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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ We’re No Angels – in Blu-ray

    "We're No Angels" may not be a great film, but it's an old favorite. I watch it most Christmas Seasons. But I will stick with the DVD, which doesn't look too bad, until the price drops.
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    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Gunfighter – in Blu-ray

    I just ordered this on the Criterion Flash-Sale this week. The Gunfighter is a great film. My DVD copy isn't bad, but Mr. Harris's review makes me doubly glad to be getting a major upgrade.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations - in Blu-ray

    I trust Mr. Harris's judgment when it comes to image and sound quality. The problem comes when folks expect something this old and traded around to look "pristine." I am not saying that it couldn't happen, but that it often doesn't. I have the "Laurel and Hardy The Essential Collection."...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Robin and Marian -- in Blu-ray

    Wow! Thank you, Mr. Harris. This release was totally beneath my radar. I love this film. I remember being much taken aback by the ending on my first viewing. Then appreciating how appropriate it was. Fantastic cast. Richard Lester is one of my favorite directors. I wish his Musketeer films...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean -- in Blu-ray

    Cool. The DVD was only okay. A rather shaggy dog of a movie, but I really like it. There's a great deal of switching in tone (I don't know what Milius' original screenplay was like, but I imagine Huston made it his own.) Paul Newman is great in this, as is the supporting cast. For the...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ A Matter of Life and Death -- in Blu-ray

    Thank you, Mr. Harris! This is wonderful news. "A Matter of Life and Death" is one of my absolute favorite films - ever. I first saw it some (50?) years ago on the tube in an all B&W print with the title "Stairway to Heaven," and thought was a terrific film then. I was gobsmacked when I...
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    A Few Words About The Big Country (redux) -- in Blu-ray

    Great news to hear Mr. Harris confirm that The Big Country is now in a corrected edition. The earlier blu-ray was certainly watchable, but . . . I have always felt that the 1950's was the greatest decade for the Western - and this is one of the best. Plus, I have an eternal crush on Miss Jean...
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    A Few Words About The Woman in the Window -- in Blu-ray

    I am just happy to have your input Mr. Harris. Any new Fritz Lang to blu-ray, is reason to be happy. Maybe there will be a pristine edition in the future - maybe not. But I will take this, until that day.
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    Blu-ray Review The Paradine Case Blu-ray Review

    "The Paradine Case" is probably my least favorite, (along with "Topaz") of Hitchcock's films after he immigrated to America. Technically, it is quite proficient, but dramatically rather uninvolved. Hitchcock was finishing his contract with Selznick. Selznick, being Selznick meddled with...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ S.O.B. -- in Blu-ray

    Very happy to hear that the image and audio quality for this film are top notch. S.O.B. is a personal favorite. I saw it several times in the theater, back when it was first released. There are so many good/great moments, and performances. From Robert Vaughn, to Shelly Winters, to Larry...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Bells are Ringing -- in Blu-ray

    Judy Holliday, Comden & Green, Vicente Minnelli, Jules Styne--and did I mention Judy Holliday? This is such a welcome treat.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Battleground -- in Blu-ray

    Great to hear. This one my favorite WWII films, along with Ford's "They Were Expendable," Kings's "Twelve O'Clock High," Milestone's "A Walk in the Sun" and Wellman's "The Story of G.I. Joe" from the late, to the immediate after war years. The war is still an immediate experience, but seen...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Hatari! -- in Blu-ray

    I'm a huge fan of Howard Hawks fan and find Hatari! great fun & highly enjoyable; but unless I can catch this blu at a real bargain rate, I'll stick with the DVD for now. Too bad so little care is taken with many catalog titles.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Mary Poppins -- in Blu-ray

    Mr. Harris, a Big Thank You! for this review. I can breathe a sigh of relief. I am like a little kid where Mary Poppins and Julie Andrews are concerned. I saw this several times on the original theatrical run, and it is still magical to me after all of these years.
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    WHV Announcement: The Best Years of Our Lives

    Great news. This film doesn't date a bit--it only gets better with each viewing.
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