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  • Adventure's End seems to have disappeared from circulation in 1953 when it was last reissued. I found it interesting that NBC Universal took down California Straight Ahead from YouTube due to copyright violation. Someone had made available the entire film. It proves that Universal still retains ownership of the six-film series, and cares enough for a cease and desist order. This means, however unlikely, anyone releasing Adventure's End on DVD other than Universal would have legal problems.

  • Adventure's End seems to have disappeared from circulation in 1953 when it was last reissued. I found it interesting that NBC Universal took down California Straight Ahead from YouTube due to copyright violation. Someone had made available the entire film. It proves that Universal still retains ownership of the six-film series, and cares enough for a cease and desist order. This means, however unlikely, anyone releasing Adventure's End on DVD other than Universal would have legal problems.

  • Re: Olive Films

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    If Olive Films' allusions are correct, we should see The Oregon Trail soon. I tested the latest batch of Blu-rays from Olive for region-coding: The Quiet Man, Frontier Horizon, King of the Pecos, and The New Frontier are definitely locked to Region A. The pre-2013 John Wayne titles from Olive are region-free. Even though all the artwork says Frontier Horizon, the actual discs (DVD and BD) show the film's original title in the credits, New Frontier. Like Republic Pictures, who renamed New Frontie…

  • As mentioned in a previous post some time ago, London-based Hollywood Classics Ltd. has licensed some Blu-rays to European labels, notably Soul Media which had the Blu-ray debuts of The Barbarian and the Geisha and McLintock! Soul Media also has titles never released on Blu-ray anywhere, including Hellfighters and North to Alaska (licensed from Hollywood Classics). The library of Hollywood Classics is rather small, but they do have rights to a few other John Wayne titles such as The Alamo, Brann…

  • Re: Olive Films

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    I did some more tests with the John Wayne titles released previous to 2013 by Olive Films. Using AnyDVD HD and the software players WinDVD and TotalMedia Theatre, all show the same results as my Oppo Blu-ray player: they're region-free. Attached are some Blu-ray grabs of the errors produced by The Longest Day (Fox), North to Alaska (Soul Media), and Stagecoach (Criterion) when the region codes are set incorrectly. No such errors with the Olive titles with John Wayne previous to 2013. The post-20…

  • Re: Olive Films

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    There is a thread on hometheaterforum.com about the Blu-ray region-coding of The Quiet Man. <hometheaterforum.com/t/320915/…an-bd-release-01-22-13/60> This is a quote from one user: "It may be Region A locked because some other recent Olive BRDs have been. But don't go by what DVD Beaver says because according to him every Olive BRD is locked - and most of them are not." Another user writes: "I get most Olive releases and live in B land. They have all been A locked for a few months now." I'm sur…

  • Re: Olive Films

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    Quote from Paula: “Olive Films answered this question on their Facebook page on January 7: Olive Films Region A for BD, Region 1 for DVD” This was brought up before, so I'm a little confused. My Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player is region-free. However, unlike DVD, for Blu-ray I have to manually set the region through the remote. If I set it to region B and try to play, for instance, the US Criterion version of Stagecoach, the player warns me the disc itself is locked to region A. It won't play. With t…

  • Re: Olive Films

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    Quote from Paula: “Roughrider, you must be very busy these days updating your website. :)” Yes indeed, Paula. Olive Films kept me busy updating last night! I can only blame you <g>. I know it sounds crazy, but I just bought The Searchers HD DVD. I'm into the format a little late to say the least. But a player and a few boxes of films (still shrink-wrapped) cost about $2 per title. Just another crazy film buff.

  • Re: Olive Films

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    Quote from Paula: “Roughrider, you must be very busy these days updating your website. :)” Yes indeed, Paula. Olive Films kept me busy updating last night! I can only blame you <g>. I know it sounds crazy, but I just bought The Searchers HD DVD. I'm into the format a little late to say the least. But a player and a few boxes of films (still shrink-wrapped) cost about $2 per title. Just another crazy film buff.

  • Re: Olive Films

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    Quote from Colorado Bob: “A Man Betrayed is also known as Wheel of Fortune, which was it's re-release title. The only version I have ever seen is the re-release version. I wonder of Olive has the original or if they are issuing the re-release?” A Man Betrayed played at a film festival a few years ago under its original theatrical title, and not under its re-release title which is actually its television title. (Republic Pictures was vilified by Hollywood for being one of the first studios to sel…

  • Red River is to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 6, 2013 in France by Wild Side Video. It looks like it will be the director's cut, along with a documentary on the film's restoration. The BD/DVD combo-pack will also include an 80-page book.

  • Red River is to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 6, 2013 in France by Wild Side Video. It looks like it will be the director's cut, along with a documentary on the film's restoration. The BD/DVD combo-pack will also include an 80-page book.

  • Quote from The Duke Is The Man: “Well I finally received a phone call back from the people at Universal Pictures and they do not own the rights to Adventure's End. So now I'm on the quest to find out who does own the rights or (this would be great) it is public domain (not a great chance) I will be back in touch when new information is found and will keep you informed as this WILL get done! ” I am surprised Universal would say they do not own the copyright to Adventure's End. Universal Pictures …

  • Re: Olive Films

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    Along with The Quiet Man, Olive Films is also releasing Frontier Horizon (New Frontier), King of the Pecos, and The New Frontier on DVD and Blu-ray on January 22, 2013.

  • Quote from Lt. Brannigan: “Some of his thirties films are simply not available on DVD legally at this moment, but it would help us if you would tell what ones you are looking for. His 6 Universal pictures have never been available on DVD, at least in region one. As for his Republic output for that decade, you are just going to have to wait like the rest of us for Olive films to release them. As for his 16 Lone Star/Monogram westerns, no one has of yet even bothered to do a proper restoration. So…

  • Re: Olive Films

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    Quote from Paula: “The reviews are beginning to come in. Here are reviews of the Blu-rays of Three Texas Steers, Red River Range and The Night Riders from DVDBeaver: dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_re…_texas_steers_blu-ray.htm dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_re…d_river_range_blu-ray.htm dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_re…_night_riders_blu-ray.htm Reviews of the Blu-rays of Overland Stage Raiders and Red River Range from DVDTalk: dvdtalk.com/reviews/57037/overland-stage-raiders/ dvdtalk.com/reviews/57036/red…

  • Quote from Dooley: “Hi Rough Rider, I bought a copy of North to Alaska, against my better judgment, and my blu ray has the same, frustrating glitch! Did you rip the Blu ray to see if it ironed it out? Only asking as I've had a few DVDs in the past that wouldn't play on any machines so I ripped them and they worked fine!” No, I didn't rip the Blu-ray, which wouldn't do anything to fix the problem. It's a mastering flaw and as such would take some work to delete every 1000th frame and recompile. A…

  • Re: Ford films wanted

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    Quote from Dooley: “Hi guys, I've seen reviews online for Drums along the Mohawk on Blu ray, released in Denmark through soul media, had no luck locating a copy. Does anyone know if this has actually been released or if it's been shelved?” How's your Danish? It shows 'in stock' here: <laserdisken.dk/html/visvare.dna?vare=132396752710340918> Also available here: <moviezoo.dk/blu-ray-film/Flamm…uRay-+-DVD)_5709165693120> Someone on Amazon UK was selling it but they're all gone now: <amazon.co.uk/D…

  • It's not so strange when you consider High Noon is part of the Republic/Paramount library. Still... a bad filler -- Blu-ray on a budget. There would probably be no money to be made by investing in a proper documentary for the actual film.

  • I've had a chance to sit down and look at the 10-disc John Wayne Collection from Fox. The bad news is that 9 of the 10 titles are simply re-issues of previous releases, right down to using the exact DVD masters (dates shown in parentheses). The Big Trail (2003), Red River (1997), Legend of the Lost (2002), The Horse Soldiers (2001), The Alamo (2000), North to Alaska (2003), The Comancheros (2003), The Longest Day (1999), and The Undefeated (2003). So instead of getting some new and better prints…

  • Quote from wtrayah: “Hello RoughRider! Read your recent comments, thanks for the Info! I had considered purchasing my copy of The Barbarian and The Geisha through that Hollywood classics but not i won't. I'll wait. Did buy my copy of Circus World through them, I'ts OK, print is good, it's a DVD which i did not have. Curious, where abouts in Canada are you? That's a big country! Are you near Montreal? that's a hour and a half from me! bill” I live in the outskirts of Vancouver just above Seattle.…

  • Quote from Dooley: “That is a great help; thanks again Roughrider! I take it the English audio doesn't have forced subtitles as per the French release of Circus World? All sounds like it's one to get. Is anyone else stunned at the choice of films they've released to date on Blu Ray!?! The Conqueror and The Barbarian and the Geisha are hardly high points in the Duke's career!” Nope, Legend of the Lost has no forced subtitles like the French release of Circus World. It should be noted that the sub…

  • They come in cheap cases to keep costs down of course. Premium quality cases can be purchased online. The nomenclature varies but there's economy grade, machine grade and professional (or premium) grade. You'll probably have to buy in bulk, though, which isn't a bad thing. The average retailer usually only stock the cheaper ones.

  • Quote from Dooley: “Thanks so much Rough Rider that's a huge help all round. I am a self confessed techno freak so it's good to hear there are others out there. I have been tempted with the Barbarian and the Geisha and North to Alaska but it sounds like they're worth giving a miss, hopefully studio based releases will follow. Have you tried the Legends of the Lost Blu ray? I look forward to someone posting a technical review of the walmart Barbarian and the Geisha release.” Yes, I have the Legen…

  • Quote from Dooley: “Thanks Rough Rider. I'll be interested if anyone has bought these to see if they've been properly remastered for Blu Ray? How the West was Won and Rio Lobo for instance are fantastic transfers as is Fort Apache. Horse Soldiers on the other hand is a little ropey in places and not massively better than the DVD.” I have the Danish Blu-ray of The Barbarian and the Geisha, and find it disappointing because, in my opinion, it isn't encoded very well. The print itself is lovely, al…