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Blu-Ray listed at Amazon.co.uk

PostPosted by Tea Shop Proprietor » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:30 am

Good morning one and all! :mrgreen:

Just a little note to say whilst perusing the bulky aisles of Amazon.co.uk I came by the Blu-Ray release of our beloved film, Withnail & I. It's manumitation is May 2009.

Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001RNXZ0G

Play.com: http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/8903 ... oduct.html

Released by Anchor Bay, alas no sign of it on their site so far http://www.anchorbay.co.uk

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PostPosted by crooked » Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:02 pm

Excellent.
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PostPosted by Parkin » Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:47 am

So what will Blu-Ray do to it ??
I understand that it will be playable on Blu-ray players, but what copy of it is it ??.

The best you will see is the old green video version. All the rest are too brightly lite and polished,.
Just remember what Bruce said after the polished version of film was shown to him at the 20th anni. reunion
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PostPosted by Tea Shop Proprietor » Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:14 pm

So what will Blu-Ray do to it ??

Well, firstly one should imagine it'll widen and continue the distribution of the film which we all want and support. Secondly, a Blu-Ray disc will give us an opportunity to appreciate the film with all its problems in a high definition 1080p format. It won't be perfect, it may not be what the director intended and it may have other misdemeanors, but it aught to be 'better'.

Unfortunately, it's released by a company that sounds like a porn distributor (Starz) who can't decide if "Anchor Bay" is a better name for selling its wares. Whatever they call themselves they don't have the ££££s to make this anything near ultimate with extras or a reproduction of the OST CD as they couldn't possibly afford the copyrights.

I'll be interested to see what other distributors have to offer but whatever they cough up for our delectation I'm really only interested in the film. I love the film.

I see the DVD is now @ £2.99 http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/3298878/ ... oduct.html That's a delivered price too from Jersey -one of those horrid little nonaligned-autonomous isles off the coast of Blighty. What a fucking cheek! Almost 3 full English pounds and not a penny in tax to the Queen's purse! :mrgreen:
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PostPosted by Tea Shop Proprietor » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:07 am

Now appearing on AB's site http://www.anchorbay.co.uk/dvd/dvd.php?CO=ABB8011 Not much info so far.

Withnail is in Play's 2 for Blu-Ray £22 offer now http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/3-/297282/2-/Promo.html
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PostPosted by Parkin » Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:27 pm

typical !! neither of the sites are showing a picture of the dvd cover !!! :x
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PostPosted by Tea Shop Proprietor » Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:05 am

It is typical and such a shame that UK distibutors don't want to shout from the rooftops about their wares. Always been the same sadly.

All I can gather so far is:

* Region B
* Dolby Digital
* Withnail and Us: a 1999 Documentary on the Film
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Commentary by Actors Paul McGann and Ralph Brown
* Postcards From Penrith
* Behind the Sceens Stills by Ralph Steadman
* Two featurettes
*Anchor Bay Entertainment UK ABB8011
*Barcode 5060020627767


I'm sure they'll use that wonderful Murray Close photo we all know and love so well. Is there a specific thread on Mr Close's Withnail work? I wasn't aware he actually took the photos when I made my small appreciation page http://www.cannon.org.uk/direct_withnail.htm

I'd love to hear all about those pictures and the day. Mr Close is obviously quite a talent and I hope he earns a wage from his deserved rights.
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PostPosted by Parkin » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:40 am

really like your Murray page Teabag,..
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I can't really see the Blu-Ray having any more than the 20th Anni dvd. as regards to extras.
What would be in it for them if they did ??
They would only bring it out on dvd sooner or later to increase their profits.
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PostPosted by Tea Shop Proprietor » Fri Mar 13, 2009 6:36 am

Thanks for the comments :)

We have some artwork thanks to Play.com

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No surprises, then. Still available in their 2 for £22 http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/8903 ... chsource=0
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PostPosted by Parkin » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:52 am

so it's gone back down to a 15 rating !!! :?
only the cannabis laws change more often.
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PostPosted by Lostat » Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:42 pm

Today's the day. It's now out on blu-ray. Just as well I bought a blu-ray player on Saturday :D . Only annoyance is that I can't go out to buy it yet, I'm waiting for a bloody british gas engineer to show up to fix my feckin' boiler.
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PostPosted by Tea Shop Proprietor » Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:41 am

Morning all.

Well, I've had it a week (quite a delay to its original release date!) and I've finally scanned the bugger. Not had a chance to watch it yet but I've allocated time today to watch the film on Bluray. Aloocated? Yes, such is life I now have to 'allocate' things or I'll never get them done. Mobile phone on silent, remote control switch mains to off for the DECT. Ah, I do wonder if all this tech we have could be thrown to the wind. Maybe I hanker too much for the simplicity of the 1960s in the great Withnail. Rose tinted glasses, perchance? :D


I shall report back on my findings but you might want to peruse the comments @ http://www.myreviewer.com/default.asp?a=119580# That's for more detailed than anything I could rustle up. My review will be fairly simple.

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PostPosted by The Purveyor » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:12 am

It basically appears to be the 20th anniversary DVD, including the packaging.
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PostPosted by Tea Shop Proprietor » Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:24 pm

What a complete joy seeing this again. Tis only been 9 months or so since the last viewing but it's always strangely fresh to my eyes. A wonderful British film.

Bluray? Well, it's the best the video (never going to be film is it) has ever looked on home video. A real treat. Can't imagine any improvement in my lifetime unless they rescan the negative again and give us more pixels. Digitally, I only owned the Criterion of this previously and this new transfer is an enormous leap in quality in comparison. Makes the Criterion look truly awful, which it is of course since it's just a Laserdisc scan moved to SD-DVD.

Extras look to be what's already been whored about by the distributors. I see some of Murray Close's wonderful still images get a look-in and I hope he gets some sort of repeat fee for this work. I wonder if he does?

Best ever British film? Certainly the best made on our soil, or maybe that should be mud :)

Maybe best to hold off if you're in no rush as AnchorBay's prices drop very quickly (Hellraiser was just £5.99 last week).
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PostPosted by crooked » Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:44 pm

one thing I noticed was that they've sorted out the sound. on all the previous releases, there were terrible phase issues that gave a really weird sound. Most noticeable in the rainy scenes.

Must have been a bastard to sort out so hats off to them.
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