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  1. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Friendly Persuasion Blu-ray Review

    Very excited to see the work they've done on this!
  2. Mark Mayes

    The Official HTF Cat Thread

    Vi (Viola) spends a lot of time on the phone...
  3. Mark Mayes

    Any chance of "Muriel's Wedding" on bluray in the near future?

    I found no echo-effect. It looks great and is in 1080p with SD special features. It's Arthaus/Studio Canal. I had the Australian release which is a lot less brilliant and won't play on my Panasonic 820 all-region.
  4. Mark Mayes

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    That instance with Ms. Stewart offered insight. But they were thoughtful videos. My complaint is with the placards tacked on to the front. Commentary can be confusing, as with Cabin in the Sky, but sometimes useful in giving background . Ms. Stewart's video clips were well-done and offered...
  5. Mark Mayes

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    When ARE disclaimers useful? The way they are done currently offers no context and usually little clue as to what is offensive. In the case of the Cabin in the Sky disc, the disclaimer was there, BUT also a surly commentary by Todd Boyd, author of Young Black Rich and Famous: The Rise of the...
  6. Mark Mayes

    Warner Archive Announcements Thread

    4K GWTW, all I want. And no useless disclaimer., saying, in essence, "Watch this if you can live with yourself!", meanwhile ignoring the violence, homophobia and shameless influence of hip hop and rap that plagues today.
  7. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review Paint Your Wagon UHD/Blu-ray Review

    I usually prefer better acting over a great voice with less connection to the material. But with Crowe I sensed a horrible lack of comfort invading his performance due to the inadequacy of his voice. I am watching PYW right now (not for the first time) and am impressed with Marvin. Seberg looks...
  8. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review The Color Purple (2023) UHD Review

    Interesting movie--- inasmuch as I saw it and cannot remember a frame of it. If it prompted the release on 4K of the 85 version, which I got, I am grateful to it for that alone.
  9. Mark Mayes

    Hardware Review Panasonic DP UB820 UHD Blu Ray Player Review

    Wonderful machine, but it won't read my blu-ray data discs. Anyone know how to get them to read?
  10. Mark Mayes

    Press Release Warner Archive Collection Press Release: Friendly Persuasion (1956) (Blu-ray)

    At last! I watched this two months ago and was hoping....
  11. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review Paint Your Wagon UHD/Blu-ray Review

    Looking forward to this!
  12. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review The Abyss UHD Review

    I ordered this in February and Amazon will not give me a release date on it, though it is past street date. Anyone else having trouble getting it?
  13. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review Punch-Drunk Love (Columbia Classics Vol. 4) UHD Review

    Not a fan of anything PTA except Boogie Nights, but was curious and found PDL satisfying. Oddly, the 4K played great on my 820 Pan, but when I went to the blu to see special features, it stopped ( no others have so far from the Colombia set.) I took the blu, put it in my Samsung 4k and a long...
  14. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Columbia Classics Volume 4 -- in 4k UHD

    I swore I would not get this one if it didn't contain "Funny Girl,"--especially since "The Front Page" wasn't included as on the Criterion disc of "His Girl Friday.".... But I'm a completist and grabbed it at $150. I have no regrets since beginning with "Dinner" last night (with a friend who'd...
  15. Mark Mayes

    Suggestions for 4K with region free Blu-ray playback

    I have the Panasonic 820 from distributor 220 and am really happy with it.
  16. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) -- in 4k UHD

    Maybe Vertigo has some misogyny that has tainted it from being the serious critic's darling it was two decades ago, but I love it. TMWKTM has some of that too, with the expectation that Day's character relinquish her career for Stewart's, but those were the mores and I love this and this...
  17. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - The Great Ziegfeld -- in Blu-ray

    Always an eye-roll: The stupid time-wasting stuff in this film while sacrifing an opportunity to see Brice sing her legendary rendition of My Man; I thought there had been a TV edit the first time I saw it.
  18. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Cabin in the Sky Blu-ray Review

    Great film and terrific transfer. The old dvd commentary by Brown accuses each character of being a stereotypical representation ( without acknowledging that even stereotypes are based on SOMETHING derived from writers observations in true life) in a damned if you do and damned if you don't way...
  19. Mark Mayes

    Top 10 Anticipated Discs of 2024...So Far

    Same and a 4K GWTW, even with a "disclaimer."
  20. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review The Great Ziegfeld Blu-ray Review

    Fantastic!!!! High Society!?!
  21. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review The Great Ziegfeld Blu-ray Review

    It looks great, but is one exteremly flawed film. Your astute judgment about repeat visits is something I absolutely agree with. I don't agree about Rainer. I think that her Anna was a brilliant portrayal of a self-dramatizing diva who never emotionally matured. Her beginning scenes of being...
  22. Mark Mayes

    Blu-ray Review Anna Christie (1930) Blu-ray Review

    Really enjoyed this and the German version was great to see.
  23. Mark Mayes

    Electric Dreams

    I don't quite understand why someone would claim to love a film and then greedily go for a sort of weird "reflected glory" to remake it. It doesn't make them a part of the charm and sweetness that give this cult status. You can't really set out to make a cult classic, nor can you usually--yes...
  24. Mark Mayes

    A few words about...™ - The Color Purple -- in 4k UHD

    While I agree that it's obviously bound to reinforce and improve upon the grittiness missing from the original-- because it is in the tradition of musicals... I wonder that no one is thinking of female directors--not even the producers of the new tune-filled version. A woman might have a...
  25. Mark Mayes

    A few words about...™ - The Color Purple -- in 4k UHD

    I think Dee Rees would be a better choice for TCP. Spike Lee is known for misogyny and homophobia, which would not relate to a more interesting handling of the subject matter.
  26. Mark Mayes

    TCM Film Festival 2024 Films

    The Searchers is restored?! Yes, let's just skip to the 4K!!
  27. Mark Mayes

    THE WORLD OF SUZY WONG on Blu-ray????

    I got the Imprint blu, and it's from a pretty transfer, even if not a "fresh" transfer. I find Nancy Kwan delightful and poignant in the role, but Holden is too old for the part and can't even be halfway believable trying, as maybe he was in Sabrina. There are some docs included and, yes...
  28. Mark Mayes

    Gay-Friendly Blu-rays

    Got the US blu-ray release of Coming Out and looked at it yesterday. I've always admired the film ( I grew up in Germany) and was very connected to it. I thought it was a strong transfer and enjoyed the short that told about how it was premiering on the very night the wall fell.
  29. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - The Way We Were -- in 4k UHD

    "People go to fictional movies to be entertained and not pushed into a political agenda. " said Hubble--only he didn't really because Ray Stark didn't want the film to be clear on the actual division of the characters since it dealt with politics. I'd rather have that clash explained than be...
  30. Mark Mayes

    UHD Review Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs UHD Review

    I was impressed with the reds in particular on the 4K. It looked astonishing in general. I know Disney doesn't care about original soundtracks, but I am constantly dismayed by the German soundtrack which is current!y a 90s version. They used it here. The 38 soundtrack was recorded by famous...