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by Christopher Jacobs
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912
Replies: 8
Views: 2216

Re: The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912

Don't forget this will be half-price on the regular twice per year Barnes & Noble sale (usually July and November), and also half-price on Criterion's own 24-hour flash sales (also usually twice per year, sometimes October and March). I plan to pick it up during one of those events, most likely the ...
by Christopher Jacobs
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: I Married A Monster From Outer Space & little sci fi gems
Replies: 20
Views: 3214

Re: I Married A Monster From Outer Space & little sci fi gem

I remember being unexpectedly impressed by I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE the first time I saw it back in the 1970s. Interestingly enough, in those pre-internet days, it was on TV while I was talking to a film buff friend by phone and we wound up watching the whole thing together over the phon...
by Christopher Jacobs
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Artificial Intelligence, robotic workers, unmanned space travel, fatherless children, and conflicts with North Korea are all recent hot news topics. In September of 1954 all of these were major themes of a low-budget sci-fi thriller targeted at children but with enough plotting and subtext to keep a...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Romantic comedies, or Rom-coms as they like to call them these days, are a staple of modern movies and have been for well over a century. This summer two very different variations on the genre spotlighting iconic 20th-century superstars made their Blu-ray debuts from Kino-Lorber. One is a classic up...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Pordenone 2016 Festival Review is up
Replies: 12
Views: 1564

Re: Pordenone 2016 Festival Review is up

As a start, I've checked LOC database: Prints exist for these titles (I didn't check for completeness): Flower of Dusk - Canadian National Archive Girl without a Soul - Eastman Opportunity - Eastman The Plowshare - MOMA Riders of the Night - Amsterdam Wife by Proxy - MGM archive (presumably now at ...
by Christopher Jacobs
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

The final hours of summer will transition to fall the afternoon of September 22. With 2017 so far one of the lowest summers for movie attendance this century, the year 1946 was perhaps the all-time peak year of movie attendance, with close to 60% of Americans providing 90 million individual ticket s...
by Christopher Jacobs
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Editing silent films and typography
Replies: 33
Views: 5702

Re: Editing silent films and typography

Parsons is a good font used for many silents in the late teens and 20s. For a good clean-looking sans-serif, Futura was introduced in 1927 but seems to have been used mostly for English translations of foreign silents in the 1930s (especially by MOMA) and later, as well as a generic replacement when...
by Christopher Jacobs
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Beggars of Life (1928) on Blu-ray & DVD from Kino 8/22
Replies: 12
Views: 4532

Re: Beggars of Life (1928) on Blu-ray & DVD from Kino 8/22

For those who haven't already found it, I posted my review of BEGGARS OF LIFE (as well as VARIETE) in the "Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide" thread of the "Talking About Talkies" forum at http://nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f ... 01#p192101
by Christopher Jacobs
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

The first Academy Award ceremonies were held in 1929 but covered the 1927-28 movie season that began 90 years ago this month. As everyone likely knows, William Wellman’s World War I epic WINGS (1927) was the first film to win what would become known as “Best Picture.” That first year, the Oscars for...
by Christopher Jacobs
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: info on Johnny Come Lately(1943)

thanks Harold. When you say Paramount, as JCL is a 1943 film do you refer to the Universal holdings of numerous Paramount material 1929-49, or just the current day incarnation of Paramount Studios. JOHNNY COME LATELY was a independent production by William Cagney, released through United Artists. M...
by Christopher Jacobs
Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Crime, passion, or both together are the subjects of a couple of classic courtroom dramas and a romantic melodrama about theatrical ambition, all adapted from popular novels of their day, that are among the Blu-rays released this past spring by Kino-Lorber. All were made by major filmmakers with fam...
by Christopher Jacobs
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Today is a Saturday, and from the 1920s through the 1950s for young moviegoers, that typically meant a weekly serial chapter along with the lineup of shorts, cartoons, B-western(s) and/or other action program pictures during a day spent at the local movie house. Many serials have been released to DV...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Time to get caught up on some notable classic films released to Blu-ray earlier this year. The number of vintage films getting new high-definition video masters and/or restorations has been increasing over the past year, with numerous new releases to the home market on Blu-ray from specialty distrib...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Picture quality on Kino’s Blu-ray is very good You write that about SON OF THE SHEIK. As I have said in an earlier post I find the picture quality of the bluray decent in parts but very poor in others. It is an improvement on previously available editions, I am glad to have it and happy that I boug...
by Christopher Jacobs
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Today, August 23, marks the untimely death at age 31 of movie superstar and international sex symbol Rudolph Valentino. Sicilian-born Valentino had become the celebrity symbol representing the 1920s, the archetypal “Latin Lover” soon imitated by numerous other actors, within eight years after he emi...
by Christopher Jacobs
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Thanks for the review of BEGGARS OF LIFE, Mike. I may try to post a review of my own in the next week or so, as well as a review of Kino's excellent new Blu-ray of VARIETE. Meanwhile, continuing the theme of World War II’s Pacific conflict, which officially ended 72 years ago this month, here are s...
by Christopher Jacobs
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide
Replies: 545
Views: 304419

Re: Old Movies in HD: An Ongoing Guide

Concerns over potential nuclear war with South Korea have been in the news recently. This week marks the 72nd anniversary of Japan’s agreement to unconditional surrender about a week after the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the official surrender ceremonies were held in earl...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136713

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Got around to watching two more films from Flicker Alley's Early Women Filmmakers set the other night, both rather short but roughly feature-length. The first was a silent, the second was a talkie but with some long silent sections and a music score. LA SOURIANTE MME. BEUDET (1922) (THE SMILING MADA...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Criterion releases 100 years of Olympics footage
Replies: 6
Views: 1676

Re: Criterion releases 100 years of Olympics footage

The exorbitant price of this set will probably mean you may remain one of a few to have seen them ever. Let's hope some of these will show up in streaming. If they want people to see these films (and your good work), releasing an outrageously-priced set is not the way to go. Hmm... Let me see. $400...
by Christopher Jacobs
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Blu-ray: the beginning of the end
Replies: 74
Views: 20639

Re: Blu-ray: the beginning of the end

Standard HD of 2k is a very close approximation of a typical mass-produced 35mm theatrical print from a dupe negative, and a well-mastered 1080p or 1080i Blu-ray of a silent or classic will look about like a new 35mm revival-house print. A 4k version is pretty close to a print from the original came...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Good recent horror movies
Replies: 8
Views: 1711

Re: Good recent horror movies

It's really more of a modern urban crime thriller with strong elements of classic horror, but DON'T BREATHE (2016) is very effective once it gets going and gets more intense as it progresses. Great suspense, decent acting, wonderful atmosphere. Some parts rather predictable, others completely unexpe...
by Christopher Jacobs
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Doctor X (32)
Replies: 16
Views: 4096

Re: Doctor X (32)

I saw the B&W version back in the 70s and thought it was just an okay horror film (before I had developed a taste for Lee Tracy). I saw it again at a convention sometime in the past decade after having seen the restored color version (which I like a lot). The B&W version seemed barely distinguishabl...
by Christopher Jacobs
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136713

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Made an hour-and-a-quarter drive down to Minnesota State University-Moorhead's final Summer Cinema silent movie screening of the season to see (and to introduce for the audience) Buster Keaton's THE BOAT, Harry Langdon's SHANGHAIED LOVERS, and the final Harold Lloyd-Bebe Daniels pairing CAPTAIN KIDD...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 323231

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

Caught up tonight with KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (2016) , which I'd missed theatrically last year. Wow, what a really amazing, inventive, film with a truly imaginative story and incredible blend of artistic animation using puppets, models and CGI seamlessly blended together! The involving fantasy-adv...
by Christopher Jacobs
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 323231

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

Finally got around to watching INSIDE OUT (2015) , which I'd missed theatrically, on 3-D Blu-ray (which are getting harder and harder to find in stores -- I had to order it through Amazon). Glad I did. It's a very good Pixar/Disney character comedy-drama dealing with the delicate balances of human e...
by Christopher Jacobs
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Beggars of Life (1928) on Blu-ray & DVD from Kino 8/22
Replies: 12
Views: 4532

Re: Beggars of Life (1928) on Blu-ray & DVD from Kino 8/22

This is prime William Wellman and probably Louise Brooks' best American film. The Eastman's careful 35mm restoration from a lovely 16mm Show-at-Home printdown off the camera negative has been shown at various festivals and is really hard to tell it's not from a 35mm original element. The rich image ...
by Christopher Jacobs
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: not quite vitaphone: postwar sound-on-disc?
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

Re: not quite vitaphone: postwar sound-on-disc?

I used to have a couple of those Americom Super 8 releases (mainly VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, as I recall, which had several reels available but I had only one or two). The flimsy plastic records were re-recorded so they would approximately synchronize with the projector running at the typical...
by Christopher Jacobs
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 323231

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

In memory of Martin Landau, I finally got around to re-watching ED WOOD (1994) . Tim Burton's wonderful salute to the enthusiasm of independent filmmaking and the legacy of Bela Lugosi is one of his best films. It really makes you want to make a movie, or at least go back and watch the three Ed Wood...
by Christopher Jacobs
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136713

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

Last night I watched Grapevine's recent Blu-ray of Gregory LaCava's THE NEW SCHOOL TEACHER (1924), a C. C. Burr production starring Chic Sale. I'd bought it because it's a relatively rare silent that I didn't think I'd ever seen before, but the more I watched it the more familiar it was. I can't fin...
by Christopher Jacobs
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 323231

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

As I recall, maybe it was in the commentary track or a documentary, the screenwriter was able to attend a Satanist meeting for research and was surprised to find it consisting of perfectly ordinary people doing their knitting, etc., despite their unorthodox sociopolitical/religious views, largely as...