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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1530 on: October 21, 2016, 10:10:41 AM »
And Amazon has now dropped the pre-order price for Daredevil Season 1 to $26.99.
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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1531 on: October 27, 2016, 02:15:38 AM »
I don't know if anyone else has bothered with Blu-ray audio-only discs, but I now have three of them.  First was Stevie Wonder's 'Songs in the Key of Life' (was looking for the CD, which was out of print and at $99 in the aftermarket, while the Blu was $24 ::)), then I got Pink Floyd's 'The Endless River', and most recently Simple Minds 'New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84'.

What do I think of them?  Just that this is how music should always sound - and should always have sounded.  The dynamic range is such that with the Simple Minds disc (the only one where I was very familiar with it and had a pre-existing CD of the music to compare it to), I actually had to do some 1:1 comparisons with tunes, because I actually believed they'd changed it!  But no, it was merely that the CD audio reproduction was so poor in comparison that most of the detail was simply muddy or lost entirely because of the limited dynamic range of a CD.

But even with the other two, it was clear that the dynamic range was much greater, with a far more open and clearly defined sound field, and nearly absent noise floor (despite some, like the S Wonder and S Minds, being over 3 1/2 decades old).

Just astonishing.

Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to these and wasn't aware of them, so I missed the 'Dark Side of the Moon' Immersion set (Blu-ray with multiple mixes) until it was out of print.  Its already beyond reach financially for me ($100 for one album at this point is too much to pay, despite it being THAT album).

I hope more Blu-ray audio-only discs are released soon.  Even if these become more mainstream (which is unlikely), it will likely be a very long time before anything that is more central to my current musical taste will be released.  And that is if they ever will be... most of my top favorite albums are actually highly unlikely to get that kind of clean-up and reauthoring treatment.  The only thing I really have hopes for that might get this treatment that would be near the top of my list is Hendrix's 'Electric Ladyland'.  Now THAT would kick some serious butt as a Blu-ray audio release!
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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1532 on: October 27, 2016, 10:37:23 PM »
Red Dwarf season 11 will be out of Blu-Ray November 8th.


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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1533 on: October 28, 2016, 04:17:40 PM »
I don't know if anyone else has bothered with Blu-ray audio-only discs, but I now have three of them.

Not sure if I have any of the Blu-ray audio-only ones, but I do have the Nine Inch Nails album that was on (I think) Dual-Disc that had surround sound on one side.  Definitely was pretty cool hearing how things were split up through the 5.1 vs the typical stereo version.


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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1534 on: November 05, 2016, 01:29:20 AM »
[EDIT: removed most of the "f"s from this.]

Advice: never order ANYTHING from Walmart.com!

As I stated on Oct 14: I canceled the Daredevil set with them.  They say in an automated e-mail, "we'll try".  On Nov 1 I receive notice of a 'price drop' for 'my order'.  So I cancel AGAIN, pointing out their charging me after my cancellation is theft.

And they just sent a god-damn SHIPPING NOTICE for the set I cancelled TWICE, with the first cancellation over two weeks ago!

Yeah, some advice: don't EVER order ANYTHING from them!


UPDATE: After wasting likely over an hour (in which I came VERY close to punching my computer screen on multiple occasions) I finally was able to connect with their online help.  Turns out it won't work with a regular browser screen, for some reason you have to use a 'private browsing' screen in order for it to work.  Yeah, EVERYONE would know to do that! ::)  So after the first Customer Service person said, "I understand your concern and I've reviewed your order and in a matter of a fact the order wasn't cancelled. An attempt to cancel was placed; however, because we process orders as quickly as possible, sometimes the request to cancel arrives after shipment processing has begun, at which time canceling is not possible," I managed to get it turned over to a supervisor, because, as I stated, "the cancellation was done THREE WEEKS before the item was even AVAILABLE.  There is simply no way in Hell that the item was 'already in the shipping process'.  THREE WEEKS before [they] could POSSIBLY have had it to put in a mailer and add postage."  [Believe it or not, the person tried to explain this away at first!]

The supervisor ultimately refunded what they charged me, and has contacted UPS to recall the package so I won't even have to see it or mark it 'Refused' or anything.

Just UFB the hassles with this.  I should have stuck to my avoidance of WalMart on moral grounds (for their treatment of their workers and the community stores they ravage) and I would have been fine.  BECAUSE they abuse their workers already, I refused to leave negative feedback for the first Customer Service person.  The corporate website order shit (and their lack of pay resulting in substandard 'awareness' on the part of their workers) is NOT the worker's fault!
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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1535 on: January 04, 2017, 01:46:37 PM »
FINALLY!!!

I have been waiting on this(/these), routinely searching for it(/them), literally since before buying my HDTV.  These are, for me at least, the finest anime' ever produced, and are in my top 5 lifetime favorite TV series (EDIT: Probably my second favorite series, life-time, as it's been three days and I'm still trying to think of more than one other show I like more than this series).  i.e. They are really F-ing good!

  (Pictures are links.)
   
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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1536 on: January 04, 2017, 04:56:47 PM »
Well, I can now watch Blurays :P I'll have to find some to watch :P


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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1537 on: February 14, 2017, 02:27:52 AM »
It doesn't seem that the Netflix Daredevil Season 1 is an accurate predictor for relative release date UK vs. USA.  If it was, we should have had Jessica Jones in January, because it has apparently been available in the UK since December.  But Blu-ray.com still has it listed as "no release date" for the US.:

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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1538 on: June 04, 2017, 07:03:27 PM »
In case anyone here is into Blu-ray audio, there is a release that is well worth checking out (presuming you like the album involved).



I had a hard time getting myself to shell out the (at the time) ~$80 for this, as I wasn't sure just how much difference it would make.  It is nothing short of astonishing!

I believe that the original engineer was the person to do the modern remix (which is almost indistinguishable from the original, with the exception that you can actually hear all the voices, noises, and instruments now).  He went back to the original 1-source tapes (i.e. only one thing on each tape), digitized them (then matched speed, since some tape shrank unevenly) then mixed from the new pristine 'originals'.  Given the limitations of the original time, things were mixed, then those re-copied sounds had to be mixed with the next layer.  As anyone who has ever tried copying tape-to-tape knows, it is like making a copy of a copy of a copy of a Xerox: each subsequent copy adds more noise and loses more of the original data.  So by going back to the original 1-track source tapes, he was able to re-do the album with NO loss of fidelity, and with no added tape hiss.

The new version is a 5.1 mix, with the most astonishingly clear sound field (and almost imperceptible noise floor, even with my system at nearly 90% capacity [~1500 watts total including the individually powered woofers in the Infinity speakers]).  There is not another bit of music that I can listen to with anything approaching that volume without the noise becoming overwhelming.  With this?  The sound became simply enveloping (and ecstasy-producing).  [If one is interested, the original 2.0 mix is present, as is the original quadraphonic mix, all on the Blu-ray.  But it is a six-disc set: 1 BD-50, 2 DVDs, 3 CDs.  Content is as follows (from Blu-ray.com:
Disc 1 / CD 1: Album
Disc 2 / CD 2: The album performed live in 1974
Disc 3 / DVD 1: Two surround mixes and stereo mix
Disc 4 / DVD 2: Various video content
Disc 5 / BD: The two DVDs combined, with HD audio and video
Disc 6 / CD 3: Demo, live and studio tracks
The words 'Blu-ray.com' just above the list links to their review page for this release.  Short form: five stars out of five for both audio and extras.  The only thing that is not 5-stars is video, because some of the video is old.]

Honestly, the difference between even my Mobile Fidelity gold disc of this album and this new Blu-ray audio disc is like the difference between if the original had been on an Edison cylinder and comparing that to the Mobile Fidelity disc.  It is THAT dramatic a difference.  Just astonishing.  In the documentary and individual interviews, there are interviews with the band members where they say how remarkable it is.  For example, Gilmore said that he had just listened to the original, then this, and he heard things that he had forgotten were present in the original mix, because they simply couldn't be heard in the original, they got lost from so many generations of copying.  Mason (drums/perc/tape effects) said that it was amazing.  His take was partly because the percussion, being part of the original instruments mixed for the original release, got so badly muddied during the addition of subsequent sound, and he was pleased because it could actually be heard in full detail again.  And so on.

And if that isn't enough, there are a few short videos of interviews which includes a roughly-30-minuite 'making of the new mix' documentary, but also vids of in-studio recording sessions, live individual tunes, and the most fascinating video: the videos used in the background during the Dark Side of the Moon original tour.  Not things I'd re-watch with any regularity, but fascinating to see what it was they had on the screens behind them while they played certain tunes way back in the early '70s.

In other words: if you love this album, it is WELL worth the (now) ~$91 to get.  Because believe me, the price on the aftermarket for this is going to become insane once this is completely out of print (it is in that limbo between 'Amazon carrying it themselves' and 'Marketplace sellers realizing they can gouge people for it' now).

Go!  Buy!  Enjoy!  ;D
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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1539 on: June 17, 2017, 12:13:17 AM »
First Look at New Restoration of The Lost World (1925)
http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=21477

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A single laugh demolished the right arm
Of his own country; — seldom since that day
Has Spain had heroes.

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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1540 on: June 17, 2017, 02:38:00 AM »
First Look at New Restoration of The Lost World (1925)
http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=21477

Thanks for the heads-up!

Wow, that looks like an incredible restoration.  I owned about 15-18 minutes of this on Super8 back in the early '70s.  I purchased it directly from Blackhawk Films, one of those providing the source films for this restoration.  And, amazingly enough, that 15-18 minutes cost WAY more than this will (with $ adjusted for inflation, possibly 3-5x as much).  [But, since I would only very rarely watch it, I will wait til this comes down a LOT before possibly buying it.]

It is interesting to note that for that film, Willis O'Brien had not yet learned an important tip he gave to the young Ray Harryhausen when RH first took his models to O'Brien for comments.  O'Brien's dinos in this film have limited to no muscular delineation, which is what he told Ray about his models (O'Brien also didn't have realistic movement for things such as the T Rex arms in this film, too, actually).  Thank goodness O'Brien learned to delineate musculature before Kong, or that film might not have inspired the young Harryhausen as it did... and modern S-F film would be FAR lesser for it.  That is because of the massive number of special effects people who basically attribute their wanting to get into film special effects to seeing the work of Harryhausen.
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Re: The Blu-Ray Thread
« Reply #1541 on: June 21, 2017, 04:50:25 PM »
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Blu-ray
http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=21548
Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away;
A single laugh demolished the right arm
Of his own country; — seldom since that day
Has Spain had heroes.

where did all the happy endings go?, where could all the good times be.