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 Post subject: BD 82 Ace in the Hole
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:27 pm 
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Ace in the Hole

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Since re-emerging in the 2000s, Billy Wilder's superb Ace in the Hole, so ahead of its time in the 1950s with its acidic and unflinching examination of journalistic ethics and human morality, has taken its place alongside Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, or Some Like It Hot as among the director's greatest works.

In one of the most powerhouse performances in American screen-acting, the great Kirk Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum, a newspaper reporter who stumbles upon a potentially career-making story in Albuquerque, New Mexico (nearly sixty years later, the setting for Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad). When Tatum begins to influence the story's outcome, a descent beings that finds more than one man caught between a rock and a hard place.

An electric narrative that stands as one of Wilder's tautest and most (melo)dramatic plots (penned with Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman), Ace in the Hole plays today as a prescient examination of the modern media landscape, and the public appetite for the disastrous news-story that leads to toxic wish-fulfilment. - "I can handle big news and little news. And if there's no news, I'll go out and bite a dog." - The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present our third major Billy Wilder release with this stunning Blu-ray edition of Ace in the Hole.

DUAL FORMAT RELEASE INCLUDING BLU-RAY AND DVD VERSIONS OF THE FILM

• Gorgeous 1080p transfer on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• New and exclusive video interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard
Portrait of a "60% Perfect" Man: Billy Wilder, a film by Annie Tresgot and Michel Ciment (direction: Annie Tresgot – interview: Michel Ciment), a 59-minute 1980 documentary discussion with Billy Wilder
• Original theatrical trailer
• 32-PAGE FULL-COLOUR BOOKLET featuring a new and exclusive essay on the film by critic Emmanuel Burdeau, and rare archival imagery


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:59 am 
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On Twitter, MoC have confirmed Annie Tresgot's "Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man" as an extra.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:55 am 
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I have a checkdisc, and can confirm that the extras are:

Neil Sinyard, which on closer inspection appears to be a hefty (33:51) and copiously illustrated video essay.
Portrait of a "60% Perfect Man", as mentioned above (58:30).
• Theatrical Trailer


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:22 pm 
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DVD Beaver.

Look at that chin.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:00 pm 
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It looks a little on the bright side, though it could be the DVD transfers being a bit dark.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:25 pm 
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Der Spieler wrote:
It looks a little on the bright side, though it could be the DVD transfers being a bit dark.

I'd say so. The third grab looks pretty clinching - the blacks are as deep and rich in the MoC as the other two, but more details are visible.


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blu-ray.com


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bluraydefinition review


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