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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. Message #381 of 2336 Nov 4, 2017
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    Robert Crawford

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    Olive's Blu-ray Release of The Miracle Worker was viewed in its entirety by me this morning. Overall, I think the audio and video presentations have a grade of 3.5 on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest grade. I did notice some audio issues that RAH mentioned in his thread, but not to extent that he noted. TBH, if I wasn't paying especially close attention to the audio track, I do wonder if I would have noticed anything wrong with the audio track. I just wish this disc had an audio commentary as this great film deserves such bonus material. Great acting performances in this film especially Ms. Bancroft and Ms. Duke. I have to say that Anne Bancroft is another favorite actress of mine along with Stanwyck, Grahame and Trevor.

    Also, my first viewing of The Miracle Worker was during its theatrical run with my family. I was a young boy so the film didn't resonate with me until years later when one of my teachers gave me some insight into Helen Keller.
     
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    This morning, Split Second was shown on TCM's Noir Alley. This was probably my third time watching this film in its entirety. Not really a film noir, but it's an okay suspense/crime film with a couple of despicable characters played by Stephen McNally and Alexis Smith. Muller's opening commentary was interesting about how the film was made. His closing commentary was nothing that I didn't know beforehand as it's a well documented back story.
     
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    I haven't watched Split Second yet, but I did check my TiVo to verify it didn't cut the closing commentary.

    Glad to see that it didn't this week.
     
  4. Message #384 of 2336 Nov 6, 2017
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    Added the Region Free Mod Kit to my Oppo 203 in my main HT setup and watched the Arrow Region "B" Blu-ray of Thieves Highway. A great looking disc! Anyhow, I decided to have nothing, but Region Free Oppo players in my three HT setups so I moved my Oppo 103 from my main HT to my Bedroom HT and then moved my Oppo 93 in the Bedroom HT to my Computer Room HT. Now I can mothball my Samsung and LG players as backup players or just sell them.
     
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    I had never seen the movie before watching it yesterday, so it provided quite a number of narrative surprises. I agree that it really didn't seem to be film noir, and there is no question that its point of view and naivete about radioactive fallout are laughable, but it was such a gripping yarn that I didn't care (sort of a poor man's Key Largo in some ways). Yes, Paul Kelly's story is well known to film buffs. Eddie didn't mention that when he returned to the Broadway stage in the late 1940s, he won a Tony Award.
     
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    I'm still waiting on He Walked by Night Blu-ray to arrive so I have The Philadelphia Story Criterion disc to keep me busy as I'm going through all of the bonus material including the audio commentary that I never listened to from the previous 2-Disc DVD Release. I'm really looking forward to watching the Dick Cavett interview. An impressive Blu-ray release!
     
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    The Dick Cavett interview is fascinating (a word Hepburn herself uses several times during her time there), and we are blessed to have it that gives great chunks of lore and advice from the lady. I have watched it many times over the years and always find interesting things that she has to say about her life and career, Hollywood, Broadway, and people she worked with.
     
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    Spent some time with the Criterion BD release of Rebecca. Excellent looking disc with some fine bonus material. I have the previous BD release so I'm going to try to compare the two of them.

    I will be watching The Window on Noir Alley with Eddie Muller later today. This movie kind of scared me when I first viewed it as a young boy. I might have been around 10 years old.
     
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    I skipped this week's Noir Alley showing the American version of Night and the City as I watched the Criterion Blu-ray a year or so ago. I actually viewed both versions of the film during that viewing. It's a great film, but damn, it's a depressing film about a despicable character. I try to watch this film every five years or so. Anyhow, a great cast with Widmark at his best.

    I did watch Muller's commentary though and thought it was excellent as usual.
     
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    I'm in the middle of watching The Punisher on Netflix. Brutal, brutal television series that is depressing too.:)
     
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    Buying a lot of home video products this week as Black Friday deals are abundant.:) I was able to secure the Megan Leavey Blu-ray for $9.99. I hope to do the same with several 4K titles including Wonder Woman. Which reminds, I caught a 3-D showing of Justice League this weekend. IMO, it's a good film that is being rated at Rotten Tomatoes a lot lower than it should have been.
     
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    I haven't started watching it yet, but I'm not surprised by your comments. I had a feeling it would be.
     
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    Another article about 4K that I tend to agree with.


    http://www.homemediamagazine.com/tks-take/industry-should-simplify-uhd-awareness-focusing-4k-disc?utm_source=homemedia&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hmmdaily_11_20_2017&utm_content=industry-should-simplify-uhd-awareness-focusing-4k-disc&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWWpVNVpUaGhPVFEwTkRFNSIsInQiOiJsUHQ3S3lYZEdtVWk2aXJcL1NcL0RnUXBIMWRTT2xOenJ4RVFSTHdsN2t4c3RDSTVjRVBCYXlDWHM4cUFNSjdtd2JXZWM4S2pzdUVaSjRORlwvbU04eElmZ2xkK3BKSWRRMXJxSzZPMHEyREZrYklrQTlcL2xXM25WVE1rMU1pUVwvZjJhIn0=
     
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    I did a little research regarding 4K/UHD pricing for new releases:

    Warner
    MSRP: $44.99
    Discounted Pricing: 33% off $44.99

    Fox
    MSRP: $39.99
    Discounted Pricing: 38% off $39.99

    Universal
    MSRP: $44.98
    Discounted Pricing: 40-43% off $44.98

    Sony
    MSRP: $45.99
    Discounted Pricing: 40-42% off $45.99

    Paramount
    MSRP: $37.99
    Discounted Pricing: 33-34% off $37.99

    Summit/Lionsgate
    MSRP: 42.99
    Discounted Pricing: 42% off $42.99

    Disney (Only Three 4K/UHD Releases)
    MSRP: $39.99-44.99
    Discounted Pricing: TBD
     
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    Just in case somebody has missed it. Amazon is now selling Steven Spielberg Director's Collection for $23.49! Quite a bargain for eight movies.
     
  17. Message #397 of 2336 Jan 11, 2018
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    You should post a link so we can, you know, support the HTF. ;)

    Just a thought.

    EDIT: the $23.49 offer is sold out; however, there are other prime eligible offers ranging from $39.96 to $47.09, which is still a bargain.

    Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00LFHYX2I/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1515693847&sr=8-1&keywords=steven+spielberg+collection
     
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    They're still taking orders even if they're out of stock.

    https://www.amazon.com/Steven-Spielberg-Directors-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B00LFHYX2I?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-030-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00LFHYX2I&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
     
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    My affinity for newspaper movies goes back to my childhood, long before I ever heard of the word "Watergate". Some of those early films I watched in my childhood were Five Star Final, Deadline U.S.A., His Girl Friday and Calling Northside 777. A few years later while in high school back in the early 1970's, I used to go to my school library and read the NYT every single school day. One news story that fascinated me during those times was the publishing of The Pentagon Papers. Everyday, I would read those published stories and the legal battle that took place over them. I had a personal interest because I had an older brother that served two tours in Vietnam, who luckily survived those two years over there.

    When I found out this movie was about the Washington Post involvement in this controversy, I was naturally concern that the NYT wouldn't get the proper credit for being the first newspaper to publish The Pentagon Papers. I'm very happy to say that my concerns were resolved very satisfactorily.

    I was one of only four people in my 9:40 p.m. showing. This film captivated my attention and I didn't once look at my phone to see what time was it. The film was well written and directed. Furthermore, it had splendid performances from not only Streep and Hanks, but all of the supporting actors. I'm not a big Streep fan. I don't hate her like some other people hate certain actors because it's not my thing to personalize my feelings towards actors. I just wasn't a fan of many of her movies and especially the ones in which she had some kind of accent. I'm not saying they weren't good films, but some of them weren't my cup of tea. After saying that, I must say she is a great actress and she was wonderful in this film. She really brought to life, Kay Graham and her journey from being a stay-at-home wife/mother to a widow in which circumstances thrust her into running the family business. A business that isn't for the meek in any way. This film isn't just about the fight over The Pentagon Papers, but about some issues that are still being fought today, more than 46 years later. I actually had tears in my eyes the last 5-10 minutes of the film. I walked out of the theater tonight, very proud to be an American.

    Newspapers and media aren't right all the time and they make their share of mistakes. However, this film illustrates without a doubt, that they are a necessary ingredient in maintaining our system of government in order to protect the people and our values. I give this film 5 on the basis of a 1-5 grading system with 5 being the best grade. I used my Movie Pass tonight and I'm going to use it again to revisit this film in the coming days.
     
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