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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Roaring Twenties (1939)
« on: July 10, 2024, 12:13:24 AM »
Just ordered the Criterion 4K/BRD - it?s $25 now on Amazon

Sergio Leone News / Re: New Christopher Frayling book
« on: July 09, 2024, 06:15:09 AM »

@ Le Bon -  please put the title of the book in the thread subject. Thanks for sharing!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Key Largo (1948)
« on: July 04, 2024, 10:55:40 AM »
Just saw the movie on BRD

There are a number of instances where the b/w tinge is different from shot to shot; like in one shot it may be green-tinged and in the next shot it?s not. I might just be noticing more of these imperfections lately because I am now watching on my 4K 65-inch TV; previously I had a 42?

I just watched The Long Night again. The dvd is not very good, particularly the audio. Still no BRD available

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio (2021)
« on: June 20, 2024, 10:47:16 AM »
This is pretty typical of that generation of composers who thought of themselves as serious artists. Film scoring wasn't writing symphonies etc. it was composing a series of bits (an overture at most if you were lucky).And film music didn't stand on its own, it was supporting somebody else's work. It paid the bills, but it wasn't the ideal gig. Bernard Herrmann was pretty much of the same mind (although in his case he wanted to be great conductor). Today there are plenty who aspire to be film composers only, but their work is less impressive than the old masters who were slumming.

Prior to 1960, how many film scores (other than musicals of course) could stand on their own as great music to be enjoyed apart from the movie? I can think of very, very few.

Ennio Morricone / Re: The Mission
« on: June 18, 2024, 12:26:28 PM »
Are the last 90sec or so part of the official soundtrack or is it an exclusive part created for live performances?

you can know you can get the soundtrack on Apple Music (and presumably Spotify or whatever other service you use) and check :)

BTW, is this movie the best example of a not-good movie with a great soundtrack -- the sort of soundtrack you'll listen to over and over again even as you'll probably never again see the movie?

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio (2021)
« on: June 10, 2024, 02:25:01 PM »
By teacher of his youth you mean Goffredo Petrassi? If that is the case, what is so strange about it? Have you any idea about who Petrassi was?

Yes it was Petrassi. I don?t mean it in a strange way at all. I am just stating some of my takeaways from the movie. How a distinguished and accomplished composer in his 80?s was still trying to live up to what his teacher would approve, and still felt that connection after all these years. I did not mean that negatively at all.

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio (2021)
« on: June 09, 2024, 06:44:53 PM »
I saw the movie on TCM.

So Ennio was deeply emotional, still heavily admires the teacher of his youth, and (if not his entire life, for much of it) was somewhat embarrassed that his career was as a film composer

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: DJ and D&D Go to the Symphony
« on: June 07, 2024, 08:01:32 AM »
Jaap van Zweden ending tenure as New York Philharmonic music director after 6 seasons

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam
« on: June 04, 2024, 09:27:43 AM »
Janis Paige, star of Hollywood and Broadway, dies at 101

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio (2021)
« on: May 31, 2024, 08:41:01 AM »
So . . . we're all coming over for a double feature of Ennio and OUATITW in UHD, right? Are you gonna serve brisket too?

The wife indeed made pulled beef brisket the other day  ;)

Ennio Morricone / Re: Ennio (2021)
« on: May 30, 2024, 11:23:47 PM »
This movie will be showing on TCM, Monday at 5:15 p.m. ET. My dvr is set.

If I like it, looks like it is available on UHD from Italy with

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
« on: May 27, 2024, 05:59:51 PM »
I just saw the movie again -- I'm introducing the wife to "old movies" so going on a run of all the classics now.

The DVD is terrible -- not sure if I ever noticed it before, or if it's worse on my 65" 4K TV than it looked on my old smaller TV. Anyway, I just ordered the BRD, which came out in 2021, and online reviews say looks good. Of course, it may come out on UHD before I ever even get to see this BRD ....

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: OUATITW in 4K
« on: May 24, 2024, 04:26:50 PM »
If you get a uhd player, get one that is region-free. It will cost more but you can play anything on it. Any uhd, brd, or dvd from any region.

(I am trying to be careful and not use contractions because of the damn apostrophe issue  >:D)

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: OUATITW in 4K
« on: May 23, 2024, 12:42:31 PM »
 ::) ::)That last paragraph

?Note that this disc would not play on my reference Panasonic DP-UB9000, which marks yet another Paramount UHD disc that refuses to play on this otherwise reliable machine. Playback was instead through an old backup Oppo UDP-203 player.?

could be a dealbreaker for me. I have a SONY (region-free) UHD player. If it doesn?t play on that ? and how can I know if it will? ? this is of no use to me.

I?ll probably get it anyway, just cuz I am a Leone completist  ::) Then I?ll get the next one in a few years ?.

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