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Old 11-12-2019, 06:04 PM   #241
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After 30 years of watching this film in B&W, it's a pleasure to finally be able to watch it in "colour".
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:03 AM   #242
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After being available for weeks in a local shop, I finally went up there to buy this today and it was gone.

I'll either need to check another location or order it online at this point.
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Old 11-18-2019, 07:35 PM   #243
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Not to dig all this up again but I just wanted to apologise to brainofj72 as I was totally wrong when I said the scene he mentioned was meant to be daytime. I love this film but just got that mixed up in my memory and re-watched it recently. Still love the new Blu-ray though.
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:57 PM   #244
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I can't believe I haven't picked this up yet. I love this movie. I was hoping to pick it up in store first before settling on ordering online. I'm ready to rewatch, and not in the mood to watch on VUDU
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Old 11-19-2019, 12:06 AM   #245
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Amazon has given me a steady stream of changing expected arrival dates. Most recently it was 11/8-11/18.

Today I got an email with a new expected arrival date of 12/2-12/13.

I finally accepted reality and cancelled my Amazon pre-order and ordered the disc from Deep Discount instead. Sigh.
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Old 11-22-2019, 10:11 PM   #246
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Anyone know why my amazon delivery date for this is in JANUARY?
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Old 11-22-2019, 11:38 PM   #247
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Anyone know why my amazon delivery date for this is in JANUARY?
Amazon never gets WAC titles in time. You're better off buying somewhere else. Bullmoose is good and free shipping if you buy another movie. They pack it securely too. Deep Discount, maybe Grindhouse Video or Diabolik. Amazon always takes forever to get WAC titles.
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Old 11-23-2019, 01:35 AM   #248
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Amazon never gets WAC titles in time. You're better off buying somewhere else. Bullmoose is good and free shipping if you buy another movie. They pack it securely too. Deep Discount, maybe Grindhouse Video or Diabolik. Amazon always takes forever to get WAC titles.
It does ship eventually though? I'm ok with waiting for this one but that speed is ludicrously slow for something they advertise as in stock.
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Old 11-23-2019, 08:33 PM   #249
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I ordered two from ImportCds about 3 weeks ago.
They're having a sale now.



https://www.importcds.com/the-fearle...s/883929696260
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Old 11-23-2019, 09:16 PM   #250
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Since Warner released the dvd in 2004, it's become increasingly difficult to find the shorter US cut. I was able to compare both versions at some point when I had a VHS recording of the US cut from TCM. Alas, even if I found the tape in question, I no longer have a VHS player. I do prefer the longer UK cut but I'd like to check a couple of things:

It's been posted repeatedly that McGowran's voice was redubbed for the US. My recollection is that the Professor's voice was indeed different but not necessarily different enough to be from another actor. Could it be that the UK cut is overdubbed in postproduction while the US cut uses the original production audio? One scene in the US cut (Alfred and the Professor talking in the bedroom before they go looking around the courtyard in the morning) was actually longer, with some 10-15 seconds of footage at the very end. This would mean that the US version was cut from original film elements (the film premiered in New York before anywhere else).

Anyone can shed some light on this?
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:43 AM   #251
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I just watched the disc tonight. It looks stunning, but it does seem that Warner Archive left the blue day-for-night filter off that one sequence by mistake.

It's the whole sequence from 36:01-39:21 as Abronsius and Alfred follow Shagal across the countryside and infiltrate the castle.

The sequence is clearly set at night. In the previous scene, Abronsius talks about doing something during the day "tomorrow," indicating it's already night, and later scenes in the castle reference that it's the middle of the night too.

The old Warner DVD has a blue day-for-night filter over the whole sequence. I wonder why it's not present in this version. I'd be shocked if this reflects how the film was released theatrically.

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Old 11-27-2019, 09:21 AM   #252
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Here are a few comparison caps:

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The very first frame of the sequence, as they put on their skis:
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Old 11-27-2019, 04:22 PM   #253
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I just watched the disc tonight. It looks stunning, but it does seem that Warner Archive left the blue day-for-night filter off that one sequence by mistake.

It's the whole sequence from 36:01-39:21 as Abronsius and Alfred follow Shagal across the countryside and infiltrate the castle.

The sequence is clearly set at night. In the previous scene, Abronsius talks about doing something during the day "tomorrow," indicating it's already night, and later scenes in the castle reference that it's the middle of the night too.

The old Warner DVD has a blue day-for-night filter over the whole sequence. I wonder why it's not present in this version. I'd be shocked if this reflects how the film was released theatrically.
I saw the film many times theatrically. The sky was meant to have a twilight quality.
It may have been graded slightly -- very very slightly -- darker but it was never blue.
NEVER BLUE. The blue on the DVD is ridiculous.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:59 PM   #254
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I saw the film many times theatrically. The sky was meant to have a twilight quality.
It may have been graded slightly -- very very slightly -- darker but it was never blue.
NEVER BLUE. The blue on the DVD is ridiculous.
The same thing was done with the WA blu-ray release of "The Valley Of Gwangi." The opening pre-credits scene is bathed in a heavy digital blue tint that's supposed to "improve" the day-for-night appearance that was never so blue saturated in any previous home video or theatrical print. I believe a few shots in the pre-credits scene for the WA release of Dracula AD1972 also has newly digital blue tinting but is done in a much more subtle manner.
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Old 11-27-2019, 09:31 PM   #255
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I saw the film many times theatrically. The sky was meant to have a twilight quality.
It may have been graded slightly -- very very slightly -- darker but it was never blue.
NEVER BLUE. The blue on the DVD is ridiculous.
When they're walking through the graveyard it looks pretty much like daylight on the BD though. Is that really how it looked theatrically?

I've never seen the film from a 35mm print, I've only seen the laserdisc, years ago, the DVD and now the BD.
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:12 PM   #256
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When they're walking through the graveyard it looks pretty much like daylight on the BD though. Is that really how it looked theatrically?

I've never seen the film from a 35mm print, I've only seen the laserdisc, years ago, the DVD and now the BD.
I suspect it was dark, but maybe not so blue. It certainly wasn't out of the quuestion to filter scenes in post production to make them darker back then. The day-for-night scenes in WITCHFINDER GENERAL are very dark.
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Old 11-27-2019, 10:24 PM   #257
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I suspect it was dark, but maybe not so blue. It certainly wasn't out of the quuestion to filter scenes in post production to make them darker back then. The day-for-night scenes in WITCHFINDER GENERAL are very dark.
The weird thing is all the other day-for-night scenes on the BD look about the same as the DVD, though they're not this blue. This one is the only one that's radically different. It's entirely possible something extreme was done to the DVD. I don't claim to know the answer.
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:02 AM   #258
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When they're walking through the graveyard it looks pretty much like daylight on the BD though. Is that really how it looked theatrically?

I've never seen the film from a 35mm print, I've only seen the laserdisc, years ago, the DVD and now the BD.
No it should look like dusk, or twilight. There shouldn't be blue tinting. The moon
landscape as the opening titles scroll over it should be bone-white with no blue-
tinting. No blue tinting on the snow, either. Polanski didn't use blue for night.
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:04 AM   #259
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Good to know that it looks great.

If only I could get Amazon to ship my order...
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Old 11-30-2019, 07:45 PM   #260
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Good to know that it looks great.

If only I could get Amazon to ship my order...
mine just finally arrived "a month early"
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