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Off-Topic Discussion / A Hidden Life (2019)
« on: February 07, 2020, 11:42:14 AM »

Sergio Leone News / Il Mandaloriano (trailer)
« on: January 07, 2020, 12:27:08 PM »
I could not stop laughing:

Sergio Leone now, tomorrow, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, and always.

Off-Topic Discussion / No Time to Die (2020)
« on: December 04, 2019, 12:15:02 PM »
I hated the last two, but I'll give this one a try:

Off-Topic Discussion / Charlie Varrick (1973)
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:29:50 AM »
Tops in PQ:

The release is sourced from an exclusive new 4K remaster that offers a much needed upgrade in quality over the old master that Indicator/Powerhouse Films used to prepare this Region-B release in 2018. The difference in quality is substantial and the improvements can be observed in all major areas that we typically scrutinize in our reviews. For example, the new remaster eliminates all of the distracting sharpening and smearing that the the old master struggles with. As a result, close-ups and panoramic shots now convey all sorts of different organic nuances. Background detail is also improved, and the daylight footage in particular boasts excellent depth. Grain exposure is vastly superior as well. The improvement has an impact on depth, delineation, and fluidity. In fact, if you wish to understand just how important organic fluidity is for the overall strength on a proper remaster, compare how smoothly the visuals flow on the new remaster with the movement of the blocky and smeary visuals on the old master -- it is almost as if most of the time the old master produces images that are stuttering, which makes viewing it on a larger screen quite the annoying experience. The color grading is very good. The primaries are healthy and very nicely saturated, and as you can see from the screencaptures that we have provided with our review the entire film now has much better ranges of organic nuances. Image stability is excellent, though I should mention that there are a few areas with obvious density fluctuations and a couple look slightly dated. However, these are not newly introduced 'issues'; they are part of the original cinematography
I've been happy with my German import, but after reading that I may just have to get this new one.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
« on: October 18, 2019, 09:43:52 AM »
Coming in December:
The Bad and the Beautiful

Synopsis: 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.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
Feature Length Documentary "Lana Turner...A Daughter's Memoir"
Scoring Session Music Cues
Theatrical Trailer (HD)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

Off-Topic Discussion / 1917 (2019)
« on: October 08, 2019, 12:53:24 PM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Fuller at Fox: Five Films, 1951-1957
« on: August 08, 2019, 09:54:30 AM »

Off-Topic Discussion / Rutger Hauer (1944-2019)
« on: July 24, 2019, 11:00:32 AM »
Dead at 75 is too early.

Off-Topic Discussion / The Return of Martin Guerre (1981)
« on: July 06, 2019, 06:11:45 AM »
One of my favorite 80s films comes to blu at last (and a 4K resto). I can finally retire my Criterion laser disc!

Off-Topic Discussion / One Second (20??)
« on: May 11, 2019, 10:52:32 AM »
Will we ever get to see Zhang Yimou's masterpiece uncensored?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Tarantino Speaks
« on: April 26, 2019, 04:43:13 AM »
In his "foreword" (really just a long tape-recorded ramble) to Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece, QT takes the opportunity to talk about his favorite film, GBU. He eventually gets to OUATITW, but I find his comments below quite interesting. I have returned Tarantino's spellings to American ones, and cut some of the repetition.

I love [GBU] more than [OUATITW] because I think it’s funnier and a little less self-satisfied with its own masterpieceness. It has been my favorite since I was a little kid because I saw it when I was crazy young and loved it. That’s never changed . . . GBU is my favorite movie and my favorite line in all movies is: “There are two kinds of people in the world. . . those with loaded guns and those who dig.” That movie is consistently witty, but with a certain kind of wit, a certain sense of humor. That is, this weird mythic macho gallows sense of humor that runs throughout the whole thing. It is just so funny. Almost whenever they open their mouths, you hear some of the funniest lines I have heard in my life. To think that it was written in Italian and then we hear the translated version and it is still that funny—it just blows me away. . . . And the cinematic set pieces and the orchestration of music with the images. Obviously those things. I think it’s a combination of those with the fact that . . . I remember even feeling this from the point when I was a little boy watching it . . . the characters are so disreputable. The fact that Eastwood being called The Good is ironic. The whole world he created, there’s something really special about it.

The characters are so disreputable and you follow this really weird rag-tag adventure with them where they’re tossed from one situation to another. That really shouldn’t be as compelling as it is, nor should they be as compelling as they are. But they are. Wherever they get tossed you go with them to that place. It never seems disjointed. It never seems like it’s a bunch of vignettes strung together. You truly go on an adventure and it never proclaims itself as an adventure, other than they’re looking for the gold. We want these characters to have a bond—especially Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach. It kills us that they don’t. So we emotionally supply the bond, which is one of the reasons why we have a rooting interest in the movie. We emotionally supply the bond that the characters on screen obviously don’t have because we are now bonded with them. We care about them. . .

To me one of the most weird things in the history of cinema is, after going through this incredible journey in GBU, we have fallen in love with Eastwood and Wallach. . . but they still screw each other over. You actually think that the Man With No Name might just hang Tuco at the end of the movie and it is so crushing you are thinking, “Can’t you guys just feel something of the way that we feel toward you?” No one else would do a three-hour epic where there really is no bond between these guys no matter what they have been through. There’s a beauty in that. They’ve gone through so much together. You love them. You can’t believe one would betray the other in that way. But then you also know that Tuco would have done the same thing to him in two seconds, if not worse . . . Probably worse. But the thing is you go through this adventure with them and then you have this emotional commitment that you add to it. Then after this whole rag-tag adventure, it ends up at that shootout. Which by the way, he shot the showdown in the bullring as if the looking for the grave scene, the “ecstasy of gold” wouldn’t be enough. As if the Civil War scene wouldn’t be enough. He goes to that bullring and I think the greatest piece of music  ever written for a movie is matched with the greatest scene ever shot. I mean, really.
Nothing profound here, but QT has obviously spent a lot of time thinking about the movie, and he probably expresses the sentiments of many. I like the fact that he has a glimmer of understanding of what GBU 2: Tuco's Revenge would be like. An unstoppable force like Tuco would certainly come after his "friend-o" for the money he stole. It's all Tuco's money, and he can't stop until he gets it all back.

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