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  1. As expected, this is a reverential, nostalgic look at the Oscars, definitely not as "entertaining" as the 1992 straight-to-video documentary "Oscar's Greatest Moments", which has extended clips of Sacheen Littlefeather, "Zionist Hoodlums", the streaker who ran on stage, live bloopers, and all that outrageous stuff. But "The Oscar Goes To..." does have those backstage interview outtakes, which I enjoyed. I wish there were more of those. In fact, the whole film doesn't show nearly enough footage from the telecast.


    This is a show that gave us Rob Lowe and Snow White, James Franco and Anne Hatheway, and countless other disastrous moments that have made it apparent to all of us that this is not exactly the classiest award shows in history, like the Tonys, AFI Salutes, and Kennedy Center Honors. A more irreverent and less serious "tribute" would be nicer.

  2. TCM has been showing episodes of the 1955-56 TV series "MGM Parade" MANY times a month. Is anyone disappointed by this show? It is primarily a clip-fest of MGM movies, which might be valuable to 1950s viewers, but is worthless to us now that we can see the actual movies on TCM. What's more, TCM has been showing the SAME episode each month, many times a month. In January, it showed episode 25 several times. It showed episode 24 several times last month, and episode 23 several times in November, etc. Why is TCM devoting so many valuable half-hour time slots to showing this uninteresting show??


    The shocking thing is that as often as they show these episodes, I still haven't seen all the episodes because of all the endless repeats! And they are only thirty or so episodes in the series. I suggest they show all the episodes in a couple months, with no repeats, just to get it over with.

  3. Another question: where do these "TCM Word of Mouth" segments get the material from? Are these excerpts of documentaries, past interviews, and the likes? Wouldn't there be rights clearance issues if they get material from all these different sources? It's hard enough to get clearances for movies already.


    And if they are from documentaries, then what are the documentaries? I've seen many of these Word of Mouth segments and have not been able to identify even one.

  4. As many of you know, TCM shows mostly films that are at least 10 to 20 years old. But in 2006, it made an exception and showed a 4-year-old movie, the 2002 Japanese animated film "Spirited Away". Is that a record of the youngest film ever shown by TCM? Excluding new programs (e.g. new interviews, new documentaries "Moguls and Movie Stars"), has there been a film shown on TCM that was even less than 4 years old?


    Edited by: atcmviewer on May 22, 2013 2:47 PM

  5. I tried to record them because I couldn't watch them live, but unfortunately I bungled the recording and only saw a few minutes of the documentary. The TCM database shows that they won't be repeated in the coming months. I'm saddened over this. This could be the last time these films would be on television. TCM has had plenty of "once-and-done" broadcast. Remember those Indian classics introduced by Ivory Merchant? There is a reason why Baby Peggy films are so rarely seen, and it's probably the rights holders are not keen on having them shown them on TV. I pray to God that there will be another chance for me to see these films.

  6. Netflix is moving towards online streaming because of the STAGGERING cost of running a rental service for physical discs. They need gazillions of copies of discs and many distribution centers to minimize delays in shipping. And I've been told that discs usually only last fewer than SIX TRIPS in transit before they get lost or damaged in the mail. Imagine the cost! (Not to mention the mountains of landfill.)


    That's why all the other smaller online rental copies like Greencine, Classicflix, etc., have and will have a hard time staying in business, let alone being as successful as Netflix. I know several online rental companies have already gone out of business in the last 10 years: nicheflix, dvdrentalcentral, rentmydvd, dvdovernight, etc. Amazon once entertained the thought of going into this business but wisely thought otherwise.


    If you rent from Greencine, Classicflix, be prepared for long delays to get what you actually want, because thousands other people will want it too and there just isn't enough copies. Be prepared for long shipping times due to the lack of facilities. And be prepared for the higher chances of damaged and lost discs due to the long shipping times.


    You can google for pictures of Netflix distribution centers, where you see people stuffing millions of discs into millions of envelopes, not an enviable task. But those poor workers do get free memberships of Netflix, and mandatory exercise periods to keep them from going crazy like Chaplin at the assembly line in Modern Times.


    Edited by: atcmviewer on Feb 2, 2011 1:26 PM

  7. They are not showing any of the 1-hour episodes, which includes Robert Duvall in "Miniature", the only episode with scenes in COLOR.


    I'm also a big fan of Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" series, essentially Twilight Zone in color.

  8. > {quote:title=clore wrote:}{quote}

    > >>I used to watch these marathons religiously until I got the definitive DVD editions, whose restored video/audio and UNCUT presentations make for much more pleasant viewings.


    > And it's even more pleasant for those who order it today from Amazon where until midnight, one can get the 28-disc set for 99 bucks.


    I think I paid 99 bucks just for the first season's definitive DVD set when it first came out. It was really a gigantic upgrade from past DVDs, and it even came with the book "The Twilight Zone Companion" by Marc Scott Zicree, so it was well worth it. During every episode you see the CBS logo, the product placements during commercial breaks, Rod Serling's mentioning the upcoming episode -- all these really transport you back into the 50s and see the show the way TV audiences then saw it.

  9. A couple of episodes rarely get shown: "The Encounter" with George Takei, and the Oscar-winning "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". I used to watch these marathons religiously until I got the definitive DVD editions, whose restored video/audio and UNCUT presentations make for much more pleasant viewings.

  10. I've been meaning to check out "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse" because the synopsis on the Criterion DVD sounds very intriguing:


    "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse reunites the director with the character that had effectively launched his career. Lang put slogans and ideas expounded by the Nazis into the mouth of a madman, warning his audience of an imminent menace, which was soon to become a reality. Nazi Minister of Information Joseph Goebbels saw the film as an instruction manual for terrorist action against the government and banned it for 'endangering public order and security.' A landmark of mystery and suspense for countless espionage and noir thrillers to come, this is the complete, uncut original director?s version in a stunning new transfer."

  11. TCM has held festivals of practically all genres of films, but is there any chance it would hold one for films made in the Nazi era? I see other networks frequently showing Nazi-related documentaries, so I don't see why TCM shouldn't go there. I know the concern that many films from that era promoted bigotry, but not all did. And they could always have a discussion after the film to educate the viewers.


    Suggestions below, and these are readily available on DVD anyway:


    Triumph of the Will



    The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

  12. Here is the complete 60 Minutes segment:



    The film is about 12min long I believe, but 60 Minutes only showed snippets of it. A complete version is on youtube, but in low quality. So someone needs to show this in hi quality, preferrably in HD, because the whole point of seeing it is to see all the little details and human behaviors captured from days gone by. Blu-ray is probably too much to ask for. And when is TCM going HD anyway?

  13. Recently a short actuality film about Market Street, San Francisco, made in 1906 gained a lot of attention, because it was recently discovered that the film was shot only a week before the great earthquake of 1906. The film shows various citizens walking about the street who did not know that some of them only had a week to live. In fact, the film reel was shipped to New York just one day before the earthquake. HAS TCM EVER SHOWN THIS?? This past Sunday, 60 Minutes did a story on the film and even showed a restored highdef clip that looked amazing. This film is going to be put in the National Film Registry for sure, after being neglected in the public domain for nearly a century. TCM, Please Show This. It is listed in IMDB as "A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire", and in TCM database as "Panorama of Market Street Before the Fire".

  14. Time Warner in my area just added TCM HD recently. It seem most of the films are upconverted from non-HD sources. Are there any upcoming films that will be shown in true HD? Tonight I saw The King And I and it looked pretty damn close to HD but I wasn't sure. TCM, please indicate in your schedule which films are shown in HD or not.

  15. Let me sum up what you're doing here in terms that a person of your intelligence level can understand. You came in here not knowing zilch about the subject being discussed and made a juvenile, **** comment about Japanese animation being like a root canal. Then you justifed hating it with another **** comment about "Oh, I hate murder, so it's okay to hate Japanese animation." And now you're trying to weazel out of this by saying "oh, no, no, no I didn't say hate, you did." Yeah, you're real bright and coherent and argumentative as well.


    TCM shows films from the 80s and 90s all the time, also foreign movies on a regular basis. You probably don't even watch TCM and are just trolling this forum to fill up your sad, empty life.

  16. << Up yours TCMviewer...........I hate murder and I've never tried that. You are typical. >>


    Are you three years old? That's a typical ****'s way to justify hating something. Example:


    **** #1: I hate foreigners.

    **** #2: Why? You've never seen one.

    **** #1: I've never seen a murder and I know I hate it, right?

    **** #2: Supposed you're right.




    shows that you are as dumb as they come and as argumentative as well.


    We ALL KNOW what murder is. Not everyone knows about Japanese animation or has seen it. See the difference now?


    People who DON'T KNOW things should **** and just LISTEN to those who DO KNOW things before opening their mouths and make themselves look foolish like you did.

  17. << In all honesty, I do know nothing about them. I'll give it a try though. >>


    People who hate something without having even seen or knowing anything about it. How typical.


    "Nausicaa" would be a good introduction to the genre, and, made in 1984, it's one of the earliest works by Studio Ghibli, and also one of its best.

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