Ethan wrote:I wonder, even if Echo Bridge isn't allowed to make their own tranfer, would Toho be awfully upset about colour correcting it?
Its not that we aren't allowed. The issue is that the proper people who can approve this expense at Miramax and Echo Bridge don't see the ROI in getting a completely new transfer. As for color correction... we'll see. If we do, we would do it during the authoring process. Miramax told me they took delivery of a direct clone of Toho's HDCAMSR.
Tamura wrote:^ Funny that you should mention that, because if you compare the Classic Media DVD of RODAN to the Toho DVD, they are identical transfers (surprise, anyone?) except the CM has contrast and color alterations.
It would appear that Echo Bridge has the ability to get a new HD transfer made, but it's too expensive and they aren't risking it. I think it would be neat if Echo did a quick, fresh anamorphic SD transfer of the English print for the DVD and relegated the Toho HD version to the Blu-ray edition. If worse comes to worse, only the opening and ending credits could be transferred from the 35mm and included as an extra on the BD. Is there a chance any of this could happen, mxg744?
Again, any new transfer from 35mm (whether SD or HD) is quite expensive. I have not gone to any of the facilities we use for this process, but they always seem to quote us nearly the same price for both end results. SD is maybe $1,000-$2,000 cheaper than HD, but that's not a huge difference when the total cost is between $20-$30k. And just doing the opening and end credits... what is different about those in the english print from the international print? Am I forgetting something?
KeizerKing81 wrote:I'm certain that Toho can charge a fee as well even if they don't supply the materials. Media Blasters used a great deal of items from Ed's personal collection and that's what got them into hot water because none of those extras were approved by Toho. Toho will have to give the ok for whatever additional content they wish to use for the disc and in addition, probably charge Miramax/EchoBridge for it.
I am no expert on this... I've only been doing my job since 2004... I've never heard of Company A charging Company B for content created by Company C just because it was packaged with content from Company A. I do believe you are right on the approval part. Different contracts include different clauses and details about what can be done with the licensor's content. Luckily our contract does not extend to giving Toho approval on our disc. We rarely give any licensor full 'veto' approval so that we can release product that fits our customer base and our knowledge of what that customer base wants. (Some producers and content owners are a little disconnected to say the least)
I did email Mr Godziszewski on the 12th, but I have not heard back from him.
It does look like Toho is clearing the bonus content from their BD release for us to use on our domestic release. I will be sending it out as soon as we get final word on what's approved for subtitling. I'm not going to get dubs for these, mostly because of personal preference, but also because dubbing is quite a bit more expensive.
Yes, read the last couple pages of this thread
we do not have a release date yet, but both a DVD and BD will happen.
As a general update, we still have not received the HDCAMSR in our vault. Apparently the English track the Miramax is trying to lay back against this master is not fitting perfectly so they are still working on it. I do have the HBO laserdisc, Hong Kong Laserdisc, and R3 DVD all waiting on hand in case we need them for reference.
Other than that, nothing much to say.