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  1. I really enjoyed this, much more than the Warner Brothers special from a couple of months ago. I did record this also, it's something I think can be watched again and again. Very interesting, and instead of the historical aspect dragging it down, it moved along at a nice clip.
  2. I don't know...what is going on? I'm kidding... As someone who has been a member a long while, but doesn't post often due to other real life and internet obligations - it is a little bit clickety click click clack around here at times. But, I will say that most of the ole timers are very friendly folks to any newbies that don't act like raging idiots. To the poster who said that "The only movie outside of "The Dark Knight" that is of any quality of the past year is "Valkyrie" - Oh now, I must disagree. While The Dark Knight is an admirable film, I would say you'd have to put Slumdog Millionaire, The Fall, Man On Wire, Wall-E, and several others on the brilliant list for this year. Message was edited by: silentfan66
  3. I've been a member of Netflix for almost six months now and love it. I've never had a problem, even when the mail service in our neighborhood was screwed up and I missed two flicks. I reported them lost, got replacements, and when they did show up (weeks later) I just returned them. I started out using the three disc program, but when I started to rent television series I went up to four discs. Usually I try to watch something the same day or next. Been plowing thru the House of Eliott series, and I'll be into The Six Wives of Henry VIII next.
  4. Well, I'm happy to see a replay of Tight Spot, which I missed the other night. That and The Count of Monte Cristo and Craig's Wife will be my highlights.
  5. What a week...I am truly sad at this great actor's passing. What a talent! I'll have to stick in Henry V or A Man for All Seasons tonight.
  6. Thank you - you said everything I was planning on typing out, except probably nicer. If I don't like what a channel has on, I change the channel. Simple as that.
  7. Yay - more Popeye on it's way! Title: Popeye the Sailor Starring: N/A (Animation) Released: 17th June 2008 SRP: $34.98 Further Details: Warner Home Video has announced Popeye the Sailor: 1938-1940 Volume Two which includes 31 uncut and remastered shorts. The 2-disc package will be available to own from the 17th June, and should retail at around $34.98. Extras will include commentaries, Popeye Popumentary featurettes, an Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story retrospective documentary, the feature-length movie Gulliver's Travels, vintage audio recordings, radio interviews, and more. Disc #1 1. I Yam Love Sick 2. Plumbing Is A Pipe 3. The Jeep 4. Bulldozing The Bull 5. Mutiny Ain?t Nice 6. Goonland 7. A Date To Skate 8. Cops Is Always Right 9. Customers Wanted 10. ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP 11. Leave Well Enough Alone 12. Wotta Nitemare 13. Ghosks Is The Bunk 14. Hello, How Am I 15. It?s The Natural Thing To Do Disc #2 1. Never Sock A Baby 2. Shalespearian Spinach 3. Females Is Fickle 4. Stealin? Ain?t Honest 5. Me Feelin?s Is Hurt 6. Onion Pacific 7. Wimmin Is A Myskery 8. Nurse-Mates 9. Fightin? Pals 10. Doin? Impossikible Stunts 11. Wimmin Hadn?t Oughta Drive 12. Puttin On The Act 13. Popeye Meets William Tell 14. My Pop, My Pop 15. With Poopdeck Pappy 16. Popeye Presents Eugene The Jeep
  8. I've been wanted to run up an all-purpose thread for dvd releases Mets, I'm glad you started it. I do have good news about one of my all time wants, Little Dorrit is to be released shortly, at least within the next couple of months or so. However, it may only be released in Region 2, but I did hear from one of my other 'wanter' friends that it should be Region 0, which will play stateside. Now here is some good news! 431 : The Thief of Bagdad SRP: $39.95 Two Discs Synopsis The Thief of Bagdad, legendary producer Alexander Korda's Arabian Nights marvel, is one of the most spectacular fantasy films ever made, an eye-popping effects pioneer brimming with imagination and technical wizardry. When Prince Ahmad (John Justin) is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar (Conrad Veidt), he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu (the incomparable Sabu, in his definitive role) to win back his royal position, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess (June Duprez). With its luscious Technicolor, vivid sets, and unprecedented visual wonders, The Thief of Bagdad has charmed viewers of all ages for decades. Special Features * - SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES: * - Restored digital transfer * - Two audio commentaries: one featuring renowned directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, and one with film and music historian Bruce Eder * - New interviews with special-effects experts Ray Harryhausen, Dennis Muren, and Craig Barron about the technical achievements of The Thief of Bagdad * - The Lion Has Wings (1940), Alexander Korda's propaganda film for the English war effort, during The Thief of Bagdad's production hiatus * - Excerpts from codirector Michael Powell's audio dictations for his autobiography * - Selections of music by composer Miklos R?zsa not used in the final film * - Stills gallery featuring rare Dufaycolor images of the film's production * - Theatrical trailer * - PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film scholars Andrew Moor and Ian Christie There will also be a couple of Malle films released in May, and I believe both have been shown on TCM recently.
  9. Thank you a million times over for posting the December schedule! Ahhh...all those Pre-Codes...the best X-mas gift I could get!
  10. I found his obit...as I said to others, what an interesting life he had, Olympian and acting, and in business. A truly full life. Herman Brix, who died Saturday at 100, was a record-breaking shot- putter who went on to star in Tarzan movies, in which he invented his own version of the Tarzan yell, transliterated by one critic as "Mmmmmmm-annnnngannnnn-eeeeeee." Brix's was no competition for the more famous version developed by the far more prolific Tarzan portrayer, Johnny Weissmuller, along with his coaches at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. A dozen or so other actors played the vine swinger before the 1960s, including Olympians Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe. But Brix's Tarzan, in "The New Adventures of Tarzan" (1935) and "Tarzan and the Green Goddess" (1938), was unique in that he was the only one to play Tarzan the way his creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, had written him, as the multilingual, Oxford-educated member of the English nobility, Lord Greystoke. Brix did so to little acclaim, though, and soon dropped out of Tarzan films, took acting lessons, adopted the screen name Bruce Bennett, and went on to a series of supporting roles in films like "Mildred Pierce" (1945) and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948), in which he played a down-on-his-luck American who joins Humphrey Bogart in a doomed quest for gold. Born in Tacoma, Wash., in 1906, Brix worked at lumber camps before attending the University of Washington, where he played in the 1925 Rose Bowl and became a star javelin thrower and shot-putter. He was a three-time All Coast tackle and a six-time national shot-put champion. The sports writer Grantland Rice once called him "America's greatest athlete." Brix tossed the shot at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, winning a silver medal just behind another American, John Kuck. The pair later toured the country in a series of exhibitions during which Brix established new world records. In the early 1930s, Brix began making athletic instruction films and was considered for "Tarzan the Ape Man" (1932), losing out to Weissmuller after injuring a shoulder. He was hired for what amounted to a competing franchise when Burroughs, who disliked Weissmuller's grunting nature-boy Tarzan, decided to make his own Tarzan films. "This was a man who had mastered both the jungle and civilization," Brix told the Christian Science Monitor in 1999. "It was a very compelling idea for its time." "The New Adventures of Tarzan" was shot in late 1934 under difficult conditions in Guatemala, where a storm nearly wiped out the production before it got a chance to start. Brix did all his own stunts and was seriously injured when he attempted to dive into a cataract to save the love interest - Ula Vale, not Jane Parker. Originally released as a serial and then as a film, "The New Adventures of Tarzan" flopped when MGM refused to screen it at its theaters. The film did well abroad, and better in America when it was recut and rereleased in 1938 as "Tarzan and the Green Goddess." Despite the genuinely exotic locations, the film was hardly a model of accuracy, featuring rhinos, giraffes, and lions prowling Mayan temples. Sadly, conditions in Guatemala ruined the soundtrack. It is seldom screened today. Brix as Bruce Bennett went on to a workmanlike career in Hollywood; his turn as Joan Crawford's well-meaning first husband in "Mildred Pierce" is generally considered his high-water mark. He appeared in dozens of films in the 1940s and then moved on to television in the 1950s. He was the kind of actor who appears once as a guest star on every series. Brix mostly retired in the 1960s and devoted himself to business, first for a slot machine company and later as a real estate investor. He cooperated in a 2001 memoir, "Please Don't Call Me Tarzan." Ya know, it's nagging at me...not at this group but another I participate in someone had mentioned that their friend had interviewed him for a story in the past couple of years and found him clear as a bell and a real gentleman. I'll have to dig around and see if I can find a link to the interview.
  11. Ahhhhhh! Dancing Snow White! Somebody hand me a jug of eye bleach quick!!! Ya know, it was too long, they coulda lost the screen dancers and the Mann montage, but other than that it was okay. I'm peeved that I first picked The Departed, then LFIJ, and I love my Marty but was still hoping Greengrass would have won for United 93. Oh well.
  12. I screwed up royally and forgot to tape the Pre-Codes this morning of The Guilty Generation and The Criminal Code - if anybody did tape them or already have them recorded, please please PM me. Thanks everybody! Oh hey, if you did watch them, were they any good?
  13. Myself and a couple others got together for a chat the night of the GG's, cause that's basically all the show is good for, is a good laugh. I did like the point that Meryl made about finding the small films and trying to entice your local theatre to carry these films, though these days you'd have to e-mail the conglomerate that owns the fifty zillion multi-screened monsters. And I enjoyed Scorcese mentioning not only Night of the Hunter, but The Red Shoes and the Warner Brothers gangster films. Love Hugh Laurie! Adorable! Message was edited by: silentfan66
  14. TCM does such a beautiful job with these...my upstanding applause to those who work on them. And thanks for the site that has the older TCM Remembers guys! I just wish the Oscars would do as good of a job on their memorial pieces. I always say that the best I've seen on any Oscar show was the 2001-2002 show when Anthony Quinn, George Harrison, Carol O'Connor and others were featured, because rather than just a quick pic they had actual clips and the 'dance' theme which was a celebration, rather than just a black armband salute.
  15. Dang, I just posted this over at the Hot Topics. Such a shame, though I'm sure not unexpected. Truly a talented and let's face it - lushly gorgeous women. I loved her in almost every role she played, The Ten Commandments, Criss Cross, Death of a Scoundrel, McLintock!, and so many others.
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