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A Few Words About A few words about...™ Seven Days in May -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. Robert Harris

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    As a follow-up to The Manchurian Candidate (1964), John Frankenheimer gave us Seven Days in May, a taught, brilliantly acted drama, involving a possible military takeover of the American government.

    Governmental hijinks seemed to be in vogue, as it was released within a month of Dr. Strangelove.

    Unlike Mr. Kubrick's work, Seven Days had zero dark humor.

    I've always loved this film, and Warner Archive's new Blu-ray does it proud.

    While viewing, I was wondering if the image harvest was taken directly from the OCN. It's that good. Turns out it's a recent, extremely well made, fine grain.

    The cast reads like a textbook of fine actors.

    Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam, as well as the initial feature appearance of John Houseman, and what I presume was Edmond O'Brien's return to the screen after his illness, which took him away from the role of Bentley in Lawrence of Arabia. He can still be seen in a short or two.

    For those unfamiliar with Seven Days, just go for it.

    Image - 5

    Audio - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Highly Recommended

    RAH
     
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  2. Matt Hough

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    Really looking forward to this one. Sounds like a sizable step up from the DVD.
     
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    Great film and Burt Lancaster in one of his best performances.
     
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    I found the performances in this movie to be all around top-notch. I do find the Ava Gardner sub-plot a bit unneeded. Pretty sure her character was in the novel, but they could used the running time for other things.
     
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    Is this really a 4K UHD Blu-ray like the title says? I don't remember seeing it.
     
  6. Robert Crawford

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    No, it's a Blu-ray release.
     
  7. Adam Lenhardt

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    This just went on my list. Love these sorts of movies, and never had the chance to catch this once, except for five minutes here and there on cable "formatted to fit this screen, to run in the time allotted and edited from content."
     
  8. Robert Harris

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    Formatting error. I'll find someone to blame. Stand by...
     
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    I far prefer 7 Days to Manchurian.
    Kirk Douglas' dressing down of Burt, riveting.

    I don't know, maybe it's just me, but is Edmund O'Brien THE most under-rated actor?
    Every film I've seen him in whether the lead or supporting, he's consistently perfect for the character.
     
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    I'm just curious here: does this release have the original Paramount logos intact at both the beginning and the end of the movie?
     
  11. Johnny Angell

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    I don't recall even a mediocre performance from him. You could say he's always average...for him, which is better than most. He was very good in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.
     
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    He's like Robert Ryan, both were very underrated.
     
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    Just my opinion, of course, but I don't agree that they were alike.

    I enjoy Edmond O'Brien in several roles, but I don't find his performances anywhere near as riveting as Robert Ryan's, although I agree both were underrated.

    I'd blind-buy a movie just because Robert Ryan appears in it. I wouldn't with Edmond O'Brien.
     
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    I'm sorry to change the topic but don't know where else to post this- but I just left Radio City Music Hall tonight and saw the 4K Robert Harris restorations of Godfather and Godfather II and want to thank you Mr Harris from the bottom of my heart for an experience I will never forget. It was gorgeous up on the screen there. The visual and the sound were impeccable on that immense screen as projected in that venue.
    Radio City must show more film!
    Thank you thank you. Bravo!
     
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    Do you happen to know what they showed it from? 35mm? DCP? Blu-ray?

    I attended a screening of Blazing Saddles with Mel Brooks live in person for Q&A last year at Radio City. Brooks was hilarious, but the presentation of the movie was abysmal. They were showing it from the Blu-ray, and the image just couldn't hold up on a screen that large. I avoided this screening in part because that one looked so terrible, but considering your report, I'll have to give Radio City a second chance next time they have an interesting screening.
     
  17. Robert Crawford

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    That's my point! I'm not saying they're equals in acting ability, but what I am saying is that neither actor was given their proper due during their respective careers. Is that clear enough for you? Now, that's just my opinion.
     
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    And yet, O'Brien won an Academy Award. Ryan, unfortunately, never did.
     
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    Don't get me started about the Oscars. Anyhow, it helped that On the Waterfront probably split the votes for that O'Brien Oscar. Three actors from the same film nominated in the same category bodes well for the other two nominees.
     
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    Seriously!? If I misunderstood your point, fair enough, but why has your tone suddenly become sarcastically insulting?
     

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