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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, Feb 23, 2017.
Is the Arrow better than the US Olive version?
IMO, it's slightly better video-wise and the Arrow release has much better bonus material too.
Damn, "Force of Evil" is such a great film that keeps getting better for me with each viewing. The on location filming is among the best I've seen of any classic movie, particularly, film noir movies. Also, with each viewing it reminds me how the "Blacklist" robbed movie lovers from seeing more great films from those filmmakers, writers and actors during that time period. What a shame! To this day, it pisses me off what happened back then. As stated on the audio commentary on the Arrow disc, it was Garfield that probably had a bigger influence on method actors than Marlon Brando. I am so glad that my father turned me onto Garfield at a such a young age. Thanks pops!
By the way, on the audio commentary by Glenn Kenny and Farrah Smith Newme they mentioned Eddie Muller so I'm going to be very interested to see if he mentions what Newme credited Eddie for giving her a bit of information about one particular actor. This audio commentary was recorded in 2017. Also, Scorsese worships this film as it was a big influence on him and his films. He also turned on several other filmmakers and actors to this film including Frances Ford Coppola and Robert De Niro.
You'll be very happy with this Blu-ray.
Eddie did touch on some things that the audio commentary had, but he left out why there was a falling out between Abraham Polonsky, the writer and director of "Force of Evil" and David Raskin, who was the musical director for the film.
It was due to the same reason why Polonsky was so adamant against Elia Kazan. Polonsky refused to answer questions at the Un-American hearings while Raskin like Edward Dmytryk stated names the committee already knew about which infuriated Polonsky, who was a lawyer before he became a writer and director. Both, Polonsky and Raskin were part of the USC faculty at the same time in the 1980s to 1990s, and when their paths crossed on campus, they would refused to speak to each other.
The TCM video presentation was good, but it's nowhere as detailed as the Arrow Blu-ray. This is another film, that when it opened in the States was panned by film critics except for Bosley Crowther. Today, it's recognized as a great film because of international recognition, particularly, in the UK and with modern day film critics that noted its strong film attributes. Take a look at the writing, acting and camera work. Those last film sequences at the end of the film are just perfect with its NYC film locations. Anyhow, we've seen that later "recognized" act beforehand as "The Night of the Hunter" comes to mind among other films with similar later film appreciation history that were initially criticized when they first opened. Also, Martin Scorsese has been an advocate of this film for years ever since he first viewed it on TV when he was a 13 years of age. I was about the same age, when I first saw it on TV.
Force of Evil. Classic good noir. So stylish. And almost biblical in it's theme of Money is the Root of all Evil (not to mention the frequent Cain and Abel references). How did this film get made in the belly of Hollywood, the entertainment capitol of capitalism?
Not a fan of Beatrice here. And I guess no one else was much since she only made one other film. Just no real chemistry in her performance opposite Garfield here. She just stood in to represent an avatar of naive innocence, and that's about it.
I'm surprised Thomas Gomez didn't have heart attack just giving his performance, which was so passionately charged with energy and outrage, but it works.
Great location shots again. And the 'Edward Hopper' mood lighting. Hang this one on the wall; it's piece of art.
I've always thought it was a fine film, and if the transfer on TCM is even 80% of the Blu-ray I've ordered, I will be completely thrilled. I thought the TCM broadcast was excellent. And that series of climactic shots as Garfield goes down, down, down to the water's edge are just visual poetry of the first order. Gorgeous, astonishing shots: one after another.
I had no idea of the sexual orientations of Gomez or Pearson, so that came as a complete surprise. Gomez gives a galvanizing performance and Garfield is his equal.
I knew about Pearson, but didn't about Gomez. Also, l thought the TCM broadcast was good, but the video presentation on the disc looked better to me. Man, I love those movie shots of Wall Street and the water's edge as well as the George Washington Bridge.
"Trapped" is now available to pre-order on blu...
I'm still waiting on Amazon to activate a link for purchase.
I don't either and need to rectify that. Where did you find it to order?
Amazon UK and there are 3rd party sellers on Amazon that has some shipping costs attached.
Amazon now has an active Pre-Order link. Apparently, it's available two weeks early on Flicker Alley's site as Amazon is showing a December 31st release date.
What Crawdaddy said!
I have to agree with Eddie on this one. Also, the DVD has one of the best and funniest audio commentaries by Eddie and James Ellroy.
Daylight Savings Time ends tonight at Midnight so don't forget to turn back your clocks one hour.
It's time to pull out my Criterion Blu-ray again of "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957) starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. I am really looking forward to Eddie's comments tonight on "Noir Alley" about this great film.
One of the all-time classic lines in cinematic history from Lancaster's character to Curtis.
TCM's Noir Alley 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)
10-12-19: Clash By Night (1952)
10-19-19: This Gun For Hire (1942)
10-26-19: Force of Evil (1948)
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)
12-28-19: Repeat Performance (1947)
01-04-20: The Big Sleep (1946)
01-11-20: The Big Night (1951)
01-18-20: The Captive City (1952)
01-25-20: Try and Get Me! (1950)
The Boss knows about some great movies.
I'll be recording this TCM documentary.
The American Society of Cinematographers celebrates its centennial this year. The Society was founded in Hollywood in 1919 with the purpose of advancing the art and science of cinematography and bringing cinematographers together to exchange ideas and promote the motion picture as an art form.
Our tribute includes four screenings of a new documentary in its television premiere: Image Makers: The Adventures of America's Pioneer Cinematographers (2019), a TCM presentation of an Adama Films production. The film is produced and directed by Daniel Raim, an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject for The Man on Lincoln's Nose (2000), a study of production designer Robert Boyle.
The documentary recounts the saga of a group of photographic adventurers who resisted Thomas A. Edison's grip on East Coast cinema and went West to film one- and two-reelers in adventurous locations, establishing a brave new world of cinematography. The backdrop includes the California land boom, two world wars and the Great Depression. Archival images are supplemented by new interviews with family members and collaborators of these pioneers.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER, 6 2019 AT 12:00 AM
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER, 6 2019 AT 08:00 PM
SATURDAY NOVEMBER, 9 2019 AT 06:30 PM
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER, 13 2019 AT 04:30 PM
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER, 27 2019 AT 02:15 AM
Mike Clark's Blu-ray review of "When We Were Kings", a terrific documentary about the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" 1974 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.