It's time for Name that Movie again. Will clip 13 be unlucky for Bill and Flickhead? Will someone else - Bob, Thom or someone new to this round - come up with the answer? We shall see. Good luck.
Call of the Wild?
Sgt. Preston of the Yukon?
North to Alaska?Oregon Passage?
Northwest Manbeast? Sgt. Manbeast of the Oregon Passage?
I can't even fake a guess this week.
Sorry, I was called away (I'm so needed!).Anyway, nope, none of those.
Here's the first clue: If you go to my sidebar and see the "Name That Movie Rules and Past Selections" and click on it you will see, duh, the past selections, 31 in all. The star of this one was also the star of one of the past selections. Second clue: Mmmmm, lox and bagels.
The Silver Horde?
Jews in the Snow?
It's about time Arbo got back on the board. On the board with the Horde, Silver Horde that is. Yes, you are correct!
Uh... gosh, Fox... no... that's not it, but thanks for playing.
And by the way, it's a movie I recommend watching... on TCM. The DVD available is wretched. I saw it on TCM and it looked great so I found the DVD of it for only six bucks and well, you get what you pay for. It's an awful transfer, just awful.
Lucky for me I'll watch anything with Gavin Gordon in it.
Speaking of movie's on DVD...One of my local video stores has taken the initiative to start ordering the Warner Bros. archive movies so they can have them for customers for rental. I love them!!!
I almost put up a Gavin Gordon clip. I don't know if you've really seen this or not but there's a scene he has on a pier talking to someone about McCrea's fishery and how he'll take care of it. He says, "Why I'll stop him if I have to... [shakes his fist in the air then looks at the guy standing next to him and continues] You remember what happened to Buck Thompson and his sister don't you?"Man next to him, "We don't want no more killings now."Gavin, "Don't worry, we aren't going to have any."
Fox, I hope others like Netflix do it too. I read a few bloggers online a little underwhelmed after paying 20 bucks for a burned DVD-R.
I read a few bloggers online a little underwhelmed after paying 20 bucks for a burned DVD-R....Yeah. That was my concern as well. Plus, it's just the film, no extras. Maybe I'm cheap, but I rarely buy a DVD anymore if it doesn't at least have some decent extras.I was also wondering the same thing about Netflix carrying these movies, but then I wondered if Warners would somehow block that b/c it would damage the "allure" of them making them available on their web site month-by-month.I've always wondered how the whole "rental" business works, the legalities of it and such. It doesn't seem too far apart from file sharing, but it's obviously completely safe.
It's most distressing when TCM's print of a movie crushes the studios own version of it. This has happened innumerable times with me. And there are lots of cases where TCM's print is better than the DVD the studio put out, even if it is a good DVD.
I read a few bloggers online a little underwhelmed after paying 20 bucks for a burned DVD-R.Not so very long ago film-lovers like yours truly used to pay that much and more for a fucking video cassette that looked like it was shot through somebody's porch screen. $20 for a crisp copy of a movie not otherwise available in any format? How spoiled we've become in such a very short time.
I wondered if Warners would somehow block that b/c it would damage the "allure" of them making them available on their web site month-by-month ...Probably and understandably.
It's most distressing when TCM's print of a movie crushes the studios own version of it....Well, The Silver Horder isn't exactly being fought over by dueling companies to get a great DVD release. It fell out of copyright and Alpha Video Distributors picked it up and transferred it. And boy did they do a bad job. It's not even lined up correctly. You can see a little bit of it in the Name that Movie shot where the right side has a black bar. On tv it's much worse. The film is off-center by a good two inches.
$20 for a crisp copy of a movie not otherwise available in any format? How spoiled we've become in such a very short time....I'm also pissed that they don't come with a valet to put the DVD in for you and feed you grapes while you watch it. It's true, we can get damn near anything these days in conditions that years ago we would have envied. I'm not denying that. But I also know Warners isn't paying more than approximately 60 cents per DVD, a bulk rate over the average dollar or so a consumer pays (unless they're buying a cheap brand). On an average CD/DVD release the label, Warners in this case, gets about 40 percent, about 30 percent to retail and the rest to manufacturing, royalties, promotion. Well, here, there is no retail store and no promotional costs. 10 bucks is a reasonable price for this.But since I just recently read that Warners Music Group is pulling in pitiful profits right now due to bungling a successful switchover to i-tunes and Napster based sales outlets in favor of spending too many years continuing to manufacture high-end CDs it's not surprising they're charging 20 bucks. I think the whole reason they "opened up the vault" in the first place was to get some cash flow back.
Greg is right--- we've become somewhat spoiled in this digital age, but that doesn't mean what Warner is pulling isn't highway robbery, even if the business model is a smart one. The problem is burned DVDs simply don't last as long as pressed ones--- if they were being individually pressed (which is what I thought they were when I first heard about it), then 20 is perfectly reasonable because you have a product that will last. Burned DVDs don't last nearly as long (I just happen to know this...) and really aren't worth that steep an investment.Not to mention, the internet-era has made getting hard-to-find films a breeze. My film diet of late has been nothing but harder to find titles due to the magic of the internet. Not that I would ever violate national or international copyright. Just sayin'.
Well, The Silver Horder isn't exactly being fought over by dueling companies to get a great DVD release.True enough, but it's still distressing that a cable television company does more for film preservation than pretty much any film studio, was what I meant. Again, TCM is usually at least as good as the film's DVD release--- if the film's an old/obscure DVD, it/s usually even better. I remember I saw a revival screening of North by Northwest at a gorgeous old movie theater some time back, and the film was gorgeous, like it had been bathed in colors. I watched my DVD of it again to discover the colors were muted and saturated, with none of the vividness of the compositions retained. I watched it on TCM a few months later, and it was the same revelation all over again. So, if it can happen to Hitchcock, it can probably happen to anyone.
"Name That Movie" consistently makes me feel like I have seen hardly any movies. I wanna get one of these, just one. Maybe someday.Anyway, I agree with some of the grumbling about the Warner Archive, although the project is definitely a model for what I'd like to see more of in the future. I just find it hard to imagine paying $20 for a DVD-R that will possibly be unplayable within a few years, however much I'd like to see some of the films they're releasing through the archive. I do hope, though, that the archive is a success and leads more studios to think about doing things like this, and maybe improving the model so that either we can get "real" DVDs, or else the price point drops for the DVD-Rs. Frankly, I'd almost rather have an AVI download than a DVD-R, but I know that unfortunately most downloads from major studios like this would be riddled with copy protection and draconian restrictions that would make the files near-useless. Oh well.
"Name That Movie" consistently makes me feel like I have seen hardly any movies.Ed, your reviews make me feel the same way. It's like you see ten films a day. I agree that a download, like i-tunes does when you buy a movie, would be preferable. Then you could burn it yourself and keep the download for re-use later. Or just lower the damn price.I also hope other studios follow suit. Just make it all available for a price. In many ways it's like a dream come true.
Ed, your reviews make me feel the same way. It's like you see ten films a day....Apparently, we've both seen a lot of movies, just not the same movies. Heh.
I bet I've seen better ones. At least that's what my mom said.
I affectionately refer to his blog as "Ed Howard's Ongoing Quest to See Every Movie Ever Made".
And I'm so close. But they keep releasing more! Damn them! Damn them to hell!
We'll fix those sons-of-bitches. They're messing up your project!
Don't worry, I just read in Variety that yesterday they wrapped up the shoot on the last film to ever be made. Starting today the entire entertainment industry will once again be centered around radio shows. Well, it was a hell of a ride while it lasted but now Ed can see them all. For the curious, the film that wrapped yesterday is of a man sneezing, followed by a kiss then a shot of a train pulling into a station. Yes, they're ending where they began only this time the sneeze is totally cgi. I bet it's gonna rock!
Awesome, my review will be up later tonight.
Awesome, my review will be up later tonight....Sorry, I should've put up a spoiler warning before mentioning the train pulling into the station.
It's gonna take that long? I expect it in like five minutes.
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