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Old 02-03-2005, 13:10   #61
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Got it ordered anyway, so I'll let you know

Cold Sweat

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What was the quality like?
I haven't ordered yet...maybe tonight if I have time
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Old 02-03-2005, 14:07   #62
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What was the quality like?
I haven't ordered yet...maybe tonight if I have time
Spookily I got this yesterday

The quality is pretty good, fine anamorphic transfer of an old film.
The sound is reasonable, with the odd hiss and crackle.
The film titles are in French though, but that doesn't really matter.
You can't complain at the price
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Old 02-03-2005, 16:58   #63
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Well I found it. The Charles Bronson DVD that even the most diehard fan will hate with a passion.

Here it is; The Meanest Men in The West with Bronson, Lee Marvin, Lee J. Cobb and co-directed by Sam Fuller.

Sounds exciting? I'm still trying to pick my jaw off my chest at the sheer arrogance, the nerve, of Universal who had the cajones to produce this, this pile of stinking ordure.

The film (and I use the term loosley) was produced for TV in 1967. Basically - get this - it's two episodes of The Virginian cobbled together by an editor with alot of guts, very poor taste and a drink problem. From a 1962 season one episode It Tolls For Thee we have 'guest star' Lee Marvin. From 1967 season six we have Reckoning with Bronson.

There's a bizarre voice-over, obvious freeze frames, tatty, shimmering montages (even the original episodes stole from old Universal oaters) - all hurled together like some second hand Jackson Pollock in a (half-hearted) effort to create a new 'plot'.

Lord only knows what was going on because I couldn't figure it out. Marvin and Bronson end up being short on dialogue and looking off screen alot at people who obviously aren't there. Yeeeuccchhh! The only saving grace is, I saw it on cable; so this is one DVD I don't have to palm off on an unsuspecting relative. You have been warned...

I'm going back to my sick bed; I need a large Irish water to steady my poor tattered nerves...

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Old 03-03-2005, 13:41   #64
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It happened in the early 70's when the French couldn't get enough of Bronson - they started to release this sort of thing to cimemas just to satisfy the demand.
another that springs to mind is 'Guns Of Diablo', taken from a couple of episodes of 'The Travels Of Jamie McPheters' starring Kurt Russell
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Old 03-03-2005, 19:31   #65
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Valdez Horses (a.k.a. Chino) is coming on March 21st from Momentum.

Wonder if it's going to be widescreen and from a better print than those PD titles floating around.
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Old 03-03-2005, 21:13   #66
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Oh man, that is superb news.
Momentum are excellent - you can be sure it will be widescreen and decent picture

Well seen Drush
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Old 03-03-2005, 21:43   #67
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Things are looking up for Charles Bronson fans, another decent release.

Just finished watching one of my favs again, The Mechanic which probably has my favourite ending of any film.
How do you guys rate this Bronson Flick?
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Old 03-03-2005, 21:52   #68
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Mechanic is excellent. Truly superb. Such a great melancholy atmousphere and a truly 70's ending.

Even's Bronson hair gets the thumbs up in this one, where he keeps having to brush it out of his eyes. Right up there with Sst Ives and Hard Times as his best in the 70's.

(As well as the DVD) I've got the laserdisc which I adore - the cover is incredible.
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Mechanic is excellent. Truly superb. Such a great melancholy atmousphere and a truly 70's ending.

Even's Bronson hair gets the thumbs up in this one, where he keeps having to brush it out of his eyes. Right up there with Sst Ives and Hard Times as his best in the 70's.

(As well as the DVD) I've got the laserdisc which I adore - the cover is incredible.
LOL, I like your style, his hair is truely all over the place especially when he's running. Ain't seen the laserdisc cover before can you post a wee snipet?

As a matter of fact i just got a pioneer laserdisc player that was getting thrown out from my work.
Only got one disc at the moment, still swithering whether to start collecting discs or not.
Any idea if some of his films that ain't available on dvd are available on laserdisc?

Another thing while i'm online CB, can you recommend any got bio's on our hero?

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The best bio is the book Charles Bronson Superstar. Its written in 1975, so its not perfect, but it gives you a good rundown of his early career since coming to Hollywood in 1949.
You can get it off ebay for cheap.
Two bios are out there, one by David Downing and the other Steven whitney.

Also there is Charles Bronson: The 95 Films and the 156 Television Appearances availble on Amazon. Shockingly, I haven't got it yet.

Online there is bugger all. There used to be a decent German fan site but I can't find that anymore. I have often thought of doing one myself but I barely have the time to visit these forums let alone keep up a fan site.

I bought a laserdisc player just to see Once Upon A Time In the West in Widescreen. Lol - 650 quid just to see a film in widescreen. But it was worth it.
I'd have to go and look through my collection to see if there is anything not released on DVD. Can't remember off the top of my head. I have a decent Red Sun laser that I haven't seen fit to update yet.

I'll try and get a pic of the mechanic cover soon. BTW, I've got a stunning French poster of this very film up in my hallway. I'll post that too
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Old 03-03-2005, 23:09   #71
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The best bio is the book Charles Bronson Superstar. Its written in 1975, so its not perfect, but it gives you a good rundown of his early career since coming to Hollywood in 1949.
You can get it off ebay for cheap.
Two bios are out there, one by David Downing and the other Steven whitney.

Also there is Charles Bronson: The 95 Films and the 156 Television Appearances availble on Amazon. Shockingly, I haven't got it yet.

Online there is bugger all. There used to be a decent German fan site but I can't find that anymore. I have often thought of doing one myself but I barely have the time to visit these forums let alone keep up a fan site.

I bought a laserdisc player just to see Once Upon A Time In the West in Widescreen. Lol - 650 quid just to see a film in widescreen. But it was worth it.
I'd have to go and look through my collection to see if there is anything not released on DVD. Can't remember off the top of my head. I have a decent Red Sun laser that I haven't seen fit to update yet.

I'll try and get a pic of the mechanic cover soon. BTW, I've got a stunning French poster of this very film up in my hallway. I'll post that too
Nice one mate
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Heads up Bronson fans. Channel 5 are showing Telefon next Friday night at 12.40am.

Hopefully we'll get a DVD of this sometime this year as well.
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One for sky+ I think. Really hoping it comes on dvd this year
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Heads up Bronson fans. Channel 5 are showing Telefon next Friday night at 12.40am.

Hopefully we'll get a DVD of this sometime this year as well.
Great shout the dvd recorder will be set for that.
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Just watched Borderline - good anamporphic picture and sound. But the Spanish sections of the film are missing English subs.

Also, this on Digital Bits:
Let's see... what else today. Warner has advised us that the street date for The Essential Steve McQueen Collection box set has moved to 5/31. Update your plans accordingly. The set will include a 2-disc Bullitt: Special Edition along with The Getaway: Deluxe Edition, Papillon, The Cincinnati Kid, Never So Few and Tom Horn (SRP $68.92).
As you know, Never So Few stars Bronson too.

CDJapan have a boxset containing Lola, White Buffalo, From Noon Till Three and Chatos Land. None previously released properly apart from Chato. (The laserlight release of Twinky/Lola is a joke)
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I can see the box on Cdjapan which comes with Breakheart Pass, White Buffalo, Chato's Land and From Noon Till Three.
Which if I've worked out right comes to nearly £95, which is a bit steep for four films.

I noticed there's a Dutch or Belgian box with Death Wish, Death Wish 2 and Breakout, all three are films I need to add to my collection.

Its 30 Euros from Dvdzone2. Think I might pick it up.

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[QUOTE=billyblockhead]I can see the box on Cdjapan which comes with Breakheart Pass, White Buffalo, Chato's Land and From Noon Till Three.
Which if I've worked out right comes to nearly £95, which is a bit steep for four films.
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Don't forget the no doubt insane postage costs and import duty

I may just get lola/twinky on its own for now
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MGM own the rights to Telefon, White Buffalo & From Noon Till Three in R1. So I'm hoping they do another batch of Bronson DVDs sometime.

£95 for that boxset from Japan is
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better be widescreen
starting to nark me now that MGM

I know they're unmasked (Death Wish sequels) but its not good enough

I've been let down on Roller Boogie and Firewalker recently
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Just received my copy of Valdez Horses.

It's not widescreen, but might be open-matte as there are a lot of shots with empty space. The picture is really nice
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