Image Entertainment Re-Releasing DVD & Blu-Rays (Lake Shore Deal)

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  1. Grim

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    Until someone comes up with a better transfer, I'm going with the belief that that's the best the film will look. Hell, even Anchor Bay's balls to the walls special edition, where they went back and remastered the film looked like absolute dog dicks. Now, I know that it came out in 2003, but there were other films that were low budget features from that time period, shot on 16mm, like The Evil Dead, that also had new releases either that year or the year before that and they looked fantastic. So, if Anchor Bay could make The Evil Dead (a film shot by a bunch of rookie 20-year olds) look as good as it did, yet The Hills Have Eyes still looks like shit, only slightly crisper shit that's in widescreen now, I'd say it's safe to assume that whatever surviving elements there are, be it prints, negatives, what have you, are in equally shitty shape. If not, then I'm sure AB would have presented us with something that would have wiped the floor with this blu-ray.
     
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    The point is the Blu-ray transfer of The Hills Have Eyes looks almost exactly the same as the old DVD transfer.

    Has anyone offered any valid positive comments or screen comparisons about what's better about the Blu-ray transfer, besides the codec differences?
     
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    Well, I said that I did notice improvements in detail in certain scenes. I'm in agreement that it does look bad, but I think we're putting too much blame on Image in this case. I think the only thing we can really fault them for at this point is for even wasting the time to put a film that will probably always be in such shoddy condition on blu-ray to begin with.
     
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    I agree with this, I noticed subtle differences in quality. Stronger colors, etc. I can't imagine this film will ever look as good as we fans would like.
     
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    Anyone know if these are 16/9.Any extras ? I kinda liked DEF CON 4.I'm a sucker for some of the low budget Canadian flicks from that era.
     
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    According to Image's website, it shows 1.85:1 widescreen but also says not 16x9 enhanced. hmm...
     
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    I already have Hell Comes to Frogtown but would love a copy of Def Con 4.
     
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    I hope that's wrong though I guess it still happens.It annoys me that in 2011 companies are still releasing non anamorphic discs.
     
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    This wouldn't surprize me, it is Image we're talking about here. They seem bound & determined to put as alittle effort into these releases as humanly possible. I keep wondering if they comparing notes with Echo Bridge.
     
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    I believe Image and Echo Bridge are competing for title of "Worst Distributor of the Year" award.
     
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    any way you slice it, the new Hills Have Eyes Blu is a disappointment. Out of my 100+ blurays this is the worst looking one. I would only recommend it to Wes Craven or horror completists.
     
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    You can also see that on Image's website The Hills Have Eyes Part II is not there anymore. What could that mean?; They prepping up a new SE, someone else aquired the rights? Only time will tell.
     
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    Yeah but who would want them? Even Wes Craven said the only reason he did the movie was for the money.
     
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    I would buy a special edition or blu-ray of this, since I only own the VHS.


    I'm intrigued to hear how their Vamp blu-ray turned out.
     
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    Let's hope so. The DVD that Image released years ago looked like utter crap.
     
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    I have Vamp coming my way from Amazon.
     
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    Agreed...
     
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    Was there a foreign release of HILLS PT. 2 that was widescreen (German perhaps) ?
     
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    Yes. That and Anchor Bay in the UK.

    I'm guessing if anyone got the rights to this (if Image doesn't have it anymore), it would be either Severin or Anchor Bay.
     
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    If it was Anchor Bay that would be really ironic.
     

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