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61  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: NEW DIRECTORS CUT on: December 26, 2017, 11:06:52 AM
I think it definitely adds something in the two places I mentioned above (reply #782)
62  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: La resa dei conti aka The Big Gundown (1966) on: December 26, 2017, 11:05:53 AM
I also read earlier in this thread about the "cane field" scenes not being included in some previous versions. Its in the U.S. version i saw.

It's not that the "cane fields" sequence isn't included, it's that it is cut in the US version and at one point quite egregiously at that (where you see the camera rise out of the close-up of Milian to see the pursuers in the fields behind him)

Its full of goodies. I got mine from Amazon...

I opted for the German BD because I wanted to watch the Italian cut with English audio (reverting to Italian where no English dub was made) to hear Lee Van Cleef's voice. Tomas Milian is dubbed in both Italian and English.

I did miss some of the goodies in the US BD, although the Sollima interview on the German one is nice. Is the info about the cuts made by Columbia on the US release informative? I've always wanted to read that.
63  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: NEW DIRECTORS CUT on: December 21, 2017, 10:45:45 AM
Yes - BD is the way to go (come on Cusser you need to get with the times here  Wink )

The most "extended" cut available for home viewing is the one you've listed here. There are still some more scenes but they have not been released for home viewing - apparently the source material needed a lot more extra work. Hopefully one day, we will get to see that too. You should go back and read some earlier posts on this thread in that regard.
64  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) on: December 19, 2017, 08:57:36 AM
I'm definitely interested in seeing this one. It will be interesting to see how Zahler's craft has developed since "Bone Tomahawk".
65  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: December 17, 2017, 06:51:34 PM

But the colors are still all there.

Someone's posted a comparison here:

However, as a SWDB member pointed out, the French DVD still seems to hold its own:
66  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Awards Season (for 2017 movies) on: December 14, 2017, 09:00:43 AM
@Novecento: Baby Driver deserves way more nominations than it got but Ansel Elgort shouldn't be nominated. By the way, I may have Alzheimer but I don't remember reading your review of the movie.

Yes it does deserve way more nominations - but, like I always say, these whole award things aren't really to be taken in the slightest bit seriously anyway. Regarding a review, like I said on the relevant thread, these two sentences in the NY Times review pretty much nail it:

There’s much to enjoy in “Baby Driver,” including the satisfactions of genuine cinematic craft and technique, qualities that moviegoers can no longer take for granted...

... “Baby Driver” is so good that you want it to be better and go deeper, for it to put down its guns (or at least hold them differently) and transcend its clichés and cine-quotes so it can rocket out of the genre safe box into the cosmic beyond where craft and technique transform into art. That’s admittedly somewhat of a greedy complaint, particularly given how much Mr. Wright does right and that he clearly wants you levitating out of your seat.

Until I see it again, I'm happy to keep quoting that  Smiley
67  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968) on: December 13, 2017, 12:16:16 PM
I don't know if it has already been mentioned in this thread, but Film Movement is gonna release the 2k restoration sometime next year. Its still hard to find this in the United States until then...

Here's the report:

How do you know they won't be using the recent 4k remastering for the Blu-ray? (I know a BD is not 4k but the resolution of the remastering itself can affect the end product as it appears on the BD)
68  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on: December 12, 2017, 07:39:47 AM
I'm carrying the LoA torch in his absence  Wink

I suppose LoA is the one British film in my book that could rival "The Third Man" for the top spot. However, since they are so different, it doesn't really make any sense comparing them.

link his blog to this

He's a good writer.
69  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2018 Awards Season (for 2017 movies) on: December 12, 2017, 07:32:36 AM
I've only seen Dunkirk and Baby Driver (which seems to have been largely ignored). I really enjoyed both.
70  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Orson Welles on: December 10, 2017, 05:17:43 AM
I remember reading a rumor somewhere that Orson Welles had played a hand in directing, but this was debunked. I personally think it is not just Carol Reed's best film (out of the ones I've seen) but also one of the best, if not the best, British film ever made
71  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re: Danny Aiello on: December 04, 2017, 01:09:48 PM
... of course the greatest Danny Aiello character in Do the right thing...

I am embarrassed to admit that apart from occasional snippets on TV, I had never seen "Do the Right Thing" until this weekend. I now see just why it is so famous - and deservedly so, I might add. A lot of people have quite rightly praised it for its powerful content, but technically this really stood-out as well in terms of style. The great camera angles and editing are all the more surprising given that Barry Brown, the editor, was so inexperienced at the time and Spike Lee was still relatively unknown.
72  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: John Ford on: December 04, 2017, 08:36:45 AM
I think you can appreciate the artistry in something and as a result respect it without actually enjoying it that much beyond the pleasure of seeing something masterful (however boring it might otherwise be to you)
73  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso aka Cinema Paradiso (1988) on: December 04, 2017, 08:31:12 AM
I liked it, score reminded me of Once/America.

I think Tornatore has a very similar style of filming to Leone - both in terms of pure visuals and also how they integrate Morricone's music. Although their films are different in content, Tornatore really seems to me to have taken up Leone's mantle. I think this is most particularly the case with my favorite Tornatore film "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean" (starring Tim Roth as "Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon Novecento") where the back and forth between the dueling pianos evokes a protracted Leone style duel although now the protagonists are actually playing the music themselves.
74  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Best Offer - Giuseppe Tornatore (2013) on: November 28, 2017, 10:24:44 AM
Only because they haven't taken the time to see enough of his poorly distributed masterworks in their original non-butchered forms.

Here's looking at all of you on the SLWB  Tongue (I think  Huh)
75  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Best Offer - Giuseppe Tornatore (2013) on: November 27, 2017, 10:42:26 AM
Nice to see Tornatore getting some well-deserved respect over at Cinema Retro:

Did I ever mention that Giuesppe Tornatore is hands-down the best living director....
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