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dwatts
06-27-2003, 12:42 PM
What's the best release of this film?

r_burgos2003
06-27-2003, 05:18 PM
The old version. The best copy is (by far) the GoodTimes version since the cover art is fantastic, drawn out with color.

Hammerfan
06-27-2003, 07:10 PM
I have the Roan Archival twofer with "The Bat". Its letterboxed and I've always felt this transfer to be serviceable. I did buy the Goodtimes twofer with "The Bat" to compare quality, but passed it along to a friend. I don't know a thing about Warner's release as far as quality. The Roan disc was among my first DVDs.

dwatts
06-27-2003, 07:49 PM
I don't give a crap about the cover. I want the best transfer. Are there no good transfers then? Dammit....

Wolf Man
06-27-2003, 07:49 PM
The Warner disc looks about as good as I imagine this film can look. Anamophic widescreen on one side (the only way to go, IMHO), open-matte on the other (for those who like that format). I've also seen the Diamond (I think) 2-fer with Last Man On Earth, and the transfer on that one is pretty decent. If you want the best looking version of House On Haunted Hill, the Warner disc is the best choice. But if you're looking for a little more bang for your buck, it sounds like there are a few options on 2-fers that look pretty good.

Wolf Man
06-27-2003, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by dwatts
I don't give a crap about the cover. I want the best transfer. Are there no good transfers then? Dammit.... You posted this as I was typing the above response. Sounds like the Warner disc is your best option. It really does look quite good.

dwatts
06-27-2003, 08:05 PM
Thanks! Warner it is!

r_burgos2003
06-27-2003, 08:16 PM
If you go Warner, your making a huge mistake....Go GOODTIMES! DIGITALLY REMASTERED! Check it out:
http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.asp?userid=00000975483518&item_id=37473

Latency
06-27-2003, 08:22 PM
Go Warner. I am with Wolfman on this one.

r_burgos2003
06-27-2003, 09:32 PM
warner is $12....double sided :( .....snapper case....crappier print.....GOODTIMES:.....$4.95......single sided.......keep case....digitally remastered

dwatts
06-27-2003, 09:41 PM
What do you think Anamorphic is?

Hellbilly
06-27-2003, 09:44 PM
Here's a Warners House On Haunted Hill review from dvdfile (http://www.dvdfile.com/software/review/dvd-video/houseonhauntedhill_1958.htm):
Wow, Warner's DVD output is like dealing with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Sometimes they deal out spectacular special editions, and other times they slop together releases with little regard to what they are doing (the Kubrick Collection and The American President are two recent examples). This release is less notable for its supplements than for the excellent video presentation. I don't know if they just had very good source material on hand or if they did some cleanup work, but whatever the case the image nearly looks brand-spanking new. This is quite a compliment considering this film is forty years old. Anamorphic enhancement has rarely been employed for black and white films, but here is a shining example of what it can do in combination with a quality print.

r_burgos2003
06-27-2003, 09:54 PM
Are you two ganging up on me? I was only trying to help....I mean, cheaper price, remastered print.....Please reply

Hellbilly
06-27-2003, 10:42 PM
Relax burgos. I was just curious about you're statement regarding Warners' "crappier print", which apparently isn't the case (see review).
Now, I don't know about you guys but i'd choose Anamorphic anytime if possible.

r_burgos2003
06-27-2003, 11:39 PM
Oh, Ok ;)

dwatts
06-27-2003, 11:48 PM
Thanks Hellbilly. r_burgos2003, I didn't understand why you made the comment. Anamorphic over "Digally remastered"? An industry defined term we all understand, as compared to something that has no meaning at all? Please....

r_burgos2003
06-28-2003, 12:03 AM
Oh, I see...the cover just said DIGITALLY REMASTERED

dwatts
06-28-2003, 01:35 AM
I have some Diamond disc that were "digitally remastered". Wanna know what they look like?

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Andrew
06-28-2003, 08:36 AM
Could a drunk Chinese migrant worker, working with a tenth generation bootleg, shooting from the back of a smokey theater with a handheld camera gripped between his legs while he gets a blow job from a wild rabid tiger, have gotten a better copy of the film?

Couldn't resist ;).

Hellbilly
06-28-2003, 08:50 AM
:D That was funny! :lol:

dwatts
06-28-2003, 02:19 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Hey! that was a "Digitally Remastered" tenth generation bootleg!

:lol: :lol: :lol:

jscott
06-28-2003, 05:03 PM
The Diamond disc of House on Haunted Hill looks to be taken directly from the WB Laserdisc released just prior to the WB DVD.