I’m Ready for my close-up Mr. Demille…

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…and I’m ready for some more Cecil B. Demille on blu-ray. Specifically:”The Greatest Show on Earth””Union Pacific””Reap the Wild Wind””Unconquered”Just sayin’

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  1. atfree

    …and I'm ready for some more Cecil B. Demille on blu-ray. Specifically:"The Greatest Show on Earth""Union Pacific""Reap the Wild Wind""Unconquered"Just sayin'

    I think the Universal DVD of Unconquered looks stunning, so a Blu-ray of that (must surly be HD) master please. And less than a month to go before a Samson & Delilah Blu-ray. I see it's being released in various European countries, & it's from Paramount, not licenced out, so I'm sure it will be multi-region.

  2. atfree

    …and I'm ready for some more Cecil B. Demille on blu-ray. Specifically:"The Greatest Show on Earth""Union Pacific""Reap the Wild Wind""Unconquered"Just sayin'

    A reply after five years! Elephant Films in France have just released three grand old DeMille's, The Sign Of The Cross (1932), Reap The Wild Wind (1942) & Unconquered (1947). I already have the German release of Unconquered, which looks great, so I ordered Reap The Wild Wind & it's just arrived, & overall it looks great, great colour (like oil paint pushed on with a pallet knife), sharp picture & a good greyscale, it has a bit of debris on the picture every now & again, the titles are window boxed & if I get up close to the screen I might see a slight green edge on some images, but I'm really splitting hairs here, overall the image is fantastic for a film that's over 75 years old, & frequently stunning.

    So I now have two of my favourite DeMille films on Blu-ray, Reap The Wild Wind & Unconquered (will Paramount ever release The Greatest Show On Earth?). I'm thinking about buying The Sign Of The Cross, I don't have any old b/w DeMille (I haven't got around to buying Cleopatra yet), but all that pre-code sex & sadism is very tempting.

  3. Just a little additional info on ordering DVDs or Blu-Rays through Amazon.fr. I was
    thrilled with the idea of ordering THE SIGN OF THE CROSS. (See: Billy Batson post
    above.) However, after spending over an hour with two different Amazon Customer
    Reps, I got an eMail this morning saying that Amazon.fr is NOT available in English,
    no matter how many ways one may try. Something to take into consideration. Also,
    for those older viewers such as myself, you should know that there are NO English
    subtitles on the above title.

  4. PODER

    Just a little additional info on ordering DVDs or Blu-Rays through Amazon.fr. … I got an eMail this morning saying that Amazon.fr is NOT available in English,
    no matter how many ways one may try. … Also,
    for those older viewers such as myself, you should know that there are NO English
    subtitles on the above title.

    Amazon France does not have a option to translate the website to English, the way Amazon Germany does. However, a right click on any page using Google chrome provides an option for an adequate translation to English. The site itself is so similar to Amazon U.S. that one can almost use it without understanding French or using a translator. The "Sign of the Cross" does have both English and French audio, according to Amazon's description, but only French subtitles.

  5. PODER

    Just a little additional info on ordering DVDs or Blu-Rays through Amazon.fr. I was
    thrilled with the idea of ordering THE SIGN OF THE CROSS. (See: Billy Batson post
    above.) However, after spending over an hour with two different Amazon Customer
    Reps, I got an eMail this morning saying that Amazon.fr is NOT available in English,
    no matter how many ways one may try. Something to take into consideration. Also,
    for those older viewers such as myself, you should know that there are NO English
    subtitles on the above title.

    I pre-ordered Reap The Wild Wind from Amazon France & a week after it was released they sent me an email saying they'd cancelled my order as they couldn't get it from their supplier, very odd, as it was still up on their site & saying in stock. Anyway, a couple of days later I saw it was up on Amazon Italy (odd, as the blu is only in English & French) & it was from the same supplier, but I thought I'd give it a go, & they sent it the same day I ordered it & it arrived just two days later. Very impressed with Amazon Italy, they're even better than the super efficient Amazon.de. It is handy that Germany have a translate function, but I'm so used as to what buttons to press that I can easily order from any Amazon, but I think I'll stay clear of Amazon Japan.

  6. A follow-up eMail from Amazon.fr said that they've now received numerous requests for
    an English translation of their site. They also said that this project is now well under way,
    and that I'd be notified as soon as all was up and running. I'll share this latest news when
    I get it.

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