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Blu-ray MGM Kino A Few Words About

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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Robert Harris

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Posted September 01 2014 - 06:49 AM

Kirk Douglas leads a cast in one of those mid-1960s feature films for which someone thought that guest stars were needed for success.  I've always thought of that as odd, as the "guest star" concept seemed to be a TV thing.

 

"and Guest Starring..."

 

In this case we have Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner and John Wayne.  Mr. Brynner at least gets a bit of screen time.

 

Photographed in Panavision, Kino Lorber has given us a very nice looking Blu-ray.  Color is strong, and appears accurate.  Grain structure looks to be from an IP, and works nicely.  A quality presentation.

 

Wonderful score from Elmer Bernstein.

 

Image - 4.5

 

Audio - 5

 

Recommended

 

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#2 of 6 OFFLINE   jim_falconer

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Posted September 01 2014 - 07:59 AM

Yes, completely agree with Robert's review. I was really not expecting much from this release, but was very pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful transfer Kino did with this title.

#3 of 6 OFFLINE   JohnMor

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Posted September 01 2014 - 09:30 AM

I agree about the "Guest Star" thing.  It always struck me a TV thing and strange to see it on a theatrical feature.



#4 of 6 OFFLINE   JoeDoakes

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Posted September 01 2014 - 10:52 AM

I think that this film was a labor of love for Kirk Douglas and that part of getting financing was lining up some other box office draws.  I recalls hearing Douglas say that he approached John Wayne about this and the Duke replied, sure, but you will do me a favor as well.  Thus, we got The War Wagon.



#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Panavision70

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Posted September 01 2014 - 03:56 PM

"Guest starring" is wrong for a movie. The proper billing is "Special appearance by."  Wayne is very good in his big scene at the concentration camp liberation.



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Posted September 02 2014 - 04:53 PM

How is the movie? I see that MGM HD has this in a few days.
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