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A Few Words About A few words about...™ Suddenly, Last Summer -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Robert Harris

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    Filmmaker Joseph Mankiewicz is known for the literary value, and intelligence of his films, and his 1959 production of Tennessee Williiams' Suddenly, Last Summer, with a screenplay aided and abetted by Gore Vidal, is another winner.

    It's also an oddity, which in some strange ways reminds me of Black Narcissus.

    BN was shot at Pinewood in the UK, and set in the Himalayas.

    S,LS was shot at Shepperton in the UK, and set in New Orleans, presumably tied in with some deal that producer, Sam Spiegel, might have had there.

    Casting is superb, with Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn in the leads, along with Montgomery Clift, who never seemed to get things totally together after his 1956 accident.

    The film was shot in black & white by the great Jack Hilyard (River Kwai), and naturally, akin to the seals returning to Capistrano in the Spring, the master delivered by Columbia, is superb in every regard.

    An important, potentially shocking, to some, film, that deserves your attention. I suggest that if you've never seen it, read nothing in advance.

    Great film. Magnificent Blu-ray delivery. Kudos for Twilight Time in making it available.

    Image - 5

    Audio - 5

    4k Up-rez - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Highly Recommended

    RAH
     
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    I just want to see Liz in that white bathing suit.:blush:
     
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    Mankiewicz, Hilyard and Tennessee;
    Kate, Liz and Monty;
    Crisp, Columbia and TT, too.
    With triple-threat trios such as these, was there ever going to be any real doubt or question, here?
    Nonetheless, I still found myself looking forward to RAH's review of Suddenly, Last Summer;
    after all, its always good to know.
    Indeed, all is right with the world;
    or, to quote our resident archivist, "everything is in its place".:thumbs-up-smiley:
     
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    In high definition she is even more impressive than ever! You will not be disappointed.

    I fully agree with RAH about the quality of this disc.
     
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    One of my top 10 all time favorites!

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    Day one purchase for me - was totally pleased with the picture quality - will be donating my old DVD of it to the library
     
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    The seals returning to Capistrano? It's hard to swallow that one.
     
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    One of my top favorites from the 'fifties-- a wonderful film, with spell-binding writing (Gore Vidal's additions are fantastic).

    the plot itself is beyond belief as it unfolds, but i read somewhere that Williams thought of SLS as a 'tone poem'

    the transfer itself looks great!!
     
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    I first saw this on TV in the late 60s some time and remember being stunned by the ending, where Sebastian (correct name?) is basically torn to bits by some street urchins. So strange and powerful. Unless of course, I am mis-remembering that part.
     
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  10. Robert Harris

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    You're confu-sed.

    As I recall Ms Taylor was attacked by sea urchins. Very famous scene. Bad.
     
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    Anyone know the release date?
     
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    Already released
     
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    Hmm, Amazon lists a release of Jan 1, 2017 but they don't seem to carry it. There's one copy available from Canada for $60. Is there somewhere else I can order it for less?
     
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    Twilight Time (directly) or Screen Archives Entertainment.
     
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    Thank you!
     

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