Of Don Juan
Flor and Her Two Husbands
(1976/Film Movement Blu-ray)/Downton
Abbey: A New Era 4K
(2022/Universal 4K Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)/The
(1979/*both Warner Archive Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: B Picture: B/B/B-/B-/B Sound: C+/B/B-/B/B-
Extras: B-/C-/B/C+/C- Films: B-/C/B-/C+/C+
Adventures Of Don Juan
Blu-rays are now only available from Warner Bros. through their
Warner Archive series and can be ordered from the link below.
are a new set of comedy releases with some drama and often, with more
music than expected...
Adventures Of Don Juan
(1948) brings Errol Flynn back to the kinds of action romps that put
him on the map and on top of the box office before WWII hit, such as
Adventures Of Robin Hood
(1938) and Warner Bros. was ready to create another big budget
Technicolor vehicle in the same mode here. At first, the film has
way too many jokes and it looked like it was going to drone on like
that, but the film eventually gets started and has some fun moments.
Lindfors plays the Spanish Queen who turns out to be his match, but
has to fight her enemies, who also turn out to be his and one of them
is a Duke (Romney Brent) who has it out for both of them. So sure,
there is not too much new here that Flynn has not done before, but he
is back in top form with a solid journeyman director and a lavish
romp that has not looked this good in decades thanks to more
painstaking restoration by Warner Bros.
of this holds up better than you might imagine and outside of a mint
35mm or maybe 16mm Technicolor print, this is the best way to see the
film. If you go out of your way for it, you won't be disappointed.
Alan Hale and Ann Rutherford lead the supporting cast.
(2022) seems like an uninspired idea, yet another version of a tale
that has been filmed and animated one too many times, but we get a
cast that could make a difference including Camila Cabello, Idina
Menzel, Nicholas Galitzine, Minnie Driver & Pierce Brosnan
(playing queen and king in a reuniting of co-stars from his first
James Bond film, GoldenEye
(1995)) and Billy Porter as the Fairy Godmother. Could the makers,
including co-producer/supporting actor James Corden pull something
special off? Maybe if they could have focused.
film wants to be a musical, but keeps being coy and telling
predictable jokes, including many that keep interrupting the flow of
the narrative and/or music. The best case in point is when Porter's
character shows up. What should have easily been a great into with
the power of The
the original Fame
is cut quickly when he is about to start singing an Earth, Wind and
Fire classic, then... More jokes!!! Hmmm?..
that is the silliness you get for 112 minutes and it borders on being
smug, allowing the film to join a series of musicals that just did
not work in the last few years (In
that thinks just adding good actors and some money with music just
thrown anywhere counts as a musical. No matter any issues with
remake, he at least actually understands what a musical is!
it is, it is a curio at best and I am shocked how many dozens of
missed opportunities are here, but they are here. Too bad, because
once again, we have a project that shows how dead the musical genre
really is, and none of the CGI animated features with music (even
Sing 2, which is more watchable than any of the duds listed) does not
Flor and Her Two Husbands
(1976) was a huge international success in its original release, one
of the big gems of the Cinema of Brazil, et al, making Sonia Braga an
international movie star in a funny, smart, amusing, challenging
story of the title lady who lands up getting remarried when her sexy,
adventurous first husband (Jose Wilker) suddenly, shockingly dies!
she remarries, maybe on the rebound, it is to a much more normal,
simple, calm, at least semi-conformist husband (Mauro Mendonca) who
allows her to be a more 'typical housewife' and homemaker with child.
However, this is all interrupted when her dead husband starts to
revisit her, always in the nude and as wild as ever!
she seeing a ghost, imagining this or is it something even more wild?
The film explores everything from virgin/whore complex to families,
the middle class where it was filmed and nearby, sexuality in
general, religion, superstitions, rituals, happiness and much more.
Some aspects might be predictable and others obvious, but this would
likely just get an NC-17 today for its nudity and sexual situations,
as the film holds little back without going overboard.
cast is great and much of the film convincing, holding up as it
approaches half a century already, but Director/Writer Barretto (from
the Jorge Amado novel) makes his points very clearly and boldly,
which is why it is worth revisiting.
Abbey: A New Era 4K
(2022) is the second (and hopefully last) feature film based on the
surprise hit TV series and this time, instead of a visit from The
Queen, a movie producer manages to buy his way into the title locale
to make a new 'moving picture' and I will admit that this part of the
film has its moments, yet it settles for more of the same now
formulaic approach (read safe) in making one of these films and adds
a few darker, sad twists and turns not related to the film within the
cast has more than settled into their roles, so fans won't have
anything to complain about, but this is mostly for fans only and
(1979) is an unusual film for Aldrich to do, as he is best known for
his dramas, war films, Noirs and even horror films, but he tried out
a semi-politically incorrect Mel Brooks-type comedy here with Gene
Wilder and Harrison Ford, slowly a rising star after the original
(1977) put him on the map. Wilder is a Hasidic Polish Rabbi asked to
bring Judaism to the U.S..A. and this eventually lands him in
Philadelphia en route to San Francisco and a whole bunch of trouble.
meets a cowboy (Ford) who helps him out, but then they both start to
get into trouble together, meeting all kinds of people who just do
not take a liking to them, including 'Hollywood Indians' which is the
most dated thing about this film. Needless to say it would never get
made like this now and just cannot match Brooks at his best.
actors are up to the task and you have to know about certain things
in life and ethnicity for this humor to work. I had not seen it in a
very long time and it was not that great then or now, despite the
best efforts of all involved. It is now a curio and fans should give
it a good look, but just don't have the highest expectations. Of
course, Wilder goes all out, as usual.
for playback performance. The 2160p HECV/H.265, 2.35 X 1, Dolby
Vision/HDR (10; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition
image on Abbey
has some good moments, but I was disappointed as it can often be
soft, has a little blur at times and color is not always outstanding,
though the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image in the
regular Blu-ray is even poorer in all respects. The 4K version is
1080p 1.33 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Juan
was originally produced and issued in 35mm
dye-transfer, three-strip Technicolor and you can see how good that
looks often throughout. This gets better as the story moves on and
you can see the money on the screen too. Once again, Warner has gone
all out to save and preserve a key film in their catalog and its
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image on Cinderella
can be colorful and has a few good visual moments, but too much CGI
work and a presentation that is a little softer than I would have
liked holds it back.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Dona
can show the age of the materials used, but this is far superior a
transfer to all previous releases of the film in many video formats
worldwide. Still, there are marks on the print here and there
(including what looks like someone using a hole puncher on one of the
frames) and detail can be lacking, so the film will eventually need
some further work, but I liked many of the shots and scenes.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Frisco
can also show the age of the materials used, but this too is far
superior a transfer to all previous releases of the film
for sound, Abbey
has lossless Dolby
Atmos 11.1 (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mixdown for older systems) mixes on both
disc versions and it is fine for a dialogue-based film, but only goes
so far. By default, it is slightly clearer than the DTS-HD MA
(Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Cinderella,
which itself is well mixed and presented. Dona
has PCM 2.0 Mono sound which is very lacking and a DTS-HD MA (Master
Audio) 5.1 lossless upgrade, which was the only way I could really
hear the film without endangering my sound system. The age of the
sound and its production show, but that is to be expected.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 mixes on Juan
also are not bad, with Juan unable to overcome its sonic age, but
still is much better than the PCM track on Dona, while Frisco is
among a series of major motion pictures still using mono sound before
old analog Dolby System became the industry standard, so it is about
as good as it will ever be.
in all cases include an Original Theatrical Trailer, save Cinderella,
which only adds a Gag Reel and Digital Copy Code. Abbey
also offers that
Code, plus (per the press release):
To Be Back:
The cast is happy to be back at the estate and making their next
film. Hear what it was like for them to see one another again and
learn about their character's continuing story arcs.
to DOWNTON ABBEY: The Making-of A NEW ERA:
A production as large as DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA takes incredible
preparation, people, and craftsmanship. This in-depth making-of
piece delves into the work that each department contributed to bring
this film to life.
Take a look back at the legendary character that is the Dowager
Countess of Grantham and see why Maggie Smith was born to play the
The Film Within The Film:
Take a deeper dive into the making of the film within the film,
highlighting the extra research and details that were taken into
consideration, from set design and vehicles to the plethora of
period-accurate film equipment and props.
Majesty's Yacht Britannia:
Learn the real history behind Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, and why
it was a perfect vessel to play the cross-channel ferry in the film.
The Tea (Time):
Sit down with Allen Leech (Tom Branson) and Laura Carmichael (Lady
Edith) as they spill all the details of what life on the set of
DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA was really like.
a decent Feature Commentary with Director Simon Curtis
adds a nicely illustrated 16-page booklet on the film including
informative text, stills and essay by film producer/costume designer
Mary Jane Marcasiano, vintage Behind-The Scenes featurette and new
feature length audio commentary track by Director Bruno Barretto.
adds a really well done feature-length Audio Commentary by director
Vincent Sherman and film historian/Author Rudy Behlmer, plus we also
Night at the Movies Newsreel
Live Action Shorts ''Calgary Stampede'' and ''So
You Want To Be On The Radio''
the classic WB Cartoon ''Hare Splitter'' in HD.
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