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Old 10-09-2012, 09:43 PM   #1
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White Zombie: Kino Classics' Remastered Edition 01/29/2013

Along a desolate road in the Haitian mountains, a carriage bearing Neil Parker and Madeleine Short encounters a funeral in which the body is being buried in the road. Further down the road, the coach stops at the sight of a man of satanic appearance: six human shapes step forth, and the horrified driver shouts ''Zombies!'', signaling the first appearance of the living dead in American cinema. When first released, WHITE ZOMBIE occupied a deserved place beside DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN as one of the most eerie and interesting horror films of the 1930's and remains a horror classic. Remastered in HD for the first time from Kino Classics!

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Old 10-09-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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Awesome. Roan's work was reference quality, and still stands as the best version, but a fresh look would be greatly appreciated. As of late I can't think of a publisher that's given us more than Kino and continues to give us so much. Shout's been great but Kino is releasing even riskier stuff.

Hopefully we'll see some silent horrors from them next year.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:43 AM   #3
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From Kino Facebook and site:
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Now available for pre-order - Bela Lugosi in WHITE ZOMBIE. Mastered in HD from a 35mm fine grain print and is presented in both a digitally restored and an unenhanced version (with the natural film grain intact).

Blu-ray Features

• Mastered in HD from a 35mm fine grain master.

• Dual edition includes both a digitally restored version as well as the raw, unenhanced film transfer.

• "Intimate Interviews" (1932), a 6-minute interview with Bela Lugosi, mastered in HD from 35mm elements.

• 1951 theatrical re-issue trailer.
http://www.kinolorber.com/video.php?product_id=1757

I was worried they might over DNR the film because there's not very good material left to work with. However I'm not too sure what to think about this decision. Did they crank the DNR transfer up to 11 so only true grain hates would be happy? How true is the "unenhanced film transfer"? Is the compression compromised because of the inclusion of both versions?

To a certain extent I like a happy medium. You can clean the image up some and still retain its grainy goodness. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
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Old 12-29-2012, 03:30 AM   #4
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White Zombie has an atmospheric first five minutes and a good finale, but the hour that comes between drags even by 30s standards. It's always great when a film of this vintage gets a proper restoration, but this one just isn't for me. I've always considered it pretty overrated.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:13 AM   #5
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As I recall this film was Lugosi's favorite of his own work and he certainly dominates the film.Good example of an early indie film,made by the Halperin brothers,made a lot of money then virtually disapeared for a long time.I'm a big fan,creepy old school horror.
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Oooooo this looks interesting. Are Kino in the habit of releasing their Blu's region free? Would get this
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:11 AM   #7
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Is this the film where they throw the indentured servant out of the private plane because the fuel is low and the natives see him fall from the sky and assume he is their deity?
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Mondo Digital review:

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:27 PM   #9
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Is this the film where they throw the indentured servant out of the private plane because the fuel is low and the natives see him fall from the sky and assume he is their deity?
I don't know, but I'd watch that film.
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Is this the film where they throw the indentured servant out of the private plane because the fuel is low and the natives see him fall from the sky and assume he is their deity?
That's not White Zombie, but I too would like to see it.

Mondo Digital seems to confirm what others who've already got their hands on it are saying that the "restored" transfer is DNR'ed to hell while the "raw" transfer is detailed but completely untouched (as advertised). So unfortunately we don't get the best of both worlds here which would be a transfer that steadies the image and repairs the film while retaining the grain structure.

For me what's most frustrating about this is that anyone with a HDTV could crank the DNR up to eleven and get the same results. If someone wants that let them adjust their TV's accordingly. For the rest of us do the film justice. Still it's the best way to go and unlikely to get any better.

BTW Creepy Classics are already shipping it:
Blu-ray: http://www.creepyclassics.com/produc...&categoryId=-1
DVD: http://www.creepyclassics.com/produc...&categoryId=-1
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Mondo Digital seems to confirm what others who've already got their hands on it are saying that the "restored" transfer is DNR'ed to hell while the "raw" transfer is detailed but completely untouched (as advertised). So unfortunately we don't get the best of both worlds here which would be a transfer that steadies the image and repairs the film while retaining the grain structure.

For me what's most frustrating about this is that anyone with a HDTV could crank the DNR up to eleven and get the same results. If someone wants that let them adjust their TV's accordingly. For the rest of us do the film justice. Still it's the best way to go and unlikely to get any better.
What a shame. Guess I'll hold on to the Kino DVD for awhile longer.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:37 PM   #13
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The Blu-Ray.com and dvdbeaver.com reviews indicate that there is a running time discrepancy between the "Restored" and "Raw" versions of the film, with the "Restored" version running approximately one minute longer.

From the blu-ray.com review:

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Do note that the "raw" cut is approximately one minute shorter, although I've yet to determine exactly which scenes were trimmed or cut. I didn't sense anything missing.
From the dvdbeaver.com review:

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Supplements offer the previously discussed 'Raw', alternate version of White Zombie, running slightly shorter than the digitized version - and despite watching both I can't tell where the time was lost.
The difference in running time between the two versions appears to be attributable to the Kino / Holland Releasing / United Artists company credits that precede the start of the movie and restoration / authoring credits that follow the end of the movie on the "Restored" version. These credits are absent on the "Raw" version and appear to have a total duration of about one minute.

There is no footage missing from the "Raw" version.
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