Warner Archive Press Release: The Bad And The Beautiful (1952) (Blu-ray)

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THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952)
Run Time 118:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 1.37:1, 4 X 3 FULL FRAME
Product Color B&W
Disc Configuration BD 50
Special Features: Feature Length Documentary “Lana Turner…A Daughter’s Memoir”; Scoring Session Music Cues; Theatrical Trailer (HD)

Appearances are everything in Hollywood. So, when conniving moviemaker Jonathan Shields realizes few mourners will show up for the funeral of his equally conniving father, he knows what to do: hire extras. Kirk Douglas gives a magnetic, Oscar®-nominated performance as Shields, who turns talent, charisma and ruthlessness into film success, stomping on careers and creating enemies along the way. Vincente Minnelli directs this winner of five Academy Awards® that’s more than a compelling insider’s look at Tinseltown: It’s an opportunity for buffs to guess which real-life stars and moguls inspired the roles played by Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Best Supporting Actress Gloria Grahame and more.

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  1. I told you guys once I bought that iTunes HD digital it would come out soon afterwards. It took less than two months.:roll: Now, I have to watch my digital this week as it might be the only time I watch it.;) Great film and highly recommended to anybody that hasn't seen the movie and love the movie industry.

  2. Robert Crawford

    I told you guys once I bought that iTunes HD digital it would come out soon afterwards. It took less than two months.:roll: Now, I have to watch my digital this week as it might be the only time I watch it.;) Great film and highly recommended to anybody that hasn't seen the movie and love the movie industry.

    Thanks! 😉

  3. finally!

    FINALLY!

    I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this!

    (& yes, it should look exquisite, with chocolaty blacks and luminous whites, as opposed to the DVD, which is like peering though a stained window with sunglasses on into a steambath on a very grey day. )

    In particular, I can't wait to see the swimming pool scene, all those spotlights reflected on the pool's shimmering and shifting surface, with Ms. Turner's platinum hair and general complexion offsetting it all.

  4. Ronald Epstein

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    NEW 2019 1080p HD MASTER FROM 4K SCAN OF ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE!

    THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952)
    Run Time 118:00
    Subtitles English SDH
    Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
    Aspect Ratio 1.37:1, 4 X 3 FULL FRAME
    Product Color B&W
    Disc Configuration BD 50
    Special Features: Feature Length Documentary "Lana Turner…A Daughter's Memoir"; Scoring Session Music Cues; Theatrical Trailer (HD)

    Appearances are everything in Hollywood. So, when conniving moviemaker Jonathan Shields realizes few mourners will show up for the funeral of his equally conniving father, he knows what to do: hire extras. Kirk Douglas gives a magnetic, Oscar®-nominated performance as Shields, who turns talent, charisma and ruthlessness into film success, stomping on careers and creating enemies along the way. Vincente Minnelli directs this winner of five Academy Awards® that’s more than a compelling insider’s look at Tinseltown: It’s an opportunity for buffs to guess which real-life stars and moguls inspired the roles played by Douglas, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Best Supporting Actress Gloria Grahame and more.

    Love this movie! I knew it was just a matter of time. All good things come to those who wait.

  5. Hoo- bloody -ray! I love Lana Turner but I'm really eager to watch in high definition ElaIne Stewart stick the knife in with that lethal speech "The picture's finished Georgia. You're business; I'm company. . . . Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you Georgia, I saw the picture . . . I thought you were swell"

  6. lark144

    finally!

    FINALLY!

    I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this!

    (& yes, it should look exquisite, with chocolaty blacks and luminous whites, as opposed to the DVD, which is like peering though a stained window with sunglasses on into a steambath on a very grey day. )

    In particular, I can't wait to see the swimming pool scene, all those spotlights reflected on the pool's shimmering and shifting surface, with Ms. Turner's platinum hair and general complexion offsetting it all.

    You must be remembering that 35mm print we saw at MoMA so many decades ago.

  7. Ronald Epstein

    Should this be my blind purchase for next month?

    The answer is "Yes", Mr. Epstein. And a resounding one at that.

    Robert Surtees won his second of three Oscars for Best Cinematography;
    with the other two being "King Solomon's Mines" and "Ben-Hur".

    FILE UNDER: The Blind Buy and The Beautiful.:)

  8. bujaki

    You must be remembering that 35mm print we saw at MoMA so many decades ago.

    Was it at MOMA? I couldn't remember where it was, but I knew I saw something that was totally exquisite and tonally gorgeous, so that when I got the DVD I couldn't even watch it.

  9. Who were the inspirations for the characters.

    Kirk Douglas: Jonathan inspired by David O Selznick
    Lana Turner: Georgia inspired by Diana Barrymore daughter of John Barrymore.
    Walter Pidgeon: Harry Pebbel inspired by Val Lewton

    Who else or other choices for the above.

  10. This was a great film… I was shocked to learn it didn't get a Best Picture nom despite 6 other nominations and winninrg five of them! Instead they gave the BP noms to IVANHOE and MOULIN ROUGE, neither of which were better.

  11. Robin9

    Hoo- bloody -ray! I love Lana Turner but I'm really eager to watch in high definition ElaIne Stewart stick the knife in with that lethal speech "The picture's finished Georgia. You're business; I'm company. . . . Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you Georgia, I saw the picture . . . I thought you were swell"

    My favorite line from Elaine Stewart's character was what she said to Gaucho below:

    Gaucho: He's a great man (Jonathan).

    Lila: There ain't no great men, there's only men.

  12. Cranston37

    Do we know if a transfer made for a WA release was ever also used for it's digital release?

    The Blu-ray will be derived from a 2019 HD transfer from a 4K scan of the OCN which is not what my HD digital is derived from, it's why I expect a major improvement over what I viewed yesterday on iTunes.

  13. Worth

    It's hit and miss – sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

    I'm still looking for confirmation that iTunes has their HD digitals derived from the same transfers as the Warner Archive Blu-ray releases. I've seen it on previously released Warner Blu-ray titles. However, those Blu-rays weren't released from Warner Archive.

  14. Robert Crawford

    I'm still looking for confirmation that iTunes has their HD digitals derived from the same transfers as the Warner Archive Blu-ray releases. I've seen it on previously released Warner Blu-ray titles. However, those Blu-rays weren't released from Warner Archive.

    I can't say for certain, but some titles look to be from the same masters – Innocent Blood, Joe Versus the Volcano, Wolfen, Time After Time, The Man with Two Brains. But there are also many that clearly aren't – The Thing From Another World on iTunes is still the same poor, cropped version as before.

  15. No one's mentioned the great, modernistic score by David Raksin ("Laura"). It's the driving force of the movie.

    My favorite Elaine Stewart line is when she slinks out of Kirk Douglas's bedroom and confronts Lana Turner on the staircase: " By the way, Georgia, I saw the picture. You were swell."

  16. Baffling that the great Gloria Grahame won an Oscar for this film.
    Glad to see Elaine Stewart getting so much love. That ‘You’re business. I’m company.’ line is one of the great put downs in movies. And Turner’s devastation shows there were moments when she could act. Though she was always a star.

  17. roxy1927

    Baffling that the great Gloria Grahame won an Oscar for this film.

    Actually, it's not. Not that she gave a great performance although she's wonderful in the part. But 1952 was a banner year for Grahame. In addition to The Bad And The Beautiful, she gave stellar performances Sudden Fear, Greatest Show On Earth and Macao. I suspect that Grahame's Oscar was for her collective work in 1952 and she could have gotten nominated for any of those films but Bad And The Beautiful was the one.

  18. Thomas T

    Actually, it's not. Not that she gave a great performance although she's wonderful in the part. But 1952 was a banner year for Grahame. In addition to The Bad And The Beautiful, she gave stellar performances Sudden Fear, Greatest Show On Earth and Macao. I suspect that Grahame's Oscar was for her collective work in 1952 and she could have gotten nominated for any of those films but Bad And The Beautiful was the one.

    That's an interesting argument. I've always felt Gloria Grahame's performance in The Bad And The Beautiful was nothing special so I'm inclined to accept your theory.

  19. I think Gloria Grahame's southern accent was a little too thick for somebody from Virginia, but, perhaps that's just me as somebody that visited that state a number of times in my youth I have no problem with Gloria getting an Oscar that year, however, Jean Hagan was really good in "Singin' in the Rain".:)

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    I hate to throw away your business, but I have to be honest here…

    I don't know what is going on with Amazon and Warner Archive product.

    DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK is the latest example of stock issues. It was just released and Amazon is citing 2-3 week delay. Those delays usually turn into months. I am not confident if you order this from Amazon that you will actually receive it on release day.

  21. Ronald Epstein

    I hate to throw away your business, but I have to be honest here…

    I don't know what is going on with Amazon and Warner Archive product.

    Your refreshing honesty and consideration for your members is very much appreciated, Ron. Thank you.

  22. So, I am sitting here wondering if Amazon will actually deliver this title next week.

    I committed suicide by once again ordering from them knowing damn well they failed on the last 4 titles I ordered.

    Meanwhile, Deep Discount is running a 10% off sale. Problem is Deep Discount shipping sucks. It takes about a week for me to get anything from them.

    EDIT: Just saw BestBuy is selling for the same price with free shipping and a promise of 11/21 delivery. Think I will go that route.

  23. Ronald Epstein

    So, I am sitting here wondering if Amazon will actually deliver this title next week.

    I committed suicide by once again ordering from them knowing damn well they failed on the last 4 titles I ordered.

    Meanwhile, Deep Discount is running a 10% off sale. Problem is Deep Discount shipping sucks. It takes about a week for me to get anything from them.

    EDIT: Just saw BestBuy is selling for the same price with free shipping and a promise of 11/21 delivery. Think I will go that route.

    I pre-ordered mine from Target during their "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" sale. It shipped today.

  24. Ronald Epstein

    So, I am sitting here wondering if Amazon will actually deliver this title next week.

    I committed suicide by once again ordering from them knowing damn well they failed on the last 4 titles I ordered.

    Meanwhile, Deep Discount is running a 10% off sale. Problem is Deep Discount shipping sucks. It takes about a week for me to get anything from them.

    EDIT: Just saw BestBuy is selling for the same price with free shipping and a promise of 11/21 delivery. Think I will go that route.

    That's what I did, Ron. Best Buy hasn't let me down yet, unlike Amazon. I no longer purchase Warner Archive discs from them.

  25. My gamble paid off…

    I canceled my Amazon order a few days ago knowing their track record and ordered from Best Buy.

    My BestBuy order arrived a day early.

    Amazon? There is a 2-month wait for this title. Typical.

    I am never ordering an Archive title from Amazon again.

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    I just finished watching this film for the very first time.

    Incredible film. As much as I loved Lana Turner I always had a thing for Gloria Grahame. Interesting to see two actresses in small parts, first Madge Blake who would go on to play Aunt Harriet in BATMAN series. Next, Kathleen Freeman who would go on to act in many Jerry Lewis films. This was a sensational film. It's kind of crazy that it took so long for this to see a release based on its popularity.

    This goes without saying, but Warner did their usual exceptional job on the transfer. The print looks immaculate. I can't say I saw a single scratch or blemish. Warner continues to put out the best transfers of any of the other studios when it comes to classic releases.

  26. Ronald Epstein

    My gamble paid off…

    I canceled my Amazon order a few days ago knowing their track record and ordered from Best Buy.

    My BestBuy order arrived a day early.

    Amazon? There is a 2-month wait for this title. Typical.

    I am never ordering an Archive title from Amazon again.

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    I just finished watching this film for the very first time.

    Incredible film. As much as I loved Lana Turner I always had a thing for Gloria Grahame. Interesting to see two actresses in small parts, first Madge Blake who would go on to play Aunt Harriet in BATMAN series. Next, Kathleen Freeman who would go on to act in many Jerry Lewis films. This was a sensational film. It's kind of crazy that it took so long for this to see a release based on its popularity.

    This goes without saying, but Warner did their usual exceptional job on the transfer. The print looks immaculate. I can't say I saw a single scratch or blemish. Warner continues to put out the best transfers of any of the other studios when it comes to classic releases.

    There were better looking actresses than Gloria Grahame, but, very few of them were as sexy. Not only that, she was a damn good actress.

  27. dpippel

    I've ALWAYS had a crush on Gloria Grahame.

    Ever since I was about 12 years old watching her in "The Big Heat" and "The Greatest Show on Earth".

    Oops, I forgot that scene in "It's a Wonderful Life" in which the boys got a eye full of her walking down the street in that dress.

  28. RICK BOND

    Where are the December release titles ??? They usually announce titles by this time. Tomorrow is the 20th of November. ?

    Well, it's not exactly a guarantee that they'll have any December announcements. Prior to last year, they hadn't released anything new in December (just re-releases at most) for quite a while. Without asking them directly, we don't know whether they have anything to announce. If they do, though, I would expect them to do so sometime this week, so we have a few more days (assuming I'm right about that).

  29. RICK BOND

    Where are the December release titles ??? They usually announce titles by this time. Tomorrow is the 20th of November. ?

    While I can't say so for sure, I don't think there will be any December announcements. I was just looking at the WAC pre-order page on WBshop, and I saw that they have added all the Teen Titans releases (complete series, individual seasons 2-5 and Trouble In Tokyo) plus one MOD DVD, all slated for release on December 3. It seems to me like pre-orders for the next month rarely go up before they make any announcements, so at this point I don't hold much hope for any new announcements for December. I *hope* I'm wrong, but that's how it looks to me currently.

  30. Astairefan

    Well, it's not exactly a guarantee that they'll have any December announcements. Prior to last year, they hadn't released anything new in December (just re-releases at most) for quite a while. Without asking them directly, we don't know whether they have anything to announce. If they do, though, I would expect them to do so sometime this week, so we have a few more days (assuming I'm right about that).

    Last December 2018 was one of the Best WBArchive months for me. The Sea Hawk, Popeye vol.1 and Horror of Dracula ! I was hoping for The Curse of Frankenstein for this December. ?? : ( ??

  31. RICK BOND

    Where are the December release titles ??? They usually announce titles by this time. Tomorrow is the 20th of November. ?

    Been asking myself the same question.

    We get no advanced notice, sadly.

    I do check their Facebook page regularly hour-by-hour and report back.

    Maybe today.

  32. Ronald Epstein

    Been asking myself the same question.

    We get no advanced notice, sadly.

    I do check their Facebook page regularly hour-by-hour and report back.

    Maybe today.

    I read on another site that last year was the first year they did Dec releases, & that the announcement was on Nov 20-21 (I assume that's right, I can never remember), so maybe today or a wait 'till next month.

  33. I saw this for the first time today, and REALLY enjoyed the film. What great cinema! Douglas and Turner are fantastic, and while Gloria Grahame was quite good in her limited role, I just don't see the Oscar in her performance. She's done better work IMO. But that's picking nits, because I love her. 🙂 The transfer, as many have said, is absolutely luminous! A gorgeous black and white production that I'm happy to have in my library.

  34. dpippel

    I saw this for the first time today, and REALLY enjoyed the film. What great cinema! Douglas and Turner are fantastic, and while Gloria Grahame was quite good in her limited role, I just don't see the Oscar in her performance. She's done better work IMO. But that's picking nits, because I love her. 🙂 The transfer, as many have said, is absolutely luminous! A gorgeous black and white production that I'm happy to have in my library.

    Yeah, we've discussed this before. 1952 was the year of Grahame as she played important roles in not only this but also Sudden Fear, Macao, and The Greatest Show on Earth. It was likely the combination of ALL of her 1952 work that brought her this honor. I agree that I would not have given her the award strictly for her work in The Bad and the Beautiful. But the Oscars often work this way.

  35. My copy arrived from Amazon today, only 2 days after the release date! I just finished watching the feature, and I will likely watch it again tomorrow. I did think it looked ok on DVD, but this Blu-ray is astonishing. Gorgeous, velvety Black and White, immaculately presented with equally excellent sound. Warner Archives have hit another bullseye with this one.

  36. I watched my Blu-ray of this tonight, and it was simply awesome to see it in beautifully pristine condition. The black and white cinematography simply shimmers in some scenes, and the movie is just superb in every respect.

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