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Perhaps, it's just me, but I don't get all these forum complaints about cover art for upcoming releases for "The Wizard of Oz" and "Sleeping Beauty". I kind of chuckle when I read comments like hideous or ugly on the HTF. It's not like you're looking at the cover art for more than a few moments. I just don't get it! I refrain from commenting about most of such remarks because I really don't like raining on somebody's sensibilities when it's obviously important to them.
For me, if I don’t like a particular cover (for example, not using original poster), I just scan the current cover, and replace the front art with a downloaded pic. A relatively simple photoshop activity. I then print out the new cover
 

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My Wednesday Blu-ray viewing was "Man Without a Star" (1955) starring Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor, William Campbell and Richard Boone. Another western that was a favorite of mine from my childhood as I always enjoyed the relationship between a seasoned cowboy/Douglas and a tenderfoot/Campbell. IMO, it's not a great western like "The Searchers", but it's an entertaining one with a sense of humor that runs throughout the length of the film. The German Blu-ray's video presentation was fine, but today I hope to have the Kino BD release scheduled for release on August 27th. I will watch the Kino BD immediately to compare the two discs in order to listen to the audio commentary. By ordering from Kino during their recent saie, my BD shipped early to me. I hope it arrives today, but it's been sitting at my local UPS since Tuesday night so I expect the delivery delay was due to UPS transferring delivery over to the USPS.
The German Explosive Media and Kino Blu-rays are similar video presentation-wise, but the Kino audio just sounds better to my old ears. The Kino disc has DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio which my Marantz 6300 receiver processed to DTS Neurel:X . The Explosive disc has Stereo PCM 2.0. Also, I enjoyed the audio commentary on the Kino disc by Toby Roan. I learned a couple of things that I didn't now beforehand like Frank Chase on Kirk's right was Borden Chase's son. The older Chase wrote a bunch of great westerns including this one. The younger Chase appeared in a bunch of westerns as well as "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman".



Also, I either forgot or didn't realize that Richard Boone turned down Hawaii Five-0 role of Steve McGarrett before Jack Lord took the part. A big mistake on Boone's part, but it worked out fine for fans of the original TV show like myself. Also, they shot this film in 22 days
 
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I just bought the HD digital for "The Bad and the Beautiful" on iTunes. With my luck, watch it be released by Warner Archive on Blu-ray in the coming months.:) Anyhow, my next movie viewing will be "Green for Danger" (1949) on The Criterion Channel. It's a film I never seen beforehand, but highly recommended by other HTF members and highly rated by film critics. It's coming out in the UK on Blu-ray disc so I want to watch it before doing a blind buy.

 

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I just bought the HD digital for "The Bad and the Beautiful" on iTunes. With my luck, watch it be released by Warner Archive on Blu-ray in the coming months.:) Anyhow, my next movie viewing will be "Green for Danger" (1949) on The Criterion Channel. It's a film I never seen beforehand, but highly recommended by other HTF members and highly rated by film critics. It's coming out in the UK on Blu-ray disc so I want to watch it before doing a blind buy.
A movie that's Warners but strangely not MA. Another one like it is The Letter...
 

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I just bought the HD digital for "The Bad and the Beautiful" on iTunes. With my luck, watch it be released by Warner Archive on Blu-ray in the coming months.:) Anyhow, my next movie viewing will be "Green for Danger" (1949) on The Criterion Channel. It's a film I never seen beforehand, but highly recommended by other HTF members and highly rated by film critics. It's coming out in the UK on Blu-ray disc so I want to watch it before doing a blind buy.

Excellent film. I like Rosamund John in her few films.
 

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Anyhow, my next movie viewing will be "Green for Danger" (1949) on The Criterion Channel. It's a film I never seen beforehand, but highly recommended by other HTF members and highly rated by film critics. It's coming out in the UK on Blu-ray disc so I want to watch it before doing a blind buy.
I think you will enjoy this one. I have the Criterion DVD and really enjoyed it the first time I watched it. I wonder if I should hold out for a Criterion blu or pick up the UK disc. Decisions, decisions.
 

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I just bought the HD digital for "The Bad and the Beautiful" on iTunes. With my luck, watch it be released by Warner Archive on Blu-ray in the coming months.:) Anyhow, my next movie viewing will be "Green for Danger" (1949) on The Criterion Channel. It's a film I never seen beforehand, but highly recommended by other HTF members and highly rated by film critics. It's coming out in the UK on Blu-ray disc so I want to watch it before doing a blind buy.

Yes, a fine film indeed and one I'm looking forward to watching again.
 

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Next up is the Kino Blu-ray of "Day of the Outlaw" as I listen to the audio commentary of Jeremy Arnold.

Tina Louise even with the gun in hand, looks quite sexy in this cover art that never appears in the film.

 

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Next up is the Kino Blu-ray of "Day of the Outlaw" as I listen to the audio commentary of Jeremy Arnold.

Tina Louise even with the gun in hand, looks quite sexy in this cover art that never appears in the film.

The audio commentary by Jeremy Arnold was really good. One of the best I've heard in the last year or so. Very informative as I learned some details that I didn't know prior to listening to it. Such a great western, but man is it bleak which is why over the many years, I've got to be in a certain mood to watch this film. Filming this in black and white was the correct decision.
 
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It's been a long time, since, I last watched a 3-D movie in any of my home theaters. I'm going to rectify that shortcoming by watching one 3-D movie each week starting in September through the end of the year. Any recommendations as I need to revisit some previously viewed 3-D films never viewed on my OLED 3-D display?
 

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It's been a long time, since, I last watched a 3-D movie in any of my home theaters. I'm going to rectify that shortcoming by watching one 3-D movie each week starting in September through the end of the year. Any recommendations as I need to revisit some previously viewed 3-D films never viewed on my OLED 3-D display?
Inferno is one of my favorites. It has great 3D, is a fine movie on its own....and, uh, Rhonda Fleming is standing in the room with you.

 
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It's been a long time, since, I last watched a 3-D movie in any of my home theaters. I'm going to rectify that shortcoming by watching one 3-D movie each week starting in September through the end of the year. Any recommendations as I need to revisit some previously viewed 3-D films never viewed on my OLED 3-D display?
Um September Storm would match the month ...
 

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Another Saturday viewing was the Kino Blu-ray of "Road House" (1948) starring Ida Lupino, Richard Widmark, Cornel Wilde and Celeste Holm. A fine film noir with Richard Widmark acting nuts again with his crazy good laugh. He's not quite Tommy Udo in this film, but he's still a vengeful nut job. Over many years there are a couple of favorite lines from this movie that always stuck with me. The first one is from Lupino after she slaps Wilde in the face and says "You silly boy". The other is when Lupino finishes singing for the first time and Widmark says to Holm, "Is she good?" and Holm's reply "She does more without a voice than anybody I ever heard". Both dialogue sequences makes me laugh out loud every time I watch this movie.

Also, I watched this BD twice because I wanted to listen to the audio commentary by Eddie Muller and Kim Morgan that Cranston37 has mentioned a couple of times beforehand. The commentary was pretty good and quite funny as they talk about the film and even made light of some of the film's sequences and lines of dialogue especially as it pertains to Celeste Holm's character.

 
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A mediocre suspense/melodrama "Cry Wolf" (1947) starring Barbara Stanwyck and Errol Flynn. This was probably my third viewing of this film that I don't find that appealing except for the two lead actors, who are personal favorites of mine. The video presentation wasn't good either on the TCM app.

 

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I watched a pretty good documentary on Buster Keaton yesterday. "The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018)" by Peter Bogdanovich. I learned a few things about this brilliant comedian and director that I didn't know or forgotten about. Nothing against Charlie Chaplin, but I always preferred Keaton for some reason. Both of them were great and I wish they did more than one film together. Anyhow, I'm one of those guys that always buy their movies across different video formats. I'm going to try to watch The General and Cops this week as this documentary got me in the mood to experience some more Buster.

 
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I watched a pretty good documentary on Buster Keaton yesterday. "The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018)" by Peter Bogdanovich. I learned a few things about this brilliant comedian and director that I didn't know or forgotten about. Nothing against Charlie Chaplin, but I always preferred Keaton for some reason. Both of them were great and I wish they did more than one film together. Anyhow, I'm one of those guys that always buy their movies across different video formats. I'm going to try to watch The General and Cops this week as this documentary got me in the mood to experience some more Buster.

Exactly what I did. I chose The Navigator and Our Hospitality.
 

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I watched "Come and Get It" (1936) on the TCM app. What an attractive and talented actress Frances Farmer was back then. What happened to her was a real tragedy. Just a waste beauty, intelligence and talent.

 

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Today, I moved a larger subwoofer up to my Office HT as tomorrow, three new SVS Prime speakers arrive as I wasn't really happy with those old Polks I have connected today. I can't even remember when I bought those Polks, it must have been at least 20 years ago. I got (2) Prime Tower speakers and (1) Prime Center that SVS was selling for $1000. The tower speakers have some slight blemishes on them while surprising the center speaker has no blemishes. All total, it save me $350 if I still bought them from SVS without using their Outlet Store which is having a Labor Day sale. I was going to wait until Christmas time to upgrade those speakers, but their lackluster performance was starting to bother me and those sale prices kind of seal the deal for me. Ordered them on Tuesday afternoon and get them on Thursday. Fast service! Those Prime speakers should work very well with my Marantz 6300 receiver. It's a small HT room compared to my main HT setup downstairs.
 

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Yeah, Warner Archive should be very proud of this Blu-ray release. One of my favorite musicals from that era and probably due to James Cagney and Joan Blondell as those two were very good, whenever, they were paired together in a movie. Ruby Keeler couldn't sing nor dance, but I enjoyed her in this film along with Dick Powell.
 
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Interesting that my favorite movie critic Mike Clark posted his Blu-ray review of "Footlight Parade" this morning. I don't totally agree with his comments about Lloyd Bacon and Mervyn LeRoy. Didn't Bacon directed "42nd Street" and didn't that come out before "Footlight Parade"? As to the quality of LeRoy's movies after WWII, they're not as great as the movies he directed earlier, but there are more than a few of them that I consider pretty good damn films. So I don't agree LeRoy's film quality went to hell.

https://www.mediaplaynews.com/footlight-parade-review/
 

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