VistaVision--film by film chat and vote

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  1. Robin9

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    With or without the original mono soundtrack?
     
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    It doesn't say, but this is the release for me.
     
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    I agree completely.

    Another Sophia Loren Vista Vision movie is It Started In Naples with gorgeous photography by Robert Surtees. (What was he doing away from MGM at that stage?) The DVD also suggests the elements are free of dirt and scratches. I'd love a BRD of the same quality as To Catch A Thief.
     
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    There are loads of VistaVision titles that could be released based on the decent DVDs I have. A VV branded series is a great idea, something Twilight Time would do well with a limited run. If Warners aren't interested perhaps they should give another distributor the opportunity.
     
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    Since I doubt anybody else is going to mention them, how about the slough of Japanese VistaVision productions from the 1970s and 80s? (Vengeance is Mine, In the Realm of the Senses, Venus Wars, etc. ?)
     
  6. Keith Cobby

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    They will probably be released before Warners get round to the Paramount VistaVision titles or High Society (MGM)!
     
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    I'd also love HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS on BD. Also would like a blu-ray of another Loren Paramount film from the same year, Michael Curtiz's A BREATH OF SCANDAL - beautiful production with a great cast. Along with "NAPLES" this would make a terrific Loren/Paramount set -- Abbondanza!!
     
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  8. Keith Cobby

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    Let me also give a mention to Teacher's Pet, nice performances from Doris Day and Clark Gable.
     
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    Well, as 2014 draws to a close, where do we stand in terms of VistaVision titles on blu-ray? And what are your personal top three titles that aren't on blu that you'd like to see?

    Here are three VistaVision titles where an HD restoration already seems to have been done, because you can stream them in HD at Amazon:

    Artists and Models, a very funny 1955 comedy staring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Shirley MacLaine

    We're No Angels, which is also a funny offbeat comedy starring Humphrey Bogart in one of his last roles

    The Court Jester, which is perhaps Danny Kaye's finest film and looks fantastic in HD.

    I would like to see all of these on blu-ray. Would Warner Archives be possible? Or maybe just a regular WB release?
     
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    King Vidor's War and Peace, starring Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, and Mel Ferrer, with a score by Nino Rota and cinematography by Jack Cardiff, is coming from Warner Bros. in a few months. It's a flawed film with many good elements imho. Warner is releasing this VistaVision title from 1956 in a few months with a list price of only $15.
     
  11. Keith Cobby

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    My top 3 VistaVision titles are:

    High Society

    Artists & Models

    The Court Jester


    So far this year we have only had Gunfight at the OK Corral (Warners). Richard III was released by Network although the Criterion was released in 2013.
     
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    Which now is in the hands of Warner.
    Who has not only--NOT ONLY, mind you--banished it to the Archive, but stuck it on a bulk double-feature disk with "The Five Pennies".

    Here's one of those cases where Olive should come to the rescue.
     
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    Unfortunately Olive can't.
     
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    You're kidding. And DVD only? Now that Warner has an agreement with Criterion would a blu from them be possible? Seems like it would be one of their most commercial titles from this era....

    The Five Pennies, as you know, is also a very good film. It's much more drama than comedy, but I thought it was quite effective. It also looks great in HD and if you have amzn Prime you can stream it in HD for "free."
     
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    Warner has an agreement with Paramount. It more than likely prevents them from licensing it out to another party. We need to give them a chance, they have been working on bringing out Blu's from Paramount but it depends on the elements.
     
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    I've said these before, but they're still my top three:

    The Leather Saint
    The Desperate Hours
    Li'l Abner

    and, of course, One-Eyed Jacks, but I'm not sure that's available.
     
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    I don't know about now, but in 1994, it was available on Laserdisc, and what's more, Paramount was well aware of what they had, as the blurb on the back of the jacket proves. By the standards of twenty years ago, this Laserdisc was a revelation.

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    My most wanted:Joker Is Wild ImageUploadedByTapatalk1416811143.664390.jpg
     
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    Oh, sure, I just meant available in the sense of legal rights. Seems like the rights are tied up in some way or the remaining elements are damaged, or some problem that prevents its availability in the same way that my three other choices are available if Paramount/Warners wanted to do them.
     
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