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by brendangcarroll
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Some Upcoming Blu-Rays
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Some Upcoming Blu-Rays

Thanks Rick!

At last- PHANTOM LADY!!!
by brendangcarroll
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: SEA HAWK (1940) coming to Bluray at last!
Replies: 6
Views: 1100

Re: SEA HAWK (1940) coming to Bluray at last! (UK orders)

Warner Archive only ships within the USA

For those in the UK....

WOWHD.com

is currently accepting preorders for SEA HAWK under UPC code 888574712488.
by brendangcarroll
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Archive Collection - distribution in Europe?
Replies: 9
Views: 957

Re: Warner Archive Collection - distribution in Europe?

The most recent WAC Bluray I purchased was the fabulous, restored SEA WOLF and it played fine for me (I am in the UK) so I guess is region free.

Hope that helps.
by brendangcarroll
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Archive Collection - distribution in Europe?
Replies: 9
Views: 957

Re: Warner Archive Collection - distribution in Europe?

Cheers! I must check this out!
by brendangcarroll
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Archive Collection - distribution in Europe?
Replies: 9
Views: 957

Warner Archive Collection - distribution in Europe?

Dear Friends Does anyone here know a distributor for WAC DVDs and Blurays in the UK or Europe? The Warner Archive website only ships discs within the USA which is very annoying and frustrating. Some WAC discs do turn up on Amazon but very few. There must be an online dealer somewhere willing to ship...
by brendangcarroll
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: SEA HAWK (1940) coming to Bluray at last!
Replies: 6
Views: 1100

SEA HAWK (1940) coming to Bluray at last!

Following my earlier post lamenting the deficiencies of the 2005 DVD of this great film, I am pleased to announce that SEA HAWK is coming to Bluray in anew High Definition upgrade. The details from WAC Facebook page:- THE SEA HAWK (1940) NEW 2018 1080p HD Master! Run Time 127:00 (Original Theatrical...
by brendangcarroll
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM FESTIVAL 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: TCM FESTIVAL 2019

You mean they might actually screen LETTY LYNTON and ESCAPADE at long last? If they do, I will book my airticket from London and attend!
by brendangcarroll
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Replies: 7
Views: 498

The Perfect Specimen (1937)

Questions have been raised on another forum I belong to, about the current rights status of this film, staring Errol Flynn and Joan Blondell. It has not appeared on DVD or Bluray and apparently suffers from the sort of copyright problems that used to afflict 'The Constant Nymph' and still affects LE...
by brendangcarroll
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM FESTIVAL 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: TCM FESTIVAL 2019

The sad thing about this is that next year marks the 80th anniversary of some really fine films, many not on Bluray yet and many needing major restoration - but TCM trots out GWTW yet again! I suppose they will do the same for its 85th, 90th and so on. Lazy programming? Or just no more money for res...
by brendangcarroll
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM FESTIVAL 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 519

TCM FESTIVAL 2019

"The Festival is pleased to announce the first additions to the 2019 Festival lineup, including: World premiere restorations of the Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant comedy HOLIDAY (1938) and ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ (1979); 50th anniversary screenings of BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) and HEL...
by brendangcarroll
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: WELLS FARGO (1937)
Replies: 7
Views: 878

Re: WELLS FARGO (1937)

It's possible that the Library of Congress has a preview print or that George Eastman House has the original version. Another possibility in the National Film Archive in London. A British print?
by brendangcarroll
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: New Book for 2019 on Hollywood's Great Composers
Replies: 4
Views: 425

New Book for 2019 on Hollywood's Great Composers

"Double Lives: Film Composers in the Concert Hall" is a collection of fifteen essays dealing with ‘iconic’ film composers who, perhaps to the surprise of many fans of film music, nevertheless maintained lifelong careers as composers for the concert hall. Featured composers include Erich Wolfgang Kor...
by brendangcarroll
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films
Replies: 15
Views: 1303

Re: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

Well Congress Dances is regarded over here as one of the most infuential of all early talkies and a key film in the development of the screen musical. As was common before 1934, it was shot in several languages including English (its star Lillian Hervey was tri-lingual - French, German and English a...
by brendangcarroll
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films
Replies: 15
Views: 1303

Re: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

No mention of Congress Dances either
by brendangcarroll
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording

Hi again Ray Thanks for that great link! It explains my error - he says that " four pieces were made available commercially on two mono 78 RPM discs" which is what I remembered. I had forgotten Muir Matheson's recordings. Oh well, no harm done. If WB had actually released this broadcast it would hav...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording

Hi Ray As far as I was aware, the 1935 THINS TO COME recordings (released on HMV is the UK in '36) comprised the Ballet for Children and Melodrama, and The World in Ruins. Blliss recorded 6 sections in the 1950s. Which 6 sides do you have? What label? Glad you liked my essay. Best BRENDAN (PS the FU...
by brendangcarroll
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording
Replies: 5
Views: 556

"The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording

Earlier this year, the Library of Congress contacted me to inform me that the unique recording of the 1938 radio Broadcast of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Academy Award winning score to the film "The Adventures of Robin Hood" had been added to the National Recordings Registry. As well as informing me o...
by brendangcarroll
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: TNT (the old TNT) and me
Replies: 18
Views: 1015

Re: TNT (the old TNT) and me

I loved TNT - and miss it still. Who remembers "Trailer Time" - when between films, they would show about 4 or 5 old trailers, many never seen before...or since! In the UK it was replaced by the wretched watered down version of TCM. No more rare early pre-code talkies, no rare WB and MGM titles. I r...
by brendangcarroll
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?
Replies: 32
Views: 4977

Re: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?

Cary Grant in "Suzy" (1936) trying to ing "Do I remember?" Joan Crawford in Mannequin (1937) "Always in Always" Any of Ruby Keeler's efforts .....but especially "By a Waterfall" in 'Footlight Parade' (1933) which is akin to dragging your fingernails down a blackboard! Bette Davis in 'Thank Your Luck...
by brendangcarroll
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FINALLY Laurel & Hardy coming to blu-ray
Replies: 10
Views: 1805

Re: FINALLY Laurel & Hardy coming to blu-ray

These releases are clearly meant to capitalise on the new Bio-pic hitting mainstream cinemas. I would be very wary of the quality of the prints used....wait for reviews before purchase!
by brendangcarroll
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Revolving Doors in Movies
Replies: 14
Views: 552

Re: Revolving Doors in Movies

A revolving door is used memorably during the opening credits of WONDER BAR (1934) to introduce the many stars arriving at the nightclub....
by brendangcarroll
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Turned Out Nice Again
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Turned Out Nice Again

George Formby was Britain's biggest box office star before 1941 and earned an incredible £35,000 per film. In 1939 alone he made three movies, which meant his salary was approx £100,000 - a huge sum for those days. I estimate it would be well over £1 million today. His records sold very well too and...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration

The 1947 reissue butchered Korngold's magnificent score with many scenes removed in entirety.
by brendangcarroll
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?
Replies: 20
Views: 1151

Re: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?

Although Cavett was occasionally irritating, I will forever be grateful to him for conducting the very best interview with Bette Davis that she ever gave on TV. A priceless evening with a great star where I think one genuinely sees the REAL Bette Davis - witty, intelligent, mildly self-deprecating a...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 748

Re: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration

The sepia tinting was indeed part of the original version in 1940, supposedly to give an impression of heat for the Panama sequences. This was a sort of compensation as the film had originally been planned and designed in colour but the likely high costs and also Jack Warner's penny-pinching decisio...
by brendangcarroll
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 748

The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration

Last night I decided to take out my DVD of the 1940 swashbuckler classic THE SEA HAWK which I had not watched for quite a while. The DVD dates from 2005 and back then was regarded as the best restoration that this famous film had ever received. In 2005 I was minded to agree. No longer. Unfortunately...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: CASABLANCA - new UK release for book
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: CASABLANCA - new UK release for book

Thanks Richard! I will give it a go and add it to my extensive collection of Casablancaiana!
by brendangcarroll
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: CASABLANCA - new UK release for book
Replies: 2
Views: 434

CASABLANCA - new UK release for book

This book is now available in the UK and Europe via Faber at £25

https://www.noahisenberg.com/well-alway ... asablanca/

I am aware that it's been published in America for some time.

Has anyone seen or read it? Is it worth acquiring?
by brendangcarroll
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM is blocked
Replies: 3
Views: 963

Re: TCM is blocked

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh thank you!

I was unaware that TCM had added the word 'Turner' to its URL. It was always just www.tcm.com and in fact, all links on IMDB to TCM reviews of movies use that URL to this day.

Thank you for this information.