Twilight Time teams up with Sony, releaes new Fright Night '85 releases this December

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  1. Nailwraps

    Nailwraps Well-Known Member

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    Big news (including for the Fright Night fans!)!:

    http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=7233

    "Twilight Time, a specialty label which focuses on releasing vintage films previously unavailable on DVD, has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to license and release classic films from the Sony-owned Columbia Pictures library in high-definition Blu-ray editions. Currently, Twilight Time also have a licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment, and recently released on Blu-ray Michael Curtiz's The Egyptian (1954).

    According to a statement released by Twilight Time, only 3000 units of each title will be produced, aimed at the collector/classic film aficionado market, and available exclusively online through www.screenarchives.com, the nation's largest independent distributor of specialty soundtracks.

    The November 8th Blu-ray debut of director Cy Endfield's and special effects master Ray Harryhausen's 1961 science fiction/fantasy classic, Mysterious Island, will be followed by a new release on the first Tuesday of each month. Scheduled follow-up on December 13th is the original Fright Night (1985), the horror/comedy cult favorite written and directed by Tom Holland and starring Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall.

    The label is the brainchild of 30-year Warner Bros veteran Brian Jamieson and filmmaker/music restoration specialist Nick Redman. In his long tenure at Warner Home Video, Jamieson initiated and oversaw countless legacy restorations, including the films of Stanley Kubrick, Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One, and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. Redman, a film historian and Oscar nominee for his 1997 documentary, The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, is also a prime mover behind Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment's pioneering series of limited edition soundtracks, the inspiration for Twilight Time's release model.

    Unlike movies-on-demand offerings, each Twilight Time release is a Blu-ray or DVD (not a DVD-R) properly pressed from a restored transfer. Each is accompanied by a collectible 8-page booklet complete with original essay, stills, and poster art. And each Twilight Time disc provides, whenever possible, that extra most coveted by cinemusic enthusiasts: an isolated score.

    Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Entertainment's Executive Vice President for Asset Management, Film Restoration, and Digital Mastering, is enthusiastic about his studio's new partnership with the label. "Our collaboration with Twilight Time will allow us to make available for Blu-ray release some of our library's most collectible titles in a way fans have been asking for: restored and re-mastered with attention to detail and quality."

    And Jamieson concurs: "Sony and Twilight Time," he says, "will be serving both the collectible drive of film aficionados, and, in a larger sense, the cause of cinema literacy.""
     
  2. Shawn Francis

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    Came here to post the same thing, I figured someone beat me to it. Anyhow, nice to see, FINALLY, an updated FRIGHT NIGHT DVD. Wonder if it'll have commentaries.
     
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    Happy Fright Night is coming. Not happy it's a website exclusive. Can't wait to see how much they want for it? ;)
     
  4. tropical marsh

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    Yeah, the limited number of copies/one website carrying it almost kind of negates the joy that Fright Night is finally coming to BD. I've read that the price is going to be about $40. :eek:
     
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    $40 bucks?! Limited edition?! Fuck that! I ain't payin' more than 20 for a blu-ray. I think I've heard of this Twilight Time label. Or, I read some kind of press release about them last year. What a dissappointment, especially if it's gonna be the kind of release we all want. I hate when this kind of thing happens.
     
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    Ill pay the 40 for Fright Night on blu limited to 3000 - just give me a pre-order opportunity
     
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    Exactly.

    Reading the blurb, it reminds me of Criterion. It's great to know at least some people associated with big studios still care. I will meet their enthusiasm, coupled with quality, with purchases. No problem.

    ...and thanks for the heads up, Nailwraps.
     
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    yeesh only 3000 copies? Can I pre-order now?
     
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    I couldn't find any pre-order yet- I sent them an email to see if they could give me an idea of when it would be available for pre-order - if they respond Ill post what they said
     
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    If limited pressings and premium pricing means I'll get what I want on blu ray I say bring on Fright Night 2, Rolling Thunder, Video Dead, etc....etc...
     
  11. tropical marsh

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    I'll get it, too. But I'd much rather just go to Best Buy and drop $15 for a catalog title, instead of feeling pressure to order a $40 blu-ray (plus shipping) right when it comes out. Like I said, it's good news/bad news.
     
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    If the value meets the price, I'll gladly pay $40. If it doesn't, then I'll stick with the 720p rip I have now.
     
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    I'd pay $60 for FRIGHT NIGHT on Blu Ray. It's a staple from my childhood and one I'd honestly kill to have in High Def. Okay maybe not THAT extreme but it's a film I've owned on every format and have seen millions of times with no end to that cycle - a Blu Ray is the next logical step, no matter what the cost.

    I'm also taking into consideration I paid $30 for the DVD back in 1999 so another $10 to get it on a superior format, with potential extras, doesn't seem all that steep to me. Account inflation and there ya go. lol.

    I do hope that the remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD sees the light of day potentially because of this move. Sony seems to think that it won't sell so they see no need of releasing it...even though there's a perfect HD master just lying around. Considering that's how they felt about FRIGHT NIGHT, hopefully we'll be seeing it soon - and yes, another one I'd pay $40 for. :p
     
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    Do you think there's a good chance this will be followed by a regular (not limited) release at some point?
     
  15. tropical marsh

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    I don't think there's any chance of that. The only thing I could see happening, if the initial 3000 copies sell out fairly quickly--then maybe they'll make another batch.
     
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    Probably not this studio but maybe by Sony after the license rights to Twilight Time expire?
     
  17. tropical marsh

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    But Sony chose to make the deal with Twilight Time, it's not like they were forced to. :confused:

    Why would they turn around and release their own version??
     
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    Don't get me wrong, I think such works should be more fairly priced so everyone can have a chance at owning such titles. It sucks to think that a fan who enjoyed this film growing up cannot afford to buy it in their adult age. Especially if there is a huge mark up. At that, there are always alternate avenues to obtain movies to watch. They just won't be able to collect it on Blu. It's a lesser issue than housing, health care and other necessities.
     
  19. Steel76

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    So you rather not have it at all then? ;)
    It´s either THIS or nothing.

    I´ll gladly pay $40 for something this rare, especially since it´s not a damn MOD disc. And it´s not like were paying $400 for it ;)
     
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    Hmmm. I'll have to wait and see what titles get released and what kind of features they have. $40 for a bare-bones DVD or even Blu-ray is steep, even if it's a title I desperately want. I like "Fright Night" but it's not a favorite I need to upgrade. I'd rather pay Code Red $40 for the special edition of "Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker" they've been promising for the last 5 years.
     

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