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I want to say thank you again, Crawdaddy, for the tip and listing some titles because I went right there and bought some and watched one of my all-time favorites Up the Down Staircase this afternoon. Color is much stronger than the DVD, and it's cleaner, too, if not completely spotless, making me think it won't come to Blu-ray, so glad I have this now to fall back on.
You're welcome. That was one of my purchases too and watched the beginning of the movie so I need to finish it. It's a movie that I viewed when I was a kid and watched again on DVD. I became a Sandy Dennis fan because of this film.
 

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You're welcome. That was one of my purchases too and watched the beginning of the movie so I need to finish it. It's a movie that I viewed when I was a kid and watched again on DVD. I became a Sandy Dennis fan because of this film.
I read the book about ten or fifteen times both before I saw the movie and then after it came out. The movie is very faithful to the book's story, often lifting dialogue directly from the notebooks and notes and diaries and memos that populate the novel.
 

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I read the book about ten or fifteen times both before I saw the movie and then after it came out. The movie is very faithful to the book's story, often lifting dialogue directly from the notebooks and notes and diaries and memos that populate the novel.
I think I read the book in high school, but I don't have any vivid memories of doing so.
 

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I read the book about ten or fifteen times both before I saw the movie and then after it came out. The movie is very faithful to the book's story, often lifting dialogue directly from the notebooks and notes and diaries and memos that populate the novel.
I much preferred the book to the film; same thing happened with Catch 22.
 

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Has anybody seen the movie "The Girl He Left Behind" starring Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood? It's on sale too on iTunes for $4.99 in HD.
My sister and I went to see it when it first came out and we were still children. I've never seen it since and I'd like to.
 
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My sister and I went to see it when it first came out and we were still children. I've never seen it since and I'd like too.
I'm probably going to purchase it by adding it to the following purchased list.

  • Klute
  • A Guy Named Joe
  • The Mask of Dimitrios
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • In This Our Life
  • A Face in the Crowd
  • Fort Dobbs
  • The Good Earth
  • The Lusty Men
  • Straight Time
  • The Champ (1931)
  • Up the Down Staircase
  • None But the Brave
  • Jim Thorpe-All-American
  • Prince of the City
  • The Spirit of St. Louis
  • City for Conquest
  • Humoresque
  • In Country
  • Boys Night Out
  • Anna Karenina (1935)
  • The Nun's Story
 

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You didn't buy it, but you mentioned it in your initial listing of films on sale, and I bought Till the Clouds Roll By and watched it today. MGM Technicolor at its brightest and boldest (and only a few instances of color registration issues), and the timeless music of Jerome Kern performed by many of the biggest singing and dancing stars in Hollywood at the time. Marvelous.
 
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Tonight's disc viewing is "Desert Fury" (1947). A release from Kino that arrived today.

I'm very pleased with this Kino release. It's not pristine by any means, but it looks better than my memories of my previous viewings which I will admit to being kind of sketchy due to it being so long ago. Anyhow, the Technicolor is better than some other Technicolor films I've viewed on Blu-ray. Lizabeth Scott looks ravishing in this film. This film isn't a film noir, but has some noir elements in Technicolor. It's more of a melodrama with some interesting on-screen relationships that pushed against the production code. I never picked up on that theme in my youth, but became more aware of it when watching this film again as an adult. Pretty bold stuff considering this movie was filmed in 1946. Wendell Corey and Mary Astor were very good in this movie. Hodiak and Lancaster were alright in their roles. Scott was pretty good in this movie too, but I must admit I was more interested in watching her in Technicolor.:)

I watched the disc again to listen to the audio commentary by Imogen Sara Smith. As usual, Smith delivers another informative commentary. However, I must say there was some weird background noise during the course of the commentary like she was recording some of it as a subway train passes by.
 
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You didn't buy it, but you mentioned it in your initial listing of films on sale, and I bought Till the Clouds Roll By and watched it today. MGM Technicolor at its brightest and boldest (and only a few instances of color registration issues), and the timeless music of Jerome Kern performed by many of the biggest singing and dancing stars in Hollywood at the time. Marvelous.
I thought about buying this title and I still might do it.
 

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I thought about buying this title and I still might do it.
I know what you mean, Robert. I’ve made my final selections and I keep thinking about going back and sweeping up some more. I have one question though. You bought A Face in the Crowd. Is that because you’re willing to drop 5 bucks on it but not 20+ for the upcoming Criterion release? Or are you going to buy the Criterion disc too?
 

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I know what you mean, Robert. I’ve made my final selections and I keep thinking about going back and sweeping up some more. I have one question though. You bought A Face in the Crowd. Is that because you’re willing to drop 5 bucks on it but not 20+ for the upcoming Criterion release? Or are you going to buy the Criterion disc too?
I haven't made up my mind on "A Face in the Crowd". I might buy it on Criterion disc, but it's a title that I can wait to buy later on like something I can combine with other titles for free shipping.
 

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After listening to audio commentary for Desert Fury, Imogen Sara Smith made an excellent point about Burt Lancaster's career. Except for his cameo appearance in "Variety Girl", his first nine movies were either film noir or had film noir elements in them. He didn't appear in such a picture again until "Sweet Smell of Success" in 1957.

(1946-1949)
  • The Killers
  • Brute Force
  • Desert Fury
  • I Walked Alone
  • All My Sons
  • Sorry, Wrong Number
  • Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
  • Criss Cross
  • Rope of Sand
Lancaster became a favorite of mine ever since I saw him in "The Professonals" at the Merritt Theater in 1966. Before that film, I watched him in other films like "The Train" which came out the year before, but it was "The Professionals" that really sealed the deal for me. From that point on, I would go to the movies and watch his films just like I did with the Duke. The same with his movies on TV. The man had charisma like his role in "Elmer Gantry". I've read he was an asshole and was a P.I.T.A for directors, but he is still one of my favorite actors of all-time.
 
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It's about two weeks from Saint Patrick's Day and this morning I was surfing iTunes for titles and noticed "The Quiet Man" on sale for $4.99. I pulled out the latest BD release of this great film in which I own three different Blu-ray releases and watched the entire movie again. One of my favorites and is another 1952 film that should have won the BP Oscar over "The Greates Show on Earth". Just my opinion. By the way, I just noticed that a local theater is showing it on the big screen on March 17th. If I knew that beforehand, I wouldn't have watched it this morning. Hell, I might still go by using some movie bonus promotions I'm enrolled in so it doesn't cost me any more money.


 

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Just a reminder!

TCM's Noir Alley returns March 9th, the following is their 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)
06-01-19: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
06-08-19: Nora Prentiess (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: Dead Reckoning (1947)
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: The Bribe (1949)
10-12-19: Clash By Night (1952)
10-19-19: This Gun For Hire (1942)
10-26-19: A Woman's Secret (1949)
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: I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
12-28-19: Repeat Performance (1947)
01-04-20: The Big Sleep (1946)
01-11-20: The Captive City (1952)
01-18-20: The Big Night (1951)

http://noiralley.tcm.com/images/pages/schedule/TCM-00125_NoirAlley-Schedule.pdf

The following link has all of the Noir Showings since their launch.

https://letterboxd.com/maxvayne/list/turner-classic-movies-noir-alley-hosted-by/
 
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Just a reminder!

TCM's Noir Alley returns March 9th, the following is their 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)
06-01-19: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
06-08-19: Nora Prentiess (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: Dead Reckoning (1947)
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: The Bribe (1949)
10-12-19: Clash By Night (1952)
10-19-19: This Gun For Hire (1942)
10-26-19: A Woman's Secret (1949)
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: I Died a Thousand Times (1955)
12-28-19: Repeat Performance (1947)
01-04-20: The Big Sleep (1946)
01-11-20: The Captive City (1952)
01-18-20: The Big Night (1951)

http://noiralley.tcm.com/images/pages/schedule/TCM-00125_NoirAlley-Schedule.pdf

The following link has all of the Noir Showings since their launch.

https://letterboxd.com/maxvayne/list/turner-classic-movies-noir-alley-hosted-by/
This list reminds me, yet again, that "The Devil Thumbs a Ride" needs to be rescued from the rights-issues that it must currently be plagued by.
 

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I know what you mean, Robert. I’ve made my final selections and I keep thinking about going back and sweeping up some more. I have one question though. You bought A Face in the Crowd. Is that because you’re willing to drop 5 bucks on it but not 20+ for the upcoming Criterion release? Or are you going to buy the Criterion disc too?
I was going to buy the Criterion edition this spring, but decided to save myself $15+ and bought the streaming version. I haven't got around to watching the film yet -- hopefully the transfer holds up well versus the soon to be released Criterion BD.
 

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Has anybody seen the movie "The Girl He Left Behind" starring Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood? It's on sale too on iTunes for $4.99 in HD.
Okay, so this was one of the titles I ended up picking up as a blind buy. I've just now watched it. I can only recommend it to the most hardcore fans of Tab or Natalie. Truth is the title is even a bit misleading as the movie isn't really about "The Girl" He Left Behind, as I would estimate she's in less than a third of the film! It's supposed to be a comedy-drama, but really it has no laughs to speak of. It's boot-camp light. Low-grade fare, and certainly no Full Metal Jacket or Officer and a Gentleman. So there you go.
 

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