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A few words about…™ Chariots of Fire — in Blu-ray

June 22, 2012   Chariots of Fire is a magnificent image harvest by Warner’s MPI, with color and densities by the incomparable Jan Yarbrough.  For those who may be into the details, the film was referenced from a new answer print stuck in 1997, from the original timing lights, with occasional touch-ups improving the grading.  Original color reference from 1981 was no longer viable, as prints had faded. Grain structure is dead on.  Colors are perfect, with black levels, shadow detail, etc. all in place.  I would expect no less. The film was scanned in 4k from the OCN, and everything was done correctly.  Actually, they took it a step further than that, and I’m thrilled with the results.  An early sequence always had dupes, and it was obvious.  Warner’s Ned Price was able to locate, and scanned the original elements from which the dupe had been prepared, and replaced those dupes with original.

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A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971): USA

Jan. 30, 2012 Reviewed by Christopher Connor. Viewed at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.   Violence. Sex. Control. Choice. These are all major themes in Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange based on the amazing book by Anthony Burgess set in a futuristic Britain. The film opens with a close up of our protagonist, that is Alex, and slowly zooms out to show his three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim. They are dressed in interesting white outfits, wearing bowlers and berets, surrounded by nude statues of women in various poses all with different vibrant hair colors while drinking a drug laced milk that will get them ready for a bit of the ol’ ultra-violence.

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A Clockwork Orange (Review)

Jan 27, 2012 Not knowing what to anticipate, the film blew all my expectations and turned out to be the best flick I’ve seen all year (though I admit the contenders are few). Everything that makes A Clockwork Orange a masterpiece in its own right is not only preserved but also enhanced.  

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Raising Kane on Blu-ray

Sep. 13, 2011 Warner Home Video has finally done right by Orson Welles’ legendary Citizen Kane, released today on Blu-ray. Thanks to the studio’s digital wizards at Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), supervised by colorist Janet Wilson, and overseen by Ned Price, VP of mastering, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, the 70-year-old Kane has never looked better. The source for most of the picture was a 4K scan from a 1941 composite fine grain positive master that Price had uncovered a decade ago in Europe.

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Moulin Rouge!- Blu-ray Disc Review

Oct. 17, 2010 The Movie Itself is Directed & Co-Written by BazLuhrmann, with the additional screenplay credit of Craig Pearce. The film takes place at the turn of the century in 1900, as Christian (Ewan McGregor), a young aspiring English poet, has moved from his family’s home in London to the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France. Seeking to live a life that, while penniless, allows him to pursue through his art all that he believes in; “freedom, beauty, truth, and love”.

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A Star is Born Blu-ray

Jun 22, 2010 After being a huge star of the screen for MGM in the 1940′s, Judy Garland fell out of favor with “the lion.” She was fired by MGM in 1950, struggled through failed marriages, substance abuse and even a suicide attempt. Over the course of 4-years she was absent from the screen. So in 1954 when A Star is Born was to be released, it was Garland’s comeback. She was 32-years-old. A lot was riding on this big budget endeavor from Warner Bros.

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“A Star is Born”

Jun 22, 2010 One of the premiere home video events of 2010 has to be the release of 1954’s A Star is Born. The film is available for the first time ever on Blu-Ray starting June 22. It is also available on DVD, On Demand, and for download via online digital distributors like Amazon Video on Demand. This is one of the classic movies I’d never seen but wanted to. The Blu-Ray provided an occasion to finally catch up with it. I tend to hold off on classics until I can see them in as pristine a condition as possible.

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A Star is Born Blu-ray Review

June 20th, 2010 After being a huge star of the screen for MGM in the 1940′s, Judy Garland fell out of favor with “the lion.” She was fired by MGM in 1950, struggled through failed marriages, substance abuse and even a suicide attempt. Over the course of 4-years she was absent from the screen. So in 1954 when A Star is Born was to be released, it was Garland’s comeback. She was 32-years-old. A lot was riding on this big budget endeavor from Warner Bros.

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North By Northwest 50th Anniversary Blu-ray

Nov. 6, 2009 When it comes to classic movies, there aren’t many around with a shot at topping North by Northwest. The treasure of cinema fans and frequent bane of film students is now available in a wonderful Blu-Ray treatment, fully remastered, and with great bonuses.

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North by Northwest – Blu-ray Disc Review

Oct. 23, 2009 The Movie Itself was Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, best known for directing films such as “Psycho”, “Vertigo” and his television series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” – which ran from 1955-1962, a total of 7 seasons. The film follows the main character of “Roger Thornhill” played brilliantly by screen legend Cary Grant. For those of you who don’t know, Grant had by this time (1959) become a regular inHitchcock films having done such others as “Suspicion” in 1941, “Notorious” in 1946 and “To Catch a Thief” in 1955. This would be the final time that Grant would act in a Hitchcock film and is actually one of the last (7th to last to be exact)

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