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  1. Dick

    I Have A New Book...

    Recently I self-published my first full-length novel, entitled Elspeth, following a long-ish short story called Crossing the Meadow last year. The title subject is a ten-year-old girl who has a prosthetic leg and is trying to find her way toward more healthy self-esteem and an understanding of...
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    Free Digital Download sheet for Hitchcock 4k set -- First Come, First Serve

    I just bought the 4k 4-movie Hitchcock set, which includes a digital download sheet. I do not use these, and usually just give them away. Who wants this? First person requesting it will get it. I'll send it in a regular envelope at no charge to you. I will post when it has been claimed, and will...
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    Is Blu-Ray all done with Robert Altman?

    POPEYE (1980), while not a major Altman title, might also be the last. I hope not. No one has paid him much attention lately except for, ironically, Paramount. There are more Altman films I would like to see on Blu: COUNTDOWN (1968) James Caan and Robert Duvall in a fascinating early film...
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    Now That the Wonderful Actor Cicely Tyson Is Gone, Can Someone Release....

    Tyson lived a good, long life, so it isn't exactly a tragedy that she died Thursday. What IS tragic is that two of her finest performances are completely missing in action on Blu-ray. First is the multi-Emmy-Award winning THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (1974), and the other is the...
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    Dear Sony / Mill Creek...

    I have a short list of six major films from the Columbia/TriStar catalog that remain unreleased. Any of these could be licensed to Mill Creek or be released by Sony. Is there no interest in any of these? THE BEDFORD INCIDENT THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA AVALON THE CHEAP DETECTIVE REQUIEM FOR A...
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    If Your Expensive 3D Display gives Out, Will You Buy Another?

    I've invested a ton of money on 3D home viewing, and own 210 3D Blu-rays. I paid $1,600 for my LG 65" OLED display four years ago, and it was the very last LG model to include the 3D feature. It will, I assume, go bad at some point. If I can replace it, even with a refurb that is roughly...
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    So Bad They're Fun movies we still want on Blu-ray

    I admit it, I'm a collector of terrible movies as well as great ones. They often offer equal entertainment value. Most of these are guilty pleasures from my childhood days of watching Chiller Theater and similar programs while in my cellar before a 13" black and white t.v. I buy them as I can...
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    The Most Beautiful Songs/Themes In the World - They Make You Shiver Every Time You Hear Them

    Beauty, as they say, is in the eyes -- and in this case, in the ears -- of the beholder. I am posting this to see what other people think are the most beautiful songs that have been part of their lives. I expect some will also be on my list, and theirs on mine. I tend to consider orchestral and...
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    Is Twilight Time Making A Comeback?

    A friend out in Washington received a direct email announcing that the TT label was being resurrected and that a couple of titles had been announced. Hoax? I have asked him to forward this to me, and I will share it here. Perhaps I should have waited to get that before posting here, but this is...
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    An Open Letter to the Folks at Paramount Home Entertainment

    Hello, Ladies and Gents. I am a lifelong movie collector, going back to the 60's with 8mm, Super 8, and through every video format. I can't recall exactly when it happened, but your studio had been pretty reliable getting DVD's and Blu-rays (the latter beginning, I believe, in 2005) of your...
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    Titles I seek for purchase or trade:

    WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (Imprint Blu-ray) I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (ditto) SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (ditto) NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (ditto) I had no idea that Imprint would sell these out so quickly -- you know the old story. Anyway, if anyone here owns any of these movies, please PM me!
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    Dear Paramount Presents!

    Now that your Australia-only titles such as WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, SORRY, WRONG NUMBER and a couple of others are officially out-of-print, how about increasing your profits by giving them a U.S. release??
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    If FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS 4K reverts to the original color palette, I'll double-dip.

    Otherwise, a hex on Jackson for messing with this film. I think it looks horrible on Blu-ray -- too yellow and green. The DVD looked right.
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    Peculiar problem with the ALIEN COVENANT Blu-ray.

    The menu in my player gives me three options: Play, Set-Up, and Search. In none of them do I find access to the commentary or any of the little documentaries that are supposed to be on the disc. In my computer, all of these features appear and can be played. Are all these features secret Easter...
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    International ORDINARY PEOPLE from Shock in Australia - A Quick Look

    The good news? ORDINARY PEOPLE is available on Blu-ray as a legit commercial release in Australia. It looks a tad better than the domestic Paramount DVD. The bad news? Where to begin... Looks like a simple up-res to me. Sharper than a typical DVD, but with a peculiar combination of added DNR...
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    What Is It About the 1.66:1 Ratio That I Love So Much?

    It's weird, and I've been trying to figure it out for years. When I throw a 1.66:1 OAR film up on my 65" OLED, I just instantly feel comfortable and ready for a great film-like experience. That's actually one of the reasons I love most of the Hammer releases and most early British "widescreen"...
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    20th Century-Fox brand...sorry to see it go.

    It will, of course, remain on older titles, but now under Disney, the name is officially dead. Too many mice in the movies these days. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/11/media/disney-fox-20th-century-television/index.html
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    Anyone notice that Mill Creek is releasing a Warner Bros title?

    THE PLEDGE, Sean Penn's film, is coming on Blu-ray. Is this a sign that Warner is more open to licensing? This was a Morgan's Creek production in 2001, but Warner distributed it, so I have no idea who is licensing this. If WB, that's promising news.
  19. Dick

    Just For Fun...Cat Watching the movie PSYCHO

    Sorry... my email server is pretty restrictive. Link doesn't work.
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    Dear Warner Bros...How 'Bout Giving Up Your Marx Bros. on Blu-ray?

    A DAY AT THE RACES A NIGHT AT THE OPERA ROOM SERVICE A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA These would make a great box set, but unfortunately the Archives haven't been interested in such things, apparently.
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    International FRANCES (1982) Blu-ray from Spain (but a legitimate release)

    Jessica Lange's performance here is intense and, ultimately, sad. She and Kim Stanley, who plays her controlling mother, both won an Oscar noms. This is the somewhat fictionalized (but not by much...the lobotomy shown here is in contention historically) story of actress Frances Farmer, who was...
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    International An Opinion of THE LION KING (2019) 3D Blu-ray

    The critics (although not the general public, who seemed to love it) kind of pasted this release. I did not see this in a theater, because it was not playing in 3D nearby, and I decided to wait for the almost certain UK 3D Blu-ray release, which did happen, thankfully. When I saw that Jon...
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    A Story I Wrote About the TP Shortage, Just For Fun. Sort Of.

    Sorry about the line spacing and lack of indentation...that's what happens with copy/paste sometimes. The Great Habberbacky Toilet Paper Robbery Jack and Eunuce and Pharis and Onata woke up on Saturday morning to a most horrifying discovery: there wasn’t a single roll of toilet paper in their...
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    Stay safe, my virtual friends

    I think the movie collecting thing is about to take a hit like everything else in the world these days. I certainly hope you all are able to stay safe and healthy and that you will keep posting here to let us know you're okay. For many of us on the forum who are in my age group (60-80) this...
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    International Shock to release ORDINARY PEOPLE on Blu in Australia...

    I wrote to EZY in Australia, who have a sort of tenuous-looking pre-order link for ORDINARY PEOPLE, just to confirm it was true. Here was the reply: Hi Rick, Thank you for your email, yes that is correct Ordinary People is due for release in May by supplier Shock here in Australia. Rick...
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    Has Criterion upgraded the Blu-ray of CHILDREN OF PARADISE?

    Sometimes DVD's or Blu-rays that were universally criticized are corrected and reissued, as happened with PATTON, GLADIATOR, SPARTACUS and GANGS OF NEW YORK. And sometimes one might not even have heard of the upgrade. I am wondering if Marcel Carnes' CHILDREN OF PARADISE was ever released with a...
  27. Dick

    Favorite Single Lines Of Dialog...

    I will avoid the usual Most-Famous lines such as "Frankly Miss Scarlett," or "I was misinformed" and "I'll have what she's having," or "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!" Instead, I will delve a little deeper into films both great and not so great that have a...
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    Vital sociological issue: How do you mount your toilet paper...to dispense from top or bottom?

    Years ago when my sibs were alive, we decided to plan a family Trivial Pursuit game, the questions for which we all took weeks to prepare. One that was given to me was: Do you remember how Mom used to mount the toilet paper rolls in our house? And this took me no time at all to answer: Yes, she...
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    International MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON (1990) From Spain -- A Quick Look

    https://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Moon-montañas-luna-Format/dp/B07R7Y3VR5/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=mountains+of+the+moon&qid=1578454501&s=movies-tv&sr=1-2 From Spain comes this very nice Blu-ray (at long-g-g last!) of Bob Rafelson's 1990 epic. This is an extraordinary adventure that tells of 19th...
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    My Yearly WAC Predictions

    Every year I submit a list of 25-30 movies I believe might well be put on Blu-ray by Warner Archives. I like to hope that 25% of them will actually come out, and so far I've only hit about 15% every year, but each time I include the same titles, the chances of their release increase (I think) by...
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