Streetcar Named Desire -Warners 2 Disc SE

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  1. willyTass

    willyTass Second Unit

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    Looking at the screen caps from DVDbeaver I was very much underwhelmed by improvements in the transfer. There were times where they seemed indistinguishable.

    Anyone else seen the disc in the flesh?
     
  2. Paul Arnette

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    I have to concur in part. The improvements in the transfer were underwhelming, however I think every shot on dvdbeaver was improved, just not dramatically so.
     
  3. willyTass

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    I'm disapointed!
    No, not about the quality of this special edition.
    You may find what I'm about to say childish but I expected the bonus material to pay more attention to Vivien Leigh's performance, which is one of the finest in a motion picture ever. I can understand all the praise for Marlon Brando, he was a force of nature after all, never equalled, but what about his costar?
    The few times she is even mentioned is to dismiss her performance in favor of Jessica Tandy's which is so unfair since there is no recorded piece on her to compare. I understand Carl Malden preferring Jessica's to Vivien's Blanche, after all he worked with her for two years in the stage play, but how come Rudy Belhmer or Jeff Young don't have anything to say about the wonderful performance of Leigh, in a commentary that is incredibly repetitive and boring?
    To those who share my admiration for this great performance I recommend the book "When Blanche met Brando" a recollection of everything "Streetcar" including interesting bits about Vivien Leigh's posterior mental illness, she was bipolar, and the times of crisis in which she kept reciting Blanche's speeches from the film.
    Well, at least we have the film to speak by itself. There is still Leigh's performance for anyone to be in awe. Yes, Brando was great, but so was Vivien.
     
  5. Patrick McCart

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    It's worth mentioning that the film changed hands from WB to Fox to UA and back to WB.
     
  6. willyTass

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    Alejandro's comments confirm what I've suspected for a long time; in all of cinemas great "performances" it's never a performance.

    Will
     
  7. Alejandro

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    I'm not quite sure what you mean...
    can you explain?
     
  8. willyTass

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    i never felt that Leigh in "streetcar"
    Rod steiger in "Dr zhivago"
    Bogart in "Casablanca"
    O'toole in "Lawrence of Arabia"
    Brando in "Apocalypse Now" etc

    were cases of brilliant "acting". I don't think they were acting at all.

    The news that Vivien leigh eventually went mad is hardly surprising- to pull off such a brilliantly convincing performance as she did in Streetcar she must have been half-way there.

    Will
     
  9. Alejandro

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    wow, shaky ground you are walking on here!
    I don't quite agree but I see what you mean: you gotta be one to play one.

    So, Phillip Seymour Hoffman gotta be a gay writer to play one so brilliantly in Capote...
    or just half-way there? which one, gay or writer? :-D

    Never mind, just kidding!
     
  10. Thomas T

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    I totally agree with Willy.

    I thought Anthony Hopkins so brilliant in Silence Of The Lambs that I KNOW he's eaten a human liver or two in his day. How else could he be so convincing? I don't think he was acting.

    I thought Jodie Foster so stunning in The Accused that it was obvious she had been brutally raped at some point of her life otherwise how could she have been so believable and won the Oscar?

    And that Glenn Close is a nut job, isn't she? She scared the bejessus out of me in Fatal Attraction. You can't tell me she was faking it for the movie and somebody better keep than banshee away from rabbits.

    I think we all get my point.
     
  11. Alejandro

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    LOL

    :-D
     
  12. Ronald Epstein

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    Alright guys....

    I think that's enough of that.

    Let's get back on topic.

    I just received my copy of this DVD which will be a very
    first viewing of the film for me. It took me 40 years to
    see On The Waterfront (I loved it), and I suppose
    it's now time to experience another classic that I have only
    known throughout the years as "Stella.....Stella!"
     

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