Films Due A Quality Blu-ray Transfer
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How is it that the lesser known title in a director's oeuvre gets chosen for a Blu-ray release over their famous one? I don't believe it's a one off thing either. It's happening with a lot of European directors. As good a film as Diary of A Lost Girl is, it's no Pandora's Box.
Ditto for Max Ophuls' masterwork. The vast majority of this man's legacy is grossly neglected like he was simply a bit part player in the film industry. But so many respected filmmakers have looked up to the guy and drew inspiration from his works. La Ronde and Earrings of Madame de... are worthy of an audience, but Letter from an Unknown Woman is the real chord striker amongst them.
It's not begging for a huge leap in terms of its picture quality. But a faithful reproduction of the master version shown in cinemas would be nice. The one released on DVD was a serious hack-job. It was redubbed in several areas such as the sfx but the cardinal sin was the inclusion of music that doesn't belong there. Samuel Hui rock n roll music as bgm for a 19th century setting? What were they smoking? Hong Kong Legends did a marvellous job on Sammo Hung's other great title Prodigal Son but when it came to Warriors Two you can tell it was an afterthought.
Vale Abraão (1993)
Good luck finding a copy of this film in English Sub. You're better off trying to win the lottery. Yet it's precisely its unattainability which makes it an appealing prospect for a Blu-ray release. This director has eluded me for years and its high time I'm put out of my misery for once.
Another film about a wife bored with her marriage to an undutiful husband. But is that the pull factor behind this film's great success? Of course not. Every man wanted to see Rochelle Swanson's GREAT body in carnal action. A Blu-ray upgrade will see her go down in history.
Safety Last! (1923)
I've yet to see a Harold Lloyd movie released on Blu-ray over here. Chaplin and Keaton are granted the lion's share of publicity, Lloyd should deserve his moment.
I've always felt that the classic technicolour Hollywood films of the golden age had an opulent feel to them. Vivien Leigh, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardner etc under this photography shone like the stars they were destined to be. But no other woman was more vivacious when bathed in sumptuous colour than the great Gene Tierney. She lit up her surroundings whenever she appeared. Oh what I would give to see it magnified to high definition.
Faces of Children (1925)
Every element of this silent feature is in service to pathos. From the acting, mise en scene down to the storyline. It's a poignant picture without ODing on the emotional segments. This measured approach I want to see modern directors take note of and only a Blu-ray revival will ensure its influence spread.
I'm not sure if the level of esteem I hold for this film is quite the same as when I first saw it. But one thing stayed constant - that is Christopher Doyle's highly impressive cinematography. Despite my soft spot for the film, the much revered In the Mood for Love will probably be the one that gets the greenlight so I'm not getting my hopes up for this one.
This film has the greatest amount of most paused moments in movie history. Yet it's Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Basic Instinct that received the Blu-Ray treatment. Sure, many VCRs have succumbed to the demands of Wild Things' back and forth experience but disc-based players by now should be able to handle it.
I can only speak for the UK release. Because you know we're worth it. ;)
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