Gay-Friendly Blu-rays

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  1. Mark Walker

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    Thanks Mark-P!
     
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    Probably. When I told an aunt over the phone, her reaction was somewhere between bored by the news and disinterest. She told me she and my uncle knew for a long time and were waiting for me to catch up. So I would assume they knew the entire time. You wouldn't believe the things that came out of their mouths when I actually came out to them in 2000. It's not something we talk about now and know to leave the topic well enough alone. They won't even meet my partner of nine years.

    It's been a long, long time since I've watched Philadelphia, so I know I need to revisit it in the near future. Just think, though, in less than 10 years after the movie came out, Will & Grace was on TV and Bravo was almost all gay, all the time with Queer Eye and Boy Meets Boy. A lot changed in a relatively short amount of time, all things considered.
     
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    I, OTOH, remember when Bravo was a network so named for showing Janus/Criterion foreign films and BBC cultural events, and was one of the more expensive premium channels on the air.
    And then the CEO made a big deal about Coming Out, and the TV industry thought this would bring more "diversity" to the cable-scape.

    Now, they show entire day-long blocks of Interior Therapy, Real Housewives, Princesses of Long Island, and Watch What Happens Live with one of the network execs hosting celebrity news all by his own lil' overenthusiastic self. The definition of "Programming Diversity" is entirely up to you. :(
    (So much for the old stereotype about gays liking old classic films...)
     
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    That reminds me, I wonder if we'll ever see 1997's Bent on Blu-ray.
     
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    Where did that pink trigangle come from? Oh right, now I remember, it was when the Nazis put it on us when we were *not* being persecured nor put in concentration camps. :rolleyes:
    Bent was a good movie, but having seen it live on stage beforehand, it lost something in the translation. That DVD needs a good Blu-ray upgrade!!! Thanks MatthewA!
     
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    Steve,

    A while back you were asking where the ignore feature went to. I just found it, for those that want to use this handy tool:

    Go to your profile and
    -go to "Manage Ignore Prefs"
    --add users that you want to no longer see posts from.

    Lively debate and discussion is often a great way to conduct ourselves and learn and grow,but there are other times when it is an exercise in futility.

    There are folks that would rather get negative attention than no attention.

    Sometimes silence is the best response.
     
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    Ignore is the best thing ever =)
     
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    SteveJKo,

    Conicentdentally, I found [WARNING SPOILERS IN ARTICLE] this article today about Longtime Companion. It mentions it being avialable on Netflix streaming, too.
     
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    It may have been on Netflix streaming when the article was written but it's not now. I just checked. :(
     
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    I found a reasonably-priced used copy of Longtime Companion and ordered it.

    Also, my copy of A Room With A View blu-ray arrived from Amazon.co.uk. It is region free. It includes about 42 minutes of video supplements, and a commentary track with Merchant/Ivory and Simon Callow, the gay actor who played the Reverend Mr. Beebe.

    The transfer looks nice on my Thunderbolt display, my only complaint is that the credits are window boxed. I will hopefully watch it on something larger over the weekend. The sound is only Dolby Digital 5.1, but this was not a movie known for its sound.

    This is one of the most successful Merchant Ivory films, and it paved the way for the gay-themed Maurice, which was released two years later.

    And as I learned from Mark, Ismael Merchant and James Ivory were a couple. I thought that was cool.
     
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    Steve,
    I'm glad you found a copy of Longtime Companion. I saw it when it opened in Dallas and found it very moving, indeed more affecting and less manipulative than Philadelphia.
    Although A Room with a View may be the better movie, Maurice is also very affecting. The final shot of Hugh Grant is devastating.
    Did you know that E.M. Forster kept the novel from being published during his lifetime? It may seem tame to us today, but it paints a very good picture of Edwardian hypocrisy and its destructive effects.
     
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    I also saw Longtime Companion when it opened in Dallas (I think at the UA CIne, I just remember it was a downer for a first date movie).

    Yes, I knew that Maurice was not published in E.M. Forster's lifetime. I'll have to read it again, it's been 26 years.
     
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    Maurice is tied with The Remains Of The Day as my favorite Merchant Ivory film. But perhaps that's because I've never seen A Room With A View. Well that will change after tonight. Netflix has it available for streaming (unlike Longtime Companion) so it'll be viewed this evening. Thanks for the "heads up" on this title. It's funny, It's not like I'm unaware of A Room With A View. It got great reviews upon it's release and I've always meant to see it. But sometimes it takes our friends on this forum to give us that little push to stop procrastinating. :)
     
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    Longtime Companion showed up today. I was a little surprised to find that it is non-anamorphic letterboxed.
     
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    I'd almost forgotten that they made DVD's like that.
     
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    It's so 20th century!
     
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    I'm here all week. Try the veal.

    So what did you think of A Room With A View?
     
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    Well, I just finished watching A Room With A View, and I want to see it again. I continue to bring this up in the gay friendly thread because of its gay pedigree. It's writer, E.M. Forster, was gay. It's director, James Ivory, was gay. It's producer, Ismael Merchant, was gay. One of the actors, Simon Callow, was gay. Another actor, Denholm Elliott, was bisexual. They all came together to produce one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen. Oh, and it helps that there's an extended nude scene... :DThe supporting performances are all standouts, particularly Maggie Smith and Denholm Elliott.The blu-ray looked nice on my big screen TV. The supplements would not play on my PS3, probably because they are in PAL. But the commentary plays, and I will listen to it next.This movie gets my highest recommendation.
     
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    I loved it Steve. It's right up there with Maurice and Remains of the Day for me. The entire cast was great, but I especially enjoyed Daniel Day-Lewis. Unfortunately watching it via Netflix streaming brought in some technical issues I'd never encountered before with streaming, so it became a bit of an ordeal, but ultimately well worth it. I think I'm going to pick up the blu-ray on this one.
     

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