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  1. Matt Hough

    Weekly RoundUp 4-13-2020

    @Mike Frezon The review for Broadway Melody of 1940 is now live!
  2. Matt Hough

    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    I'm reviewing stuff this weekend, so my self-programmed Noir Alley will have to be delayed until mid-week.
  3. Matt Hough

    Kino Lorber Insider (Read Guidelines Post #3)

    I've never seen The Spider Woman Strikes Back, and I can't wait to now on this upcoming Blu-ray.
  4. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review Broadway Melody of 1940 Blu-ray Review

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  5. Matt Hough

    General Discussion Digital Movie/TV Deals

    Talk about slim pickings this week....! Argh!
  6. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: Annie Get Your Gun (1950) (Blu-ray)

    I remember Variety writing up an article about that. Some months later, I found in a collectors' magazine a VHS of those clips including all of the takes of her two numbers showing her in dire shape, sometimes with a snappish temper but somehow managing to pull herself together for takes and...
  7. Matt Hough

    Musicals and/or movies-with-notable-soundtracks that could really use a stereo mix, but remain available in mono only

    What's irritating about the sound of Li'l Abner and Robin and the 7 Hoods is that they both had soundtrack albums in stereo. In Li'l Abner's case in wall-to-wall encompassing stereo that is far more appealing to listen to than the muted soundtrack on the DVD.
  8. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) (Blu-ray)

    That Bette Davis-Joan Crawford World War II movie is Hollywood Canteen, a fictional story of the real life organization of the West Coast iteration of the canteen in which Bette Davis served as organizing president. That was Joan's first Warner Bros. appearance after she walked out of MGM after...
  9. Matt Hough

    Weekly RoundUp 4-13-2020

    Some real classics to be sure on display this week. I hope I get to review some of them. Thanks for the prices, Mike.
  10. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) (Blu-ray)

    The film is based on Maxwell Anderson's verse play Elizabeth the Queen and I believe much of the dialogue in the screenplay stayed true to Anderson. Not quite Errol Flynn's cup of tea, I wouldn't think. But he's so handsome and dashing that it's easy to see why he made Elizabeth weak in the...
  11. Matt Hough

    Status of George Stevens' "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

    I first saw this one rainy July night in a giant Philadelphia theater with about a dozen people in the audience, and it was one of my more miserable nights in the cinema. I had wanted to go to The Sound of Music but was outvoted. It seemed endless to me as a teen and too soon after King of Kings...
  12. Matt Hough

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    A couple of weeks ago, I bought the HD streaming version of Postcards from the Edge. I had never upgraded my DVD, and the movie has always been a favorite, so I watched it tonight. Enjoyed the excellent video and audio quality. Carrie Fisher's biting, absorbing script is excellent, and Mike...
  13. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) (Blu-ray)

    Thank you so much. I hadn't bothered upgrading my LPs to CDs but now I have and at a budget price, too. Couldn't be happier.
  14. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: Bachelor in Paradise (1961) (Blu-ray)

    And Gene Kelly and Lana Turner and Angela Lansbury and Vincent Price and Frank Morgan and on and on....
  15. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) (Blu-ray)

    Isn't it ironic that the first two color films Bette made found her playing the same character.
  16. Matt Hough

    Paramount+ The Good Fight - Season 5

    I read that this morning, and I was so happy that it's happening. And I hope the other plot points covered in the three unfilmed episodes of season four will find their ways into the new season.
  17. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: Athena (1954) (Blu-ray)

    I wish Athena had better songs.
  18. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Furies (1950) Blu-ray Review

    Yes, apart from the higher resolution, it looked the same as the DVD I reviewed years ago. Same good but not great black levels, etc. I think the Smith critique is the only new bonus material. They are, of course, including that full-size original novel as part of the package, just as before.
  19. Matt Hough

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Damn Yankees – in Blu-ray

    I also thought he said "Bobby."
  20. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: The Yearling (1946) (Blu-ray)

    I believe The Yearling and National Velvet were among the MGM Technicolor titles that were in the worst shape. I don't know where I read that information, some film niche magazine more than likely, but I'm glad to see this one coming to us at long last on Blu-ray.
  21. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) (Blu-ray)

    Those Gerhardt albums were fabulous. I played many of them to near-extinction.
  22. Matt Hough

    Press Release Warner Archive Press Release: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (Blu-ray)

    Can't believe I don't have the iTunes streaming version, but I'll certainly being taking the opportunity to acquire this wonderful comedy on Blu-ray. Will also be glad to give away my DVD.
  23. Matt Hough

    What's on your Daily Viewing List?

    I never got to see the Broadway musical Walking Happy, the musical version of Hobson's Choice, but the musical's title song was sung and danced on the Tony Awards the season it was up for awards, and I saw Van Heusen and Cahn perform some of the show's songs on the Today Show prior to the show's...
  24. Matt Hough

    The Irregulars on NetFlix: 03-26-21

    I usually can find enthusiasm for all things related to Sherlock Holmes, but these youngsters haven't inspired me to give the series a try. At least not yet. Maybe this summer when I don't have anything new to watch.
  25. Matt Hough

    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    Did you find it a huge uptick from the Blu-ray? I've been debating with myself about buying it since I watch it so seldomly.
  26. Matt Hough

    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    Stop it! I already feel ancient!
  27. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Furies (1950) Blu-ray Review

    There are a few of these commentators who spoil you for anyone else.
  28. Matt Hough

    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    Thanks for the reminder because, as I've said before, it was certainly THE watershed musical experience in my life. I had seen many shows on Broadway before Follies (very fortunate to have had a childless uncle and aunt who considered me "theirs" and who took me to NYC either at Christmas or...
  29. Matt Hough

    Blu-ray Review The Furies (1950) Blu-ray Review

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  30. Matt Hough

    Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

    I meant to respond last night here about Hollywood Story and just forgot all about it. Geez, getting old is murder. Speaking of murder, I enjoyed Hollywood Story all over again. It's a nifty mystery combining a murder in retrospect with a present-day killing, and while you could tell it was...
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