While so much of the talk about home entertainment is focused on streaming, there’s still plenty of folks that want Blu-rays of films they enjoy. Why? Because odds are when you want to watch the film, your streaming services will no longer offer it. I don’t want to call out a certain service, but Amazon Prime appears like it offers a lot of cult films, but half the time you click on them and either the image looks like it was transferred off an EP VHS tape or the sound is screwed up. So if you are passionate about a film, you’re still better off buying from a quality home video label. Which is why I’m happy that MVD is offering even more Blu-rays and DVDs. The titles range from hit blockbusters like Barbershop to cult items such as Golden Temple Amazons. Here’s the press release from MVD:
MVD is proud to announce two new labels for collectors…
MVD MARQUEE COLLECTION and MVD CLASSICS
Like the recently launched MVD Rewind Collection, these two new brands have their own distinct “personality” (the “Rewind” brand focuses on titles from the “video store era” and loads them with bonus content and more), but these two new labels offer something a little different… a little simpler and (in most cases) a little less expensive.
MVD MARQUEE COLLECTION will feature a mixture of major and independent studio product for Blu-ray and DVD. Titles in “Marquee” might be a little too new to be considered “cult” but old enough to be “catalog”. Some of these are titles that will be new to Blu-ray and some will be re-releases of titles that have gone out of print and we’re bringing back.
MVD MARQUEE COLLECTION
Walking Tall (2004) (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Crazy Six [Blu-ray]
Autumn In New York [Blu-ray]
Barbershop (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Barbershop 2: Back In Business (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Beauty Shop [Blu-ray]
Out Of Time (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Art School Confidential [Blu-ray]
Windtalkers (2-Disc Ultimate Edition: Theatrical Cut + Director’s Cut) [Blu-ray]
Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
Memories Of Me [Blu-ray]
and more to come…
MVD CLASSICS will be titles that kinda fall in between the MVD Rewind Collection and the MVD Marquee Collection. They might be a little too “obscure” for those labels and some releases might be DVD only (if it’s a title that doesn’t exist in HD or was shot in SD). We wanted to create a “brand” or “home” for the films we acquire and consider to be “other” titles and “MVD Classics” fit the bill.
Diamonds Of Kilimanjaro [Blu-ray]
Golden Temple Amazons [Blu-ray]
Label curator Eric D. Wilkinson explains the differences between each line and what they hope to accomplish…
Pricing: One of our goals here with these two new labels is to keep the prices down. In order to do that it means using existing transfers and all previously available bonus material. For both “Marquee” and “Classics”, some of these titles may have been released on DVD in the past with bonus material and then released later on a movie-only Blu-ray and the studio didn’t include the previously available bonus material. We aim to correct that by marrying the previously available bonus material with our Blu-rays so you can finally get rid of those old DVDs. In some cases there won’t be any bonus material. Shooting interviews and documentaries drive the costs up and our goal here is to bring you the movies and make them as affordable as possible. But if there was bonus features available in the past, we’ll do our best to include them here, all on the same disc.
Transfers: With these new labels / brands we’re going to use what’s given to us because it’s about keeping the costs down and passing those savings on to consumers. In many cases some of these titles will have been previously released on Blu-ray early on with a half decent transfer BUT using the MPEG-2 codec. If we are provided the same transfer / master as before we’ll be using the H.264/AVC codec and in many cases a BD-50 to give the transfer as much breathing room as possible. IF we do a new transfer we’ll let you know. It might affect the price a little, but we’ll make sure you are aware!
Slipcovers: Like the MVD Rewind Collection THE FIRST PRESSINGS FROM “MARQUEE” AND “CLASSICS” WILL ONLY HAVE SLIPCOVERS. After that sells out, no more slips. If consumers collect slips, my recommendation is to pre-order. Anything past street date is not guaranteed to have a slip.
Neither “Marquee” or “Classics” will be numbered.
Tags: Barbershop, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, MVD Classics