: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2006-08-03, 06:29 PM
H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (1960) -.
Theres a movie that I remember thats a really good take on this movie, its called, "Time After Time". A bit cheesy because its a few years old but worth the watch.
2006-08-03, 07:48 PM
Re: Time After Time. Haven't seen that one, had to do an amazon check for a synopsis & review. H.G.Wells racing through time - via his time machine - to catch Jack the Ripper - who had used the machine to flee from his present time, into ours, to escape capture. Apparently, it had its moments!!
2006-08-03, 07:57 PM
Its good! Try it some time.
2006-08-04, 02:14 PM
Firefly is one of the many great series cancelled before it's time. For any of you enjoy a good sci-fi I recommend you RUN to the store and pickup the series on DVD. Absolutely amazing show.
2006-08-04, 05:41 PM
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) - another winner in Fox's 'Studio Classic' series. Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, and Ann Sothern play the wives. After years of marriage, they receive a letter from 'Addie', informing them that she is about to run off with one of their husbands. They know of this woman, and her 'reputation' -- we as viewers only get to share some of this, but we never get to see Addie. Joseph Mankiewicz won Academy Awards for Best Director & Screenplay.
I think my lady liked this one more than me -- I tended to dose off a little during the middle!!
2006-08-04, 05:49 PM
I liked that movie. Interesting plot. The unseen voice belongs to the character of Karen in All About Eve.
2006-08-05, 12:12 AM
Just watched ANATOMY OF A MURDER, one of the best court room movies you will ever see. James Stewart vs. George C. Scott. Great movie.
The judge in the case was fantastic. Perhaps the best potrayal of a judge in the history of cinema.
A riveting courtroom drama of rape and premeditated murder is brought to life with an all-star cast in the suspenseful and highly acclaimed 'ANATOMY OF A MURDER'. Nominated for seven Academy Awards® including Best Picture (1959), the film pits a humble small-town lawyer (James Stewart) against a hardheaded big-city prosecutor (George C. Scott). Emotions flare, as a jealous army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his seductive, beautiful wife (Lee Remick). Produced and directed by the renowned Otto Preminger, the film features a brilliant score by Duke Ellington. Packed with drama, passion and intrigue, 'ANATOMY OF A MURDER' is a cinematic masterpiece that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
2006-08-06, 12:44 AM
V for Vendetta - In a futuristic, dystopian Britain, a masked vigilante - a victim of the oppressive regime and its sadistic policies - attempts to spark a revolution and to fulfill his need for retribution against the people who harmed him.
It's an interesting, well-acted film with an unfortunately weak ending.
2006-08-06, 08:42 PM
The Whales of August (1987) - Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, supported by Vincent Price and Ann Sothern. Legends and veterans, all sharing the screen in the "late-autumn" of their years. Sharing present times, struggling with memories of times long ago. Beautifully-filmed & acted. We found it a real viewing treat!!
2006-08-06, 09:21 PM
Past few days I've enjoyed watching a couple of recent purchases from Amazon UK:
Green For Danger (1946) - WW2 backdrop murder mystery starring Alastair Sim.
Our Man In Havana (1959) - Cold War spy tale starring Alec Guiness.
I heard "Green For Danger" as a BBC radio play when I was a kid in England about 1946 approximately. Later, when we came to Canada, I remember seeing it in 1955 on TV at our house with my recently arrived uncle from the U.K.and his family.
We were all crowded into our small living room eating my mum's homemade pastry and drinking vast amounts of tea. My relatives had never seen TV before and even though it was black and white in those days, we all thought it was fantastic!
My young cousins had nightmares for weeks due to the scene where the killer comes into the dark operating theatre wearing a hospital mask, gloves, and gown and kills a nurse who had figured out how the original murder had been commited and was attempting to get the evidence.
A superb whodunit!
2006-08-07, 01:09 AM
The World According to Garp - Years ago, my wife and I enjoyed this movie based on the book by John Irving and so, having recently read and enjoyed the novel, we thought we'd give the movie another try.
It wasn't particularly good to start with, but it's the hatchet-job it does on the well-crafted novel that really drags this movie down. Read the book, avoid this film.
2006-08-07, 09:18 AM
Annapolis- I expected a poor rendition of An Officer and a Gentleman and it was but that said, it held my attention and wasn't all bad.
Probably in my top 10 of all time.
2006-08-07, 11:57 PM
Mail Order Wife - My friend recommended this documentary about an Asian mail-order bride, the pathetic schlub who "ordered" her and the film-maker who falls in love with her. It was creepy, intriguing, disturbing and even amusing. Not great, but definitely worth a viewing.
The fact that it turned out to be completely fake is pretty cool!
2006-08-08, 12:11 PM
The Libertine - Johnny Depp plays the Earl of Rochester, who is summoned from exile by his father, King George II (John Malkovich), to mend his philandering, drunkard ways and to write a great play that will impress the new French ambassador. But once a lout, always a lout, and Depp embarks upon a self-destructive path.
This isn't an easy movie to like; it's bawdy, dark, occasionally nasty, Depp's character is despicable and barely worthy of redemption. The dvd looks like crap, grainy with a very limited color palette; most scenes were lit only by candlelight, recreating the look and feel of the period. I almost gave up on it after the first twenty minutes, but there's some great acting and pretty good writing if you stick with it.
Consider this the anti-Shakespeare in Love.
2006-08-08, 05:09 PM
The Bette Davis Collection (Vol 1) - we're viewing the 5 movies in this collection is chronological order and have watched the first two so far:
Dark Victory (1939) - w/ George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, et al. Long Island socialite has a life of fun and partying until a life-threatening disease begins to take effect.
The Letter (1940) - w/ Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, et al. Clever, unfaithful wife turned desperate murderess.
Classic Bette Davis -- so wonderful to watch!! And the movies have been so beautifully-restored.
2006-08-10, 06:45 PM
Hi Harmer, just came across a msg you posted in 2002 so not sure if you will get this. felicity dean who you said looked like paltrow is a friend of mine. She has been in a few movies one being The whistle Blower. just google for the others. By the way, she is just as stunning in real life!!
2006-08-10, 08:10 PM
Patton - The story of General George S. Patton during the second world war. Apart from Hollywood's attempts to paint Patton in a good light and Montgomery as an antagonist, it isn't a bad film considering it was made in 1970. The DVD PQ was average and the sound so-so. Still, George C. Scott won an oscar and I've always enjoyed just about any Karl Malden film.
2006-08-10, 08:15 PM
2 Disc Special Edition of Patton?
2006-08-10, 08:53 PM
Yes. Bought at Costco. Haven't gotten into the second disk yet, but the first included a preface by Francis Ford Coppola who wrote the script back when he was a lad of 28. He was let go early in the production of the film, but the famous speech (a composite of a number of Patton speaches) before the flag remained.