An American Werewolf in London

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  1. geeare

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    i'm not sure if the "this is the way they wanted the films to look" statement is true or if it's more like "this film grade and camera was the only shit we could afford".
     
  2. Grim

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    I'm sure in plenty of cases that's true, but I doubt Landis, who already three hits under his belt (Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House, and Blues Brothers), had any problem getting the film and cameras he wanted from Universal.
     
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    in short: the upgrade is totally unworthy, you can die happy with your dvd and/or hd dvd versions...
     
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    If it is at least comparable to the HD-DVD, which was a huge improvement over the DVD, I will be satisfied. I think a lot of people just have unrealistic expectations.
     
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    I'm with fellow Canucks MorallySound and Matt89 on all points here. The DVDBeaver screenshots look great. I didn't see this in stores when I was out yesterday, but it will be hard to pass up when I do. Although I should wait for a price drop!
     
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    Amazon's got it for $17.99 in the states. Not sure how much that is in Canuck dollars, but that's the lowest I've seen. I can't wait for mine to arrive!
     
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    It's identical to the HD-DVD release, All the dirt, scratches, Hair and other shit that plagued that transfer are on the Blu too, But it could be worse. The Blu has had a little contrast boosting though. I compared them side by side myself. The first 10 mins or so look dodgy but after that it gets a lot better.
     
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    It was the common style at the time. They talk about that in the commentary on Monster Squad, as the producer kept rolling in fog machines and setting lighting for soft focus. The director didn't want that. But it snuck into a lot of set ups because of the producer.

    And that You Tube clip interviews Landis, who directly states he asked them to darken and reduce DNR (reduce reduction :D ) on both American Werewolf and Animal House. "Image Degraded" as the tech duly noted.

    “Keep Ted Turner and his goddamned Crayolas away from my movies” - Orson Welles.
     
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    The reason u didn't see it in stores is because it isn't out until the 15th. Wait until you see the actual disc. "Great quality just like the screens". :D
     
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    I thought it looked really good in HD. Sure, it's really grainy at times, but it looks like film. I'm certainly glad they didn't DNR the hell out of it simply because of those grain issues.

    I popped in the old Universal DVD release from 2001, and wow the transfer really sucked on that. The level of detail/sharpness and contrast in the darker scenes is vastly improved on the Blu-ray transfer.

    The Blu-ray includes all of the old DVD's special features, except for the scant "Production Notes" and "DVD-ROM Features". No great loss there.
     
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    Just watched it today. I thought it looked great. Colors were vibrant and the picture was detailed. Grain was there, but it looked very natural.
     
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    Yeah, I bought it this week and I honestly don't see why people are bitching about this. The movie looks fuckin' great. Sure it's not PERFECTION, but for what it is, it looks fantastic.

    Compare it directly with the DVD...it's a VAST improvement.

    ~Matt
     
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    for thing.

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    It's being re-released on 9/27 by Universal as a "Restored Edition":

    An American Werewolf in London - Restored Edition [Blu-ray]

    It looks like there are no new features announced, but hopefully since it specifically states "newly restored" it'll be a 4K restoration.
     
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    Guess this is one they wouldn't let Scream Factory have.
     
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    I wasn't a fan of the last BD art and this doesn't sit well with me either. The top werewolf looks horrible.

    To be fair though this has never had a great poster when originally released.
     
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    Yeah it's not the greatest and like you say, the film has never had a good one. Not sure if it's better or worse than the old bd though.
     
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    Um. I think that artwork looks fucking awesome.

    I actually think it's better than the original poster for the film. Definitely better than the cover art on the last blu-ray and the DVD.

    ~Matt
     

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