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  • Originally posted by Graham Ritchie View Post
    Ed, I had a look at your link, it does seem a bit strange though. I do wonder if this is a genuine W/B release. This is the cover of my old DVD from 1999, its very similar. The blu-ray cover shown has been altered from the same source.
    It is strange Graham. Like you, I have never seen a review of Forever Young on Bluray. The last time I ordered a DVD from WB, it did not come with any special packaging; just a DVD-R with the movie on it (which did not even include Chapters).

    The one thing I have not looked into is a digital download. Sometimes those are of a higher quality than a DVD. I see Amazon sells an HD digital download for $10.

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    • I came across two second hand titles of late, which over the last few nights I have managed to get around to watch. I don't have 4K projection but did screen the two blu-rays that came with them.

      First of was "The Blues Brothers" I really enjoyed watching it, the picture quality is very good but its the sound quality that really stands out, a great addition to any blu-ray collection.

      Second night Peter Jackson 2005 "King Kong" The picture quality is really excellent as with the DTS sound. I remember running the 35mm print at the cinema when it came out, still got the trailer. To be honest I am not a fan of long films, and the fast movement CGI during three hours does seem to me to get a bit much. I have to add I have never thought much of any "King Kong" film, the 70s remake being the worst, but that's just me.

      Don't let me put you of King Kong 2005 Jack Black was well cast in this one, also there is a lot of amazing visual detail to watch on the screen.
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      • Tonight it was Galaxy Quest

        Forgot a couple of screen shots taken from last night. I should add that the additional two disc DVD on the making of "King Kong" is excellent. It covers a lot of ground, it came out in 2005 before the actual feature was released on DVD. I got my copy at that time, its one of the best on the subject on film making I have come across. Most likely its no longer available, but well work looking out for second hand.
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        • The Seven Ups Nice print and great car chase. One of the extras is the 400ft 8mm cutdown which has good colour. Click image for larger version

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          • Running out of blu-rays to watch at the moment but did screen "Mrs Miniver" 1942 two nights ago. Its little wonder that this film won best picture for 1942. The transfer to blu-ray is excellent, with both B/W image and sound. I have to add, that who ever did the sound mix during the bombing raid while the family were in the air raid shelter did a fantastic job capturing the terror as the bombs got closer and closer.

            Its certainly a film I would highly recommend.

            Lastly, and as Warner Bros at present pulling the plug on DVD/blu-rays for streaming I thought I would watch "Dennis The Menace" 1993. Walter Matthau was brilliant in his part, as grumpy Mr Wilson, plus Christopher Lloyd full of make up. I would say that this now 30 year old version is most entertaining, plus you have an excellent score by Jerry Goldsmith. I don't usually mention DVDs here, but the image and sound of this title projected quality wise looked really good. I bought it when it came out long long ago.
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            • Although I have had the blu-ray for a few weeks now, tonight it was the turn to project "The Fabelmans". I enjoyed watching it on its cinema release, its still nice to watch it again also in this format, so even though I had seen it before, its still a blu-ray I would recommend getting.

              I notice during the end credits, "The Fabelmans" was filmed on 35mm/16mm/Super8 and it looks good to. Also would recommend watching the bonus features they were most interesting.
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              • We both watched "Otto" on its recent blu-ray release last night, using the Epson VP. "Otto" was a real surprise, an excellent story, very well told, a movie I would certainly "highly" recommend.

                 

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                • Watched this excellent blu-ray transfer with DTS 5:1 sound a couple of night ago

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                  • One of the things I like, is what is involved in the making of certain films. I have been reading about the US Coast Guard Cutter "Dauntless" of late, which was the ship used in film "The Island" as above, and is still in active service to this day, it makes interesting reading.
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                    • Originally posted by Graham Ritchie View Post
                      One of the things I like, is what is involved in the making of certain films. I have been reading about the US Coast Guard Cutter "Dauntless" of late, which was the ship used in film "The Island" as above, and is still in active service to this day, it makes interesting reading.
                      Your post got me reading about Dauntless on Wikipedia. The wiki states it was also used in the filming of License to Kill, but no citation is included. Another ship you might be interested in reading about is the USS Whitehurst (DE-634) which was used in the 1957 film, The Enemy Below:

                      This ship was eventually stationed in my area, and I had the pleasure to tour it in the Bremerton Ship Yard in the late 60's. I had seen The Enemy Below when I was a kid who was fascinated by submarines.

                      Here is the last picture ever taken of the Whitehurst:
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                      ​The retired U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Whitehurst (DE-634) sinking on 28 April 1971, as seen through the periscope of the the submarine USS Trigger (SS-564).

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                      • Hi Graham. I have just been catching up on this topic. I certainly agree about “ A man called Otto”. I have mentioned it before on the topic about the Oscars. I saw it at our local cinema and have now got it on dvd scheduled to be shown in my home cinema in the near future. One of the few really good films from the U S. I bet that comment will make me popular!! Re Mrs Miniver, the shelter sequence still makes my stomach turn. So reminiscent of my childhood in Woolwich. Ken Finch.😊

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                        • Ed

                          I have watched "The Enemy Below" a few times in the past, but your posting made me watch the DVD again last night using the Panasonic VP. The picture quality was very good as with the 4:0 Surround. I like the opening where it says "CinemaScope" the film really suits that large screen format. The Enemy Below is really outstanding with excellent casting in particular of Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens.

                          Ken

                          I agree with your comment that there few really good films from the US. We used to be regular cinema goers but these days not so. That's the great thing of home cinema, is that you can watch what you like and when you like. Video projection in a home cinema no matter how big or small it, is really a must have these days

                          Just a quick jump back to The Island is that I bought the U8 2/400 footer of it when it came out, but felt it was to violent to show anyone, so later sold it. I guess like so many U8 prints these days its now faded. When I watched the blu-ray last week, I mentioned to Yvonne about not showing it to younger people, Yvonne reply that these days what I once thought as to violent might not be the case with young people these days, as they are most likely watch worse on there computer games. So I guess I am out of touch. One thing with watching a film like this that was made way back in 1979, is the mostly British actors as the pirates. I guess British actors are good at being pirates. One actor I remember being on BBC TV was Dudley Sutton in the popular series Lovejoy remember it?

                          The years have certainly past since 1979, with very few of the original cast of The Island still around. All up Michael Ritchie did a pretty good job of directing it, so my views of the film have changed, so don't think to badly of it now. The final scene where the camera moves up from looking down on on Michael Cane and Jeffrey Frank who plays his son up, to the incoming helicopter looking through the window of the ship gave it a nice ending.
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                          Last edited by Graham Ritchie; May 22, 2023, 11:24 PM.

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                          • Originally posted by Graham Ritchie View Post
                            Ed

                            I have watched "The Enemy Below" a few times in the past, but your posting made me watch the DVD again last night using the Panasonic VP. The picture quality was very good as with the 4:0 Surround. I like the opening where it says "CinemaScope" the film really suits that large screen format. The Enemy Below is really outstanding with excellent casting in particular of Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens.
                            Another submarine favorite of mine is Run Silent, Run Deep (1958). It is presented in flat black and white, but was shot to be shown in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

                            A "War" movie that succeeds at all levels

                            This is a wonderful movie depicting the experience of one United States Navy submarine during the Second World War. The "Silent Service" never looked better.

                            It is filmed in black and white, which is (possibly) a salute to the "Victory at Sea" series of a few years before, but this film would not work as well in color (in contrast with "Das Boot," which would not work as well in black and white). Like "Das Boot," the sets are realistic and give the viewer an intimate feeling of the claustrophobia that existed on these small subs.
                            Source: IMDB



                            ​There is a list of "Best submarine movies" on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls021449523/

                            Das Boot (1981) is rated best of the bunch.

                            Enemy Below and Run Silent Run Deep are available on Bluray. I am not aware of any Super 8 releases, but I am sure that old 16mm rental prints are out there somewhere. Enemy Below was distributed in 16mm Color/Scope by Films Inc. back in the 60's.

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                            • Thanks Ed I will look out for the blu-ray versions, a few weeks back I watched ""Morning Departure from 1950, its also an excellent submarine film, well worth watching.

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                              • Originally posted by Graham Ritchie View Post
                                ... a few weeks back I watched ""Morning Departure from 1950, its also an excellent submarine film, well worth watching.
                                I have never heard of that one. I found it on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61H_6RuL4Xg). Nothing but rave reviews in user comments:

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