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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

    So looking forward to watching this Blu-Ray. Saw the original in real Cinema in Dallas during its original release. Every other showing was the flattened with all kinds of distortions. Even the laserdisc version was very unsatisfactory. I know it's not a great movie, but it has so many great...
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    Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 4K ad on TCM coming this fall!

    It's being screened at MoMA on Sunday, Jan. 23. So sorry I won't be able to attend! In the year that marks the 70th anniversary of Cinerama (and, one hopes, the rebirth of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood), MoMA presents the world-premiere 4K restoration of The Wonderful World of the Brothers...
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    Warner Archive Blu-ray Wish List: The 1940's

    Since many comments are adding titles from other studios and decades-- *Where's Charley (WB 1952)-captures Ray Bolger's finest role, very nice adaptation of Loesser's musical *Another Part of the Forest (UNIV 1948)-prequel to The Little Foxes. Fredric March, Dan Duryea, Ann Blyth *Dark at the...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About While we wait for a few words about...™ West Side Story (2021) -- in 4k UHD

    I would like to add that I think it's a shame Thomas Kail wasn't involved to help navigate the dancing into the film capture. He did such a magnificent job for Hamilton (film) and Fosse/Verdon.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About While we wait for a few words about...™ West Side Story (2021) -- in 4k UHD

    I saw WSS '21 a few days ago in an excellent Cinemark XD presentation. Audience was silent, no distractions/disruptions. I choked up just hearing the same arrangements of the opening score. The music orchestrations, arrangements, recordings, conducting, etc. are the strongest asset in this...
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    Will we ever see a bluray of STAR!

    It would be a Hollywood Crime if Star! does not get released before Julie passes or is unable to contribute her memories, comments, etc. Her ability to tell her story is superior to most performers. Star! is an incredible capture of some of her finest performances and sometimes mirrors her own...
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    Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 4K ad on TCM coming this fall!

    I was surprised to see and add for a new 4K blu-ray coming for The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. It came on immediately after Mean Streets as TCM launched its Classic Film Festival. It was a remaster of what seems like an original Cinerama formatted preview and obviously a huge...
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    Film Movement announces Alastair Sim's School for Laughter Blu-ray set

    Alastair Sim is so great! Would love to see more of his movies released--Green for Danger, Inspector Calls.
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    Film Movement announces Alastair Sim's School for Laughter Blu-ray set

    Alistair Sim is one of the greatest but not so well known to American audiences. I hope Green for Danger and more of his films get US releases. He's great in The Ruling Class and Hitchcock's Stage Fright.
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Show Boat (1936) - in Blu-ray

    I still have my Showboat LD collection (and player) and have been waiting for this for ages. I was lucky to see all 3 versions at AFI (when it was housed in JFK Center) in new 35 mm strikes hosted by Miles Krueger.
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    Sweet Charity (1969) coming to Blu from Kino

    Watching Fosse/Verdon brought reminds me how deeply I've been attached to Fosse & Verdon since childhood, watching their movies on TV, getting to see their live productions as a young adult, etc. I loved the movie of Sweet Charity when it had already been cut. When I finally saw a fully...
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    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    Just saw MPR tonight and loved it! I'm so glad I'm seeing so many of us feel like we were back in the 1960's watching a new movie musical. I felt like that over and over! Such a perfect cast, every single performance is exceptional! The score is among Shaiman & Wittman's best, but hard to judge...
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    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ A Star is Born (2018) -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    What Price Hollywood? is definitely the original prototype! Long ago revival film houses in the DC area (before AFI) did a great job of educating audiences in film history and would show all 3 (before Streisand's). My question is will there ever be any more footage to complete the 1954 restoration?
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    Blu-ray Review A Matter Of Life And Death Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

    This is a great review! There is no way to overpraise this unique work of art. It is the Hamilton of its day and forever, as time has not diminished what it achieves. Powell and Pressburger were a team that created and integrated the most imaginative and intelligent elements of film. It's hard...
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    Any info on STAR! and RYANS DAUGHTER ?

    I never saw the "Happy Times.." edit because I refused to see the cut down releases. I'm pretty sure the STAR! I saw in '68 was fully complete. I had already started listening to the LP and would have noticed any tracks that were missing. I was always comparing the LP soundtrack to what I heard...
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    My 2 cents worth on "Brothers Grimm"

    As a kid WWOTBG and HTWWW were extremely dear to me and I relived them in the soundtrack LPs. I loved them both so much I would "marry" them. WWOTBG has such an international flavor with locations and an incredible cast of great character actors. I sure wanted a father like Laurence Harvey! I...
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    Any info on STAR! and RYANS DAUGHTER ?

    I love both of these films, but I only got to see STAR! twice in a theater. I memorized the soundtrack recording and played out several LPs. Are any music rights holding it up? You haven't seen Julie Andrews if you haven't seen STAR! It contains some of the best ever performances of classic...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Lady and the Tramp -- in Blu-ray

    Hey and thanks for your always spot-on, intelligent and insight into the films that we love. I've been researching Blu-Rays of 1959 Sleeping Beauty, Disney Babes in Toyland Blu, Alice, 101, Peter Pan releases in Blu-Disc; Do you think we will ever see Song/South ever ever again??? The Disney...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ My Sister Eileen -- in Blu-ray

    This is a thoroughly delightful musical version of the book and play! I fell in love with it while watching it on TV in black & white with a family of cousins I had never met before. I was only 8 or 9 and the Conga! number had me rolling on the floor. Years later I researched it to find out...
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    West Side Story

    The Youtube clip from ahollis is absolutely correct for the WSS overture. I watched WSS over 20 times in theaters long before any home video incarnations. I was lucky to see a 70MM screening with Robert Wise. I'm also a huge overture, entr'acte, exit music fan.
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    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Here's some I continue to long for (not necessarily WB): Star!, Thoroughly Modern Millie (letterboxed), Sweet Charity (letterboxed), Call Me Madam, Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, All the Way Home, Wives and Lovers, Tales of Hoffmann- Gone to Earth-more...
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    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    Titles I'd love to see--Dark at the Top of the Stairs, All the Way Home, restored Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, Call Me Madam (blu-ray), Another Part of the Forest, Wives and Lovers, To Each His Own (in pristine blu-ray), new Agatha Christie remastered blu-rays-- Orient Express, Death...
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    Blu-ray Review Into the Woods (2014) Blu-ray Review

    There's a lot to like about this adaptation of Into the Woods. I'm totally bummed out that they did not film the reprise of Agony that is even funnier than the first. If anyone knows why that mistake was made please share. This would have added a whole 2-3 minutes and would have greatly enriched...
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    Blu-ray Review The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Blu-ray Review

    It would be great if the miniseries Eleanor and Franklin would get a revamp in Blu-ray!
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    Blu-ray Review The Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection Blu-ray Review

    Has there been any response from Fox or Schawn Belston about this set? After anxiously awaiting this set I quickly procrastinated being disappointed when I began reading the general unsatisfactory reviews. I finally decided to be prepared to be disappointed and just watched my favorite moments...
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    The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    These are about my most desired blu-rays of all time! I especially can't wait to see The King and I. When I watched this release on my Pioneer HD playing on a DVD player that claims to have upgrade for HD I was astounded by the magnificence of the scenery. This is a movie I've seen many, many...
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    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Desk Set -- in Blu-ray

    This movie gives me endless pleasure and I always love watching it from November through December. It's another chapter of corporate office life. The bluish tinge is what I remember from seeing good quality 35mm/scope showings. Many Fox '50's scope films set in offices share this look. I don't...