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Count Three And Pray (1955)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Thomas T, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Thomas T

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    I got my Sony blu ray of the 1955 CinemaScope western Count Three And Pray with Van Heflin and Joanne Woodward (in her film debut) yesterday. Bizarrely, the disc does not allow you to pause or fast forward or back. I've never seen this before on a Sony blu ray (or DVD for that matter). It seems Sony wants you to watch the film all the way through with no bathroom or snack breaks! :(
     
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    Yikes. How is the picture quality? And how good of a Western is it?
     
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    The picture quality is good.
     
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    Yeah, I noticed that when I watched the Blu-ray a couple of weeks ago.
     
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    Seriously? What happens in an emergency? I take it the “stop” button works. But when you start it back up will it remember where you were or do you have to start all over from the beginning? :eek:
    With this kind of crap physical media is begging to die.
     
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    Yeah, it's BS and I noticed it when I wanted to replay a certain scene. Luckily for me, it was early in the film.
     
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    Oh dear. I'm at the age when in cold weather I can't go for long without my bladder sending me messages. I'll probably buy this disc anyway but only play it during hot weather!
     
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    I didn’t know anything about this release and even with its faults I ordered it. Which leads me to ask the question how do we find out about these Sony MOD titles? I have several but wonder if I have missed a few.
     
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    Yes, it does start at the beginning all over again :( Fortunately, there are chapter stops so you can jump to the chapter closest to where you left off.
     
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    As Robert Crawford said, it looks good. As to how good it is, it's not a traditional western. Van Heflin is a Southerner disliked by the townspeople for fighting on the Union side. He's also a preacher. I enjoyed it.
     
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    I don't think it is a MOD title. It doesn't have that bluish/purplish cast that MOD discs have. It looks like a regular pressed disc to me.
     
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    it’s listed on Amazon as Sony MOD. Even using Sony Mod as a search, it does not list any titles.
     
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    MOD doesn't mean burned. Pressed discs are MOD too, just ask Warner Archive!
     
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    As Mark stated, Sony's MOD Blu-ray releases are pressed discs just like Warner Archive BD releases.
     
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    I know that Blu-ray MOD does not always mean it’s burned and so far all have been pressed, as I have several. My question is still how do we learn about these releases from Sony. I would like to know the past releases to see if there is one that I missed and if any new titles have been announced.
     
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    Hey, Allen. I'm not aware there's any place one can get a complete list of these Sony releases over the past two years, but off the top of my head, this is what I remember: THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN (which I have and is beautiful to look at); THE HEROES OF TELEMARK, ROBIN AND MARIAN, THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS & GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER. There may be more, but I'm sure other members of the Forum can help expand my list of 5 releases (in addition to COUNT THREE AND PRAY).
     
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    There's also Pendulum with George Peppard and Gideon Of Scotland Yard (aka Gideon's Day) with Jack Hawkins
     
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    I can't help you there as I haven't found any source that tracks such releases.
     
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    Yes, GIDEON'S DAY was photographed by Freddie Young. Does anyone have it, and if so, can comment on the visual quality of the disc?
     
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    Thanks guys.
     
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    I do have it and watched it recently. It looks very, very good. Buy without worry. Since this film was released in the US in B&W by Columbia, it took me quite a while to catch a 35mm color print. This may be minor Ford, but it's still quite a pleasure.
     
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