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2 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

For my birthday yesterday, I was gifted two films: Julie (with Doris Day) and Cry Danger with Dick Powell.  I'm looking forward to the Criterion sale in a week or so!

Happy belated birthday, speedracer. May your dreams be graced by visions of Errol Flynn and Lucille Ball.

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Woohoo pay day yesterday.  Last night, I went to downtown Portland and hit up one of my favorite DVD/Record shops.  I found quite a few treasures--pretty inexpensive too!

-Let's Make it Legal. Marilyn Monroe movie that I don't think I have (I really couldn't remember if I had it, but it was only $2, so I gambled on it)

-As Young As You Feel. Another Marilyn Monroe film that I don't have.

-The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers. A non-public domain release, so I was fairly confident it'd be good quality

-Black Widow. Another piece to add to my collection of the noir released under the Fox Film Noir banner.

-The Set-Up. A Robert Ryan/Audrey Totter noir that I really enjoyed.

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I took advantage of (and will continue to do so until it ends) Barnes and Noble's 50% off Criterion sale. Today, I bought the Criterion blu rays of "Sullivan's Travels," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Carnival of Souls," and "Night of the Living Dead." The first 2 I've seen a couple times each and enjoy, and the latter two I watched recently, and was so thoroughly impressed with them that I had to add them to my collection. 

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13 hours ago, NickAndNora34 said:

I took advantage of (and will continue to do so until it ends) Barnes and Noble's 50% off Criterion sale. Today, I bought the Criterion blu rays of "Sullivan's Travels," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "Carnival of Souls," and "Night of the Living Dead." The first 2 I've seen a couple times each and enjoy, and the latter two I watched recently, and was so thoroughly impressed with them that I had to add them to my collection. 

I'm going to Barnes and Noble this week to take advantage of the sale.  Gotta make my list.  I'm sure I'll make a few purchases of Criterion until the sale ends!

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I went a little crazy this month, so I'll have to lay low next month... shh! Except for maybe the Criterion sale. (Don't tell my husband.  Lol.  Well really it doesn't matter, it's my money). 

Anyway, I just picked up:

Odds Against Tomorrow

Criterion: David Lean Directs Noel Coward. I got this on Amazon because it was the same price as it is right now at B&N.  I had a credit on my Amazon account.  I really only got this collection for Blithe Spirit.  I already owned Brief Encounter, so I guess I have two copies now.  The other films I think I have on my DVR, but I haven't seen.  I suppose those films I can delete now.

Trapeze. Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, and Gina Lollobrigidia.  I love this movie.  It's been living on my DVR for like a year now.  I can finally delete it.

I Walk Alone. A noir with Lancaster and Lizabeth Scott that I enjoyed.

A Double Life.  I absolutely loved this film that I borrowed from the library a couple weeks ago. 

House of Bamboo.  Another film to add to my Fox Film Noir Collection.  In my defense, I bought this used.

Somewhere in the Night.  Another film I am adding to my Fox Film Noir Collection.  This film was also used.

*I think I only have 5 films left to acquire for my Fox Film Noir Collection (The Street With No Name, House of Strangers, Shock, Fourteen Hours, and Road House). 

And just so I wasn't totally selfish, I ordered my husband a work hat so he doesn't have to wear a hairnet (how exciting for him) and my bird got a rope ladder and a chandelier (with bells!) for his cage! 

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I just procured Seasons 1-3 of Beverly Hills, 90210.  Some episodes are missing from Hulu.  It is disappointing that much of the original music has been replaced with generic music, but I suppose I will replace my DVDs if a better collection is released.  I've got my husband hooked on the show.  He was pretending to not be interested, but now he's learned all the characters' names, their current situations, and now he's put out if I watch an episode without him. We have 3 episodes left of season 3 on Hulu.  We're going to finish the season, then I'm going to go back and rewatch seasons 1-3 with the DVDs, so I can catch the missing episodes in the context of the story.  It is a teen soap opera afterall, so the episodes have continuity. My husband can catch up on each character's backstory via the DVDs. Lol.

I also purchased the new collection of the colorized episodes of I Love Lucy. All 16 colorized episodes are included as well as a documentary about the colorization process. 

I also recently got my own copy of Criss Cross.  That was a fantastic film. 

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I was out and about in Portland last week, I managed to find the following:

Road House- #26 in the Fox Film Noir Collection.  I believe I'm only missing 4 films in the collection.

Magnificent Obsession- On Criterion. I've been looking for this forever.

To Kill a Mockingbird- I loved this movie when I saw it for the first time earlier this year during one of the TCM Fathom events.  The DVD I found was even one of the fabulous Universal releases where the DVD case looks like a little book.

Birdman of Alcatraz.  My husband and I watched this movie a couple months ago and loved it.  It has everything: true crime, Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien, birds.

On the Beach. I really liked this dystopian story about imminent radioactive poisoning coming to kill the last people on earth.  Fred Astaire, in a non-dancing role, was especially excellent. 

O Brother Where Art Thou?. I saw this movie back in the day when it came out and loved it, especially the soundtrack.  I can't believe I didn't already own this film.

Alas, I was unable to find seasons 4-10 of Beverly Hills, 90210

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Recently I've purchased:

Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 4.  My husband and I are about 6 episodes from the end of season 3 (finally! After my second re-watch of seasons 1-3 to get him caught up on the characters and their respective storylines).  I've got season 4 ready to go.  Lol only 6 more seasons left! 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). I'm not big on vampire movies, I never watched an episode of the TV series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.  I literally only borrowed this movie at the library for Luke Perry.  I'm happy to say that I found it very enjoyable, because it was so over the top, with a camp element that I enjoyed.  I found this film very entertaining. 

Reality Bites (1994).  I loved this movie.  As a young-Gen Xer, bordering on the cusp of old Millennial, I found this film very relateable.  I thought Winona Ryder was fantastic and never realized how much she, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman all resemble one another.  Reality Bites, like Singles (1992) presented some very real issues. My husband and I (both born the same year) watched this film and found the trials and tribulations of recent college graduates much more relatable than the plight of today's Millennial generation. 

Beetlejuice (1988) My husband and I hadn't seen this movie in a long time, but of course because it's Halloween, there were like 20 holds on the movie at the theater.  We saw it for sale for $5 on BN.com.  Worth it to not wait for 20 people to watch the movie.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) See explanation for Beetlejuice

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So I finally bought a new DVD player and put in my Criterion DVD of the Lodger and it wouldn't let me access the documentaries and interviews under 'supplements'. :angry: I hope I don't have to go buy a new DVD player. The Criterion sale is this month and I plan on getting Ugetsu Monogatari. I really hope I don't have the same problem with that. That would be annoying. 

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5 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

So I finally bought a new DVD player and put in my Criterion DVD of the Lodger and it wouldn't let me access the documentaries and interviews under 'supplements'. :angry: I hope I don't have to go buy a new DVD player. The Criterion sale is this month and I plan on getting Ugetsu Monogatari. I really hope I don't have the same problem with that. That would be annoying. 

That sounds strange. I'm guessing you checked for scratches, scuffs or blemishes on the disc. Even a single speck can cause issues. It seems odd that it would play the film fine but not the extras. It's also possible that the disc is simply defective. It's rare, but it happens. Have you tried any other discs?

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9 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

That sounds strange. I'm guessing you checked for scratches, scuffs or blemishes on the disc. Even a single speck can cause issues. It seems odd that it would play the film fine but not the extras. It's also possible that the disc is simply defective. It's rare, but it happens. Have you tried any other discs?

Yeah, I checked for blemishes and I couldn't find anything. I played Downhill and it worked fine but the "chapters" option didn't work. The "chapters" and "supplements" didn't work on either DVD. Tomorrow, I'll buy Ugetsu and see how that works and if something's wrong I'll bring the DVD player back to the store. I think the problem might be with the DVD though as I remember it not working on the old player either.

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1 hour ago, Casey06 said:

Criterion sale.?!?! Where is the sale happening??

It's the Barnes & Noble Criterion sale. Either check your local B&N (if you have one...I don't anymore, as the closest store closed a few years ago), or use Barnes & Noble's website. It's safe and efficient to use I've ordered several films from them over the last few years of sales.

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On 11/7/2019 at 9:26 AM, LawrenceA said:

It's the Barnes & Noble Criterion sale. Either check your local B&N (if you have one...I don't anymore, as the closest store closed a few years ago), or use Barnes & Noble's website. It's safe and efficient to use I've ordered several films from them over the last few years of sales.

I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to buy.  I have until Dec 1. I can also vouch for bn.com.  I just bought two movies there a couple weeks ago.

During the last sale, I visited 3 Portland-area B&Ns and 1 B&N in another city 2 hours away! That was a little crazy; but I just happened to be next to all these places. I didn't go to them specifically to go to the Criterion sale. 

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So I’ve gotten all of these in the past few weeks. Let’s just say a birthday in combination with used movie stores and gift cards makes some great results!

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I've decided against Ugetsu. I think I will buy World on a Wire off the Barnes and Noble site. I love that one. I was thinking of getting the Bergman collection but that is a lot and I will wait for the next sale in June maybe.

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I was at the Portland B&N yesterday, but I didn't end up buying anything.  I haven't decided what I want. Lol. 

I know I want Cluny Brown and the two Bette Davis films: Now Voyager and All About Eve.

There are a ton of Criterion on my DVR that I haven't actually watched yet.  I'm thinking I should prioritize viewing these prior to Dec 1, in case I fall in love with a film that I cannot live without! 

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I just got That Night in Rio with Alice Faye, Don Ameche and Carmen Miranda.  Then, I also got #17 House of Strangers from the Fox Film Noir collection.  I only need two more films and then I'll have all the movies in the series! 

I'm going to see if I can get my husband to go to Barnes and Noble tomorrow. Lol! I need to check out the Criterion sale!

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Well I got two films at the B&N Criterion sale: “The 39 Steps” and “Ride the Pink Horse.” 

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15 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

Well I got two films at the B&N Criterion sale: “The 39 Steps” and “Ride the Pink Horse.” 

Good choices! I have both of those, as well.

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I bought two more on blu-ray- "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With me" and "Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom." Twin Peaks has arrived with a full mini-book including interviews with David Lynch from "Lynch on Lynch." Salo comes in the mail on December 2nd.

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11 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

Good choices! I have both of those, as well.

I'm crossing my fingers that I get Cluny Brown, All About Eve, and Now Voyager for Christmas. 

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I bought one more Criterion before the sale ended: In the mood for Love, along with a few non-Criterion titles, namely 1958's Tom Thumb, and a maureen O'hara triple feature: Brittania Mews/Do You love Me/Sentimental Journey.

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