Senior HTF Member
- Sep 30, 2001
Never seen this film and have always wanted to. Where did you find it?
From Amazon.de. It's got Italian, German and English tracks. However, the DVD (not blu ray) is an inferior transfer. Watchable but of VHS quality. As to the film itself, this is what I wrote for my blog:Never seen this film and have always wanted to. Where did you find it?
Oh dear, it seems I haven't missed much. Thanks anyway.From Amazon.de. It's got Italian, German and English tracks. However, the DVD (not blu ray) is an inferior transfer. Watchable but of VHS quality. As to the film itself, this is what I wrote for my blog:
Set in Egypt, a millionaire and amateur archaeologist (Robert Taylor) is on the trail of an ancient tomb that contains a priceless glass sphinx. Directed by Luigi Scattini (WAR ITALIAN STYLE), this potboiler is sloppily put together and any potential adventure elements fall flat. In the 1960s, many a fading Hollywood star went to Europe to help resuscitate a career and here an aging Robert Taylor is used for the name value he might still have in the U.S. In the European prints, it's leading lady Anita Ekberg as Taylor's showgirl turned secretary that gets top billing while Taylor gets top billing in America. Filmed in Techniscope, the Egyptian locations are attractive but Taylor and Ekberg are an unlikely screen pair and their romance is not believable. They don't even get that much screen time as a subplot involving Gianna Serra as Taylor's niece and the two men (Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Angel Del Pozo) pursuing her takes up a large portion of the narrative. With Ahmed Kamis and Remo De Angelis.
I love this movie!The Cutting Edge
Originally Released: 03/27/1992
1080P HD digital streaming on Apple TV app, upscaled to 4K via Roku Ultra
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Why? With the Winter Olympics beginning next week, it felt like a good time to revisit this movie, which competently blended the tropes of a sports film with the tropes of a romantic comedy. Doug Dorsey, from a working class background, is one of the top collegiate hockey players in the country. Kate Moseley, from an extremely wealthy background, is a world-class pairs figure skater. Both have their Olympic dreams crushed in Calgary, as Doug suffers a career-ending eye injury and Kate is dropped by her partner seconds before completing a gold medal routine. These two very different skaters find themselves thrown together when they've exhausted all of their options. They'll create magic on and off the ice, if they don't kill each other first. D. B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly terrific as the romantic leads, with deliciously vicious verbal sparring and genuine chemistry. The great British thespian Roy Dotrice and future "Lost" star Terry O'Quinn shine as Kate's coach and father respectively. It's a movie that takes figure skating seriously, and focuses a significant amount of screen time on the athleticism involved. And the major climax of the movie brings the personal and professional threads of the movie together beautifully.
Yes, there are no great surprises with this one. But damn, it does the formula well.
Peg and I really liked this film. But we were also both more than a bit familiar with the life stories of Peter and Catherine Marshall.So today I watched another Henry Koster film, A Man Called Peter, in which his skill with actors is very apparent. This is not a much admired film but I like it. The speeches delivered by "Peter" contain numerous brilliant and memorable phrases. The Blu-ray disc from Twilight Time is superb with directional dialog and excellent 2.55:1 images.