Re: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II

Randy Pitman (vidlib@videolibrarian.com)
Fri, 2 Jun 2000 14:28:51 -0700 (PDT)

We're getting ready to review some Madacy DVD's (I think it's Madacy not
Mandacy), including the TLC aired, Jeff Goldblum-narrated "When Dinosaurs
Rule." Thanks for the heads-up; I'll certainly take a close look at image
quality.

Randy Pitman
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----- Original Message -----
From: Charles Timberlake <ctimberl@sjvls.lib.ca.us>
To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Sent: Friday, June 02, 2000 1:58 PM
Subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II

> Yeah, third that! I just previewed some from this company and sent them
> back. Perhaps the general public is happy to buy 3 cassettes recorded at
> the slowest speed and get all of 90 minutes total programming, because the
> cassette set looks really classy on their Kmart bookshelves, but for
> libraries it is, obviously, a bad idea. Perhaps these companies are
> getting rich at this game, and we are all in the wrong business.
>
> On Fri, 2 Jun 2000, Oksana Dykyj wrote:
>
> > I'll second that Jessica. If I'm not mistaken this notorious (no pun
> > intended) Mandacy outfit is from Montreal. What they (and others of
their
> > ilk)do to save on tape is transfer the film in Extended play so the
quality
> > is rotten from the outset. Add to that, that the elements used for the
> > transfer look like bad 16mm dupes and you get a result that is not only
> > frustrating to watch but does a great disservice to instructors and
> > students. It's like looking at a xerox of a newspaper reproduction of a
> > photograph of a painting.
> >
> > Oksana
> >
> > At 01:19 PM 6/2/00 -0700, you wrote:
> > >If you bought Jamaica Inn from Facets it was hopefully our good copy .
In
> > >any case it is not the copyright you need to worry about but the
quality. I
> > >took another look at " the Hitchock collection"
> > >It is something like Seven features for $30 bucks. I could be wrong but
I
> > >would not expect much at that price. Kino specializes in putting out
really
> > >great copies of many public domain titles but it costs money for good
> > >quality. I am always frustrated when people balk that our tapes and now
> > >DVD's cost $5 or $10 more than some crappy copy. I actually did not
know
> > >there were horrid DVD's out there until I started to hear about Mandacy
and
> > >others. Just remember if it sounds too good or too cheap to be true, it
> > >probably is a rotten copy
> > >----------
> > >>From: Judy Jones <judyjones@csus.edu>
> > >>To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > >>Subject: RE: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II
> > >>Date: Fri, Jun 2, 2000, 8:02 PM
> > >>
> > >
> > >>We bought a large number of titles, including Jamaica Inn, from
Facets. I
> > >>don't know about marketing them as I and II, but most of the early
ones are
> > >>British. Far as I can tell no copyright as broken in purchasing these
> > >>titles.
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>-----Original Message-----
> > >>From: Jessica [mailto:jesskino@redconnect.net]
> > >>Sent: Friday, June 02, 2000 11:13 AM
> > >>To: Multiple recipients of list
> > >>Subject: Re: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>I would be very leery of "volume 1) It is all bootlegs of films which
are
> > >>fully copyrighted under
> > >>GATT. I actually noticed one of the titles we licence ( Jamaica Inn)
listed
> > >>so I just passed this on to the right's holder. I am not actually
suggesting
> > >>you should worry about the copyright as that is a right's holders
problem
> > >>but from experience much of this stuff is JUNK. I know nothing about
this
> > >>particular disc or company ( laserlight) but DON"T assume that because
it is
> > >>on DVD it is good quality
> > >>There is a company called Mandacy that puts out titles so wretched
that are
> > >>actually WORSE than the bad videos. As always buyer beware when
dealing with
> > >>these companies
> > >>
> > >>Jessica Rosner
> > >>Kino
> > >>----------
> > >>>From: Diane Sybeldon <ac7255@wayne.edu>
> > >>>To: Multiple recipients of list <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
> > >>>Subject: Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II
> > >>>Date: Fri, Jun 2, 2000, 4:52 PM
> > >>>
> > >>
> > >>>Does anyone know of a distributor for the
> > >>>Alfred Hitchcock Collection I and II (DVD)?
> > >>>(Not to be confused with the Alfred Hitchcock Collection
> > >>>which Movies Unlimited carries.)
> > >>>Amazon.com has "I" and "II" but I can't use credit-card-only vendors.
> > >>>Thanks -
> > >>>Diane
> > >>>***********************************
> > >>>Diane Sybeldon
> > >>>Instruction/Media Librarian
> > >>>David Adamany Undergraduate Library
> > >>>Wayne State University
> > >>>Detroit, Michigan 48202
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> > >>>(313) 577-5265 (fax)
> > >>>ac7255@wayne.edu (email)
> > >>>************************************
> > >>>
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> > >>>
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> > >>
> > >
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