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Scared to Death
Scared to Death
DVD ~ Stanley Andrews
Price: $5.98
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORGEOUS print -- just amazing!, July 24, 2009
This review is from: Scared to Death (DVD)
You don't need to be told about this film, you just want to know if this is the DVD to buy.
YES, it is. The quality of this print is astounding. It's beautiful, sharp and clear, and even the TRAILER for the film (included on the disc) is in good shape.
Under ordinary circumstances I'd be happy with the quality of this print and trailer (and even with the quality of the transfer), but considering what a cheap little public domain title SCARED TO DEATH is, and the fact that the quality of this DVD label's products varies wildly, I am stunned. I think you will be, too.
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This Is the Devo Box
This Is the Devo Box
Offered by Cool Japan Delivery Shop
Price: $182.85
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond perfection. Hock a kidney if you have to, but you can't live without this., March 18, 2009
This review is from: This Is the Devo Box (Audio CD)
The review here by SpudOz is absolutely correct in every particular. I've been the hardest of hardcore Devo fanatics ever since the first album was released in 1978 and I never dreamed that it would be possible for their glorious work to ever sound this fine. Our Japanese friends at Phantom Sound and Vision have done right by the Fab Five and gone further than the most fanatical sense of duty and devotion might demand. I've heard these albums literally thousands of times, but now I'm actually hearing elements and nuances which I have never caught before (and I'm not an audiophile with a golden ear; the sound of these discs is dramatically improved in ways which even the most casual listeners will notice immediately).

I commend you to the level of insane detail given to the packaging:

With the original issue of the first album, the inner sleeve (with photos and lyrics) was printed on a glossy stock. That same grade of paper is used for reproducing the inner sleeve of the corresponding CD. The inner sleeve of the second album, again with images and lyrics, used a rougher stock, so Phantom Sound and Vision went to the trouble to seek out that exact same paper to make their reproduction. This applies to all of the sleeves, jackets and inserts in the box (Devo's first seven albums, comprising their entire career at Warner Brothers). The result is as if mint copies of those seven albums had been miniaturized by the shrinking technology of Fantastic Voyage; it's absolutely breathtaking and unlike anything I've ever seen. I don't think the artists had anything to do with choosing the grade and paper stock of their album sleeves and inserts, but even this trivial detail was enough to warrant the needed attention, effort and expense which Phantom Sound and Vision knew fans would marvel over.

The jackets of Duty Now for the Future and Oh, No! It's Devo originally had perforations (around the image of the band on the front of the former and allowing the buyer to fold out a standing leg on the back of the latter), and you'll find the same in miniature here. Freedom of Choice and New Traditionalists originally had wall posters as inserts, and at last they have them again (now 14 1/4" x 10", and bright and clear). New Traditionalists had a sticker in its lower right corner bearing the image of Nutra and promoting the inserted poster and 45 rpm single of Working in the Coalmine, and Shout had one in its upper left listing the song titles. Even those stickers are back, not printed as part of the jacket image, but actually remade as tiny stickers and affixed to the jackets in the same locations as the originals -- absolutely unreal.

The two sided card stock insert and the red generic "Warner Bros. Music Show" jacket from Dev-o Live are exactly as you remember them, and the disc contains the entire 22 track show from the Rhino Handmade reissue, not the paltry six we had to live with back in 1980.

Remember that 45 rpm of Working in the Coalmine? When you see how it was fed through the Fantastic Voyage miniaturizer you are simply not going to believe it.

And this rave has just been about the paper, but wait until you hear the music! Isao Kikuchi deserves an award for his digital remastering of these astonishing albums. Hear Devo as you have never heard Devo before, as they have always deserved, and marvel.

Printed lyrics for all seven albums are included.

Thank you, Phantom Sound and Vision, Isao Kikuchi, and Devo.

Topper / Topper Returns ( Double Feature) (1941)
Topper / Topper Returns ( Double Feature) (1941)
DVD ~ Cary Grant
Offered by Richard C. Brooks
Price: $9.99
36 used & new from $2.93

237 of 243 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both films look perfectly gorgeous on this DVD., July 29, 2003
I couldn't be more pleased with the image quality of both TOPPER and TOPPER RETURNS on this DVD from Hallmark & Artisan, and I'm a demanding viewer. Both prints are top-notch and the transfers are outstanding, offering extremely clean, clear presentations. I'm so pleased with this DVD that I was compelled to write this (my first note on Amazon) just to assure fellow fans of these great comedies that you should by all means order this disc with confidence.
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