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by Robert W
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FINALLY Laurel & Hardy coming to blu-ray
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: FINALLY Laurel & Hardy coming to blu-ray

I don't believe U.C.L.A. has restored Block Heads, Our Relations , Pardon Us, Another Fine Mess or Towed in a Hole yet. They appear to have done the foreign-language version for Pardon Us, but not the original.
by Robert W
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 928

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

Enjoyed the report very much.

Is Helen's Babies legally available anywhere ?
by Robert W
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Blackhawk Films catalogs now online
Replies: 17
Views: 1494

Re: Blackhawk Films catalogs now online

Wonderful, wonderful memories...thanks for posting this ! Slightly off topic.... I was checking a bulletin from 1976 that featured the Super 8 Chaplin features that were sold on long-term lease at the time. Did anyone ever actually return their prints at the end of the lease or was the whole deal lo...
by Robert W
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films
Replies: 25
Views: 5215

Re: Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films

Well said, Buskeat !
by Robert W
Wed May 02, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 694
Views: 80226

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Show People in a beautiful 35mm print at the TCM Classic Film Festival last week, with live accompaniment by Ben Model. The film played beautifully, but unfortunately was interrupted by a fire alarm that cleared the theatre for a few minutes. Ben kept things going during the re-seating of the house...
by Robert W
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1635
Views: 127834

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

I second Mr. Bink's recommendation of Paddington 2 , an utterly charming film that underplays so wonderfully compared to the hyperactive children's films mostly being made today. Mr. Binks, I strongly recommend you take a look at Wonder , the Julia Roberts film starring a talented young actor named ...
by Robert W
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?
Replies: 14
Views: 3219

Re: What happened to all the theaters film projectors?

Digital projection has a shortcoming where film has an advantage. If there is failure of a hard drive or card format that is delivered to the cinema for projection, the whole movie goes and projection is delayed until a replacement is obtained. Not sure if the agencies that distribute the movies in...
by Robert W
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Our Next Amazing 3-D Restoration!
Replies: 26
Views: 8177

Re: Our Next Amazing 3-D Restoration!

Hi Bob :

Hillary's article on Sangaree on the 3D Archive website says Sangaree was composed for 1:33 but released and projected in 1:66. Which aspect ratio will you be using for the blu-ray ?
by Robert W
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Republic Rediscovered
Replies: 21
Views: 4137

Re: Republic Rediscovered

By sheer coincidence, I found the program from the TCM presentation last night. We were treated to clips from : Yokel Boy (1942) $1,000 A Minute (1935) Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) The Leavenworth Case (1935) Army Girl (1935) Larceny On The Air (1937) S.O.S. Tidal Wave (1939) Rosie, The Riveter (1944...
by Robert W
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Republic Rediscovered
Replies: 21
Views: 4137

Re: Republic Rediscovered

Turner Classic Movies did a presentation on this at one of the recent TCM Classic Film Festivals with some of the restoration team present. We had a short presentation of about 30 titles that had been done, with short samples of the title sequences and followed by a clip from the restored films. I h...
by Robert W
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2435

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

Another plus High Society has over White Christmas (which I love, by the way) - there isn't a single song in High Society as wonderfully awful as "What Can You Do With A General ?" .
by Robert W
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2435

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

Seems to me if he watches White Christmas yearly, High Society shouldn't be too much of a stretch for him, despite it's somewhat leisurely pace. I've actually seen it more often than The Philadelphia Story.

And if he doesn't instantly love Celeste Holm, throw him back and find someone else.
by Robert W
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: TCM Remembers 2017
Replies: 45
Views: 6532

Re: TCM Remembers 2017

The one that made me the saddest was Robert Osbourne, actually.

Debbie Reynolds is a close second - she was a huge (and welcome) live presence at many TCM Film Festival and TCM Cruise events, and sure knew how to work a crowd.
by Robert W
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Nitrate Laurel & Hardy print on eBay
Replies: 81
Views: 14029

Re: Nitrate Laurel & Hardy print on eBay

Why nobody from Laurel & Hardy restoration project was contacted ??? The Laurel and Hardy restorations being done by UCLA only includes the sound shorts. The silents are under separate control by another owner and are not part of the current project. I've contributed to this project several times a...
by Robert W
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent/Talkies??
Replies: 20
Views: 4150

Re: Silent/Talkies??

Back in 2013, Bruce Goldstein with the Turner Classic Film Festival ran Frank Capra's The Donovan Affair, a film that survives only in picture without the sound discs that accompanied the film. Using script records from the New York State Board of Film Censors, they were able to reconstruct 60% of t...
by Robert W
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and subdued holiday films
Replies: 6
Views: 967

Re: "I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and subdued holiday films

Check out Mike Gebert's post in this thread on The Holly and the Ivy.
by Robert W
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Wednesday Prime Time on TCM
Replies: 11
Views: 1858

Re: Wednesday Prime Time on TCM

The documentary on the National Film Registry was fascinating . I was all set to PVR Ace In The Hole at 11:00 until I realized I had it on blu-ray from a Criterion sale and hadn't watched it yet !
by Robert W
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kino to release blu-rays/DVDs of some Paramount silents
Replies: 287
Views: 84840

Re: Kino to release blu-rays/DVDs of some Paramount silents

I wish Kino would put the two W.C. Fields features on one double feature disc. Let's face it - most fans will buy both and I'd rather have one less blu-ray case to try and find space for. I wouldn't even mind if they charged a little more since we're getting two films.
by Robert W
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Strange Double Bill
Replies: 10
Views: 1730

Re: A Strange Double Bill

Back when double bills were common, there were usually two types of programs; one of similar-themed titles such as Bond or horror double bills, and simple "two giant hits" programs that had nothing more in common than the same studio releasing them. I was alive when the Odd Couple / Rosemary's Baby ...
by Robert W
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino
Replies: 87
Views: 21118

Re: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino

I'm confused by your reasoning, Jim. With the exchange rate between the Canadian vs. U.S. dollar, Americans will save an additional 30% or so off the Canadian price of $104, with a similar 30% savings off the postage, which is admittedly going to be higher than the same shipment originating out of t...
by Robert W
Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Intermission
Replies: 28
Views: 5679

Re: Intermission

Monty Python and the Holy Grail also has an "intermission." I've seen theaters both take it as real and blow right through it, so I'm not sure what the original intent was. Possibly for those territories where they needed to feed their møøse. There is no question the 'intermission' in Monty Python ...
by Robert W
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Classics
Replies: 56
Views: 12931

Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

Another vote for The Big Parade.

Beggars of Life is my choice.
by Robert W
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4726

Re: THE MUSIC BOX

From the top of the steps...
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by Robert W
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4726

Re: THE MUSIC BOX

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by Robert W
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4726

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by Robert W
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4726

Re: THE MUSIC BOX

Nothing to do with the steps, but thought you would enjoy.... This was from a memorabilia exhibit at one of the Turner Classic Movie Cruises.

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by Robert W
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4726

Re: THE MUSIC BOX

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There is a plaque on the stairs commemorating The Boys and the film. I was sure I had a picture of it as well, but if I do I don't know where it went....
by Robert W
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MUSIC BOX
Replies: 25
Views: 4726

Re: THE MUSIC BOX

Seeing those steps was one of the most memorable things I've ever done on mv various trips to L.A. / Hollywood.
by Robert W
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Blu-ray: the beginning of the end
Replies: 74
Views: 20587

Re: Blu-ray: the beginning of the end

There seems to be some confusion as to the true resolution of modern films. Hollywood has been shooting more and more films digitally since the first few appeared about a decade ago. But with extremely rare exceptions, they are all shot and finished at 2k resolution. This is especially true for almo...
by Robert W
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Abbott & Costello Rarities and Hollywood Rarities
Replies: 7
Views: 2864

Re: Abbott & Costello Rarities and Hollywood Rarities

No radio shows on the bonus disc. Primarily a lot of home movies, including one section labelled Europe and another labelled Patty's Birthday Party. A sound short called Cleveland Film with an A & C cameo. This is all sourced from the menu - I haven't actually looked at much of the actual bonus cont...