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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, May 11, 2013.
I'm surprised, you're surprise it's a minority view.
Razzia sur la chnouf (Raid on Drugs) (Kino BD) 1955. Starring the great Gabin; directed by Decoin; based on a novel Le Breton, the author of Rififi and Bob le Flambeur; now that's some pedigree! And I knew nothing about this wonderfully lit, noirish thriller also sporting a great supporting performance from Lila Kedrova (Zorba the Greek). A twist at the end that I didn't quite see coming. Recommended.
Cop-Out (Kino BD) 1967. James Mason, Geraldine Chaplin, Bobby Darin in Mod London. Simenon transplanted is not quite convincing. Mason delivers the goods, but the rest of the cast is uneven.
The White Dove (Facets Region Free DVD) 1960. Multiple-award winner. This Czech film is an allegory for the freedom the people were yearning for under the Communist yoke. Just over an hour, with enough beauty showing through this horrible transfer, this film cries out for a BD release. Perhaps Criterion who released the director's Marketa Lazarova...This film, however, is a minor masterpiece.
Booksmart (20th...Fox BD Zone A) 2019. What fun! Nice way to end the evening. Very good transfer.
I need to get Kansas City Confidential. I loved the movie.
Tonight, Peg and I watched (for the first time):
Wow! What flat out fun!
This is the first Roy Rogers movie each of us has ever seen. Trigger was amazing and absolutely beautiful. This movie had everything in it you might have expected from a 1950 Republic singing western.
I was very happy to see a couple of great, old character actors like Pierre Watkin and Will Wright.
Old steam trains, horse chases, shoot-outs (with zero reloads), pretty girls, a gorgeous hounddog, singing cowboys, fist fights. It had it all...and then some.
I picked it up at the recent K-L sale. Trigger, Jr. will be coming up sometime soon.
A little more horror tonight. First time to see...."Annabelle Comes Home".
Today I watched the 107th Grey Cup between the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
It was a fantastic game and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the C.F.L. 2019 champions. Winnipeg 33 Hamilton 12
This afternoon, I'll be watching The Last Hunt on the Warner Archive Blu-ray. When I share my thoughts later today, I'll also share the story of its acquisition.
Zatoichi at Large (Criterion BD) 1971. A more convoluted plot than usual. The cinematography is excellent and the editing is also more dynamic. The final battle is breathtaking; and so, what should have been the last duel, is given short shrift.
I've heard a lot of good things about that, and I started watching it the other day, but something about it just grated on me. I need to give it another shot.
I've been thinking about this.
I'm 60 years old and have gone through my entire life hearing about Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and Trigger, etc. Constant pop-culture references by my elders, on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, old variety shows...yet I had never seen a Roy Rogers film. It's rather mind-blowing.
When the film got underway and Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers were serenading some cows into a corral, Peg said, "I didn't know Roy Rogers sang!"
When I started playing this, my wife groaned. She stuck it out and enjoyed it.
Well, it's snowing and we have 18-24" forecast for the next 24 hours.
Wonder what should be on the viewing list.
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) - We'd seen this before, of course, but this was the first time we went through the extras on the Criterion blu-ray release after watching the film. Howard Hawks provides some of his insights in an audio-only interview with Peter Bogdanovich, there's some great analysis in an interview with David Thomson, and a third piece looks at Hawks' aviation movies and helps to place them in a cultural context. For a long time, I never paid much attention to the extras included on DVDs -- we'd watch the movie and then move on to the next. It's only in the last few years since I've been buying blu-rays, that we've been watching the extras and listening to the commentary tracks. That's been time well spent. It really deepens our appreciation for the films even when it's an old favorite like this one.
On many modern movies, the bonus material is mere fluff, but you will rarely go wrong on Criterion bonus material.
My thoughts on the film are HERE.
Having over two evenings watched The Ten Commandments, I'm in the mood for some more Charlton Heston so tonight I'll watch either The Big Country or Ben Hur.
Over the last couple days I've watched:
The Nurse's Secret (TCM app) 1941. WB B-unit who dunnit. Lee Patrick (I like her) is the nurse. Old transfer. Good filler.
Hysteria (TCM app) 1965. A Hammer film stylishly directed by Freddie Francis. It has its share of plot holes but it is engaging. Another old transfer, but at least it's 16:9.
Mississippi Burning (Kino BD) 1988. Very good transfer, and everyone looked so young. All those white FBI agents saved the South in 1964. Lots of suspense and outrage.
The Daytrippers (Criterion BD) 1996. Very good indie starring such an excellent ensemble of actors (Hope Davis, Stanley Tucci, Parker Posey, Anne Meara, Liev Schreiber, Campbell Scott, etc.) and an intelligent script. A family embarks on a trip from a suburb to New York City and learn many truths about themselves in the course of the trip.
Frozen II (3D DCP) Some nice 3D effects, the best being the Steamboat Willie logo at the end of the credits. It is what it is, and I might like it better if Idina Menzel were not singing since I just can't stand her nasal warbling.
Lucky Devils (TCM app) 1933. Bill Boyd plays a stunt man. Lots of stunts and good character actors. Nicely directed by Ralph Ince for RKO.
Viva (Criterion Channel) 2007. Brilliant, and definitely not for everyone! Set in 1972, with that age's primary colors and fabrics attacking you courtesy of Anna Biller, who directed, wrote, edited, designed the costumes and the sets, and played the lead, the film is subversive in multiple ways. The acting is Brechtian so it takes some getting used to it. It's something of an experience that needs to be seen to be understood.
High Seas: Season 2 (Netflix HD) 4 episodes of 8. Continuing the saga of a sea voyage from Spain to Rio. Strangely compelling.
November 27th, 2019 Wednesday
4K UHD Blu-ray / Dolby Vision
5.1 Dolby True HD
The Mandalorian Ep3
4K Digital / Dolby Vision
Star Wars Ep1: The Phantom Menace
1080p Blu-ray upconverted to 4K
6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio upmixed to 7.1 Auro 2D
In preparation of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker in theaters in 22 Days, 7 Hours, 56 Min
Next Star Wars film to be viewed will be Ep2 Attack Of The Clones. Will rewatch The Phantom Menace on Disney+ in 4K at a later date.
Peg and I took our mothers this afternoon to see this. My thoughts are HERE.