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 : November 16, 2018, 10:22:55 PM 
drinkanddestroy - kjrwe
It's quite a SCARY noir! It definitely has a horror feel to it.

Highly recommended.

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 : November 16, 2018, 10:21:49 PM 
kjrwe - kjrwe
I've read some stuff by Jefferson Farjeon, including a novel where some guy who lives alone decides to go on a holiday. In some public place away from home, he overhears some complete stranger talking to an operator on the phone, asking to be connected to this guy's house! What's even more surprising is that the person on the phone actually talks to someone when connected. Obviously the main character decides to investigate what's going on. Was his home broken into? (Sorry, I forget the title of this novel.)

One of his stories was adapted for the big screen as the 1933 film "The Ghost Camera". I'm quite sure I reviewed it on this thread. It's the one where a fellow realizes that he's come home from holidays with a camera not his own. He decides to develop the negatives. One of the pics shows a man murdering someone! The main character decides to solve this mystery. He starts out by finding the young woman in one of the pics, and with her help & the help of other pictures, they decide to solve the mystery (her brother is tangled up in the mess somehow). It's a fun movie, worth a look.

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 : November 16, 2018, 10:14:59 PM 
cigar joe - kjrwe
The note was on his person, in his pocket or something.

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 : November 16, 2018, 04:21:33 PM 
drinkanddestroy - cigar joe
I get a "This video is unavailable" message for both links.

Yea me too. What's up? I checked Follow Me Quietly same deal. However Muller's into comments for The Sniper works fine.

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 : November 16, 2018, 04:10:49 PM 
The Smoker - cigar joe
Rewatched on Kanopy, a good print but the story was still a mess. 6/10

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 : November 16, 2018, 03:28:28 PM 
mike siegel - mike siegel
3 discs! So, the Japanese set is the best version to own?

I will take a look into it on Sunday and will comment on your question :).


:Novecento: No,no and no (again :) ). Of course Peckinpah tried to get a certain look in post-production, and CROSS could have
used a little color grading here and there - now that it's possible, but the BD-look is just impossible. The images are all flat, no debth, nothing...
I understand why some like the new look, it certainly has its kind of atmosphere, but the loss of contrast and depth is just terrible.
Anyway. We might play around with it next year. I saw a test which could result in a great-looking compromise...

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 : November 16, 2018, 10:27:42 AM 
mike siegel - dave jenkins
That's why I included a scan of my 35mm print on the (new) German BD and the deluxe Japanese (3 BD - disc!) Blu-ray, so that people can see how the film looked back in 1977...
3 discs! So, the Japanese set is the best version to own?

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 : November 16, 2018, 10:16:01 AM 
PowerRR - dave jenkins
Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) 7/10. Olmi adapts Joseph Roth. In Paris, a homeless man (Rutger Hauer) is given 200 Francs and told to use it as he sees fit. The man is proud and insists he can take the money only if it is considered a loan. His benefactor says, Fine, if you want to pay it back, take it to the statue of St. Theresa in such-and-such a church and offer it to her. The man is determined to make good, but people and circumstances interfere (he likes women, he drinks, you get the picture). Nonetheless, every time he fails he is (miraculously?) granted another chance.  Beautifully filmed at several great locations (including Fontainebleau), the Blu-ray transfer (overseen by James White) of the restored film is immaculate.

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 : November 16, 2018, 08:53:45 AM 
noodles_leone - Novecento
To be a very good bad movie it should have disposed completely of dialogues and let the action run...

Yeh - good point and it might then have had a point to make too.

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 : November 16, 2018, 08:51:54 AM 
mike siegel - Novecento
Usually I would agree, but in this case it worked pretty well IMO. Not saying you're wrong since you have the 35mm print to show, but just that I liked the color scheme.

I remember there was some good input by someone over on Blu-ray.com regarding the attempt to get a desaturated look:

https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=166097&page=5

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