, plays the squad leader of our title characters. Kerry Sherman (48 Hrs., 1941, Santa Barbara) steals the show as Patti, a gorgeous blonde cheerleader with a dark secret. Hillary Horan (Mork & Mindy), Alisa Powell (The Toolbox Murders), and Sherry Marks round out our (perhaps) ill-fated cheerleading team.

Cinematographer Dean Cundey would go on to work as the director of photography for such classics as Halloween, Jurassic Park, and Apollo 13.

This VCI Entertainment Blu-ray will not win any awards on a technical presentation front, but I was perfectly fine with the “restored version” on the disc as far as picture quality and audio quality are concerned.

The director's commentary is hugely entertaining with regard to background anecdotes about the filming, but I especially enjoyed the second commentary track with David DeCoteau and David Del Valle, because they extensively discuss the other occult-themed movies from the 1970s.

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How does VCI's new, limited edition remaster of The City of the Dead

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078D674W7...6956881&sr=1-1

differ from the first bluray they released:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0195G9YNI...6956881&sr=1-2

which was criticized for being an inferior transfer.

does anyone know?
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How does VCI's new, limited edition remaster of The City of the Dead

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078D674W7...6956881&sr=1-1

differ from the first bluray they released:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0195G9YNI...6956881&sr=1-2

which was criticized for being an inferior transfer.

does anyone know?
I have nothing to add but am interested in this info as well. I couldn't find anything.
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:20 AM   #97
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How does VCI's new, limited edition remaster of The City of the Dead

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078D674W7...6956881&sr=1-1

differ from the first bluray they released:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0195G9YNI...6956881&sr=1-2

which was criticized for being an inferior transfer.

does anyone know?
The new one is radically better with picture quality similar to the Arrow UK release, except its framed at 1.78:1.
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:38 AM   #98
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... but the correct aspect ratio is 1.66-1. Sheesh. Why can't there be one single bluray that gets it right the first time. I guess I'll go ahead and check it out if I can find it used. I won't reward a company for an incorrect aspect ratio but I want to see if the densities are right.

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... but the correct aspect ratio is 1.66-1. Sheesh. Why can't there be one single bluray that gets it right the first time. I guess I'll go ahead and check it out if I can find it used. I won't reward a company for an incorrect aspect ratio but I want to see if the densities are right.
Actually thats not true despite what IMDB says. 1.78:1 is probably a good compromise for the intended aspect of this film, as it was probably framed for theatrical presentation at 1.75:1 in UK and 1.85:1 in US at the time of release:
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...3&postcount=50
https://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.p...0&postcount=52

From my own comparing of the two, I prefer the framing of the VCI as 1.66:1 appears to have unnecessary extra headroom.

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Thanks.
Okay, I'll read those threads but I'll need to be convinced.

I think you mean you prefer the framing of the VCI as there is no Kino.

One thing is certain: the Arrow is too bright. Those wonderful shadows and people emerging out of the foggy mist are robbed of the mystery.
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