Some more from the WB Archive: Between Two Worlds and Crack-Up
Film Noir TV classic, Johnny Staccato, finally comes to DVD in a 3-disc set on October 12.
Anyone have a link to the new stuff from the WB archive? Not available at Netflix or Amazon.
deal going on right now.
I really hope that Netflix works out a deal to stream the WB archive films on their excellent streaming service.
For those that receive TCM you shouldn't even bother throwing dough at Warners for the price they are charging.
Almost all, if not all, of the Warners noir releases are shown on TCM fairly regularly. The releases haven't been re-mastered, so you are essentially getting the same quality copy that is shown on cable.
I, for one, am grateful to Warners Archives for releasing the noir titles. I certainly understand Bob's point, but I like having the actual item on my shelf among my other Noir titles. That said, I tend to wait until they have a sale before I pull the trigger.
" I, for one, am grateful to Warners Archives for releasing the noir titles. I certainly understand Bob's point, but I like having the actual item on my shelf among my other Noir titles. That said, I tend to wait until they have a sale before I pull the trigger."
But won't you have the actual item (dvd-r) on your shelf if you just dub the film from a TCM broadcast? Assuming you have a recorder of course.
I posted a review of The Locket DVD and also compared to what I had on my DVR from the recent broadcast on TCM. The TCM print was overly dark. Archive disc has some visible damage at 35-minute mark (lines on the right side) that was not on TCM print, but overall Archive disc is better quality.
UK release of While the City Sleeps is delayed til September, but the same studio, Exposure Cinema, also plan to release Beyond a Reasonable Doubt this year.
The R2 looks too greenish and not as sharp as the Archive disc. Is it correct that the R2 - it's the Spanish one you have? - has forced subtitles?
They're not forced.. I think. I can't remember because I backed up the movie on a hard drive and put my DVDs in storage. Anyway, the backup doesn't have subs. It is the Spanish DVD, I know that.
I'll post a capture from Archive disc to match yours when I get home...
Apparently, Sony Pictures is getting on made-on-demand wagon and is releasing over 100 titles this September. Critics' Choice Video and Deep Discount has some of them for pre-order, although I'll wait for official announcement from Sony before ordering any of them. There are a couple of film noirs (711 Ocean Drive, Johnny Allegro), lots of semi-noirs (A Bullet Is Waiting, The Case Against Brooklyn, Cell 2455 Death Row, Criminal Lawyer, Footsteps in the Fog, The Guilt of Janet Ames, The Long Haul, New Orleans Uncensored, No Time to Be Young, Pickup Alley, The Shadow on the Window, Storm Center) and a couple of neo-noirs (10 Rillington Place, Mickey One).
Here's the capture from the Warner Archive disc:
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