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  1. Jimmy Jazz ( Clash reference?), I would buy it. Eventually, I expect the film itself will degrade no matter how carefully stored? There are only 4 films with B & B... I know LB is not considered among the greatest, and her volume of work is not remarkable. Whether it be outtakes, or unreleased studio or live recordings, there are a few bands and films that I want to hear/see everything in the studio vaults, or that people have secreted away in their personal treasure troves. I'm voracious that way, its an unsettled way of fandom. I feel as though I'm being deprived of things a truly devo
  2. TCMers, I watched "Bacall on Bogart" again recently. I was intrigued by a short segment discussing "The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre." There is a screenshot of 3 strips of film, all showing a blooper where Bogart is unable to control his mule. I am assuming these were from backup cameras? Whatever their source, these strips of film were sitting somewhere doing nothing. I got the impression they were from Huston's private archives... Did Hawks use more than one camera when filming the B & B movies? More importantly, I am sure not every scene was nailed to everyone's satisfaction on the fi
  3. James, I have Carmen fitted for the murder as well. Although they dance ever so gingerly around the issue, it is obvious Carmen is a narcotics addict, and the logical assumption is the supplier was Geiger. Bogart makes a comment on how Carmen acts when she is refused something, so I can easily see her killing Geiger over a drug dispute. She also was known to carry a pistola, but then again not many people in the film didn't. Was the version shown to US troops the same as the pre-release version on the B side of the DVD? This has an attempted plot explanation in the DA's offic
  4. Hey All, I disagree with Letterman's POV re: the nebulous plot. I have seen this remark from many folks, ranging from film critics to fans and everyone in between. I will readily admit if you allow yourself to swept up in watching Bogie and Bacall, it could cloud your thinking. Lauren certainly clouds my thoughts, she is so strikingly radiant in this film. The BluRay DVD brings out details making her even more captivating, and the improved sound makes her voice all the more seductive. The additional scenes shot in 1946 by Hawks are particularly outstanding in 1080p. However, the BluRay offers
  5. YES! THAHN, regrdless of not being on Warner Archive's upcoming release list, will be out on BluRay July 19. Now all 4 of LB/HB's films are available in 1080 rez. Huzzah!! I hope they did a masterful frame by frame restoration job, and had a pristine source to work from. It mystified me how the most popular (arguably) of all the LB/HB films would not be available in HD. Well, now it will be. It will take its place proudly next to my TBS BRDVD. Just imagine how the hotel's interior shots will look- this is going to be special. The stunning beauty of LB will be even more apparent. Thank you WBA!
  6. I pay for Verizon's most expensive HD/SD FiOS TV programming package. Some 500 active channels, roughly 1/3 in 1080i HD. TCM is on channel #230, but it is a joke. It is in SD, adding to the insult is the fact the complete image takes up only about 40% of a standard 16:9 HD flat panel display. "The Longest Day" was actually shown in OAR- the whole image was there; but it was reduced greatly in size. Even the older 1.33:1 OAR films don't come close to filling most of the entire 16:9 display. I've been an advocate for broadcasting films in their OAR since the advent of HBO/SHO/etc..., but this is
  7. I double checked both versions. "Owen Taylor" is never seen, you don't even see his covered body as they are rolling him away on Lido Pier. He and Sean Regan, both important parts of the plot, are never seen. "Dan Wallace" appears in the opening credits, so must have fallen victim to the editing process, perhaps making room for the Jan 46 filmed Bogie and Bacall scenes. Hence my call for collector's editions of all the Bogie and Bacall films, I want to see everything that was captured on film. Everything. RJM
  8. The BIg Sleep and To Have and Have Not- I'd guess around 50-75 times each. Alien comes in after those two, with many viewings of The Thing (1981), Aliens, War Of The Roses, Predator, The Testament Of Dr. Mabuse. If this counts, all of the The Three Stooges w/ original Curly. Who knows how many times for those... RJM
  9. The Big Sleep Fans: I think we may have two characters mentioned in both the 1945 pre-release and 1946 cinema versions of the Raymond Chandler classic that are never seen. First, I'd like to say the Charles Feldman inspired reshoots and filming of additional LB/HB scenes in Jan of 1946 made this a worthy contender to "To Have And Have Not". It made a good film great; giving me, and I suspect most fans, more of the Bogie and Bacall sizzle the oozed from THAHN. I also do not feel the film's plot is quite as byzantine as some make it out to be. Aside from being distracted by LB's sultry beauty an
  10. I know WBA can fickle about what is going to be released. TBS and KL were not on the BluRay WB Archives release list, and they said they had no plans to do so (in 2014). Now, TBS, KL and DP are all available on BluRay. Huzzah! Why is THAHN being passed over? Out of the four HB/LB films, THAHN has got to be the most important, and entertaining. It is surely a better film than Dark Passage, which WAS transferred to BluRay. There really should have been a 4 movie collector's BluRay box set, with each film having a dedicated disc of outakes, bloopers, set photos, commentaries, etc... The 480i DVD
  11. For Camarks, The Painted Lady, All "The Big Sleep" Lovers, I thought you might enjoy the attached jpegs. Obviously my fascination with not only Lauren and this film runs very deep. I don't know if Bogie's health was already beginning to decline after "Key Largo", but certainly Jack Warner had to know he was sitting on the hottest couple in Hollywood. I wonder if any film historians know if other noir style film scripts were submitted to B&B, but were rejected for some reason? I wish so much they had starred in more Chandler/Hammett/Spillane style crime stories, directed by H.H., or D.
  12. Hi Camarks, Thanks for your thoughts, hopefully someday the studio will dig up the most pristine copy of it they can find ( I would check the estates of people who owned the movie houses, the projectionists, everyone... Once located, I would then painstakingly transfer it to BluRay, along with their other 3 films. As far the TBS from the box set goes, the TBS disc is chock full of goodies. There is not only the Feldman inspired re-shoots and new material presented as the 1946 "official" release, but a UCLA film historian takes you through the differences scene by scene. Fascinating for anyone
  13. To "The Painted Lady": So nice to hear from a fellow traveler. If I may make a suggestion: TCM puts on sale two disc sets of the four films @ $9.99 for each two film set. As long as TBS has both the 1945 and 46 versions, that would be the cheaper way to go, expecially if your ordered bothsets at the same time. I paid well over $60 from Amazon to get the box set, which I have to admit has a fantastic picture of Bogie holding Lauren in a pre-kiss swoon on it, but I'd raher have saved the roughly $35.00. I have seen TCM put these two disc sets on sale several times in the last few years. I don't
  14. Stargazing- May I put forth 2 alternate scenarios? Yes, Brody's story did not seem well grounded in reality, and his fidgety rendering of it to Marlowe did him no favors. I have two alternate murder suspects for 2 different characters: 1) The chauffer- remember Vivian said he was in love with Carmen. We have no idea what the man looked like or how he carried himself, but I think Carmen's awareness of her sexual allure probably inflated her ego to enormous proportions, given her childish temperment. If she was approached by the chauffer, who she considered in a lesser leauge than say Marlowe or
  15. To Canvas Students and All "The Big Sleep" Lovers--- My favorite noir of all time. Not surprising as my first four are "To Have and Have Not", "The Big Sleep" "Dark Passage" and "Key Largo". The pattern here is obvious, Ms. Perske's "look" in those four films have been a source of enchantment for over 40 years now. I prefer the sassy, "dressed to kill" Lauren to the more plain, domesticated version of her in "Key Largo", where both her worldly ways and sexual allure are obviously not accentuated in that film, but her feminine perfection still shines through. Even though my copy of "TBS" has m
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