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« Reply #1290 on: January 18, 2015, 01:48:24 AM »

Just saw THIEVES' HIGHWAY (dvd) I didn't like it. 5.5/10

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« Reply #1291 on: January 23, 2015, 01:21:08 PM »


Yeah, baby!  Afro
In da house!

Haven't had a chance to view it yet, but Beaver has: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film5/blu-ray_reviews_65/the_bride_wore_black_blu-ray.htm

Some really nice extras. Getting Steven Smith (Herrmann's biographer) on the audio commentary is a definite coup. The extra CD with the 79 min. vintage interview with Herrmann is also choice.

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« Reply #1292 on: February 17, 2015, 06:05:09 AM »

Get a load of these caps!  Shocked http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film5/blu-ray_reviews_66/ride_the_pink_horse_blu-ray.htm

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« Reply #1293 on: February 17, 2015, 04:18:33 PM »

cool  Afro

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« Reply #1294 on: February 19, 2015, 11:20:38 AM »

Not sure it's a noir, but . . . http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film5/blu-ray_reviews_66/deadline_usa_blu-ray.htm

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« Reply #1295 on: February 26, 2015, 06:10:19 AM »

PQ 4.5/5: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Ride-the-Pink-Horse-Blu-ray/119377/#Review

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« Reply #1296 on: March 03, 2015, 11:51:41 AM »

Lots and lots and lots of spoilers: http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4742pink.html

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« Reply #1297 on: March 10, 2015, 09:38:29 PM »

 Grin

I see there is an old thread (last post in 2006) called Favorite Noirs http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3877.0

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« Reply #1298 on: March 11, 2015, 09:24:50 AM »

Night Has a Thousand Eyes! http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00TASMD44/ref=nosim?tag=dvdbeaver0c-21&link_code=as2&creativeASIN=B00TASMD44&creative=374929&camp=211189 Terrific Woolrich adaptation. Gonna have to get this.

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« Reply #1299 on: March 17, 2015, 10:34:05 AM »

In da house!

Can't watch it today, though: I'm headed for a 3-film Noah Baumbach marathon at Lincoln Center. Maybe tomorrow . . .

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« Reply #1300 on: March 18, 2015, 10:02:42 AM »

The Big Clock (1948) Dir John Farrow, with Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, George Macready, Rita Johnson, Harry Morgan, and Elsa Lanchester an unlikely cast for sure.  Great Noir and funny to boot. Looks like it was all shot in the studio not very many location shots 9/10.
Just saw this on TCM. I give it an 8/10

It is indeed funny, and a clever story. The opening framing device/narration is absolutely useless. And I didn't love Laughton here, trying a half-assed American accent; he should stick to his normal accent.
But this is a very good and funny movie  Afro

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at the end, when Laughton falls down the elevator shaft, I guess they couldn't find a fat stuntman like Laughton; the stuntman who takes the fall looks so different than Laughton, it made me laugh all over again  Grin

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« Reply #1301 on: March 19, 2015, 10:49:26 AM »

This has been blu-ed 3 times lately; the first 2 times there were issues; looks like 3rd time's a charm: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Lady-from-Shanghai-Blu-ray/122609/#Review

PQ 4.5/5:
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This new Mill Creek release is sourced off the same 4K restoration handled by Grover Crisp and his ace team at Sony that served as the basis for both the first TCM Release, encoded via VC-1 at fairly anemic bitrates, as well as a later TCM reissue, encoded with AVC at signficantly higher bitrates. With just the feature taking up real estate on this single layer BD, bitrates quite often outpace even the improved rates of the TCM re-release, though there are expected peaks and valleys. While the TCM re-release tended toward the low to mid 20 Mbps range, this new release often tops 30 Mbps and even pushes toward 40 Mbps on occasion. While that may account for at least some of this new release's improved clarity and better grain resolution, there's also a notably brighter overall look on display in this new release. It's incremental enough to be easily noticeable but (to my eyes, at least), not significant enough to seriously hamper the film's brilliant chiaroscuro lighting schemes. In fact, the brighter ambience actually gives at least minimally better shadow detail, without looking forced, in moments like the aquarium sequence, and black levels are still impressively deep. A lot of people felt the TCM reissue was decidedly too dark, and those people especially should be appreciative of the overall brightness of this release.


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« Reply #1302 on: March 19, 2015, 04:46:58 PM »

This has been blu-ed 3 times lately; the first 2 times there were issues; looks like 3rd time's a charm: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Lady-from-Shanghai-Blu-ray/122609/#Review

PQ 4.5/5:

I haven't seen any BRD's, I just saw the movie on TCM a few days ago; to the best of my recollection it looked very good.

This is a noir that switches back and forth a lot between light and shadow; lots of scenes in the daytime in brightly lit office interiors are light, and then there are scenes in the dark stairwells and basements that are in shadow. However, some of the shadow scenes look completely forced and make no sense, except for the sake of looking noir. For example, in middle of the day, as Milland is leaving his office to sneak downstairs, I understand that the dark side stairwell would make shadows, but then at one point he walks onto what seems to be a regular floor of the office building and it is all dark and shadowy. Also, the scene that is the framing device in the opening, when you get to that scene later in the movie you realize that it is really right in middle of the day; there is absolutely no reason that the lobby with the security officers should be all dark and shadowy! As I said there are plenty of good scenes with shadows that make sense, like when Milland tries sneaking down into the garage and Harry Morgan is there, it's a side exit in a garage, it makes sense that it'd be dark. But some of the shadow scenes really seem forced.

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« Reply #1303 on: March 28, 2015, 03:04:32 PM »

Screen caps lookin' good: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film5/blu-ray_reviews_66/u_turn_blu-ray.htm

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« Reply #1304 on: March 29, 2015, 02:05:02 PM »

I'm assuming this upcoming German release will be an upgrade over what's available stateside: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B00TASMDO4/ref=nosim?

Won't know until I order it, I guess, so I'll let you know . . . .

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