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  • George Bellefontaine
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    • Jan 2001
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    What I've Been Watching Lately

    Last night I watched SPY HARD, it's a comedy starring Leslie Neilsen and spoofs everything from James Bond to Speed. Pic quality not bad considering it's not anamorphic.

    Watched recently:

    HEARTBREAK RIDGE (1986)
    A terrific Clint Eastwood film.

    CAST A GIANT SHADOW (1966)
    Stars Kirk Douglas with guest stars such as Frank Sinatra and John Wayne. Story is part fact part fiction and is about an American who is recruited by Israel to build an army.

    LOST COMMAND ( 1966)
    Stars Anthony Quinn in a pretty good war saga set first in Indochina and later in Algeria.

    IN HARM'S WAY ( 1965)
    Stars John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in a great WW 2 flick set in the pacific during and after the attack on Pearl Harbour. Directed by Otto Preminger. This is terrific stuff.

    Yeah, I know... looks like I'm lost in the sixties.




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  • David Meek
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    • Aug 2000
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    #2
    Cast A Giant Shadow and In Harm's Way are two very fine movies. In fact George, now that you've brought it up, I may have to spin In Harm's Way tonight.
    :T




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    • BradF
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      • Nov 2003
      • 41

      #3
      My Darling Clementine ('46):

      This is the new Fox Studio Classics' release for January. John Ford's version of events leading up to, and including, the infamous "shoot-out at the OK corral".

      Some great actors at work in this one. Fonda gives an understated but brilliant performance, as per usual. Ford keeps everything moving along quite nicely. The climactic gunfight itself is beautifully directed.

      A longer version, with previously deleted footage, is offered on the flip-side and helps to flesh out some key relationships. This new footage looks soft at times, but audio and video on the whole is very good. A worthy package for fans of the genre.

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      • George Bellefontaine
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        • Jan 2001
        • 7637

        #4
        Brad, I really happy to hear that is being released on dvd. I only have it on vhs and play it often. Though I enjoy all the OK Corral & Wyatt Earp versions out there, My Darling Clementine was and still is my overall favorite. Probably because I was just a kid when I first saw it in the theater and it left me with a huge impression of Henry Fonda.




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        • BradF
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          • Nov 2003
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          #5
          Yeah, George, this is a good one, and Fonda really is impressive here. You'll like the new DVD, I'm sure.

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          • Lex
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            • Apr 2001
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            #6
            George likes almost all DVDs. :LOL:

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            • David Meek
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              • Aug 2000
              • 8938

              #7
              Oh Lex, that's just not true.

              He only likes the flat, disc-like ones. :B




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              • Burke Strickland
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                • Sep 2001
                • 3161

                #8
                George -

                "Heartbreak Ridge" is a terrific movie that is often overlooked, even by Eastwood's fans. It has elements of comedy plus a very serious underlying theme (actually several) that make it work on multiple levels. It has enough military action to make it a "macho guy" movie but enough relationship stuff to make it a passable "date movie" as well. It was reportedly filmed on a shoe string but doesn't look "cheap" at all.

                The director got really good performances from the entire cast, making their stories seem real. See if you can spot the director in his cameo walk on -- oh wait a minute -- the director is also the lead. (I wonder if he gave himself directions in the mirror?) :>)

                Thanks for reminding us of this one -- it's a "keeper", whatever the playback medium.

                Burke

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                • George Bellefontaine
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                  • Jan 2001
                  • 7637

                  #9
                  Yeah, Burke, I also feel that this is the film where ol' Clint really found his acting chops, but Oscar overlooked him until Unforgiven.




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