A Few Words About A few words about...™ Stalag 17 -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    Billy Wilder's 1953 Stalag 17, shortly being released by Warner Home Video via Paramount, is a gorgeous Blu-ray.

    It actually looks far better than I thought it would, and that's a testament to the archival staff at Paramount.

    For those who have not yet experience Stalag, it's a brilliant film - pure and simple. Look at the names of those involved.

    Billy Wilder - you know what he's done. If you don't, please don't embarrass yourself;

    Ernest Laszlo (cinematographer) - a camera operator on Wings, second unit on Hell's Angels, Vera Curz, Kiss Me Deadly, Judgment at Nuremberg...

    and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World;

    George Tomasini (editor) - Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Wrong Man, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Time Machine, The Misfits, The Birds;

    Franz Waxman (uncredited), this is a fun one - The Blue Angel, The Bride of Frankenstein, Fury, A Day at the Races, Rebecca, The Philadelphia Story, Suspicion, Air Force, The Paradine Case, Rear Window, Mister Roberts, The Spirit of St. Louis, Love in the Afternoon, The Nun's Story.

    You get the idea.

    It looks terrific. Great gray scale. Good blacks, nice grain. It's all there.

    Buy it. Enjoy it.

    $17.

    Image - 4.5

    Audio - 5

    Highly Recommended.

    RAH
     
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    I watched this a few days ago. It's a really good BRD. It's a good film too!
     
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    I've seen this in HD on the telly & it looks really good. It was an early DVD release from Paramount & boy did it look ropey! These are great times for film fans...with a Blu-ray player.
     
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    I agree. I watched it last weekend, and it was a terrific Blu-ray. The movie has always been a marvel of comedy and mystery and drama all combined into a surefire package of entertainment.

    The bonuses are also very informative.
     
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    Some older films which try to mix comedy with more serious subject matter fall flat on their faces - whether this is due to cultural relativism or because they were just poor to start with is not for me to say.

    But this isn't one of those films.

    Genuinely funny in parts, but tense and gripping for the rest.

    I bought the disc as soon as it appeared, but haven't watched it yet. So pleased that it's a good 'un.

    Steve W
     
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    This sounds simply mouth-watering.
     
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    Don't forget William Holden! One of his best!
     
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    Picked this up and wish to echo all the sentiments. Excellent film and a wonderful disc. So glad to finally have this one.

    Doug
     
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    "Stalag 17" isn't usually thought of as a Christmas movie, but it certainly and entirely is one. This excellent Blu-Ray will make for very high quality alt-Christmas viewing at my place this coming season!
     
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    There's another Billy Wilder film that's both ideal Christmas viewing and a miraculous blend of drama and comedy: The Apartment. I intend to watch that during the Christmas holiday period plus the Sinatra version of Ocean's Eleven. I might also watch my Region 2 DVD of Christmas Holiday.
     
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    Add to the list of movies that are actually "Christmas/New Years/Holiday" movies but are not generally thought of as such is Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The chronology of the movie takes place in the weeks just prior to Christmas and holiday decorations are seen strewn across the street as Marion drives out of Phoenix with the loot. :)
     
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    They could have tinsel in the shower and Psycho still ain't no Xmas movie. :)
     
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    The original nightmare before Christmas. ;)
     
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    For sure. It gave me nightmares.
     
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    I have been wanting to comment on this film for the past few days.

    A few weeks ago I received the Blu-ray double feature Stalag 17 and
    The Dirty Dozen.

    Had never seen Stalag 17, and it was the primary focus of my purchase.
    Getting The Dirty Dozen with it was an added bonus as I like that film.

    Anyhow...

    First time I ever watched Stalag 17.

    I think, initially, I was bothered by the fact that this was a comedy. I was
    kind of hoping for a film more like The Great Escape. However, over the
    past few days since its viewing, I have been thinking of it often and found
    that it really has grown on me. I particularly like the tension involved with
    finding the snitch in the group and what was ultimately done with that individual.

    In all, after sleeping on it a few days, I think it's a great movie.

    I agree with Mr. Harris that it's a great looking Blu-ray.
     
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    Wilder's genius was making these harshly cynical (or maybe realistic is a better word) films cloaked within the guise of a comedy. So many of his films (The Apartment, Stalag 17, One-Two-Three, The Fortune Cookie, etc) follow this formula, brilliantly.
     

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