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  1. Yes--I have struggled to watch On Demand films from TCM with the lagging closed caption. Very frustrating. I'm a Comcast/Xfinity customer, and the delayed closed captioning shows up for both cable and streaming of TCM films. No other channel has this issue. I sent an email in January to TCM, and I received a generic acknowledgement and reply. TCM suggested getting the latest equipment (check) and changing the CC setting from CC1 to zero (check again). The problem continued. Comcast says this is a TCM problem. On this one and perhaps singular occasion, I tend to agree with Comcast a
  2. Noir Alley just broadcast its premier of "Try and Get Me" on Saturday, January 25. It's Tuesday and it's still not available as a TCM On Demand offering via the TCM app on Firestick. Last weeks' film of January 18, Captive City, is still available but nothing else for the Noir Alley selections. "Try and Get Me" is available through my Xfinity app and among my cable company's On Demand offerings. It's a no show, however, 3 days in through TCM's app. Did I miss something? What gives?
  3. A friend noticed the issue of films disappearing from On Demand availability earlier than their listed expiration date. I'm also noticing a related issue. Film availability via On Demand was consistently a full week. Recently, multiple films are available for several weeks. All well and good. But it seems to be cutting both ways. I'm finding that some films are listed as available for less than the typical one week time frame. A current example is Planet of the Apes. It was broadcast Friday evening, 1-3-20. Depending on whether I check On Demand listings for TCM via cable or
  4. Thanks, art3. As an Xfinity customer, I'd noticed this as well. When a film is broadcast on TCM, it fills the screen on my flat screen tv or it's shown with black bars on the upper and lower edges only. Once the film is available through Xfinity's On Demand, the film is surrounded by black bars on all sides. Picture size at the 4:3 ratio is postage stamp size, while the 16:9 ratio is a slightly larger postage stamp size. Even zooming has black bars on the right and left side. This is a recent change in Xfinity On Demand. Thanks for sending the message to TCM.
  5. Thanks for this discussion, SteveQL and Stephan55. I noticed that multiple TCM films through Comcast's On Demand are offered in HD only, in addition to My Fair Lady available only in SD. A similar problem occurred a few years ago with TCM's list of On Demand films available through Comcast--no new films were being added to the list as others expired. The list dwindled to a single film at one point. Although the problem was discussed in posts here and on the Xfinity help forum, TCM replied once and then went radio silent. Xfinity at least replied to the help forum posts but calls to Xf
  6. Thank you, Rejana Raj, for your post. The first photo, where they are flying above the orchestra, is stunning. The Nicholas Brothers dazzled with their performances, and the Pie, Pie Blackbird number displays some of their signature moves seen later in their careers. They are extraordinary!
  7. I'm going with the Nicholas Brothers, who astound me with their athletic dance skills every time I see them. In a single number, they dazzle by performing the same graceful yet incredibly athletic moves side by side, only to up the dazzle quotient when their dance routine includes brief interludes of each dancing individually and, in so doing, displaying exquisite style and elegance. Bobby Van is a high flying artist who at times seems to defy gravity in Kiss Me Kate; Donald O'Connor not only keeps up with Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain's Moses Supposes number but surpasses Kelly (IM
  8. After seeing 1931's The Public Enemy with Cagney as the ultimate tough guy, it's always a treat to see his talent as a dancer. I've always enjoyed Cagney's dancing, especially when he's doing it on top of a bar as in Footlight Parade. That particular number is reminiscent of watching someone ride a bike on a tight rope--without a net.
  9. Hi Mijiyoon38--I too happened to catch The Great Ziegfeld on TCM today and wondered if a thread had been started on this film. Thanks for starting one and for highlighting a lot of points of interest in this film. I believe Dennis Morgan is the actor singing A Pretty Girl in the spectacular Busby Berkeley scene. I remember him best from his films of the 1940's, especially Christmas in Connecticut. Morgan was so young when he did this film that I had to look twice before I realized he was singing the number. IMDB lists The Great Ziegfeld as his second film in a long career--and quite a
  10. Thanks, cmovieviewer. I appreciate the information you make available well in advance of the next month. I'm still adjusting to the lack of a paper Now Playing Guide mailed to me a few weeks ahead of the coming month. With your links and information, I can take my time in looking over At A Glance and the list of premieres for films I'd like to view and/or record before they've already been broadcast. Thanks again.
  11. When my brother-in-law found out how many films I had on DVD, he said, "Oh--she has a library!" With 700 films, it doesn't make you a freak; it makes you a librarian.
  12. Success at last--I found my November Now Playing Guide in my email this morning. It's my first emailed NPG after signing up for it about six times beginning this past summer. I did print off November's schedule a few days ago using the links in earlier posts on this thread, so thank you to cmovieviewer, Mr6666, et al. for providing them. As The Cid and others have noted, it would be nice to get the email before the first of the month, but I'm just glad that I finally got the NPG. A heads up, as I almost deleted the email when I skimmed the subject line "Remember to Tune in to TCM
  13. Your reference to Robert Redford reminds me of a recent viewing of Three Days of the Condor. Redford is hiding out in the apartment of Faye Dunaway, who is a photographer. An assassin aims to take out Redford, making his way into the apartment where Redford is trying to hide out. During the fight scene, Redford uses a handy camera with a flash bulb a la Rear Window. I suppose the entire premise of Three Days reflects multiple Hitchcock motifs and themes. Thanks for reminding me with your post.
  14. It's been awhile since I've seen it but I'll offer 1997's Conspiracy Theory. Mel Gibson plays the hapless cab driver overwhelmed by government conspiracy theories that are only that--until one theory is discovered to be not so theoretical. The helicopter chase scene has elements of North by Northwest and the corn field--only with more people around and the spraying of bullets instead of chemicals. Gibson's character is in love with the female lead, Julia Roberts, who has no interest in him or his theory. How their relationship changes, their attempts to expose the conspiracy while b
  15. Hi elfinee: According to posts on this board, Cox and Time Warner customers are also having the same problem with TCM On Demand listings. If the heart of this issue is contractual in nature, it seems to impact TCM's contract with multiple cable companies. A different take comes from Comcast's multiple responses to customer complaints on its Help Forum. Comcast consistently characterizes this as a technical issue only and one which primarily involves some newly discovered glitches on TCM's end. Through their forum, Comcast has assured us that Comcast, TCM and their vendor are working
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