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« on: September 22, 2010, 11:44:12 AM »

Once Upon A Time In America Blu-ray has been anonunced 11 January but unfortunantley nothing new has been add for this release according to the blu-ray.com site it's 229 Min i believe previous comentary and half documentary chek this link

http://www.highdefdiscnews.com/?p=52634

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=5179

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 12:35:41 PM »

Well spotted. A definite buy for me.

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010, 01:47:18 PM »

From Digital Bits: In announcement news today, Warner Home Video has just set Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America for Blu-ray Disc release on 1/11/11 (SRP $24.98). The film will be presented in its full, uncut length of 229 minutes. Extras will include audio commentary by film historian and critic Richard Schickel, the making-of documentary Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone, a Photographic Memories still gallery with 96 images and theatrical trailers. The release will also be issued as a 2-disc DVD Special Edition that same day (SRP $19.97).

Unfortunately this is just the same 2003 DVD release transferred to Blu Ray - avoid!  Shame on WarnerBros Angry

From previous post on September 6th: For fans in the UK

Film 4 HD 22.50 Monday 6th September - first time showing in HD as far as I know.  On again on Sunday 12th 23.20 - in case you miss it.

Will report back on how it looked. 

OK Unfortunately OUATIA looked quite poor in HD - In fact there didn't seem much difference from it showing on HD Film 4 & it showing on standard Film 4 (the same night) the picture quality wasn't particularly sharp & already the print/master/DVD Film 4 were using (2003 I think) is already starting to show signs of wear & tear (lots of dirt evident).

Hopefully Warner Bros will be looking at a brand new remastering of this film for Blu - Ray, otherwise its going to be a very disappointing release.

A clean up & release along the same lines as the Godfather would suffice. 

Oh well looks like that was too much to ask Warner Bros Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2010, 02:06:36 PM »

Very Very Dissapointing from Warner Bros - would have expected more from this great studio - this is a straight transfer of the 2003 DVD version to Blu Ray - as I said earlier the 2003 version already shown on Film Four in HD is not much better than the standard version - which already is starting to look its age.

Warner Home Video Press Release:

"May be the definitive gangster picture. Rarely equaled."

David N. Meyer, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Robert De Niro and James Woods Star in Sergio Leone’s           Critically Acclaimed Masterpiece

Once Upon A Time In America
 
Highly Anticipated Debut on Blu-ray Disc™ and Two-Disc Special Edition DVD
 

Available January 11 from Warner Home Video
 

Burbank, Calif., September 22, 2010 – Considered to be Sergio Leone’s masterpiece and one of the finest works within the gangster genre, Once Upon A Time In America (1984) debuts for the first time on Blu-ray Disc and as a two-disc Special Edition on January 11 from Warner Home Video. Recognized by director Martin Scorsese as a major influence on his career, the film features a star-studded cast of Oscar® winners including, Robert De Niro (“Goodfellas,” “The Godfather ll,” “Little Fokkers”), Joe Pesci (“Goodfellas,” “Casino,” “My Cousin Vinny”) and Oscar® nominee James Woods (“Ghosts of Mississippi,” “Salvador”). The film will be offered in its full length – three hours and forty-nine minutes – and will feature four hours of bonus content including commentary by noted film historian Richard Schickel, a making-of documentary and theatrical trailers. Orders are due December 7 (Blu-ray Disc SRP $24.98 / two-disc Special Edition DVD SRP $19.97).

 

“Once Upon A Time In America” received two Golden Globe® nominations for Best Director and Best Original Score; won the British Academy of Film and Theater Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Score and Best Costume Design; and earned Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, and Best Cinematography nominations for Tuesday Weld, Sergio Leone and Tonino Delli Colli. Composer Ennio Morricone’s haunting score won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.

 

ABOUT THE FILM

 

Sergio Leone, the Italian filmmaker whose artistic sensibilities created new interpretations of the American western with his landmark productions of “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” “A Fistful of Dollars” and “For A Few Dollars More,” and who brought international stardom to Clint Eastwood, crafts an unparalleled saga about two friends and the complex urban underworld in which they live.

 

Starring Robert De Niro (“Little Fockers,” “Machete,” “Goodfellas,” “The Godfather ll,”) as David “Noodles” Aaronson and James Woods (“Ghosts of Mississippi,” “Salvador”) as Max, the boyhood cohort with whom his life becomes inextricably meshed, Once Upon A Time In America chronicles the ruthless ambitions that drive them. The compelling story embraces a world of gritty realities, raw emotions, secret longings, explosive conflicts, and the volatile passions that destroy them and those who love them. Directed by Sergio Leone, the film follows Noodles and Max and their cadre of Jewish gangsters in New York from their early 1900’s childhood, through the glory years of prohibition and their subsequent reunion 35 years later.

 

Once Upon A Time In America features a stellar cast of well-known and respected actors, including the debut of Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (“He's Just Not That Into You,” “Inkheart,” “Blood Diamond,” “A Beautiful Mind”), and such stars as Elizabeth McGovern (“Clash of the Titans,” “Kick-Ass”), Treat Williams (“What Happens in Vegas” “Everwood” TV series, “Prince of the City”), Tuesday Weld (“Feeling Minnesota”) and Joe Pesci (“Goodfellas,” “Casino,” “My Cousin Vinny”) play roles exquisitely interpreted in Leone’s masterpiece.

 

With a haunting score by Ennio Morricone, Once Upon A Time In America marks a milestone in cinema history as the ultimate saga about the life of early urban gangsters and lasts in memory long after the last frame.

 

Special features include:

 

·        Commentary by film historian and critic Richard Schickel

·        Making-of documentary: “Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone”

·        Photographic Memories: Still Gallery with 96 images

·        Theatrical trailers

 

*special features listed above are subject to change.

 

 

ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA (1984)

 

Rating: R

Run Time: 229 mins

Order Date: 12/7/10

Street Date: 1/11/11

Languages: English

DVD UPC / CAT#: 1000170042 / 883929158300

BD UPC / CAT#: 1000170419 / 883929158713

DVD SE / BD MSRP: $19.97/$24.98

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2010, 11:58:19 AM »

Disappointing, to be sure. But I'll wait for the reviews. If the PQ is even moderately improved, I'll probably get it.

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2010, 12:36:38 PM »

Disappointing, to be sure. But I'll wait for the reviews. If the PQ is even moderately improved, I'll probably get it.

Same here. Although I have no doubts I'll be buying it.

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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2010, 02:49:54 PM »

Hopefully the whole film is on one disc so you don't have to take it out and put the second disc in. It is sad though that we probably won't be getting any new extras.

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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2010, 03:03:20 PM »

Hopefully the whole film is on one disc so you don't have to take it out and put the second disc in. It is sad though that we probably won't be getting any new extras.

I'm sure it will be. Yeh, that's a shame, although the bigger shame is that we're not getting to see all the cut stuff.

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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2010, 03:07:01 PM »

Disappointing, to be sure. But I'll wait for the reviews. If the PQ is even moderately improved, I'll probably get it.

I won't. At least, not for the foreseeable future. I'm tired about this money grab, as you keep paying over and over for basically the same product.  Angry


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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2010, 03:34:22 PM »

I won't. At least, not for the foreseeable future. I'm tired about this money grab, as you keep paying over and over for basically the same product.  Angry


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« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2011, 06:06:29 AM »

DVDBeaver posted their review up with a comparison of the DVD version.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdreviews16/once_upon_a_time_in_america_dvd_review.htm

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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2011, 09:54:57 AM »

The multiple dubs is a strong selling point. In spite of the less-than-stellar PQ, I guess I'll be getting it.

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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2011, 03:29:34 PM »

I'll probably get it too, but the less-than-ideal picture quality is a bit of a disappointment. It'd be good to have the whole film on one disk, but I'd been hoping for a new transfer for this whereas it seems like they have just up-rezzed an older HD master, probably made when they did the telecine for the dvd release. I'm not holding my breath for a newly remastered special edition, so this may well end up being the definitive version.

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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2011, 04:41:19 PM »

DVD Savant's take.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s3399time.html

Savant isn't a huge fan of the film, but I think most of his criticisms are fair ones.

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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2011, 09:11:30 AM »

Savant isn't a huge fan of the film, but I think most of his criticisms are fair ones.

More to the point, his comments on the disc itself provide reason for hope:

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The video and audio are ravishing. Except for his first film The Colossus of Rhodes, all of Leone's westerns were filmed in the half-frame Techniscope format. America is flat 1:85 and looks all the better for it. Multi-channel audio tracks are included for English, French and Spanish, with subtitles in each language as well. Ennio Morricone's wonderful score could easily have won an Oscar, if the producers had just entered it in competition.

The video is "ravishing"? PQ must be a substantial improvement over the DVD, then.

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