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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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    Today's viewing was "Gardens of Stone" (1987) starring James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, D.B. Sweeney and Mary Stuart Masterson. The 2019 UK Blu-ray that plays all regions has a good audio and video presentations and some excellent bonus material. I love the acting performances in this film, but some of the screenplay doesn't work for me. It's a good film, but could've been a better film.


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    Has anybody listen to the following audio commentary that was on LD?

    From the Archive: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Featuring a laserdisc commentary by film scholar Maurice Yacowar
    Cold War paranoia gives birth to a powerfully allegoric and still-chilling science-fiction classic.

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    Insert from my copy.

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    Does anybody remember if the audio commentary was any good?
     
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    Not bad for a "B" movie from a third rate studio. However, I have to agree with Eddie's "ending" comments about "Trapped". I'll discuss further when others have watched it, but I didn't enjoy that sudden film shift. According to the "before" film credits, this film's home video rights belong to Flicker Alley right now. Perhaps, they're going to release it on Blu-ray, but based on their prior BD releases, it's going to be expensive. Overall, pretty good video presentation considering the history of this film.

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    Trapped. I found this a tight, fine little drama, and a mystery when you get to the end and wonder...

    ...why Lloyd Bridges suddenly is taken out of the action. Put him in the chase at the end in a great trolley car location and the picture works entirely (sorry Barbara Payton), but yeah, no pun intended, it kind of goes off the rails without him as the big bad.

    Otherwise, an entirely worthy noir for that restoration and I'm glad I got to see it. Now where do I find that autobiography of Barbara Payton.... ;)
     
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    I have to agree with you and Eddie on that, otherwise, it's a fine "B" movie that I'm happy to have seen.
     
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    Add my voice of consent to the mix: the ending is much weaker without Lloyd Bridges getting his deserved comeuppance. Eddie's informative bio of Barbara Payton was eye opening to say the least. Who knew Tom Neal, the secretary in the third Thin Man film, was such a tough guy in real life. Eddie is a national treasure giving us all these tidbits every week.
     
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    I knew about the story involving Tone getting the crap beat out of him by Neal, but I forgot the name of the actress the fight was about. Neal didn't have a good ending either including killing another woman he married after Payton. He served time for it too.
     
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    Thanks for comparing the two. I have the signature release but I am tempted by the extras on the MOC release.
     
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    I've recorded "Trapped" but I don't know when I'll get around to watching it. Avoiding the comments for now.
     
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    I remember the Tom Neal-Barbara Payton saga recounted in Eddie's book, DARK CITY (which everybody should get), where we got this immortal line from Payton: "He had a chemical buzz for me that sent red peppers down my thighs."

    So, Tom Neal with the BDE, in case that was something anybody here wanted to know. :emoji_eggplant::emoji_eggplant::emoji_eggplant:
     
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    Yep, great book which is where I first heard about Neal beating the hell out of Tone, but forgot about the actress involved. I can't believe it's been 21 years since that book was published.
     
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    I watched and listened to this audio commentary today as it was very informative.
     
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    I'm looking forward to revisiting the following film and reading others reaction to it. Marilyn was quite yummy in this film.;)

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    Yes, I haven't seen this film nearly as often as many of Marilyn's other films, so I'm really looking forward to it, and I know Eddie will do it full justice.
     
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    Yeah, I've never seen it either, I don't think. At least, his description of it doesn't ring any bells. I'll keep an eye out for it.
     
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    On matters such as these, I would probably find "Titanic" to be the trickiest one of them all;
    what with the all of that water, plus the surround sounds of those splashing and thrashing about;
    followed, of course, by the Jack and Rose vows of, "Never let go".
    Sheer torture and the truest of Pepsi challenges.;)
     
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    The UK DVD arrived today and I immediately watched it. As I already found out, the video presentation is not in widescreen as it should have been so that's a downer. As to the movie itself, it's not a bad film and is pretty good in segments. The movie centers around three soldiers, one is a religious fanatic played by Don Taylor in one of his better acting performances. Another soldier is played by Wendell Corey that has difficulty killing the enemy, thus, labels himself a coward and the third soldier played by Mickey Rooney is a little hustler that dreams of opening a restaurant when he gets back to the States. The film takes place in 1944 during the Italian campaign. There isn't much action until about 30 minutes left in the movie then it turns really interesting. Rooney was nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar in this film, but I've seen him in better acting roles than this one. Perhaps, I expected more from him in this movie, but he does have his moments like during a crap game and the ending of the film.
     

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