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A Few Words About A few words about...™ Mississippi Burning (redux) -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Message #1 of 17 Jun 19, 2019
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    Robert Harris

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    Alan Parker is a British born filmmaker, who has been directing on these shores since the unusual, but wonderful, Bugsy Malone, back in 1976.

    His work has been quality-driven, and interesting enough to warrant a CBE, back in his native land.

    I've been a huge fan, forever.

    Think about what's he's given us:

    Midnight Express
    Fame
    Shoot the Moon
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Birdy
    The Commitments
    The Road to Wellville
    Evita
    Angela's Ashes

    and the subject of these few words, Mississippi Burning.

    Why is it that some of the most interesting films about life here in the Colonies, have not been directed by Colonists?

    1964. Racial turmoil. The olde South seemingly unchanged since the post-Civil War era.

    The FBI arrives in the form of Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman.

    I've never seen the film look this good. A new quality scan, courtesy of Fox, released via Kino Lorber.

    Grab a copy, and be immersed.

    Image - 5

    Audio - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Upgrade from previous Blu-ray - Yes

    Highly Recommended

    RAH
     
  2. trajan007

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    Better than the TT release? I did have some issues with some dark scenes showing specks. Don't forget ANGEL HEART.
     
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    Robert thanks for the few words I have the TT release so I think I'm good.
     
  4. Sam Favate

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    Any bonus materials on the Kino edition? The TT, while a great transfer, was pretty bare bones.
     
  5. Message #5 of 17 Jun 20, 2019
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    Just as I had hoped to read.
    Glad to have had the TT edition, but this review locks it in for me.
    After all, when done right, there's nothing finer than a cinematography Oscar winner that's received a 4K scan.
     
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    I have the TT version and watched it for the first time in the spring. It's not a movie I need to see every month or even every year, but damn, was I riveted.
     
  7. battlebeast

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    No, it won’t have anything. But I made a disc of bonus material for this film. I’ll
    Send you a copy gratis, if you’d like. It has about 5 hours worth of bonus material on it.
     
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    For some reason I held off on the TT release. I'll definitely pick this one up.
     
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    I enjoyed the film but not the inaccuracies in the film:

    "In dealing with the FBI's role in the case, Parker takes the film far from fact. He fails to note that the Bureau had not done much in the South to protect blacks, or that its director, Herbert Hoover, viewed the civil rights movement suspiciously (the dialogue does, however, mention Hoover's belief that Martin Luther King was under the influence of communists). The movie's portrayal of FBI agents abandoning legal techniques and adopting tactics of deceit and intimidation stretches truth to the breaking point. It borrows ideas from the Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood films to argue that the extra-legal strategies of a virile FBI agent finally brought law and order to Mississippi. Furthermore, it suggests that the appearance of numerous FBI agents in Mississippi provoked the summer of arson, shootings and beatings when, in fact, the invasion of college students through the "Freedom Summer" project was the real provocation."

    This accurately captures the issues with the film. While it does capture the sense of terror of the time and it's dramatically quite good, the inaccuracies bother me quite a bit.
     
  10. Bob Cashill

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    "In dealing with the FBI's role in the case, Parker takes the film far from fact. He fails to note that the Bureau had not done much in the South to protect blacks, or that its director, Herbert Hoover, viewed the civil rights movement suspiciously (the dialogue does, however, mention Hoover's belief that Martin Luther King was under the influence of communists). The movie's portrayal of FBI agents abandoning legal techniques and adopting tactics of deceit and intimidation stretches truth to the breaking point. It borrows ideas from the Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood films to argue that the extra-legal strategies of a virile FBI agent finally brought law and order to Mississippi. Furthermore, it suggests that the appearance of numerous FBI agents in Mississippi provoked the summer of arson, shootings and beatings when, in fact, the invasion of college students through the "Freedom Summer" project was the real provocation."

    This accurately captures the issues with the film. While it does capture the sense of terror of the time and it's dramatically quite good, the inaccuracies bother me quite a bit.[/QUOTE]

    "Herbert Hoover" is bothering me now. :)
     
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    While it’s a strong dramatic film, it isn’t the best telling of that horrible story. And even though it changed names and other elements, the 2-part TV production from the 1970’s “Attack on Terror: The FBI vs the Ku Klux Klan” is overall a more accurate depiction of the story. Coincidentally, the murder of the 3 civil rights workers took place 55 years ago yesterday night.
     
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  12. battlebeast

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    Although it was based on the “Freedom Summer” murders of Chaney, Goodwin and Schwerner, It wasn’t supposed to be 100% accurate.
     
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    They weren’t going for accuracy. Not this time.
     
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    A bit of trivia. Paul Simon was friends with one of the folks murdered.
     
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    Really?
     
  16. JohnMor

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    Yes, Simon and Andrew Goodman were classmates at Queens College NYC.
     
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    oh wow!!
     

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