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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 #1941 of 2066 Jun 12, 2019
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    Cranston37

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    "On Dangerous Ground" is great.

    "Thieves Highway" is a favorite, but I'm curious to see why Eddie thinks it's a noir.

    Love "This Gun for Hire."

    Nice to see "Force of Evil" added.
     
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    Thanks for keeping us up to date!
     
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    Just about every book I have on noir lists it as such which is true for many similar movies made from that film era. The Arrow UK Blu-ray looks very good and is a big improvement over the Criterion DVD. When I watched my Blu-ray back in late 2017, I didn't explore any of the bonus material so I might do that when it plays on Noir Alley. I have two audio commentaries to choose from, one on the old Criterion DVD with Alain Silver and the Arrow Blu-ray with somebody else in selected scene commentary.
     
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    Oh I know it's commonly thought of as noir, I'm just wondering why. It has more in common with a drama like "Grapes of Wrath," in my opinion...
     
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    I think of it more as a drama too with some noir elements in it. I'm looking forward to hearing Eddie's comments on this film.
     
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    This evening I watched "A Yank at Oxford" (1938) on DVD with Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Vivian Leigh and Edmund Gwenn. I must say I haven't watched this film in its entirety in many, many years. One thing I always remembered was Leigh playing that "tart" role and doing so very well.:) Taylor playing a cocky American at Oxford was perfect casting. I think this movie was filmed in England which was a first for an MGM film.
     
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    Robert's link takes you to a list of all Park Circus content. You have to filter the list to 4K DCP content (a dropdown from the format button). Neither of those titles are even DCPs, let alone 4K.
     
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    Thanks Robert. I can't remember ever seeing a more disparate list of films (& I didn't even get to the end), some gloriously obscure titles. Blu-rays please. :)

    Edit. Just looked at the Mark-P post above this. I'll filter it & have another look (still a great list).

    Oh damn, the filtered list is not as bonkers as the full list (I don't know how long it takes to get to the end of the list, I'm thinking a long time).
     
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    Mark's correct you have to filter the list to 4K DCP. Even though I direct linked that 4K DCP listing, it wouldn't show that segregated link here.
     
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    Thank you. I'll try again.
     
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    With Father's day coming up this Sunday, I woke up this morning thinking about my father. He passed away 15 years ago, but I think of him quite often. It was my father that helped instilled in me, my love for movies. Particularly, those classic movies he grew up on and loved as a younger person. One of his favorite films was "Bataan" (1943) starring Robert Taylor, Lloyd Nolan, Robert Walker, Thomas Mitchell, George Murphy, Lee Bowman, Barry Nelson and a young Desi Arnaz. IMO, it's one of the best "WW II" movies made during the war and with some realistic and brutal battle sequences. It was the first movie to show an African-American fighting bravely as a soldier which is probably one of the reasons why my old man liked this film so much as this movie was released during his early teen years as he was too young for WW II. I've read Kenneth Lee Spencer's casting in the film, caused some uproar down in the South as the studio didn't feature him in many poster ads for the film. This movie has become a favorite film of mine too. Over the years, the lasting images of this fine film always stayed with me as a small group of soldiers valiantly fought to prevent the enemy from crossing a bridge as the American and Filipino soldiers retreated. Below is some pictures of the actors including Lucille Ball visiting Desi on the movie set.

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    One of the most wonderful things about movies and tv is the link to others we shared them with.
     
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    Last night, I watched "Satan Met a Lady" (1936) which is a comedic film based on the same material as "The Maltese Falcon". This film version features a young Bette Davis and Marie Wilson. The latter's performance in the movie has always been a treat for me. I have this film on DVD including the latest release from Warner Archive back in 2015. However, I watched it this time on the TCM app and the video and audio presentations were outstanding. I have to say, Bette Davis looked lovely in this film. Her scenes with Warren William were quite funny, but not as funny as William's scenes with Wilson.:)

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    Right, I can remember many movies by recalling times I watched them with certain people like my family.
     
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    That's a lovely reminiscence about your father, Crawdaddy. I lost mine 19 years ago, and we used to talk "old" movies (his favorites from the 1930s were Magnificent Obsession and Naughty Marietta, kind of funny for a 6'2" bruiser). The last movie he and I ever saw together was, funnily enough, Pillow Talk!
     
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    This weekend's Noir Alley showing is "Pickup on South Street"

    TCM's Noir Alley Revised 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)
    05-25-19: Dead Reckoning (1947)
    06-01-19: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
    06-08-19: Nora Prentiss (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: Thieves' Highway (1949)
    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: Trapped (1949) replaces The Bribe (1949)
    10-12-19: Clash By Night (1952)
    10-19-19: This Gun For Hire (1942)
    10-26-19: Force of Evil (1948) replaces 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: Cash on Demand (1961) replaces 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)
     
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    Is there a fast rule why Noir Alley is restricted to only films from the 40s and 50s? What about good Noir films made after that period, such as The Last Seduction, Bound, After Dark, My Sweet, and so on? Just curious. Maybe it should be called Classic Noir Alley.
     

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