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Forget the Empire - how is The Ruling Class?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dennis Nicholls, Oct 13, 2001.

  1. Dennis Nicholls

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    There's a really important film being released to DVD this upcoming Tuesday, and I don't mean the one with Jar Jar in it.... [​IMG] It's the Peter O'Toole film The Ruling Class. I'm not sure how to characterize it as it changes from straight comedy to something else part way through. This film is perhaps O'Toole's second best performance in a movie, behind only Lawrence.
    As this is a Criterion disk I'm hoping for the best. Has anyone seen a review copy of this disk?
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  2. Deepak Shenoy

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    Sorry to disappoint you, but 'The Ruling Class' has been delayed by 2 weeks. It is now coming out on 10/30.
     
  3. Jon Robertson

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    I've been drooling over The Lady Eve, Haxan and The Ruling Class for some time now, and it looks like all three are going to be definitive editions.
     
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    Dennis, thanks for the reminder! I'd completely forgotten that TRC was coming out this month. I must be crazy... [​IMG]
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    Where's my tutu, and a stool. I can't wait. The legbone is connected to the shinbone...
     
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    One of O'Tooles best four performances (the others: THE STUNT MAN; LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and MY FAVORITE YEAR)
     
  7. Dennis Nicholls

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    Well my preorder has shipped and dOc has given this a big thumbs up. Any more comments? This ought to be good. I remember being so amazed at the plot twists when I saw this back during the original theatrical release in the early 1970's.
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  8. Martin Rendall

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    I didn't know this was coming out! Great news.
    "I am the electric messiah!"
    Martin.
     
  9. Ken_McAlinden

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    The digitally obsessed review gives it a B+ for audio. Considering all previous video versions merited a D-, this seems encouraging! I may be able to get this title a day or two early, and will post my comments when I receive it.
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    Bill, you'll need a bit of rope to do it properly.
    I'm dying to see this cut of the film. I've only caught the one from cable tv over the years.
    Any reviews up yet?
    How does Jar Jar fit into all this? [​IMG]
     
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    quote: One of O'Tooles best four performances (the others: THE STUNT MAN; LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and MY FAVORITE YEAR)[/quote]
    My Ruling Class is in the mail, cant wait!! Now all we need is a DVD release of My Favorite Year.
    Anybody gotten RC and listened to the O'Toole commentary??
    Cheers.
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    [Edited last by Jeff Swindoll on October 27, 2001 at 09:01 PM]
     
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    >>One of O'Tooles best four performances (the others: THE STUNT MAN; LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and MY FAVORITE YEAR)
     
  14. Ken_McAlinden

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    quote: Is "Stunt Man" on DVD ??[/quote]It comes out 20-Nov-2001 from Anchor Bay. They will be releasing the film, the documentary "The Sinister Saga of the Making of the Stunt Man", and a two-pack limited edition containing both. Only three weeks to go! [​IMG]
    Regards,
    [Edited last by Ken_McAlinden on October 29, 2001 at 09:40 AM]
     
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    I finally had a chance to view the Ruling Class and was quite pleased with it. While the source flaw-riddled transfer is occasionally inconsistent and is not going to win any awards or be mistaken for reference quality, it is so far superior to any previous video version that I felt like I was seeing it for the first time even though I am well into double digit viewings of this one. The audio is also greatly improved, although dialog can be difficult to discern at times due to production choices. For example, there are a number of scenes where the voices echo in order to both suggest the cavernous size of the rooms in the gawdy Gurney estate and to suggest a theatrical performance. As always, there is still no high end and occasional static during louder passages.
    Another theatrical conceit of this film is the presence of many shots where several actors are all in frame performing together. The extra resolution afforded by this new anamorphic transfer helps one to catch the comic nuances of expression in these performances. The commentary by the three Peters is very interesting, and Peter Medak has cleaned his closet of lots of still pictures and 16mm home movie footage for our enjoyment. This is essential viewing for any fan of black comedy.
    Regards,
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    [Edited last by Ken_McAlinden on October 31, 2001 at 07:37 AM]
     
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    By the way, for anyone interested in the 10 minutes difference in running time compared to the longest previous US release, a lot of it consists of trims to scenes removing a line of dialog here and there throughout the film. It would be quite a chore to list them all.
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