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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. Robert Crawford

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    That's a disappointment. Luckily it was only $4.99
     
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    Thanks for the tip. I'll go there immediately!
     
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    BTW, I'm eagerly awaiting the return of Noir Alley this weekend. Eddie's been away far too long. And I'm eager to hear what he has to say about D.O.A. and to watch a good copy of it (I hope) since all I have seen have been lousy public domain prints of it,
     
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    Matt,

    I have a feeling that the video and audio presentations are going to crappy too. I'm hoping TCM has something better as this fine film needs a proper disc release.
     
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    Today I finally received my ClassicFlix Blu-ray of "Stand-In" (1937) starring Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell and Humphrey Bogart. A/V presentation-wise, there is a nigh and day difference between this Blu-ray and the old Image DVD. This Hollywood spoof has its moments, but I think the last 20 minutes of the movie were below par with the rest of the film. My film grade from 1-5 with 5 being the best is a solid 3.

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    Arrow's BD release of "Phantom Lady" (1944) is outstanding. I wish there was an audio commentary, but the A/V presentations of the movie are excellent. I'm so happy that this fine film has finally been properly presented on physical media.

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    I'm watching the following movie a couple of times over the last couple of days. I enjoyed my first viewing last night and will see it again in a Dolby Cinema theater today as part of my AMC A-List.

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    Some John Wayne titles in HD Digital are on sale at iTunes. I bought "Island in the Sky" for $4.99

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    On the TCM app. I watched "Kit Carson" (1940) starring Jon Hall, Lynn Bari and Dana Andrews. I always liked this western and wishes it had a decent disc release. The video presentation on TCM looked a lot better than my previously recorded DVD-R on TCM.

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    Today's viewing will be "Allegheny Uprising" (1939) starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, George Sanders and Brian Donlevy. It's been more than a few years since I last watched this film. I'm hoping the TCM's app video presentation is good, if not then I'll watch my old 2007 DVD.

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    It's finally March 9th so set your DVRs for "Noir Alley" and "D.O.A." (1950). Please, remember that Daylight Savings Time starts at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday so "spring" forward your clocks by one hour.:)

    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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    I wish my DVR listed TCM's midnight Saturday timeslot as "Noir Alley" so I could program it to record every week instead of having to manually set it each week. Lazy, I know, but it would still be nice to be able to do that.
     
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    I watched that on the app too! Picture quality was pretty sharp, if a bit speckly. Movie itself was okay, but not great. I’ve always liked Jon Hall and wish he had been a bigger star. I think the Lone Ranger was in there too!
     
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    Yes, Clayton Moore was in this movie.
     
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    Not one of Duke's best films, but I always enjoyed Trevor in this film. She wasn't glamorous, but like Stanwyck, Claire Trevor had a lot of sex appeal to me. A fine actress that is really underrated for her career. To me she's the Queen of "Film Noir" with Stanwyck and a few others after her.
     
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    Last night, I watched "The Man with Two Faces" (1934) starring Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Louis Calhern and Mae Clarke. Edward G. was really good in this "B" film, but I never liked the film's ending. IMO, it was sorely lacking in credibility. If the film was made just a couple years earlier then they could've had a more satisfying ending in my opinion without the Production Code screwing it up.

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    Noir Alley's video presentation of "D.O.A." (1950) was not good to say the least. It's windowbox throughout the entire movie. It's a shame that such a fine film can't get a decent disc release. As usual, Eddie's comments were very good and informative. Now, I'm in the mood to revisit "The Well" and "The Thief" again. This week I'm going to try to do a double-feature viewing with my Image DVD release of each film. As to D.O.A., Edmond O'Brien was excellent in this film. I loved Eddie's comments about his acting in this film and that tidbit on one important film sequence in the movie. Man, Neville Brand was creepy in his Chester role.

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    Hopefully D.O.A. will show up on the TCM app (we don't have a DVR). I just want to watch Muller's comments, as I have the DVD release that I can watch whenever I feel like it.
     
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    @Scott Merryfield It's already on TCM app.
     
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