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« #15 : October 31, 2012, 06:46:09 AM »

The November sale started yesterday (and goes until Nov. 19). I ran down to my local and picked up Blu's of Les Visiteurs du Soir, In the Mood For Love, and Sunday Bloody Sunday. Next week the Rashomon blu comes out, and in 2 weeks it'll be time for Godard's Weekend. Then, on the 20th, Heaven's Gate. It'll be outside the sale period, but you can get the sale price if you pre-order it online (You can also get the discount for Purple Noon by preordering). I hate Heaven's Gate, but it's like only the third Western in the Collection, so I'm buying it. Maybe the secret to enjoying the film is to skip the Harvard Graduation sequence at the beginning.........



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« #16 : October 31, 2012, 04:41:47 PM »

I blind bought the BD of Lola Montes at the last Criterion 50% off sale. Didn't like it as much as I thought I would :(
Coulda told ya.



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« #17 : July 09, 2013, 01:09:50 PM »

Summer 2013 Sale started today. It goes, I believe, until the end of the month. I went out today and got my copy of Shoah. O0



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« #18 : July 09, 2013, 07:05:17 PM »

why the hell does B&N list Criterion's Stagecoach as being widescreen http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-stagecoach-claire-trevor/3624601?ean=715515052511

and Ace in the Hole as being Pan-and-Scan http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-ace-in-the-hole-kirk-douglas/3853166?ean=715515024723

? Clearly, neither is accurate.....


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« #19 : July 10, 2013, 10:49:41 AM »

Summer 2013 Sale started today. It goes, I believe, until the end of the month.
Actually, just until the 29th.



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« #20 : July 14, 2013, 05:59:35 PM »

"Ministry of Fear" for 15 bucks!!

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« #21 : July 15, 2013, 01:08:35 AM »

"Ministry of Fear" for 15 bucks!!

10 too much ... ;)


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« #22 : July 17, 2013, 05:14:34 PM »

Well it might not be "The Third Man", but it's still a great film noir with some very stylish shots. In fact, I'd venture to say that the scene towards the end with the light going off, the door opening and closing and the gunshot in the dark is one of the best film noir scenes of all time.

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« #23 : July 17, 2013, 05:32:09 PM »

Well it might not be "The Third Man", but it's still a great film noir with some very stylish shots. In fact, I'd venture to say that the scene towards the end with the light going off, the door opening and closing and the gunshot in the dark is one of the best film noir scenes of all time.
It's a clever scene. But one scene does not a successful movie make. Still, I'd pay $15 for the Blu: I spent more than that on it at the time of its release.



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« #24 : July 18, 2013, 01:31:59 AM »

Oops, I just realised that I meant Hangmen Also Die, while actually I have never seen Ministry of Fear. One I would like to see, even if I'm generally not that interested in Lang's films.
Hmm, but I wouldn't pay more than 5 bucks for it.

Strangely there are comparatively rarely Lang films on German TV. I was able to watch nearly every Hitchcock on TV (e.g.in the 80s within a few years), but there are many Lang films which are not easy to get here.


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« #25 : July 18, 2013, 11:32:36 AM »

I'd say Hangman is better than Ministry. I guess I have to concede that M is Lang's best film, although I find Scarlet Street much more diverting. Metropolis is insufferable. If all of Lang's films disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow, I would probably only yawn.



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« #26 : July 18, 2013, 12:30:12 PM »

Actually M is one of the first films which spring to my mind If I think of overrated classics.

Watched recently for the first time Dr Mabuse (1921), which is often antiquated despite some strong scenes, and Spione (1928), which is great fun. Spione is a clear forerunner of the Bond films. It contains nearly everything which made the Bonds so popular.

It was also again interesting to see how much filmmaking had developed within a few years.


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« #27 : July 18, 2013, 01:22:47 PM »

If all of Lang's films disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow, I would probably only yawn.

The Big Heat, Human Desire, and The Woman in the Window are each at least a 9/10 for me. Scarlet Street is an 8/10 (and I saw an awfully beat-up dvd; I know there is a good dvd and blu ray out there, and maybe I'd rate it higher if I saw that). I haven't seen M or Metropolis, but IMO Lang made some damn fine movies.


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« #28 : July 19, 2013, 09:36:29 AM »

Watched recently for the first time Dr Mabuse (1921), which is often antiquated despite some strong scenes, and Spione (1928), which is great fun.
I'd forgotten about the Mabuse films. I haven't seen The Gambler, but I do like the second film a lot. (I haven't seen the last one either, but I take it that it isn't so great). Scarlet Street and Human Desire are both remakes, so everything in those having to do with plot must be credited to the original creators, not Lang. Except for Lee Marvin, nothing in The Big Heat does anything for me.



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« #29 : July 19, 2013, 09:49:38 AM »

Summer 2013 Tally (so far):

Shoah
Pina
Marketa Lazarova
On The Waterfront
Richard III (upgrade)
Metropolitan (upgrade)
Naked Lunch (upgrade)

All blu's, natch.



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