For whatever reasons, I only have a very few Kino Lorber blu-rays. If by any chance anyone is willing to give brief recommendations of a few of their favorite pre-1980 movies on KL blu-rays, movies that have really good picture quality, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
@benbess I forgot to give you some recommendations so I'll list 25 titles below. TBH, my complete list of recommendations is much longer.Westerns, Film Noir, and drama. Not much interested in comedy.
I love Chalk Garden!Here's something really radical - some thoughts on Kino Lorber Blu-rays. What a concept to have the title of a thread actually have something that's relevant to the title of the thread Here we go:
Horizon's West - somehow I'd never gotten around to seeing this, even though I love Boetticher and the fine cast. I enjoyed it - not a great movie but enjoyable nonetheless. An older transfer from Universal with everything that goes with it - matrixes off, alignment off, color fringing, etc. It's for a lot of the film and renders those shots very soft. The color seems fine to me.
Vera Cruz - not quite the HUGE step up from the previous Blu-ray that I was led to believe from posts here. Definitely better, certainly, but this film has terrible opticals and there are a LOT of them. Happy to have the improvement, certainly. Not so happy with the low-level sound - same exact issue as Sweet Charity, and all one need do to hear it is put on Horizon's West and then Vera Cruz. One is right, one isn't. I'm sure someone will tell me it's fine on their system, but it isn't fine.
Two for the Seesaw - not quite a successful film - too many superfluous characters (it's a two-character play) and scenes outside the two apartments. But I like Mitchum and MacLaine and I absolutely love Previn's score. I also love the black-and-white scope photography. I'm pretty sure I have an overseas Blu of this somewhere - but whether I do or not I'm here to tell you this is an old transfer that could be so much better.
The Balcony - wacky movie that i saw when it was released. Fun cast, but just so weird. Transfer is certainly okay and who would have thought we'd ever have it on Blu-ray?
The Chalk Garden - looks pretty good, not perfect, but pretty good. I really like the movie and love Hayley and Deborah Kerr. Nice score by Malcolm Arnold, too.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - new Blu-ray that comes with the 4K. It's better, not perfect. I don't think we'll ever see perfect on this one.
More coming soon - as I bought quite a few things from the sale.