Sorry, Wrong Number ..... How's the DVD?

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  1. David Von Pein

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    1948's "Sorry, Wrong Number" is a great film (IMO). Looking forward to getting the recently-released DVD. Anybody got this one yet? How's it look?
    "HENRY, THERE'S SOMEBODY COMING UP THE STAIRS!!!!"
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    This must be the oldest non-silent film Paramount has in their library.

    All of their pre-1948 (before August of that year) were sold to "EMKA" (sic) and later became part of MCA (Universal). (Except for silents, of course)
     
  4. David Von Pein

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    Just got around to watching "Sorry...".

    Very nice transfer. Not earth-shattering, but, when compared side-by-side to my VHS, well, obviously the DVD wins by a mile.

    The only extra is the trailer, which IS a nice one (clean-looking too)!

    I just wish they had included the original 30-minute radio drama from 1943 starring Agnes Moorehead (or one of the 6 other times she reprised the role on radio). This original radio play would have made a stellar added feature to this fine disc!

    One of my favorite older films.
     
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    Great performance by Stanwyck.




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    I remembered reading once that when she was filming this movie, she would get herself in such an emotional state of mind that her hair started to turn white in streaks.

    Till this day, she is still my favorite actress as she was with many of the directors that worked with her. They simply loved her professionalism and down to earth personality.




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  8. David Von Pein

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    Hey Robert.....Ever see her (Barbara S.) in Executive Suite? A great boardroom drama (which I'd love to see eventually on DVD). I loved William Holden in that. [​IMG]
     
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    Many times, Stanwyck absolutely adored Holden. After they made Golden Boy in 1939, they were lifelong friends.




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    This is a great little movie. I had never seen it before the DVD and enjoyed it immensely. I was especially taken aback by the ending. I do wish Paramount would raid the vaults more often.
     
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    Speaking of Barbara Stanwyck, I wish Universal would release a better version of Double Indemnity or license it to Criterion. It is a shame that this classic is only available as a VHS-quality out-of-print disc from Image.
     
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    Deepak-
    I concur. I have come late to appreciate Stanwyck,
    but Double Indemnity, deserves a SE if
    any film noir ever did.
    And yes, Sorry, Wrong Number should've
    included more stuff, but were talking about Paramount,
    which usually leaves most of their catalog classics
    with little more than a trailer included.
    Since Universal just got around to doing an SE of
    the Shrader film Cat People, which was
    another title originally farmed out to Image,
    we can only hope this means that they are looking
    at their other previous Image-released titles,
    and getting them prepared for re-release.
    And no, it appears Criterion will not get a crack
    at Double Indemnity, as I have asked
    JM over there several times, and they say they'd love
    to do it, but the "...opportunity has not presented itself."
    (I tend to read into that that Universal would allow
    Criterion to handle it, but they probably
    want too much money for the rights,
    making it a non-win situation for Criterion,
    and, subsequently, us.)
    Mark
     
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    A bit off topic, but if you liked the movie version of "Sorry, Wrong Number," you really ought to hear a tape of the old radio show "Suspense," where the storyline became famous.


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    Being a Babs and Noir fan, I picked up Sorry Wrong Number, and loved it, tho its acting is almost what is now called "over the top"

    BTW, I wish there was a DVD of DOA with Edmund O'Brien that looked half as good.
     

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