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Crawdaddy's "Random Thoughts" about Home Video, Film & TV

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, Feb 23, 2017.

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  1. Robert Crawford

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    I had a hoot watching "Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters (2013) in 3-D. Not a great film in any way, but I was very entertained and laughed throughout the running of the film with its gratuitous violence and MTV feel. By the way, MTV co-produced this film. The 3-D was very good and I plan on watching the Unrated version too as I want to see how much more gore that version has in it.

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    Another Blu-ray that I have finally scratched from my un-watched pile of Blu-rays. I haven't seen this film in its entirety, since, I watched the DVD when it was released 14 or 15 years ago. Over the years I've watched portions of the film on TCM as there are certain parts I always loved to see over and over again, Anyhow, this is probably my 4th viewing of this film from beginning to end. It's a great film with fine acting performances and some wonderful written dialogue. However, the thing that always bother me about this film is that the three wives were just too good-looking to be worried about their husbands leaving them. As most know, I have a thing for Linda Darnell and consider her one of the most beautiful actresses I've ever seen. Jeanne Crain was a beauty too and Ann Southern wasn't bad looking either. Another thing that bothers me is that Celeste Holm's voice-over as Addie just sounded too sexy knowing her other roles in "Gentleman's Agreement", "Come to the Stable" and "Road House".:) Thelma Ritter was really good in her small part and remains one of my favorite character actresses. She wasn't even credited for that role nor Celeste Holm for her voice-over work.

    This next item has been debated for years, did
    Porter actually changed his mind about running off with Addie?
     
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    This weekend's Noir Alley showing is Nocturne (1946) starring George Raft and Lynn Bari.


    TCM's Noir Alley Revised 2019 schedule.


    03-09-19: D.O.A. (1950)
    03-16-19: High Sierra (1941)
    03-23-19: Lady in the Lake (1946)
    03-30-19: Border Incident (1949)
    04-06-19: 99 River Street (1953)
    04-13-19: Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
    04-20-19: M (1951)
    04-27-19: Woman on the Run (1950)
    05-04-19: Nightmare Alley (1947)
    05-11-19: White Heat (1949)
    05-18-19: Key Largo (1948)
    05-25-19: Dead Reckoning (1947)
    06-01-19: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    06-08-19: Nora Prentiss (1947)
    06-15-19: Pickup on South Street (1953)
    06-22-19: Shadow on the Wall (1950)
    06-29-19: On Dangerous Ground (1951)
    07-06-19: The Tattooed Stranger (1950)
    07-13-19: The People Against O'Hara (1951)
    07-20-19: While the City Sleeps (1956)
    07-27-19: Thieves' Highway (1949)
    09-07-19: The Big Clock (1948)
    09-14-19: Nocturne (1946)
    09-21-19: The Woman on the Beach (1947)
    09-28-19: The Harder They Fall (1956)
    10-05-19: Trapped (1949) replaces The Bribe (1949)
    10-12-19: Clash By Night (1952)
    10-19-19: This Gun For Hire (1942)
    10-26-19: Force of Evil (1948) replaces A Woman's Secret (1949)
    11-02-19: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    11-09-19: Johnny Eager (1941)
    11-16-19: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
    11-23-19: Kansas City Confidential (1952)
    11-30-19: The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    12-07-19: Berlin Express (1948)
    12-14-19: Criss Cross (1949)
    12-21-19: Cash on Demand (1961) replaces I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
    12-28-19: Repeat Performance (1947)
    01-04-20: The Big Sleep (1946)
    01-11-20: The Captive City (1952)
    01-18-20: The Big Night (1951)
     
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    I've never seen Nocturne, so I'm looking forward to it and Eddie's before and after remarks.
     
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    It's definitely a "B" movie. Not a good movie in my opinion. When I watched the 2014 DVD a while back, I didn't think it looked that good and it didn't have subtitles either which bothered me because I always activate subtitles when watching movies.
     
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    I'll keep this in mind when I watch later tomorrow. I have a review disc I'll be working on first on Sunday, and then I'll watch Nocturne in the evening.
     
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    Joan Harrison produced "Nocturne" so I expect Eddie to spend some time talking about her association with Hitchcock. As to the movie, if I had to give it a film grade on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best, I would give it a 2-2.5 grade. It's an okay "B" film, but nothing more than that in my opinion.
     
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    My cable guide gives it 3 stars out of 4, so I'm going to be very interested to see which way I lean once I've seen it.
     
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    I've got LOTR: The Return of the King coming up this week and the Extended Version checks in at 263 minutes after credits. This will be the longest movie I've ever watched in a movie theater. It surpasses LOA and GWTW for me and both of them had intermissions while The Return of the King has no intermission.
     
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    Good luck to both you and your bladder. :cheers:
     
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    The best thing in this movie is the tracking shot at the beginning. I've always been impressed by how well it's done.
    Not so well done is George Raft in this. They needed someone to bring more life to that character.

    I hopefully DVRd this episode so I can at least watch that begining again, and hear what Eddie has to say about it.
     
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    Yeah, it's a mediocre movie, but with some interesting shots and Hollywood locations. Eddie's commentary this week was really good and I enjoyed it more this week than last.
     
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    This was the first Sunday in 25 years, which I was home all day and did not spend one minute watching any NFL Football. However, I did watch three movies today. First up was "John Wick 3", which was my fourth viewing of the movie, but my first at home on 4K/UHD disc. IMO, a reference disc for demonstrating 4K/Dolby Vision/Atmos.

    My second movie was "The Sweeney" (2012) which was my second viewing of the movie, but I was in the mood to watch a hot Hayley Atwell playing a detective on an elite police squad in London. Not a good movie, but an entertaining Brit crime movie.
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    I finally watched the 3-D Kino disc of "Jivaro". A mediocre movie at best, but the 3-D presentation was impressive. Enjoyed watching Rhonda Fleming and a young Rita Moreno in Technicolor.:)

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    I watched Nocturne this evening. I think I have to split the difference between Crawdaddy and the cable guide. I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars, but actually if an actor of any discernible talent had played the lead, it would have raised it a star. George Raft is such an inert actor that he gives his fellow actors nothing to play against. The mystery was pretty good. I was sure the singer had SOMETHING to do with it even down to maybe committing the crime with her sister using the studio props to cover for her, but I was still surprised with the actual killer's identity and his relationships to others in the film.

    I loved Eddie's comments, too, but would liked to have known even more about some of the other major players like the goon who menaced Raft (he sure looked familiar).
     
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    Well, now I want to see The Sweeney.
     
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    It's not quite a split as I did say 2.0-2.5 but, after watching a good portion of the film again last night, I now lean more towards 2.5 grade for some interesting camera shots and Hollywood locale filming, but it's still not that good of a film because of Raft. If Bogart was playing that role, it would be a solid 3.5 to me. I thought having his mother be prominent in the movie was quite funny.
     
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    I'm watching my MOC Blu-ray for "No Way Out" (1950) for a second time today so I can listen to Eddie Muller's audio commentary. The film debut of Sidney Poitier, who's name appears under not above the film title as the opening credits roll, but is the film's protagonist. Many years ago, when I watched this movie for the first time, the film made me angry for its frequent use of the "N" word, but now, I see it was necessary to do so as prior movies about racism and bigotry were much more tame with their language regarding this subject matter. Much harsher than "Gentlemen's Agreement". Quite a movie is "No Way Out"! The Blu-ray A/V presentations are really good. Not pristine like a Warner Archive or Criterion release, but are improved over the 2006 DVD release. Widmark was excellent as one of the most despicable film characters in film history. Linda Darnell was also very good in this movie along with Stephen McNally. This film was also the film debut of Ozzie Davis, who is uncredited. His wife, Ruby Dees was also in the film, uncredited.

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    One more thing, this Region "B" Blu-ray is available from Amazon UK for $16.34 shipped including shipping cost.
     
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    Nocturne. Like a warm glass of milk; it put me to sleep. Which is some accomplishment when watching as a matinee. A lot of standing around and yapping. And with George Raft, no color to the performance. Yawn. Just thinking about it makes me sleepy again.
     
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    Eddie Muller just took another step up in my book. During the audio commentary for "No Way Out" that he recorded back in 2006, for the DVD release he retold a conversation he had with James Ellroy. If you can go back in time to the glory days of "Film Noir" which three actresses would you try to make a move on. Eddie's choices were exactly the same ones I would have chosen, if I had that ability.:)

    Ella Raines
    Gloria Grahame
    Linda Darnell
     

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