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Old 03-05-2014, 04:58 AM   #406
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Why didn't Synapse work all this out before licensing the title?
Synapse probably thought they had, but the Italian owners had other ideas. A lot of distributors have expressed frustration when working with Italy.

I can wait awhile longer if it means the best possible transfer. I think if they dig deep enough they'll find the raw scan after all. Even that might still be too problematic.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:05 PM   #407
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Nice to see Countess Dracula heading our way in two months. Synapse has done an awesome job with their Hammer films. I have all of them & plan on getting this one too. Hope that more are planned.
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:25 AM   #408
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Restoring another Hammer Films production to its former glory, Synapse Films give Peter Sasdy's COUNTESS DRACULA (1971) her hi-def debut! Time: Medieval. The peasants of a small Hungarian town find themselves with a shortage of attractive young girls; it seems all their teenage virgins are turning up missing! Could it have something to do with Countess Elisabeth, a vain, petty woman whose castle overlooks the village? She does have an awfully large bathtub... This is Hammer's stab at the Countess Bathory tale, a 16th Century aristocrat who is said to have bathed in blood for its purported regenerative properties. Ingrid Pitt essays the title role, in both aged and youthful form, in both clothed and unclothed form. Originally panned by fans expecting another Dracula series installment, the film has slowly gained a bit of a following -- and fans will be well-served by Synapse's upcoming release. Besides the video upgrade (MGM's old DVD wasn't even anamorphic), the disc will port over the commentary with director, star and screenwriter, in addition to a new Pitt featurette, audio interview, stills and trailers.

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Old 06-02-2014, 10:34 PM   #409
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Originally Posted by Synapse Films
Owning your own video company gets us a lot of submissions from independent filmmakers. We get upwards of 5-10 a week, really. Most submissions, honestly, are passed over because of quality reasons or that we just cannot get our distributor to be interested in soliciting certain ones. But, sometimes, independent productions catch our eye because of production value, plot, acting, etc. Some are just SO well done, that we have to have them to release in-between our higher profile titles. Even though we know independent films are an amazingly "hard" sell for a lot of distributors, because of the low budget "shot on video" aspect of most of them, we like to pick some to proudly have under our label. WORM is one such production. My business partner, Jerry Chandler, got the submission in the office not long ago, and immediately called me and said, "Don, you HAVE to watch this one. This one's a keeper." And, I couldn't agree more. Independent films these days are a mixed bag, but we are very happy that many of Synapse's fans are giving them a chance and enjoying them. Expect WORM to be added to the Synapse Films catalog shortly... Solicitation coming soon. Also, PROM NIGHT solicitation coming very, very soon as well (because I know some folks will just hijack the comments here and ask about it (or another similar upcoming title)!

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It's really fun. It has charismatic leads who can actually act, a plot with elements of sci-fi, horror, and a sense of humor. It starts out harmless enough, like a strange sci-fi film that turns completely batshit crazy in the last half. Such a nice surprise. And it's even nuttier that the film was made entirely without a script and mostly improvisation. And the commentary is really fun to listen to, as well.
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:11 PM   #410
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We're trying to fix up the master for TENEBRAE right now, and we have a neat surprise for PHENOMENA to be included. For SUSPIRIA, still working on getting the negative scanned... whew, what a nightmare it has been with that title, but we just want to do it right!
RE: Whether the Argento titles will be priced like the Demons titles even if they ultimately aren't released as steelbooks.

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Right now we are working on all the Argento titles and unlike what Lee said, there are many other factors, including licensing fees just to acquire the titles, which have to be considered as part of the price. Since the titles are not completely done, and the costs involved with each future Argento release are certainly not all invoiced yet, we do not know the answer to that question.
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