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by Claus Harding
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE IRON HORSE (1924) BD coming from Twilight Time (11/20/18)
Replies: 13
Views: 1017

Re: THE IRON HORSE (1924) BD coming from Twilight Time (11/20/18)

Well this is interesting that TT is getting into "the silent game" (also, what a wonderful piece in the Guardian)
Now comes the wait to see how the restoration/mastering is.

C.
by Claus Harding
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: King Kong Coming to Broadway
Replies: 5
Views: 1784

Re: King Kong Coming to Broadway

Will he break free from the chains and wreck the theatre every night?...
by Claus Harding
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 633
Views: 78473

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

"The Ancient Law" (1923, Dupont) (Flicker Alley BR): Take a 135-min. silent film involving Eastern European Jewish traditions and family strife and suggest it to a modern audience. Watch the room clear... :lol: The story most probably is the origin of "The Jazz Singer", with a theater-obsessed son o...
by Claus Harding
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Tonbilder (sound pictures) online at Filmportal
Replies: 17
Views: 3093

Re: Tonbilder (sound pictures) online at Filmportal

Phenomenal, really. I would buy a Blu-ray set in a heartbeat. When you think of the fact that "lip-sync" in itself would have been totally unknown to the average individual, you take a group of performers (the opera ones in particular) and make them re-create their art in the most "unnatural" form p...
by Claus Harding
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: "The Last Command" with Emil Jannings: TCM Monday Evening.
Replies: 28
Views: 5495

Re: "The Last Command" with Emil Jannings: TCM Monday Evenin

I have the Eureka blu-ray of the film, and it is lovely to look at. It has the Gaylord Carter organ score. Is this the same master and score as Criterion used?

C.
by Claus Harding
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 633
Views: 78473

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

"The General" (Cohen Media Collection/Eureka BR box set):

Stunning 4K-mastered edition of this classic, the wonderful visual quality just reinforces the precision and elegance of Keaton's work, both in front of and behind the camera. You smile in admiration as often as you laugh at this one.

C.
by Claus Harding
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: region free blu
Replies: 20
Views: 4557

Re: region free blu

Oppo 203, fully modded from 220. Works beautifully, not just in terms of playing every variation of disc I can throw at it, but also because of its high-quality upscaling.
by Claus Harding
Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Butchering of Films
Replies: 67
Views: 10756

Re: Butchering of Films

To all of this, it was amusing on some level when they started including the upfront logo that spelled out the damage done to the film you were about to watch: "This film has been chopped for content and to fit into its time slot, and while we are at it, we have also mutilated its aspect ratio to 'f...
by Claus Harding
Sun May 21, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Bluray Region B/2 question.
Replies: 4
Views: 2338

Re: Bluray Region B/2 question.

I fully agree. I don't understand why so many collectors seem hesitant to get an all-region player, given the riches of film releases (often in better prints) that await in Europe, Australia and Asia. The BFI and Eureka alone can empty your wallet :lol:

Claus.
by Claus Harding
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Who are you? (Formal introductions)
Replies: 436
Views: 234815

Re: Who are you? (Formal introductions)

Don't know how it took me this long to get the intro done, but here goes: Claus Harding, born in Denmark, lived there for 20 years before moving to Washington DC for college (then marriage and work.) When I was a teen, I was already getting to be a Sentimental Old So-and-So, watching British music-h...
by Claus Harding
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: OLED vs AMOLED
Replies: 4
Views: 2340

Re: OLED vs AMOLED

We have a 4K-capable 65-inch LG OLED set and it looks spectacular, as adjusted with a set of color bars and a grey scale. The black levels and contrast range are better than even our beloved Panasonic Viera plasma set which gave up the ghost. The viewing angles are great, no drop-off, and using an O...
by Claus Harding
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: What Role for 4K UHD Disks in Collecting?
Replies: 11
Views: 3334

Re: What Role for 4K UHD Disks in Collecting?

Interesting thoughts all around. I could imagine that, say, the "big ten" (or twenty) of film history could get the 4K treatment. The 65mm ones would make sense, such as "Lawrence" or "Ben-Hur." That might get people to buy yet again , but as for more "commonplace" fare, the Blu-Rays are quite beaut...
by Claus Harding
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Does DVR Capability Spoil the Experience?
Replies: 35
Views: 7756

Re: Does DVR Capability Spoil the Experience?

We don't currently have recording capability or cable (waiting for Criterion/TCM streaming) so for me, the question is more regarding viewing habits and such. When I watch, I WATCH feature films in one go, apart from Nature's calls if needed. There is a reason we have a Panasonic 58-inch plasma and ...
by Claus Harding
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What did you get 2016?
Replies: 10
Views: 1698

Re: What did you get 2016?

From others: the "King of Jazz" hardcover book, very beautiful. From myself: (here): "Napoleon" BR set, Seiki multi-format player, "The Iceman Cometh" (4-hr edition), "Berlin Alexanderplatz" (PAL edition.) From myself: (on order): "Satantango" DVD set, "Faust", "Nosferatu", "City Girl" BRs from BFI ...
by Claus Harding
Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: What Role for 4K UHD Disks in Collecting?
Replies: 11
Views: 3334

What Role for 4K UHD Disks in Collecting?

Hi, I would love people's input about the coming "leap" to what may be the final physical format, the UHD disks, and what it could mean to us as collectors of silent/early sound films. Will the companies start over again, re-issuing the Big Ones in yet higher resolution, or will they not want to, or...
by Claus Harding
Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon
Replies: 211
Views: 42826

Re: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon

The outer sleeve on that first set is not very sturdy or glamorous (who had the brilliant idea of putting the seam of the wraparound on the front, with tape, no less....?) Ah, well, I may get a separate Amaray case just for my own peace of mind regarding the discs in the cardboard holders. The essen...
by Claus Harding
Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon
Replies: 211
Views: 42826

Re: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon

It's HERE! The Blu-Rays arrived, just when I thought this first edition set was going to be condemned for eternity to some "lost package" office. A thin padded envelope is too flimsy for such a journey, but a couple of slightly bent outer cardboard corners aside, everything else is fine. I did laugh...
by Claus Harding
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon
Replies: 211
Views: 42826

Re: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon

I am still among "the waiting"....I contacted Zavvi and they said that they had checked and could tell me that "N" had been shipped from their warehouse. While this is lovely, it still doesn't answer why my other disc set from them arrived safe and sound early last week while the Little Emperor is l...
by Claus Harding
Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon
Replies: 211
Views: 42826

Re: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon

Hmmm, I ordered "Napoleon" and "Berlin Alexanderplatz" from Zavvi as one order some time ago, and today, "Berlin" showed up, which is fine, but no "Napoleon" as of yet....I wonder if Zavvi orders from different distributors so they each have to pack and send separately? (both ordered sets are Region...
by Claus Harding
Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:58 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: WSJ: Erich von Stroheim’s ‘Greed’ (1924): When The Studio Sa
Replies: 17
Views: 3686

Re: WSJ: Erich von Stroheim’s ‘Greed’ (1924): When The Studi

I read the novel years after having seen the film for the 3rd or 4th time (still have the paperback), and I thought the mood and power of the story as written was very similar to how Stroheim presented it. The two make for excellent companions. When, oh when will we get a BR of "Greed"? It would be ...
by Claus Harding
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon
Replies: 211
Views: 42826

Re: Kevin Brownlow's Napoleon

Good to hear about people's experiences with the BR set. I am still waiting on Zavvi's delivery of "Napoleon" (and the Region 2 release of 'Berlin Alexanderplatz' ) so I can feed the new Seiki player, which was bought for this purpose. As a happy member of the "30 year club" (Napoleon in DC 1981 and...
by Claus Harding
Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win "Pioneers of African-American Cinema" and watch here
Replies: 33
Views: 7736

Re: Win "Pioneers of African-American Cinema" and watch here

(Finally got my account working again)

A long-overdue compilation of this chapter of cinema history. Would love to get this.

Claus.