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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 17/3/2012 10:16:18 PM   
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Cox`s introduction was good, yes. And I`ve listened to about 15 minutes of the audiocommentary wich was pretty ok.
I thought the transfer was excellent., fitted the mood of the film very good.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 27/3/2012 3:22:57 PM   
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Masters Of Cinema have acquired the rights to The Birth Of A Nation. It'll be out on disc before the end of the year. I already have the US Kino Blu-ray, but am keen to see what MoC have up their sleeve. A meaty documentary would be nice. Or a contemporary video essay (ala the Tag Gallagher one on The Iron Horse).

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 27/3/2012 4:15:55 PM   
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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 27/3/2012 10:17:44 PM   
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Masters Of Cinema have acquired the rights to The Birth Of A Nation. It'll be out on disc before the end of the year. I already have the US Kino Blu-ray, but am keen to see what MoC have up their sleeve. A meaty documentary would be nice. Or a contemporary video essay (ala the Tag Gallagher one on The Iron Horse).

WOW!!! That is some brilliant news!!! I own the British dvd as well as the Kino blu-ray but without a doubt I`m gonna get this since I got a feeling that the MoC release will be better

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 28/3/2012 3:51:48 PM   
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Will defo be picking this one up. Was going to purchase the Kino version but I anticipate something greater here.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 15/4/2012 8:53:29 PM   
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The Birth Of A Nation
A while ago I wrote on another site that I currently own 2 different versions of D.W. Griffith`s controversial film (the UK dvd and the Kino blu-ray) but hadn`t yet seen either of them because you don`t just put on an over 3 hour long film, you have to make some time for that. Yesterday I had the time and so it was time for the blu-ray version.
The film is over 3 hours long but never was it dragging or boring. On the contrary: the film was pretty much over before I knew it.

The controversial status that the film has is correct. It is, especially in the second part, really hard and racist. Griffith almost says, through the title cards, that Afro-Americans talk some kind of unintelligible language. And the Ku Klux Klan is, apparently, the only one who can save the South of America (and therefor the whole country) from the domination of the "Blacks" and the people who wanted to end slavery are guilty to "the demise of America".
It really gives enough material to think about and discuss...

About Griffith`s qualities as a direction on the other can`t possibly be as much discussion. His trailblazing work on the front of telling stories and editing techniques are very clear and are, especially for that time, impressive.

Then the blu-ray itself. Of course here there are damages in the transfer. Therefor I`m really interested to see what the upcoming Masters Of Cinema will bring us and if they can top the image quality on that edition to this Kino release.

Nonetheless a film that we can say much about but one that you really need to give a chance, one that inspite of its reputation truly deserves its status as an important classic.

9,0/10

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 18/4/2012 11:59:38 PM   
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Pics of the Lifeboat steelbook (click)

gorgeous!!

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 23/4/2012 10:12:48 PM   
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Received and watched Lifeboat on saturday and the two French films today:

Lifeboat
A 95 minute film that exclusively takes places in the titular Lifeboat. You need to be a mighty fine director if you want to turn that into a thrilling and good film. You can leave that to the Master of Suspense. Even though there really isn`t that much suspense at all but is more a character study than anything else, it is a movie that knows how to keep your attention.
Technically this is a very strong film, brought to blu-ray by Masters of Cinema in a superb quality.

8,0/10

And two French-language short films from Hitchcock that are extra`s on that same blu-ray:

Bon Voyage & Aventure Malgache
It`s special to see French films from Hitch. Both revolve around the French resistance in the WWII.
The first, the shortest, was clearly the better one. That was exciting and thrilling and had a good storyline. The second one was more of a drag and kinda dull, didn`t really do it for me.
It`s great to have seen these but both clearly don`t need to be considered as Hitch`s best work.

7,0/10
6,0/10

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 27/4/2012 6:38:32 PM   
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Great news:

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EUREKA will be announcing their releases incl. MASTERS OF CINEMA titles for July, August & September on Monday 30 Apr at around 2.30pm UK time via their @eurekavideo & @mastersofcinema twitter feeds and on this very page! So what films and which directors would you like to see join the Masters of Cinema Series?


Looking forward to the releases and to see what they`ll release

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 30/4/2012 6:35:33 PM   
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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 30/4/2012 6:49:19 PM   
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Meh.

I have two versions of Cleopatra already and I still haven't watched it. If I love it I might upgrade to Blu-ray, depending on screenshot comparisons.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 30/4/2012 10:08:59 PM   
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It`s getting pretty boring, but: WOW, again...
Love the steelbook pics again, especially the Cleopatra one. And of course, I only bought Rumble Fish a while ago...

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 1/5/2012 12:29:33 AM   
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Looking forward to the non-Pasolini titles (I'm not a big fan). Surprised to see Eureka are also putting out the Moroder version of Metropolis too (albeit not as part of the MoC series). It's a horrible film. Still, the Mabuse blu-ray is well worth getting excited about, and I'm keen to see what extra material accompanies Cleopatra. Rumble Fish is a real favourite of mine too, and it ought to really look great on Blu-ray. It's also nice to see Coppola in the collection too.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 9/5/2012 10:14:16 PM   
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Island of Lost Souls Criterion vs. MoC comparison @ dvdbeaver[/b

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 11/5/2012 12:35:13 PM   
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Picked up a few of their steels recently, do some terrific work.....Repo Man, Third Man and Lifeboat all great steels.

Emailed them, hoping I can Two-Lane and Silent Running direct from them rather than a third party(as their packaging was also better) along with my Lost Souls pre-order. Also on that Rumble Fish pre-order, and hoping they can do something with Cotton Club, which would basically complete all that I care about for Coppola(with all his 70's masterpieces on blu already)

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 11/5/2012 9:29:26 PM   
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Picked up a few of their steels recently, do some terrific work.....Repo Man, Third Man and Lifeboat all great steels.


Don't you mean Touch Of Evil? I'm not a fan of steelbooks myself,but it certainly seems to have opened up their audience somewhat.

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Emailed them, hoping I can Two-Lane and Silent Running direct from them rather than a third party(as their packaging was also better) along with my Lost Souls pre-order.


I'm fairly sure that Silent Running steel book has long been out of print,as has the one for Metropolis. I wouldn't let that stop you from buying the normal version of Silent Running tho, as it's a fantastic disc

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 12/5/2012 9:18:02 PM   
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It might be out of print....but everywhere still has stock of it, so I'll just buy it elsewhere if Eureka don't have any left.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 18/5/2012 9:46:10 PM   
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Ruggles of Red Gap @ dvdbeaver (click)

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 19/5/2012 7:50:54 PM   
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Ruggles of Red Gap @ dvdbeaver (click)


I'm told that copies of Ruggles ordered directly from Eureka should ship Monday. I can't wait for it, it's my most anticipated disc of the year so far.

On a similar note, my copy of The Island Of Lost Souls arrived this morning. Hoping to fit it in tonight.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 20/5/2012 7:53:34 PM   
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I'm told that copies of Ruggles ordered directly from Eureka should ship Monday. I can't wait for it, it's my most anticipated disc of the year so far.

On a similar note, my copy of The Island Of Lost Souls arrived this morning. Hoping to fit it in tonight.

Can`t wait for both to arrive! haven`t receive my Island Of Lost Souls yet. Did you get the steelbook?

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 20/5/2012 9:10:07 PM   
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I'm told that copies of Ruggles ordered directly from Eureka should ship Monday. I can't wait for it, it's my most anticipated disc of the year so far.

On a similar note, my copy of The Island Of Lost Souls arrived this morning. Hoping to fit it in tonight.

Can`t wait for both to arrive! haven`t receive my Island Of Lost Souls yet. Did you get the steelbook?


Nope, the regular edition. Steelbooks are going out this week apparently.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 21/5/2012 9:10:27 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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I'm told that copies of Ruggles ordered directly from Eureka should ship Monday. I can't wait for it, it's my most anticipated disc of the year so far.

On a similar note, my copy of The Island Of Lost Souls arrived this morning. Hoping to fit it in tonight.

Can`t wait for both to arrive! haven`t receive my Island Of Lost Souls yet. Did you get the steelbook?


Nope, the regular edition. Steelbooks are going out this week apparently.

Ah ok. Guess I`ll have to wait a little more then...

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 22/5/2012 9:06:56 PM   
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Ruggles Of Red Gap arrived this morning. It looks amazing.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 24/6/2012 4:56:45 AM   
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Several DVDs 6.95 at zavvi:

http://www.zavvi.com/offers/masters-of-cinema.list

Also got Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend a couple of days ago. Haven't watched them yet but the books do smell nice.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 24/6/2012 1:53:02 PM   
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Several DVDs 6.95 at zavvi:

http://www.zavvi.com/offers/masters-of-cinema.list

Also got Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend a couple of days ago. Haven't watched them yet but the books do smell nice.



Sweeeet. Just the ones I'm looking for too! Thanks for the link.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 24/6/2012 4:11:48 PM   
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Haven`t received my copies of Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend yet...

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 24/6/2012 4:30:49 PM   
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I ordered the Wilder's from HMV this time, thanks to their 20% off code. They were posted last Friday so hopefully they'll be here tomorrow.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 28/6/2012 10:04:49 PM   
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Received the Wilders` steelbooks on tuesday and watched Double Indemnity today:

Double Indemnity
The mother of all films noir looks in this Masters of Cinema blu-ray better than ever before. With this beautiful new transfer (with a gorgeous amount of film grain) the play between light and shadow comes better to its right than ever before. It gets more atmosphere to it.
The film itself is still out of this world with a storyline that is told in almost one long flashback in wich Barbara Stanwyck steals the show.
An essential purchase, this Masters Of Cinema blu-ray.

9,5/10

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 29/6/2012 12:58:33 AM   
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The PQ is a couple of notches below the best Blu-rays of that era - there's distracting flickering in the first and final reels, and a blotchy effect in some shadows that looked like a bad compression artifect.

But it's certainly perferable to a Universal DNR hackjob.

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RE: New Masters of Cinema Titles - 29/6/2012 9:01:17 AM   
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Got Double Indemnity and Lost Weekend yesterday may have aWilder double as ive never seen a Wilder film but DI looks great.

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