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Re: Columbia Classics

#451 Post by domino harvey » Thu May 24, 2018 8:59 pm

Speculation on the Blu-ray.com forums is that the release will be a BD-R

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Re: Columbia Classics

#452 Post by dwk » Thu May 24, 2018 9:52 pm

Well in my defense the initial announcement had this art with the Blu-ray logo
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But checking the thread I see it now has the generic "Blu-ray Disc" that MOD Blu-rays have to use.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#453 Post by AfterTheRain » Thu May 31, 2018 4:39 pm

7/31:
Casualties of War (Blu-ray)
Pendulum (Blu-ray)

The last one is a surprise, because looking at the title, you'd think that either TT or Mill Creek would've released it at some point.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#454 Post by ando » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:54 pm

George Kaplan wrote:
Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:45 am
domino harvey wrote:Some of these are good films, but Christ, can I really justify owning a set devoted to the worst actress of the studio era?
YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING?!?!?!?!?!? I'm sorry, but those, for me, are fightin' words!

Acting, schmating who gives a flying FUCK? Novak emerges at exactly the point in cinematic history that "acting," before the camera implodes and post-Stanislavsky "being" begins to assert itself.

The undervaluation/misunderstanding of Kim Novak's supreme value is the sport of fools (rethink it man - RE-THINK IT!)
She is THE goddess who articulates, with precision unparelleled, the burden of being of being a beautiful woman/commodity in a world ruled, all but exclusively, by men. PLEASE read Richard Lippe (Lippe, Richard, "Kim Novak: A Resistance to Definition," in cineAction (Toronto), no. 7, December 1986) or even David Thomson.

Novak, unlike MM (whose all-but-useless-ass she could kick from one side of the frame to the other [Howard Hawks's films notwithstanding]) survived, and with a respectable body of work. The two Marilyn's (Baker & Novak) form the pivot point that delineates the old, studio-era goddess, received passively, dreamily by the spectator [all but the Dietrich of Sternberg] and the modern goddess, such as Vitti, etc and supremely Karina, who must be reckoned with in a new way - dare one say intellectually? When Scottie Ferguson (in VERTIGO) says "your hair..it can't matter to you" to the brunette Judy and, invariably, audiences laugh,... whether they understand it or not people are not laughing at the conventions of old Hollywood or the clumsiness of the dialogue but the horrifying spectacle of one human being's inability to recognize the essential need of another human being's need to be loved, to simply be recognized for themself - the naked horror that is the solipsism of male sexual privelege. This dilemma articulates itself time and time again in the roles that Novak was cast in. (Did she choose these roles consciously? Does it matter? These are the roles she played - the life she has led on-screen.) In PICNIC - "I'm just so tired of being told I'm pretty" - in BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE - the witch who learns to cry (read, to be human and who needs to be loved), THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE, the supremely melancholy heroine of STRANGERS WHEN WE MEET [a masterpiece btw] who simply wants to be seen as a woman, not a "thing" [watch her pain as Kirk Douglas's son surprises her in the hall, saying "You're pretty"]. Kim Novak, in a manner unchallenged by any other actress of the studio era, articulates the soul-obliterating anxiety that can confront beautiful woman.

The cult of Marilyn, (one of the defining, and most lamentable, cults of the latter half of the 20th Century,) and its worship of the failure and the vanquishing of the female, leads inexorably to veneration of the cold, hollow, facsimile presented by Madonna (who along with Ronald Reagan and HIV combines to form the three great plagues of the '80s - the callous degradation and dismissal of basic human need). Novak, on screen, articulates the path - mistakenly, tragically - not taken, the lesson not learned, the need to strip away the illusions promulgated throughout the studio era; and to recognize the essential humanity of the female of the human species as something other than the receptacle for male fantasy.

And, totally, as a PS...Novak the worst actress of the studio era??? Really? REALLY?? Have you ever seen a movie with Merle Oberon, Loretta Young (MAN'S CASTLE notwithstanding - she was just a kid then, and who could refuse Borzage a human presence?) or Geraldine Page ferchrissakes? Not to mention the excremental Maria Schell (Astruc notwithstanding - pardon me, all rules have their exceptions)?
Taking your word for it, GP, with a viewing of Strangers tonight. Vertigo is the only film featuring Novak that I've watched. My assumption has always been that her performance had more to do with Hitchcock's manipulation that her craftwork.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#455 Post by domino harvey » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:03 am

If you have thoughts to share after watching, they’re probably better suited for discussion in the Richard Quine thread

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Re: Columbia Classics

#456 Post by ando » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:46 am

Strangers has my avatar star in it! Keep forgetting that Kovacs did straight stuff (straight for Kovacs, anyway). Note taken.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#457 Post by Ribs » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:31 pm

Sony has put up a survey to determine at least one upcoming 4K release, but I just want to point out how utterly bonkers the initial shortlist of ten movies is from the entire Columbia library:

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
AWAKENINGS
BIG FISH
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
JERRY MAGUIRE
MONEYBALL
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995)
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
THE REMAINS OF THE DAY

I love basically every single one of the movies listed there but even I, a big fan of the movie, think it's downright perplexing that AWAKENINGS makes the cut.

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Re: Columbia Classics

#458 Post by senseabove » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:44 pm

There's also a second question asking to choose which three of the following you would want to see get 4k UHD releases, which sort of surprisingly includes three Classic-era options:
1776
21 JUMP STREET / 22 JUMP STREET
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
A PASSAGE TO INDIA
ANNIE (1982)
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
AWAKENINGS
BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON
BIG FISH
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
DAS BOOT
DRIVE
HEAVY METAL
IN THE LINE OF FIRE
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
JERRY MAGUIRE
LAST ACTION HERO
LOOPER
LOST HORIZON (1937)
MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN
MATILDA
MONEYBALL
MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING
RUDY
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
SILVERADO
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
SNATCH
STARMAN
STRIPES
STUART LITTLE
TEARS OF THE SUN
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE
THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
THE LEGEND OF ZORRO
THE MASK OF ZORRO
THE OTHER GUYS
THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
WHIPLASH
ZATHURA

And a box for listing any other "Sony Pictures" movies you'd want to buy on 4k UHD.

I don't have a 4k player and don't really have any plans to buy one, but it's nice to see them actually at least considering the idea of 4k UHD for B&W films that aren't man-on-the-street famous...

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Re: Columbia Classics

#459 Post by FrauBlucher » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:48 pm

No Lawrence of Arabia?!

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Re: Columbia Classics

#460 Post by Ribs » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:52 pm

Think it’s reasonable to assume that (along with the obvious missing Fincher titles) is in the pipeline and happening anyway

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