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Maltic
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Re: Columbia Classics

#501 Post by Maltic » Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:46 am

SET ALSO INCLUDES BLU-RAY & DIGITAL
Hopefully from the 4k remaster as well?

McTiernan has done some good commentaries, btw (in the director nuts-and-bolts genre). I'm not familiar with this one, perhaps they brought him out of the unwanted retirement to record a new one. He could probably use the money.

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#502 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:55 am

He was pretty open and honest about the experience in this article about the making of it, so perhaps what he says on it will be just as insightful.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#503 Post by Clarence » Fri May 21, 2021 10:23 am

It looks like Sony is starting to break up the first Columbia Classics 4k set, starting with Dr. Strangelove.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#504 Post by Maltic » Fri May 21, 2021 1:42 pm

Maltic wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:46 am
SET ALSO INCLUDES BLU-RAY & DIGITAL
Hopefully from the 4k remaster as well?
From reviews, it seems this wasn't the case. :(

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Re: Columbia Classics

#505 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Fri May 21, 2021 8:00 pm

Maltic wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:46 am
McTiernan has done some good commentaries, btw (in the director nuts-and-bolts genre). I'm not familiar with this one, perhaps they brought him out of the unwanted retirement to record a new one. He could probably use the money.
According to the Blu-ray.com review, it was recorded in 1993 just as the film was being released.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#506 Post by Maltic » Sat May 22, 2021 5:35 am

flyonthewall2983 wrote:
Fri May 21, 2021 8:00 pm
Maltic wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:46 am
McTiernan has done some good commentaries, btw (in the director nuts-and-bolts genre). I'm not familiar with this one, perhaps they brought him out of the unwanted retirement to record a new one. He could probably use the money.
According to the Blu-ray.com review, it was recorded in 1993 just as the film was being released.
What, for laserdisc?

The Red October commentary was clearly done many years after the first release. You can hear things coming back to him during the recording, and he'll cringe about what he would've done different etc

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Re: Columbia Classics

#507 Post by cdnchris » Sat May 22, 2021 11:40 am

I'm pretty sure the LaserDisc didn't have a commentary (I had the disc), and looking up lddb.com doesn't show one, not even on the foreign market. Could have been abandoned, which wasn't unheard of at the time, and since this "underperformed" it's possible they didn't want to go through the trouble of adding the alternate channel.

But I don't even see it on other DVD or Blu-ray releases...

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Re: Columbia Classics

#508 Post by eerik » Sat May 22, 2021 12:04 pm

Clarence wrote:
Fri May 21, 2021 10:23 am
It looks like Sony is starting to break up the first Columbia Classics 4k set, starting with Dr. Strangelove.
I must say, Dr. Strangelove is the most impressive 4K Blu-ray I've seen so far. Not necessarily the best, but I was really blown away how the HDR elevated the depth and contrast of the cinematography. Before this I was rather skeptical if 4K UHDs were worth it for black-and-white films, but Strangelove is definitely a level above the other b&w 4K Blu-rays I have watched so far (Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith, Elephant Man, Schindler's List). Plus it ports over all the Criterion special features, highly recommended.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#509 Post by Ribs » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:08 pm

The second Columbia Classics set will be launching in September, and comprise Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility, and The Social Network.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#510 Post by andyli » Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:47 pm

I presume you mean a 4K set? Anatomy of a Murder on 4K is pretty big.

EDIT: saw the specs on bluray dot com. Great news indeed for Anatomy of a Murder.

4K Blu-ray

Feature presented in 4K resolution with HDR10, restored from the original camera negative
Dolby Atmos English audio
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

Blu-ray:

Feature presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Mono DTS-HD Master Audio

Special Features:

NEW: Commentary with Film Historian Foster Hirsch
Gary Giddins Interview
Pat Kirkham Interview
Foster Hirsch Interview
Excerpt from Firing Line Featuring Otto Preminger
Theatrical Trailer

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Re: Columbia Classics

#511 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:21 am

Ribs wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:08 pm
The second Columbia Classics set will be launching in September, and comprise Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes, Sense and Sensibility, and The Social Network.
Given its age, I double-checked and found out The Social Network was promoted by RED as the first feature film to be shot and projected in 4K, which lines up with my memory of its release. But someone just informed me that the film was actually edited or worked on at lower resolution (probably 2.8K) before it was processed into a 2K DI. The UHD should still be an improvement (even without HDR, it will have the full 2K image rather than a slight downconversion into HD), but it totally passed me by that Fincher would want to shoot in 4K for the additional freedom that comes with having more image to manipulate. That is, if he suddenly wanted to "zoom in" on a shot or re-frame it, he'd have the additional imagery to do so without needing any extrapolation or upconverting. (And of course working in 4K would have dramatically slowed their workflow to a crawl.)

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