One of the great American musicals, the 1936 Show Boat, with massive talent in the leads, including one of the finest voices ever recorded, Paul Robeson, and original cast member, Helen Morgan.
Derived from a safety fgm, Criterion’s new Blu, is the best I’ve ever seen this film look.
Gorgeous gray scale, perfect grain structure, great black levels.
Just grab a copy.
Don’t know who Paul Robeson was?
Best to find out.
While viewing, keep mind of the Showboat barge itself, and how location footage is blended and cut with partial views, overhangs, fore and background of parts of the set.
And last but not least, and fit for an interesting discussion, directed by James Whale, the top director of horror for the studio – Universal.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes
Very Highly Recommended
A treasure from every angle.
I do miss my Criterion CAV laserdisc...which had so much supplementary material it took a week to get through it (It had to be thousands of stills on that disc...about the film, the stage production, history of show boats, you name it).
I was fortunate to see this in 35mm at the Senator Theater in Baltimore back in the early 90s. Paul Robeson's close-up during "Ol Man River" was pretty incredible on the big screen.
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I love this movie and have seen it many times (at home) over the years in varying levels of quality from television prints in the late 1970’s to very good recent WB Archive disc. Even in a poor television print this film is outstanding.
A bit of trivia on Paul Robeson; he was one of the first people to sing in what became the Sydney Opera House when he performed for construction workers with an impromptu lunch time concert when he visited Sydney during construction. By accounts he raised the (not constructed) roof!
Looking forward to the arrival of my new disc from Criterion.
For Canadian buyers, Unobstructed View has a great pre-order sale price of just CDN$29.99 for the blu-ray. https://www.unobstructedview.com/product/show-boat-2/
Unobstructed View also has a sale currently running of 200 selected Criterion dvds at a price of two for just Cdn$30. A great way to fill in some holes in your collection if they don't necessarily need to be blu-rays. https://www.unobstructedview.com/criterion-collection-dvd-sale-2-for-30/
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Already pre-ordered the Criterion Blu-ray.
Ditto. Plus, it's not like I'm spending money on entertainment away from the house these days. An extra $8 to watch it now is worth it because we need the entertainment now.This is one of those titles (Criterion) that I have pre-ordered without even contemplating a wait until the next B&N Criterion sale.
I cancelled the Amazon order and placed the order with Criterion, saving about $3. Who knows, maybe Criterion will ship it to me sooner rather than later. If it gets here before Thursday of next week it will beat Amazon's current shipping. As far as I can tell, Amazon has done away with release day delivery. My last few discs have arrived 2 days after release day. I've got '1917' on order and it hasn't even shipped yet.
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As I posted an another thread, I used the coupon and the current discount to get Show Boat and Prince of Tides.I used the coupon too and bought two to get over the free shipping limit. Came out to an average price of ~$23 each. My two - Show Boat and Destry Rides Again. They’ll ship on Destry’s release date in order to get the free shipping.
As for Amazon discontinuing their release-day delivery, I had pre-ordered Criterion's Leave Her to Heaven, Warner Archive's The Stalking Moon, and Kino-Lorber's My Gun Is Quick and Endless Night, all of which were released yesterday. I received them all yesterday except Stalking Moon, which arrived on Monday -- a day early!