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« Reply #645 on: February 01, 2017, 05:52:11 PM »
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March 20, 2017

Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat (1953) on blu-ray from Powerhouse Films / Indicator (UK)



Fritz Lang's iconic film noir masterpiece is an uncompromising exploration of corruption and violence at the dark heart of small-town America. Glenn Ford is the good cop in a bad town, who single-handedly takes on local mobsters headed by Alexander Scourby and his psychotic right-hand man Lee Marvin.

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth.


The Big Heat (1953) - Amazon UK



John Huston’s Fat City (1972) on blu-ray from Powerhouse Films / Indicator (UK)



John Huston's sombre but compassionate boxing drama is a criminally-underseen late-career masterpiece from the great director. Peppered with outstanding performances this gritty yet affectionate look at the world of small-time boxing highlights a down-and-out fighter and a young up-and-comer, both moving through a world of seedy gyms and flop houses.

Fat City (1972) - Amazon UK



The Front (1976) on blu-ray from Powerhouse Films / Indicator (UK)



In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

The Front (1976) - Amazon UK



May 9, 2017

John Waters’ Serial Mom (1994) from Scream Factory



Beverly (Turner) is the perfect happy homemaker. Along with her doting husband Eugene (Sam Waterston) and two children, Misty (Ricki Lake) and Chip (Matthew Lillard), she lives a life straight out of Good Housekeeping. But this nuclear family just might explode when Beverly's fascination with serial killers collides with her ever-so-proper code of ethics – transforming her from middle class mom to mass murderer! Soon, the bodies begin to pile up… and suburbia faces a horror even worse than wearing white after Labor Day.

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« Reply #646 on: February 02, 2017, 06:07:14 PM »
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Luis Puenzo's The Official Story (1985) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group



The Official Story is about an upper middle class couple who lives in Buenos Aires with an illegally adopted child. The mother, Alicia (Norma Aleandro), comes to realize that her daughter may be the child of a desaparecido, a victim of the forced disappearances that occurred during Argentina's last military dictatorship.



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« Reply #647 on: February 03, 2017, 05:57:05 PM »
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March 17, 2017

Electra Glide in Blue (1973) on blu-ray from Odyssey Video (UK)



Ambitious motorcycle cop John Wintergreen patrols the Arizona highways, yearning for promotion to the homicide division. Thanks to his revelation that a supposed suicide is actually a murder, his wish it granted. But 'good cop' Wintergreen is about to discover that street-smarts and integrity can have lethal consequences as he finds himself sinking into a mire of corruption – not to mention a very tricky love-triangle. Troubled star Robert Blake (Baretta) plays the lead in this crime cult classic.

Electra Glide in Blue (1973) - Amazon UK






July 17, 2017

Fritz Lang's Destiny (1921) from Masters of Cinema (UK)



As a young couple stops and rests in a small village inn, the man is abducted by Death and is sequestered behind a huge doorless, windowless wall. The woman finds a mystic entrance and is met by Death, who tells her three separate stories set in exotic locales, all involving circumstances similar to hers. In each story, a woman, trying to save her lover from his ultimate tragic fate, fails. The young lady realizes the meaning of the tales and takes the only step she can to reunite herself with her lover...

Destiny (1921) - Amazon UK



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« Reply #648 on: February 03, 2017, 07:07:24 PM »
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March 31, 2017

Steven Soderbergh's Solaris (2002) on blu-ray from Rough Trade (Germany)



A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.

Solaris (2002) - Amazon.de

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« Reply #649 on: February 08, 2017, 07:13:14 PM »
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April 18, 2017

Paul Wendkos' The Mephisto Waltz (1971) from Kino



Alan Alda plays a classical piano player on the rise who befriends a famous player himself who's at death's door. Unknown to Alda, the guy is a satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano (thus needing a skilled piano player like Alda to switch bodies with).



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« Reply #650 on: February 09, 2017, 05:38:49 PM »
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April 18, 2017

Steve Sekely's The Scar aka Hollow Triumph (1948) from Kino, with a new audio commentary by Imogen Sara Smith



A film noir drama in which a sophisticated con man, who has just stolen from the mob, is forced to impersonate a psychiatrist who looks just like him, going so far as to cut himself on the cheek to duplicate a similar scar on the doctor. When he takes matters even further, karma arrives, forcing him to pay the debts of his double.

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« Reply #651 on: February 10, 2017, 06:24:58 PM »
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Blake Edwards’ S.O.B. (1981) from Warner Archive



Felix Farmer's (Richard Mulligan) latest movie flops – and lots of Hollywood types spring into action. Agents are called. Lawyers are retained. Statements are issued. It's what master comedy director Blake Edwards calls "Standard Operating Bull," the subject of his gleefully satiric S.O.B.

Julie Andrews is a wholesome superstar about to alter her image…radically. Aiding and abetting the madness are William Holden, Robert Preston, Robert Vaughn, Shelley Winters, Loretta Swit and more. Dialogue crackles like fat in a fire, gags range from dead-on deadpan to comedic broadsides, insights bristle and sting. Nothing standard here: S.O.B. is extraordinary.







Francis Ford Coppola’s Finian’s Rainbow (1968) from Warner Archive



He wears a ratty old cardigan instead of tails, a battered felt hat in place of a topper — but one glimpse of those agile feet and you know he's Fred Astaire. The great entertainer sang and danced his last musical lead in FINIAN'S RAINBOW, director Francis Ford Coppola's exuberant movie of the 1947 Broadway hit. Astaire plays an Irish rogue who plants a stolen crock of leprechaun gold in the soil near Fort Knox to reap what he thinks will be a rich harvest. In tow are his spirited daughter (Petula Clark), a lovestruck leprechaun (Tommy Steele) and a bigoted Southern senator (Keenan Wynn) transformed by misbegotten magic.






Summer 2017 TBD

John Huston’s Prizzi’s Honor (1985) from Kino



The Prizzi family's principal hit man, Charley (Nicholson) is about to discover that he and his new bride (Turner) share more than just body heat: They're both cold-blooded assassins and their next job is to ice each other! Now Charley must choose which contract to honor-the one to his wife or the one on his wife-in this "wickedly amoral black comedy" (Screen International)!



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« Reply #652 on: February 10, 2017, 08:00:17 PM »
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April 4, 2017

Behind the Door (1919) on blu-ray from Flicker Alley



Legendary producer Thomas H. Ince and director Irvin V. Willat made this---"the most outspoken of all the vengeance films" according to film historian Kevin Brownlow---during the period of World War I-inspired American patriotism.

Hobart Bosworth stars as Oscar Krug, a working-class American, who is persecuted for his German ancestry after war is declared. Driven by patriotism, Krug enlists and goes to sea. However, tragedy strikes when his wife (Jane Novak) sneaks aboard his ship and is captured following a German U-boat attack. Krug's single-minded quest for vengeance against the sadistic German submarine commander (played with villainous fervor by Wallace Beery) leads to the film's shocking and brutal climax.

This newly restored edition represents the most complete version of the film available since 1919, thanks to the collaboration of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Gosfilmofond of Russia.

Sourced from the only two known remaining prints and referencing a copy of Willat's original continuity script, this edition recreates the original color tinting scheme and features a new score composed and performed by Stephen Horne. Flicker Alley is honored to present Behind the Door on Blu-ray (and DVD) for the first time ever.




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« Reply #653 on: February 12, 2017, 03:03:17 AM »
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Spring 2017 TBD

Juan Luis Buñuel's Leonor a.k.a. Mistress of the Devil (1975) from Scorpion Releasing



A female vampire rises from her crypt every night in search of children as her victims. Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria). Score by Ennio Morricone

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« Reply #654 on: February 13, 2017, 07:50:55 PM »
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March 14, 2017

Carol Reed’s Our Man in Havana (1959) from Twilight Time



In pre-revolutionary Cuba, James Wormold (Alec Guinness), a vacuum cleaner salesman, is recruited by Hawthorne (Noël Coward) of the British Secret Intelligence Service to be their Havana operative. Instead of recruiting his own agents, Wormold invents agents from men he knows only by sight and sketches "plans" for a rocket-launching pad based on vacuum parts to increase his value to the service and to procure more money for himself and his expensive daughter Milly.



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« Reply #655 on: February 14, 2017, 06:18:52 PM »
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Classicflix to Begin Releasing on Blu-ray
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Classicflix officially announced today that it will begin releasing on Blu-ray in the United States. The label's first two releases will be Irving Rapper's Another Man's Poison (1951) and Edwin L. Marin's Miss Annie Rooney (1941).

The label has confirmed that its upcoming releases will be sold at all major online retailers, including Amazon.

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March 28, 2017

Irving Rapper’s Another Man's Poison (1951) from ClassicFlix



In her first role since starring as Margo Channing in the Academy Award-winning All About Eve (Best Picture, 1950), Bette Davis plays mystery writer Janet Frobisher, a cold and conniving woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants -- and what she wants at the moment is her secretary's fiancé Larry (Anthony Steel).

But Janet's plan hits a snag when her estranged husband shows up unannounced after attempting to rob a bank. Her husband's partner in crime, George (played by real-life husband Gary Merrill), further complicates matters for Janet when he pays her a visit later the same day. Getting rid of one of them proved easy. The other, not so much.

Filmed in England and co-produced by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Another Man's Poison presents the dynamic Bette Davis at her devious and beguiling best.


Another Man's Poison (1951) - Amazon



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April 24, 2017

Walter Hill's Hard Times (1975) from Masters of Cinema (UK), from a 4K restoration



During the Great Depression, a down-on-his-luck loner, hops a freight train to New Orleans where, on the seedier side of town, he tries to make some quick money the only way he knows how-with his fists.

Hard Times (1975) - Amazon UK



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April 11, 2017

Eddy Matalon's Cathy's Curse (1977) on blu-ray from Severin



After a terrible car accident twenty years ago killed his father and sister, a man returns to his family home with his wife and daughter. The daughter takes up residence in her deceased aunt's room and, after finding some of her possessions, becomes possessed by her spirit. Soon strange happenings and mysterious deaths begin to occur in the household as the possessed girl lashes out at those around her.

Cathy's Curse (1977) - Amazon



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Robert Siodmak's The Spiral Staircase (1946) on blu-ray from Kino



A young mute woman who is working in a New England mansion as a domestic is terrorized by a maniac who is killing off people with disabilities. After being warned of the danger to her personal safety she makes plans to leave the dark old house, but it is too late. The maniac is in the house, and she is his prey. Cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca ( Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past, Cat People)



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« Reply #659 on: February 19, 2017, 03:42:16 AM »
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Thought this was a notable (though possibly temporary) problem with 4K UHD blu-ray at the moment, taken from blu-ray.com’s review of the Goodfellas UHD blu-ray.

Short story - regular 1080p blu-rays from 4K masters of catalog titles shot and finished photochemically (everything prior to what...1998?) are currently visually superior to 4K UHD blu-rays of those same titles, until this calibration problem gets fixed:

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The UHD disc of Goodfellas is based on the same 4K scan of the original camera negative that was used to generate the 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray. This new version is something of a landmark for Warner Brothers, because Goodfellas is its first "deep catalog" release in what remains a fledgling format. All of Warner's previous 4K discs to date are 21st Century films completed on digital intermediates, but Goodfellas is entirely a product of the analog era, which constitutes the bulk of cinema history. This makes it an informative preview (along with such Sony titles as Ghostbusters  and Ghostbusters II) of how older titles originated on film and completed photochemically may fare in the brave new world of 4K and High Dynamic Range.

Before turning to the UHD of Goodfellas, let me take a short detour to discuss calibration. The gold standard of calibration has been set by the Imaging Science Foundation (or "ISF"), which was created in 1994 to establish standardization in electronic imaging. Calibrators trained and certified by the ISF are routinely retained to adjust and confirm the accuracy of the displays used in post houses and DI suites, and they are also hired by home theater installers and enthusiasts to provide the same services for consumer equipment. ISF calibration requires several key components. These include a colorimeter for measuring a display's light output, color values and wavelengths; and a signal generator to feed the display standardized test patterns that can be measured by the colorimeter. Top quality colorimeters are expensive devices that cost more than the average home theater, and their proper use depends on an intimate understanding of the underlying technology—which is why accurate calibration requires the hiring of a properly trained and equipped professional.

The challenge of 4K and HDR at the moment is that no signal generator currently on the market is capable of supplying the requisite test patterns. Most importantly for present purposes, these test signals would include an HDR-graded PLUGE pattern, which is an essential tool for setting black levels. In the absence of any standardization, calibration for 4K and HDR has remained a moving target, and this limitation affects the entire UHD chain, from creation to playback.

A small group of technicians has coordinated with industry representatives to develop a 4K/HDR test disc that can be used for ISF calibration. Although the disc is not yet widely available, I am fortunate enough to work with one of its creators, Kevin Miller, who is both a charter member of the ISF and its officially designated Technical Consultant. Recently, Mr. Miller used this disc to re-calibrate my system for HDR color and black levels. All of my UHD reviews written since that procedure bear the paragraph in italics below, specifying the calibration equipment and methodology.

Even before the latest calibration, it was obvious that the 2160p, HEVC/H.265-encoded UHD of Goodfellas suffered from black-level issues. Since the procedure, I have rewatched the disc several times. In comparison to the Blu-ray, the UHD reveals a slight (a very slight) increase in visible detail and grain, but the improvement continues to be overshadowed (literally) by improper black levels that cast a haze of overbrightening across the entire frame. The effect is most pronounced in scenes set in darkened interiors such as clubs and bars—and there are many such scenes in Goodfellas. A good example is the bar scene (chapter 33) in which Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) narrates the planning for the Lufthansa heist, while the camera picks up each member of the crew being assembled by Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro). The last to enter is "Stacks" Edwards (Samuel L. Jackson), and as he walks away from the camera into the back of the bar, the outline of his figure softens and the details fade. The same phenomenon can be observed after the heist, when Jimmy is celebrating at the same bar, but his jubilation turns to fury when he discovers that members of the crew have disobeyed his orders not to attract attention with luxury purchases. In scenes such as these, the UHD's image is routinely less distinct and detailed than the Blu-ray's, because the blacks are too bright. The UHD's colors appear to have been slightly intensified compare to the Blu-ray, with reds and blues the chief beneficiary, but here again the overbrightening tends to undercut any improvements by dampening color intensity.

Is the UHD unwatchable? Not at all. As with many video phenomena, the eye quickly adjusts to the presentation, and the elevated black levels become routine. But having watched Goodfellas repeatedly on both UHD and the 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, I find the Blu-ray to be a better viewing experience. (And yes, my setup is also ISF-calibrated for 1080p.)

Like other studios, Warner touts HDR as a major enhancement, but the UHD presentation of Goodfellas demonstrates that the HDR sticker prominently affixed to every 4K title does not necessarily guarantee a superior image. While the 4K image could no doubt be re-graded with accurate black levels, it is uncertain whether and how much the corrected image would offer any meaningful improvement over the Blu-ray. Regardless, Goodfellas stands as a demonstration of why HDR is not automatically a benefit. As UHD progresses, it may turn out that some—possibly many—older films should be left in SDR, without any attempt to "enhance" their blacks, contrast or colors.

[Viewed on a system calibrated using a Klein K10-A Colorimeter with a custom profile created with a Colorimetry Research CR250 Spectraradiometer, powered by SpectracCal CalMAN 2016 5.7, using the Samsung Reference 2016 UHD HDR Blu-ray test disc authored by Florian Friedrich from AV Top in Munich, Germany. Calibration performed by Kevin Miller of ISFTV.]


Edit - just found a thread about movies that have been finished photochemically since 2004, and then this:

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