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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, Feb 23, 2017.
Looking forward to watching this at lunchtime.
This movie was just okay for me. I thought Gloria was fine and even Gene Barry was really good, but, Hayden kind of mailed it in. It's not a bad movie, but, Gloria doesn't show up in the film until about one third of the way into the movie. I'm going to watch it again with the audio commentary to see if the movie improves for me the second time around. The video presentation was fine with plenty of film grain still intact.
I expect you to enjoy this film. IMO, it's the three supporting baddie actors that really make this film. Also, I have a soft spot for Phil Karlson as a director. Very underrated in my opinion.
I have the Film Detective blu ray of KCC, good PQ of an excellent film. I like John Payne films and still waiting impatiently for Slightly Scarlet.
Kansas City Confidential. A face-slapping, stomach punching good time. I can understand why this story sold on a pitch; it's an intriguing, fast-developing premise. And no better collection of surly characters than Elam, Brand and Van Cleef. Payne also does a great job, and I appreciate that they don't cop out (pun intended) on his ultimate motivations:He really does just want his stake of the money for being set up and probably would have kept the whole score if he could.
The romance and Gray's curious and sudden devotion to Joe are a bit undercooked, but so what, it all pays off nicely (and per Muller's end comments, there obviously was chemistry). And the print was nice, as well; just a few damaged spots. Count me in for a large cut of appreciation for this story and production. And yes, it's ripe for a remake. But only for those who don't appreciate black and white perfection the first time around.
I really loved it. It kept the twists and surprises up almost to the end, and I really think it's been underrated. Great work from all of those snarling male actors, and Payne has never been better.
I agree Eddie, a homeboy that made good. I can still remember those stories my great uncle would tell me in my youth about knowing Mitchum as a kid before he left Bridgeport CT.
TCM is showing "Green for Danger" today and the video presentation looks very good. My UK Blu-ray shipped last week so I hop to have it in the coming week or so.
Mike Clark's Blu-ray review of "Christmas in July"
Always happy to see more Preston Sturges on Blu-ray.
Yeah, my Blu-ray shipped the other day so I should have it before Thanksgiving. According to Clark, this Blu-ray's video presentation is not pristine.
The good news with Christmas in July is that there is a commentary and will listen to it soon.
Yes, there is, but; Mike Clark didn't like it much.
Eddie gives a Thanksgiving shout out to his "Dark City Dames" including Colleen Gray.
IMO, an underrated movie "The Mask of Dimitrios" (1944). Next on "Noir Alley".
I saw this not long after I first saw The Maltese Falcon, both on television. I've always enjoyed it, and their pairing in The Verdict is also quite wonderful.
One of my ten "desert island" movies. I'm not sure it's underrated; more that it's unrecognised. I think most people who get around to watching it agree it's a really good movie
It's underrated because of the lack of recognition from the general public.
There are many people in agreement with Eddie about "Boomarang" (1947) not being a film noir. I can see both arguments. A personal story that I want to share about the real events portrayed in the film. The real murder and legal proceedings took place in my hometown back in the early 1920's. When I was in high school in the early 1970's, I asked my maternal grandfather about this film and the actual events. He didn't remember much about it as he was away at college during that time. My maternal grandmother and paternal grandparents weren't living in Connecticut at that time so I couldn't ask them. I can't remember if I asked my grandfather's siblings about it. I do know that when this movie was filmed, my hometown of Bridgeport, CT refused to have the movie filmed there so they filmed it in Stamford, CT instead which is a smaller city about half way between Bridgeport and NYC.