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Old 10-04-2018, 05:25 PM   #1
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Japan Martin(1978) (Happinet)Dec, 21 2018

Martin will finally be released on Blu-ray in Japan by Happinet.
Dec, 21 2018



Preorders for regular, and a special edition w/postcard:

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Martin-Blu-ray/213458/

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Martin-Blu-ray/213456/

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Old 10-04-2018, 06:31 PM   #2
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The materials used is anyone's guess, as Rubinstein keeps the negs alongside those of Dawn of the Dead.
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:54 PM   #3
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Yeah, there's really no telling what'll be used. I loved happinets Blu of Night, but their Dawn 35th set has messed up color-timing. So, yeah, can't wait to see it though. One of my all-time favorites, and imo, one of George's finest.
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:17 PM   #4
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I actually just watched the dvd a few weeks ago, forgot how good it is. Amplas had some acting chops. I wish he had done more films. I'm eagerly awaiting the bluray.
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Well unless Rubenstein has handed over the source elements it'll be the old HD master in the wrong aspect ratio.

So we will just have to wait

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Old 10-04-2018, 10:10 PM   #6
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Thank you for starting this thread. I was wondering why there wasn’t one already as this release was announced a couple weeks ago.
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I'd rather have the 1: 78: 1, than the 1:33. I hope it ends up being the former at least. The original 1: 85 would be nice, but yeah, until the producer comes back down to earth, we'll probably be stuck with same old master, but in which AR, I couldn't say. I have the Lionsgate dvd (in 1: 78:1), and I personally don't think it's that bad. It's definitely filmic, but, the print has extensive damage throughout for sure. Arrow and Lionsgate both released this on DVD in 1:33 and 1:78, so what'll ultimately be released by happinet is a mystery to me.
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:34 PM   #8
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These are the specs for the bonus features on the non-deluxe edition (no postcard), as listed on Amazon Japan (currently preorder-able for about $40US) and translated by Google:

■ Bonus picture
· Making of Martin (10 minutes)
· Original trailer (2 minutes 30 seconds)
· TV spot (30 seconds)
Radio spot (30 seconds + 60 seconds)
·Photo gallery
· 4: 3 Standard size version Main part (SD picture quality) (※ planned)
■ Enclosure benefits
· Mini Poster
· Steel card
· Reference book
■ Luxury outer case specification
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And the main feature specs:

· Created · recorded the first / dub version which gathered gorgeous voice actors by cloud funding! (* Planned)
· Romero Director, Richard P. Rubinstein (Producer), Tom Savini (Special Makeup),
Includes audio commentary by Michael Gonick (filming) and Donald Rubinstein (music). · Includes making image, trailer, TV & radio spot, photo gallery as video benefits.
· 16: 9 Vista size contains more information on the top and bottom 4: 3 Standard version also includes the main part (SD picture quality) (※ planned)
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:41 PM   #10
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and, for good measure, here is the movie synopsis... ha.

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In a night train bound for Pittsburgh, Youth Martin attacked female customers and suffered from their live blood. It was an old man, the cousin of Cuda who hid himself who hid the corpse and got off from the train. Couda who knows Martin's blood-sucking action makes him dwell in his house and monitors all of his actions.
But Martin could not overwhelm the urge to seek blood, he ran out of the house at night and continued to commit himself. Meanwhile, when he got along with Couda's grandchild Christine, he draws a phone call at her suggestion. If you call a radio consultation and confess that you are a vampire, you gradually become a popular listener. After exchanging with Mrs. Santini who made him feel the only one, blood sucking impulses were gradually suppressed, and Martin seemed to live a normal life. [Spoiler redacted]
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Yep, lol, I can tell you cut and pasted from the amazon.jp listing. Their translation tends to be wonky.
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Still no confirmation that this is a newly created HD master.

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Yeah, I don’t think it is new. They just cropped the old 1.77:1 HD master to 1:85:1. (Which is fine with me, until someone else can get the US/Eur rights and do a restoration. I just want it in better-than-DVD quality for now.)
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Yeah, I don’t think it is new. They just cropped the old 1.77:1 HD master to 1:85:1. (Which is fine with me, until someone else can get the US/Eur rights and do a restoration. I just want it in better-than-DVD quality for now.)
A cropped and chopped 1:77 Ratioed HD copy of the film is going to be of no better quality than an SD DVD upscaled to above 720p which is the best viewing that can be obtained in the correct ratio on DVD.

Until Rubenstien backs down on including a worthless 3D print of Dawn.. as some way of recovering a $6million investment, no butchered old 'HD' master in the wrong ratio is going to provide a suitable stop gap. Sorry.

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A cropped and chopped 1:77 Ratioed HD copy of the film is going to be of no better quality than an SD DVD upscaled to above 720p which is the best viewing that can be obtained in the correct ratio on DVD.
I don’t follow this logic. A 1080p master, regardless of cropping, is always going to look better on my UHD TV than a standard definition DVD does. I’m looking forward to the Happinet blu ray, but I also ordered the Immortal Edition from Arrow on eBay earlier today ($70US with shipping, ouch) because I like everything in the sumptuous package. I’ll do a comparison between the blu ray and the DVDs in January.
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I don’t follow this logic. A 1080p master, regardless of cropping, is always going to look better on my UHD TV than a standard definition DVD does. I’m looking forward to the Happinet blu ray, but I also ordered the Immortal Edition from Arrow on eBay earlier today ($70US with shipping, ouch) because I like everything in the sumptuous package. I’ll do a comparison between the blu ray and the DVDs in January.

Well as the picture is going to be compromised by missing visualisation you'll be able to see what I mean by comparing the OAR to the 1:77. So whilst the picture will be 1080 master , the master is not of sufficient quality to warrant a blu ray release in the UK/US. This is the reason Arrow passed on the option.

I wasn't aware that Arrow had any Immortal edition DVDs left. As recent as last year I was seeing copies for $13 USD in bricks and mortar stores in the UK. I bought one for myself and three to put on E-Bay at non scalp price and the listings were up on average 2 days.

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I should’ve been clearer— I didn’t order from Arrow, I bought the Immortal Edition from a seller on eBay. The postcards were still sealed, everything else was near mint. It wasn’t cheap, that I can tell you.

I’m actually thrilled with the picture and audio quality. My all-region blu ray player doesn’t do auto-upscaling, so I have to use the custom picture settings on my UHD TV to get the widescreen version to fill the screen, but it looks nearly blu ray quality. I was not expecting that at all. I had a notion in my head that pixelation and fuzziness would be apparent in any standard definition program on my UHDTV (as that seems to be the case with ported-over SD extra content on all the blu rays I own), but that’s not true of this 8-years-old Arrow DVD. It’s certainly obvious that it’s a print, not a particularly sharp one, but it looks virtually as good as any other blu ray I have that was sourced from a print of a film (Alice, Sweet Alice, let’s say).

If the Happinet blu ray looks this good, I’ll be happy. Otherwise, I’m quite pleased with this DVD. Anyone else here own it? Oddly, the 4:3 OAR presentation does not look as good as the cropped widescreen version. The blacks are pretty terrible, and the resolution doesn’t seem as high. What’s up with that?
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Copy-pasting this here from another thread. My copy arrived today (very fast shipping from Tokyo to NYC via DHL).

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Yes, I got this. It’s a beautiful package. The film is indeed the old HD master made from a 35mm print, which isn’t pristine—some blemishes here and there, as well as jittering in a few scenes—but it looks better than any DVD, including the excellent Arrow release. The source for the Arrow might have been different/better, I haven’t A/B’d them. For instance the color on the Arrow might be deeper. But overall this is a very pleasing true HD scan with healthy grain and obviously no DNR (was DNR around in 2004?).

The deluxe edition is worth getting, too, as it comes with a quad-style poster (12.5x9.25”), four postcards, and a booklet in Japanese. All housed in a very sturdy slipcase box.

Disc extras include a terrible looking SD presentation of the movie in original 4:3, the 2004 retrospective documentary “Making Martin: A Recounting”, the trailer (SD), TV spot (rather poor quality SD), 2 radio spots (60s & 30s), and an HD photo gallery. The commentary from the 2004 disc featuring Romero, Savini, et al. is on the disc as well as the 5.1 remix English track and a newly created Japanese dub.
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Here’s a look at the box. (I don’t know why this image appears rotated)
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Here are the 4 postcards.
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