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MovieFanLaura

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  1. I have had the privilege of hearing Alan Rode introduce countless films over the years and now call him a friend. He is a true historian who has probably forgotten more about films than I know, and frankly I know a lot. The years of research and efforts which went into the Curtiz book alone are staggering. His enthusiasm for films in general and film noir in particular has caused me to try many films and expand my interests and for that I'm especially grateful. I'm delighted that he is now appearing on TCM. He'll also be introducing THE SEA WOLF at TCMFF later this month. As for the
  2. TCMFF is definitely more expensive than other festivals I attend, such as the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, CA or the Lone Pine (CA) Film Festival. It's in a more expensive area and is a huge undertaking with more films and more attendees than the other festivals. That said, it does not need to cost many thousands of dollars unless that's your preference. I have attended for several years and had the classic level pass. With rare exception (the infamous DOUBLE HARNESS pre-Code...but I think I ended up better off at HE RAN ALL THE WAY) I have always gotten in to the m
  3. SECRET COMMAND with Pat O'Brien and Carole Landis is a personal favorite of mine, a "little" movie that really grabbed me. O'Brien is especially good, and he and Landis have excellent chemistry. (They were good friends offscreen, and he and the film's director were both pallbearers when she died.) Recommended.
  4. Alan K. Rode's book on Michael Curtiz should be out this November (700 pages, University Press of Kentucky), and UCLA will be honoring Curtiz with a retrospective series in a few months. Just some more Curtiz info FYI!
  5. However, the technology did not exist years ago to put out these "lower end" movies. They were able to start doing it seven years ago, and they couldn't flood the market with hundreds of titles at once for myriad reasons, technological and financial. I have been told by folks at WB that while streaming and downloading is growing in popularity, especially on "the coasts," the continued popularity of DVDs is much stronger than many people assume. Eventually that may change, but they aren't seeing a negative impact on the DVD market now, again in large part because collectors aren't so inte
  6. Although streaming is increasingly popular, many collectors, myself included, still prefer ownership of hard discs. The Archive is not going to rake in the same money as hugely popular titles, but isn't it great that there is a financially viable model which can make so many people happy? How terrific it is that we're not limited to owning only the "big name" movies and that the Archive found a way to make this work. Many people, myself included, are thrilled to finally own the movies that would have never come out on regular retail DVDs. I'm not sure why there's not "value" in that and th
  7. "But I think what they're doing is just going through everything Ted Turner acquired and making it all available." Well, that's absolutely true, and it was the Archive's stated goal when it debuted in 2009. For instance, you will find relevant quotes on that topic in my initial blog post on the Archive way back when: http://laurasmiscmusings.blogspot.com/2009/03/warner-dvd-archive.html George Feltenstein said " Our goal is to eventually open up our entire vault." Isn't that what we all want, access to whatever title we'd like to see? Especially as everyone's taste and favorites var
  8. "Don't get me wrong, it's nice to have all these films more readily available-- but nobody really wanted these particular titles. And again, if they did, it's because they were drinking." I'm a teetotaler and I'm absolutely thrilled by the Robert Montgomery releases. I've been waiting for some of them for a long time -- and to have the full-length UK version of HAUNTED HONEYMOON? Even better. Montgomery has many fans in classic film fan circles, and the folks at the Warner Archive have told me that past sales success is one factor which informs future release decisions. I infer from
  9. Yes, I got Forbidden Hollywood 9 direct from Warner Archive and the set consists of the pressed silver-backed discs.
  10. Off the top of my head, other film noir/crime films where children play significant roles include SHADOW ON THE WALL, THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL, and THE ATOMIC CITY.
  11. I appreciate the work you do to keep us apprised of the new releases! I was told that Scott Eyman recorded the WESTWARD THE WOMEN track in 2008, just before the classic film DVD market radically changed. I'm thrilled it's being included! This is a *wonderful* movie and I've already ordered it -- it's the rare time I'm not waiting for an Archive sale! Technically one other Archive release has had a commentary track, but it was a reissue of a previous regular release: WHERE THE BOYS ARE. It had the Paula Prentiss commentary track. In a similar fashion the new Archive reissue of the p
  12. PURSUED and BLOOD ON THE MOON will be the opening night double bill at UCLA next month when they have a series of Mitchum Westerns! Jack Favell has listed a couple of my underrated faves. In no particular order here's my list: WESTWARD THE WOMEN ANGEL AND THE BADMAN WAGON MASTER ROUGHSHOD (a delightful discovery thanks to TCM) AMBUSH (or maybe COLT .45, a crazily entertaining movie...or YELLOW SKY...and Don DeFore was an absolute revelation in RAMROD, sure wish he'd done more roles like that)
  13. Worth noting that SUNDAY IN NEW YORK and BACHELOR IN PARADISE are remastered. Previously TCM has shown SUNDAY IN NEW YORK pan & scan, so I'm looking forward to getting the widescreen copy...incidentally, wonder if TCM will be able to switch to widescreen next time they show it?
  14. Deep Discount news: I bought a few items in the sale today. I track DDD and Amazon prices in a spreadsheet and none of the prices had been raised before the sale. A few items on my wish list didn't show up in a DDD search... Most curiously, given the discussion here about their service of late, a couple items in my order, including ERROL FLYNN ADVENTURES, were noted "Ships from Manufacturer." Wonder what that's all about? Even more curiously, I was charged tax by DDD for the first time ever. I'm in CA and am wondering if a manufacturer (Warner?) is in CA, then perhaps that's wh
  15. For what it's worth, just got an email today that DDD's Big Winter Sale starts Monday, 11/22 and runs through 12/10. 25% off. There doesn't appear to be a coupon code so maybe they automatically take the 25% off.
  16. These observations about Deep Discount are interesting as I've actually had a couple recent issues with them myself. They were unable to ship THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE in September the week it came out (brand-new release!) so I cancelled and went with Amazon instead. More recently I placed an order for the new VCI release of JANE EYRE (Scott-York version) on Nov. 9th; there was no indication it was backordered, although when I got the confirming email it said it was backordered. Still no indication of that at the DVD's actual listing or in my account info. If it doesn't ship by early next
  17. Has anyone heard any rumblings about whether Deep Discount will have its annual big Fall Sale? They had a "Fall Sale" coupon code a few weeks ago but there weren't that many eligible titles on my list. I've been holding off on starting Christmas shopping in hopes of making my purchases during the sale.
  18. Thanks for this! I picked up NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH and STAGECOACH at my local B&N yesterday. An interesting bit of info for those who have a B&N membership: I hadn't ordered online recently and just learned that the membership discounts are no longer good online. (Instead you get a free shipping option.) However, the discounts are good in the stores, and the store will order any Criterion they don't have in stock. (I ordered ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS.) So for me, with the in-store discount, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH got down to $13.50 tax! STAGECOACH was $18 tax. Thanks again,
  19. Love that cover for NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH! Thanks for the great news.
  20. Thanks much for the good news on the Deanna Durbin set. I have become a major fan over the last couple years. Her movies have been all been delightful.
  21. Thanks much for the good news on the Deanna Durbin set. I have become a major fan over the last couple years. Her movies have been all been delightful.
  22. My dad was trying to play his Archive DVD-Rs on a DVD player which is built into a TV set along with a VCR. The DVD player is not a recorder, but I wonder if the presence of a VCR was the problem for the 3 discs he couldn't play.
  23. A follow-up to my note about the difficulty my father had playing Warner Archive discs: he has a friend who has several DVD players for business reasons. The Archive discs my dad couldn't play wouldn't play on his friend's nicest/newest equipment, but would play on a Walmart cheapie that cost around $30. Strange! It's a bit disconcerting knowing that the Warner Archive DVD-Rs are randomly not going to play on all players... I have not had any difficulty myself with approximately 10 Archive DVD-Rs to date.
  24. We'll definitely exchange them. I'm a bit concerned as we are slightly past the 30-day window from purchase, due to the holidays and the fact I had to ship his order to him in another state, but I'm assuming if they won't play the Archive will stand behind their product. Thanks for your feedback! Edited by: MovieFanLaura on Jan 12, 2010 1:41 PM
  25. Thanks, as always, for keeping us posted here on the new Archive releases. Query: My father and I split an Archive order during a pre-Christmas sale. He has started playing them and three out of four of his Archive DVDs have an FBI warning show on screen and then don't play; the screen goes blank. The fourth is fine. He has previously played at least one of my Archive DVDs on his DVD player without a problem. He's going to try playing his DVDs on a friend's DVD player to see if they work there, out of curiosity, but it looks like we'll have to exchange them. Has anyone else ha
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