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Twilight Time and Screenarchives.com Present 3 Limited Edition Blu-ray Releases


Pony Soldier (1952)

In Like Flint (1967)

Nicholas And Alexandra (1971)


Greetings,

Twilight Time is a boutique brand that produces high quality, limited edition transfers of mainstream and lost Hollywood Classics. They only produce 3000 copies per title and are available exclusively through Screeenarchives.com. I was interested in the company and their releases when they put out 1985s Fright Night in a limited run of which I didn't get a copy (so if you are interested in a release, act quick!). I am happy to report that their transfers are superb and the utmost care has gone into their releases.

Lee




Pony Soldier

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Overview:
Pony Soldier (1952) stars Twentieth Century Fox’s great contract player, Tyrone Power, as a stalwart Canadian Mountie, sent with a lone, reluctant guide (Thomas Gomez) to bring a tribe of 1000 Crees back to their reservation on the Canada-Montana border. Along the way, he must deal diplomatically with the great Cree leader Standing Bear (Stuart Randall), a rebellious Dog Soldier (Cameron Mitchell), a snarling fugitive from the law (Robert Horton), a pretty hostage (Penny Edwards), and an orphaned Cree boy (Anthony Numkena) intent on finding himself an adoptive father. Featuring stunning Technicolor cinematography by Harry Jackson (The Band Wagon) and a superb score from the one and only Alex North, available here as an isolated track.

Quick Specs:
Run Time: 82 mins, Rated NR, Audio Format: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 12th, 2012. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units.


Quick Thoughts:
The idea of the Canadian Mountie never really hit me as super bad-ass (well other than in "The Untouchables",) and it has been fodder for some comedic moments in cinema . Pony Soldier, A story of the Canadian Wild West, but with Mounties, does nothing to help the cause. Pony Soldier is an ineffective drama that plods about until its finally, a mere 80 minutes in. Even a decent turn by lead Tyrone Power (The Mark of Zorro) could not save the day. The shots of the Canadian countryside were at times stunning, but even some great visuals could not breath life into this one.

This presentation is sure to disappoint, with warm colors, patches of soft shots and banding, as well as some black crush. There are the moments where it seems to pull itself together, and things do look like a proper High Def encode, but these moments are few and far between. The lossless 1.0 track is fairly pedestrian, with a fine balance of dialogue, effects and score, but don't overshoot expectations with hopes of deep bass and a wide dynamic range.


Special Features:
· Isolated Score Track
· Julie Kirgo liner notes






In Like Flint

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Overview:
In this 1967 sequel to the James Bond spoof, Our Man Flint (1965), superspy Derek Flint (James Coburn) is once again called upon to help out the harried head of Z.O.W.I.E. (Lee J. Cobb), this time sidelined by a scandal engineered by a group of power-hungry women intent on taking over the universe. The ladies, of course, are no match for the irresistible Flint: ballet dancer, dolphin whisperer, electronics expert, and all-around man of the world. Featuring a confectionary score by the one and only Jerry Goldsmith, available here as an isolated track.




Quick Specs:
Run Time: 114 mins, Rated NR, Audio Format: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 12th, 2012. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units.


Quick Thoughts:
Below are my thoughts from my write up of "Our Man Flint", which this is a sequel to:

"Part Hue Hefner, part MacGvyer, Part Austin Powers, and part...well mix it all up, but make sure its shaken, not stirred. "Our Man Flint" capitalizes on the 60s spy film craze by spoofing on it. Not is a complete slapstick way, and much more fluid and smarter then 1967s Casino Royale, the 007 spoof staring Niven and Sellers. Here we have James Coburn as the spy Derek Flint. The irony in his name is that he goes off on his mission armed with only a lighter. Well this isn't any ordinary lighter, it has 80 some odd functions. Colburn surprised me here with his ability to be cool, and funny...I had never seen him this slick. Any fans of spy flicks, and good comedy will really dig this lost film that is a tripped out wacky 60s film, but doesn't seem all too dated here on 2013... I am glad to have discovered this gem!"

In Like Flint, though not quite as good as the original , still holds up well and was a fun bit of time spent traveling back to the 60s, seeing James Colburn as I never knew him to be-- cool and funny. Fans of the first owe themselves a watch!

The A/V Quality is very similar as well, here are my thoughts:

"Quality wise, Our Man Flint is an interesting one, as it has some tremendously good looking moments and elements, but somehow the sum of its parts come up just a bit flat. Colors pop in the Technicolor dreamy 60s way, and some shots exude fine details. Unfortunately the colors do roast a bit warm and moments of "stock footage" has an apparent difference in quality. The audio track is rambunctious, loud and fun, but not a completely enveloping sound-field as the track is monaural, however there is stereo track of Jerry Goldsmiths score available."

I will say that either by me seeing the first film and maybe being used to its "look", somehow, I felt myself enjoying this video presentation a bit better.

Special Features:
· Isolated Score Track
· Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lee Pfeiffer and Eddy Friedfeld
· Derek Flint: The Secret Files
· James Coburn: The Man Beyond the Spy
· Designing Flint
· Flint vs Zanuck: The Missing 3 Minutes
· Take it Off
· Puerto Rico Premiere
· Future Perfect
· Feminine Wiles
· Spy School
· Musician's Magician
· Trailers
· Spy Vogue
· Screen Test
· Extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes






Nicholas And Alexandra

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Overview:
Produced by the legendary Sam Spiegel (Lawrence of Arabia) and directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), based on Robert K. Massie’s scholarly biography, tells the story of the last of the Romanov dynasty, overtaken by the headlong rush of history and the Russian Revolution. The Tsar (Michael Jayston) and Tsarina (Janet Suzman), distracted by the deadly hemophilia of their only son and blindly convinced of their right to autocratic rule, have no way of coping with the demands of their starving and impoverished people—and their fealty to the bizarre charismatic monk Rasputin (Tom Baker) only hastens their downfall. Featuring cameo appearances by Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Jack Hawkins, Irene Worth, John Wood, Brian Cox, and Ian Holm.




Quick Specs:
Run Time: 189 mins, Rated NR, Audio Format: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 12th, 2012. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units.


Quick Thoughts:
Nicholas and Alexandra was the surprise of this months Twilight Time offerings. The film had some superbly crafted this drama played out like a game of chess, leaving no thought overlooked in the story as well as its extremely solid production. There are times when I sort-of mocked the melodrama, but director Franklin Schaffner (Patton), kept the 3 hours feeling brisk, and the superlative acting tied it all together.

Rich is the best way to describe this lush 70mm presentation. The Royal reds and all colors popped off the screen, blacks are stable and find details are wonderful. A thin layer of grain adds to the delight in this filmic and true to the source encode. As far a lossless mono track goes, this fairs well with decent dynamic range and always audible dialouge.

Special Features:
· Isolated Score Track
· Changing Faces
· Royal Daughters
· The Royal Touch
· Original Theatrical Trailer
· Extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes







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