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Oh great, Bill. Now I have "Let the River Run" stuck in my head. Thanks for that.
Is that a famous mind-virus song? I just saw the film and don't remember any music at all. Or Carly Simon. I must have a filter for such things.

"Stuck-in-head" songs would be a good thread topic. Dave Barry had a book on it.

When I mention certain films my wife will menace me with "Don't... you... dare...", meaning the music.

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The Shining (1980), produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick.
The power of a well-crafted trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=Os6raCCmAFk

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One of my all-time favs has just come out on BD: On Golden Pond.
Naturally, I had to re-purchase.


Before tonite, I hadn't seen it in many years.
I was struck by a couple of things...
The great script, first and foremost (courtesy of playwright Ernest Thompson).


IMO, the music doesn't always fit the drama on-screen, and sounds dated.
But when it DOES, it works well.


Director Mark Rydell's handling of the screenplay could be better....some of it is a bit clumsy.
If the film was made today, there are Directors available who could do a better job with it IMO.


The acting is a mixed bag.
Henry Fonda over-cooks it a bit.
Watching KH, I managed to "catch her acting" a few times.
However, Dabney Coleman is solid and JF is very good throughout.
The BIG surprise (for me) was Doug McKeon as The Kid.
I completely bought him in every scene.


The AV of the BD is not good.
Although I doubt they are, Universal should be ashamed of handing such crap source material to Shout Factory for a BD.
On Golden Pond is a classic...it deserves to be treated better by its studio.

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I love On Golden Pond...

I have a 1984 release by CBS/FOX and its beautiful.. BEST 1 I have ever had of this movie.

Yes definetly a classic.. They dont make good movies anymore
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I love On Golden Pond...

I have a 1984 release by CBS/FOX and its beautiful.. BEST 1 I have ever had of this movie.

Yes definetly a classic.. They dont make good movies anymore
The writing is beyond superb.


No film demonstrates the poignancy of the aging process like this one.
Every multi-generational family has dealt with the issues this movie illuminates so well.

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It's funny, some think 80's movies and On Golden Pond comes to mind. When I think 80's the first movie that popped in my mind was Porky's. I was in high school in the 80's and not even old enough to see Porky's. A few of us snuck into the movie theater and my eyes were opened. I've appreciated a well crafted shower scene ever since. Ah, good times.

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When I think 80's the first movie that popped in my mind was Porky's. I was in high school in the 80's and not even old enough to see Porky's. A few of us snuck into the movie theater and my eyes were opened. I've appreciated a well crafted shower scene ever since. Ah, good times.
Why am I not surprised??

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A golden oldie from Werner Herzog tonite: Fitzcarraldo.


This was recently released on BD for the first time.
Hadn't seen it in decades and NF has it for rental, so I gave it a rewatch.


The Good: cinematography and story.
Beautiful shots of the Amazon are in every scene.
The story is absolutely fascinating.


The Bad: inconsistent acting quality and crappy AV (particularly audio).
At times, Kinski is over-the-top and, consequently, not very believable (in fairness, he isn't the only one).
Natives are not actors, and most of the time it shows.
Lots of softness and artifacting in long shots.
The 5.1 MA track of the BD sounds so artificial and shallow, it took me out of the movie again and again.
Strangely, it sounds dubbed in post (was the original recorded sound THAT bad?)
Checked the other soundtracks and they are no better.


At any hoot, this is a story BEGGING to be retold.
I hope someone takes up the challenge some day.

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At any hoot, this is a story BEGGING to be retold.
I hope someone takes up the challenge some day.
Who's gonna lug the boat over the mountain in these CG days?


BTW, you ever seen Les Blank's Burden of Dreams?.... cause if you haven't you definitely should.
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Who's gonna lug the boat over the mountain in these CG days?
Good point.


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BTW, you ever seen Les Blank's Burden of Dreams?.... cause if you haven't you definitely should.
No, but I'll put it in my queue.

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52 Pick-Up (1986), directed by John Frankenheimer.

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FWIW, Kino Lorber has just released a BD of this title. It looks fine, but the DVD did too. I'd say its an upgrade for fans of the film.
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Labyrinth (1986), directed by Jim Henson.
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And the choreographer went on to play Mrs Jack Ryan in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and Dr Beverly Crusher in STAR TREK TNG. Look for her in the BTS extras footage.

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Referencing the original post, but I have to give props to "Romancing the Stone". Lots of fun, always watchable.

I love John Hughes's films as well...Breakfast Club, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Sixteen Candles, all fabulous.
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Doh! How could I forget Ferris Bueller's Day Off?!
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I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!!!!!!

I was glad when I found the ORIGINAL RELEASE OF IT.. (The one I saw on HBO in the 80s (NO LETTERBOX @ THE END))

I like that one better as its the ORIGINAL and purest version
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Picking up a couple of fav films from Screen Archives, I noticed Twilight Time is about to release...



Top-drawer talent on this (well, until you reach hunk-of-the-month Mel), and one of Vangelis' best "1980s Vangelis film score(TM)" accomplishments. Might pick it up JUST for the isolated music track.

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I love On Golden Pond...

I have a 1984 release by CBS/FOX and its beautiful.. BEST 1 I have ever had of this movie.

Yes definetly a classic.. They dont make good movies anymore
I agree, it is awesome
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Henry V (1989), directed by Kenneth Branagh.
I've seen the Shout Factory Blu-ray of Henry V (1989). It is disappointing, at best a a modest upgrade over the DVD:

  • A bit more detail in the better scenes.
  • The DVD is slightly cropped by comparison.
  • The Blu-ray has English subtitles, which the DVD did not. (It did have old-style closed captions, not accessible to most in the HDMI era).
  • The color grading is less saturated which may produce a more accurate image in some scenes.

On the other hand:

  • That color grading reduces natural skin tone in some places.
  • Detail is sometimes worse.

I've attached some clips from both discs, scaling the DVD to 1920x1080 to make comparison easier. Apart from #5 they are chosen as the best the Blu-ray has to offer.

Note how the detail is reversed in last two pair with Ian Holm: in #5 his beard has more detail on the DVD. The skin tone is also better (although I don't remember how the original film looked). In the other clips the Blu-ray has better detail.

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Repo Man (1984), written and directed by Alex Cox.

This made a big splash in my circle when it first appeared, although better liked by our younger members who knew punk music and the associated satiric sensibility. I liked it well enough -- and we quoted it for years -- but I mainly enjoyed Harry Dean Stanton and Tracey Walter.

Now: it's just the same, of course, but less outrageous. Times have changed, or more likely, the reviewer has changed. Time and movies: the magic is there, then it goes away. But sometimes it comes back.

I see more visual gags on the Blu-ray than I noticed in the theater.

Criterion Blu-ray with a gang commentary track, including the director. They are having a great time, but the information density is not very high.



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^^^^ I still get a kick out of watching this movie. And, it's the only movie soundtrack that I've ever bought.

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Ghost Story (1981), directed by John Irvin.

Four rich old men gather to tell their accustomed ghost stories. Maybe they shouldn't: a guilty secret from their past has awoken and is after them.

When I saw this in the theater -- wasn't it a snowy winter night? -- I remember being confused by the plot but effectively shocked by the jump scares, where a woman changes into a malevolent rotting corpse at all the wrong moments.

It's still a confusing plot -- too many extended flashbacks -- and the scares are not what they were. I now note that this is definitely a "mens" horror film: the subtext is fear of the crazy stalking girlfriend, who won't stop even when she's been under water for fifty years.

Passion and quite a bit of nudity by Alice Krige (age 22) and Craig Wasson (brave man).

Final film for Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and Melvyn Douglas. Ah, well.

The screenplay is a much simplified version of Peter Straub's large novel. The book makes the movie a bit more comprehensible, although its good features would be hard to represent in film. The patient supernatural menace growing slowly, the men aware but afraid to talk about it, the sinister crazy-making influence extending to the whole town and even distant relatives.

Up-front, intrusive score. Photographed by Jack Cardiff.



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The Believers (1987), directed by John Schlesinger.

Strange doings with black magic in New York City. Spooky Afro-Caribbean immigrants are sacrificing chickens and cats and casting curses. It's real. How would you like a stomach full of snakes?

Wouldn't you know it? The secret devil worshiping cult: everyone's a member. The cult leader can do Jedi mind-tricks.

I must have seen this -- there was a Santería boomlet back then -- but remembered nothing about it. They try to take a serious tone to an absurd plot, but it doesn't grab me.

I always love seeing Robert Loggia do his hard-assed police detective roles. It doesn't save him this time.

Mark Frost screenplay. Brief 80s nudity. A hint of The Exorcist (1973) tubular bells on the soundtrack.

The Twilight Time Blu-ray is gorgeous. I wish better films had equally good transfers.



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I remember seeing it in hopes that it could be a great throwback to the Val Lewton classics,[1] but 80s horror film touches in vogue (the scene with Helen Shaver you caught) dragged it down. Walked out of the theater in a cloud of Meh.

[1] The 7th Victim with a very young Kim Hunter came to mind....

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I remember seeing it in hopes that it could be a great throwback to the Val Lewton classics,[1] but 80s horror film touches in vogue (the scene with Helen Shaver you caught) dragged it down. Walked out of the theater in a cloud of Meh.

[1] The 7th Victim with a very young Kim Hunter came to mind....
I did very brief reviews of all the Lewton thrillers a few years ago (as in The Seventh Victim (1943)) and keep meaning to go back and give them more extended treatments.

Did you know he and Hitchcock used to have lunch and talk about their projects? Lewton was leaving Universal about the time Hitchcock arrived.

What might have been: a producer who gave his directors room to work, and a director who didn't like interference from the studio.

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The Believers (1987), directed by John Schlesinger.

Strange doings with black magic in New York City. Spooky Afro-Caribbean immigrants are sacrificing chickens and cats and casting curses. It's real. How would you like a stomach full of snakes?

Wouldn't you know it? The secret devil worshiping cult: everyone's a member. The cult leader can do Jedi mind-tricks.

I must have seen this -- there was a Santería boomlet back then -- but remembered nothing about it. They try to take a serious tone to an absurd plot, but it doesn't grab me.

I always love seeing Robert Loggia do his hard-assed police detective roles. It doesn't save him this time.

Mark Frost screenplay. Brief 80s nudity. A hint of The Exorcist (1973) tubular bells on the soundtrack.

The Twilight Time Blu-ray is gorgeous. I wish better films had equally good transfers.

Spoiler!


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I remember seeing this on VHS back in the day. Man, it freaked me right out back then. Haven't seen it in ages.

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I dont think I have ever seen it
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