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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:18 pm

Berlin Express is in the next wave of Warner Archive titles, due the second week in September.

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Postby dws1982 » Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:40 am

Kind of a last minute alert: Berlin Express on TCM at 6:30 tonight. Stars Robert Ryan, Merle Oberon, directed by Jacques Tourneur.



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Postby Heksagon » Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:53 pm

Bog wrote:It still hasn't been released on DVD here in the states though I'm fairly certain available in most other regions.

Indeed, as I have it on region 2 DVD. Fortunately, because it's a relatively rare occasion when films like Johnny Guitar are broadcast on my local TV. I have nothing like TCM where I live (well, actually, I do have a TCM, but that is a different matter).

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Postby Bog » Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:27 am

Johnny Guitar, the great western melodrama from Nicholas Ray starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, and of course the namesake of a long time member here will show on Saturday the 22nd at 4pm.

It still hasn't been released on DVD here in the states though I'm fairly certain available in most other regions.

Setting my DVR again for this, feel lucky when it plays on TCM

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Postby Mister Tee » Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:41 pm

I was quite surprised when I saw this just how well it worked even while completely eliding the lesbian aspect. In a certain way, it makes it seem that lesbianism is just a MacGuffin in the play; the stucture could work as well with any scandalous secret.

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Postby flipp525 » Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:18 pm

dws1982 wrote:Overnight tonight (at 2:45 AM tomorrow morning), TCM shows These Three. This got a nomination for Bonita Granville in the very first Supporting Actress lineup. It's not on DVD, and I haven't seen it show up very often on TCM.

What a fantastic movie -- and Bonita Granville is superb in it. Marcia Mae Jones also turns in an excellent "juvenile" performance as the absolutely terrified Rosealie. I managed to track this film down in a Japanese video store for my first viewing in 2002 and it has since ended up on TCM every once in a blue moon. Fun fact: Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of Oz) plays Agatha, the maid, and gets to deliver a whollop of a face slap at one point.

What's so great about this version is that while the slanderous lie at the heart of the story has been changed to a heterosexual one, none of the power of Hellman's play is lost in the telling; a manipulative young girl's lie still manages to destroy the lives of three innocent people.

This film was, of course, eventually re-made in 1961 with its original title and lesbian storyline intact as The Children's Hour.




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Postby dws1982 » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:49 pm

Overnight tonight (at 2:45 AM tomorrow morning), TCM shows These Three. This got a nomination for Bonita Granville in the very first Supporting Actress lineup. It's not on DVD, and I haven't seen it show up very often on TCM.

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Postby Big Magilla » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:39 am

The Barretts of Wimpole Street, which is among the Jennfier Jones features being shown, is also missing on commercial DVD.

Though the Jones-Bill Travers-John Gielgud-Virginia McKenna version is inferior to the Norma Shearer- Fredric March-Charles "they can't censor the gleam in my eye" Laughton-Maureen O'Sullivan version, it makes for an interesting companion piece. Perhaps the Warner Archive will release them both at some point.

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Postby Damien » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:55 pm

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dws1982 wrote:Tomorrow on TCM at 6:00 PM, Love Letters shows. This isn't on DVD, and hasn't aired in a couple of years. Damien is a big fan. This has value for Oscar-completists, as well: Nominated for Actress (Jennifer Jones), Black and White Art Direction, Song, and Score.

I am a huge fan of this film as well. I think Jones' performance as "Singleton" might actually be my favorite of hers (although love her in The Towering Inferno!).

To appreciate Love Letters, you have to be able to respond to floridly romantic melodrama possessing an operatic display of feelings. For me, when it's done well, there are few things in cinema as emotionally satisfying.




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Postby flipp525 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:01 pm

dws1982 wrote:Tomorrow on TCM at 6:00 PM, Love Letters shows. This isn't on DVD, and hasn't aired in a couple of years. Damien is a big fan. This has value for Oscar-completists, as well: Nominated for Actress (Jennifer Jones), Black and White Art Direction, Song, and Score.

I am a huge fan of this film as well. I think Jones' performance as "Singleton" might actually be my favorite of hers (although love her in The Towering Inferno!).




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Postby dws1982 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:03 pm

Tomorrow on TCM at 6:00 PM, Love Letters shows. This isn't on DVD, and hasn't aired in a couple of years. Damien is a big fan. This has value for Oscar-completists, as well: Nominated for Actress (Jennifer Jones), Black and White Art Direction, Song, and Score.

I believe everything else they show (it's Jennifer Jones day), is available on DVD, although I only glanced over the list, and may have missed something.

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Postby dws1982 » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:40 pm

Nora Prentiss shows on TCM overnight at 4 AM. I know Damien is a fan, and other than the Warners Archive, this isn't available on DVD.

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue May 19, 2009 12:08 pm

Reza wrote:

Have you ordered from this site? And what is the quality like?

Depends on the film. They do tell you if a film is in bad quality.

I haven't ordered a lot from them, but I did get an excellent copy of Siodmak's The Suspect from them replacing a horrid copy I got from somewhere else. They do carry a few titles you can't find anywhere else.

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Postby Mister Tee » Tue May 19, 2009 9:18 am

The Original BJ wrote:

Tee, I think you mean The Patriot, the fifth Best Picture nominee that year.

Yep -- realized it overnight, and came on just now to correct myself. Should have known someone would realize it ahead of me. I remember when memory was my ally.

In my defense, The Patriot/The Valiant is relatively easy to confuse. (Seeing I've never run across either)

And of course, my expectation that The Patriot would be the most watchable of the nominees is based entirely on Lubitsch.

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Postby Reza » Tue May 19, 2009 8:38 am


Have you ordered from this site? And what is the quality like?


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