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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Mark-W, Sep 3, 2012.
Thanks for this thorough analysis. I look forward to seeing this version myself at some point.
Somewhere, back when, I'd seen a "much better representation" on film...
I knew there was a good version. Even if this isn't what I saw...thankfully exist, and this will end up in my collection, someday.
You can't buy everything...
Caught THE CIRCLE. Interesting docudrama Have to love the elderly couple. However, what they went through is nothing comparable to what was going on (and still is) in other parts of the world, including...no politics here.
Also on Netflix, and please check it out, for it is quite moving, and Ben Whishaw's performance is remarkable, is a modest movie called LILTING.
Thanks for the tip Bujaki. I really like Whishaw and am always on the look out for hidden Netflix "gems."
I really liked Lilting, too!
It was so nice to see the actress that has been the mentor to the primary antagonist in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in such an understated role.
Regarding 54, I never saw this movie mainly because back in the day I heard 1) it wasn't very good, and 2) it wasn't very gay. There appear to be various cuts of the movie floating around out there. So it looks like I have three choices. Will, which would you suggest for someone who has never seen it in any incarnation?
1. Netflix streaming has a 93 minute version which I assume is the original theatrical release.
2. The Blu-ray from 2012 runs 100 minutes
3. The new 2015 cut is 106 minutes and only available through streaming services for purchase or rental.
Number 3 represents the director's original intent and the movie that everyone signed on to make in 1997. To me, it's the only wholly satisfying version out there (not perfect, mind you, but satisfying.)
After test screenings made the Miramax suits nervous ('ewwwwww they're KISSING, gross!') they cut 30 minutes out and re-shot about 15 to "het it up," beefing up Neve Campbell's part as a love interest for Phillippe and making "safe" yet cynical changes in hopes of not upsetting the multiplex crowd (the 93 minute cut.)
After it's critical and box office failure, the version released to home video included some of the cut material even though the run time on the box still claimed 93 minutes. This version is better than the theatrical cut by virtue of restoring some of the triangle between the lead characters (the hetero side, anyway) and giving us more of Salma Hayek. This 100 or so minute version remains the only cut ever released to physical media.
Now that we have number 3 (although be warned, some of the restored footage is in extremely rough condition) I don't personally see any need for numbers 1 or 2 at all any more unless, that is, anyone REALLY needs to see Ryan and Neve on a cynical Christmas Day BOWLING date ("oh I just know those two kids would find real happiness if they just STAYED in Jersey" Sniffle Sniffle) or Steve Rubell suddenly (and out of character) turning into a yenta.
That being said, it's also interesting to see all three if you haven't yet seen any.
Interesting, I didn't realize they actually used the VHS dailies, I thought they were just a guide to find the film footage and conform the edit. Woof.
Sad it's only streaming but hopefully if enough people buy it there they'll do a blu.
Apparently, those were hard enough to find as it is. Who knows what happened to the negatives for those scenes? Maybe they were left behind in the Disney vault, maybe not. But what the new scenes lack in technical polish they make up for in the film finally feeling like it's actually going somewhere story-wise.
Not Bluray unfortunately (and I doubt we will see a release ever), but I thought to mention another good movie here that most people wouldn't know (since I see other than Bluray news too in this thread) and I watched recently. There is only a Pal DVD without english subtitles of it.
Music score is by VANGELIS!
The Cavafy film looks very interesting. Who knows? Some very obscure titles have been released on blu-ray, so this may see the light of day subtitled on blu.
I'll see your and raise you a
Agreed gentlemen. You've expressed it well!
For those that enjoyed Bear City and Bear City 2, Bear City 3 has an IndiGoGo campaign going for another 28 days:
How about a bluray release of VICIOUS? Truly the funniest gay TV series that I have ever seen. Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen are brilliant. Season one is available. Is there a second series in the pipeline? Why hasn't the documentary CONTINENTAL been released on dvd?
Vicious Season 2 premieres Sunday, August 23, 2015 on PBS:
Thanks for that info. However there is no PBS where I live. Series 2 will be released on dvd on Monday next ( 15 July) in the UK. I have already ordered a copy.
Just to show how stupid I was/am, when the first season of Vicious started, I was DVRing it from a local PBS station that was broadcasting in SD, so they were showing a 4:3 version of the show. I didn't realize my error until the first two episodes had aired so until I bought the DVD set, I had never seen the first two shows in widescreen.
Really looking forward to season two. I knew it was coming, but thanks to Mark I now know when to expect it.
Neil has posted the HTF review for My Beautiful Laundrette.
I am going to try not buying this until the fall, but I may give in to temptation.