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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, May 11, 2013.
On the TCM app:
Last night I watched It Always Rains On Sunday, an excellent social drama with a woman as the main character, played by the compelling Googie Withers. The U. K. Blu-ray disc is good.
Last night, Peg and I watched:
(my thoughts on the film and disc are HERE)
I've always liked this movie, and Googie Withers is always compelling. I actually don't own this BD so it's good to know about the UK one being fine.
Gypsy (Shout Broadway BD) The 2015 West End production starring the incredible Imelda Staunton playing Mama Rose. Streisand, stay away!
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (TT BD) 1968. Maggie Smith's well-deserved AA-winning performance, and still one of the greatest to be preserved on film. Celia Johnson (such a subtle artist and a welcome foil), and Pamela Franklin are outstanding. I wonder whether this film would be made today. I saw it when it came out and it hasn't lost any of its points. Excellent PQ. Directed by Ronald Neame (Hopscotch).
Prison, aka The Devil's Wanton (Tartan PAL DVD) 1949. Early Ingmar Bergman not included in the Criterion Box. This is the first Bergman film written and directed by him that begins to tackle the themes the will fully engage him for the rest of his career. It's a film within a film, without written credits (done in voice-over at the beginning of the second reel). It is beautifully photographed, with an effective dream sequence and a silent comedy short film done in an early slapstick style.
So we are faced with the premise that the Devil (evil) has conquered the world (is there a God?), so even when couples are in love, they create a lot of unhappiness. Is it better to live alone or not? Do we make a film about the stories we are witnessing? Or are the stories the film?
Lizzie (2018): An imagining/interpretation/speculation of Lizzie Borden, apparently based on a 1985 book of the same title, starring Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jamey Sheridan and Fiona Shaw. It seems to mean well, but it just wasn't very compelling, or interesting. It's not very often I struggle to keep interest in any movie, but this one was a challenge.
August 21st, 2019 Wednesday
The People Under The Stairs
1080p HD (Dish Network DVR)
4K UHD Blu-ray
7.1.4 Dolby Atmos
4K DCP (New Transfer taken from original camera negatives)
6 Track Audio
The Age of Adaline (2015): A sentimental fable about Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) a woman who stops aging at 29 and has to face the fact that immortality prevents her from living a meaningful life. The mix of fantasy and reality might be confusing for some viewers, but it's also its greatest strength, for anyone who just lets the story be what it is. Blake Lively seems to have rather limited acting skills, but that might have actually helped with this role, of someone who is intentionally detached from life. At the same time, she's really very effective as a woman who is much older (and wiser) than she appears, so maybe I'm not giving her enough credit. The only other role I remember seeing her in was a very brief one in The Town.
I've often been accused of being a snob when it comes to movies, and it is easy to become too much of a stickler about what defines "great" cinema. The fact is, The Age of Adaline is exactly the type of movie that makes me love movies. As soon as it ends, I just feel better than I did when it started.
Next months movie I will go see is Avitar 3D
German Blu-ray of "Man Without a Star"
Amazon U.K. are selling this disc quite cheaply at present. I'm going to watch some other Googie Withers films in the next week or so, including Night And The City, The Lady Vanishes and Pink String and Sealing Wax.
Today I'm going to watch The Wheeler Dealers on the Warner Archive Blu-ray disc.
Peg and I went to a long-awaited matinee today.
My thoughts on the film are HERE.
August 22nd, 2019 Thursday
1080i HD (Dish Network DVR)
7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
X Men: United
1080p Blu-ray upconverted to 4K
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio upmixed to Auro 2D 7.1
4K UHD Blu-ray
7.1.4 DTS X-Master Audio
Dam Speed from a 4K DCP created from the original camera film negative print looked incredible! If Fox releases this on 4K UHD Blu-ray I will buy it!
Brightburn (2019): Here's the honest lowdown. I thought this was pretty good. Actually, I thought it was surprisingly good, especially considering how bad it has been received. Yeah, there are some events that are very easy to predict. I've seen a lot of movies and read a lot of novels, so it's not that common when something surprises me. Still, it's a neat spin on Superman, but I also found myself interpreting it as a metaphor for parenting, especially in the last 20 years or so. I'm also really tired of watered down, PG-13 horror movies. This sucker is 100% R Rated. I will definitely watch it again.
August 23rd, 2019 Friday
The Matrix: Reloaded
4K UHD / Dolby Vision / iTunes 4K
Dolby Atmos 7.1.4
I don't know what it is about The Matrix: Reloaded, but it has put me to sleep every time. I don't have that problem with #1 and #3.
One of my favorites and I did an A/B comparison with the BD and SD. The SD had much more vibrant colors.
One of my favorites also.
On The Criterion Channel "Green for Danger" (1946) An outstanding film!
So happy you liked it. Would love to have a Blu-ray update for the Criterion DVD I have.
In other news, barring the arrival of any unforeseen review items, I'll take three hours of my day out to watch Avengers: Endgame today.
had to slow it down, because my Quest is almost over