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Just upgraded Rebels Season 1 to Blu-Ray. Now I have no plans to buy any further Star Wars home video releases, ever.

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During the Criterion flash sale last week, I got Rebecca, The Great Escape and The Asphalt Jungle (all Blu-Ray).

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I recently obtained last year’s Arrow blu-ray release of Oldboy, which is one of my all-time favorite films. Knowing that the film has a new transfer approved by director Park Chan-wook and features a large selection of supplementary materials both old and new, I bought it on impulse. Of course, 2 days after receiving it, a 4K UHD release was announced and that annoyed me pretty well. But whatever, I can get over that.

What really gets me is that, while the new transfer is the most beautiful the film has ever looked, the “newly translated English subtitles” are actually inferior to the previous Tartan blu-ray release, which I also own. The grammar is a bit odd in places and there are a few lines that I know are just straight-up wrong. Even in the documentary on disk 2, they specifically talk about a line of spoken dialogue in the film that is a 100% different line than is present in the subtitles of the main feature. I don’t get how something like this can happen to, essentially, the definitive collector’s edition of one of the most revered films to come out of Asian cinema.

Of course, with foreign-language films, there’s bound to be some bits that don’t translate all that well, but this translation still could’ve been a whole lot better than it ended up being. At least the transfer and features are great, so I still don’t regret adding it to my collection. Now I just wanna rip the superior transfer from the blu-ray and hardcode some more accurate subtitles into the video file to get a more ‘true to the original vision’ version of the film.

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I added From Russia with Love first issue Japan Laserdisc with OBI, and Thunderball Evergreen with OBI. I also added Species Laserdisc from the US. I also recently purchased Temple of Doom pan and scan US release, and the first issue Raiders of the Lost Ark US release.

Added Star Trek III the Search for Spock Evergreen Japanese Laserdisc with OBI.

Added Temple of Doom 1994 Letterbox Japanese Laserdisc no OBI.

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I just added the Golden Year collection on Blu-Ray, which contains 5 films from 1939: Gone with the Wind, Ninotchka, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dodge City and Dark Victory.

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It’s lame that that Michael Jackson DVD doesn’t include the full-length version of Bad. Oh well, at least now I own Thriller.

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During the Warner Archive 4 for 44 sale, I got Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), 42nd Street (1933), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) and The Valley of Gwangi (1969) on Blu-Ray.

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Added, The Empire Strikes Back 1986 Japanese Laserdisc, factory sealed with OBI.

Added Star Wars 1986 with OBI not sealed Japanese Laserdisc. Still has factory sticker and plastic sleeve.

Added Return of the Jedi 1986 Japanese Laserdisc with OBI and original factory sticker and plastic sleeve.

Added Urusei Yatsura Only You Japanese Laserdisc.

Added Project A-Ko perfect collection Japanese Laserdisc.

Added Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Japanese Laserdisc. 20th Century Fox Japan with OBI.

Added Sleeping Beauty 1989 Japanese Laserdisc Pan and scan with digital audio no OBI.

Added first issue Pan and scan US release Laserdisc James Bond Never Say Never Again.

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I bought a replacement HD-DVD player after the previous player stopped playing audio. I will list all the HD-DVDs in my collection.

  • The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Reds (1981)
  • The Thing (1982)
  • Dune (1984)
  • Tomb Raider (2001)
  • The Bourne Identity (2002)
  • The Last Samurai (2003)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  • Planet Earth (2006 BBC Series)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • Into the Wild (2007)
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I replaced the THX Laserdiscs of Star Wars and Return of the Jedi with the CBS/FOX Special Widescreen Edition Laserdisc.

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Added Star Trek Picard season 1.

Added the Empire Strikes Back Japanese Pan and Scan Laserdisc from 1984 with original triangle OBI.

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Oh man… BL 2049 is so worth having in the best quality you can get it. Good pick. I reckon 2049 is one of the best sci-fi movies ever made.

“Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.”

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added more dirt cheap discounted laserdiscs.

Die Hard II with OBI first issue Letterbox Japanese release.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s Evergreen no OBI Japanese release.
Superman II first issue and with OBI Japanese release.
Star Wars 1997 Special Edition in pocket sleeve with Drew Struzan cover art and OBI.
Empire Strikes Back 1997 Special Edition in pocket sleeve with OBI, The Japanese CLV pressing.
Dirty Pair the Movie: Project Eden. Digital audio reissue with OBI sealed.

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I got the Special Widescreen Edition Laserdisc of Empire. I’m done collecting Star Wars features on home video, but might get the two documentaries I’m missing.

JEDIT: I ordered the Magnetic Video Laserdisc of Making of Star Wars/SPFX Empire, but it broke in the mail.

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I’m glad to be rid of those ANOES DVDs, if only because I’ll never have to look at those vomitrocious covers ever again. Not that the cover art for the BD collection is much of an improvement. FFS, doesn’t the original film at least warrant a release with good cover art these days‽

Oh, before I forget — stumbled upon this today:

It was selling for $4, but I didn’t buy it; I don’t own a LaserDisc player nor expect to ever own one, and I’m not one of those hardcore videophiles with sprawling obsolete video format collections. Still, maybe I should’ve? For the novelty? Dunno. Regardless, I finally got to see a LaserDisc in the flesh, so it was a satisfying experience.

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I added Goldfinger deluxe edition THX Japanese Letterbox release Sealed with OBI.
Spy Who loved me First issue Japanese pressing pan and scan with OBI, opened and used copy.
Dirty Pair OVA Affair on Nolandia sealed with OBI
Dirty Pair OVA Conspiracy of Flight 005 sealed with OBI and Calendar.
Ghost in the Shell 4K got it for 12 bucks on Amazon, if i hadn’t snoozed i could’ve gotten it for 9.
Kiki’s Delivery Service 30th Anniversary box. Studio Canal. locked to region B, blu ray disc. With stills and artbook.

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Added Laserdisc copies of The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Few Good Men to my collection. Weeded The Ewok Adventure demo VHS, and put the Battle for Endor Laserdisc on eBay.

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Added 2 episodes of first issue CD keepcase Japanese edition Neon Genesis Evanglion region 2 DVDs, pre renewal. Sealed with OBI.
Dirty Pair the movie region 2 japan, first issue not emotion the best collection DVD. Sealed with OBI.
Star Trek II Evergreen Laserdisc pan and scan Japan release. With OBI not sealed.
Star Trek IV gatefold first issue pan and scan Japan release Laserdisc. With OBI not sealed.

Added License to Kill Japanese Laserdisc with OBI. I don’t believe there is an uncut Letterbox version on laser.I think this one is censored.

Added Goldeneye Japanese Laserdisc no OBI. PCM/ac3 no DTS. THX mastered disc.

Added Devil Hunter Yohko volume 1 no OBI Japanese Laserdisc.
Devil Hunter Yohko volume 3 OBI not sealed. Laserdisc.

Dirty Pair OVA no OBI Japanese Laserdisc.

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Added the TCM Robert Mitchum Collection DVD containing Out of the Past (1947), Angel Face (1953), The Sundowners (1960) and Home from the Hill (1960).