A Few Words About A few words about...™ Personal Best -- DVD

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  1. Robert Harris

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    I'm a huge fan of Robert Towne's work (The Last Detail, The Parallax View, Chinatown et al), and his first directorial effort is a beautiful film. Personal Best is very much a character piece, taking us inside competitive sports and the relationships between athletes. In this case, a smartly presented lesbian relationship, with a real ring of truth to it. As a new Warner Archive title, I presumed that it might have been pressed, but it's actually burned (no difference in quality between the two), and even projected on a large screen, the imagery holds up nicely. While I'd love to have this, and a number of other titles owned by WB on Blu-ray (Four Friends comes to mind), this DVD will do quite nicely. Image - 5 (DVD quality) Audio - 4.5 A beautiful film, and a superb DVD from Warner Archive. Highly Recommended. RAG
     
  2. Jon Hertzberg

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    One of my all-time favorites, Robert. When I saw your post, I momentarily got excited that we would be seeing a Blu-ray. I, of course, bought this when it was first released on DVD by WHV several years ago. I wrote a little about it here.
     
  3. Jon Hertzberg

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    Does the Archive disc retain the commentary track and trailer that appeared on the initial disc? Finally, it's a minor quibble, but I would have liked to have seen WB reproduce the artwork of Mariel Hemingway as it appeared on the one-sheet. The DVD cover utilizes the same image, but positions it it a manner that's just not as aesthetically pleasing nor does it flatter Ms. Hemingway: [​IMG]
     
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    I used to own the pressed DVD yrs back, kicking myself for selling it off!
     
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    Yeah, Personal Best is a great flick, but Four Friends is DEFINITELY one I want to see in blu. I'm not really convinced by its "evil rich people" subplot, but that is a truly minor glitch in an overall beautiful piece of work. People always think of Penn as the Bonnie & Clyde guy, but there isn't one of his films but it has a unique hook, something arresting that draws you in – and I include the sometimes pretentious Mickey One in that estimation.
     
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    I reviewed the previously released pressed disc for the forum here:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/268398/htf-dvd-review-personal-best
    It sounds like the image and audio are as good as the excellent predecessor. I too was wondering if the trailer or commentary were ported over to the manufactured on demand version. I am also hoping that they fixed the typo on the cover of the original DVD that incorrectly listed Kenny Moore's name as "Kevin" (a blow to Kenneths everywhere - solidarity, brother ).
     
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    While you have mentioned wishing you had this one (and "Four Friends") on Blu ray, are you as disappointed as I am that Warner Archives has not yet announced followup Blu ray release titles/dates? Or have I somehow missed them?
     
  8. Jon Hertzberg

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    Wow, I'm a stickler for correct credits in the billing block and somehow I missed the Kevin / Kenny snafu.
     
  9. Jon Hertzberg

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    FOUR FRIENDS is an MGM title. WB had it on VHS in the early days. [​IMG]
     
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    For those interested, WBShop still has the 2008 pressed DVD available for $13.99 + tax and free shipping (cheaper than the MOD Archive disc). I just received my copy.
     
  11. Jon Hertzberg

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    Good catch, Sean. :)
     

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