Twilight Time and Screenarchives.com Present 3 Limited Edition Blu-ray Releases
The Fury (1978)
The Song Of Bernadette (1943)
The Fury (1978)
The Song Of Bernadette (1943)
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.
Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, CHRISTINE is a dark and violent film about the dangers of obsession. When a unpopular young man, Arnie (Keith Gordon), buys a vintage car to restore, it changes his life completely. The more he works on the car, which he names Christine, the more his personality changes. He becomes moody and dark, spending more and more time with the car and less and less with his friends. The friends become concerned as Arnie's passion for the automobile turns to extreme, and he becomes unstable. But the car has powers over the young man, and takes on a life of its own, becoming as obsessed with its new owner as he is of it. Their devotion to one another quickly becomes violent, and separating Arnie from the car is a deadly task for his friends. With CHRISTINE, director John Carpenter delivers a faithful adaptation of the book by Stephen King. One master of horror adapting another's work seems ideal, and the results are as powerful as expected. With Carpenter's ability to make the supernatural seem plausible, even commonplace, the film excels in evoking plenty of scares and nail biting from the audience.
Run Time: 111 mins, Rated NR, Audio Format: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 12th, 2012. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units. SOLD OUT
Before you get all excited, this one was sold out before release day, another reason to keep your eye on the Limited edition Twilight Time titles.
As a horror buff, Christine was always one of those flicks I wanted to like, especially being a fan of Stephen King, John Carpenter and to a lesser extent Keith Gordon, but just could never get into. Having not seen if for a long time, what better way then to re-visit on Blu-ray. I was pleasantly surprised this time, as the car, Christine, did live and breathe a bit more than I recalled (thought not as much as Rubber, a 2010 film about a tire that comes to life and kills people). Still not a "scary" movie to me, I did dig elements such as the performances and the over-all look and feel Carpenter delivered.
Even though it still is just an OK flick, Christine seemed to get a bit of a "detailing" for its Blu-ray release. This was thanks to a superb A/V presentation. Christine's cherry red finish pops off the screen, and colors are generally impressive. Delineation of fine details is a step above what was expected, especially considering the films almost dreamy-like headlights through fog atmosphere. Don't expect a aural bombardment with this DTS-HD MA audio track, but do expect it to fulfill its duties quite competently. Considering it delivers where it counts; the effect channels roar of the engine or its fantastic handling of Christine's radio playing classic oldies, this one wont disappoint. Like the car itself, this transfer breathes some life into this one.
· Isolated Score Track
· Audio Commentary with Filmmakers John Carpenter and Keith Gordon
· Fast and Furious
· Finish Line
· Deleted and Alternate Scenes
· Julie Kirgo liner notes
Director Brian De Palma’s follow-up to Carrie (1976), The Fury (1978) tells the tale of two psychically gifted young people, Gillian (Amy Irving) and Robin (Andrew Stevens), manipulated by a soulless government agent (John Cassavetes) while the boy’s CIA agent father (Kirk Douglas) attempts to rescue them. Featuring superb cinematography by Richard H. Kline (Body Heat) and a superlative score from the one and only John Williams, available on this release as an isolated track.
Run Time: 118 mins, Rated R, Audio Format: English 4.0 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 12th, 2012. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units.
I had never seen the Fury and was excited to give it a spin, considering it was DePalma when he had some edge and it starred Amy Irving who I thought was hot back then. Straight and to the point, I found it slow, dull and the amount of supposed intrigue and horror were far from dramatic or frightening enough to make care. Some great cinematography and performances did help me get through the film. There was a nice "oh ya!" moment during the opening credits when I could identify that the score was from John Williams before I read his name. This release does have the requite Twilight Time "Isolated Score Track " for those interested. There is a reason why you don't hear too much about this film as its OK at best.
Again, the AV here is a step above the film, keeping me more into it than I could have been. This one is not the most detailed, but it sure has wonderful colors and a palpable layers of film grain. The master print could use a bit of attention, however, it comes off quite well on Blu-ray. The DTS-HD MA 4.0 track faired well, but is not up to modern soundtrack standards. The low end is not as deep and menacing as it could have and should have been, and effects channels are a bit dull and lifeless. On a positive note, the 2 channel front sound stage has nice separation and imaging, and dialogue is always handled well.
· Isolated Score Track / Original Theatrical Trailer
· Extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes
The Song of Bernadette
A classic 1943 telling of the tale of Bernadette Soubirous (Academy Award-winner Jennifer Jones), a peasant girl vouchsafed visions of a “beautiful lady” believed by many to be the Virgin Mary, The Song of Bernadette features Oscar-winning work by cinematographer Arthur C. Miller and composer Alfred Newman (available here as an isolated track). Also on tap are sterling performances by the likes of Vincent Price, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper, Lee J. Cobb, Anne Revere, and Roman Bohnen. This story of simple faith in dark times remains one of the most revered films of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Run Time: 156 mins, Rated NR, Audio Format: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA, Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1, Region FREE, Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 26th, 2012. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units.
The story is of Bernadette who sees a "vision" of a beautiful woman in the towns dump. The towns people believe it to be a vision of the Virgin Mary, but she believes it to be just a woman. As she attracts a bunch of followers, the local government tries to stop the insanity, but peoples "faith" seems to be stronger.The Song of Bernadette was a tough pill to swallow. For its time I can see it feeling a bit more powerful or "deep", but a great work stands the test of time, and this one certainly doesn't. It plays so serious that it feels comedic, and in the unintentional way. Performances were all good, it was just the whole faith message that is the basis of the over 2hrs that just wore thin quick.
The black and white film looks like film, with heavy grain. Black levels are strong, but fine details waiver throughout. This is another example of doing the best possible with a less then perfect source. The surprise here was the lossless mono track that felt bigger than it should have. Nice dynamic range and clear vocals were the highlight.
· Extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes
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