(horror of) dracula to be released uncut on blu ray!!

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  1. JGrendel

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    Not to my knowledge... But then I'm used to the american version.
     
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    WARNER ARCHIVES just made this post regarding the news: "There have been plans for some time to revisit the key Hammer titles for Blu-ray, especially DRACULA. It is likely our archivists will be investigating the issue of extended scenes for that purpose."
     
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    Awesome news!
     
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    That would very cool, now do we know if Warner has rights to all of the Hammer Dracula's or just certain ones?

    A boxset would cool for christmas.
     
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    Along with Dial M For Murder in 3D this upcoming wave of Blu from Warner is looking superb. Since they finally released King Kong and Fantastic Planet on Blu I've been very happy with them.
     
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    I'm really excited by this,can't wait to revisit DRACULA.
     
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    They still only have rights to Horror of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen From the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Dracula AD 1972. Brides of Dracula is Universal and I think that Studio Canal may have most of the rest. As with the Phantasm series, if there's ever a true boxset with all of the titles it won't be from the USA.
     
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    :eek1: Really? i hadn't heard of that! i assume it's blu ray 3D, and not the old anaglyph type? shit. that's the kind of thing that's going to make me want a 3D tv.
     
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    Blu-ray 3D, yep. And I'd forgotten they're doing House of Wax as well. This came direct from Warner DVD producer George Feltenstein's mouth at this year's ComicCon. Here's the info from DigitalBits:
    http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa195.html

    I also forgot it's 2013. :( Oh well, gives me time to save up for that 3D HDTV. :D
     
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    i'd love to see how those look in blu 3D. next we need creature from the black lagoon!
     
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    Hammer Films confirmed this for March 18th, 2013. They posted on their blog that the aspect ratio will be 1.66:1 since it was shot hard matted that way.

    I thought it'd be a Warner release even in the UK but on Facebook Hammer Films shows Lionsgate and Icon Entertainment as their partner on this. We'll have to wait and see.
     
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    I wonder why a brand-new restoration is necessary? The BFI restoration received rave reviews for both framing and color saturation. This seems like an odd decision.

    Still will be great to see this done right on Blu-ray. Thanks for the good news.
     
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    If I am remembering it right (someone please correct me if I'm not), what the BFI did was take the raw, unmatted 2k scan done for the 2002 Warner DVD, clean it up and adjust the color balance, and then restore the original UK credits. It looked really good, but it was still a restoration off of an old scan, so I can understand why they might want to go back to the original elements with newer telecine technology.
     
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    This is incorrect. The BFI restoration was done from the original negatives. See here:

    http://www.cinemaretro.com/index.php?/archives/96-HAMMER-FILMS-HORROR-OF-DRACULA-RESTORED.html
     
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    No worries Jeremy. I had to go back and double-check because I wasn't sure anymore. It's definitely hard to keep track of all this stuff.

    It'll be interesting to see whether or not these are truly two completely separate physical restorations.
     
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    I stumbled upon this today from the BFI:
    http://filmjournal.net/john/2007/11/01/trick-or-treat/

    So that clarifies the mystery a bit and a big crux of the statement is as follows, "The BFI has prepared new preservation materials on film from the original negative." When you make a scan of the negative it's not truly presentable for either film prints OR media releases. Not only because it is literally a negative (all the colors are reversed) but there are many tweaks that need to be done to make a version suitable for release as well. These steps are all different for preservation material, theatrical prints and media transfers.

    So any scan of the negatives would need further adjustments for Blu-ray besides what the BFI did for preservation/theatrical release. Also Hammer is adding back in additional cut footage found in Japan which was acquired after the BFI restoration. That specific footage is in need of desperate need of restoration as well. So that's why they are continuing the "restoration."
     

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