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    I recently picked up the following in Blu-ray:

    8 1/2 - Fellini
    Seven Samurai - Kurosawa
    The Seventh Seal - Bergman
    Sunset Boulevard - Wilder
    Rear Window - Hitchcock
    Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon - Kubrick
    O Brother Where Art Thou - Coen Bros.
    Ninth Gate - Polanski

    I've seen Eyes Wide Shut and Ninth Gate, other than that I haven't seen any of these and am quite looking forward to viewing them.

    Feel free to post any recent film purchases you've made or comment on any of the films posted in this thread.

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    Oh man, you picked up some gems. 8 1/2 might be my favorite pick of the litter, but Rear Window, The Seventh Seal and Seven Samurai are all on the short list of my favorite movies of all time also, and Sunset Boulevard and O Brother Where Art Thou are pretty entertaining too.

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    Good idea for a thread, tdc. And well done on those purchases.

    I'll hafta investigate Fellini's oeuvre availability in widescreen. FWIW I saw many of them while in university, in 35mm!


    Later edit: It appears that the aspect ratio on the newest Blu-ray Fellini is 1.85:1. That's good.
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    Some really nice ones there. My favourite from those is Sunset Boulevard, a masterpiece on many subtle levels.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xaltotun View Post
    Some really nice ones there. My favourite from those is Sunset Boulevard, a masterpiece on many subtle levels.
    Just watched this and I must agree its a masterpiece. David Lynch spoke highly of it in his book Catching the Big Fish and I can see why. In fact I notice he has reused some of the elements of this movie in his films. Some quick examples I would say the character named Gordon Cole in Twin Peaks (played by Lynch himself) is clearly an homage to this film (the name itself - not the character and the way the name is used in dialogue ie - 'get Gordon Cole on the phone/Gordon Cole is on the phone' etc.) The way lights/lighting are used in shots and water are further examples.
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    I just bought Stalag 17 on Eureka's Masters of Cinema series.

    I have never seen the film before - just a 10 minute segment on a random movie channel and it seized my interest.

    I have been collecting many of the Arrow and Eureka releases as I tend to love these older films up to the 1980's. It started with the discovery of Basil Rathbone's superb Sherlock Holmes (with Nigel Bruce's Watson bringing some light to proceedings in addition to fantastic on-screen chemistry) and it has snowballed from there.

    Limited practical special effects as opposed to computer generated everything forced greater creativity and necessitated better plots and characterisation to compensate whether due to the time or financial restraints.
    "It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few deceit."
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    "To recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less."
    - Oscar Wilde

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    Quote Originally Posted by AClockworkOrange View Post
    ....I have been collecting many of the Arrow and Eureka releases as I tend to love these older films up to the 1980's. It started with the discovery of Basil Rathbone's superb Sherlock Holmes (with Nigel Bruce's Watson bringing some light to proceedings in addition to fantastic on-screen chemistry) and it has snowballed from there....
    Brought to mind an old photo--Errol Flynn, Nigel Bruce, C. Aubrey Smith and other members of the Hollywood Cricket Club with the Vancouver Cricket Club at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver 4 July 1936.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Brought to mind an old photo--Errol Flynn, Nigel Bruce, C. Aubrey Smith and other members of the Hollywood Cricket Club with the Vancouver Cricket Club at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver 4 July 1936.

    That is an excellent photo, thanks for sharing Vaneyes.
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    Finally bought and watched Rome: Open City; it's silly that I had seen most other Rossellinis (and Italian neorealist classics in general), but not the one that started it all. A good film to be sure, more a meditation on suffering than anything, and it was good that Rossellini did not pour all the blame on German Nazis and brush away Italian Fascism. Also, he didn't present Catholicism as an all-solving otherworldly answer, but seemed to demand worldly action as well.

    Now --- I hear that they've released Stromboli on DVD! I've been constantly demanding it from my DVD dealers for what, eight years? Time for some Christmas shopping..!
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I recently picked up the following in Blu-ray:

    8 1/2 - Fellini
    Seven Samurai - Kurosawa
    The Seventh Seal - Bergman
    Sunset Boulevard - Wilder
    Rear Window - Hitchcock
    Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon - Kubrick
    O Brother Where Art Thou - Coen Bros.
    Ninth Gate - Polanski
    These films were all excellent, my personal favorite of this lot was Bergman's The Seventh Seal - (so inspired, picturesque and concise in form).

    After watching these I ended up purchasing a bunch more films by Bergman and Fellini, the one that really knocked my socks off was Fellini's La Strada.
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    Just arrived .
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Reading the book so I am curious
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    Bought Ford's How Green Was My Valley and Cukor's The Philadelphia Story... also asked for de Sica's Umberto D but they didn't have it on the shelf.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    A present from a friend, strange movie
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    Default Luchino Visconti; The Damned


    The Damned is a 1969 Italian-German drama film written and directed by Luchino Visconti.
    The plot centres on the Essenbecks, a wealthy industrialist family .
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    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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