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  1. theonemacduff

    Scorsese's newest controversy about "Cinema" and Streaming

    I think that the responses to the Scorcese article are mixed because he's pushing two points simultaneously. One the one hand, cinema as art vs movies as mass entertainment, and on the other hand, the disappearance of the art movie eco-system due to streaming. He seems to want to argue that the...
  2. theonemacduff

    RIP Christopher Plummer

    It is, but the relationship is fairly distant at this point, since the "constitution" was repatriated (or something) in 1982, and largely ceremonial. Up until then, Canadians still had some UK rights as "British subjects" (though Thatcher's government tried to restrict those to the so-called...
  3. theonemacduff

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Godfather CODA: The Death of Michael Corleone – in Blu-ray

    Saw it theatrically when it first came out and went home thinking it was kind of Meh, and had some really good bits (the two Sicilian hit men, the Abbott & Costello of gangsters; the Atlantic City massacre) and some really weak bits, Michael and the orange being just too on the nose. But after a...
  4. theonemacduff

    Pre-Order Wonder Boys (2000) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Damn, I thought Ghost and the Darkness was already on blu.... . Another film that did indifferent box office, and had only a so-so DVD release.
  5. theonemacduff

    Pre-Order The Two Jakes (1990) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Saw it a long time back and loved it. But.... it does have a story that you have to pay attention to. It does not deliver its narrative beats in the usual Hollywood way which you can see coming a mile distant. Once you've seen it, of course, you can go back and spot the telegraphing; but there...
  6. theonemacduff

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

    I loved it because it has the propulsion and feel of a classical tragedy, with not a wasted shot or line in the whole thing. The turn in the tone is not really all that great, if you've ever watched other Korean films. Quite a number of them mix tonalities in a similar way. Plus, as has probably...
  7. theonemacduff

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Mortal Engines -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Saw this on sale and picked it up and was pleasantly surprised. It's got great momentum, engaging characters, and a good story. And the world it presents is completely unique, which is something that is pretty rare in today's filmed sci-fi/fantasy adventures. I, for one am sad that while we are...
  8. theonemacduff

    Pre-Order Operation Finale (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    It's on Canajun Netphlix too, last time I looked. (we spell things differently north of the 49th).
  9. theonemacduff

    They Shall Not Grow Old is the 3D event of the year

    Saw it in a special showing on the 17th. When the film switches from B&W to colour and stereo widescreen the effect is astonishing, as if you had just left history behind and were being dumped into the trenches, with horse-drawn artillery going by in the background of the shot, and people...
  10. theonemacduff

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Ingmar Bergman's Cinema -- in Blu-ray

    Like Bujaki (#11), I watched a lot of Bergman on one of our local TV stations, which showed almost all the films available to that point (1970) on something that was called "International Theatre," and which aired long after I was supposed to already be in bed. It included Seventh Seal, Virgin...
  11. theonemacduff

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

    The Canajun BR, which I picked up, is not much of an advance over the DVD. A tad sharper, but still kind of dark and murky in places. So long as this Arrow is all-region, I will probably get it. My favourite scene in this is the very brief one at about the midway mark, where Helen Mirren visits...
  12. theonemacduff

    International Waterworld (new 4K restoration)- coming from Arrow 12/11/2018

    So, do you mean they are still playing that at Universal Studio? Took my daughter in 1998 (I think) and enjoyed the tour and the Waterworld show tremendously. And to be clear, saw the film when it came out, wasn't too too happy with the usual slam-bang ending, but absolutely loved the first...
  13. theonemacduff

    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    Long time since I spun up the disc of Good German, but I seem to recall an extra where Soderberg talks about how interesting it was to shoot in the older ratio. Oh, just read an above post; but even if it was screened pillarboxed within a 1.85 frame, apart from not being big enough, for the...
  14. theonemacduff

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Knowing -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Well, coming late to the discussion, I have to say I did take the film to be kind of religious, in the sense of thinking about whether a complete determinism necessarily involves some kind of religious framework. It's like time travel adventures in that for time travel to be possible at all...
  15. theonemacduff

    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    It's not that it's impossible to screen the films at home in a more correct AR, because you can zoom in to achieve the intended effect, or something like. But when you do that, all to often you end up with a less-detailed presentation, so while on the one hand you get closer to the intended...
  16. theonemacduff

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Aspect Ratios

    I only times I really remember actually noticing aspect ratios – sort of; details follow – add up to a grand total of two, in about 60 years of viewing. When I was a kid, I saw The Flame and The Arrow. This was in a local theatre in the UK, about 1960, and it was in something like 1.75. Looked...
  17. theonemacduff

    A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Lawrence of Arabia -- in 4k/UHD Blu-ray

    My favourite Bolt quotation from Zhivago is the line delivered by Klaus Kinski – "I am the only free man on this train!" [Shakes his chains, then sinks into desuetude.] As to the rest of the writers on the list, yeah, absolutely, would be my response, and I'm astonished that "working writers"...
  18. theonemacduff

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Suddenly, Last Summer -- in Blu-ray

    I first saw this on TV in the late 60s some time and remember being stunned by the ending, where Sebastian (correct name?) is basically torn to bits by some street urchins. So strange and powerful. Unless of course, I am mis-remembering that part.
  19. theonemacduff

    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    For what it's worth, we got NFB films in school, always 16mm, and always in 1.33. When I went to college (1970s), I was in a Film Club, and when we rented NFB shorts, that's always what they sent us, 16mm 1.33 copies of various films. I'm not surprised that some of them, at least, look better...
  20. theonemacduff

    Russian WAR AND PEACE

    It's nice to hear that the work is going forward, because I remember the vivid colours of the 35mm roadshow edition I saw in 1967, and which are, in many cases, missing from the Ruscico DVD, nice as that copy generally is. On the other hand, I wouldn't hold my breath as to quality of the scans –...
  21. theonemacduff

    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    Not to be trollish, but it occurs to me that logically, if something is "protected" for 1.66, or 1.75, or whatever, then in reality, it's being composed for those ratios, and not being composed for 1.37, which latter then becomes a concession to future TV showings; and the same rule (to call it...
  22. theonemacduff

    Is there a legal way to make a family-friendly DVD from THE DEAD ZONE?

    There's really no point in making a "family friendly" version of Dead Zone, since a big part of the movie's thematics is that the family itself is the source of untold horrors, for example, the relationship between the evil deputy and his even more evil mother, the fact that the wannabe...
  23. theonemacduff

    Russian WAR AND PEACE

    Problematic negative indeed. On one of the extras on the 5-DVD set, we hear that in the 1960s, the Soviet film industry was just barely up to speed on 65mm film stock, and that on occasion, after film had been loaded in the camera, and "Action!" had been called, the film would sometimes...
  24. theonemacduff

    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    Ah..... the smoking gun.....
  25. theonemacduff

    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    Over at the Beaver, they reviewed the Baby Doll DVD, and had this to say: NOTE: Peter says: 'Looks like WB goofed on BABY DOLL. Those frame grabs indicate that it's opened up on top and bottom (and likely cropped a little on left/right as a result). Should be projected 1.66 like most any WB...
  26. theonemacduff

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

    Yeah, saw this on TV as a teen and loved it. High energy, and good fun. I might even put Tank in the same category, i.e., fun films, with just a tinge of seriousness.
  27. theonemacduff

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

    Saw this when it came out, and had a ball. One shot in particular I recall is that as a dancer, I think Glenda Jackson (?) does a move, we get a smash cut to a close up of her feet hitting the boards and little clouds of dust coming up (and a big boom on the soundtrack). I thought nothing could...
  28. theonemacduff

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Prince of Foxes -- in Blu-ray

    Saw this on TV as a teen, and was blown away by (1) the eyeballs scene and (2) a morning attack filmed with early sunlight shooting through the mist. That scene in particular I loved because it felt like someone had gone back to Renaissance Italy with a documentary camera. The rest of the film...
  29. theonemacduff

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

    Saw it when it came out and liked it, but upon reflection, years later, decided that I am not a fan of Nietzshean criminals. They type is often seen in fiction and movies, but seldom in real life (though a number of cons I spoke to when teaching espoused a down-sampled version of the ideas...
  30. theonemacduff

    Aspect Ratio Documentation

    As we've seen many times in this thread, by 1959, many theatres would not have had the capability of exhibiting in the 1.37:1 ratio, hence the headroom in many of the Beaver's screencaps, allowing for projection at up to 1.85:1. (I tried to quote Haines' post (6402) but flubbed the mission...
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