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Offline QuinceHead

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Hey everybody,

I was wondering if anybody out there knows if Sony has any plans to remaster and re-release the 190 Three Stooges shorts on Blu-Ray in the near future?

For duty and humanity,
JohnH aka QuinceHead

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Re: Are the 190 Stooges shorts coming to Blu-Ray anytime soon?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2016, 09:14:49 PM »
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  • Nothing that we know of in the near future.
    If there's no other place around the place, I reckon this must be the place, I reckon.

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    Re: Are the 190 Stooges shorts coming to Blu-Ray anytime soon?
    « Reply #2 on: January 28, 2016, 01:33:53 PM »
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  • What about on Ultra HD disc?
    Kinda joking a bit there. While it is nice to see the Stooges as clear as possible, how much sharper and clearer can a film that was made 100 year ago be? (Note I know the first Stooge short was made in 1934 and is not 100 years old yet.) And I might be the only one, but i thought the DVD format set has a great picture. Maybe because I have old eyeballs. Just watching these shorts on DVD you can now see all the strings and such that where used to create the special effects. As well as all the fake Shemps you can shake a stick at. But it is what it is. And I very much enjoy watching them over and over to this day.

    Please do not think I am complaining, or trying to pick a fight, just thinking out loud here.

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    Re: Are the 190 Stooges shorts coming to Blu-Ray anytime soon?
    « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2016, 07:18:33 PM »
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    Kinda joking a bit there. While it is nice to see the Stooges as clear as possible, how much sharper and clearer can a film that was made 100 year ago be? (Note I know the first Stooge short was made in 1934 and is not 100 years old yet.) And I might be the only one, but i thought the DVD format set has a great picture. Maybe because I have old eyeballs. Just watching these shorts on DVD you can now see all the strings and such that where used to create the special effects. As well as all the fake Shemps you can shake a stick at. But it is what it is. And I very much enjoy watching them over and over to this day.

    Please do not think I am complaining, or trying to pick a fight, just thinking out loud here.
    Hi Myren!

    Up to about 2 years ago, I would have wholeheartedly agreed with you regarding just how much better can an old Black & White picture be?  However, viewing the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray of A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964) was a revelation for me, even though our TV only displays 720p!

    That said, The Three Stooges shorts issued by Sony do look great, indeed about as good as can be expected on the DVD format.  In fact, from what I've seen, only the 3D shorts really suffer for not being on Blu-ray--Perhaps Sony could issue these with a few other shorts on Blu-ray (UHD is too new, and too niche for any chance of success, at least at the present!) as a test release?  My understanding is most, if not all 190 shorts were scanned in 1080p HD around the mid '00s, so no restoration should be needed!

    CHEERS!  [3stooges]

    Tony
    « Last Edit: March 13, 2016, 09:49:54 AM by Tony Bensley »

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    Re: Are the 190 Stooges shorts coming to Blu-Ray anytime soon?
    « Reply #4 on: April 18, 2016, 10:32:51 AM »
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  • @Tony Bensley nice.

    Like I said I was just pondering out loud about this post. And you might indeed be correct, it might took like it was filmed today for all I know. It is super clear on my tv's. I am using a blu ray player hooked into a Hi Def tv, so no issues there. But I am happy with the dvd's and not having to spend money again to re buy the shorts. (again, again) I was just putting my 2 cents out there. :)

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    Re: Are the 190 Stooges shorts coming to Blu-Ray anytime soon?
    « Reply #5 on: April 18, 2016, 11:40:47 AM »
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  • @Tony Bensley nice.

    Like I said I was just pondering out loud about this post. And you might indeed be correct, it might took like it was filmed today for all I know. It is super clear on my tv's. I am using a blu ray player hooked into a Hi Def tv, so no issues there. But I am happy with the dvd's and not having to spend money again to re buy the shorts. (again, again) I was just putting my 2 cents out there. :)
    The DVDs do look great!  While decent Blu-rays could be done with the existing 1080p transfers, there are those who ascribe to initially scanning 35mm Film in 4K for better results (The aforementioned 50th Anniversary Edition of A HARD DAY'S NIGHT was initially scanned in 4K!), which I tend to assume that Sony wouldn't be in for doing at the present.  That's one reason I'd suggest doing an initial test volume that includes the 3D shorts, as I suspect they'd be the likeliest to significantly benefit from even a 1080p HD presentation!

    CHEERS!  [3stooges]

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    Re: Are the 190 Stooges shorts coming to Blu-Ray anytime soon?
    « Reply #6 on: May 11, 2016, 11:20:58 PM »
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  • Wish they could put them all on a complete set with tons of extras.

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    Re: Are the 190 Stooges shorts coming to Blu-Ray anytime soon?
    « Reply #7 on: January 03, 2017, 02:31:02 PM »
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  • Just wanted to let everyone know that Twilight Time is releasing both 3D Stooges shorts, Pardon My Backfire and Spooks!, as an extra on The Mad Magician 3D blu-ray release coming January 17. Preorders start on January 4 at 4pm eastern time. If you don't have a 3D HDTV set, it should automatically display in 2D.

    If you're not familiar with Twilight Time, they're a small label which releases titles in limited editions of 3,000. Once the title sells out, that's it although a couple titles have been re-released. I'm not sure how quickly this title will sell out (eighties and nineties horror titles tend to sell out the fastest) so this is a heads up. Here are the links:

    http://www4.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/32373/THE-MAD-MAGICIAN-3D-2D-1954/

    http://www.twilighttimemovies.com/mad-magician-the-3d-blu-ray/



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    Re: Are the 190 Stooges shorts coming to Blu-Ray anytime soon?
    « Reply #8 on: January 03, 2017, 03:55:16 PM »
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  • Just wanted to let everyone know that Twilight Time is releasing both 3D Stooges shorts, Pardon My Backfire and Spooks!, as an extra on The Mad Magician 3D blu-ray release coming January 17. Preorders start on January 4 at 4pm eastern time. If you don't have a 3D HDTV set, it should automatically display in 2D.

    If you're not familiar with Twilight Time, they're a small label which releases titles in limited editions of 3,000. Once the title sells out, that's it although a couple titles have been re-released. I'm not sure how quickly this title will sell out (eighties and nineties horror titles tend to sell out the fastest) so this is a heads up. Here are the links:

    http://www4.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/32373/THE-MAD-MAGICIAN-3D-2D-1954/

    http://www.twilighttimemovies.com/mad-magician-the-3d-blu-ray/



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    This is fantastic news!

    The second website lists the Stooges shorts as both 3-D and 2-D, so they should be playable on non 3D devices, as you stated!

    Unfortunately for me, I'm short of available funds at present!  Otherwise, I'd be all in for this, despite not having 3-D setup!  Perhaps, I'll get this a few months down the road?

    Hopefully, the 3-D for these will be much improved!

    CHEERS!  [3stooges]

     


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