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

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    Were those two films the only ones they appeared in together?
     
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    No, have you seen "Dead of Night"?
     
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    Man, I'm going to be a busy today watching movies. I've got the following movies on my "watch" platter for Saturday with my Best Buy order of "The Set-Up" and "The Letter" arriving by USPS.

    Crime of Passion
    The Woman on the Beach
    The Set-Up
    The Letter
     
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    No, it comes highly recommended, and I think it features one of those two actors.

    I don't know why I have not bought it yet. A recommendation push might make me do it.
     
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    They're both in it. Read the following link.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charters_and_Caldicott
     
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    After watching the Blu-ray for the first time, it does have very good A/V presentations. Having said that, as you stated they kind of short-cut Stanwyck's character motivations in this film which does negatively affect my film grade. Crime in Passion has never been a favorite of mine, but I'm happy the Blu-ray is top-notch with solid 4.0 A/V presentation scores. The movie is only a 2.5 for me, on a grade of 1-5, with 5 being the best. I'm probably being a little kind with that film score, but I do like the cast very much especially the leading lady.:)
     
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    I agree that this in one helluva film. It's one flaw is the reading of the letter, which doesn't happen in the novel. It softens the awfulness of the event by eliciting a tear or two. The novel leaves the content of the letter to your imagination, and it is much stronger for it. For the record, I haven't heard the commentary.
    I was also fortunate to have seen a 35mm nitrate sepia-tone print at MoMA. It made the film extra special.
     
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    Thanks for your thoughts, Robert. I wasn't sure if my wife and I were missing something with this film, as neither one of us cared for it. If you, this site's biggest Stanwyck fan, only gives it a 2.5 out of 5, then I feel better about our reaction to the movie.
     
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    Her sudden change from a career and independent woman to a wife that devotes oneself literally to her new husband's career didn't add up in this 86 minute movie. It's been one of the things that always bothered me about this movie. My lukewarm affinity towards this film is clearly due to its cast.
     
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    A fine review by you, but that link wasn't a review of Dead of Night, but details the movies those two character actors are in.
     
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    Apparently I'm going to lose my Fox local channel later this week. If that happens and I lose the Disney channels including ESPN then that might push me over the ledge. The fighting over raising fees is starting to be a real PITA. If these latest channels disappear then all four local channels have been interrupted for me as my NBC affiliate is still unavailable for me. Looks like my 25 year relationship with DirecTV is in serious trouble, especially with me trying to lessen the importance of sports coverage in my life. Some tough decisions between now and when WarnerMedia launches.
     
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    Crime of Passion
    The Woman on the Beach
    The Set-Up

    The Letter

    Man, "The Woman on the Beach" makes "Crime of Passion" seem like a film masterpiece.;) I've always thought "Crime of Passion" was a mediocre film that wasted a good cast of actors with a poor screenplay. I felt similarly about "The Woman on the Beach" except it's a terrible movie that wasted a good cast of actors. The blasting music cues in this film always bothered me and quite frankly would take me out of the movie, but so does that horrible dialogue.:) Anybody recognize
    Granny of The Beverly Hillbillies?
    Not a good movie! I did enjoy Eddie Muller's comments about the film and its director, Jean Renoir.

    With that said about one mediocre movie and one bad one, I turned my attention to a "Five" star movie, "The Set-Up" (1949) directed by the great Robert Wise and starring Robert Ryan and Audrey Totter. One of the best boxing/film noir movies ever made. I listened to the audio commentary of Robert Wise and Martin Scorsese which they recorded separately. Wise stated this was not only his favorite film that he directed at RKO, but is among his favorites of all his films. Based on Scorsese's commentary, this movie did influence him in regard to "Raging Bull". It was one of those films he didn't see as a kid, but saw it later as a young man. He showed the film to the cast and crew of "The Aviator" (2004) and they, including DiCaprio came up to him afterwards saying that "The Set-Up" was a masterpiece.

    The Blu-ray presentations are outstanding with 5.0 ratings for both audio and video. As Scorsese and Wise mentions, the black & white photography really sets the mood for the film and is simply beautiful. Another example in which you can make a great film even with a 72 minute runtime. I try to watch this movie every 2-3 years because I like watching film-making at its best.

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    Next up is another great film on Blu-ray "The Letter" (1940) starring Bette Davis.

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    I've never seen The Woman on the Beach before, so I skipped your comments until after I've watched it. I'll be back tonight with some opinions to share and compare with yours.

    I don't have The Set-Up yet, but I agreer it's one of the great boxing films/films noir. Looking forward to it and The Letter and My Favorite Year in my next Warner Archive order. (I will NOT be getting them from Amazon!)
     
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    Crime of Passion
    The Woman on the Beach
    The Set-Up
    The Letter


    These excellent Blu-rays in 1080p sure do show Bette's facial blemish on our right cheek.:) Excellent movie finally with a Blu-ray presentation to match. There is little question that the film's opening sequence is one of
    extreme passion, therefore, a crime of passion.

    I know many consider "The Letter" a melodrama, but to me it has so many film noir elements to it that I can consider it a melo noir film.;) William Wyler and Tony Gaudio really deserve some major kudos for the way they shot that movie.

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    Is there anyone else excited about the following titles?

    Coming 2020 on Blu-ray!
    Three Classics Starring Screen Legend Gary Cooper!
    Brand New 4K Masters!
    Sold Separately!

    The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) with Franchot Tone, Richard Cromwell, Sir Guy Standing, C. Aubrey Smith, Kathleen Burke and Douglas Dumbrille – Directed by Henry Hathaway

    The General Died at Dawn (1936) with Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff, Dudley Digges, Porter Hall and William Frawley – Directed by Lewis Milestone

    Beau Geste (1939) with Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Susan Hayward, Brian Donlevy, J. Carroll Naish, Albert Dekker and Broderick Crawford – Directed by William Wellman

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