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EXCLUSIVE: Twilight Time July/August Titles

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. dana martin

    dana martin Well-Known Member

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    how I would love to see them release The Grey Fox, such a gem of a film, and Farnsworth just steals your heart with his performance.
     
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    Like the 'gentleman bandit' he portrayed, Farnsworth did not go completely unnoticed for his work Dana...winning Best Actor from Taormina, the London Critics Circle, our own Genie awards, and snagging a Golden Globe nomination (back when that meant more). And yet no DVD. In fact, no home video presence at all either domestically or internationally since VHS and Laserdisc days.

    So The Grey Fox is the very definition of a MIA title deserving rediscovery and re-appreciation. But without even a DVD, it's unlikely that an HD master was ever prepared, which limits what a single cottage label like TT could do to rescue it from obscurity. Also, like a lot of Canuck films of that era, I think it had rather complicated public/private financing, so rights could be an issue as well. AFAIK Video Treasures (do they even exist anymore?) was the last company with any home video connection to it, back in 1989.

    I just hope I live long enough to see someone - somewhere - resurrect this lost gem because it does have a devoted cult following. I'm always surprised by the number of folks on various boards who have not only seen the film, but love it...ironically, more from the U.S. or overseas than domestically. Usually when I ask Canadian fans about The Grey Fox they just cock their heads quizzically like the RCA dog.
     
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    The Grey Fox and Farsnworth's rich performance need to be seen and appreciated by the younger generation. The film needs to be made available again. And yet, here we go again, it'd probably go to a boutique label because most people would scratch their heads and pass on this title and its leading man. Farsnworth, who?
     
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    Most younger fans probably know Richard Farnsworth from David Lynch's The Straight Story. But he had long acting history in golden and silver era Hollywood, notably in vintage oaters.

    Somehow I think this one will remain out of reach for any single cottage label because of the prohibitive cost of remastering in high-def. Wouldn't it be wonderful though if some of the overseas catalogue labels like Arrow, Carlotta, or MOC could pool their resources with either a Twilight Time or Criterion stateside to fund a new master which they could all share for their own specialized markets?
     
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    Just finished watching Broadway Danny Rose, which looks wonderful, so I'll be buying Radio Days even though it's not a personal favorite. As much as I love Buddy Holly's music, the film is such a glossed over semi-true version that I never liked it. Pass.
     
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    Nothing for me looking for Solomon and Sheba, Land of the Pharaohs, Esther and the King, Sodom and Gomorrah, Seven Cities of Gold.
     
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    You certainly ain't the only one, brother, EVERY ONE of those!
     
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    yep I skipped a day of college and saw this twice in that one day, and was hooked,
     
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    Thanks , I checked this list and there are at least 5 I need to order. Sadly ,a couple of other ones are already out of print .
     
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    I'm shocked that The Buddy Holly Story is coming to blu-ray. Gary's performance in this is absolutely amazing.
     
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    Busey was Oscar-nominated as Best Actor in a Lead Role...deservedly so...for this performance!!! :thumbsup:
     
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    What?
     
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    "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" (from the director, writer and composer of "Mad Mad World" with Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani in a race to who will burst a blood vessel first from yelling at each other -- hilarious movie although many dramatic moments are truly unsettling)

    "Brannigan" -- terrific late career John Wayne cop thriller, Duke in 'Crocodile Dundee' mode in 1974 London -- great location filming up and down the streets of London (and notably, Tower Bridge) which will look amazing on bluray. Also, the last bar room brawl John Wayne was ever in on film. A piece of trivia -- the night before he died, Peter Sellers and his son watched "Brannigan" on television and Peter pointed out to his son the stuntmen who worked on this picture (mainly in the bar room brawl scene) would all go on to work with him in the "Pink Panther" movies and knew each by name.

    "Violent Saturday" -- one of the great heist movies of all time, amazing cast and will also look also spectacular on bluray.

    Those are the three I'm getting -- "Save Your Legs" is a very funny Australian sports based comedy (in this case, cricket) that was a big hit down here last year -- only a matter of time before some big studio picks this up and remakes it -- believe me, in this case, stick with the original!
     
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    Yes, it doesn't matter that Paul McCartney complains it's not exactly the true story -- the performances are resoundingly good.
    The Apollo Theatre concert sequence is a mini-classic by itself.
    Here's hoping it gets a better transfer than the old Region B Blu ray abomination !
     
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    I'm a big (for which read HUGE!) Buddy Holly fan.

    In Buddy Holly/Crickets circles The Buddy Holly Story is generally seen as a complete joke, it is so inaccurate.

    For me, I understand that 'based on a true story' is a fairly elastic term, and that films don't necessarily need to be historically accurate to good.

    In addition, so much of Buddy's life is still shrouded in a little uncertainty to this day, and new facts/rumours emerge over time, they really couldn't have made a film when they did which was still seen as 100% kosher today.

    Busey is great, and the reproduction of the music is extremely good.

    Steve W
     
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    Violent Saturday should have highly directional dialog
     
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    I've been thinking about buying the DVD for the longest time without ever getting my money out. No further delay! I'm buying this . . . . and yes, you're right. It one of Elvis's best films.
     
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    I'm surprised that we're not seeing more love for this title. The review from Variety:

    The Secret of Santa Vittoria Review
     
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    Follow That Dream is on Vudu HD streaming and I've seen the first two minute clip (free sample) in 1080p. The titles are over live footage and at the very end of the clip, when the titles are finished, it goes out of the dupe and into the original footage until the sample ends. This looks very nice. It will be great to have a BD and retire the letterboxed DVD!
     
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    I'm in for the Ken Loach double feature(how about 'Bread and Roses" next?) and 'The Buddy Holly Story'.
    On the fence about 'Radio Days'.
    Not to get burned at the stake talking ill of Woody Allen in a forum for people that love movies, but seriously what is the appeal? I've watched enough of his work trying to force myself into liking his films(I thought Radio Days was pretty good) but I just don't get it. I hated 'Annie Hall'.
     

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