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  1. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    For those unaware, Alfred Hitchcock was a filmmaker of (generally) thrillers, occasionally with a bit of humor thrown in, and one single comedy - Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the 1941 RKO version). For this 4k Hitchcock sampler of his productions either produced for or owned by Universal, of which there...
  2. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Ghost Ship (2002) Redux -- in Blu-ray

    I don't recall if I reviewed Steve Beck's 2002 Ghost Ship here, but I thought it was a fun ride with some terrific effects, short of the WB logo, which is apparently derived from an original Edison cylinder. Scream Factory, has (bravely) licensed and re-issued the film on Blu-ray, with the same...
  3. Robert Harris

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

    The third inclusion in Kino's new pack of Cary Grant films, and per Mr. Cooper, a likely candidate for the full-on arrival of the Grant persona. Short of checking out those that were released between the Ladies Should Listen, Big Brown Eyes (earlier in 1936) and Wedding Present, I tend to...
  4. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Ladies Should Listen -- in Blu-ray

    I'd been attempting to track the Grant persona, as in when the actor known as Cary Grant, actually took on the Grant persona. HTF member, Dan Cooper opined that he thought it was Wedding Present, a 1936 Paramount, released as a part of Kino's three film set. Finally got around to viewing...
  5. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Love Me Tonight -- in Blu-ray

    So many interesting angles of discussion with this film. The director, Rouben Mamoulian, was one of the geniuses of early sound cinema, and probably did more to advance the technology than any other filmmaker in moving the camera toward the freedom that it had in the silent cinema. His first...
  6. Robert Harris

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

    I'm a huge Sydney Pollack fan. Always have been. No matter what his function on a film, he was a class act. Initially, he was acting on TV - beginning in 1956 - Tales of Wells Fargo, Have Gun - Will Travel, The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents... In 1961, he directed episodes of...
  7. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Five Graves to Cairo -- in Blu-ray

    One might wonder what Field Marshall Rommel might have thought of Austrian born Billy Wilder's second U.S. production, a 1943 WWII project, with Rommel played by in icy tones by Erich von Stroheim. Five Graves to Cairo was released between The Major and the Minor (1942) and Mr. Wilder's little...
  8. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Evil Under the Sun -- in Blu-ray

    The final installment of the Bradbourne / Goodwin Christie's, Evil Under the Sun (1982) is a worthy addition to the Kino series, although some who have the earlier Blu-rays may be happy sticking with what they already own. Having not seen the earlier Blu, I can merely note that the Kino edition...
  9. Robert Harris

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

    Based upon my displeasure with the To Catch a Thief disc, which premiered this series of studio Blu-ray releases, I had concerns while waiting for the initial images to arise on Roman Holiday. Those concerns dissipated with immediacy. Viewers should understand that without an original...
  10. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Beetlejuice - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    I may be the only one to notice this, but Tim Burton's film tend to be a bit weird. Beetlejuice fits right in with much of his other work. And that's a good thing, as it's a terrific piece of entertainment. As to how it looks and sounds in 4k, I'll apologize in advance to those who might like...
  11. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Death on the Nile -- in Blu-ray

    The first Agatha Christie tale to be filmed was The Passing of Mr. Quin in 1928. Over the next 92 years there would be more versions of her works than anyone might imagine. Today, according to imdb, there are six projects in development, and three (film and TV) in production. Between 1974 and...
  12. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Big Brown Eyes -- in Blu-ray

    I continue to applaud Kino, as they bring out multi-disc sets from Universal's Paramount library, especially since they're packaged in single cases within a heavy paper box. As a Cary Grant fan, and taking an interest in how he created the Grant character, I was thrilled with their recent...
  13. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Never Steal Anything Small -- in Blu-ray

    When James Cagney appeared in Charles Lederer's Never Steal Anything Small in 1959, it appeared that he was more interested in spending more time at the Cape, and winding down his extraordinary film career. A comedy with music, based upon the play Devil's Hornpipe by Maxwell Anderson and Rouben...
  14. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Goonies - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Not may people know this, but Anne Ramsey (who plays Mama Fratelli) was originally cast as the mother on The Partridge Family, but was released from her contract after the the initial episode (which never aired), and replaced with another actress. Purportedly, she came off as "too sweet."...
  15. Robert Harris

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

    Never been a Wheeler and Woolsey fan. I've always felt more attuned to "the boys," Chaplin and Keaton. Or if teams, Laurel & Hardy, or the Marx Bros. Never did I ever believe that a Wheeler and Woolsey film would be restored. Never did I ever expect a Wheeler and Woolsey film to arrive on...
  16. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The House by the Cemetery -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Blue Underground is a class act, and their 4k releases carry on that tradition. Possibly more so with Lucio Fulci's 1981 The House by the Cemetery. Not a fan of giala, never was, but this one captured my interest. It's definitely creepy. Those who love the genre will appreciate the incredible...
  17. Robert Harris

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

    I could probably end these few words right here by telling you that Warner Archive's Flying Leathernecks, a 1951 RKO production, is perfect in every respect. But I won't do that. If for no other reason than I find that boring. So let's talk about oddities. The film opens with an RKO logo. In...
  18. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Sherlock Holmes (2009) & Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    It seems that many new 4k releases, at least those derived from film to 2k or 2k digital masters, don't offer a great deal of uptick in 4k. I was fully expecting this with the two WB Sherlock Holmes Downey / Law films, but came away pleasantly surprised. Especially when running the films from...
  19. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Grey Fox -- in Blu-ray

    This review has been updated, as it will not be bettered. And updated again. Going with Recommended, as film is not to be missed. Phillip Boros' 1982 Canadian production, The Grey Fox is one of those extraordinary little films that should be required viewing by anyone serious about the...
  20. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Projector setup

    I've been complaining, since HDR appeared as a technology linked to 4k UHD, that projectors don't play particularly nicely with that tech. My former projector, a 4k Sony, does a magnificent job with HD and also with 4k, except when imagery gets very dark. It's a wonderfully reliable piece of...
  21. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Brute Force & Naked City -- in Blu-ray

    There is something odd about these releases, and I presume that it has nothing to do with Criterion, and more with the licensor. Both films begin with an explanatory preface explaining the horrible condition of the elements, presumably caused by multiple distributors over the decades and their...
  22. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ All I Desire & There's Always Tomorrow – in Blu-ray

    An interesting double bill. I've a feeling Sirk fans (Douglas) have been waiting for these on Blu-ray. Ford has his oaters, Hitchcock his thrillers, and Sirk, weepers. Probably nine of them, by my count. And at this time, only a few that haven't made it to Blu-ray domestically, although two -...
  23. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Midsommar (Director's Cut) - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Ari Aster's (Hereditary) longer cut of his travelogue horror/mystery, Midsommar, has arrived here in the Colonies in its 172 minute cut, and in 4k. Shot with the new Panavision Millennium in 5k and 8k, and finished as a 4k DI, it's imagery is never less than astounding. I generally sit about...
  24. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ The Eagle and the Hawk – in Blu-ray

    A seldom seen 1933 anti-war film, from Paramount, makes its Blu-ray appearance via Kino, and the overall quality is quite nice. A vehicle for the great Fredric March more so than Cary Grant, who had not yet fully invented his screen persona, it will be, for many, a newly discovered film...
  25. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Phantom of the Opera (1962) - in Blu-ray

    Another Shout release from the Hammer catalog, which will be applauded by fans for the audio commentaries and extras. Offered in both 1.66 and 1.85 aspect ratios, Terence Fisher's Phantom of the Opera is quintessential early '60s Hammer. Mr. Fisher entered the industry as an editor, active...
  26. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Airplane (Paramount Presents) – in Blu-ray

    The 2020 Blu-ray release of Abrahams, Zucker & Zucker's Airplane has a bit more detail and stability than the 2011 variant. It also has a couple of new extras, in addition to the old. But sampling the film, after not seeing it for a number of years, I found myself wondering why South of the...
  27. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Spartacus - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Spartacus is a film near and dear to my heart. I know it well, having first seen it theatrically, in 70mm, in 1960. When it was re-issued in 1967 it had been shorn (much like Lawrence) of much of the material that held the film together, inclusive of the original ending. Photographed in 35/8...
  28. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Never Give a Sucker an Even Break – in Blu-ray

    For the folks who have no idea who W.C. Fields was, he was funny man. Physical comedy filled with occasionally ribald humor, especially in his earlier works. He began in film in 1915, spent 1925 (in which he co-starred with Carol Dempster, in Sally of the Sawdust) through 1938 (with a few...
  29. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Kiss the Blood Off My Hands – in Blu-ray

    Norman Foster's 1948 black & white drama, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, is yet another film with Russell Metty behind the camera. Even shot (for the most part) at Universal, Mr. Metty creates a magnificently dirty, and wet atmosphere, with gleaming cobblestones everywhere. It's a beautifully...
  30. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about…™ Against All Flags – in Blu-ray

    I wonder if Mr. Flynn ever thought about his position as one of the top Technicolor actors during the three-strip period? Between 1938 and 1953, he appeared in eleven of them. Do Henry Fonda and Tyrone Power come close? As a 1952 production, it's pretty when not in dupes, which all have...