Gerontosaurus Rex is Complaining.
Since this so-called 'format war' is rightly coming to an end (hopefully) and will take with it to its grave all intellect-free fainboy-posts, I dare trying to shift the focus of the AVS High-Def Blu-Ray Software forum to older movies.
Before I plunged into the format war I considered myself younger than I feel today (after reading what so many forum members called their favourite movies). I have no intention whatsoever of judging anyone, but I have to say that the films I long to see on High-Def are quite different.
Without the naive assumption that anyone cares, I still want to stress how much I long to see certain movies being released on Blu-Ray. Please, have patience and bear with me. Here it comes (you might never even heard of those titles):
No - not with Jude Law, but very much with Sir Maurice Micklewhite and the one and only Lord Olivier of Brighton (I adore). It is the year 1972, the magnificent and unique (and equally adorable) Joseph L Mankiewicz has made his last moving picture as a director, telling 'Lord Larry' and Michael Caine how to act (as if that would have been necessary). The result of such a most impressive collaboration is a film with performances some people today might consider old-fashioned or even out-dated. But I couldn't care less. It is as old-fashioned as myself, who refuses to leave the house without a necktie and a jacket and who would be shaken to the core if he had to visit a restaurant where they dare to confront me with a paper napkins or tea bags.
First released 1998 by Anchor Bay on one of the worst DVDs ever, you had to flip the disc after 'Inspector Doppler' appeared on screen, you had to suffer through a 1,66: 1 non-anamorphic framing, and the wonderful soundtrack by John Addison was faulty. The edition was replaced 2002 with a slightly better one, but still without the tender loving care this title deserved. Anchor Bay - please, please, please do me the favour or granting Sleuth the High-Def treatment it genuinely deserves. And put on the Blu-Ray everything you can find about this brilliant movie.
(A little hint: Why do I call myself 'Merridew'? Watch this movie and you will know).
THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT
Even rarer. Could you believe it - there is not a single High-Def disc out there with Katherine Hepburn on it! Feel ashamed, Blu-Ray producers, feel ashamed!
Imagine this: Part of the story, far from being realistic in any way, is the wonderful Danny Kaye, who spoils us with one of his greatest performances ever: the ragpicker who has to play an attorney and who gives the speech of his lifetime (in the cellar of Countess Aurelia), while Yul Brynner, Paul Henreid and Oscar Homolka want to dig for oil - in Paris!
It starts with this written introduction:
'This is a story of the triumph of good over evil - obviously it is a fantasy'.
This gem of a movie was never released on DVD (!). The Laserdisc I have is from Warner, so, please, please, please Warner - let us rejoice in watching a Blu-Ray with a film everyone should know (and most critics hate).
I could go on and on. But don't be afraid - I won't. I just wanted to mention two examples of movies I not only love but which introduced me into the realm of film as an art form.
Movie studios - let us few, us happy few, feel blessed by the presence of Blu-Rays with old movies we love.
And he which hath no stomach to these films, let him depart.
His passport shall be made, and discs of Transformers and Spiderman 3 put into his purse.
We would not watch movies in that man's company that fears his fellowship to watch with us He that outlives this day, and comes save home, will stand a tip-toe when those Blu-Rays are released!
(Terribly sorry for the last paragraph - couldn't resist!)