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  • When John Clancy on UHD says, "it's like watching 35mm in the home cinema", I'm sold!

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    • Peter Cushing Stanley Baker THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED 1962 New release from Network.
      The included booklet is a great read as well.

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        • Started my rewatch of the Hammer Frankenstein series last night with the always enjoyable THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

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          • Well I often think these days that I have to be in the right frame of mind to watch 3 hour movies. Well tonight was one of them from 1966. I first watched "The Sand Pebbles" at the cinema when it first came out. One of the things that I have never forgotten was the amazing opening score by Jerry Goldsmith.

            Robert Wise did a brilliant job of directing "The Sand Pebbles" I cant remember if he filmed it just before doing the "The Sound Of Music"

            With a Overture and Intermission it certainly was a great night tonight, both picture and sound on the blu-ray are really excellent, you cant ask for more.

            Here are a couple of screen shots from a previous screening, plus a you-tube not mine I should add. In my book "The Sand Pebbles" was one of the great films to come out during the 1960s

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            • Originally posted by Graham Ritchie View Post
              Well I often think these days that I have to be in the right frame of mind to watch 3 hour movies. Well tonight was one of them from 1966. I first watched "The Sand Pebbles" at the cinema when it first came out. One of the things that I have never forgotten was the amazing opening score by Jerry Goldsmith.

              Robert Wise did a brilliant job of directing "The Sand Pebbles" I cant remember if he filmed it just before doing the "The Sound Of Music"

              With a Overture and Intermission it certainly was a great night tonight, both picture and sound on the blu-ray are really excellent, you cant ask for more.
              I know what you mean about being in the right frame of mind to watch 3 hour movies. I have had Sand Pebbles in my queue to watch for a while now, but its difficult to commit an entire evening to watching. I do often run the overature/opening just to enjoy Jerry Goldsmiths score.

              I would recommend the site https://www.thesandpebbles.com/ to anyone who is a fan of the movie. Lots of background info, photos, music, etc can be found there.

              You will also find the Sand Pebbles music on YouTube:



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              • Thanks Ed I have had a look at that web site and its certainly extensive. I have "book marked" it on my computer, and can see me later spending some time on it, thanks again.

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                • Burke and Hare 2010. Black comedy from John Landis under the Ealing Studios banner which features Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as an evil Laurel and Hardy duo as Burke and Hare. A marmite movie I found it hilarious. Full of wonderful cameos Christopher Lee, Ronnie Corbett, Ray Bradbury Ray Harryhausen, Bill Bailey Tim Curry Michael Winner and Dan Akyroyd and others. Flys through at 91 minutes.

                  Can be bought on Amazon for a few pounds so a bargain.
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                  • Originally posted by Mike Newell View Post
                    Burke and Hare 2010. Black comedy from John Landis under the Ealing Studios banner which features Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as an evil Laurel and Hardy duo as Burke and Hare. A marmite movie I found it hilarious. Full of wonderful cameos ....
                    Thanks for the post Mike! I watched it last night and kept thinking, "they are not really going there, are they?". It was not until I looked the movie up on IMDB and then I realized that the opening title, "This is a true story. Except for the parts that are not." was a true statement.

                    Favorite scene: Greyfriar's Bobby

                    The dog seen in the first graveyard scene with Burke, Hare, and the militia is a reference to a famous Edinburgh, Scotland, story. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier, who in 19th-century Edinburgh spent 14 years returning to and guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray. The movie accurately shows him as being a Skye terrier and also shows his master's name on the grave he guards, John Gray. He happened to be played by Pegg's own dog, Minnie.
                    Favorite line: William Burke: "I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself."

                    Best review:

                    Expectations from other reviewers must have been too high. This movie is thoroughly enjoyable, despite the subject matter, which I suppose is the whole point. I found it to be comically dark as expected. Although in a lighter tone than "I sell the dead" which is another good film in the same vein. The casting was well composed and at times gave me the feel of a Terry Pratchett production. The sets and cinematography were spot on and very believable. I simply wouldn't try to compare this film to any of John Landis' previous works ,it stand on its own and demonstrates the dynamic abilities of both cast and crew. All in all worth a go if you are in the mood for a few good laughs.
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                    • Rewatched one of my favorite Burt Lancaster films last night: The Sweet Smell of Success!

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                      • Gangster Squad Josh Brolin and Sean Penn. Rip roaring gangster movie of LA Gangster squad versus Mickey Cohen in Los Angeles in late 1940s. Fact mixed with a awful lot of fiction. Fast action and looks really good. Nick Nolte is in movie too but is virtually unrecognisable.
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                        • "A Monster Calls" an outstanding movie and young actor Lewis MacDougall is excellent. "A Monster Calls" is seen through his eyes, dealing with his feelings of the suffering to the inevitable end of losing of his mother.

                          Filmed in England and Spain starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson as voice of the monster. Its a powerful film and highly recommend it.
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                          • Change of tact tonight with a screening of "Jason and the Argonauts" .
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                            • Got to love those fully analog special effects by the master Ray Harryhausen and the film score by Bernard Herrmann! While checking IMDB I was surprised by this "trivia": "It took Ray Harryhausen four months to produce the skeleton scene, which runs, at most, three minutes." The other item of interest was in the technical section which states "Printed Film Format - 16 mm, Super 8, 35 mm". I don't recall them every listing Super 8 in the past.

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                              • Have any of you seen the YouTube videos converting the special effects in Jason and the Argonauts and other stop motion classics, into 64 fps? It makes those same special effects, that look so dated in those old movies, look incredibly good.

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