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The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 26th January 2012 07:37 AM

dream demon 26th January 2012 12:23 PM

Looks like he remade it in 2001(?) with Naomi Watts.

Down [DVD]: James Marshall, Naomi Watts, Eric Thal, Michael Ironside, Edward Herrmann, Dan Hedaya, Ron Perlman, Kathryn Meisle, Martin McDougall, John Cariani, David Gwillim, Peter Banks, Marc Felperlaan, Dick Maas, Bert Rijkelijkhuizen

And this is the original US title.

The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 26th January 2012 06:01 PM

Yeah and apparently it's shite!

The original is a wee gem!:nod:

Gojirosan 2nd February 2012 12:53 AM

THe original would be a perfect film for Shameless I reckon.

Just watching the French DVD now and it is pretty decent, but not ideal.

PQ is OK, but the old English dubbed soundtrack is really showing its age/budget. This needs an English subtitle option to put over the original Dutch soundtrack.

More irksome is the aspect ratio. It seems to be based around an unmatted print (theatrical ratio was 1.66:1) but still scanned in slightly for a 1.33:1 presentation (the left edge seems cropped). Changing my telly to 1.55:1 hints that without this cropping it might have looked quite decent zoomed in.

The Netherlands release zooms in all the way to 1.78:1, so who knows what that looks like!

A nice 1:66:1 anamorphic transfer with English subtitles would be a suitable service to a wonderful bit of Euro horror.

JonD 6th May 2012 12:24 PM

AMSTERDAMNED rocks! An incredibly good, low-budget slice of Eurothriller from the Netherlands, and one of the last decent films ITV ever aired, which is how I saw it. (They premiered it at 2am on New Year's Day in the early 1990's! :grin: )

I loved the film so much, I bought the Netherlands DVD release which didn't have any kind of English audio/subs to chose, but it was that good I endured watching it in Dutch, until - of couirse - Nouveaux Pictures released it in the UK a year or two back, with both the English subtitled option, and the English dubbed option (predominantly performed by the original cast, who were mainly bi-lingual, making it a very rare occasion when a film's cast has performed the same film in two languages)!

I remember THE LIFT on Channel 4 many, many years ago, but I was so young (early teens at best), that I don't honestly remember much about it. Definitely a film I'd like to see released in the UK, however. :clap:

Jinx_Barkman 19th November 2012 03:59 AM

Can anyone tell me the difference between these two releases?

L'Ascenseur: Huub Stapel, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Josine van Dalsum, Huib Broos, Paul Gieske, Dick Scheffer, Dick Maas: DVD & Blu-ray

The Reaper Man@Cult Labs 19th November 2012 06:43 PM

That first release don't exist mate.
Ordering it gets you the release below it which is what happened to me.

As I may have said before,well worth it!

Jinx_Barkman 19th November 2012 07:38 PM

Thanks Reaper man! I will be ordering shortly.

cloud 29th November 2012 07:10 PM

I got this one recently and I wasn't impressed at all to be honest. I know it's a bit of a cult film and even regarded as a classic in some quarters, but it was sadly one of those movies that I struggled to get into. The idea was good enough and certainly original, but flat characterisation, cinematography and direction let it down. The pace was also too leisurely for its own good, and that's before even getting onto the plot which didn't really go anywhere.

The disc itself was pretty half arsed with a full screen presentation and no restoration, it looked like a good VHS, and while the artwork was nice and it was certainly good to finally see this film for myself, I certainly won't be revisiting it, unless the remake bowls me over. It's a pity because I really liked Amsterdamned by Dick Maas.

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