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Sabrina (1954), produced and directed by Billy Wilder.

On a vast Long Island estate, the chauffeur's daughter has a life-long crush on the playboy younger son of the house. After she's been to Paris and become all elegant, she has a chance with him. How far will his business-like older brother go to keep her away from him?

This has Wilder's usual bitter-sweet dark comedy, but is a weaker effort. The romantic chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn just never ignites. He is written to be a cold fish and that's an obstacle. We watch them separately: she for her luminous charm and beauty, he for unaccustomed ironic comedy.

I never noticed before: Bogart is a good listener.

Misc notes:

  • "Blond" is a startling look for William Holden.
  • As in Funny Face, I think Hepburn's hair and clothes are prettier before she becomes fashionable. Of course, she's never hideous and is a walking dream in a bare-shouldered ball gown.
  • Popping a champagne cork is often a sexual metaphor. What's Wilder mean when the cork hits the window in front of her face?
  • The 1995 remake with Julia Ormond, Harrison Ford and Greg Kinnear uses the same screenplay. It drains even more comedy from the story and tries to be something of a romantic drama with comic elements.
  • Father: "The 20th century? I could pick a century out of a hat, blindfolded, and get a better one."
  • Edith Head costumes.

Available on Blu-ray. The image quality is never really excellent, but seems better in the close-ups than in the long shots. Maybe because of the prominent grain?



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As in Funny Face, I think Hepburn's hair and clothes are prettier before she becomes fashionable. Of course, she's never hideous and is a walking dream in a bare-shouldered ball gown.
Audrey Hepburn was so stylish and elegant, she would have looked gorgeous dressed in sackcloth and ashes. My God, she was beautiful!
 

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Casablanca (1942)

Excellent (10/10) -- I am grateful to have found THE ORIGINAL ANALOG MOVIE on VHS (Not remastered,nothing digital,etc) -- I am a PURIST and I like originality.. (I hadnt ever seen this before and I didnt wanna see some idiots version of it!!)


The african Queen (1951)

Excellent (10/10)

I am grateful to have found THE ORIGINAL ANALOG MOVIE of this also -- I love Mr Bogart :)

Journey to the center of the Earth - (1959)

ANOTHER EXCELLENT MOVIE I am grateful to have the original of :) (10/10)


I could go on and on but Ill leave that for another reply :)
 

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Casablanca (1942)

Excellent (10/10) -- I am grateful to have found THE ORIGINAL ANALOG MOVIE on VHS (Not remastered,nothing digital,etc) -- I am a PURIST and I like originality.. (I hadnt ever seen this before and I didnt wanna see some idiots version of it!!)
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Casablanca was not shot on videotape. It was shot on 35mm film, which is much higher quality than any home video format. The Blu-ray is beautiful and comes very close to matching the original quality as the movie was seen projected in theaters.
 

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Casablanca was not shot on videotape. It was shot on 35mm film, which is much higher quality than any home video format. The Blu-ray is beautiful and comes very close to matching the original quality as the movie was seen projected in theaters.
Amen! What can I say? The flat earth society lives! :)
 

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Casablanca was not shot on videotape. It was shot on 35mm film, which is much higher quality than any home video format. The Blu-ray is beautiful and comes very close to matching the original quality as the movie was seen projected in theaters.
It's one of my goto's for showing off B&W. The team that restored it for the bluray release should be commended for the outstanding work they did bringing out the best this movie has to offer. I couldn't imagine watching this on anything as ghastly as VHS now.
 

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It's one of my goto's for showing off B&W. The team that restored it for the bluray release should be commended for the outstanding work they did bringing out the best this movie has to offer. I couldn't imagine watching this on anything as ghastly as VHS now.
Indeed! These days videotape, which has a resolution of only 480i, is as obsolete as the horse and buggy. The digital transfer of Casablanca to video is reference quality. The film fairly sparkles on BD. Even BD with its 1080p resolution is somewhat inferior to that of a projection of the original 35mm film. Fortunately, though, the eyes of mere mortals, such as mine, would be hard pressed to see any difference between the original film and the BD.
 

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Indeed! These days videotape, which has a resolution of only 480i, is as obsolete as the horse and buggy. The digital transfer of Casablanca to video is reference quality. The film fairly sparkles on BD. Even BD with its 1080p resolution is somewhat inferior to that of a projection of the original 35mm film. Fortunately, though, the eyes of mere mortals, such as mine, would be hard pressed to see any difference between the original film and the BD.
My projector screen goes up Friday night. I think I just found my late night viewing. :D
 

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My projector screen goes up Friday night. I think I just found my late night viewing. :D
Good choice! Casablanca is one of my all time favorite BDs. It was brilliantly filmed and the digital transfer did it justice. Not to mention, that it's a great motion picture!
 

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Casablanca was not shot on videotape. It was shot on 35mm film, which is much higher quality than any home video format.
Yes your right.... It was done IN ANALOG which is beautiful :)
 

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Yes your right.... It was done IN ANALOG which is beautiful :)
If you're championing VHS as a more faithful copy of the movie, I don't think you actually understand the difference between analog and digital. I also suspect that you may be legally blind.
 
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Im just telling you WHAT I LIKE BETTER buddy (And always have)

Everyone is entitled to what they like :)
 

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Im just telling you WHAT I LIKE BETTER buddy (And always have)

Everyone is entitled to what they like :)
You are absolutely right. If you are pleased with your VHS copy of Casablanca that's your business. Anyway, I think we all agree that Casablanca is a wonderful film, no matter the medium used to view it.
 

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Coma (1978), written and directed by Michael Crichton.

Why are so many patients suffering from unexplained comas? And why is it dangerous to ask?

A methodically developed medical thriller, realistic in the hospital details, as you would expect from Michael Crichton, MD. The direction and camera work seem a bit better than what I recall of his other films, but it could have been tightened up quite a bit. Too much goopy soap opera: doctors Genevieve Bujold and Michael Douglas must be in love -- they walk on the beach together.

Hospitals are natural thriller settings. The procedures and prospects are scary, and the doctors are intimidating even when not villainous. It's really disturbing when even they don't know what's going wrong. Paranoia always arrives eventually.

In the end it's a message film: the dangers of trusting the authorities, the evil of a system that sees people as spare parts.

With Richard Widmark and Rip Torn. Young fresh faces: Tom Selleck and Ed Harris.

Jerry Goldsmith's score really helps amp up the action and tension in the second half.

Available on Blu-ray.



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Im just telling you WHAT I LIKE BETTER buddy (And always have)

Everyone is entitled to what they like :)
Sure, and nobody's telling you to change your preferences. However, the reasons you give for liking it this way...

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I am grateful to have found THE ORIGINAL ANALOG MOVIE on VHS (Not remastered,nothing digital,etc) -- I am a PURIST and I like originality.
...just doesn't make any sense. Since you're not entitled to you own facts, you just have to accept that people will point out that you're flat out wrong about the reasons you state for liking the VHS version better.

Film is analog, VHS is analog. True. But, that alone does not ensure that the VHS edition will be closer to the ORIGINAL presentation of the movie than a digital version, like, say, the Blu-ray edition.
 

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Im not wrong at all!!

To me its beautiful,thats all that matters :)
 

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Im not wrong at all!!

To me its beautiful,thats all that matters :)
What size screen are you watching on, and when was the last time you had your vision checked?
 

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I haven't watched Coma in ages, but remember being entertained by it.

The recent TV remake was pointless and terrible.
I liked Coma too. Michael Crichton certainly was not the greatest screenwriter or director who ever came along but he made a number of movies I really liked, among them Westworld (1973) and The Great Train Robbery (1978).

On another note, last night I watched Billy Wilder's classic The Apartment (1960) with the then young and immensely appealing Shirley MacLane and Jack Lemmon. I hadn't seen it in many years and had forgotten how bittersweet and brilliant the film is. Wilder was never bad but at his best, as he certainly was when he made The Apartment, there was no writer-director better.
 
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