Blue Underground Prepping Controversial Film for Blu-ray
Posted March 15, 2013 03:57 PM by Webmaster
Blue Underground has revealed that it is planning to bring to Blu-ray Michael and Roberta Findlay's controversial film Snuff (1976), starring Ana Carro, Enrique Larratelli and Clao Villanueva. Technical specs and supplemental features are yet to be revealed, but the release is expected to arrive on the market later this year.
Blue Underground has stated that there are no usable materials for an HD release of movies like Hell of the Living Dead, the Blind Dead films etc. They do not just make a blu-ray if a film print surfaces - they've only used higher quality materials like original negatives or IPs.
With SNUFF, some nice elements were discovered so the telecine, supplementals and disc authoring processes begin.
It's been a while, but it's good to see BU back in business. Just too bad the chose this piece of crap for their next release.
What happened to "Tombs of The Blind Dead", "Don't Torture A Duckling", "Opera" and Suspiria? I know there are rights issues, costs and so forth, especially when it comes to Suspiria. Hoping to see a BD release of "Duckling" or "Tombs" at least seem realistic.
Ah..BU being iffy with BD releases, then going ahead with releasing one which probably won't sell much. I hope that if this one doesn't sell well, it doesn't scare them off from releasing future BDs. I never even picked this one up on DVD, and don't plan on picking this one up, either. But at least there's a pulse for the label.
@CreativelyBankrupt - That practice doesn't make sense to me. Half of the titles they've released using scans from the original negative look poor because they were scanned on poor equipment. Then labels like Kino can have releases like Black Sunday coming from print sources and they're of much higher quality. If BU is going to be such a stickler for quality, you'd think they'd have turned down some of the materials provided to them.
Even if they have high quality elements for this transfer, it's "supposed" to be a snuff movie, it SHOULDN'T look good on home video. I can't see the point, unless perhaps they have a load of interesting new extras.
Wow! this is a fascinating announcement. I've never seen a studio hell bent on running their buisness into the ground. Good job BU You're on the right path!
Seriously, if they want to release things like this, fine. But mix them in with titles people actually want. It's safe to assume this title won't sell very well on blu-ray, at least compared to more popular titles they could be releasing, and that will continue to hurt their chances of staying afloat.
What on earth have they been doing for ages now? Stop releasing personal favourites and release titles that appeal to the masses in the horror community. Movies that have endured and continue to gather fans. I can't imagine there's many people who like Snuff enough to bother spending the kind of money BU charge to upgrade to blu-ray.
I've got nothing against releasing obscure personal favourites but mix them in with better, more beloved films that will actually make money and give you the chance to release those stupid films. It's great to hear an announcement from BU but this is a sorely disappointing one. After waiting this long, I expected something better. A kind of "come back" announcement to say "We know people thought we would be going out of business, but guess what?! WE'RE BACK!" But no. -.-
Did they at least find the original ending? It's a horrendous film that haves no payoff due to the tacked on "snuff" ending (Project X is a more convincing snuff film than this XD ) and I think it would be nice to know what happened with "Satan" and it's followers.
Ditto most of the posts above. Glad to see them back. I wonder what titles they still have rights to and can provide blu-ray worthy transfers for. Unless this gets horrible reviews, I might even pick this one up just in the hopes they won't get discouraged from doing future releases.
Hate to get down on one of my favorite studios but I have to agree with everyone else here. I understand that some of the source elements of their more popular titles may be less than ideal...but there must be something better than this they can release! And hell...they released Maniac on blu ray which looked awful. Out of all the unreleased Italian and Larry Cohen titles I just can't believe that at least a few aren't in good enough shape for an HD transfer...but at the same time, I also can't believe that BU would make such intentionally poor business decisions...who knows what the hell is going on. Anyways, yeah...Duckling, Hell of the Living Dead, Contamination, The Church, or countless others would get my money before Snuff.