I am surprised at the number of blu-ray reviews for 'The Uninvited' blu-ray criterion collection edition. The release date is listed as 10/22/2013, yet several individuals have already reviewed the product as of today, 08/01/2013. Has this been released early or is it that people who already love the film just can't wait for the blu-ray release to review it. How are those reviews going to help those of us who will be looking for comments on the actual quality of the Criterion Collection Blu-ray?
It hasn't been released yet. The reviews are from people who have seen the film or own it on VHS and, like myself, are excited to see it released on DVD/Blu-Ray at long last. This film has never been released on anything other than VHS back in the early nineties and since the advent of DVD in the late nineties, many people have been waiting for a DVD edition of this film. 14-15 years later, we're finally getting it! As for as your questions of quality: If you've ever seen a Criterion edition of any film, you'd know that they are always top quality (Hence the expensive price tag compared to other editions) If you have doubts, just wait until after the release date and see if you can request a copy at your local library. You won't be disappointed.
Thank you, W. Mann, for the information regarding a DVD version being released as well. Also, regarding your previous comment above about Criterion Editions, etc. I have several Criterion Collection versions of other films and I agree that for the most part they are exceptional. I still like to have that verified by the comments of others before I invest in them individual, because, as you mention, they do have expensive price tags. Also, just so you know, my small town library will definitely not carry a Criterion Collection of a DVD, we're lucky when they have a blu-ray at all. Thanks again.
Funny the tech-chasers keep telling me that people like you don't exist. Don't let them hear you say you're happy with the quality of the gear you have, they'll call you all sorts of names and declare you're a hindrance to progress.
Either way, I'm glad criterion has gotten around to giving this film their special treatment. I love the restoration, but most of all I love the commentaries and extras.
Yes, I've never been one to go for the "newest and best". Back in the days of the first PC's, I always bought a computer one generation behind the state-of-the-art. For two reasons: First, as the old saying goes - pioneers are the people with arrows in their backs! I leave the "alpha", "beta", and "gamma" testing to others. Second, I found that by the time I've outgrown my "late model" system, the current state-of-the-art was two or three generations beyond where it originally was. So I get to skip over the intermediates, and get a far more advanced system than I "originally" could have gotten - usually for a lower price too!
But maybe you can answer a "tech" question I have. What happened to VCR's (or DVR's for that matter) with TUNERS? It seems like the only way you can record today is with a "line-in" system, which means you're dependent on a box you PAY FOR from your cable or satellite company. (TiVo's essentially the same too.) I mostly record shows to time-shift, and I don't feel like paying extra per month for the privilege. (It's only necessary because of the programming "geniuses" who insist on putting shows I like on at the same time.)
I've heard the explanation that it's too expensive to put digital tuners in a VCR (etc.). BALONEY! A few years ago I bought a Magnavox ZV450MW8 for somewhere around $150 (or less). I've seen "line-in" units being sold for more than that today. Yet it came with BOTH an analog and a digital tuner. (It wasn't HD, but since I'm still using my old, analog, cathode-ray tube TV's, who needs it?)
I'm not usually a believer in conspiracy theories, but the sudden disappearance of tuners strikes me as highly suspicious. Someone's trying to make money by preventing us from recording shows. In my case, they may be killing the goose that lays the golden egg. I still have cable precisely BECAUSE it provides an analog feed (as well as digital), so that I can continue to use my (shrinking) supply of workable VCRs. But when the last one goes, so goes my cable subscription! I'll either try "cord cutting", and getting my shows through the Internet (which I think is the "wave of the future" anyway). Or use the digital tuners I bought with my government coupons, and limit myself to over-the-air broadcasting.
And what about all the exciting shows on cable/satellite? I'll just do what I'm already doing for channels I don't subscribe to (because they're all digital): exercise patience, and then rent the DVD's for FREE from my public library!
So, any ideas why this nonsense is happening? Or, any hints where I can get what today appears to be a true chimera: a VCR with a tuner?
Oh it was compliment. ( I am not a fan of chasing technology for the sheer sake of having the latest most current thingymabob; especially if what I have completely satisfies my needs at the moment)
If you type in [dvd with tuner], you can find a few models (dvd/vcr combos) on the Amazon site. I don't believe anyone manufactures a strictly VCR unit anymore -- which kind of sucks as not all films released on VHS have been deemed worthy, or profitable enough to convert to dvd yet.
Thanks. I tried looking for VCR or VCR/DVD combos, but couldn't find any with tuners. Your tip brought up quite a bit. The trouble is they're all USED, and they are from merchants working with Amazon, not from Amazon directly. I'm not sure I want to trust to that.
Still, I've had good experience buying small priced items that way (books, a Royal hand-held PDA), so in a pinch I might try this. I may still go to "cord cutting", for the reasons I previously mentioned.
But thanks again for the help.
P.S. - I just placed my order for The Uninvited, and look forward to its arrival.
P.P.S. - On the top of the "not deemed worthy for DVD" list must go the Second and Third Seasons of Picket Fences. (The first came out long ago, but there's no word about the others.) Personally I consider the Third to be THE BEST THING EVER TO APPEAR ON AMERICAN COMMERCIAL TV. (On the other hand, the fourth, and last, season was the dregs.) Why, oh why, can't it be released? I suspect a contract or copyright dispute.