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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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    The movie, 13 West Street, following Noir Alley looks interesting too. Alan Ladd in an 1962 adaptation of a Leigh Brackett novel.

    From Turner Classic Movies-

    "Leigh Brackett's second career as a screenwriter spans the three decades between The Big Sleep (1946) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). One of four crime novels written by a specialist in science fiction and fantasy, The Tiger Among Us is the story of an aerospace engineer who turns vigilante when attacked by a youth gang. Retitled 13 West Street (1962) and dumped into second feature Siberia by Columbia, this forgotten drama forfeits exploitative flourishes to carve a character study of a Camelot-era American whose devotion to work (in addition to rendering him childless) has cut him off from the world."
     
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    If you read the following link from their site "About Noir Alley" it's pretty clear that's their intention. Perhaps down the road once they kind of exhausted that film era, they will add some more modern "noir" films. I expect some 60's and perhaps 70's films will come as early as next year.

    http://noiralley.tcm.com/about-noir-alley
     
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    The video presentation of "Pickup on South Street" looked really good on Noir Alley. Why hasn't this been released on BD in Region A? It's clearly good enough video-wise for such a release. I enjoyed Eddie's comments. Also, "A Fuller Life" and some other Fuller documentaries on Sam Fuller are available to watch on The Criterion Channel if you're a subscriber. One of those documentaries that I found interesting is "The Typewriter, The Rifle and The Movie Camera" directed by Adam Simon with Tim Robbins interviewing Fuller back in 1996. I'm going to watch that doc. plus finish "A Fuller Life" which I started, but never finished. Also, there are several of his film like the following:

    The Steel Helmet
    The Baron of Arizona
    The Naked Kiss
    I Shot Jesse James
    Shock Corridor

    One more thing, I never noticed that Jean Peters had a bow-legged walk.:) Interesting that both lead actresses from "Niagara" (1952) were up for the role of Candy.
     
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    Eddie has often said that film noir, as a purely organic style of film, lasted from roughly 1941-1958.

    This was the period when it didn't even have a name, the movies just came naturally from the mood of the country. They were a unique reflection tied to a very specific time.

    After that things were different, even if the movies might have felt the same.
     
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    A small tidbit connecting to a Noir Alley from a few weeks back - Bradley Cooper is now the front runner to star in the remake of "Nightmare Alley"...
     
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    Pickup On South Street. The perfect pulp film. The pat(riotic) ending and turnaround for Skip is a bit of a stretch, but hey, when you spend half the film with your lips that close to Jean Peters, I'll give him a pass. I can see how Fuller shot this in 20 days; the scenes are long takes with lots of zoom ins and zoom outs and dollying around to alter framing, but still long one takes. Very economical. And it's effective. Just takes a lot of pre-blocking.

    Where can we see this documentary; "A Fuller Life" that Muller talks about? It's probably an extra on one of my Fuller-directed Blu-rays (Big Red One?)or DVDs, but I forget. Also may have to check out that biography.
     
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    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/posts/4750806/ It's also available on iTunes for purchase.
     
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    IMO, Skip didn't do it for the good old U.S.A., but for Moe and Candy. Of course, like most movies, especially, films that run only about 80-81 minutes, they condensed the romance timeline between Skip and Candy.
     
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    You are right, Crawdaddy. The film looked superb in the TCM rendering, and I can't wait to get my Region B Blu-ray this week. I knew the movie was arriving soon, but I love the film so much I couldn't help watching the whole thing from my DVR and with Eddie's very complimentary comments about all the participants. As usual, Thelma broke my heart with what is one of her greatest film performances.

    The Academy should hang its head in shame they never honored this great lady with an honorary award. Big stars aren't the only ones that got the cold shoulder from them during their careers.
     
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    Matt, I wouldn't be surprise if this gets a Region A Blu-ray release from somebody like Criterion in the near future.
     
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    Of course it will! I just bought the Region B version. It's a certainty!:wub:
     
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    I'm going to try to watch 13 West Street today or tomorrow. I have it on DVD, but I might watch it on the TCM app.
     
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    This weekend's Noir Alley showing is "Shadow on the Wall". My last viewing of that film was earlier this month. Therefore, I'm just going to watch and listen to Eddie's comments about the film. I have pulled out "The Otto Preminger Film Noir Collection" Blu-ray set that I bought out of the UK from BFI. I'm going to watch "Whirlpool" since Twilight Time announced a BD release in August. Need to see if there is a reason to double-dip. Also, I'm going to try to watch "Fallen Angel" which is the second film in this BD set. The third and final film is "Where the Sidewalk Ends" which I might watch again because I have the Twilight Time BD too with Eddie's commentary. I might try to watch all three films in the coming week as I haven't watch any of them since I bought this BD set back in 2016. I like all three films and it's been more than a few years since I last watched any of them.

    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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    I don't believe I've ever seen Shadow on the Wall so I'm eagerly awaiting it. Love to be introduced to something new especially with Eddie's magnificent "sales pitch" at the beginning of the show and follow-up comments afterward.
     
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    It's been many years since I watched 13 West Street in its entirety. Well, I got it done this morning. It's not a bad film, but there are some film sequences that made me cringe a bit as being a little dated and with some weird film cuts. A good cast with Alan Ladd, Rod Steiger, Delores Dorn and Michael Callen. The TCM presentation was very impressive. I'm going to sample my DVD to compare it to that TCM stream.
     
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    A head's up, TCM screwed up Eddie's "after" comments about "Shadow on the Wall" with their Midnight showing. They just repeated his "before" comments after the movie. I'm going to record it again at 10:00 a.m. to see if they fixed it or not. At this time, it wasn't on the TCM app for me to check out. It might appear later on today.
     
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    Shadow On the Wall. Seemed to be more of a melodrama than a Noir, but I thought it was a good story. The diffusion filters on every close up of Ann Southern became a little annoying. But the shadow of the doll matching the shadow of the killer was a clever touch. However, what father would give his daughter such a creepy looking doll, and one that made the Zuni Fetish doll in Trilogy of Terror almost look like a Barbie?

    The girl star was a total pro, and I'm glad we got her follow up story from Muller. It was also fun to learn the director left Hollywood after this and later went on to do a couple episodes of McGoohan's The Prisoner. I wonder if it was working with a child actor that was the nail in the coffin for Hollywood for him. She was a pro, but can you imagine how precocious she must have been behind the scenes? Working with a control freak like McGoohan, in comparison, must have been a walk in the park... or the Village.
     
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    Yeah, the doll was creepy and I wouldn't be buying such a thing for my little girl.:)
     
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    After watching "Whirlpool" on Blu-ray, I'm not going to double-dip for the upcoming Twilight Time BD release as the presentation on this UK BD is very good in my opinion. Also, it has an audio commentary by Adrian Martin and I still have the DVD with another audio commentary. After each viewing, the plot of this movie cracks me up.:)

    Next up is "Fallen Angel" as I'm in the mood to watch it again with Charles Bickford again involved in a murder of a woman.;)
     

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