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

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. AnthonyClarke

    AnthonyClarke Screenwriter

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    As I get older I find I'm less and less into fiction, so I'll give 'The Robe' and 'The Bible' a miss....
     
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    I long ago thought that they were fiction but can still enjoy them.
    Perhaps not the last part of Bible which is sleep inducing,but the first half is a good summary of folk tales and legend.
    And both have great music scores!
     
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    I must admit I like Ben Hur ... especially the silent version.
     
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    The sea battle in the silent version is certainly much better than the models used in the Wyler version but his ending is what makes him a great director for me.The Niblo version end is just a silly mess.
    And another great score!
     
  5. Billy Batson

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    The Robe has the problem that a lot of epics have: good first half, draggy second half (Cleopatra has that in spades). Ben-Hur gets around that by having that great chariot race in the second half, & Land Of The Pharaohs has the pyramid closing at the end. And I don't know if it's been pointed out in this thread (I can't be bothered to check), but I think The Robe is the only film where the first shot (the arena) is taken from its sequel.
     
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    I'm sorry, but what do you mean?
     
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    I don't know about any sequels, but a good Double-Bill might be The Robe and The Pajama Game.:rolleyes:
     
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    I think Will is referring to the fact that The Robe and its 'sequel' Demetrius and the Gladiators' were both being prepped at the same time. The opening shot in The Robe - as the red velvet Cinemascope curtains part, depicting a school of gladiators in the arena - is not 'part' of The Robe's plot - the shot, photographed for Demetrius and, in fact, re-purposed in that film.
     
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    Interesting, Nick. I never realized that!! Thanks!
     
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    OMG, I JUST got that!
     
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    that Demetrius shot is only in the scope version. the flat version does not use it.
     
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    I don't think I've ever seen the flat version, even the old 4x3 TV days it was always pan & scan of the 'scope version.
     
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    The 4x3 version of The Robe is on the blu-ray, but in a weird format. It's in the Special features called something weird like "superview"? That's not it, but it wasn't obvious the first time I looked at the menu what exactly it was.
     
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    Also The Black Shield of Falworth with Tony Curtis - "Yonduh lies the castle of my fadduh."
     
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    I think you can only see the 4x3 version while watching the scope one.

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