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Robert Kowalewski II
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Posted: 12 July 2018 at 9:00pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

In The Mouth of Madness(Collectors Edition Blu-ray) - My preorder came in the mail today, so I had to pop it in as the very old DVD I have doesn't even scale to the TV.  Very nice transfer, the movie looks great and there are at least 4 new extras as compared to none on the dvd(except for the trailer, which is on both).  No hi-def treatment for the trailer though, but a good rewatch tonight.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 13 July 2018 at 7:28pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

36 HOURS (1963)

James Garner and Rod Taylor WW2 suspense thriller that I really want to be better than it is. Really two movies in one -- the taut psychological cat-and-mouse game of the first "half", which is unfortunately dragged down by the standard issue escape-and-pursuit of the second.

Some stock footage of the German countryside (which looks like it might have been borrowed from THE GREAT ESCAPE) sets up the rest of the film being shot most convincingly at Yosemite.

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 14 July 2018 at 1:22pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply


I think it came at the wrong time. It tried to jump on the STAR WARS bandwagon a tad (it felt that way). There's the whole "New Gods" thing. And, technology-wise, they just weren't able to do justice to the likes of Battle Cat or Orko - so we had no Battle Cat whilst we got Gwildor rather than Orko.

Also, given the fascinating place that is Eternia, and all the directions they could have gone in, I am not sure it was wise to send He-Man to Earth for his first movie. Or do away with the Prince Adam identity (I liked the episodes where Adam struggled with balancing his royal duties and heroic career as He-Man).

Missed opportunity. And I can't believe that, 31 years later, we still haven't had another live-action shot at He-Man.
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 14 July 2018 at 10:20pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Just finished watching Henry V (1989 version by Branagh) on Blu-Ray.

I first watched this in the early 90s, and I thought it was good back then. Fast forward 20 years, I started watching some of Olivier's version and started digging some of that more classical delivery (and going back to the text). So, I came to this with some scepticism about whether my initial conclusion was right. 

But, it won me over all over again. Grainy as hell; not quite as epic as I remember; muddy as ever; but it has a cast to die for and really hits its marks. There can be no better Chorus than Derek Jacobi (though they kind of sliced up the Chorus' intros), Ian Holm literally made me tear up as Fluellen at the end of the battle of Ajincourt, and Branagh and Emma Thompson clearly had a lot of chemistry going on back then for the final scene. 

Criticisms? I don't think the film really benefits in isolation from trying to draw in cutbacks to Falstaff and (surprisingly) I feel Robert Stephens was a little miscast. Robert Stephens was, for me, an incredible actor (an absolute fave, in fact), but he just had too much to give to be playing Pistol. And, I felt, was too old for the role. Great with the non-Hollywood teeth though. Great actor, wrong part for that stage of his career.

Also a shout out for the amazing Non Nobis Domine by Patrick Doyle. His score is a little intrusive at times (at least in comparison to the Olivier version, where the text and the delivery solely carries the emotion in the key speeches), but his music comes into a life of its own at the end of the Battle of Agincourt, and it is an amazing moment.

It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made my chest swell at times. Hard to ask for more, really. Maybe a French accent from Schofield? Too much? OK, fair enough. Great film.

Edited to correct a spelling mistake.

Edited by Peter Martin on 15 July 2018 at 6:34am
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 15 July 2018 at 9:08pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

It took me 20 years to finally see it, but:


Ridiculous and tiresome.  Once was enough--don't ever need to see this again for the rest of my life!

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