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    Upcoming Releases

    Thanks for your advance notice re "Double-D" DVDs for 2009, shearerchic. Whenever I periodically check the TCM boards, I enjoy reading your interesting, no-nonsense scoop(s). Good job!
  2. If I only knew this thread was going to degenerate into "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch"... C'mon, friends, these anti-Gaynor-wig comments ain't fit for man nor beast. I'd rather see the thread diverge in more fun (and not funnier!) ways, like Cutest or Most Adorable U.S. Silent Screen Actresses: I'm particularly fond of Mildred Davis and Jobyna Ralston in Harold Lloyd's films; Sybil Seely in Buster Keaton shorts; Marceline Day in "The Cameraman" and more; and, ahem, the well-coiffed Janet Gaynor in "Sunrise." But as far as the main thread goes: I'm still touting BOW in "It". And booing GISH in "Broken Blossoms." I do, however, agree with pro-Swanson comments: she was a riveting performer. Message was edited by: northbreed
  3. I disagree, drednm. It is not futile "to see a performance in a 1919 film through today's eyes." It is entirely possible. A knowledgeable viewer with an active mind can place a film in its historical/artistic context while evaluating its performances objectively. By the way, I'd much rather read a post from you to this thread in which you offer your own takes on "best/worst" performances by a leading actress in the American silent cinema as well as, in brief, your reasons for the same.
  4. Best performance by a leading actress in the history of the American silent cinema: CLARA BOW in "It" [1927]. Trifling story, but tour de force acting by Bow who delivers a wealth of inspired expressions and gestures. Worst performance by a leading actress in the history of the American silent cinema: LILLIAN GISH in "Broken Blossoms" [1919]. Gish as Lucy Burrows: hers is either the worst performance or the worst leading-actress role I've ever beheld in the silents. Absolute nadir: Gish pushing up the corners of her mouth, forcing smiles. Absurd.
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    "Red River" (1948): Overrated as Hell

    A well-written, thoughtful reply, redriver, and I enjoyed reading it even though I'm "south pole" on the film and you're closer to "north."
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    "Red River" (1948): Overrated as Hell

    Here follows my list of Westerns (with significant merits) that I think are either underrated or unsung: Kit Carson (1940) w/Jon Hall, Lynn Bari Northwest Stampede (1948) w/James Craig, Joan Leslie Along the Great Divide (1951) w/Kirk Douglas, Walter Brennan Golden Girl (1951) w/Dale Robertson, Mitzi Gaynor Man from the Alamo, The (1953) w/Glenn Ford, Julia Adams Far Horizons, The (1955) w/Charlton Heston, Donna Reed Last Frontier, The (1955) w/Victor Mature, Anne Bancroft Man Without a Star (1955) w/Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain Many Rivers to Cross (1955) w/Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker Fastest Gun Alive, The (1956) w/Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain Law and Jake Wade, The (1958) w/Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark Stalking Moon, The (1968) w/Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint
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    "Red River" (1948): Overrated as Hell

    I think "Red River" (1948) is the most overrated "famous" Western movie I've ever seen. Aside from its impressive cattle-drive production values, it stinks. Plot/storyline: uninspired; yawn-inducing. The script also is littered with merciless, undercutting jabs at human happiness (e.g. Harry Carey Jr's good guy can dream sweet dreams, but so what; kill him--and do so roughly, in a stampede) as well as capitalism (i.e. property rights can be violated if you feel like it). Dialogue: god-awful dumb. Direction: plodding. Hawks proves once again--and he often does--that he's one of classic cinema's most aggravatingly self-indulgent directors. Characterization/character development/casting/acting: overwhelmingly unconvincing--especially, and horribly, so for Joanne Dru's character (e.g. her romantic interaction with Clift's character is completely implausible.) Thomas Dunson is also one of Duke Wayne's least appealing and convincing roles. Casting of Montgomery Clift resulted in yet another unconvincing portrayal: he lacks a prepossessing presence necessary for his role and seems transparently insecure. Walter Brennan's performance as "bitching, but lovable" side-kick is one-note, hackneyed, and routine (compare his more inspired version of the same in "Rio Bravo"). To all enthusiastic fans of the Western movie genre who regard "Red River" as one of the "all-time greats": are you kiddin'? Your standards must carry the following brand: L-O-W.
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    TEX AVERY

    "You know what--?" I think the 2-DVD Warner Bros. Home Video release entitled "Tex Avery's Droopy:The Complete Theatrical Collection" deserves a full-disclosure post here. With a street date of May 15, 2007, the packaging of the set can be viewed by going to the following link: http://media.dvd.ign.com/media/885/885863/img_4334255.html And here are the DVD(s) vital stats... Episodes: Dumb-Hounded - (1943) The Shooting Of Dan McGoo - (1945) Wild And Woolfy - (1945) Northwest Hounded Police - (1946) Senor Droopy - (1949) Wags To Riches - (1949) Out-Foxed - (1949) The Chump Champ - (1950) Daredevil Droopy - (1951) Droopy's Good Deed - (1951) Droopy's "Double Trouble" - (1951) Caballero Droopy - (1952) The Three Little Pups - (1953) Drag-A-Long Droopy - (1954) Homesteader Droopy - (1954) Dixieland Droopy - (1954) 16x9 LETTERBOX Deputy Droopy - (1955) Millionaire Droopy - (1956) 16x9 LETTERBOX Grin And Share It - (1957) 16x9 LETTERBOX Blackboard Jumble - (1957) 16x9 LETTERBOX *One Droopy Knight - (1957) 16x9 LETTERBOX Sheep Wrecked - (1958) 16x9 LETTERBOX Mutts About Racing - (1958) 16x9 LETTERBOX Droopy Leprechaun - (1958) Special Features: --Documentaries - "Droopy and Friends: A Laugh Back" - a documentary retrospective featuring the highlights of Tex Avery's iconic character and band of regular misfits, which made the collection so memorable and dear to our hearts. Peppered through the featurette will be moments reflecting on Tex's early days, from inspiration, to his passions as an artist, entertainer and eventual auteur. --Gag Reel - 'Doggone Gags" - a montage of great moments from the Droopy series, culled together in the fashion of a gag reel. G'wan and buy a copy already!
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    Favorite Anthony Mann Western

    My favorite Mann western starring James Stewart is Bend of the River (1952). I think it has the best production and story values of the five Mann-Stewart westerns. My favorite Mann western not starring James Stewart: The Last Frontier (1955) with Victor Mature: great atmosphere; inspired acting. [Man of the West (1958) with Gary Cooper is also a gem of dramatic tension.
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    Upcoming Releases

    I've picked up info elsewhere that the "Les Miserables" DVD (upcoming) release will be a 2-DVD set. Any idea if that will include both the 1935 AND 1952 versions?
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    Upcoming Releases

    Today, it was my good fortune to come across this post. I was absolutely delighted to learn news of this upcoming Doris Day DVD release. Thanks for the sneak preview, friend(s). It truly made my day.
  13. Ride Lonesome (1959) is one of the worst western films ever made. Burt Kennedy's story/script--about a bounty hunter's plans, actions, and conflicts--does not deliver: it is talky, dull, and digressive. Budd Boetticher's direction is slack and self-indulgent; the film's pacing is sluggish to a disgusting degree. The acting by the film's principals--Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best, and Lee Van Cleef--lacks animation and conviction. (Incidentally, James Coburn's motion-picture debut here reveals little if any evidence of his talent.) The ONLY favorable thing that can be said for Ride Lonesome is Charles Lawton Jr.'s outstanding cinematography. His camera's capture of the scenery (the beautiful Sierra Nevada country as well as Karen Steele) shows an expert's sensitive touch.
  14. One down, five more to go--- In early February 2007, Universal Studios will release to DVD the cinema classic "Arabian Nights." I imagine if it sells well, the studio will consider subsequent Montez/Hall DVD releases. So consider making the purchase.
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    "The Art of Buster Keaton": KINO vs. Asian DVD Box Sets

    I agree with you 100%, Orson. Finding the best buy is a consumer's prerogative AND ultimate incentive. A few weeks ago, I borrowed the ($100+)KINO Keaton 11-DVD set from my local library and took extensive notes on the content. I then purchased the region-free Asian Keaton DVD set on ebay for under $30USD and compared it with the KINO. The short film & feature film groupings per DVD were the same. The audio & video quality between the two sets was identical. The musical scoring by Israel, Muri, etc. was the same. The chapter selections for each short film and feature varied a bit, but so what. The Asian version of the Keaton Plus DVD left out a few bits from KINO's "Silent Echoes" documentary bonus, but otherwise it almost perfectly matched the KINO content. I encourage Keaton fans and the Keaton curious to go to ebay and purchase the inexpensive region-free Asian DVD version of "The Art of Buster Keaton" instead of the expensive KINO Video version. It is not simply the better buy; it is the best buy. DAMFINO? Believe me, I know!

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