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  1. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about…™ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - in 4k UHD Blu-ray (updated)

    A Frank Capra film. 1939. Beautifully shot in black & white by Joseph Walker. I've been asked if I'm prejudiced against older films to which HDR has been added, and I'm not. It generally works fine, if not on projectors. I've worked hard for aeons to get my projectors and panels to play...
  2. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about…™ Jerry Maguire - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    A hugely popular film upon release in 1996, Columbia has released Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire in a special 24th Anniversary 4k UHD presentation, as part of the Columbia Collection boxed set. And it's beautiful. The film holds up wonderfully. Color, densities, black levels (further supported...
  3. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about…™ Gandhi - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    It's a little known fact that while Ben Kingsley was lauded for his portrayal of Gandhi in Sir Richard Attenborough's epic, he was not the first choice for the lead. Back in mid-1980, with no known Indian actors capable of taking on the role from an international marketing perspective, numerous...
  4. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about…™ A League of Their Own - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    One of my all-time favorite films. It's a bit like one of those wines, that's extremely high quality, and easy to drink. Everything about this film is perfect, which has made it a fan favorite. The new 4k UHD from Columbia, has taken Penny Marshall's (we could use her in our midst right now)...
  5. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about…™ Lawrence of Arabia - in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    The new 4k release of David Lean's epic, Lawrence of Arabia, has seen four versions, and a myriad of home video itinerations, going back to praxinoscope days. Now released in the new Columbia six film boxed set, it has seemingly reached home video nirvana. Everything that one might wish for is...
  6. Ronald Epstein

    Press Release Columbia Classics 4k Collection (photos)

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  7. Thomas T

    John Ford At Columbia 1935-1958 blu ray box set

    Powerhouse/Indicator in the U.K. is releasing a box set of four John Ford films on blu ray. Three have seen U.S. releases: The Whole Town's Talking, Gideon's Day, The Last Hurrah and making its blu ray debut with a 4K restoration, The Long Gray Line. There was hope of Twilight Time releasing The...
  8. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ Zombieland: Double Tap -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    If you liked the original Zombieland, which came out a decade ago, you may also find Double Tap fun, although there's much here that's repetitive and overall, of lesser quality. Is it an unnecessary sequel? I'm not certain, but it's still a way to spend 100 minutes toward mindless fun. The...
  9. LouA

    Universal and Columbia MOD Discs

    I see that Columbia MOD well be releasing Bell Book And Candle on Blu-ray . Likewise Universal MOD will be releasing Kitten With A whip on Blu-ray . Does anyone know if Columbia , and Universal will be selling "factory pressed " blu-rays , or recordables? They seem to be selling in the $25 to...
  10. Robert Harris

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

    There was a time, as a late teen, before I learned to speak fillum, that I might confuse, or conjoin George Cukor's wonderful 1938 romantic comedy Holiday, with Leo McCarey's wonderful The Awful Truth, produced the year previous. Both star Cary Grant, while Awful feature him with Irene Dunn...
  11. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    For those who may be unaware of Quentin Tarantino as a filmmaker, be advised that you'll not be witnessing something that will be receiving the proprietary Dove label. And while there is a place for Hallmark films, it's not one of those, either. You should also be aware, going in, that any...
  12. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Behold a Pale Horse - in Blu-ray

    Behold a Pale Horse has always seemed to be a bit of an oddity to me. Directed by Fred Zinnemann, one of the three that David Lean used to refer to lovingly as "the three foreigners," in a style so tepid to be almost without style, and with a minimal tale to tell. Partly having the appearance...
  13. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ Glory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    One could easily be led to believe, by viewing the new 4k of Edward Zwick's 1989 Glory, that the folks at Columbia have a secret sauce, enabling them to perfectly capture the appearance of an OCN Print to one of those tiny discs, we call Blu-ray. It's perfect. Especially, projected, the...
  14. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ The Natural -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    The Natural, has Robert Redford as famed baseball player Roy Hobbs (1904-1983). Probably my favorite baseball film, and right up there with Field of Dreams, with its magisterial, heroic, etherial view of history and the sport, partially based upon the novel by Bernard Malamud, with more than a...
  15. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ Black Hawk Down -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Every couple of months, a new 4k UHD release arrives, that is of such superior quality, in its reproduction of the look of cinema, that it needs to be highlighted. Black Hawk Down, the 2001 Ridley Scott production, concerning U.S. forces in Somalia, under attack by a local war lord is such a...
  16. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Whole Town's Talking - in Blu-ray

    I've always loved this film, but have never seen it in the quality offered by Twilight Time, from Columbia's latest video master. To my mind, it's always seemed to be film by Frank Capra, as channeled through John Ford. It has so many attributes of both filmmakers, that it's difficult to see...
  17. Robert Harris

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

    Stanley Kramer's Oklahoma Crude is a difficult film to categorize. Possibly a dramedy, but not precisely. It occurs in 1913, the year of the filmmaker's birth, and concerns a young woman set on success toward her own oil rig. But big business arrives, and it isn't a good situation. We have...
  18. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Admirable Crichton - in Blu-ray

    The Admirable Crichton, released in the Colonies in 1957 as Paradise Lagoon is a class comedy. Think Upstairs, Downstairs meets Lord of the Flies, the original Blue Lagoon and Gilligan's Island. It's a sweet British production that I'd only seen once before, and it looked nothing like Twilight...
  19. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Return of the Vampire - in Blu-ray

    For those seeking to corner the market and collect every vampire film, or at least every vampire production featuring Bela Lugosi, Scream Factory has made the task easier, with their release of the 1943 Columbia film, The Return of the Vampire. In typically Columbia fashion, it's a quality...
  20. Robert Harris

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

    Obsession is what one gets, when two superb filmmakers (Brian De Palma & Paul Schrader) have an obsession. A slightly different take on Hitchcock's Vertigo. And a fun ride. Based upon a new master, provided by Columbia, one should presume going in, that the quality will be superb. And it is...
  21. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ The Equalizer2 -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Denzel Washington returns, as Robert McCall, a gent that you don't want to piss off, in Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer2, a fun, violent, escapist entertainment of retribution. Photographed with different flavors of Arri Alexas, and completed as DI, the resultant 4k Blu-ray mit HDR is a high-end...
  22. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Urban Legend & Sleepwalkers -- in Blu-ray

    Scream Factory has given us two Columbia releases - both genre films - and they're both glorious on Blu-ray, typical of Columbia product. Urban Legend is a 1998 college age kids in jeopardy production, with all of the normal accoutrements. Sleepwalkers arrived 6 years earlier, directed by Mick...
  23. Robert Harris

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

    New discoverers of Richard Lester's Robin and Marian, a paean to aging in the middle ages, will find more than a bit of resemblance to Tony Harvey's wonderful The Lion in Winter, which came eight years previous. Listen to the score of Robin, and you'll find the textures of John Barry's work in...
  24. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Last Hurrah -- in Blu-ray

    John Ford directed 27 films in the 1930s. 11 in the 1940s, but there was a war that interceded. His government output was superb. 15 in the 1950s, by which time he had hit his sixties. The 1960s had 7 films released, with Young Cassidy, taken over by Jack Cardiff. While there are many great...
  25. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ Air Force One -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    We're instituting a new rating line today, as I've been noting more of late, that catalog titles are receiving more than just a new image harvest, or uncompressed audio. With their new 4k of Air Force One, a hugely entertaining two decade old political thriller, from Wolfgang Petersen, Columbia...
  26. Robert Harris

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Night of / Curse of the Demon -- in Blu-ray

    In one of the more confusing bits of history for a theatrical release, the UK entity Powerhouse is releasing for R1, Jacques Tourneur's Night and Curse of the Demon, in UK and US release cuts, along with multiple aspect ratios. One was never supposed to see the Demon in this film, but we do...
  27. Robert Harris

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

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  28. Robert Harris

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

    Daniel Petrie's 1961, A Raisin in the Sun, is brilliant cinema. I tried to see it theatrically when I was a teen, but missed the final ten minutes or so, as their was a racial altercation in the theater, and police were called in. I actually didn't finally see the entire film until the '80s in...
  29. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ Bad Boys I & II -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    As Michael Bay's initial directorial feature effort, Bad Boys wasn't a bad place to begin. Stylish, fast-paced, beautifully photographed (in Toronto dressed as Miami). The initial tale is led by two comic actors, who wise-crack their way through a couple of hours of violence and mayhem...
  30. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A few words about...™ Christine -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

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