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    Kino-Lorber Insider Announcement Thread (Read Guidelines Post #3)

    I'm also in for THE TATTERED DRESS. I first saw it at MOMA, in '68 or '69, as part of this series of B movies, mostly sci-fi peppered with some melodramas. The screenings was connected with an exhibition of British pop art--mostly collage---in the galleries upstairs. I think the artists used...
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Back to the Beach -- in Blu-ray

    Again, I think it's a matter of personal taste. For me, Pee Wee's version of "Surfin' Bird" is one of the high points of his career, but then, I was 13 when the song came out, went through a couple 45's because I played it so much, and even got to play the bass line in a cover band upstate...
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Back to the Beach -- in Blu-ray

    It certainly didn't make any sense to me, as a 12 year old. Except for Buster Keaton, I hated the cameos in those films, as they took up precious screen time when I could be seeing Annette, and I also thought it had nothing to do with the "plot", though now, in retrospect, I realize there WAS no...
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Back to the Beach -- in Blu-ray

    It didn't do great box office, it certainly wasn't huge, but it was much better than I expected. It was moderately busy the first week but dropped a bit in the second, and I think by the third was fairly slow, though the last two shows in the evening were still full, as I recall, and it picked...
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Back to the Beach -- in Blu-ray

    It was in the theater I managed. As I recall, it was mostly people in their late teens to early twenties, a similar crowd to comedies like BACHELOR PARTY, though with a smattering of 30 to 40 somethings. We did much better for the later shows. Very little matinee action.
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    Blu-ray Review The Trials of Oscar Wilde Blu-ray Review

    This is what they were given by MGM, who, as I'm sure you know, are not the best curators of the films in their care. Either it comes out the way it is, which sounds imperfect but certainly watchable, according to Matt's fine review, or it doesn't get seen at all. I, for one, prefer the latter...
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    Blu-ray Review Marty (Special Edition) – Blu-ray Review

    As always, Mychal, an engaging and commendable review. Based on your recommendation, I would rush right out and buy it, except I already have it. I wanted to comment a bit on the image quality of the 1:85:1 version. I haven't watched the 1:35:1 iteration as I always thought that framing, with...
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Back to the Beach -- in Blu-ray

    I'm referring to the last line of Mr. Harris' "few words': Tremendously entertaining - nominated for four Academy Awards, Back to the Beach is one of those treasures that one will want to pass down from generation to generation, warranting that special spot in the Paramount Presents pantheon.
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Invaders from Mars - in 4k UHD & Blu-ray

    I saw it a year later, in '56, also at a kiddie matinee. It scared the beejums out of me, but I couldn't stop watching because of that arresting, almost alien beauty on the screen. I'd never seen anything like it. It made time stand still. When the film was over, it felt as if it had just begun.
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Back to the Beach -- in Blu-ray

    All joking aside, I love this film. And as far as BEN HUR is concerned, if you're looking for breathless suspense, forget the chariot race. There's edge of your seat thrills in BACK TO THE BEACH wondering where Frankie Avalon's toupee is going to end up.
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Back to the Beach -- in Blu-ray

    I thought BACK TO THE BEACH was nominated for five Oscars, not four. In addition to the usual categories, there was also excellence in surf wrangling. Btw, Frankie Avalon's performance was definitely echt Noir, especially when he smiled and showed his capped teeth.
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Invaders from Mars - in 4k UHD & Blu-ray

    "The only real difference will be the artwork and of course the exclusive UK availability" That seems pretty clear to me. I read it to say the Arrow will have a different cover illustration and will be Region B locked. Otherwise it will be the same.
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    Pre-Order NOPE (2022) (4k UHD Combo) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Didn't know that. Guess I'll have to pick it up.
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    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    The difference with some of those reissues, I believe, but you can correct me if I'm mistaken, is MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS was released by Warners only in 5.1 stereo without an original mono track, and when the Warner Archive re-released it, there was a mono track as well. At least, that's what I...
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    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) (Blu-ray)

    I saw the play before I saw the movie, so I have the same perspective. The play is much darker, and also, because of that, a lot funnier. The two seem to go together. The play is also perfectly constructed, and the film alters that to its detriment. In the film, Capra seems to try to replace the...
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