You carefully replaced the splices in your 8mm copy. You stored your 16mm with mothballs to prevent vinegar syndrome. You rewound your VHS once a year, stored your laserdisc in its plastic sleeve, alphabetically shelved your DVD and, later your blu-ray.
The only thing you never did with the movie... was watch it!
Yes, it's that time again, the dog days after the holidays and time for NitrateVille's own at-home film festival, the 5th Annual "Watch That Movie!" Night! If you haven't participated before, here's the idea. We all have movies that we couldn't wait to own— but never seem to get around to watching. They pile up faster than you can keep up with them, it seems. "Watch That Movie!" Night is the time we all take one of those movies from our collections and finally watch it— and tell our fellow NitrateVillains about it, expanding the base of knowledge about what's out there. And if you're game, you have a chance to win a movie on blu-ray or DVD, courtesy of our good friends at Kino Classics who bring us so many great things all year long— this year you could win the next to last of their complete Buster Keaton series, The Navigator, or their stunning complete version of Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen, in either DVD or blu-ray.
Here's how it works:
1. Pick a classic era movie that's been in your collection for at least a year, unwatched. (Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, 16mm, 9.5mm, whatever you have.)
2. Announce your choice in this thread.
3. Watch it on (or around) Friday, February 1.
4. And post something, anything about it in this thread by Monday, February 4th.
Winners will be selected at random from all posters by my children and announced here the next day. (In other words, it's not a literary contest— we're not judging your entry, whatever you post gets you into the drawing. Sorry, US and Canada posters only for the prize due to rights issues, but we'll be happy to hear from everybody all the same.)
So please join me in taking the "Watch That Movie!" Night pledge and announcing your choice over the coming days. Then be prepared for a great movie you might never have watched otherwise, and lots of interesting posts from NitrateVillains. If you've lurked but never posted before, what better way to make your first post than by joining in today!
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So what's my "Watch That Movie!" movie choice? It's...
LES MISERABLES (1934)
As soon as I got Criterion/Eclipse's Raymond Bernard set, I watched Wooden Crosses. But somehow I've never found time for the five-hour Les Miz on the same set, even though it's supposed to be best-ever and I'm sure Charles Vanel sings way better than Russell Crowe. So at last, though maybe not all in one night, I'm going to watch it.
Here's the link to the first Watch that Movie Night thread, and the second, the third and the fourth. Check 'em out-- there's lots of great commentary in them.
Now, what will your choice be? Tell us!
If you truly love film, I think the healthiest thing to do is not read books on the subject. I prefer the glossy film magazines with their big colour photos and gossip columns, or the National Enquirer. Such vulgarity is healthy and safe. —Werner Herzog