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Blu-ray Review The Story of Temple Drake Blu-ray Review

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Matt Hough, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Matt Hough

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    Terrific film, that needs to be considered from a 1933 perspective
     
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    Love the review, Matt (I still can't believe this is coming out on Blu-ray!)

    Thanks!!!
     
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    I saw this film at MoMA at its modern premiere in 1972. I believe it was a nitrate print that was immaculate. It still had the power to shock. One must remember that this film had been pulled from circulation since the implementation of the Code in 1934, and that it survived intact simply because it was not allowed to be re-released. By sheer luck, it wasn't junked, nor did it suffer nitrate rot. And here it is: Enjoy! Hopkins lived to see it one last time a week or two before her demise.
     
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    Fantastic review, Matt. I had not heard of this film until I read about the Criterion release. This will be a blind buy, but from you review and what I have read about the film elsewhere, it will definitely be worth it!

    Sean
     
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    Great review, I was on the fence with this one since it would be a blind buy, but you've convinced me. I typically enjoy these pre-code films.
     
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    Temple Drake may be the first example in literature (Faulkner's Sanctuary) and in film of the Stockholm Syndrome. I'm sure it was hard to understand in 1933. The novel, of course, was successful because it was, in Faulkner's words, a potboiler written with one thought in mind: to make money.
     
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    I have watched it twice already--it's very short. It's wild.
     
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    Watched this last night too. Enjoyed it but does seem mild (if you're talking sordid) compared to William Wellman's 1931 SAFE IN HELL.There is certainly no uplift to end that movie. And Dorothy MacKaill deserved a chance at a longer career--- if she desired it. SAFE IN HELL usually plays two or three times a year on TCM. I hope Criterion has their sights on that title; there are some nice Wellman touches in it.
     
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