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Discussion in 'High Definition' started by Nailwraps, Jul 5, 2016.
Once again, Universal delivers!!!:
Awesome news. I've only seen about a third of the titles in that collection, but if the price is right I'll pick it up.
This will be a must buy for me.
I'm so happy but I'm wary. I hope these discs aren't going to be like those damn glitch-y DVDs. There was no customer service support for them. I wondered why the used record stores had scores of those sets. Fingers crossed for the Blu's being better quality!
A legit concern for me too. I had to return about 5-6 Abbott and Costello collections with those damned flipper discs and finally gave up after never being able to secure a set that played 'Hold That Ghost' all the way through without skipping.
This lead me to avoid the first run of Universal Monsters collections altogether.
Better luck for Blu, let's hope.
Love Hammer Films. A definite buy.
Wow, that's a giant set of movies. I'd forgotten Universal originally put these all out in one DVD set. And at $59.99 this will deput around $41.99 which is damn low for so many films.
Here's hoping they're fresher scans than what's already internationally available. Would certainly make up for the long delay.
The anticipated release date is almost upon us.
Any further word on this release?
I'll be scouring the internet and posting any reviews I come across as I find them.
Fingers crossed that this will turn out to be decent.
A few of these titles have been out in the UK for years in lacklustre releases(Brides of Dracula for its odd framing and Night Creatures again for odd framing and a 1080i image instantly spring to mind) so hopefully this set will right a few wrongs. If so this will be essential for Hammer fans.
I recall reading about those issues for Brides of Dracula & Night Creatures. Another UK release I wanted at the time was Phantom of the Opera. Pretty sure that Phantom had problems as well. All three releases were from Final Cut Entertainment. Hoping all three fare much better in this Universal set.
Yes I believe Phantom had similar framing issues although I couldn't be certain as I never looked into this title on BD. The other two were incorrectly framed and over matted to about 2.00:1.
There is a discussion on Blu-Ray.com about this set and there seems to be a variety of issues.
I am not a tech person and I'm not that familiar with Blu-Ray.com either. I will eagerly wait for word from forum members here on the quality of this set.
Keeping my expectations low.
This will be a must.
I certainly hope so.
Fingers crossed for a glitch free release from Universal.
Hey all. My Hammer set arrived today. Good news first. Whoever declared war on film grain while prepping the monster legacy sets and An American Werewolf in London didn't get his hands on Brides of Dracula or Curse of the Werewolf. I sampled a few minutes of both, and both show plenty of natural-looking grain. Here's the bad news. Both are cropped from 1.66 to 2.00 aspect ratios, which is positively ridiculous--but not as offensive to me as excessive DNR. People on the blu-ray.com forum are claiming that the DVD masters of all of the films were destroyed in a fire, and lesser elements were used despite the original negatives being available. I don't know that I believe THAT exactly, but it definitely looks like the Blu transfers might be from older masters. That said, they look good excepting the tight vertical compositions. The cropping problem apparently is worse on Brides of Dracula, as most are reporting that the bottom was cropped off of every shot in the film. The same people are claiming the matting changes for each shot of Werewolf, which is how Raimi and company prepped the widescreen version of Evil Dead (cropping each shot individually to best accommodate the new, narrower aspect ratio).
People are saying there are issues with Phantom and Night Creatures, too, but I can't personally weigh in on those claims yet.
What the hell is going on with Universal right now?
That is unfortunate news. I'm still buying the set as it is so affordable but I was really hoping for upgraded releases. What is the point of putting films out on blu-ray if you're not going to make them look the best they can?
Thanks for the update Shape22.
Universal's apathy and neglect towards their releases translates into a no sale for me.
Such a shame, was waiting for this one for months.
Unfortunate to hear, but I'll buy it anyway. It's HAMMER after all. I will want it anyway just as a collector and when they redo them again, I will be there to buy that as well.
DVD Beaver reviews Curse of the Werewolf: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_63/the_curse_of_the_werewolf_blu-ray.htm
DVD Beaver reviews Brides of Dracula: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_61/brides_of_dracula_blu-ray.htm
Both reviews include screenshots & comparisons between the old Universal standard def DVD set, the German Blu-ray, & the new Universal Blu-ray set.
More reviews from DVD Beaver comparing the UK releases to the Universal releases:
Evil of Frankenstein: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_61/evil_of_frankenstein_blu-ray.htm
Night Creatures (a.k.a. Captain Clegg): http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_62_/captain_clegg_blu-ray.htm
Phantom of the Opera: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_63/phantom_of_the_opera_blu-ray.htm