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    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    I had my annual screening for myself of 1776. It’s the new 4K UHD release. I enjoy it every time. I saw the original Broadway production with the same cast all those years ago. Jack Warner didn’t want to make the same mistake he made with Audrey Hepburn instead of Julie Andrews playing Eliza...
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    B&N Criterion Sales starts July 2, 2021!

    I got my order in: Double Indemnity (4K), Summertime, and Raging Bull (4K).
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    Press Release SPHE Press Release: 1776 (1972) (4k UHD)

    I received my 4K disc a couple of hours ago. It looks and sounds excellent. I skimmed through the disc and doesn’t have any problems (Oppo-203). I also skimmed through the laserdisc version. I actually have the laserdisc which I haven’t watched in years ever since the DVD of 1776 came out. I’ll...
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    Blu-ray Review Flower Drum Song Blu-ray Review

    Just finished watching Flower Drum Song twice, a second time with the charming audio commentary with Nick Redman and Nancy Kwan. It’s from the DVD release of 2006. Audio and video are excellent. Enjoyed every minute. I was comparing the song list of the film and the Broadway production. Only one...
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    Blu-ray Review Flower Drum Song Blu-ray Review

    I’m expecting mine tomorrow. Love Look Away is the show’s best song. Sad but beautiful. Rosemary Clooney recorded it for one of her albums.
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    What Forgotten Films do you want on Blu ray or 4K?

    The 1939 version of The Man in the Iron Mask. Directed by James Whale and starring Louis Hayward (in the dual roles), Joan Bennett, Joseph Shildkraut and Alan Hale. This was a favorite of my father and was released on a DVD by Hen’s Tooth.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection - Volume Two -- in 4k UHD

    I’ve gotten through Harry, Shadow & Marnie. They all look very good. The autumn colors and foliage are stunning in Harry. The black & white cinematography in Shadow is fine. I have to compare it with the blu-ray. Marnie looks great compared with the poor old blu-ray. The hunt scene especially...
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    What Forgotten Films do you want on Blu ray or 4K?

    Not a bad sequel to Peyton Place except for the fact that all the major rolls are re-cast with different actors. In the early 60s 20th-Fox released this and the original as a double bill when they saw that The Robe/Demetrius & the Gladiators did well as a pair. Mary Astor steals every scene...
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    Some Twilight Time Discs No Longer Playing

    So far no Twilight Time problems. I checked a few of the discs some of you cited as problematic. I have an Oppo 203.
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    Criterion Blu-ray titles!

    I have the Criterion laserdisc of Summertime. It’s an enjoyable romance with a great score and a wonderful K. Hepburn performance. It was of excellent quality on the LD, the blu-ray (or maybe 4K UHD) would be very nice. Richard Rodgers composed a fine score for a Broadway adaptation of...
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    Barabbas HELP !!!!!!!!!

    I did not say that it wasn’t good. I said it wasn’t the best. The other theaters I mentioned had wider screens (some curved), better sound systems and were more luxurious in general (just my opinion).
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    Unexpected Blu-Ray releases You've Been Delighted to See

    I’m also a fan of Half a Sixpence. It has a terrific score with memorable tunes. Saw it in its roadshow run at the Criterion in NY. Both soundtrack and Broadway cast albums are quite good.
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    Movies you want on HD disc but don't expect to ever see

    Fine drama with Sinatra, Crain & Gaynor in fine form. Sinatra croons Oscar winner All the Way among others. Several versions of the Oscar winning song from the film are available in the boxed set Sinatra in Hollywood. The VistaVision film should yield a nice blu-ray of a film never released on...
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    It has an excellent score by Bernard Herrmann.
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    International THE ALAMO (John Wayne's extended cut)

    Just finished reading all of the articles you included links to above. I saw The Alamo in its original run at the Rivoli Theatre in NYC. I don’t know whether it was the cut version or not. When the laserdisc of the complete film was released I purchased it and was impressed at the quality of the...
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    PHE Press Release: Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Fully Restored Director's Edition (4k UHD) (Paramount+ Streaming)

    STIV was probably the only ST film to appeal to non ST fans. My uncle went to see it on my recommendation. He never liked SF films. However, he loved The Day the Earth Stood Still and STIV. It had a nice simple plot and enjoyable characters with just the right combination of humor and action...
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    CODA (2021)

    I”ll be disappointed if there isn’t a disc release of CODA. I’ve been collecting all of the Oscar-winning Best Pictures from the days of laserdiscs. Of course, a 4K disc would be nice, but I had to be satisfied with a blu-ray of Nomadland. There are just a few Best Picture winners not on...
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – in Blu-ray

    The Warner Cinerama was at the corner of 47th St. and B’way. This is where the original This is Cinerama premiered as well as the other 3 strip Cinerama travelogues. I went to see Cinerama Holiday with a group from my school (my first exposure to Cinerama). I saw all of the other 3 strip...
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    Amazon has officially acquired MGM

    Raintree Country, The Alamo, Ryan’s Daughter in blu-ray and 4K.
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    I like both Jennings and Bialik. The variety of having more than one host is welcome.
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    War and Peace (1966-1967) – Criterion Blu-ray Review

    I saw this version of W&P at the DeMille Theatre in NY on its original run. I bought the reserved seat tIckets for 2 successive Sunday Matinees. It was dubbed. I guess they figured Americans wouldn’t sit through 7 hours of subtitles. When the first Sunday was done I was sorry that I didn’t get...
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    The One...The Only...JAWS

    I saw it when it first opened with my friend and his wife, who sat between us. I don’t know why, but she almost ripped my arm off when the shark jumped out of the water towards Roy Schneider!
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    "Porgy and Bess" restoration

    Between 5 and 10 years ago a screening was held at NY’s Ziegfeld Theater. It was shown because a new biography of Otto Preminger was being published. We were told that it wasn’t a Todd AO print. I can’t remember whether it was in stereo, but the PQ was decent. It seemed to be the full roadshow...
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    Fox Movietone newsreels and etc.

    My uncle’s neighbor was Jesse Auerbach who was an editor of Fox’s Movietone newsreels. I was too young to appreciate his involvement. I was excited when I bought the special DVD edition of Cleopatra (63) and saw his name on one of the short features telling of the making of the epic. I believe...
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    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Double Indemnity (1944) (4k UHD)

    Doesn’t Criterion have a flash sale now and then?
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    Press Release SPHE Press Release: 1776 (1972) (4k UHD)

    It would also be nice to have a CD of the original film soundtrack. Cool Cool Considerate Men was not included on the LP.
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    Press Release SPHE Press Release: 1776 (1972) (4k UHD)

    One of my favorite musicals. Saw the original Broadway cast and it blew me away. A later B’way revival was also pretty good. So happy that most of the original cast was in the film. This release was one 4K I never thought we’d see. Kudos to Columbia. Who said physical media was dead!
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    For Those Who Still Think Physical Media Has No Place in the 21st century...

    If this guy lived near me, I’d give him most of my laserdiscs if he wanted them. The only ones I’d keep are the Roadshow The Alamo, Song of the South and Raintree County. I guess I’d keep the big boxes of Disney animation and the original Star Wars Trilogy which has some sentimental value.