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Re: Alfred Hitchcock FAO STAFF

Postby James-Masaki_Ryan » 11 Oct 2018 12:53

Updated notes for Easy Virtue Blu-ray and DVD and Downhill Blu-ray
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Re: Alfred Hitchcock

Postby Brent_Reid » 11 Oct 2018 19:56

Cheers James. Would you mind adding those notes to The Lodger as well, please? I've just noticed the US MGM Lodger DVD is missing its full audio channel info: it's 2.0 mono. Lastly, "The Early Years" featurette still has its French title on the Easy Virtue DVD, while the BD has the original English.
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Re: Alfred Hitchcock

Postby James-Masaki_Ryan » 11 Oct 2018 23:17

Updated Easy Virtue and added a note to the Lodger BD page.
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Re: Alfred Hitchcock

Postby Brent_Reid » 27 Oct 2018 11:29

Alistair Kerr, commenting on this page featuring the French EV BD, claims the DVD subs are optional. Going by his comment history, he's a keen collector and very knowledgeable about film in general.

The Ring:
The comparison mostly needs each listing's different titles linking to their respective comparisons.

Add the new generic footnotes. The first paragraph of the current footnotes is incorrect. All three releases have the same restored transfer, though it isn't the latest one from 2012. They also all have the same Xavier Berthelot piano score. So it's actually a draw, although the French gets a demerit for the forced subs.

The French DVD is a twofer with Champagne. That film's details are already up; they both just need linking together.
The same disc was also issued separately (ASIN B0012V2YBY). This should now be the primary release, as the 2-DVD/4-film set is long-deleted.
It's also in the 6-DVD/10-film set AH: Premières oeuvres (ASIN B00KQ6ETQE).

The Farmer's Wife:
Again, link each listing's different titles to their respective comparisons.

Replace footnotes.

The French DVD is a twofer w/The Manxman and was also issued separately (ASIN: B0012V2YC8). As with The Ring/Champagne DVD, that should now be the primary release, with the two box sets' details copied over from The Ring.

The Manxman:
Link each listing's different titles to their respective comparisons.

Replace footnotes.

The French DVD is a twofer with The Farmer’s Wife, so use the reissue as the primary listing. Add the two sets from The Ring.

All releases have the same Xavier Berthelot 2.0 stereo piano score.

Blackmail:
Link each listing's different titles to their respective comparisons.

Replace footnotes.

The Wide Vision DVD is a bootleg.

All the sound versions have a 1.11:1 AR, whereas the silent is 1.33:1. The former was cropped for an optical soundtrack.

The French DVD's intro is 6:13 and the gallery runs for 00:59. The currently listed DVD set is deleted and expensive; better to make the single-disc reissue (B008B8EADG) the primary release and add the second set, as per The Ring.

The German DVD's runtimes are 81:45 (sound) and 81:49 (silent). It's been reissued twice and is also available in two box sets; they're all in my article.

The Spanish DVD is identical to the German, with the same runtimes. I'd advise removing the footnote about the silent version being an NTSC-PAL transfer. Presumably it's lifted from DVDBeaver. There is ghosting but I'm fairly certain that's not the reason for it. I'm still investigating this issue, but in the unlikely event of it being NTSC-PAL, I'll post again.

The UK DVD's intro is 6:12.
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Re: Alfred Hitchcock

Postby Brent_Reid » 16 Feb 2019 13:25

Hi James, can we get the Hitchcock updates completed please? Especially as a slew of early Hitches are about to be released in HD and I'm continuing with my Collectors' Guide series.

If you prefer, we can tackle them one at a time, to whit:

Easy Virtue DVD: the subs are optional, as claimed by Alistair Kerr, commenting here. Going by his comment history, he's reliable, as a keen collector and very knowledgeable about film in general.
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Re: Alfred Hitchcock

Postby James-Masaki_Ryan » 16 Feb 2019 15:21

I apologize I didn't see the two posts above until now so they weren't done.

Someone else can take this over. Too busy with backed up reviews and just received the Derek Jarman Volume 2 set. Too swamped to do these Hitchcocks since all the linking and updating will take way too much time for my hands. (Linking is an absolute headache and timeconsuming to do, to let you know)

I did at least change the subtitles for Easy Virtue as "optional".
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Re: Alfred Hitchcock FAO STAFF

Postby Brent_Reid » 16 Feb 2019 16:15

No worries, James. If no one else fancies the job, perhaps we can just do it without the linking? I know it's incredibly useful but a bit of a ball-ache!
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Re: Alfred Hitchcock FAO STAFF

Postby James-Masaki_Ryan » 17 Feb 2019 01:46

Unless it's a minor mistake that can be corrected quickly I'd rather not tackle these at the time being. I'll let someone else take this for now.
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