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Blu Underground

Blue Underground Blu-ray

Source: Film Talk

Well, this has got to be just about the most unexpected piece of news to round off the month, but perhaps also the most pleasant. Blue Underground, who hold the US DVD rights to most of Dario Argento’s catalogue, not to mention a vast sea of other European cult titles, have added a placeholder page to their web site announcing their intentions to get into the high definition market in the near future:

We are proud to announce that a number of high definition Blu-ray™ releases are in the works. We will have more information soon.

There we go - there’s no actual information besides their statement of an intention to release on the format, but I must say I’m absolutely thrilled. I pretty much gave up any hope of seeing the likes of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Suspiria and Inferno in HD any time soon after the rights to these films ended up at Blue Underground and various statements came from the company indicating that they didn’t perceive the market to be large enough to make HD releases viable. I can’t wait to see what their first titles are, and it goes without saying that they should constitute a sizeable improvement on the filtered, edge enhanced standard definition transfers that Blue Underground routinely put out.

My most wanted titles:

  • Baba Yaga
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
  • Deep Red
  • Don’t Torture a Duckling
  • The Fifth Cord
  • Inferno
  • Night Train Murders
  • Opera
  • Short Night of the Glass Dolls
  • Suspiria
  • The Stendhal Syndrome
  • Who Saw Her Die?

Now, obviously, I’m not naïve enough to assume that anything approaching all of these titles will show up, but if even a handful of them get the HD treatment, I will be a very happy gentleman.

 
Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 at 3:51 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento | Gialli

 
Comments

1.

I look forward to seeing Zombie Flesh Eaters aka Zombi 2 on high definition.

I much prefer the UK title of that film though.

Posted by: FoxyMulder, March 1, 2008 2:09 AM

2.

I'm sure lot's more independents will follow suit now the format war is over.

Hopefully this means a few spaghetti westerns in HD in the not too distant future.
I would guess Django would be first of Blue Underground's Spaghettis to see a Blu-ray.
It would be nice if they actually expanded their catalogue though as the same few Spaghettis have been released by Anchor Bay then re-released by BU with only a few new titles added to their catalogue and it will surely be the same ones again for Blu-ray before any new titles are added.

Surely the same people who thought filtering and edge enhancement were acceptable on BU's SD discs will think the same for their Blu-rays so I wouldn't expect the transfers to be too spectacular.
Of course a filtered, edge enhanced HD transfer is likely to look a lot better than a filtered, edge enhanced SD transfer but it would be nice if some of these companies saw the light.

btw any idea of when the disc your brother has been working on will be released? I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing it.

Posted by: , March 1, 2008 10:10 AM

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