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Shawn Francis
08-31-2011, 10:35 PM
TWILIGHT TIME joins forces withSONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT to release Blu-ray editions of classic Columbia titles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (September 1, 2011) — Specialty label TWILIGHT TIME has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to license and release classic films from the Sony-owned Columbia Pictures library in high-definition Blu-ray editions. In line with TWILIGHT TIME’s innovative limited series concept, just 3000 units of each title will be produced, aimed at the collector/classic film aficionado market, and available exclusively online through www.screenarchives.com (http://www.screenarchives.com/), the nation’s largest independent distributor of specialty soundtracks.

The November 8th Blu-ray debut of director Cy Endfield’s and special effects master Ray Harryhausen’s 1961 science fiction/fantasy classic, Mysterious Island, will be followed by a new release on the first Tuesday of each month. Scheduled follow-up on December 13th is the original Fright Night (1985), the horror/comedy cult favorite written and directed by Tom Holland and starring Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall.

TWILIGHT TIME—the label that has made a recent splash in the classic film home video pond with the release of such titles as The Kremlin Letter, Violent Saturday, and The Egyptian—is the brainchild of 30-year Warner Bros veteran Brian Jamieson and filmmaker/music restoration specialist Nick Redman. In his long tenure at Warner Home Video, Jamieson initiated and oversaw countless legacy restorations, including the films of Stanley Kubrick, Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One, and Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. Redman, a film historian and Oscar nominee for his 1997 documentary, The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, is also a prime mover behind Twentieth Century Fox’s pioneering series of limited edition soundtracks, the inspiration for TWILIGHT TIME’s release model.

TWILIGHT TIME, Jamieson explains, is motivated by a desire “to optimize the film enthusiast’s dream, providing long sought-after collectible and fully restored titles, in their original aspect ratios, all manufactured to the highest quality available, and at an affordable price.”

Unlike movies-on-demand offerings, each TWILIGHT TIME release is a BD or DVD (not a DVDr) properly pressed from a restored transfer. Each is accompanied by a collectible 8-page booklet complete with original essay, stills, and poster art. And each TWILIGHT TIME disc provides, whenever possible, that extra most coveted by cinemusic enthusiasts: an isolated score. Mysterious Island offers a particularly high incentive along these lines, featuring music by pantheon composer Bernard Herrmann.

Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Executive Vice President for Asset Management, Film Restoration, and Digital Mastering, is enthusiastic about his studio’s new partnership with the label. “Our collaboration with Twilight Time will allow us to make available for Blu-ray release some of our library’s most collectible titles in a way fans have been asking for: restored and re-mastered with attention to detail and quality.”

And Jamieson concurs: “Sony and Twilight Time,” he says, “will be serving both the collectible drive of film aficionados, and, in a larger sense, the cause of cinema literacy.”

Shawn Francis
08-31-2011, 10:38 PM
One drawback: a Twilight Times Limited Edition blu-ray runs about $39.95, and I don't know about any of you but I'm not paying $40 bucks, and whatever shipping is, for a blu-ray no matter how badly I want the movie. Does Sony know FRIGHT NIGHT is a cult classic that would probably give them some decent cash if they released a mass market DVD, rather than this limited edition?

Mark Tolch
08-31-2011, 11:24 PM
I guess not. I really like the original FRIGHT NIGHT. But no, I'm not paying 40 bucks for it.

Ian Jane
09-01-2011, 09:16 AM
Yeah, me neither. That's insane.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 10:48 AM
I left a post on Twilight Time's Label facebook page expressing my dismay at this limited edition idea and the 40 dollar charge. No reply. Didn't expext one either. Just wanted them to know there's at least one person who thinks this idea if limiting a cult classic down to 3,000 pressings and jacking the price up into the stratosphere is kinda fucked up.

Ian Jane
09-01-2011, 10:53 AM
I can get the Criterion two-disc Seven Samurai Blu-ray for less than that, and I can't see Twilight Time going to the same extent Criterion has in terms of extras, restoration, and all that good stuff.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 10:58 AM
A FRIGHT NIGHT special edition blu-ray NEEDS to be loaded with extras, especially those commentaries that are floating around on the web. From what I read in that above press release it doesn't sound like they're gonna go those extra needed miles for this movie. The best they'll give us is a pretty damn good transfer. I asked them if they were going to release a standard DVD along with the blu-ray. Again, still no reply. If they add an affordable remastered standard DVD, I'll stop complaining about the price. Same thing with MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.

Heard someone on facebook mention that the transfers ARE quite extraordinary.

Ian Jane
09-01-2011, 11:06 AM
The Blu-ray.com press release says they'll be including isolated scores whenever possible, so that's kinda cool, but still, $40? It had better look damn good and be loaded for that price. I know there's a niche market for these types of movies as opposed to say Once Upon A Time In The West or Apocalypse Now (two fucking superb Blu-ray releases that were released for ridiculously low prices) so they can't make it up on volume, but since they're limited to screenarchives.com only as far as retail goes, we're likely not going to see them go any lower than that.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 11:15 AM
To me this TWILIGHT TIME label is a bad idea. In this economy, we don't need expensiive limited editions, we need affordable mass market releases. I don't see the point to this label.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 11:18 AM
TWLIGHT TIME responded, here is their regretable reply: "Hi Shawn--firstly, our license with Sony is only for Blu-rays, not for standard DVDs, and secondly Twilight Time is not a studio and is not in the mass consumption business. We are a small outfit catering to a core group of aficionados and ...fans of principally older movies who are for all practical purposes a limited demographic. The fact is we are not sure yet what the retail price of the "Fright Night" Blu-ray will be, but I can say it will be likely in the $30 range. A reasonable price-point for a pressing of only 3,000 units."

Ian Jane
09-01-2011, 11:21 AM
Well, $30 is better than $40.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 11:27 AM
Yeah, but then you gotta factor in shipping and you'll end up close to 40 again. I countered with this reply on their facebook page: "This is my problem, I persinally don't think FRIGHT NIGHT falls under the "limited demographic" category. I blame Sony for this, not your label. They simply believe they would lose money if they released some kind of upgraded DVD of this mo...vie, I believe otherwise. But since they believe the former, they gave the movie to you guys to press a limited edition. It's too bad studios look at their movies as product, when we fans view them as much more than that. When those pressings are all gone, we'll all be back in the same boat again, wondering if Sony will ever put out a special edition of FRIGHT NIGHT."

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 11:28 AM
Studios are kind of like the governement, I mean, I could write them and tell them what I think they should do with FRIGHT NIGHT, but they'll ignore it and do what THEY think is best for them, and not their potential customers. Man, I gotta let this FRIGHT NIGHT thing go.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 11:45 AM
Okay, here's their counter to my counter. Unfortunately, it negates my counter and makes more sense than my argument: "I hear you Shawn, and I understand completely your feelings of frustration, but consider this: the glass half-full is honestly better than nothing in these situations. If Sony or Fox, or any other of the studios really believed there was a ...mass-market audience clamoring for their back-catalogue titles, do you think they would be giving them to us, or Criterion or Shout! Factory or Olive? And in addition, we haven't sold 3,000 copies of any of our titles yet--our model may be suspect in the ways you explain, but we are at least making catalogue titles available to the 3,000 who really care. And, guess what? We haven't sold 3,000 copies of any of our titles yet--the studios are watching, and thinking, wow, they can't even do 3,000 units. It vindicates their philosophy, and makes them even more entrenched. See what I mean? We all have to bite the bullet now and realize this is the future, and that will only be sustained if the independent labels are supported. When that fails there is nothing beyond that except streaming."

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 11:45 AM
All I can do now is, well, save money for FRIGHT NIGHT. Damn.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 11:50 AM
I asked them about the commentaries, here's what they said: "Our contract with Sony precludes us from generating new "bonus materials" but if the studio owns any pre-existing materials, already cleared for release, those can be included. I do not know the status of the commentaries to which you refer, but will check into it."

I gave them a link to the commentaries.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 12:12 PM
It's official I have made peace with the pricing on FRIGHT NIGHT. Since they have yet to sell out of any of their limited editions, I will eventually buy it. Can't say when, since I don't see myself in the near future being able to afford it, but some day I will.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 12:23 PM
Final bit of news I have from Twilight Times: ". . . we are meeting with the director, Tom Holland, next week and we will go over all this with him."

My work is done here.

Shawn Francis
09-01-2011, 06:13 PM
Mentioned on their facebook page, FRIGHT NIGHT wil retail for $29.95, and will be up for pre-order by MID-November, and MYSTERIOUS ISLAND will retail for $34.95.

NOW, my work here is done.

Mark Tolch
09-01-2011, 09:39 PM
So, 30 bucks plus 10 dollars shipping for a blu-ray that's probably going to be barebones? That's not a half-full glass. That's too expensive, and as I said, I'm not paying for it. Their argument about the big studios makes sense until you figure that people are probably less likely to buy a 40 dollar barebones blu ray from an independent company. I like the film, but not that much.

Paul Casey
09-02-2011, 07:30 AM
Studios are kind of like the governement, I mean, I could write them and tell them what I think they should do with FRIGHT NIGHT, but they'll ignore it and do what THEY think is best for them, and not their potential customers. Man, I gotta let this FRIGHT NIGHT thing go.

It's a company, not a something designed to serve the public. OF COURSE they're going to do what they think is best for them. If they didn't, they wouldn't be around very long.

But, after reading the above, I'm glad you've turned a potential Chernobyl into a mere Three Mile Island.

Shawn Francis
09-02-2011, 01:21 PM
Yeah, you're right, that was a stupid statement. It would be nice if they could, at least, price some of their movies down to 20 bucks from time to time.

Ian Jane
10-11-2011, 12:22 PM
Twilight Time posted on FB that Fright Night will be $30, not $40. Still spendy, but a step in the right direction. At $30, I'll probably bite.

They've also got Mysterious Island up for pre-order.

Paul Casey
10-11-2011, 12:32 PM
Twilight Time posted on FB that Fright Night will be $30, not $40. Still spendy, but a step in the right direction. At $30, I'll probably bite.


HI-YO!

Shawn Francis
10-30-2011, 07:46 PM
Cover art for FRIGHT NIGHT is now up. You can't pre-order it until 11/14.

Extras: Isolated Score and Trailer.

Shawn Francis
11-14-2011, 04:52 PM
Screen Archives had a server crash, it's being speculated that it was due to everyone trying to pre-order FRIGHT NIGHT!

Shawn Francis
12-06-2011, 01:25 PM
First review of FRIGHT NIGHT is up. CLICK HERE (http://twitchfilm.com/reviews/2011/12/fright-night-1985-blu-ray-review.php)

Ian Jane
12-06-2011, 01:34 PM
Ah, no screen caps. Glad to hear it sounds like a winner though.

Todd Jordan
12-06-2011, 01:47 PM
"Twilight Time"?? What the frig is that?

Ian Jane
12-06-2011, 01:54 PM
The name of the releasing company. Did you read any of this thread prior?

Roderick
12-06-2011, 02:00 PM
"Twilight Time"?? What the frig is that?

Heavenly shades of night, mostly.

Todd Jordan
12-06-2011, 04:27 PM
The name of the releasing company. Did you read any of this thread prior?

Nah, too many bold faced words and colored letters.

Ian Jane
12-09-2011, 10:03 AM
This is the first review (http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Fright-Night-Blu-ray/25032/#Review) with screen caps I've seen.

Todd Jordan
12-09-2011, 11:47 AM
Those screen caps don't show enough. Too many dark scenes.

Horace Cordier
12-09-2011, 12:18 PM
I watched mine last night - the blu-ray.com is pretty much dead on on the a/v. It looks good - but it won't blow you away. That said, I'm thrilled with it. I really love this movie.

Shawn Francis
12-13-2011, 12:34 PM
DVD BEAVER (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews55/fright_night_blu-ray.htm) review of FRIGHT NIGHT.

Shawn Francis
12-17-2011, 08:45 PM
I hear there are ONLY 500 copies of FRIGHT NIGHT left in stock.

Jens Thomsen
12-18-2011, 09:18 AM
According to TT's Facebook page, it's actually even less now and the rest are going fast. The expect it to be OOP sometime next week. So get it while you can. Prices are sure not to go down once it's OOP and the only option is eBay.

Ian Jane
12-20-2011, 12:25 PM
And Fright Night is now officially sold out.

Todd Jordan
12-20-2011, 12:35 PM
I'm not all that upset I missed out.

Ian Jane
12-20-2011, 01:07 PM
I got one for Alison as a Christmas gift (which I gave her early).

Shawn Francis
12-20-2011, 01:22 PM
A "Secret Santa" is mailing me a copy next week! Yee-ha!

Ian Jane
12-22-2011, 11:04 AM
People are already asking anywhere from $50 to $250 for the Fright Night Blu-ray now that it's sold out. I've gotta wonder how many of the 3000 copies were bought up by speculators hoping to make a quick profit.