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by Scott Eckhardt
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Tab Hunter Has Passed Away
Replies: 24
Views: 1623

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: 1524
Views: 125656

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: 3096

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: 3719

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: 1487

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: 1487

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: 32852

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: 1067

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: 1491

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: 32852

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: 32852

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: 1986

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: 32852

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: 1524
Views: 125656

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: 32852

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: 32852

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: 32852

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: 1986

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: 32852

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: 32852

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!
by Scott Eckhardt
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 32852

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

As far as I know Barnes and Noble may be the only brick and mortar store to carry it. I visit the one in Minneapolis on a regular basis and always see Criterions on their own shelf. I would phone the store nearest to where you are staying to verify that they have it in stock right before you arrive....
by Scott Eckhardt
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Suzy Snowflake
Replies: 20
Views: 1808

Re: Suzy Snowflake

I grew up in Chicago watching SUZY SNOWFLAKE and HARDROCK, COCO AND JOE on GARFIELD GOOSE. About 10 years ago, I picked up a dvd with the two films in a Unique Resale Shop for $2.00. Now, the Chicago Television Museum sells a restored version for about $30.00! For two bucks, it's a silly, fun conver...
by Scott Eckhardt
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1524
Views: 125656

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

The print I watched was from Grapevine, and I don't remember anything out of sequence. There's a short also included on the disc, "Taxi Barons", one of the "Taxi Boys" series. Grapevine likely had a different print. It's been a while, but as I recall, the problem was they had landed on the island a...
by Scott Eckhardt
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1524
Views: 125656

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

The coming of the Production Code meant that Picture Brides (1934) is little more than a salacious states-right B movie, with most of its smut in the line readings about the women sent down to the Brazilian jungle to marry White men at the mine. "It's all tattooed ladies and snake charmers," says o...
by Scott Eckhardt
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2425

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

Strictly on a musical basis, I would show PAL JOEY, while not faithful to the original play, and with it's hybrid score, nevertheless is a great showcase for some great Sinatra singing. And Kim Novak and Rita Hayworth provide some great eye candy. To show off his acting, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM ...
by Scott Eckhardt
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: ComiColor, Castle Films and Cinecolor
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

Re: ComiColor, Castle Films and Cinecolor

Bob Furmanek wrote:I've got a new page on the website which you may find of interest:

http://www.3dfilmarchive.com/castle-films-cinecolor" target="_blank" target="_blank
Very interesting. Thanks, Bob.
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The Garden of Allah - 1936
Replies: 14
Views: 2603

Re: The Garden of Allah - 1936

The fact is, both versions are gorgeous. But, there are dvds that approach blu ray clarity, and blu rays that are not huge improvements over their dvd counterparts. If you don't own the now oop dvds, the blu ray will look (and is) beautiful. But, for those who own the dvds, there is no salient reaso...
by Scott Eckhardt
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The Garden of Allah - 1936
Replies: 14
Views: 2603

Re: The Garden of Allah - 1936

I was going to order THE GARDEN OF ALLAH blu ray when I read a review of the disc on Blu Ray.com. (Forgive me as I am no good at posting links from the tablet I use.) That review says that the print used on this blu ray is not the same (excellent) print that was utilized for the Anchor Bay and MGM d...
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1524
Views: 125656

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

A while back, I watched a kinescope of a GARRY MOORE SHOW. It was the last show of it's season from May, 1962. At the end, in place of the usual credit crawl, Mr. Moore introduced an on-screen parade of every member of the cast and crew, climaxing with the woman who kept the coffee machine full. I d...
by Scott Eckhardt
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
Replies: 19
Views: 2443

Re: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

Two marquees here. On left A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, which ran on Broadway from 1961-63. On right NEW FACES which ran on Broadway in 1962. And notice the Cadillac. [url=http s://postimages.org/" target="_blank] https://s10.postimg.org/abfwdmcmx/FACES.jpg [/url] These kind of things drive me nuts, but ...