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Twilight Time (DVD label)

Twilight Time
Type Private
Industry Home video
Founded 2011
Founders Brian Jamieson
Nick Redman
Products DVDs and Blu-rays
Owners RED JAM, LLC.
Website .comTwilight Time at screenarchives

Twilight Time is a company specializing in releasing limited edition classic films on DVD and Blu-ray. All titles are sold online exclusively through Screen Archives Entertainment.

History

Twilight Time began in 2011 as the brainchild of [2] Ultimately, according to Jamieson, "Twilight Time will be serving both the collectible drive of film enthusiasts, and, in a larger sense, the cause of cinema literacy."[2] Their first title, The Kremlin Letter, was scheduled to be release on January 25, 2011, but for unknown reasons, the release was pushed back by two months.

On September 1, 2011, Twilight Time announced a deal with their second movie studio, Sony Pictures, to license and release titles from the Columbia Pictures library beginning in November 2011. The first titles to be released under this partnership included Ray Harryhausen's 1961 science fiction/fantasy classic, Mysterious Island, followed by the original Fright Night, the horror/comedy cult favorite written and directed by Tom Holland.[3] Twilight Time will only be releasing Columbia Pictures on Blu-ray if a previous Sony DVD version is already available.

While initially limiting their releases to one title per month, Twilight Time later announced that beginning in November 2011, they would begin releasing two titles per month.[4] Towards the end of 2013, releases began to see an output of three titles per month. In an interview with NixPix, Nick Redman confirmed that Twilight Time's monthly output would continue to increase, stating, "2014 is already shaping into a significant commitment of 50 to 60 titles,"[5] which means an average of four to five titles per month.

Twilight Time announced two new studio deals in 2013. Nick Redman confirmed a deal with MGM in September 2013.[5] The deal includes all the United Artists catalog, MGM titles from 1986 to the present, and all of the titles released through Cannon, Polygram, and Orion.[5] As well, Twilight Time announced its first international deal in October 2013 with Protagonist Pictures.[6] The deal gave Twilight Time the US distribution rights to movies from the Film4 library, including films from directors Ken Loach, Neil Jordan, and Paul Greengrass.[6]

Release details

Due to the declining home video market for older and little-known films, most major film studios have opted to stop releasing those titles via conventional retail methods. Instead, studios like Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Sony Pictures, and MGM have gone the manufacture-on-demand (MOD) route, releasing these titles on DVD-R, often without any kind of restoration or remastering, or any kind of extras.

Unlike MOD, all Twilight Time titles are fully pressed DVDs and/or Blu-rays from a restored transfer.[7] All titles are limited editions with only 3,000 units of each format created, and will not be repressed once they are sold out. As these releases are geared toward the music aficionado, all releases will feature an isolated music score. As well, all releases will include an 8-page booklet on the movie featuring original essays, movie stills, and poster art.[1] Other extras will be made available whenever possible.

Product pricing

Due to the self-imposed limited edition status of all their releases, all Twilight Time titles see a higher-than-normal price range for their products. All DVDs are priced at $19.95, while all Blu-rays are priced between 10 and 20 dollars more than their DVD counterpart.

Controversy

Near the end of September 2012, customers who had received their orders early for the Night of the Living Dead (1990) Blu-ray complained about the radical difference in video quality when compared to the theatrical and previous DVD releases of the movie. It was noted that the picture was now much darker and exhibited a blue hue, making day scenes appear as if they had been shot at night. Side-by-side comparisons posted by customers to Facebook[8] and YouTube[9] backed up these claims. Others also noticed that some of the sound effects had been removed, such as the camera snapshot sound that should play over the end credits between photograph transitions.[10]

Twilight Time consulted with Sony Pictures Entertainment's Mastering Department regarding the issue, and Sony confirmed that the changes were made for the remakes 20th anniversary, done in consultation with Frank Prinzi, the film's director of photography.[11] Director Tom Savini, who was initially unaware of the changes made, later had a chance to view the Blu-ray, and in a message to actress Patricia Tallman, gave the new video transfer his approval, calling it "fantastic."[12]

Other changes

After the controversy regarding the release of Night of the Living Dead (1990), Twilight Time promised that, going forward, should a new video transfer differ greatly from the old transfer, they would bring it to the customer's attention.[11] In April 2013, they announced that their release for Body Double had been subject to some changes. Cinematographer Stephen H. Burum supervised a new transfer and changed the color timing of certain scenes.[13]

Reissues

In June 2014, Twilight Time officially announced they were re-licensing some of their sold out titles to be re-released,[14] a departure from their initial stance that all titles would be strictly limited to 3,000 units. Though they had said they had previously considered re-licensing some of their titles, this was the first confirmation they had done so. Twilight Time will not be re-releasing all their sold out titles, only the ones they feel they can improve upon.[15] The reissues are planned to be completely new editions to standout from the original releases, for instance, having new bonus features and/or new high-definition restorations.[16] The first four reissues are to be released in 2015. It is confirmed that three of the first four reissues are Christine,[17] Fright Night[17] and Journey to the Center of the Earth.[18]

List of releases

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Twilight Time label will appeal to '50s, '60s film buffs
  2. ^ a b Twilight Time's Facebook Info page
  3. ^ Classic Columbia Blu-rays from TWILIGHT TIME!
  4. ^ Twilight Time Release Schedule
  5. ^ a b c Conversations with Nick Redman
  6. ^ a b First Lumiere Classic Films Market Hits Mark
  7. ^ Coming soon! New Twilight Time DVD's announcement!
  8. ^ Why such an extreme change?
  9. ^ 1990 NOTLD DVD vs Bluray Comparison
  10. ^ Blu-ray Review: Night of the Living Dead (1990)
  11. ^ a b Twilight Time NOTLD90 Update
  12. ^ Note from Tom Savini
  13. ^ Body Double Changes
  14. ^ . BREAKING!Twilight Time indicates they will re-license some sold-out titles
  15. ^ Not reissuing every sold out title
  16. ^ All of the reissues will have extra features
  17. ^ a b Fright Night and Christine are ours
  18. ^ JTTCOTE is one of the releases

Further reading

  • Hasan, Mark R. "Twilight Time's Nick Redman". KQEK. March 2012.
  • Hasan, Mark R. "Twilight Time's Julie Kirgo". KQEK. March 2012.

External links

  • Official website through Screen Archives Entertainment
  • Twilight Time DVD Label on Facebook
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