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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, May 11, 2013.
Worth the watch just to see Disney before his "Uncle Walt" days.
It's also fun to see actors playing Disney office workers. That's Alan Ladd in one sequence.
Fortunately, I'm region/zone free. Thanks for the info.
Yesterday I began the afternoon with:
Peterloo (DCP) Mike Leigh's amazing film about the massacre of unarmed men,women and children in Manchester by British troops, orchestrated by the 1%.
Then I went to the inaugural concert by the newly-appointed conductor (Fabio Luisi) of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Electrifying.
Back home I finished the last 4 episodes of the Netflix series Cathedral by the Sea (HD). the 14th century cathedral in Barcelona is finally completed. I decided to view this series in memory of the gutting of Notre Dame.
Paradis perdu (Lost Paradise) (Pathe Zone free BD) Abel Gance's 1939 film, a favorite of Truffaut's. I'd seen this once in my youth and could still remember the very catchy waltz tune.
And you can see him clearly. Very blond tresses. Very talented artist.
Haven't seen this in a long time. Watched the Olive copy - very nice.
I'll be watching last night's Noir Alley at lunchtime. I also have some leftover TV shows from last week I haven't gotten to yet, and I got in Phantom Lady yesterday that I'm eager to watch.
I watched Prince Of Foxes yesterday, a film which doesn't seem these days to be liked and admired as much as it deserves. The cast is awesome and they're all pretty good. I like Wanda Hendrix more each time I see her. I note that some cretin on IMDB has sneered at her performance, but I think it's good.
The Zone B locked French Blu-ray disc is a good transfer of unrestored elements. Leon Shamroy's deep focus lensing of the interiors is especially well-served.
Three Coins in the Fountain (TT BD) Beautiful transfer with directional dialogue. I first saw this as a teen on one of its reissues, but it was not 2.55 ratio nor stereo.
The Prisoner (Arrow Academy BD Zone Free) Peter Glenville's film with extraordinary performances from Alec Guiness and Jack Hawkins. Unrestored HD transfer. Really worthwhile film.
Border (Vudu HDX stream) Swedish film from the director of Let the Right One In. Nominated for an Oscar in Makeup. Very interesting and offbeat film about trolls in human society. Troll sex is quite a spectacle and very unusual.
Mary Queen of Scots (Vudu UHD HDR stream) Lavishly mounted spectacle. Costumes nominated for an Oscar. Ronan is quite good. Not as good as the old version we are all pining for in HD.
Last night I watched A Matter Of Life And Death, a remarkable film. The Blu-ray disc is good.
I didn't get to Phantom Lady over the weekend, so hopefully I will find time for it today.
Dodge City (Warner BD) Simply gorgeous transfer. Last time I saw this was a 35mm nitrate Technicolor WB's archive print at MoMA.
The Snake Pit (TT BD) Continuing my de Havilland evening with one of her best performances. Superb transfer. First time I saw this was as a teen. It was a 35mm revival print, and the "snake pit" sequence watched on a large screen was really impressive.
Stagecoach (TT BD) The 1966 version. Excellent transfer. Good film in its own right, quite exciting. Began my evening with a Western starring Olivia de Havilland; ended with a Western starring Ann-Margret.
Last night I watched Quantum Of Solace, the worst edited film I have ever seen. This was only the second time I've watched the Blu-ray disc. I doubt I'll watch it again.
Yeah, it's one of three Bond films I have a tough time getting through. The others are Moonraker and A View to a Kill.
I have some TV from last night I want to get to, and then I think maybe I'll sample another Boston Blackie crime drama from the set I recently acquired.
High Life (DCP) Directed by Claire Denis; starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. Beautifully shot and scored. Intriguing, elliptical film with top performances.
Melvin and Howard (TT BD) Looks beautiful. Last viewed this film upon release. It's somewhat endearing.
Legend of the Holy Drinker (Arrow Academy BD) Ermanno Olmi's extraordinary film, never released in the USA. Based on a Joseph Roth novella, starring Rutger Hauer and Anthony Quayle, among others. Masterfully lit with painterly tones by Dante Spinotti. Igor Stravinsky's music is used throughout. A quiet masterpiece.
April 23rd, 2019 Tuesday
Alien (1979 Theatrical Edition)
4K UHD Blu-ray
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Audio options also include original 4.1 for theatrical only and 2.1 audio! Video transfer is a upgrade from the standard blu-ray which was a good transfer to begin with. Good color saturation with excellent black levels and detail. I would place this release into the category of reference level titles even though the audio portion doesn't compare with many titles with better audio tracks. The audio is still good and there is the availability of 5.1 surround mix and original 4.1 mix and stereo. I highly recommend the new 4K release of Alien and it is a good reason to get into 4K UHD if you have not yet pulled the trigger or if you have the display but have not yet purchased a 4K Blu-ray player! 20th Century Fox outdid themselves on this very excellent home video release! Looking forward to the release of Aliens on 4K UHD Blu-ray!
Marantz SR-8012 11 Channel Surround Sound Receiver
Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player
Sony XBR55A9F 55"OLED 4K HDR/Dolby Vision/IMAX Enhanced TV
Altec Lancing A-7 L&R
Bowers & Wilkins HTM61 S2 center channel speaker
Klipsch RP-600M Surround Speakers
Advent Marbles (Height Speakers)
HSU VTF-3 MK5HP Subwoofer (15")
Season Finally of Lethal Weapon S3 Ep 15 The Spy Who Loved Me
5.1 Dolby Digital
Picked up from US Walmart ($19.95) and now watching the complete series of Max Headroom. This set does not include the DVD of extras which came with the package originally.
I enjoy the opulent and over-the-top nature of Moonraker, but I'm with you big time on the other two...
Fosse/Verdon Part 3 (FX HD)
Two Weeks in Another Town (WA BD) Beautiful transfer of Minnelli's Hollywood on the Tiber epic. I first saw this when it premiered (I was 12); saw it again at MoMA, and I think I also saw the WA DVD. I enjoy Minnelli's melodramas, though this one is not one of his best.
Egypt by Three (TCM) A little known portmanteau picture comprising 3 stories taking place (where else?) in Egypt. Little known actors except for Eddie Constantine before he became a French vedette. Directed by Victor Stoloff and released in 1953.
This may be my last post till Monday or Tuesday of next week. I'm traveling to Houston for the premiere of an opera, The Phoenix, and for Don Giovanni at the Houston Grand Opera.