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Old 04-12-2001, 12:50   #1
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Classic hollywood films

I'm getting a little tired of modern films so would like some advice about classic hollywood films from the 30/40/50's. I looking for films of a light-hearted nature, something for all the family.

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Old 04-12-2001, 13:02   #2
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Well with Christmas coming up you could do a lot worse than It's A Wonderful Life. It's bound to be on at some point over the festive period. Check your Xmas TV guide.
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Old 04-12-2001, 13:06   #3
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I'm currently ploughing through a load of Cary Grant DVDs to satisfy my fiancee's addiction, and can thoroughly recommend His Girl Friday, Arsenic and Old Lace, North By Northwest and the Criterion Charade - all have superb transfers (reference quality in a couple of cases) and most have great extras too.
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Hardly original choices, but you can't look too far beyond Casablanca and Citizen Kane.
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Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Harvey, Bringing Up Baby to name but a few. There's a huge selection out there and most of them can be got on the cheap.
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Old 04-12-2001, 17:18   #6
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Well I've got the following lined up for my christmas viewing

Mr Smith goes to Washington
It Happened One Night
It's a Wonderful Life
Singin in the Rain
North by Northwest
Gullivers Travels (Max Fleisher's Animated)
Snow white
and not quite lighthearted but the following westerns

Rio Grande
Red River
Vera Cruz
The Man who Shot Liberty Valance
The Man from Laramie
The Serachers
The Magnificient Seven

and not quite hollywood but

Monsiuer Hulot's Holiday
Mon Oncle
Scrooge(Alistair Sims)
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Old 04-12-2001, 21:25   #7
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Try some of the following:

Rebecca
Shadow of A Doubt
Notorious
Spellbound
Strangers On A Train
Vertigo
North By Northwest
Stagecoach
Fort Apache
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
Rio Grande
The Searchers
The Horse Soldiers
Bringing Up Baby
The Big Sleep
Red River
Rio Bravo
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
A Streetcar Named Desire
On The Waterfront
From Here To Eternity
Key Largo
Casablanca
The Maltese Falcon
The African Queen
Some Like It Hot
The Man From Laramie
Citizen Kane
Touch Of Evil
All That Heaven Allows
Imitation Of Life
Rebel Without A Cause
Twelve Angry Men
Funny Face
Singin' In The Rain
Gone With The Wind
Ben Hur
The Bad And The Beautiful
Forbidden Planet

There are, literally, hundreds more but all the above are more than worth your money.
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Try some of the following:

Fort Apache
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
Rio Grande

There are, literally, hundreds more but all the above are more than worth your money.
Mike are the above R2? I thought the R2 version of the above trilogy were crap. All the reviews I read said the transfers were appalling and some advised against a purchase.

I opted for the R1 Rio Grande the only one to have had a decent review.

also, TinTin was asking for some light-hearted films and even though I recommended some westerns as well, I wouldn't have classed - A Touch of Evil - as light-hearted and something for the whole family
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Hmm, interestingly of all the films mentioned I've seen precisely two (Vertigo, Some Like it Hot).... :o

Oh well, at least that's more than zero....

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Not forgetting....

Sullivan's Travels & The Lady Eve
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Mike are the above R2? I thought the R2 version of the above trilogy were crap. All the reviews I read said the transfers were appalling and some advised against a purchase

Mea culpa. I got a bit carried away and forgot that it was DVDs I was recommending rather than films.

AVOID the R2 DVDs of

"Fort Apache"
"She Wore A Yellow Ribbon"
"Rio Grande"

They're terrible. I've reviewed them both on DVD Times.
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Old 05-12-2001, 22:22   #12
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AVOID the R2 DVDs of

"Fort Apache"
"She Wore A Yellow Ribbon"
"Rio Grande"

They're terrible. I've reviewed them both on DVD Times.
I can highly recommend the German R2 versions of She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (called Der Teuffelshauptmann in German) and Fort Apache (called Bis Zum Letzten Mann in German). The German DVD of She Wore A Yellow Ribbon has a stunning transfer (truly reference quality). I believe the movie was restored a couple of years ago and Kinowelt used that restored print for the DVD. As a very interesting extra the DVD features an hour long interview with John Ford.
Fort Apache also has a decent transfer althoug lesser than SWAYR. Both DVD's have the original soundtrack and subtitles can be switched off.
For Rio Grande I can recommend the R1 version put out by Republic.
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Night of the Hunter, while not exactly light-hearted, is a cracking film and the DVD is cheap. Michael Brooke gave it a pretty good review here

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I can highly recommend the German R2 versions of She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (called Der Teuffelshauptmann in German) and Fort Apache (called Bis Zum Letzten Mann in German). The German DVD of She Wore A Yellow Ribbon has a stunning transfer (truly reference quality). I believe the movie was restored a couple of years ago and Kinowelt used that restored print for the DVD. As a very interesting extra the DVD features an hour long interview with John Ford.
Fort Apache also has a decent transfer althoug lesser than SWAYR. Both DVD's have the original soundtrack and subtitles can be switched off.
For Rio Grande I can recommend the R1 version put out by Republic.
Can you recommend any german suppliers/ (must be cheap and reliable)

I agree with you about the R1- Rio Grande, although I've only watched the first 4 chapters what I've seen of the transfer so far is superb quality.
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Can you recommend any german suppliers/ (must be cheap and reliable)

I always use www.amazon.de Probably not the cheapest (shipping costs are high) but very reliable. And easy if you're already an exisiting customer at Amazon USA or Amazon UK as you can use the same account details.
You can find SWAYR here: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASI...577529-3209317
and Fort Apache (very cheap now) here: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASI...577529-3209317

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I always use www.amazon.de Probably not the cheapest (shipping costs are high) but very reliable. And easy if you're already an exisiting customer at Amazon USA or Amazon UK as you can use the same account details.
You can find SWAYR here: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASI...577529-3209317
and Fort Apache (very cheap now) here: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASI...577529-3209317
Thanks but I should have said not Amazon.de Fort Apache is nearl £16 before postage. I got the R1 Rio Grande for just over £8 all in. Guess I'll have to wait until there's some kind of deal or hope there's a decent release in R1/2.
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Thanks but I should have said not Amazon.de Fort Apache is nearl £16 before postage. I got the R1 Rio Grande for just over £8 all in. Guess I'll have to wait until there's some kind of deal or hope there's a decent release in R1/2.
Fort Apache is 8,56 Pounds before postage.

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon is indeed nearly 16 Pounds but it would be well spent .
Warner will release SWAYR in the first half of 2002 on R1. No doubt they will use the restored print. Although I doubt it, I hope it will get the special edition treatment. Still gonna keep the R2 for the interview with Ford though.
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But not a Hollywood classic.

This is one of Hitch's British films.
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Thanks for all the help I went for the following:

Arsenic & Old Lace, North By North West, His Girl Friday(I like Cary Grant)

It's |a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, The Man from Laramie (I Like James Stewart)

Singin In the Rain
Twelve Angry Men
Casablanca
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