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  1. LaughingGravy wrote: 11/30 7:39am/4:39a- The Hotel Anchovy 1934-18m-Ritz Bros. Note: he means 7:39PM / 4:39PM ... the evening, right before: 8:00 PM Bellboy, The (1960).
  2. On Sunday, 27-Nov-2005 at 6:00 AM EST, TCM broadcast "Captains Courageous" (1937) ... again. It has now been FIVE months since my original posting (June 20, 2005) alerted TCM staff to the corruptions in their print of this classic film. I rechecked the print aired on 27-Nov-2005 and it still shows the "splice-loop" corruption reported previously. It would be needless-to-restate [yet i will] that a preferable thing, for the paid subscribers, would be for TCM staff to get a print of this film with zero corruptions... and air it instead of the bad one. Hasn't TCM been br
  3. Since the film is airing on Monday -- has anyone else noticed before that there are at least two print corruptions in TCM's print of "Captains Courageous"? I've taped their print twice, and compared it to a pre-recorded VHS tape copy, and both times the print TCM aired had at least two corruptions. I made very detailed notes (which I misplaced for the moment) and can recall two of them somewhat. Both of them look like splicing problems. One is early in the print when Freddie is reading a letter; in the pre-recorded tape you can read text somewhat longer than in the TC
  4. FYI, on 19-Jun-2005, at the end of the introduction for "The Rag Man", host Robert Osborne stated this: "One more thing of note about this film: last year it was given a new music score composed by a winner in our Young Film Composers Competition -- Linda Martinez, who, I'm sad to say, died last month at the age of 29. And our heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends who I hope can take some comfort in the fact that her work on this film will continue to be appreciated for many many years to come. Here, from 1925, 'The Rag Man'."
  5. TomaGain77 -- after i read what you wrote, i decided to check my tape for corruption. I looked through the whole 65-minutes at fast-forward and did not see any digital corruption-event that you described. Can you be even more specific about what was happening in the film at that point (and what image is frozen)? If so, I will check even in more careful detail. However, I'm surprised you assert that it was not likely caused by your local provider, especially if you have that bogus so-called "digital cable" like I have. That dang box "barely works"; I've seen so many digit
  6. If you look closely at one of the Amazon.Com "Spotlight Reviews" of the DVD by Reviewer: Mark Savary "moon_city" (Seattle, WA), you see this notation included: The packaging of the DVD says that the film is in standard (or pan n' scan) format, but the disc is actually (and thankfully), in widescreen. The widescreen framing is not perfect, but close enough for satisfaction. The color is a bit "washed out", and the sets are clearly painted in a color scheme meant for black and white film. This combination makes the colors a bit garish at times, but for the age of the film, it looks prett
  7. EX-cellent -- very excellent! I only urge for that same level of perfection on which TCM and staff verge normally. When there's a DVD widescreen available on the open market, TCM staff would want even more than usual not to broadcast the Pan&Scan print. It's true that TCM doesn't play a P&S print unnecessarily too often -- but it's worth having subscribers identify it here (e.g., to alert TCM staff). If I notice it, I post a question about it; I'm not trying to criticize: I couldn't easily appreciate how difficult it must be to run TCM, with new prints being re
  8. On Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 4:00pm EST, TCM played a Pan&Scan (P&S) version of "Shenandoah" (1965). According to DVD technical info from Amazon.Com (cited below), it's not clear why TCM would air it P&S when a Widescreen [Letterbox] version has been available on DVD for nearly FIVE MONTHS. Consider the data below taken from the DVD descriptions off Amazon.Com: Release Information: Studio: Universal Studios DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004 Edition Details: Widescreen According to IMDb, the proper aspect ratio for this film is (1.85:1), widescreen/le
  9. Actually, fwiw ... "One Magic Christmas" is scheduled to air nationally on a TCM-competitor station named the Hallmark_Channel on Monday, Dec. 6, 2004 at 9pm. Stars: Harry Dean Stanton and Mary Steenburgen.
  10. Dan -- thanks for posting the details you did have about the content of the probable cuts, and now the possible corrected running-time. It seems this film was produced by Scimitar Films, and distributed by MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc. (laserdisc) and United Artists. Maybe TCM staff can contact the back-channels for their print of this film and might determine the feasibility of getting a better/longer print. I'm unsure how else to proceed. Maybe the UK DVD version has some of the missing material; it was only just released 05-Jul-2004. (I cannot play Region 2 PAL format DVD
  11. On Sunday, August 1, 2004 at 12:30amd EDT, TCM played a Pan&Scan (P&S) version of "Fletch" (1985). According to DVD technical info from Amazon.Com (cited below), it's not clear why TCM would air it P&S when a Widescreen [Letterbox] version has been available on DVD for over FOURTEEN months. Consider the data below taken from the DVD descriptions off Amazon.Com: Release Information: Studio: Universal Studios DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003 Aspect Ratio(s): Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1 PLEASE: why didn't TCM air "Fletch" in LBX? Are subscribers to presume
  12. You might consider consulting this book: "The Movie Moguls: An Informal History of the Hollywood Tycoons" by Philip French; Chicago: Henry Regnery Co. 1969. It covers a history of the studios in relation to the 'men' who ran things.
  13. Can anyone tell how much in advance of their airing the Robert Osborne introductions are taped? An acquaintance of mine asserted that it's foolish to believe that Robert Osborne really tapes the intros "on" the day they air. For example, when Mr. Osborne says "Now on this beautiful Sunday in July...", he is really taping it like the Thursday or Friday before. Is that true? I remember on Sunday, September 28, 2003 TCM played an Elia Kazan marathon from 6pm to midnight ET, and yet earlier that day director Elia Kazan passed away ... yet Robert Osborne did not say anything a
  14. Jeepers, i suppose you're right about that -- there wouldn't have been a Robert Osborne intro for that previous airing. I wonder if Robert Osborne didn't know it aired before, or if the "TCM definition" of "TCM premiere" is somehow different than a common sense literal interpretation of "premiere"? Or maybe even ... it didn't air the previous time, even though it was on the schedule (e.g., maybe TCM interrupted their programming that day for a memorial marathon)? It's odd ... I'm pretty sure "Clarence" aired before, so I don't see why TCM would call it a 'premiere'.
  15. Would anyone else find it odd that before the airing of "Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion" played on July 21, 2004, Robert Osborne stated it was a "TCM premiere", yet this same film previously played on TCM on Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 7:00AM ET? Is it reasonable to conclude that the intro from back in Oct. 2003 was recycled ... repeated again ... July 2004? (It was previously thought that Robert Osborne always does new intros, but how could TCM staff assert that it was a TCM premiere when it wasn't?)
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