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1  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 16, 2017, 02:31:31 PM
I think we should start calling it the "English language version' (ELV) instead of "International cut"
2  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 10, 2017, 02:22:12 PM
Thanks for the technical info - very interesting Afro

One of the reasons films went from being PROJECTED in 2:35 to 2:39 was to hide the splice marks.
2:39 isn't wider, it's a bit narrower so it hides the splices.
brm
3  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 10, 2017, 02:16:05 PM
".......scene in RESERVOIR DOGS:  When I first saw it in 1992 I was puzzled be a shot that cut off a head (Keitel's?) - although speaking dialogue - in the restaurant scene. I am not sure whether this was deliberate, maybe an homage to PIERROT LE FOU (TechniScope) where such a shot appears in the first 10 minutes, or whether it was due to SUPER 35 (bad framing)...."

Funny you should mention that scene!!
I was at a video store when that film came out  and I got into a big argument with the owner, also a film buff and aspiring director, about my preference for the full-frame version>
I kept yelling "his head is cut of, his head is cut off'.
He thought the framing was "great"!

go figger
4  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 05, 2017, 02:37:03 PM
TECHNISCOPE frame is locked in.
Super 35 allows flexibility. When you shoot S35 you are exposing the ENTIRE film frame (Techniscope uses 1/2).
SO, theoreticall the aspect ration can be 1;33, 1;85, 2:35.
When these films were originally released on dvd or shown on tv they usually went out full-frame; so, you actually see considerably MORE in that version than in the theatrical one.

Techniscope films , on the other hand, have to be panned and scanned when transferred to home video. This is one reason people like Scorcese started using Super 35;  he hated seeing his Panavision framing cropped.
5  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 27, 2017, 09:00:08 PM
The majority of the Spags which were shot in a 2,35:1 aspect ratio used Techniscope. It was the usual thing back then in Italy.

But I've read that the picture quality was less good. I think otherwise everybody should have used it the 60s and 70s.

IIRC AMERICAN GRAFITTI wa the last to us this process, in the US at least

6  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 27, 2017, 08:58:38 PM
When I decided to make films 20 years ago, out of my 1200 books on film about five volumes became my "bibles". His book was included of course Smiley.

Making films & the choice of lenses are always tied together of course. Funny, starting with my work on the German TWO-LANE BLACKTOP Blu-ray,
I come across the "TechniScope-theme" every week now. For instance I just watched (my usual) dose of HAMMER-films and had almost forgotten that
some had been filmed in TechniScope as well (the process was linked to Technicolor Europe). Of course they had VERY limited budgets and possibilities,
and you also find some shots that could not have been filmed with anamorphic lenses, but one really has to look out for TechniScope there while
Leone's films are really a powerful demonstration of what was possible when using the process...

Well, Super 35 replaced it and is superior because it has a larger negative capture and is ten percent wider.
I hate it and Techniscope. Very few directors know how to frame in this "narrow screen" format.
Shoot either spherical or anamorphic, dammitt!

bruce marshall
7  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: July 27, 2017, 08:54:00 PM
When UA was preparing the cut-down version of the film Leone reportedly was involved in editing decisions.
According to SL, he preferred that whole scenes be excised rather than a lot of short bits.

If this is the case, one can't but wish that the LVC scene at the fort had been retained and the entertaining but not plot advancing EW gun shop scene had been excised.

IT's not that I don't like that scene but If I had to cut down the film to 2 hrs. and forty minutes it would seem to be the logical choice . I believe the British distributors cut it ou to make the film even shorter!
Bruce Marshall
8  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (2016) on: April 27, 2017, 09:01:34 PM
I literally never saw it coming: I was busy making out in the back corner of the theater   Evil

with a human being? Evil Evil Evil
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Hateful Eight (2015) on: April 27, 2017, 08:40:24 PM
Cheers noodles  Afro

i'm starting to like this Spikeopath guy! Afro
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (2016) on: April 27, 2017, 08:36:20 PM
D & D was completely surprised when Ethan Hawke's character returned at the end.
"I never saw that coming!" he reportedly yelled out loud Azn
11  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (2016) on: April 27, 2017, 08:34:02 PM
I don't think I'll be bothering with this in the near future.

id...id... idi... Azn
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (2016) on: April 27, 2017, 08:32:14 PM
They achieved what they set out to do, to make a blunderbuss Oater for the modern era to sample, and they have done it with much love, much cool and lashings of technical greatness. Add in a cast clearly enjoying themselves and not letting anyone down, and it's a tasty plate of beans.

"Fuqua updates things by having his seven as a row of differing ethnicity's, which works a treat, and crucially he and his writers are respectful of those characterisations, even if a bit more fleshing out wouldn't have gone amiss. Yet nothing is at a cost to honouring the great Westerns of old. Beautiful landscapes envelope the players, the musical score bouncing around man and nature with homaged sweetness. There's closeups, silhouetted slices of panache, superb stunt work (man and beast), glorious set design, and then there's the action. The fight sequences are excellently constructed, a feast for the eyes and ears, death and slaughter unfurled in brutal but hunger appeasing strokes. There's comic relief about the place, and while much of the dialogue wouldn't have the great poets of yore troubled, there is deepness to be found. Intelligence, too, the addition of PTSD to one of the main players is a notable piece of worth, while how wonderful to find a Western lady character of great substance (Bennett excellent), so good in fact she could have been one of the seven!

It's a bare bones story, with a pointless motive revelation tagged on for the finale, while some anachronisms will irritate those bothered by such. But if you are able to judge it on its own terms, as a Western entertainment for this era, and to accept it isn't trying to outdo the source of its inspiration, then a good time can readily be had. 8/10"



can't really add much to that.
Its a Western made by people who love westerns for movie goers who love westerns
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bruce marshall
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (2016) on: April 27, 2017, 08:28:42 PM
DENZEL:

GLORY
CRIMSON TIDE
FLIGHT
INSIDE MAN....

nah , no good movies Lips Sealed

ad MAG 7 to that last of "no good" movies Azn
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Magnificent Seven (2016) on: April 27, 2017, 08:27:04 PM
It all looks too green and too PC don't ya think?

Probably got one black man, one asian, one woman, one hispanic, one white man, one transgender, one gay.  Afro Afro Afro

My thoughts at first but...

this is the rare exception where multi-cultural casting absolutely works!
 Smiley
15  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: "The Story Of A Soldier" on: March 11, 2017, 02:32:16 PM
The lyrics are printed in the GDM version of the expanded cd
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