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Actually, I do have that DVD that was released on 01-27-09 by Warner. I also have "All the Young Men" (1960) with Alan Ladd on iTunes HD Digital.
I also have a crappy public domain copy of Mark Of The Hawk (1957) with Poitier and Eartha Kitt. It's a film I'd like to see rescued from PD which seems unlikely as it's an orphan film. It's technically a British film that Universal distributed in the U.S.
 

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I actually met them together c. 1989. Two extraordinary gentlemen. My wife opined that Mr. Poitier had the most beautiful skin she’d ever seen.

And, I think, one of the most beautiful of speaking voices. Whether it’s attributable to his Bahamian origins or any other factor, he elevated a film when he opened his mouth.
 

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In honor of Mr. Poitier we watched To Sir, with Love yesterday with the kids and it was quite moving.
A very good movie that was made even better by the great Sidney Poitier - Farewell, good Sir!

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I’ve never had the chance to see all of them! I do own the Criterion blu ray of In the Heat of the Night. I forgot I picked that up during the Barnes and Noble sale. :)
I particularly recommend The Wilby Conspiracy, a very good film with Michael Caine and Nicol Williamson, the latter very skilfully playing a nasty but complex villain.
 

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I particularly recommend The Wilby Conspiracy, a very good film with Michael Caine and Nicol Williamson, the latter very skilfully playing a nasty but complex villain.
Thanks Robin! Another title I wasn’t aware of.
 

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Speaking of The Lost Man and Cry, The Beloved Country, how about Porgy and Bess?
 

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It is interesting to note Peter Bogdanovich directed the sequel TO SIR WITH LOVE II.
That's indeed interesting but not sure I am that keen to watch it. We plan to watch either What's Up, Doc? or The Last Picture Show this week.
 

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At least I own a 16mm print of Cry, the Beloved Country.
Watch the film next time it plays TCM. Read Alan Paton's lyrical, gut-wrenching novel. Then watch Kino's disc of Lost in the Stars, the Kurt Weill/Maxwell Anderson musical version which doesn't trivialize the source.
 

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Hold on to your hat, if and when you watch "No Way Out".:) Richard Widmark was one mean bigot in that movie. Widmark felt the need to apologize to Sidney after some of their scenes. They became good friends and did a few other movies together.
It's interesting that Widmark, along with Robert Ryan, excelled at playing horrible and often racist villains, yet in real life both men were said to be very kind and thoughtful and gentle men. I guess that's why they call it "acting"
 

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I watched the Criterion Blu-ray of "In the Heat of the Night " in honor of Mr. Poitier.

And why is "The Defiant Ones" the only major Stanley Kramer directed film NOT to have a US Blu-ray release ?
 

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Twilight Time released Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and I thought I heard that after their contract expired Columbia was going to release it's own blu-ray, but it seems they have not. One of my favorite films.
I thought Columbia released their own blu-ray of this film, to mark it's 50th Anniversary in 2017
 

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And why is "The Defiant Ones" the only major Stanley Kramer directed film NOT to have a US Blu-ray release ?
That's a great question! I don't understand why this fine film hasn't received a Region "A" Blu-ray release unless there are some kind of rights or film elements issue we don't know about.
 

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That's a great question! I don't understand why this fine film hasn't received a Region "A" Blu-ray release unless there are some kind of rights or film elements issue we don't know about.
My guess is that since Twilight Time or Kino (both of whom released several Kramer titles on blu-ray) never released "The Defiant Ones", then perhaps Criterion has the rights and have been sitting on it for some reason or another
 

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It's interesting that Widmark, along with Robert Ryan, excelled at playing horrible and often racist villains, yet in real life both men were said to be very kind and thoughtful and gentle men. I guess that's why they call it "acting"
From what I've heard and read, you can add Dan Duryea to that list.
 

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