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  1. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Flower Drum Song Blu-ray Review

    Years ago I advised and loaned pictures to an A&E bio on Vivien Leigh. One of the things they gave me was a copy of Ed Murrow's "Small World" with a "Zoom" call between Leigh, Sam Goldwyn and adder-tongued critic, Ken Tynan. As a matter of interest, maybe, Ken had given the stage production...
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    Unexpected Blu-Ray releases You've Been Delighted to See

    These are 2 films that I love and had no idea they would be given any release on Blu-ray ever. The first one is the wonderful Congress Dances which was filmed in 3 different languages and was the big budgeted UFA musical Of 1931. Only the German version appears on disc. It starred Conrad Veidt...
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    International THE JUNGLE BOOK (aka DAS DSCHUNGELBUCH in Germany) (1942)

    Dieser Artikel erscheint am 12. Mai 2022. Jetzt vorbestellen. This title is getting a new release in May. It's available to preoder in Germany.
  6. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review West Side Story (2021) UHD Review

    This film was technically a marvel. But there was no sensuality, no sexual heat---Spielberg does not do that. But consider "America"... did no one think it owed more to " Bonjour" from "Beauty and the Beast" than to the original Broadway conception? Rachel Zegler's coy Disney princess was...
  7. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ A Star is Born (1937) – in Blu-ray

    Great review, looking forward to it. I think the BR looks very yellow on GWTW and yet it was intentionally timed to correspond to the color of an original print or two. I don't like it because I was used to prints made later with a less subdued pallette. Ron Haver or Bob Thomas claimed...
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  10. Mark Mayes

    Pre-Order Murder on the Orient Express (1974) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Compared and contrasted my German blu-ray version with this new Paramount release. I am so glad I read this thread as the new disc lifted a veil on this film. I saw this three times in its theatrical release in German theaters and an American cinema. I don't think I ever enjoyed it more than...
  11. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ Gold Diggers of 1933 – in Blu-ray

    Can we just say how a performance like Aline MacMahon's is another big reason this film is the best of the "Golddiggers" series. She is the template for how to zing 'em .
  12. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Song of the Thin Man Blu-ray Review

    Great review; I got mine this week and the film shone.
  13. Mark Mayes

    Reavon UBR-X200 4K UHD Universal Disc Player

    I did find out that both the X200 and X100 are multi-region players. After entering the setup menu, you type a 8765 which will take you to region selection. I will definitely get it.
  14. Mark Mayes

    Reavon UBR-X200 4K UHD Universal Disc Player

    The lack of multi regional capability is the only thing holding me back.
  15. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review A Few Words About While we wait for a few words about...™ West Side Story (2021) -- in 4k UHD

    Natalie Wood was delicate, lovely and sensitive. I don't think the film would have resonated with me as a kid when I saw a reissue otherwise. Nor would it have worked for the many kids I've shown it to as a teacher. She may be no one's ideal casting in this time, but her contribution to the 61...
  16. Mark Mayes

    Warner Archive Blu-ray Wish List: The 1940's

    I didn't realize that Goldwyn titles were now available to be mastered by Warner Archive. Of course I would like to see The Little Foxes and Wuthering Heights, but That Hamilton Woman would be my prize jewel. I do have the blu-ray that was done in Europe and was taken from the same source as the...
  17. Mark Mayes

    RIP the Cinerama Dome, ArcLight and Pacific Cinemas

    So sorry it's gone. Saw so much there....My Fair Lady looked great....although the power went off in the Ascot scene for about half an hour!
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    Disney won't just sit on this stuff, but eventually will discover some way to make it pay. They always do. When they do, yes, pray they fix some issues....I mean did Deborah Kerr really wear russ-colored lipstick in The King & I? And a blue chignon? The problem is, as I glean here, they have...
  19. Mark Mayes

    No 4K release for Gone With The Wind's 80th Anniversary?

    That would be terrific! WB has no idea what to do with this moneymaker. They don't want John Ridley hopping on their case again. But Criterion has come under fire for not releasing titles featuring enough black artists...
  20. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Thoroughly Modern Millie Blu-ray Review

    I feel lucky that we still have hard copies and people who produce them. Discouraging demands to recall something based on intermission music isn't helping our ability to have access to older films or discs. I am glad there are people out there taking notice, but the disc looks great and is a...
  21. Mark Mayes

    TCM Changing September 1 2021 >

    If they are becoming a subscription service, I will no longer need cable! That will be a savings.
  22. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ A Place in the Sun – in Blu-ray

    I have both and find the images similar. Very dark.
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    Blu-ray Review Thoroughly Modern Millie Blu-ray Review

    Mine is on its third run of the day: simple watch, commentary watch, and now background for getting to sleep.
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ Unconquered – in Blu-ray

    Did you ever get around to comparing the German with the American release?
  26. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review F.P.1 Doesn’t Answer Blu-ray Review

    Dark Journey...shameful for a VL fan like me! To be fair, this does feature prominently in my living room....
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    Blu-ray Review F.P.1 Doesn’t Answer Blu-ray Review

    I'm a big fan of Sybille Schmitz and an even bigger fan of Conrad Veidt. After viewing this disc and comparing both versions, I have to admit to preferring Jill Esmond to Schmitz and Albers to Veidt. Albers go-get-em enthusiasm as the pilot worked better to me. Veidt was more elegant and less...