(2012/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/I
Want To Live!
(1958/United Artists/MGM/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)/Sully
(2016/Warner 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray + Blu-ray w/DVD Sets)
Ultra HD Picture: B+ Picture: B/B/B & C+ Sound: B/B-/B &
C+ Extras: C+/B/B- Films: B/B-/B
Want To Live!
Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is
limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies last
and can be ordered from the links below.
following three hit films are all based on true stories...
(2012) is the Best Picture Academy Award-winner that is rare in its
director did not even nominated, but that's the democratic process of
the awards and many may not have been able to accept the fine job
Affleck does here. This is especially important since he has made
the town so much money as a movie star and since this film too was a
hit, he's made a commercial comeback as batman and more. What works
is Affleck is able to concentrate on the story at hand, had some
humor (though the family moments are a little overdone) and tell the
story of how a fake movie production before Iran totally fell to
Islamic extremists in 1979 saved six U.S. workers posing as
film also tries to build suspense, but since we know what happened,
it needed a different approach. Fortunately, the story is a relevant
as ever (though things were more hostile in its release as far as
Iran was concerned) and it is a true story that needs to be told.
Affleck's plays a CIA man (though his casting was slightly
controversial due to a) should he take the role as star and b) is he
the 'correct' ethnicity) who suggests the film project when most in
hos office think it is a bad idea, but we hear their ideas and they
are far worse, so he get the greenlight to greenlight a phony film...
actually includes having to go to Iran and the Middle East, but the
fake fantasy/space opera project (the title of this film) from an
actual script is set in motion, but will those over there buy it?
the film immensely are great performances by the supporting cast that
include John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, Zeljko Ivanek,
Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishe,
Rory Cochran and Michael Parks. It four years since the film was
issued and would do as well today if not more so than when it was
released. Glad Warner is making it one of their first 4K Ultra HD
Blu-ray w/Blu-ray back catalog releases.
Want To Live!
(1958) is a sort of landmark as one of the first films to ever show
the death penalty on the big screen, most appropriate for the end of
the original Film Noir era. There is also the innovate Johnny Manzel
music score like nothing any film had offered before, another final
innovation of the Noir period. However, despite a remarkable
performance by Susan Hayward as the 'bad gal' who gets the chair for
a crime she was not the only one responsible for and fine supporting
performances like that of the late, great Simon Oakland as the
reporter trying to cover the case, the film falls into Wise's usual
melodramatic dragging along and that I why you may not have heard of
it. It is also why MGM has taken this United Artists hit and
licensed it to be a Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray.
this can be trying, it is worth sitting through once just to get out
of it what works, but it is worth it and looking better than it has
since its original release (give or take any new prints struck since
then), this is the ONLY way to see it outside of a good print. A big
mistake is that it ceases being a Noir about halfway through, but it
holds up just enough to revisit.
we have Clint Eastwood's Sully
(2016), one of the best films of the year along with the likes of
telling the story of how veteran airplane pilot Sully Sullenberger
(one of Tom Hanks' best performances to date) only had seconds to
decide where to take his airplane that lost both engines to pigeons
flying in them. Sully is haunted by this and we see the tale in
mixed order, not just using flashbacks, but through one of the few
great of narrative economy lately, other scenes so we get an idea of
the true, full story.
Eckhart is good as his co-pilot, Laura Linney (so good in Eastwood's
as Sully's wife, plus the locales work. However, the one error is
making the investigators boo hiss bureaucrats determined to blame
Sully for EVERYTHING (in part so the insurance company does not have
to pay for the lost plane as to imply 'who cares who ides if it costs
us money') as a bad throwback to bad 1980s cinema. This part
eventually collapses in phony, not so feel good fashion, but
otherwise, Sully is a pleasant surprise as Eastwood proves he can
out-direct other filmmaker a third of his age!
2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced 2.35 X 1 Ultra
High Definition image on both Argo
(shot on various film formats) and Sully
(an HD shoot with some purposely sketchy footage) look really good
with color, depth, detail and range the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High
Definition image on the regular Blu-ray versions cannot deliver,
despite looking good for the format. The
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image DVD on the second Sully
set is passable and included for convenience, but you just miss nice
little details in performances and the shoot versus the 1080p and
especially 2160p versions.
the 1080p 1.85 X 1 black & white digital High Definition image
transfer on Live
is lightyears ahead of any previous footage or transfer I have ever
seen of the film, rarely does this print show the age of the
materials used or the film itself,
Director of Photography Lionel Lindon (the original Manchurian
ts some great depth and detail here, though it looks les like a Noir
in the latter half of the film. His skills make sure the change is
not sloppy, abrupt or silly.
for sound, Sully
gets a Dolby Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless core) soundmix in
both video formats that is not the best-ever such mix we've
encountered, nor does it sound like an afterthought to add more
tracks after the film hit post-production. Instead, the sound kicks
in for the airplane sequences, the film is otherwise dialogue/acting
based and yet, there is always subtle articulation of sound
throughout. This is fine. The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD
version is fair, but you loose way too much from the soundmaster.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on both video versions of
is also well mixed and presented, including period monophonic sound
and other unusual mixing and cuts to go with its sometimes
post-modern visuals. It is a seriously good sound mix.
offers a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 1.0 Mono lossless mix that shows
the film's age, but sounds as good as this likely ever will. The
original mixdown does cut into the music and it all sounds aged, but
the isolated music track shows just ho much better a recording the
include Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and other
cyber capable devices for Argo
and both sets of Sully,
also adds a feature length audio commentary track by Affleck and
writer Chris Terrio, plus three Making Of featurettes including Argo:
The CIA & The Hollywood Connection
From Iran: The Hollywood Option.
adds three Making Of featurettes of its own including Sully
Sullenberger: The Man Behind The Miracle,
By Moment: Averting Disaster On The Hudson
Deep in The Hudson: Shooting Sully.
offers a nicely illustrated booklet on the film including informative
text and yet another excellent, underrated essay by the great film
scholar Julie Kirgo, while the Blu-ray disc adds an Isolated Music
Score (again with remarkable fidelity) featuring some audio
commentary in non-music spaces by Robert Wise associate & film
scholar Mike Matessino and an Original Theatrical Trailer.
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Want To Live!
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