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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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    Robert, thank you for your post. Because I learned from it that "Lonely Are The Brave" is likely to have a Blu-ray release, this coming Spring, and I've been hoping for a BD release for a very long time. That movie is quite a fine film, and Kirk Douglas has long been a favorite actor of mine, but sadly, I also have a strong personal connection with "Lonely Are The Brave". In 2006, my daughter, and only child, Sarah, was living in Tucson, Arizona, about 2,000 miles away from where she grew up, here in Ohio. In 1999, Sarah had moved out to Arizona to live with her boyfriend there. And during trips made to Arizona, to visit my daughter, my wife & I, had accompanied Sarah to see places very similar to some of the locales shown in that Kirk Douglas film. But by early 2006, Sarah was a tortured, seriously bi-polar, young woman of 30, whose condition had previously brought her to try 4 suicide attempts, including me experiencing the aftermath of her 4th attempt, as I was at a Tucson hospital, in April 2001, finally seeing my severely injured daughter return to consciousness, on the 3rd day I was there. Don't want to draw this out too long to reach the point where Mr Douglas's film becomes relative to my personal situation, so I'll summarize things, somewhat, by saying that Sarah initially recovered from her 2001 incident, but then went on to experience almost 5 more years of a life that was a hard mixture of happiness that often alternated with emotional pain. So on the evening of Saturday Feb. 11th 2006, I received a phone call from my daughter's step brother, Marc, that Sarah had taken off in her car, earlier that day, and frequent calls to her cellphone were bringing no response. Marc told me on that Saturday evening that he'd immediately call me if Sarah was located. So all night, I couldn't sleep, and the TV was on, showing whatever films that TCM happened to be playing. Then finally, somewhere around 5 to 6 o'clock Sunday morning, after getting no news all night, from Marc, about the search for my daughter, I found myself staring, bleary eyed, at the scene in "Lonely Are The Brave", where Kirk Douglas is saying goodbye to Gena Rowlands. And at that moment, it just suddenly struck me that it was all over for Sarah, and that my daughter would not be returning to us this time. Then, about 7 or 8 hours later, around 1 PM Sunday, my wife and I were over at her sister's house, when my daughter's step dad, Dan, called from Tucson and said "Michael, they have found Sarah, and she is not living."

    I'm sorry fellow HTF members, if I bummed anyone out, with my account of a personal landmark, which would hit some people as being morbid, since it associates "Lonely Are The Brave", in some small way, with an actual tragedy, from the reality we live.

    But if & when, "Lonely Are The Brave", shows up on Blu-ray, I'm sure I'll buy it, and watch the film for the 3rd or 4th time, while thinking about Sarah, and remembering the last time the film's images fell on my eyes, on a February morning, back in 2006.
     
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    That is so moving. I can understand the emotional trigger. And it's good to link this way.
     
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    Amazon dropped the pricing to $11.99 for this double-feature release. Also, the same for "Hollywood Story/New Orleans Uncensored".

    https://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Orleans-Uncensored-William-Feature/dp/B084Q9WKT4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=hollywood+story&qid=1582203103&s=movies-tv&sr=1-1
     
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    Thank you. I greatly appreciate that point of view.
     
  6. Robert Crawford

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    Man, Mike Clark sure has a thing against Anne Baxter and her sexual appeal which I vehemently disagree with him. I'm planning on watching both versions of "Cimarron" 1931 and 1960 in the near future. I'm going to try to watch both of them the same day as I have the HD digital of the former and the Blu-ray of the latter film.

    https://www.mediaplaynews.com/cimarron-1960-review/
     
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    I like Anne Baxter and in my option she has plenty of sex appeal in The Magnificent Ambersons and The Ten Commandments.
     
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    Yeah, I don't know why Clark thinks Baxter isn't sexy, but I always thought she was sexy with a pretty face, nice body and speaking voice.
     
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    And she earned the AA with her worthy performance in The Razor's Edge.
     
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    I think the last time I watched Jungle Fever was on a Blockbuster VHS rental. It's been awhile. Thanks for the link to Mike Clark's review; he makes some good points about the film - especially the strength of the cast including a relatively unknown Samuel L. Jackson.

    - Walter.
     
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    It was a great cast as Jackson and Berry really shined in that movie.

     
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    More Miss Stanwyck on Blu-ray coming from Kino on May 12th:

    Coming May 12th!

    BARBARA STANWYCK COLLECTION
    • Internes Can't Take Money (1937)
    Audio Commentary by Film Historian Dr. Eloise Ross
    Optional English Subtitles
    Theatrical Trailer
    • The Great Man's Lady (1942)
    Audio Commentary by Film Historian Dr. Eloise Ross
    Optional English Subtitles
    Theatrical Trailer
    • The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
    Optional English Subtitles
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    Last night I was in the mood for some Cagney so I watched my HD Digital of "Each Dawn I Die" (1939) starring Cagney, George Raft, Jean Bryan, George Bancroft and a host of other great character actors. It's been almost 14 years since I last viewed this movie when the DVD came out in 2006. I bought the HD Digital during one of iTunes Christmas sales in 2018, but haven't watched it until last night. I must say the video presentation looked good enough for a Blu-ray release. That was a well spent $4.99 as it's a major improvement over the DVD.

    As to the movie, Cagney was excellent and channeled some of his acting skills he displayed in "Angels with Dirty Faces" and "White Heat" into this 1939 movie. Hell, even Raft gave one of his better acting performances which really isn't saying much considering his limited acting range. I think this is the only movie, both, Cagney and Raft were in together as lead actors. I'm pretty sure they appear in a couple of other movies together beforehand, but not as major stars like in this movie. "Each Dawn I Die" storyline is about a hot shot reporter that uncovered graft by local politicians and is thus, set up by those politicians for a rigged murder charge and is sent to state prison for a long prison term. There he meets a life long criminal portrayed by Raft and they become pals until Raft escapes from authorities during a court sequence. Anyhow, the movie from there on out is about Raft finding evidence that could clear Cagney. The premise of the movie is ridiculous, but it's highly entertaining to me. The prison scenes have its share of brutality. Also, a lot of action during a prison break sequence which always excited me to see on screen. I watched this movie more than a few times growing up, as it was on TV in the NYC Metro area quite a bit back in the day. Again, the movie has many plot points that are not steep in reality, but it's a good movie with some fine acting performances.
     
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    After watching "Two of a Kind" for the first time, I have to agree with Eddie about it. I found the movie entertaining and amusing at 75 minutes. It didn't play out like I thought it would, but it was nice watching Lizabeth Scott and Terry Moore especially in bathing suits. Trying to con an old couple out of their money, tsk, tsk.:)

    The 2010 DVD is part of the "Bad Girls of Film Noir" Volume One. The video presentation was pretty good for a ten year old DVD.
     
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    On the TCM app I watched "The Talk of the Town" (1942) starring Gary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald Coleman. It's been a good while since I last watched this highly thought of film directed by George Stevens. Every time I see a Jean Arthur movie, I wish she didn't retired from movie acting after "Shane". I know she had an issue of stage fright throughout her acting career and probably didn't want to play "old lady" roles. Such a delightful actress! Did anybody have a smoother speaking voice than Ronald Colman? Cary Grant was Cary Grant in this movie. I never considered "The Talk of the Town" among my favorite comedies because I thought the romantic angle was kind of disjointed to me. I know they played around with the ending and had test audiences decide which of the male leads, Arthur's character ends up with. Anyway, I always liked the film a lot, but the subject matter of the film never jived with me as the theme behind this comedy. Yet, I absolutely love "His Girl Friday" and that film's subject matter isn't any bed of roses for a comedy either. Go figure!:)

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    Another TCM app viewing was "Sons and Lovers" (1960) starring Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell, Wendy Heller and Mary Ure. Talk about a movie that I haven't seen in a good number of years. Damn, it's a depressing movie about a artistic talented young man coming of age, but not knowing how to totally love a woman due to his own upbringing and family relationships along with those of the women he attempted to love. Some great acting performances and terrific black and white cinematography. It's a fine movie, but man, it's a sad movie about unhappy people.
     
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    I used to watch the Stevens film on TV quite often as a child in PR. Needless to say, it was because I absolutely loved Jean Arthur. I had to wait till I moved to NYC in '71 in order to catch up with Sons and Lovers. Fortunately my first viewing was a 'Scope print so I was able to appreciate the visuals and the acting. Plus, being older, I could also understand the subject matter, something I would have had trouble with as a child.
     
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    I reviewed the Fox DVD-R release of Sons and Lovers a couple of years ago. It's a fine film, but, as you said, depressing.
     
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