Second Sight Films (UK)

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#426 Post by domino harvey » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:24 am

Jean-Luc Garbo wrote:
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Second Sight will be releasing a limited edition double feature of When a Stranger Calls and its superior sequel When a Stranger Calls Back in December
I haven't seen either but now I'm intrigued. Do you mean superior for a sequel or miles better than the first film?
The latter. My writeups from the Horror List Project:
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When a Stranger Calls (Fred Walton 1979) Unsatisfying mashup of the dying post-French Connection cop flick and the still-gestating slasher. The film maintains a fair amount of horror cred due to its opening sequence, a serviceable depiction of the infamous "The call is coming from inside the house" babysitter tale, but any rope given is noosed shortly due to the inordinate amount of time spent on Charles Durning's lowkey vigilante-for-hire antics and the barely-registering presence of the villain. Thank God you don't need to really see this to enjoy the sequel.

When a Stranger Calls Back (Fred Walton 1993) And what a sequel it is! Like the original, this pic opens with a more or less self-contained first act. Yet this sequence is no mere gentile repurposing of a tired urban legend as in the first film, but rather a slow-burning ballet of suspense. A fresh-faced babysitter is placed in familiar territory (home alone, kids asleep) when she hears a knock on the front door. More than that I dare not reveal, except to say that the film utilizes dead space (both visual and aural), long shots, and expertly-placed insert shots within the generous academy frame to add layer upon layer to the snowballing dread. Simply put, the twenty-five minute opening of When a Stranger Calls Back ranks as one of the best (if not the best) examples of this type of horror-suspense, and even if the rest of the film was Troma outtake reels it would still make my list. Thankfully the remainder is pretty good too, with a particularly novel twist concerning the villain's abilities that is so ludicrous it floats by on audacity alone-- keep in mind this film came from the same hand as April Fool's Day, so Walton must get a real kick out of these sort of things!

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#427 Post by dwk » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:31 pm

The When a Stranger Calls set is now going to be region free.

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#428 Post by domino harvey » Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:43 am

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2K RESTORATION OF THE FILM SUPERVISED BY CINEMATOGRAPHER MICHAEL BALLHAUS
No Strings Attached - an interview with assistant director Renate Leiffer
Observing Fassbinder - a tribute to photographer Peter Gauhe
Looking Ahead to Today documentary
On-set featurette
Original Broadcast Recap
The Simulation Argument - an interview with Professor Nick Bostrom
50-page perfect-bound booklet featuring new essays by Anton Bitel and Daniel Bird, archival writing by Daniel Oberhaus and Christian Braad Thomsen, stills and rare on-set photos by Peter Gauhe
Exclusive rigid packaging
Will be presented in 25fps

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#429 Post by perkizitore » Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:46 am

It looks like I need to put my Criterion for sale.

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#430 Post by ShempTCat » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:53 pm

Second Sight updated their Facebook cover photo:
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Looks very similar to the original poster to Dawn of the Dead
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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#431 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:54 pm

Yup, that's what it is. Shut up and take my money Second Sight.

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#432 Post by tenia » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:43 pm

If this is it, I'm now even more glad I didn't go ahead and cave in that French silly crowdfunding campaign.

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#433 Post by dwk » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:18 pm

Exciting news if they are able to do a new scan (or use a new scan, I'm not sure if Second Sight is able to afford to do their own scans) of the theatrical cut.

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#434 Post by tenia » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:07 am

I wouldn't hold my breath. It'll either be the newer 4K restoration or an older HD master, and I definitely know which one I'd prefer and be happy with.

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#435 Post by Cronenfly » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:08 pm

I haven’t been following: is there something wrong with the new 4K restoration?

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#436 Post by dwk » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:33 pm

I haven't seen it, but the 4k Dawn is only the short Argento cut

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Re: Second Sight Films (UK)

#437 Post by M Sanderson » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:03 pm

The old Anchor Bay R0 is actually very good in terms of PQ.

Obviously no one’s going to complain about a new scan.

Any definitive release, obviously, requires the different cuts of the film.

Why so few details at this point?

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