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 : Today at 09:15:07 AM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
I Am Waiting (1957) - 6/10. Nikkatsu noir. A Yokohama cafe owner searches for his missing brother. I heard Eddie Muller in a podcast say good things about this film, so I had to try it. It's pretty much just a Japanese imitation of American crime films of the period, though. Nothing special.

Straight Time (1978) - 8/10. Dustin Hoffman violates his parole in order to rob banks with Harry Dean Stanton. Hey, Harry is a stand-up guy, why not? Great cast in addition to HDS: Theresa Russell, Gary Busey, M. Emmet Walsh, Kathy Bates, even an appearance by Eddie Bunker (who wrote the novel on which the movie is based). The only thing that doesn't really play is Dusty trying to throw his weight around. Who would credit that midget with being a heavy? Still, probably the greatest exploration of an ex-con's relationship with his parole officer. The new blu looks very good, in fact, probably better than the way the film looked in cinemas back in the day.

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 : Today at 12:44:53 AM 
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 : Yesterday at 11:52:05 PM 
cigar joe - uncknown
I just watched the new Arrow bluray which has the church scene that is missing in some versions.

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 : Yesterday at 07:41:17 AM 
cigar joe - dave jenkins
I watched the Kino bluray last night. I think the transfer could be improved with a 4K scan. I also skimmed through the McCabe bluray, and it was the better transfer by quite a bit (a 4K scan). I'm assuming that the flashing technique would effect McCabe more since the interiors are generally very dark.

The Long Goodbye somehow gets better with every view and if it's not in my unofficial top 10 all time, it's right there. I have no issue buying it for a third time if the transfer takes a noticeable bump. Then I'd buy it again in the future if there's a good UHD release whenever I buy a PS5 (which has a 4K bluray player).
I bought it twice on LD, and have two blu-ray editions (I can't remember if I ever had it on DVD), but I would buy it again if there really is an improvement in the image. Yeah, it's one of the truly great films.

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 : Yesterday at 12:29:41 AM 
cigar joe - T.H.
I watched the Kino bluray last night. I think the transfer could be improved with a 4K scan. I also skimmed through the McCabe bluray, and it was the better transfer by quite a bit (a 4K scan). I'm assuming that the flashing technique would effect McCabe more since the interiors are generally very dark.

The Long Goodbye somehow gets better with every view and if it's not in my unofficial top 10 all time, it's right there. I have no issue buying it for a third time if the transfer takes a noticeable bump. Then I'd buy it again in the future if there's a good UHD release whenever I buy a PS5 (which has a 4K bluray player).

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 : September 23, 2021, 12:28:23 PM 
cigar joe - stanton
Stanton isn't always great.

Why not always?

Let's make a compromise: mostly

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 : September 23, 2021, 08:50:33 AM 
Leone Admirer - dave jenkins
In da house, and spinning! Looks fabulous.

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 : September 23, 2021, 08:09:54 AM 
cigar joe - noodles_leone
Stanton isn't always great. His famous cuts are.

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 : September 23, 2021, 05:30:36 AM 
cigar joe - stanton
Sorry, Don't know WTF you mean.

He means Stanton is always great, whatever he says or does or wherever you meet him or a shadow of him ...

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 : September 23, 2021, 05:27:04 AM 
HEX - stanton
Looking at the figures I have from the USA, they were not that big a success as many believe in the states either. They sold well, especially for foreign films, but several US westerns had a much bigger draw. Amongst them of course The Professionals. Or Little big Man, or True Grit and especially Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

I also think the British James Bond made much, much more money in the USA.

And Eastwood's most successful western was ... sigh ... Paint Your Wagon. No wonder they lost the Vietnam war ...


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