I got myself another "upgrade" recently, this time Laura on blu-ray. More than anything it provided me with a reason to enjoy one of the finest films of the 40's for the fifth or sixth time I would say! Hats off to technology... and dear old Clifton Webb of course, "Insipid, I trust" Not at all!
Lovely, moody film. My favorite line of Clifton Webb's: "It's lavish, but I call it home."
I had such a lucky find recently! A friend and I went to the public library. He went into the library's used bookstore and found every classic DVD they had. One of them made my eyes bounce out on springs like in the cartoons. Years ago, I had the movie You Gotta Stay Happy, a screwball comedy starring James Stewart and Joan Fontaine, costarring Eddie Albert. It was on VHS tape with some diabolical copy protection that wouldn't allow me to copy it onto a DVD. I really wanted it on DVD, but the only commercial DVD available was part of a boxed set of 5 James Stewart movies (the Screen Legend Collection). The other movies in the set were of little or no interest to me, but I had the set on my Amazon wish list anyway, just for that one movie. A dear friend ordered it for me one Christmas from Amazon, but unfortunately, the one disk I wanted was damaged. So, since I no longer have a VHS player, I have been without the movie for 9 years, and this boxed set has been sitting sadly on my shelf. Well, guess what they had for sale in the library bookstore...the same boxed set for $2! Needless to say, I got it, and I have tested the disk. It plays, hooray! It must have been Joan Fontaine day, because I also got Casanova's Big Night (JF and Bob Hope), which I have never seen.
I hope to be getting a bonanza of new classics soon, because my birthday is coming up, and a friend is burning some DVDs off of TCM for me.
A Rock Hudson 4 pack with my favorite 'Man's Favorite Sport' with Paula Prentis if you've never seen it your missing a great comedy. It also had John McGiver, Gig Young.
TIN PAN ALLEY
SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES
North by Northwest with Cary Grant
I didn't buy these---I got them for my birthday. I got a replacement DVD of A Matter of Life and Death (my other copy went missing), and--most exciting--I got a Kim Novak boxed set that includes one of my all-time faves Middle of the Night. I was so happy to get this movie, and I highly recommend it. Frederic March's performance is extremely touching. I also got Same Time Next Year, a sweet but somewhat poignant romantic comedy starring Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda.