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  1. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ We’re No Angels – in Blu-ray

    "We're No Angels" may not be a great film, but it's an old favorite. I watch it most Christmas Seasons. But I will stick with the DVD, which doesn't look too bad, until the price drops.
  2. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Gunfighter – in Blu-ray

    I just ordered this on the Criterion Flash-Sale this week. The Gunfighter is a great film. My DVD copy isn't bad, but Mr. Harris's review makes me doubly glad to be getting a major upgrade.
  3. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations - in Blu-ray

    I trust Mr. Harris's judgment when it comes to image and sound quality. The problem comes when folks expect something this old and traded around to look "pristine." I am not saying that it couldn't happen, but that it often doesn't. I have the "Laurel and Hardy The Essential Collection."...
  4. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Robin and Marian -- in Blu-ray

    Wow! Thank you, Mr. Harris. This release was totally beneath my radar. I love this film. I remember being much taken aback by the ending on my first viewing. Then appreciating how appropriate it was. Fantastic cast. Richard Lester is one of my favorite directors. I wish his Musketeer films...
  5. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean -- in Blu-ray

    Cool. The DVD was only okay. A rather shaggy dog of a movie, but I really like it. There's a great deal of switching in tone (I don't know what Milius' original screenplay was like, but I imagine Huston made it his own.) Paul Newman is great in this, as is the supporting cast. For the...
  6. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ A Matter of Life and Death -- in Blu-ray

    Thank you, Mr. Harris! This is wonderful news. "A Matter of Life and Death" is one of my absolute favorite films - ever. I first saw it some (50?) years ago on the tube in an all B&W print with the title "Stairway to Heaven," and thought was a terrific film then. I was gobsmacked when I...
  7. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About The Big Country (redux) -- in Blu-ray

    Great news to hear Mr. Harris confirm that The Big Country is now in a corrected edition. The earlier blu-ray was certainly watchable, but . . . I have always felt that the 1950's was the greatest decade for the Western - and this is one of the best. Plus, I have an eternal crush on Miss Jean...
  8. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About The Woman in the Window -- in Blu-ray

    I am just happy to have your input Mr. Harris. Any new Fritz Lang to blu-ray, is reason to be happy. Maybe there will be a pristine edition in the future - maybe not. But I will take this, until that day.
  9. Randal Gist

    Blu-ray Review The Paradine Case Blu-ray Review

    "The Paradine Case" is probably my least favorite, (along with "Topaz") of Hitchcock's films after he immigrated to America. Technically, it is quite proficient, but dramatically rather uninvolved. Hitchcock was finishing his contract with Selznick. Selznick, being Selznick meddled with...
  10. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ S.O.B. -- in Blu-ray

    Very happy to hear that the image and audio quality for this film are top notch. S.O.B. is a personal favorite. I saw it several times in the theater, back when it was first released. There are so many good/great moments, and performances. From Robert Vaughn, to Shelly Winters, to Larry...
  11. Randal Gist

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Bells are Ringing -- in Blu-ray

    Judy Holliday, Comden & Green, Vicente Minnelli, Jules Styne--and did I mention Judy Holliday? This is such a welcome treat.
  12. Randal Gist

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

    Great to hear. This one my favorite WWII films, along with Ford's "They Were Expendable," Kings's "Twelve O'Clock High," Milestone's "A Walk in the Sun" and Wellman's "The Story of G.I. Joe" from the late, to the immediate after war years. The war is still an immediate experience, but seen...
  13. Randal Gist

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

    I'm a huge fan of Howard Hawks fan and find Hatari! great fun & highly enjoyable; but unless I can catch this blu at a real bargain rate, I'll stick with the DVD for now. Too bad so little care is taken with many catalog titles.
  14. Randal Gist

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

    Mr. Harris, a Big Thank You! for this review. I can breathe a sigh of relief. I am like a little kid where Mary Poppins and Julie Andrews are concerned. I saw this several times on the original theatrical run, and it is still magical to me after all of these years.
  15. Randal Gist

    WHV Announcement: The Best Years of Our Lives

    Great news. This film doesn't date a bit--it only gets better with each viewing.
  16. Randal Gist

    Blu-ray Review Richard III (1955) Blu-ray Review

    Thank you for the review. This is my favorite Olivier Shakespeare adaptation and maybe my favorite filmed Shakespeare period. I would also love to have the Ian McKellen adaptation too--it was marvelous as well. If only Criterion someone could get the rights to Chimes at Midnight/Falstaff . . .
  17. Randal Gist

    Blu-ray Review Mad Max Trilogy Blu-ray Review

    Well since Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is just a re-release of the earlier blu-ray, I can just get Beyond Thunderdome to have the complete set. I was kind of hoping that The Road Warrior might have a remaster--but wasn't holding my breath. I have been waiting a while for Beyond Thunderdome to...
  18. Randal Gist


    I absolutely love this film. Cagney and Olivia de Havilland make such a great screen couple. I waited forever for Warners to put this out on DVD, The MOD of The Strawberry Blonde is not bad, but a blu would be great. It makes a lovely double feature with another Walsh classic Gentleman Jim...
  19. Randal Gist

    Major Dundee BD Now Available for Pre-order

    I am really looking forward to this, but things being tight, I guess I'll have to wait a while. Although Major Dundee is a big favorite of mine, I am guessing that it will not be an instant sellout. Peckinpah doesn't quite carry the cachet he once did. I have to say that I am not a fan of the...
  20. Randal Gist

    You voted and the results are in!

    As someone who has also been watching Westerns, and and all sorts of other subject matter on film and television for over five decades, I have to say that you seem to have a very narrow & shallow view on the "Hollywood Western." The 1939 Jesse James is indeed incredibly inaccurate. It is a...
  21. Randal Gist

    DVD Review Freaky Deaky DVD Review

    Too bad. It has been years since I read Freaky Deaky; but I remember liking it quite a bit. I am not certain why so many of Elmore Leonard's novels turn into misfires or mediocre forgettable movies. They are almost always perfect for film, with great characters and dialogue. Most of them just...
  22. Randal Gist

    5 Westerns you'd like to see on blu

    That's Delmar Daves, and The Last Wagon really is a great Western.
  23. Randal Gist

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

    All I can say is that Sleeper and Bananas are my most favorite of the "early funny ones" from Woody. I embrace either of them with open arms.
  24. Randal Gist

    5 Westerns you'd like to see on blu

    Asking for what Westerns I would want released on Blu-ray is like opening Pandora's Box. Asking for only five is near impossible. I will try to keep it under control. As a big fan of Peckinpah, I will go for any of Sam's films. I consider Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia as of a kind of...
  25. Randal Gist

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

    Well, though imperfect, it may be, I am looking forward to seeing the new blu-ray of The Quiet Man. It is one of my favorite films and has to be better than the mushy mess my DVD copy is. That Mr. Harris is correct in his conclusions about the deficiencies of the present scan, I have no doubt...
  26. Randal Gist

    1930s: What Titles Did You Vote For?

    Steamboar 'Round the Bend, John Ford and Will Rogers. It would be great to have Judge Priest too.
  27. Randal Gist

    1950s: What Titles Did You Vote For?

    Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?--we need more Tashlin on blu-ray--especially The Girl Can't Help It., not mention Martin & Lewis' best films, Artists and Models and Hollywood or Bust. That said, I would also love to see The Tall Men in blu.
  28. Randal Gist

    1960s: What Titles Did You Vote For?

    Stanley Donen's Bedazzled, one of my favorite 60's comedies.