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by Scott Eckhardt
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?
Replies: 32
Views: 4530

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

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! This is why 42nd Street (1933) never quite works for me. The plot hinges on Ruby's character being some great undiscovered talent. She was a g...
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kevin Brownlow's HOLLYWOOD on Amazon Prime
Replies: 29
Views: 3148

Re: Kevin Brownlow's HOLLYWOOD on Amazon Prime

I also bought a few years ago a DVD set transferred from the laserdisc set. Purchased from the USA, good price, excellent NTSC quality, and it will alway be a pleasure to re-watch :D . Glad I took the opportunity to get it. How many DVDs comprise your set? I see two versions for sale, both on DVDs ...
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck
Replies: 82
Views: 4361

Re: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck

It's been my experience that out of print dvds are not cheap on ebay. Seeking out THE CELLULOID CLOSET, I couldn't find a copy under $50. After losing two auctions on ebay, I finally located a copy at Half-Price Books for $16, which I instantly bought.
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck
Replies: 82
Views: 4361

Re: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck

The thing is, if you see a dvd or bluray you like, pick it up as soon as you can. I've been collecting discs since getting my first dvd player in 2003. Many of my original purchases are now out of print, and quite expensive. Some store chains are dialing down on the presence of all disc media. The n...
by Scott Eckhardt
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kevin Brownlow's HOLLYWOOD on Amazon Prime
Replies: 29
Views: 3148

Re: Kevin Brownlow's HOLLYWOOD on Amazon Prime

About 4 years ago I bought a beautiful dvd set of this series taken from the laserdisc set. I'm not sure if it's available anymore, but I understand that a planned official release got tied up in copyright issues and will likely never be released.
by Scott Eckhardt
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck
Replies: 82
Views: 4361

Re: Warner Media shutting down Filmstruck

The article states it will "shift resources to mass-market entertainment services." Oh joy.
by Scott Eckhardt
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1803
Views: 134063

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

Everybody has probably already seen it but These Amazing Shadows (2011) was new to me. It's a fairly informative documentary about how the National Film Registry came about and works, starting with, rather timely, a discussion of Ted Turner's colorization efforts. The NFR stuff is good and there's ...
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: new TV
Replies: 17
Views: 1056

Re: new TV

I think all tvs give you a way to adjust the aspect ratio. But you do have to also set such devices as blu ray players. I recently replaced a failing 7 year old Panasonic blu ray in my den with a new Sony unit. The default setting was the one that stretches and distorts the old narrow screen to fit ...
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: TNT (the old TNT) and me
Replies: 18
Views: 703

Re: TNT (the old TNT) and me

Having to pause out the commercials was annoying; but the great prints made it very worthwhile! - Craig You had to develop a certain knack to edit out the commercials well; it mainly had to do with knowing how quickly your pause and play buttons on your VCR remote worked after you made contact with...
by Scott Eckhardt
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How many movie people have died due to auto accidents?
Replies: 74
Views: 11252

Re: How many movie people have died due to auto accidents?

Monroe Owsley, INDISCREET (1931), GOIN' TO TOWN (1935), died from a heart attack shortly after an auto accident in 1937.
by Scott Eckhardt
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Tab Hunter Has Passed Away
Replies: 24
Views: 1639

Re: Tab Hunter Has Passed Away

LUST IN THE DUST was not a John Waters film, it was directed by Paul Bartel. POLYESTER was.
by Scott Eckhardt
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1803
Views: 134063

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

I quite liked THE GREATEST SHOWMAN. I found it to be a well done, stylized and stylish show. That it was not filmed as a lumbering version of an A&E Biography does not bother me.
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Tonbilder (sound pictures) online at Filmportal
Replies: 17
Views: 3141

Re: Tonbilder (sound pictures) online at Filmportal

Wonderful to see and hear! I never heard of these. Sound quality and synchronization first-rate. Of course, modern amplification doesn't hurt.
by Scott Eckhardt
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: When actors muff their lines
Replies: 30
Views: 3739

Re: When actors muff their lines

In WHOOPEE, during the title number, Eddie Cantor flubs the word "phone." That portion had to have been filmed live on set, since the synchronism is perfect.
by Scott Eckhardt
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Question about Paul Fejos "Broadway" 1929
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Re: Question about Paul Fejos "Broadway" 1929

I'm afraid I misphrased that. I was referring to the original vhs version of KOJ where I could not make out the moving cars. On the restored blu ray, the detail is tremendous! The sequence really comes to life!
by Scott Eckhardt
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Question about Paul Fejos "Broadway" 1929
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Re: Question about Paul Fejos "Broadway" 1929

It's also interesting to note the Broadway miniature set with tracks for moving cars and a giant astride which was also recycled for King of Jazz. In an interview Mohr recalled using the crane for every movie he made after Broadway. I never noticed the moving cars in the original version of KING OF...
by Scott Eckhardt
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

When I reviewed the restoration at New York's Museum of Modern Art a couple of years ago, I noted that the "Rhapsody in Blue" number sounded undermiked by modern standards. How does it sound on home stereo equipment? Bob When I saw KING OF JAZZ at The Heights Theater in suburban Minneapolis, the vo...
by Scott Eckhardt
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Warner ruins SWEETHEARTS(1938).
Replies: 4
Views: 1075

Re: Warner ruins SWEETHEARTS(1938).

I saw this on Warner Archive Instant a few years ago. I realize this was MGM's big plunge into Technicolor, but I found the color to be too garish and overdone. Jeanette's cheeks looked horrible. The movie itself was not one of her best.
by Scott Eckhardt
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (1936)
Replies: 7
Views: 1501

Re: HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD (1936)

http://www.silentfilmstillarchive.com/stills/hollywood_boulevard2_226.jpg IT'S EASY - John Halliday is explaining to Betty Compson the different technique that is necessary for talking pictures. "Hollywood Boulevard" is Miss Compson's initial introduction to this art. Marsha Hunt, Robert Cummings, ...
by Scott Eckhardt
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

I had a look at Amazon Australia and the only listing I can find under the title is for the old VHS tape which is mentioned as unavailable. I suppose we will eventually get it, if I live that long. Donald, I looked for a friend in Australia and found out that the ebay Australia site will ship there...
by Scott Eckhardt
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

Having seen the film and knowing how gorgeous it looks, I decided to watch the extras first. This is an extraordinary treasure trove of featurettes, short subjects and cartoons. It will take you 3 hours to watch all the goodies. The featurettes are very informative, and cover the history of Universa...
by Scott Eckhardt
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)
Replies: 16
Views: 1995

Re: Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)

THE VAGABOND LOVER does have all the scars of the early talkies. Vallee is stiff as a board, and only Marie Dressler and Nella Walker sparring adds any life. The Photophone recording is very crisp and clear, though. To the point where in several scenes, the whirring of the (blimped?) camera is quite...
by Scott Eckhardt
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

oh I am so jealous of you American guys! :( I am going to have to wait till May. :( So when it's May what will be my CHEAPEST way of buying it (whilst staying with my family in San Ramon near SF) ? Will it be cheaper on the US Amazon site? And if so; HOW do they it to be cheaper than direct from th...
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1803
Views: 134063

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

1957 was the year of Helen Morgan although she had died in 1941. Warners was planning a Helen Morgan biopic and Polly Bergen had won an Emmy for a Playhouse 90 version of the singer's life. Bergen would have been a good choice and had appeared in about 10 movies since 1950, including the 3D rodeo m...
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

drednm wrote:Here's my whole 2 cents' worth.....

https://silentroomdotblog.wordpress.com ... jazz-1930/" target="_blank" target="_blank
Great review! And he spelled Marion's last name properly!
by Scott Eckhardt
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

I wore out 2 vhs tapes over the years. In 2011, I got a pretty good dvd taken from the tape that slightly amplified the color, so it looked a bit better than the original tape, but, yes, this blu ray will be the ultimate version.
by Scott Eckhardt
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

Just received notice from Criterion that my order is being prepared for shipment. Sounds like we may get our copies on the street date or very close to it. Great news! My mail sometimes comes late in the day, so I'll pick up my reserved copy Tuesday morning at Barnes and Noble. Sounds like Criterio...
by Scott Eckhardt
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)
Replies: 16
Views: 1995

Re: Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)

Amazing footage. The sound really adds to the "live" atmosphere. I would love to crawl through that lens and go and see GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY, new, complete and pristine.
by Scott Eckhardt
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

Does anyone know if Criterion has pre orders shipped ahead so that it arrives on the release day or do they wait and ship on the release date. I couldn't get any info from the Criterion site, but Amazon offers an option for release date pre-order. But it will cost something like $15.00 for their "e...
by Scott Eckhardt
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 33167

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

I went to the Mall of America to the Barnes and Noble to reserve a copy. As the mail arrives late in the day in my building, I find it no hardship to pick it up at the store. I'll have it that much earlier and save the shipping costs to boot! Counting the days now!