Arrow Video US / UK Thread

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  1. hots4

    hots4 Dogs In White

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    Do you have a link, I went on their site and couldn't find it.
     
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    That doesn’t really make sense now that I sit to think about it. They don’t edit using the original camera negative.
     
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    Oh, and if you were wondering, £7.50 translates to around $10
     
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    It arrived today over a week ahead of what I was told.
     
  8. X-human

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    Those were my thoughts, but at some point they do. Perhaps they were duplicating the negative for dailies and/or making the work print, or conforming the negative from the work print to make prints. At either point it could happen.

    As for why they didn't just ditch it all to just end it before they get into the incomplete scenes, sometimes it's hard to let go of things; especially when you paid a lot for it. Either the producers or Fulci himself were dead set on using what they had.

    Or it's all BS and they shot some quick scenes on a bare sets that didn't give them much to work with and it didn't come together like they hoped it would.
     
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    Never heard this but I like it haha.
    Lol, it's pretty damn funny if true.
    I had the Arrow edition. I heard BU's was slightly better.
     
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    “City” showed up in the mail today, and damn, am I happy with the new transfer! The image is more detailed and looks more natural now, when it’s not covered by a heavy layer of scanner noise, obscuring the details. It’s one thing to compare screenshots, but seeing it in motion, makes a huge difference.

    I was so disappointed with the old release, and thought we would be stuck with that ugly LVR transfer, forever.

    I hope that they keep rescuing these old Fulci classics with more fresh 4K scans.
    Hope House by the Cemetery is next.
     
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    Hmm. Good point actually, that’s true. That never even occurred to me.

    The story might be bs then.

    ~Matt
     
  12. zbinks

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    Would it really be all that surprising if an Italian production tried to cut a few corners by editing with the negative rather than a workprint?
     
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    For starters it's a negative image, all color is backwards so it'd be difficult visually. It's also incredibly delicate. Running a reel once though an editing projector will created scratches and collect debris. Throughout the process of editing? You'd be lucky to have anything remotely professional looking. Just the fact that we have the relatively clean picture we see today shows that they didn't handle the negative to that extreme.

    But it's a question of risk versus reward. You expend great sums of money to do the production, then either edit it cautiously in a lab environment taking an excruciating long time (so expensive) or dangerously take it out of a lab a risk certain contamination. Either risk can cost you lots of time and money with little financial reward. And using a positive isn't that expensive. They undoubtedly were running rushes anyways. Same footage essentially.

    Fulci was comparatively low budget to Hollywood but his films had fair budgets for Italy. They were produced by sensible business men. They were insured by a completion fund from a bank and I'm sure that dictated proper management of the negative because the insurer could potentially claim or seize it if something else were to happen. All this would contractually obligated.

    It'd be shocking if they had used the negative during the editing process. It's practically unheard of outside of amateur film makers.
     
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    This is a hell of a sale. I got 9 titles shipped for $86.16 (I had 9.49 British sterling in store points to redeem). Those who never bit on the Phantasm set can get it for 30 pounds now. That's less than half of what I paid for it when it was first released.
     
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    It is indeed. I got 5 movies. I might go get more, but the thing is with Arrow, almost everything I'd buy from them I already own, albeit in inferior versions. Of the 5 titles I got, I already own 4, and 3 of those are Blu! Granted, they're improved transfers and/or new extras, but it's at the point I'm replacing Blu with Blu. It's one thing when I upgrade a Laserdisc to Blu, but some of these Arrow purchases start to fall under the law of diminishing returns.
     
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    I ended up with 10 films for just over $80.00. I had 15 British Sterling in rewards. Heck of a deal.
     
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    Happy days! They're generous with the reward points. I'm psyched.
     
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    they don't give reward points anymore when you buy stuff in a sale
     
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    Bummer, but I'm still pleasantly shocked at how much cash value they gave me for the Phantasm box. I think I got 10% cash value in points. Is that the norm for Arrow?
     
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