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  1. I've watched some of the Essentials this season. Does anyone have a listing of Ben's picks vs. Ava's picks. I'm really curious to see who picked what film. I saw Jeanne Dielman when TCM aired it and made myself sit through the whole thing waiting for something to happen. I regret not fast-forwarding through it like many of you.
  2. When I was about 6 I watched The Changeling. I lived in an old Victorian house which was about 90 years old, so I was absolutely sure that my house was haunted for months afterwards. I would sleep with the lights on and forced my parents to put a tent on my bed for protection. Who wouldn't be afraid of a creepy wheelchair?
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    Criterion: 1000 releases and counting

    I buy mine at Screen Archives Classics when they run special sales with tiered pricing. Since they go with the limited press runs of 3000 copies, they heavily discount prices older titles to get them to sell out. I have seen things go on sale from about $8 to $26. However, I find it hard to figure out what will sell out quickly, so $14.95 is the price that suits me. I am way more selective in what I buy from them, since once the licensing agreement runs out another studio usually picks it up a few years later. I missed out on Leave Her to Heaven and I hold out hope Criterion gets a hold of it.
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    Criterion: 1000 releases and counting

    A small tidbit: the flourish on the H in hero is not just decorative. It is actually is the Bengali script letter for N (for Nayak) combined with the letter H and the font is a callback to the typography Ray used in the poster as shown below. In addition, Uttam Kumar was the biggest star in Bengali cinema and is revered to this day. To show him such a non-glamorous almost disaffected and tired way in the film and poster was extraordinary. I speak fluent Bengali and have been extremely impressed by Criterion's work in restoring the works of important Bengali filmmakers. It took a long time, but it was worth the wait.
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    Criterion: 1000 releases and counting

    The Nayak cover is actually based on artwork done by Satyajit Ray. He was a commercial graphic artist before becoming a full-time movie director. He did illustrations for his father's poetry and lots of other things.
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    Criterion: 1000 releases and counting

    That was one my favorite covers. Plus their recent ability to release Warner's catalog titles have people clamoring for more. After all a definitive Mildred Pierce and the forthcoming Now, Voyager is like a dream come true for me. WAC has been stepping it up too. I had been waiting years for Gaslight, Jezebel and The Thin Man to be restored. I figured the studios had no interest in their catalogs outside of the big name movies. Honestly, it's not so much that I need them to be released on Blu-Ray, which is a nice side benefit for me as a collector. I just want as many to be restored/preserved as possible so we can enjoy them in the future.
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    Criterion: 1000 releases and counting

    I don't think many people pay MSRP for Criterion, except for those people who must have things on Day 1. I hit up their flash sales and the Barnes & Nobles 50% off sales. Criterion does important work in restoration of cinema, and tries to present the material as close to the original as possible. They also introduced special editions packed with those features back in the LaserDisc days as well as having commentary tracks. If anything, they made the industry change their practices of putting out barebones releases in the early days of DVDs. The days of a robust home video industry are pretty much over. I still prefer physical media hands down. After all, since I am a programmer by trade I practically go stir crazy if my Internet access goes down for more than 2 days.
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    For the “Black Month Crowd”

    It's even funnier because Asha Bhosle didn't use the falsetto as much as her sister, Lata Mangeshkar, did in their 50+ year careers. In the beginning, Lata used more of her vocal range, but the more popular songs included the higher range singing. Therefore, more songs were written to showcase it and it just snowballed from there. The early Bollywood system had movie studios employing certain singers for an entire soundtrack. In addition, actor/actress lock in happens with playback singers where the audience expects a certain voice with a certain star. From the 1940s up until the 1980s, there were a very small group of Indian playback singers, with the 2 sisters getting most of the female playback songs. Their main female competition died of alcoholism. Their male counterparts all died off in the 1970s and 1980s and then needed to be replaced. Those male singers sound eerily close to their predecessors. It's like there is a formula for playback singing stardom and very little deviation. Currently, the trend is to hire for specific songs, however the falsetto voice remains a fixture. The top female singers all use similar falsetto voices, because it's been popular for so long. I find that type of female voice annoying at times, so I actually prefer the male singers. Indian songs written for the female voice are written at the higher octave. My guess is because that is part of the cultural expectations for femininity: youth, docility, fragility, etc. Indian classical music training has way more variation compared to the popular film music.
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    Sadly Neglected Performances by Children

    I loved the Toby character. He was played by Christopher Severn according to IMDB
  10. Reading through this post I am reminded of this exchange from Now, Voyager: In my book, talent is everything. Bette Davis and Angela Lansbury had it in spades.
  11. On this last day of Filmstruck, I have filled my Netflix queue with everything that is available on their DVD/Blu-ray service. I will be at work during the day when the service will probably be shut off. I don't think they used midnight expiration dates for their content I discovered a film by Mikio Naruse called Repast starring the lovely and superb actress Setsuko Hara. If there is time to watch, I recommend it. Last night I finished off the Harold Lloyd collection, which I have been watching in chronological order since the closure was announced. I had missed the Harold Lloyd tributes that TCM did in the last year, so I am glad I was able to watch all of them in one place. I've come to depend on Filmstruck, it was like a comforting old friend. I will miss it.
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    I Just Watched...

    Oh Moses, Moses! You stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!
  13. I think they will have some Hollywood films, most likely the ones they have been granted the temporary streaming rights. This made my weekend, almost as much as the Filmstruck closure announcement ruined my weekend when that happened. I signed up 30 seconds after I received the email. I hope that the Warner venture is executed well and they take a lesson from Filmstruck in how to respect their back catalog treasures.
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    The FilmStruck Thread

    I just received notice that the FilmStruck will be shutdown. The is awful news!
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    WarnerMedia Streaming Service

    I just received my FilmStruck shut down notice. The service ends November 29.

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