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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.
  6. lark144

    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.
  7. lark144

    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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    UHD Review Double Indemnity – Criterion UHD Blu-ray Review

    Robert, what did you think in terms of comparing the new Criterion Blu with the 2014. Though I wouldn't say the difference is necessarily revelatory, I'm really glad I bought the disk. I found it more detailed, especially the darker sequences. And though I did think the 2014 Blu was...
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    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    So they're showing LA CHIENNE at 2 AM? That almost makes sense, as for me, LA CHIENNE has always had the quality of a dream, one of those reveries where you're semi-conscious, so elements of the world around you get filtered through, and everything becomes strangely surreal, with nothing...
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    Pre-Order He Who Must Die (1957) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I'm aware of that. I've read Zorba and also Last Temptation, but not that one.
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    Blu-ray Review Adventures of Don Juan Blu-ray Review

    Thanks for the review, Matt! I've been waiting impatiently for this to be released on Blu-Ray, as it's one of the few three-strip Technicolor films lensed by Elwood Brendel, who's mostly known for his expressionist Noir work, especially PHANTOM LADY and THE KILLERS, but also photographed ROMANCE...
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    Pre-Order He Who Must Die (1957) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I've never seen this, as I've miised the few times it was screened. But I've heard good things about it. I plan on getting it.
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    Pre-Order Symphony For A Massacre (1963) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I've had the Pathe Blu for a number of years. It's held up to multiple viewings. In fact, it keeps getting better. Tough and unsentimental and completely engrossing. The double and triple crosses come fast and furious. Everything works. The direction is like a scalpel, bridging points of view...
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    International BFI release of Mary, Queen Of Scots (1971)

    Thanks for checking! I was considering buying it. So much for curiosity.
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    Blu-ray Review The Frisco Kid Blu-ray Review

    I had a better reaction than you. Yes, terrible script, not a lot they could do with it, but I thought Aldrich's direction was very good, considering. It made the execrable almost entertaining, and watchable, for me anyway. Visually, I thought the film was interestingly staged. And I liked the...
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    Pre-Order So Proudly We Hail (1943) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I remember loving it when I was in my early teens. I just looked up the Times review, and Bosley Crowther panned it, so it has to be good, right? But even he, in the height of his curmudgeoness, extols Margaret Sullivan's performance. He complains the actresses spend their time in hospital...
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    Pre-Order So Proudly We Hail (1943) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I've been waiting for this too. But then I thought Marsha Hunt was in it, and realized I was confusing this with CRY HAVOC. They're both wonderful.
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    Why does Night And Day 1946 look like - yuck - upgrade to blu ray and restored needed badly

    Monty Wooley is even more surreal than usual, as he's the oldest and most inelegant college student to appear in the movies. Looking at him pontificate boggles the mind. It usually does, but in NIGHT AND DAY, it doesn't make any sense either. He seems to have walked in from an entirely different...
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    Why does Night And Day 1946 look like - yuck - upgrade to blu ray and restored needed badly

    I always thought there should have been a special Oscar category that year for that role--Best performance by a wig.
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    Why does Night And Day 1946 look like - yuck - upgrade to blu ray and restored needed badly

    Most of his work after the late 40's was done in Europe. He's in Rossellini's EUROPE '51, and Joseph Losey's THE SLEEPING TIGER, THESE ARE THE DAMNED, MODESTY BLAISE and ACCIDENT. Also the sci-fi film CRACK IN THE WORLD.
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    Why does Night And Day 1946 look like - yuck - upgrade to blu ray and restored needed badly

    You'd look a little bit retro, Will, in that wig.
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    Why does Night And Day 1946 look like - yuck - upgrade to blu ray and restored needed badly

    I would too. And I know the three strip cabal on this forum, of which I consider myself a member, would. But that may not be enough. Though it did well when released, it's got a bad rep. Grant apparently hated doing it. And objectively, yes, it's pretty wretched, but I have a fondness for it.
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    Why does Night And Day 1946 look like - yuck - upgrade to blu ray and restored needed badly

    I agree. Knox is marvelous in it. The first time I saw it, as a teenager, I felt the same as you. And I loved the cinematography. I haven't gotten the DVD, as I'd rather keep those memories of seeing it long ago.
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    Why does Night And Day 1946 look like - yuck - upgrade to blu ray and restored needed badly

    I forgot the elements no longer survive. I was thinking how beautiful it looked during the Henry King retro at MOMA.
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    Why does Night And Day 1946 look like - yuck - upgrade to blu ray and restored needed badly

    If WILSON had Mary Martin singing Cole Porter, it would be a much better film. But NIGHT AND DAY does. In fact, the musical scenes in NIGHT AND DAY are very diverting and even dazzling. It's the other stuff that's problematic, but it's so silly, and so overdirected by Curtiz in a frenzy of...
  30. lark144

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - The Adventures of Don Juan -- in Blu-ray

    I don't see what any of this has to do with THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN, or the artistry of Erroll Flynn, for that matter. And he was an extraordinary artist, in my opinion. Whatever he had to do to achieve such indelible performances, I'm more interested in the evidence on the screen, not his...
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