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After today's Vudu purchases for $4.99 each, the following "Jesse Stone" Movies starring Tom Selleck are in my HD Digital Library except one title:

  • Lost in Paradise
  • Innocents Lost
  • No Remorse
  • Stone Cold
  • Sea Change
  • Death in Paradise
  • Night Passage
  • Thin Ice
  • Benefit of the Doubt (Not available on Amazon, iTunes nor Vudu)
 

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Universal terminated their entire staff in charge of restoring classic titles. Remember what RAH said about the person who spearheaded the restoration of Spartacus...
 

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After today's Vudu purchases for $4.99 each, the following "Jesse Stone" Movies starring Tom Selleck are in my HD Digital Library except one title:

  • Lost in Paradise
  • Innocents Lost
  • No Remorse
  • Stone Cold
  • Sea Change
  • Death in Paradise
  • Night Passage
  • Thin Ice (On Vudu, but not on iTunes except using the Amazon or Vudu App. on my ATV Device)
  • Benefit of the Doubt (Not available on Amazon, iTunes nor Vudu)
Not sure why you’re not seeing Thin Ice on iTunes. It’s a MA title and is in my iTunes library. As for Benefit of the Doubt, I finally had to break down and buy the Australian Blu.

Amazon product
 

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Guys,

Thanks for the responses. Another senior moment for me.:laugh: First off, I mixed up the movie title.:blush: It was not "Thin Ice", but "Stone Cold". Secondly, "Stone Cold" is in my iTunes digital library, but the reason why it didn't come up in yesterday's initial search was because I did my search using "Jesse Stone" and "Stone Cold" doesn't have "Jesse Stone" in the name title so it never came up with the other seven movies. This morning, I pulled up my nearly 2,000 iTunes digital library and conducted a manual search in which I found "Stone Cold" listed by itself in my "S" movie titles.
 

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Noir Alley has posted the rest of the 2020 schedule!

Updated TCM's Noir Alley 2020 schedule:

03-07-20: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
03-14-20: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
03-21-20: Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
03-28-20: Crime Wave (1954)
04-04-20: Address Unknown (1944)
04-11-20: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
04-25-20: Wicked Woman (1954)
05-02-20: Fallen Angel (1945)
05-09-20: Mildred Pierce (1945)
05-16-20: The Crimson Kimono (1959)
05-23-20: Cornered (1945)
05-30-20: A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
06-06-20: The Underworld Story (1950)
06-13-20: Murder by Contract (1958)
06-20-20: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
06-27-20: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
07-04-20: The Sign of the Ram (1948)
07-11-20: Bodyguard (1948)
07-18-20: Three Strangers (1946)
07-25-20: The Breaking Point (1950)

09-06-20: Night Editor (1946) "Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Only"
09-12-20: Danger Signal (1945)
09-19-20: Gilda (1946)
09-26-20: They Won't Believe Me (1947)
10-03-20: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
10-10-20: The Racket (1951)
10-17-20: Destination Murder (1950)
10-24-20: Macao (1952)
10-31-20: The Seventh Victim (1943)
11-07-20: Nightfall (1957)
11-14-20: Fear (1946)
11-21-20: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
11-28-20: Suspense (1946)
12-05-20: Tomorrow is Another Day (1951)
12-12-20: The Burglar (1957)
12-19-20: The Unsuspected (1947)
12-26-20: Detour (1945)
 

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A number of these movies I watched in the last year. However, I'm looking forward to Eddie's comments about the following movies because they're personal favorites of mine:

  • They Won't Believe Me
  • The Racket
  • The Unsuspected
 

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For me, that's a nice collection of movies I've seen and some I've not seen. Yep, Eddie's comments are always anticipated even with movies we're overly familiar with like Gilda.
 

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A number of these movies I watched in the last year. However, I'm looking forward to Eddie's comments about the following movies because they're personal favorites of mine:

  • They Won't Believe Me
  • The Racket
  • The Unsuspected
If only The Won't Believe Me were the complete version...
By the way, Maceo (10/24) is a Cuban patriot. You probably meant to type Macao.
Thanks for the list.
 

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The remaining Noir Alley Schedule contains at least three movies that were shown beforehand on Noir Alley. They are Detour, They Won't Believe Me and Tomorrow is Another Day. Eddie must be running out of titles.;)

Updated TCM's Noir Alley 2020 schedule:

03-07-20: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
03-14-20: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
03-21-20: Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
03-28-20: Crime Wave (1954)
04-04-20: Address Unknown (1944)
04-11-20: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
04-25-20: Wicked Woman (1954)
05-02-20: Fallen Angel (1945)
05-09-20: Mildred Pierce (1945)
05-16-20: The Crimson Kimono (1959)
05-23-20: Cornered (1945)
05-30-20: A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
06-06-20: The Underworld Story (1950)
06-13-20: Murder by Contract (1958)
06-20-20: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
06-27-20: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
07-04-20: The Sign of the Ram (1948)
07-11-20: Bodyguard (1948)
07-18-20: Three Strangers (1946)
07-25-20: The Breaking Point (1950)

09-06-20: Night Editor (1946) First Time Viewing
09-12-20: Danger Signal (1945) Last Viewing 02-09-20
09-19-20: Gilda (1946) Viewed at least 15-20 times in my lifetime
09-26-20: They Won't Believe Me (1947) Last Viewing on "Noir Alley" 02-08-17
10-03-20: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) Last Viewing in 2016 "TT BD has Eddie Muller Commentary"
10-10-20: The Racket (1951) Last Viewing 03-20-18 "DVD has Eddie Muller Commentary"
10-17-20: Destination Murder (1950) First Time Viewing
10-24-20: Macao (1952) Last Viewing 03-24/25-18 "Filmstruck & DVD with Eddie Muller Commentary"
10-31-20: The Seventh Victim (1943) Last Viewing in 2005, when Val Lewton DVD box released
11-07-20: Nightfall (1957) Last Viewing in April, 2019 on The Criterion Channel
11-14-20: Fear (1946) First Time Viewing
11-21-20: Kiss Me Deadly (1955) Last Viewing in 2011, Criterion BD
11-28-20: Suspense (1946) Last Viewing 2009 DVD
12-05-20: Tomorrow is Another Day (1951) Last Viewing on Noir Alley in 2018
12-12-20: The Burglar (1957) Last Viewing 06-29-20
12-19-20: The Unsuspected (1947) Last Viewing 04-12-20
12-26-20: Detour (1945) Last Viewing 03-13-17
 

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire. My alternative no Noir Alley B&W (and sepia-toned) viewing today was this less-viewed classic that would make a superb double bill with The Day the Earth Stood Still (original). Both are smart sci-fi tales perfectly told, but I would give the edge to this film for something closer to home and more chilling (or heating) to the bone. In my opinion, this may also be the best newspaper film going, and that says a lot. But leave it up to the nobility of journalism that these poor souls are still trying to get the story and get it right to the very end (no spoilers here).

If you've ever read Earth in Upheaval by the scientist Immanuel Velikovsky, or about the magnetic pole shifts of the Earth in the past, you would know this axis tilt story precipitating massive climate change is not only not far-fetched, but a more likely scenario than Klaatu Barata Nikto. I dare you to watch this film and not feel a little bit queasy; and it won't be just the hovering presence of Covid-19.

Fortunately, there's Janet Munro and a pleasant sharp-witted romance with Edward Judd to mildly distract us, and if you aren't distracted by Janet Munro in a wet kimono or loose towel than you probably have little hope of anything else distracting you from the end of the world.

My only complaint about this beautiful PQ Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, is that it doesn't carry over any of the extras from the regular domestic DVD, which didn't begin to have the bounty of extras the British release has (and I have no All-Region player!). The British knew they had a real gem with this release, and I keep doing my best to spread the word. This end of the world is a must. It's the ultimate journey down a very noir alley. But at least there's a pub there.
 
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I haven't posted many reviews lately, but I've been watching stuff. I just haven't been in the mood to do so. However, today I receive the following Blu-rays from Target so I'll be posting some reviews this week.

  • Backlash (Love this western, have the 2014 Explosive Media BD from Germany that is all-region)
  • Red Ball Express (My great uncle, who was also my godfather served in that unit during WWII)
  • Wake Island (A personal favorite WWII movie of mine as well as my father)
  • The Eagle and the Hawk
 

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I will have Wake Island in a few days and very excited about it. It's not shown on tv too much and it's been years since i seen it.
 

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I will have Wake Island in a few days and very excited about it. It's not shown on tv too much and it's been years since i seen it.
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I know this 1942 WWII movie like the back of my hand. I couldn't tell you how many times I must have watched this movie. Hell, I bet you I watched it a half dozen times with my old man alone. It's right up there with "Bataan" (1943), "Guadalcanal Diary" (1943) and "The Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949) as movies filmed back in the 1940's, about WWII that really influence me being a film buff growing up in the 1960's as they were constantly on local NYC TV stations.

Edit: Anyhow, this Kino BD looks very good good as it's easily the best looking video presentation I've seen of it. The increased resolution of the BD accentuates film grain/noise compared to the 2004 DVD. Also, not much cleanup done in comparison of the two discs. However, this Blu-ray has a terrific audio commentary by Steve Mitchell and Steven Jay Rubin. As to the movie, it's about a small detachment of marines holding out against the Japanese on Wake Island during the early days of the WWII. As you can see by the artwork, the movie had a top notch cast of actors that were directed by the underrated John Farrow. This movie was nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (William Bendix) and Best Original Screenplay. The special effects during the battle scenes are simply amazing as they actually blew up a bunch of stuff which had to be very dangerous and would never be approve in today's film industry.

Later today, "Red Ball Express" (1952) starring Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake and a young Sidney Poitier and Hugh O'Brian. Directed by Budd Boetticher.
 

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