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  • #46
    Originally posted by enandalusiskhund View Post
    Cover art aside, is this supposed to be a good release?
    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film6/blu-r...an_blu-ray.htm
    Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome? Why did you watch it, Max?

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    • #47
      The Shameless disc has bad compression (not sure if something else is going on as well) and none of the reviews (6 or 7 I think) I have read have mentioned anything about it... in fact according to the reviews it is fantastic, marvelous, incredible, impressive or whatever.

      I'm an idiot for ordering the disc without waiting for screenshots first. :down: But I had seen shots from the master(?) so I assumed it would be fine (though the shots were posted by the German company...). I guess I should have just ordered the more expensive (not even counting shipping costs...) German disc instead.

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      • #48
        I don't know, I watched it last night and I thought it looked okay. Maybe a hint of scanner noise here and there, but it didn't disturb me like in the older releases of Italian cult cinema.

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        • #49
          I don't know about scanner noise, I think it's just bad compression. The German disc is much better. Source is the same but some people know what they're doing while others don't...

          I can see the problem even without zooming but here's a couple...

          https://www.caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a...5&l=0&i=5&go=1

          https://www.caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a...4&l=0&i=4&go=1

          https://www.caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a...8&l=0&i=8&go=1

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          • #50
            Yeah, you're right. It's apparent when you see it zoomed in like this with the option to toggle between releases. Not sure if the Austrian disc would be worth almost double the price of the Shameless, though. At least not for me, as I didn't pick up on the bad compression while watching. The source is clearly the same.

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            • #51
              Extras for the Code Red release:

              Special Features: Brand New HD scan, New interivew with director Umberto Lenzi, Ray Lovelock and Gino Santercole, writer Ernesto Gastaldi and Tomas Milan, U.S. Trailer, Both the English and Italian (with English subtitles) language versions of the film, Reversible Cover

              It's available here:

              https://roninflix.com/collections/br...e-death-dealer
              Rock! Shock! Pop!

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              • #52
                http://mondo-digital.com/almosthuman.html

                Less than a year later in early 2018, Code Red brought the film to Blu-ray (sporting the ridiculously misleading U.S. poster art on the cover), sold domestically via Ronin Flix and internationally (for its first month of release) by Diabolik. This release contains a different HD scan of the film featuring the title The Executioner at the beginning, with mono DTS-HD MA options for the English and Italian tracks with either English SDH subtitles or translated English subtitles for the Italian version-- a nice choice to have. The image features some variations compared to the prior Blu-ray; some of the twilight or night scenes are darker and have a grittier feel (more similar in tone to something like Dirty Harry), while daylight scenes feature slightly more vibrant colors. A bit more image info is also visible in the frame; in short, fans should be more than satisfied. Both of the NoShame featurettes are ported over again along with the Italian and U.S. trailers (the latter as The Death Dealer), plus Almost Humanbonus ones for The Violent Professionals, The Last Hunter, Ironmaster, and Seven Blood-stained Orchids. A different and particularly juicy new interview with Lenzi is added here, "The Outlaw" (29ms1), which spends more time than usual on the criminal gang aspects of the period while cruising through the beats involving Gastaldi, the potential casting of John Saxon, and Milian's vodka and cocaine-enhanced improvisation. However, the big new extra here is the American release prepared by Joseph Brenner, which runs 92m4s and differs radically at times, such as some major music changes and rampant editorial tweaks including a totally reworked ending with a more overt moralistic text card at the end. This one's transferred from a somewhat worn 35mm print (quite a bit of water damage on the right edge) and doesn't look as fresh, but its inclusion here is a really nice touch.
                LA PASIÓN ESPAÑOL: THE EROTIC MELODRAMAS OF VICENTE ARANDA (1991-1999)

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                • #53
                  So the Code Red blu contains TWO different cuts of the film?

                  Why isn't this made clear at RoninFlix?

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Oily Maniac View Post
                    So the Code Red blu contains TWO different cuts of the film?
                    Yes. Caps from both cuts here:


                    Originally posted by Oily Maniac View Post
                    Why isn't this made clear at RoninFlix?
                    Because Code Red.
                    Rock! Shock! Pop!

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