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Old 06-02-2020, 11:51 PM   #1
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Surprised there wasn't a thread already for the upcoming release of the anthology series Ghost Story/Circle of Fear.

If anyone here is getting this release, can you post in this thread please, any comments and observations about the transfers, audio etc.
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:07 AM   #2
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I'll be picking it up. I loved the series when it first played on OZ TV back when bell-bottom trousers were all the rage and the Bay City Rollers were topping the charts. It should look great on Blu-ray, seeing it was originally shot on film.
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Old 06-03-2020, 04:46 AM   #3
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I'll be grabbing this too. It was a childhood fave...

Via Vision are really hitting it out of the park at the moment!
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:07 AM   #4
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Wow! How did the news of this release escape me? This show is awesome, and while I’m sure I’ve seen almost all the episodes, I would gladly pick it up on blu-ray. Love thriller anthologies from the 70s.
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Old 06-03-2020, 06:47 AM   #5
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Via Vision are really hitting it out of the park at the moment!
Absolutely! If you're into classic TV, they're killing it, and they have Hammer House of Horror set for September 2nd.
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Old 06-04-2020, 05:13 AM   #6
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Absolutely! If you're into classic TV, they're killing it, and they have Hammer House of Horror set for September 2nd.
Oh yes, I heard! That's a definite purchase too. I haven't seen that since sometime in the early 70's on television.
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:02 AM   #7
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Just ordered this through Via Vision. Can't wait to check it out. Will post a review about image and sound quality once I've watched an episode.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:59 PM   #8
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Absolutely! If you're into classic TV, they're killing it, and they have Hammer House of Horror set for September 2nd.
It'll be interesting to see how this release will compare to the UK release by Network.

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Just ordered this through Via Vision. Can't wait to check it out. Will post a review about image and sound quality once I've watched an episode.
Yes, please post some comments/observations on the transfers and audio, as if this release has done it right, I'll get this title at some point.
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Old 07-09-2020, 06:25 AM   #9
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Guess what arrived in the mail today.

The Blu-ray set came in a padded jiffy bag and was bubble-wrapped. When the pic was taken, the set was still in its shrink wrap.



Together for the first time, the slipcase and the Blu-ray case.



You get five discs in a sturdy, sensible case.



This is the menu for Disc 1. Iíve never seen the pilot episode, which is written by no less a scribe than Richard Matheson. Episode 2, ďThe Concrete CaptainĒ, one of my faves, was written by Hammer stalwart Jimmy Sangster. The special feature is the setís only one. Doesnít worry me a bit, considering how great this set is overall. What a galaxy of stars! In disc 1 alone we get, among others, Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, Barbara Parkins, Stuart Whitman, and James Franciscus.



Picture quality is superb, with a light organic sprinkling of film grain and sumptuous colors, especially the lively reds, courtesy of the 35mm film stock. There is the odd fleck and speckle here and there, but nothing that suggests that this isnít a transfer treated with tender, loving care. Bear in mind that I havenít seen all the episodes yet and none all the way through. The bitrate, for the smattering of episodes Iíve checked out thus far, gets as high 36 Mbps. Maybe higher.

Sound-wise, the harpsichord that accompanies Sebastian Cabotís commentary at the start of most episodes has never sounded as clear and delicate. Obviously, the audio isnít state of the art, but itís more than decent.


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Old 07-09-2020, 11:44 AM   #10
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Thanks for posting, set looks great. I had the US DVD which looked very good for the format.

Pretty expensive to get this imported to the UK but I'm going to have to get it.
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Old 07-09-2020, 11:11 PM   #11
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Thanks for posting, set looks great. I had the US DVD which looked very good for the format.

Pretty expensive to get this imported to the UK but I'm going to have to get it.
Going to see if Deep Discount or WOW-HD are stocking this.

Thanks as well, to Count Yorga for an easy to understand description of what they've seen so far of this release. Sounds like the label have done a good job with this TV series.
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Old 07-10-2020, 02:59 AM   #12
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I should have pointed out that if the colour seems a little oversaturated in that last pic, the one of Cabot with the cigar, it's because I have my colour set a little higher than most videophiles. He won't look so flushed on your telly.
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Old 07-10-2020, 04:34 AM   #13
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Thanks for the heads-up on the details, CY!
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Old 07-11-2020, 06:26 AM   #14
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Just watched the pilot episode in full. There are quite a few impurities that barge onto the video image fairly frequently. Sadly, a less well-known series like this isn't going to get the meticulous clean-up treatment that, say, the original Twilight Zone series has. They didn't bother me all that much because, on the plus side, the vividness of color and the clarity of detail that the transfer offers is excellent, particularly in the scene where Barbara Parkins visits Sam Jaffe, and where she's cleaning up the dishes in her kitchen.
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Old 07-18-2020, 05:43 AM   #15
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Quick questions: Does it feature subtitles for the Deaf or HoH?
And second: How can one get it imported from Australia?
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Old 07-27-2020, 10:31 AM   #16
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Absolutely! If you're into classic TV, they're killing it, and they have Hammer House of Horror set for September 2nd.
Whats this hammer house of horror set you talk about?
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Whats this hammer house of horror set you talk about?
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Hamme...lu-ray/271152/

Looks like it got delayed by a bit over a month.
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Old 08-14-2020, 03:53 PM   #18
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Is this release region blocked?
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Old 08-15-2020, 01:35 AM   #19
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https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Hamme...lu-ray/271152/

Looks like it got delayed by a bit over a month.
I can't even find a listing for it anymore. I dare say it's been delayed indefinitely.
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Old 08-15-2020, 01:40 AM   #20
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Is this release region blocked?
Yes, it's region B locked.

Here's a recent review I found.

http://cinematicrandomness.com/blu-r...ircle-of-fear/
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