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 Posted:   Jan 20, 2014 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

After years of public domain hell in the U.S., 1953's BENEATH THE 12-MILE REEF has finally received an official video release from 20th Century Fox, as a made-on-demand DVD from the Fox Cinema Archives. Although the back of the box says that the transfer is in "4:3 (letterbox)," two reviews of the disc on the DVDTalk website confirm that it is instead in anamorphic widescreen, with a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/62945/beneath-the-12-mile-reef-fox-cinema-archives/

http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4388reef.html

Equally confusing are the listings for the DVD on Amazon and SAE. Amazon gives an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and even more confusing, SAE lists it as "Screen Format: <2.35:1; Aspect Ratio: 1.33." But the DVDTalk reviews (and screencaps) confirm that it is at least 2.35: 1. I always thought that the film was in a 2.55:1 ratio, so perhaps the reviewers did not actually measure the aspect ratio of the DVD and just assumed that it is 2.35:1. The DVD Savant review notes that the film "does not look like 2:66."



This deserves a BR release by Fox -- like the great recent ones of CARMEN JONES + DESK SET.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 20, 2014 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

bump

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2014 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

I've had a pan-and-scan print of APRIL LOVE sitting in my vault for about 5 years. I inherited it with a group of films and never had any desire to see it. A couple of weeks ago I pulled it out and ran it. First, the pan-and-scan was not a big deal. More to the point, I was surprisingly charmed by the film. I have to attribute this to Henry Levin, who always directed with reserve and got honest and natural performances from his actors. I've never seen HOME IN INDIANA, so I can't compare APRIL LOVE to the original. But I enjoyed the remake very much.


Well.....now's your chance to catch up !

Fox Archive are releasing "Home in Indiana" on February 28th.

If you enjoyed "April Love", you'll enjoy this one too. It's a lovely movie.

Mine's ordered !



 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2014 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

FCA is about to release one of my holy grails in pan scan only
IN LOVE AND WAR (1958)
originally shown on Cinemax in pan scan but stereo, later remastereed for Fox movie channel in widescreen but mono.
About a year or two ago, this was released widescreen stereo in foreign territories, but not here.

Dear Fox Vid - you suck !!!

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Ive just found out that many Fox titles have been released in Spain on dvd and Blu-ray(!) in widescreen that Fox archives have released in pan/scan editions .

Among the WIDESCREEN dvds are BOY ON A DOLPHIN, THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR, KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES, THE GIFT OF LOVE, THE ROOTS OF HEAVEN and TENDER IS THE NIGHT.



I ordered some of these from Spain, and, so far, they're terrific !

I got "Boy on a Dolphin", "King of the Khyber Rifles" and "Woman's World". The prints are fine, although "Dolphin" has a hint of pink, but it's not too bad. The Stereo sound is excellent.

Next, i'm getting "Night People" and "Rains of Ranchipur".

I had a nice surprise today because .....I also ordered a copy of "Plymouth Adventure" and, when it arrived, I found that it also has a copy of the soundtrack CD included.

It cost me less than £4.00, including postage. How's that for a bargain ?

On checking, I see that they also have the same package for "Anne of the Indies", "The Prize", "The War Lord" and several others.

Viva Espagna !

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Ive just found out that many Fox titles have been released in Spain on dvd and Blu-ray(!) in widescreen that Fox archives have released in pan/scan editions .

Among the WIDESCREEN dvds are BOY ON A DOLPHIN, THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR, KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES, THE GIFT OF LOVE, THE ROOTS OF HEAVEN and TENDER IS THE NIGHT.



I ordered some of these from Spain, and, so far, they're terrific !

I got "Boy on a Dolphin", "King of the Khyber Rifles" and "Woman's World". The prints are fine, although "Dolphin" has a hint of pink, but it's not too bad. The Stereo sound is excellent.

Next, i'm getting "Night People" and "Rains of Ranchipur".

I had a nice surprise today because .....I also ordered a copy of "Plymouth Adventure" and, when it arrived, I found that it also has a copy of the soundtrack CD included.

It cost me less than £4.00, including postage. How's that for a bargain ?

On checking, I see that they also have the same package for "Anne of the Indies", "The Prize", "The War Lord" and several others.

Viva Espagna !


thanks for the new info CH -- I saw ANNE ..had a cd -- are these cds the same as the US ones? Probably not

Joe- IN LOVE AND WAR is in proper aspect ratio on the Sp release and it is likely sterophonic. Im ordering a bunch of these as there is a sale on now thru the 14th, I believe. I'll add IN LOVE AND WAR.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


.....thanks for the new info CH -- I saw ANNE ..had a cd -- are these cds the same as the US ones? Probably no?

The "Plymouth Adventure" content is the same as the FSM release. The clam-shell has a colour booklet about the movie and a CD insert with the tracks,etc......ALL in Spanish.

It's a nice package, especially for the price !


 
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