Herb Freed's GRADUATION DAY (1981) from Vinegar Syndrome 9/9/14

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  1. Matt89

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    Yeah I hate the argument that things look dated. Of course it looks dated, this is 2014, the movie was made 33 years ago! Nightmare on Elm Street also looks dated, as does Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Graduate, The Godfather, Rosemary's Baby. It's not a bad thing, that's actually part of the charm. No matter how good a film it is, Rosemary's Baby will always look like it was shot in the '60s. I want movies from the 60s to look like they were made in the '60s. What's wrong with that? Silent films look dated too but is Metropolis any less of a film because it's "dated"? Sure some films age better than others, but everything ages, period. The movies made in 2014 will look dated in 2044.

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    Damn I just pre ordered the Vinegar Syndrome version. Should I wait??
     
  3. elDomenechHDG

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    Anyone who is a true fan of this film will buy both versions. My VS copy is on it's way from Diabolik but already I'm itching to grab the 88 films release for those extras.
     
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    They're using the same transfer aren't they? I highly doubt 2 studios both did two separate 4K transfers of this film.

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    I don't know why that spec list says "re-mastered from a colourful 4k scan from 88Films" when Vinegar Syndrome are the ones that did the scan/transfer. 88 Films confirmed they are using the transfer done by Vinegar Syndrome. It's a 4k scan because Vinegar Syndrome has the equipment to do so, so this minor title is getting a 4k scan, something most Hollywood classics didn't receive. :)

    As for which version to get, it depends on one's choice.

    The Vinegar Syndrome BD has:
    -4 interviews with people related to the film;
    -2 commentary tracks, 1 of them with the producer of the film, and another with the guys from The Hysteria Continues;
    -trailer

    The 88Films BD has:
    -a documentary unrelated to the feature, directed by Calum Waddell;
    -3 interviews with people related to the film;
    -1 interview with someone not related to the film;
    -a couple of Troma extras, unrelated to the film.

    Personally, I went for the Vinegar Syndrome. It was an easy choice:
    -the extras included on the VS release are all related to the feature;
    -unlike the 88Films BD, the special features are not done by Calum Waddell/High Rising Productions (without exaggeration, they are behind some of the worse interviews/features I had the displeasure of watching on a DVD/BD: amateurishly shot, self-promoting, with ridiculously long, badly animated intros, ...;
    -it's cheaper, and is released earlier.
     
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  6. Matt89

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    I'd also take a commentary over interviews. I dunno why, but most of the time I just don't give a shit about interviews. Even some of the ones shout does are boring as hell, and a lot of the actors don't really have anything of value to say. Also, I usually only watch them once and then never again. Director/film historian commentaries are often the best.

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    matt, they probably have a hard time remembering some job they did from 32 years.. details are fuzzy.
     
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    lol
     
  9. Matt89

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    Exactly my point. It makes for boring, mediocre interviews.

    Contacting people like Justin Kerswell for the commentary was an awesome idea. Just like getting Stephen Jones and Kim Newman to do Argento commentaries. They have to say something of substance.

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    I am definitely getting both, but I can understand others debating between the two choices.

    If it wasn't for the difference in extras, I'd probably just go for the VG, but I really want the documentary on the 88 release. And I don't mind supporting both studios.
     
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    Is this the only release that will have this particular doc? Since it doesn't really have much to do with this specific title, I assume that they could tack it onto future releases as well.
     
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    Possibly so. I think Graduation Day is the only title with it included, thus far.

    They released the Calum Waddell documentary "Slice & Dice: The Slasher Film Forever" on DVD as a separate release...but that wasn't ever included on any Blu-ray that I know of.
     
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    it is funny that certain actors remember certain details about a shoot. I asked Jeffrey combs about FRIGHTMARE, at a chiller theater convention and he really didn't remember much about it at all. Shame, that use to be my favorite horror movie at one time. He did tell me this much, he said a woman or young girl did the special effects, I believe her name was Jill'' something? and she also did the effects for graduation day. Think there was a feature in an early fangoria about her.. He said (Jeffrey) the budget was so small that they had to use his headless body for conrads body when he got impaled..
     
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    But it's so dated.

    :D
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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  16. elDomenechHDG

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    I say something funny?

    People do actually buy multiple copies of movies for various reasons. No reason to look down on anyone because of it
     
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    I'm not looking down on people buying multiple copies. But your wording made it sound like anybody who doesn't buy both copies isn't a true fan. Also, I've always found the phrase "true fan" funny, mostly because of imdb.
     
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    actually Halloween doesn't look that dated believe it or not.. as old as it is..
     
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    I don't thank anyone mentioned Halloween looking dated...
     
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    the first thing that comes to mind is Jamie Lee's bell-bottoms.
     

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