Latest/recent UHD/Blu-ray/DVD movies watched?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. Claus LH

    Claus LH Forum Resident

    "West of Zanzibar" (Browning, 1928) and "Kongo" (Cowan, 1932)

    Two films, one silent, one sound, from one source: the successful Broadway play (!) "Kongo" starring Walter Huston. The material is about as dark and twisted as anything ever made in Hollywood, and both films were censored, so god knows what the play was like....

    Lon Chaney plays the lead in "Zanzibar", Huston in "Kongo", the main character being a performer who is crippled, becomes consumed with the idea of revenge, and who relocates to Africa to carry it out (don't want to give more of the plot away.)

    Chaney gives one of his best, most subtle performances in "Zanzibar", loathsome, yet somehow pitiable, with cunning looks and manipulation of everyone in sight.
    Huston goes bigger, with a vile laugh and exuberant delight at the suffering of his victims. Both men, their characters being confined to wheelchairs, deliver amazing work.

    The mood of the films, abetted by the rough image and sound quality, is one of rot and darkness in the middle of the African jungle, reflecting the soul of the main character. The land is damp and lethal, with natives and their superstition, crocodiles and pestilence, the classic "No place for a White Man" universe of the period. Add to this a blond girl who is methodically being destroyed for the main character's scheme and you have a mix of ingredients that most any censor would go nuts over (and they did.)

    With all their rawness, their (sometimes) overacting, the poor continuity from edits, the films still pack a unique punch. They have a sense of sweaty depravity about them, like they escaped from MGM's edit suites late at night and were shown undercover, something not too much Hollywood product can claim. While for my money, "Kongo" runs better as a narrative film, Browning's "Zanzibar" has a fevered quality all its own. See them both, and dig into the dark corners of studio output in that wonderful period of "late silent/early sound" before the censorship doors really slammed shut.

    Warner Brothers Archive has both of these on individual DVDs, no extras, no remastering. One is thankful for WB doing what they can to get their older titles out, even as one rues the relative lack of BRs of Chaney's material in particular.
     
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  2. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

  3. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    how's VG in PQ?
     
  4. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo No music, no Life

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    I stopped buying discs. I just download or watch Netflix.
     
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  5. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    that's a goal I will never achieve!
     
  6. Bingo Bongo

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    I hear ya Michael. I just found like everything else I was collecting, was just sitting there. Collecting was a disease for me...

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  7. Rachael Bee

    Rachael Bee Miembra muy loca

    I got the Arrow BD release of 12 Monkeys for Christmas. I watched season 4 of Trek Voyager the last few days. Voyager has been taken over by aliens and won back more times than any other Federation ships.....it would seem.... ;)
     
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  8. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    there ain't no other explanation other than that!
     
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  9. mtrot

    mtrot Forum Resident

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    Operation Finale. Interesting historically based movie.

    Kong Skull Island. Fun movie, compliments of John C. Reilly.

    A Quiet Place. Pretty scary and unusual flick.
     
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  10. BILLONEEG

    BILLONEEG Forum Resident

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    "Forty Guns" from Criterion. :thumbsup:
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  11. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

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    Have not had a chance to watch it yet, I'm sure it's better than my old DVD. Will let you know when I watch it.
     
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  12. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    OK, thanks...
     
  13. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Mission Impossible-Fallout
     
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  14. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni

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    Just finished season 1 of Game of Thrones.
     
  15. TimM

    TimM Forum Resident

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    The Circle on Blu - A little disappointing
     
  16. Rachael Bee

    Rachael Bee Miembra muy loca

    I finished season 5 of Trek Voyager. There's some zany episodes in this season....such as Captain Proton... I also watched Independence Day on UHD-BD. It's DTS-X track is better than many newer DTS-X and Atmos tracks.
     
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  17. It's a great ride the first few seasons.
     
  18. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

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    Watched a couple of Twilight Time titles, Lawman and Gun Fury.
     
  19. longdist01

    longdist01 Forum Resident

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    The Out-Of-Towners - 1969 (DVD)
     
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  20. Now that is a comedy that still holds up today.
     
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  21. BILLONEEG

    BILLONEEG Forum Resident

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    "Night Of The Hunter" from
    Criterion - Very, very good!!!
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  22. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

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    The Last Command(1955) on DVD from Kino Lorbor
     
  23. Rachael Bee

    Rachael Bee Miembra muy loca

    I watched Bad Day At The El Royale on UHD-BD. I liked it. It started out slow but finally gelled about an hour in.
     
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  24. Grey Alien

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  25. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

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    picked up 12 Monkey's from Arrow
     
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