Thunderbean Bonus Specials FINAL OFFER(?)

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  1. X-human

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    Thought I'd post this here to put it on some more radar screens. Thunderbean Animation, long time in the biz, has very recently been drumming up funds by selling pre-orders with bonus DVD-R's and stand alone limited BD-R's of content that won't make it to the retail discs. They're looking to end that practice and are doing one last push of some of their past bonus disc:
    http://www.thunderbeananimation.com/

    Of note of course is the Halloween Rarities set but also their upcoming live action release of Tower of Screaming Virgins which is an obscure Euro horror/thriller/crime film.

    Additionally they've confirmed that they're working on an HD remastering of Grotesqueries which was a previous DVD collection of spook shorts.
     
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    By "replicate" do they mean "press"? I've complained about DVD-R and BD-R plenty here but if supporting the BD-R release means that an actual BD release might happen then it's something I'd consider.
     
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    Replication is the actual term/process for creating pressed discs. Duplication is the process for creating DVD-R or BD-R.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification!
     
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    Too bad about Tower of Screaming Virgins, I was going to order but then noticed on the info page that the pre-order was only open until 3/31.
     
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    The offer I posted is their live offer as of right now, including Tower of Screaming Virgins.
     
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    Cool, I just sent them an order with Paypal and will see how they reply. Hope they're able to get 100+ pre-orders for Tower of Screaming Virgins but if they're offering the pre-order past the 31st I'm guessing they didn't get many... Guess we'll see. Thanks for the heads up on this stuff, I also added on the Halloween Rarities disc.
     
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    Additional list of specialty discs. I suspect some of this titles are a little vague, for example "Coal Black" may be the infamous "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs" and the feature length films are not named at all.
    http://www.intanibase.com/forum/posts/t3851-Offering--all--the-special-discs--one-last-time

    I actually went to college for animation, so my interest is greater than some and so I took a shot in the dark with the feature length films and picked up a few others that seemed interesting (Disc 1, Disc 11, Disc 14, Disc 17). If these guys saw them worthy of scanning, I'll probably enjoy them at some level too. Would love to get 'em all but I'll have to slow my roll.
     
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    I watched Tower of Screaming Virgins and enjoyed it immensely. It is a swash buckler first and foremost with some minor gothic horror touches but a lot of T&A. It's like Errol Flynn's wet dreams captured on film. The sets were pretty damn good too. The print they used for the transfer was in pretty good condition. I'm guessing it was a theatrical print but in great shape. I don't think much cleanup was done. But it was scanned very well and correctly balanced. So it's not blown out like the Dorado releases from theatrical prints.

    I hope Snappy continues to operate under this model. The only thing I would ask is that a short be put in front. I know these guys have tons of materials, so a complementary short would be really cool and show off what they can muster in their short collections.
     
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    These discs have started trickling in, I've got the Betty Boop/Popeye set and Grand Old Toons. Fun stuff for an animation fan such as myself.

    And now Snappy is offering another live action public domain film:
    Which I'll be snatching up too.

    Steve has also mentioned Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride, which is almost certainly The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) considered to be in legal limbo here in the states. Any fans may consider politely emailing Steve to say they'd be interested in that one: steves@thunderbeananimation.com
     
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    They're now taking pre-orders for Dracula and His Vampire Bride and once again they are saying that if they can sell enough pre-orders they will do a pressed disc. They obviously didn't get enough for The Tower of Screaming Virgins but maybe they'll get more orders for this one since it's a Hammer title. Details here: https://swatthefly.wixsite.com/website
    I really don't like BD-R but the possibility of a pressed disc if there are enough pre-orders means I'll probably be ordering this just like I did with The Tower of Screaming Virgins.
     
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    RE: Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride aka The Satanic Rites of Count Dracula

    http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.php?p=13955497&postcount=117
     
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    From the Cartoons On Film Facebook page:


    Damn, and I still haven't even watched my Thunderbean Halloween disc! Will have to do that this weekend.
     
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    A few weeks ago I watched the first two cartoons on the disc and liked them a lot but decided that the rest would be best saved for Halloween. They looked great and I enjoyed them a lot more than I expected to since I'm not big on animation and only really bought it out of curiosity. I'm sure I'll watch one of these before Halloween now though. Thanks for the heads up on this and the previous!
     
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    Got my Halloween Haunts set yesterday and was glad to see that things appear to have gone according to plan for them. Checked out the first 4 on the disc and they were a lot of fun and looked pretty nice, if they release more old, horror-themed cartoon/animated short collections like this then I'd definitely be down.
     
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    Steve made an update on Blu-ray.com which included a whole bunch on Dracula:
    http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.php?p=14334168&postcount=255

    It's awesome to me that someone's doing stuff like this, and the fact that he took on The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a really cool to me. While of course a restoration of the negative by Hammer/Warner would be nice, I'm keen to see an honest attempt at capturing a film print for us.

    Gotta wonder who would tattle on Thunderbean? This is such a hole in the wall operation there's no way Warner could stumble on it so quickly. But why blow the whistle? So Warner could continue NOT releasing something which may very well be in the public domain? And why would Warner even bother to pay a lawyer to do the leg work and then call Steve? Hard to fathom why anyone bothers. The only one I'm glad is still bothering to do anything is Steve.
     
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    Dracula and His Vampire Bride arrived today so naturally I had to watch it tonight. Some cool cover art and extras include a trailer and lots of production stills/posters/lobby cards. Transfer had a nice smooth Warner opening from the time period so I thought maybe we had a beauty here but once the titles came up it was clearly not going to remain so smooth. Still it was a relatively clean theatrical print only with occasional scratches. The reel changes were pretty bad but only for those moments. Blacks were a little muted but usually that was because a light was on it. It was a little blown out but not by much so skin tones and the like were pretty good considering. Color overall was great with no real hint of color degradation with no color cast. Based on Steve's prior post is sounds like he took quite a few passes at the color and did an excellent job of it.

    I'm tinkled pink to have this. It's like owning a theatrical print. It's funny sometimes reading how people complain about a little grain or a scratch or two taking them out of a movie (heaven forbid there's ever a splice!). I like a little reminder that this is only a movie. When this film came out movie goers would be lucky to see a print as good as this transfer turned out. I'm really looking forward to Phantom Planet and Missile to the Moon now! Steve said Dracula was shaping up to be one of his best sellers before Warner squashed it. Hopefully some more Horror is in the cards too.
     

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