A Few Words About A few words about...™ Sunset Boulevard -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. Paul Thrussell

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    I must have had my head under a rock, the information wasn't very hard to find - in fact, quite close to home! :D If anyone's interested, there's a bit of info in another thread: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/293488/paramount-pre-1950-films-owned-by-universal
    Please excuse me while I now belatedly mourn these nitrate treasures :(
     
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    What a film, what a film... cannot wait to own it restored
     
  3. Adam Gregorich

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    Got my copy from Paramount on Friday at the HTF meet. Looking forward to watching this week.
     
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    Have the 'last' released DVD which must be the Lowry version. To my eyes on my system it looks darn good. Plan on renting the Blu-ray prior to any possible purchase.
     
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    My favorite Wilder picture and Waxman score - really excited for this. Glad to hear it's looking beautiful. Cheers me up after the Hitch sitch...
     
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    For those interested, my interview with Nancy Olson (Betty Shaefer) is up and can be found here. I admit to being a little star struck!
     
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    Does anybody else have an audio sync problem? The sound seems to be half a second off through major portions of the film - dialogue and effects. The slamming of a car door with the audio coming just after the picture makes it obvious. Can't remember this being a problem on the old laserdisc but I can't compare at the moment.
     
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    Same here.
    I've never seen it and I'm going to try and watch it on Thursday.
     
  9. Robert Harris

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    One of the most brilliant, historically important...

    and Hugely entertaining films ever produced.

    RAH
     
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    Yeah, but it's about, like, old people. And it's black and white. Eeew.
     
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    No doubt there's always going to be a contingent of people who feel that way but the first time I saw Sunset Boulevard, I was surprised by how modern it felt. Obviously, it was an older movie but it has a... cynicism and darkness that made it feel a modern movie to me. Granted, I was never a black and white-aphobe but I think this movie is a great way to introduce older movies to people who are willing to at least give a chance to something that isn't in color.
     
  12. Moe Dickstein

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    Could have used some zombies to make it better.
     
  13. Persianimmortal

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    I think the fact that Sunset Boulevard is in black and white adds immensely to its atmosphere, and is wholly appropriate to a somewhat eerie examination of an aging film star from the silent era.
    Don't give Hollywood any ideas for a sequel/reboot. I can just see Michael Bay rubbing his hands over a Sunset Boulevard: Revenge of the Fallen, wherein an angry zombie Joe Gillis comes back for justice.
     
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    It "reboots" my Pioneer BDP-33D part way through the movie and during the Nancy Olson interview. :(
     
  15. JohnMor

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    Rob Zombie? Or maybe Gus Van Sant will do a color shot-by-shot remake.
    The reason I posted that about B&W is someone in my office recently said that pretty much verbatim to me re: Sunset Boulevard after a friend had tried to "make" them watch it.
     
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    I can understand the aversion to black and white. I had it myself a while ago. I found that it made me automatically see a film as "dreary", as soon as I saw the lack of color. Some people are influenced by color quite strongly and hence it affects their mood and perception, regardless of the quality of the subject matter.
    However it wasn't long before I came to see that the stories and acting in classic black and white movies, even the cinematography, was far superior to many more recent movies. Pretty soon after that realization, I started to completely overlook the lack of color; my mind almost automatically ignores the fact that a movie is black and white now, and I focus completely on the content of the movie itself, which is quite compelling in the case of Sunset Boulevard.
    This year has seen a lot of quality B&W films released on blu, and I've been snapping them up. My copy of Sunset is winging its way to me as we speak. I understand that it's region free, so I'll be able to enjoy it shortly.
     
  17. Moe Dickstein

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    So nobody knows about the deleted framing sequences?
     
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    You mean the zombies in the morgue, rising from the dead to narrate?
     
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    :D
     
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    here she is
    http://caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/comparison.php?cap1=15929&cap2=15921&art=full&image=5&cID=1352&action=1&lossless=1#vergleich
     

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