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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Crawford, May 11, 2013.
Tonight first look at Man Of A Thousand Faces, BD.
I hopped onto the TCM app and watched In the Good Old Summertime. It seemed to have fewer dust and dirt than the DVD, but there were still just enough artifacts to know it's not ready yet for a Blu-ray disc release.
December 17th, 2019 Tuesday
HD Digital upconverted to 4K
Another double feature for me and Peg. A Christmas-themed film we had never seen is Holiday Affair. We watched it on the TCM app and I fell in love with this film. Smartly written and well made. This is now going to be among the annual Christmas viewings for us. Mitchum was fantastic! And the young actor who played Janet Leigh's young boy was terrific.
Film #2 was the new Olive Signature release of The Bells of St. Mary's. "Bingrid" were so in sync with each other. Another incredibly fun film.
Shield for Murder (Kino BD) 1954. When a cop goes noir. Carolyn Jones just doesn't look right as a blonde. Thin-looking image.
Battleground (WA BD) 1949. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Battered Bastards of Bastogne. Hadn't seen this film since a 1974 screening of a 35mm archival MGM print at MoMA. Still good after all these years. Great transfer.
The Vampire's Ghost (1945) - We took a break from Christmas movies to watch this Olive Films blu-ray release which I recently picked up on sale. It's significant as an early screenwriting credit for Leigh Brackett but otherwise there's no reason to watch it. The story is entirely predictable from the very first scene. John Abbott did a good job with his character, a mysterious stranger in the African town in which the story takes place, but he really didn't have much to work with here. There are no extras on the disc.
I need to start dipping into the Christmas movies. I did In the Good Old Summertime (which is set mainly during the Christmas season). Today may be Remember the Night or Miracle on 34th Street.
Today it was Citizen Kane, a great classic film. Plus the extras on the 70th anniversary edition. Last night my informal film club watched that great Christmas film - Die Hard.
A Frieda Inescort double feature:
The Return of the Vampire (Scream BD) 1943. I saw this many times in my hometown theater during my early years. I liked it a lot because Inescort was a no nonsense vampire hunter, and Lugosi (was this the first time I ever saw him?) turned into some kind of "butter" at the end. Loved that effect.
The Alligator People (Scream BD) 1959. Inescort as the hapless mother of the hapless hero. Garland (a favorite screamer) does well as the wife. Lon Chaney plays a drunken, lustful Captain Hook. Lensed by another unknown DP: Karl Struss.
Downton Abbey Season 2 (2011): A lot darker than the first season. War, flu, deaths, some really nasty characters, some of who remain and others who departed the show.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016): My favorite SW movie. I'm not a huge fan of the series, but I did grow up with them, and I think I've seen them all, though half of them only once. I enjoy the gravity of the story and the tie-in to the first one that was released. I find it to be deeper storytelling than the others, at least with a deeper purpose and meaning. This is the only one I've actually bought on Blu-Ray. I enjoy the idea of the unsung heroes who pave the way for the well known heroes to achieve their goals.
I still need to watch Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi before going to see The Rise Of Skywalker in the theater!
I've watched all of them in chronological order since last week and the only one left is "The Last Jedi". I'll be watching my 4K/UHD disc tomorrow morning and then it's my 6:05 p.m. showing of "The Rise of Skywalker" tomorrow evening.
The Mandalorian: Episode 7 (Disney+) The Western Saga continues. Looks like the 3 godfathers now. The Baby still rules.
The Girl on a Motorcycle (Criterion Channel) 1968. Shot and directed by Jack Cardiff. Erotic daydreams of Marianne Faithfull, who shows her all, while riding the motorcycle en route to her lover. Thin of plot but beautifully shot. Delon does not show his all.
We watched Remember the Night, recorded from TCM, last night. I don't remember ever seeing it before. The plot may be improbably, but it's a charming holiday movie. Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray are great, of course.
I just discovered it last year just as you did this year and had exactly the same reaction. Charming, moving, memorable: worthy of an annual revisit.
White Christmas - 1954 Blu-Ray
One of my very favorite films, second time watched on Blu-Ray which looks very good.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - 2019 Blu_Ray
I think this is very good Tarantino, so that means a really fun film. Looks good on Blu, but I'm not sure how it compares to the DVD.
The TCM print looked horrible. If you loved the movie so much and can get your hands on a BD, buy it. It's worth the upgrade.
The Queen of Spades (Kino BD) 1949. I've been listening to the Met Opera broadcasts of Tchaikovsky's opera for the last couple of weeks, so I decided to give a spin to Kino's disc. I've seen this film in a 35mm print, and it's a stunner. Thorold Dickinson's direction (Gaslight) and Anton Walbrook's performance, along with Otto Heller's cinematography, the astounding sound editing, etc., make for an unforgettable viewing experience. Buy without fear.
I just finished watching my Abbott and Costello Universal Bluray Box Set ! Excellent !! Very Nice PQ. Much improved over the old DVD set. Thank God for Shout Factory and KL this year. WBArchive just 1 movie and 4 animated classic titles.
It's been years, and it is the season...
I think it's time.
...and which movie am I talking about...?