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  1. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Emma. (2020) Blu-ray Review

    I was really looking forward to this version.The film looks great, probably one of the most beautiful productions that has ever been done of it. But I soon realized that the lead actress was lacking in the charisma and star-power needed to maintain interest. I like the Gwyneth Paltrow version...
  2. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Munchhausen – Blu-ray Review

    Still surprised that the Premiere version that was on the German release of the blu-ray is not included on this disc. It brings a cohesion to the story that makes it more involving.
  3. Mark Mayes

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Dodsworth - in Blu-ray

    Day One for me. Now, Goldwyn and, for that matter, Gershwin Estates get over yourselves, find the funding, dare the public to get their delicate sensibilities bruised...and give us "Porgy and Bess."
  4. Mark Mayes

    Win a copy of The Ten Commandments Special Edition Blu-ray Digibook

    I wish every day was sheep+shearing day...
  5. Mark Mayes

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Munchhausen - in Blu-ray

    I checked it out and I think they went for the restored Verleihfassung. The German blu-ray release includes three versions: the international version (116 min), the domestic release version (Veleihfassung-117 min.) and the 131 minute Premiere version. This last is terrific and really involves...
  6. Mark Mayes

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Destry Rides Again (Blu-ray)

    I must chime in on this. Criterion tortured us with hope with "Now, Voyager". These dreadful covers for most of these A-film classics are discouraging. Imagine holding this Destry blu-ray up to a friend and saying "Wanna watch this?"
  7. Mark Mayes

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Holiday - in Blu-ray

    I had never seen the Ann Harding version until I got this disc last night. I am starting to prefer it. The male stars are not as good, but Harding delivers a coherent performance that I wasn't expecting.
  8. Mark Mayes

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Leave Her To Heaven (Blu-ray)

    I notice they don't include the commentary that Darryl Hickman did. It was on the Twilight Time release and was also on the Fox DVD, so it probably wasn't part of the package due to rights and costs. He was certainly bitter, probably with some right. But I thought he was also a bit too severe on...
  9. Mark Mayes

    If Santa could transfer any film to 4K which 10 would you like him to place under your tree?

    Gone With the Wind, The Sound of Music, Gigi, A Streetcar Named Desire, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady, The King and I, The Searchers, West Side Story, Rear Window
  10. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review The Story of Temple Drake Blu-ray Review

    I have watched it twice already--it's very short. It's wild.
  11. Mark Mayes

    For Those Who Still Think Physical Media Has No Place in the 21st century...

    Yes, but when I started rifling through people's desks and bureaus it seems to upset them even more...
  12. Mark Mayes

    For Those Who Still Think Physical Media Has No Place in the 21st century...

    I think that a library is a reflection of who the person is. The moment I go into someone's house I'm always looking onto the shelves and seeing what sorts of things they like or collect or have an interest in.I am perfectly happy to display as much of my Blu-ray collection as possible-- and any...
  13. Mark Mayes

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

    I saw the film in 1976 in Paris in 70 mm. At that point the idea that this format was not ideal was widely-known. I tried to pay attention to what looked wrong about it. The matte shot with Melanie and Ashley walking at the barbecue while a jealous Scarlett looks on is what I remember most. It...
  14. Mark Mayes

    Classic Movies I’ve Never Seen and Will Not See

    Terrific! But you make it sound like it's a virtue. To me it just sounds like you might be limiting your film experience. But if you don't care, why should we?
  15. Mark Mayes

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

    The film was a big success for Fathom: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-gone-wind-sets-record-fathom-1195914 The screening was far too yellow for me ( I saw it in Beverly Hills, and they gave us a proper intermission). I find that the blu looks pretty yellow. too I see some...
  16. Mark Mayes

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Reap the Wild Wind - in Blu-ray

    I would imagine my French copy is the same ransfer, but I thought it was beautiful.
  17. Mark Mayes

    Avengers: Endgame home UHD disc release discussion

    UHD stuck in chapters 2 & 19 and then skipped about 30 seconds each time. I hate that they spindled it on top of the bonus features disc and wonder if that caused the problem; I tried it on 2 UHD players, it stuck in the same places in both. The blu-ray is fine.
  18. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Sweet Charity Blu-ray Review

    Kat Ellinger is likeable, but her dialect does strain one's ears (curious in one who has such a knowledge of movies, since that tends to standardize one's English.) Her true genre love seems to be cult films of the horror variety. I know some West Hollywood musical experts who'd work cheap!
  19. Mark Mayes

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Sweet Charity - in Blu-ray

    Yeah, a serious flaw like this could become the standard!
  20. Mark Mayes

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Sweet Charity - in Blu-ray

    I would only say that this is a welcome release, whether it sticks to the definition of "roadshow" or not. And I also would hate these criticisms to stop companies from bringing us these releases at all. I forked over plenty for the French release and will happily get this one without demanding...
  21. Mark Mayes

    A PEEK AT FLOWER DRUM SONG

    My concern is that a lot of children and young adults watch these restaged or reimagined ideas and get first impressions of the past that paint a pretty picture of easy opportunity for historically marginalized people. This minimizes the struggles they were really going through at the time. I...
  22. Mark Mayes

    Song of the South

    Disclaimers as context?! We are turning into a society that wishes to determine the way you should even view the art...Ausstellung der entarteten Kunst, anyone? Worry about today--which I get is a much harder target. Modern sensibilities still stereotype African-Americans from thugs to...
  23. Mark Mayes

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Heiress - in Blu-ray

    This is one of those films that I use to teach acting. It's unparalleled as an example of what actors should do to have characterization with inner life, while handling complex dialogue. Richardson with his mocking tones and contempt, Clift playing it like a hero, Hopkins flitting about, yet...
  24. Mark Mayes

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Becky Sharp - in Blu-ray

    I really like this film for Hopkins. There's an excellent new biography on her that has some good background on the filming. Practically everyone came down with pneumonia or a severe cold; the first director died of it. Hopkins pneumonia was so severe she set production back ten days and begged...
  25. Mark Mayes

    TCM/Fathom 2019

    The Fathom screening of Gone With the Wind was their most successful screening yet; it grossed 2.3 million. The problem with the screening was that many theatres did not stop the intermission to accommodate the audience. My theatre did, but many just let the digital package run. The package...
  26. Mark Mayes

    The Official 2019 Oscars Nomination Announcements Discussions & Predictions Thread

    Andrews has not been singing since her voice operation. Julie was there for the Gaga SOM tribute; she would likely share a stage with Blunt.
  27. Mark Mayes

    Tom Cruise speaks out about the Soap Opera Effect

    I just got a Samsung QLED and was afraid at first that the waxy, video feel was going to be there for good. I had had two plasmas before and never had to worry about it, while certainly being aware of it. I merely thought it was a bug in older TVs when HD began. Within minutes, I figured out...
  28. Mark Mayes

    Pre-Order Nothing Sacred (1937) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    I liked the new transfer quite a bit. I may be happier when hues run a bit redder, but I didn't think it looked as pronounced as in these caps. The whites may be a bit truer in the first transfer, here and there, but the skin tones do not look so malarial in the new transfer. I think it's much...
  29. Mark Mayes

    Press Release PHE Press Release: It's A Wonderful LIfe (4K/UHD) Digital Only?

    No, there is no foolproof situation. But I have used streaming in classrooms, only to find that the film's won't load, stop during play, or break up and accelerate. BDs have been consistently reliable for me...and dvds when BDs were not available for the title.
  30. Mark Mayes

    Press Release PHE Press Release: It's A Wonderful LIfe (4K/UHD) Digital Only?

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnarcher/2018/09/13/apple-is-deleting-bought-films-from-itunes-accounts-and-dont-expect-a-refund/#1d90bb8f5f74