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Re: British crime films
« Reply #75 on: 21 Mar 2008 - 20:24 »

Haven't caught the SWEENEY films yet (Also still need to see ROBBERY, VILLIAN, SITTING TARGET and THE SQUEEZE)

...but my favorite British Crime films are PERFORMANCE, GET CARTER, THE HIT, THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, GANGSTER No1, MONA LISA and SEXY BEAST.  I also like CROUPIER, I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD and LAYER CAKE.

Earlier films I like are Stanley Baker in Joseph Losey's THE CRIMINAL (1960) and Val Guest's HELL IS A CITY (1960), but am really found of John Boulting's BRIGHTON ROCK (1947) with Richard Attenborough and Wylie Watson, though Graham Greene's novel in much more satisfying and complex.  Alberto Cavalcanti's THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE (1947) with Trevor Howard is also quite good.

Carol  Reed's THE THIRD MAN and ODD MAN OUT (Though set in Vienna and Belfast) are classics!   

 I've never had any interest in seeing a Guy Ritchie film.
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« Reply #76 on: 14 Apr 2008 - 10:11 »

Haven't seen Deadly Strangers Comp ! As you can probably tell I've loved Brit 50's 60's films for a long time!

I've always dug them, just never got into watching them as I have right now. Another great film that needs a DVD release is Basil Dearden's SAPPHIRE. Marc seems to be under the impression that it's been released in Australia, but I've not managed to find one.

Mmmm me neither! I heard rumours from Mr Morris but I can't seem to find it anywhere as well. Just ordered the Hammer Noir sets though good value for money...

SAPPHIRE was available in Australia but it's now out of print -I managed to find, bid upon and win one on eBay over the weekend, thanks to forum member Paperbag bringing it to my atention. Really looking forward to catching up with this again when it arrives - I've not seen it in almost 15 years. I'll start a dedicated thread when it arrives and will review the disc for the main site.
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« Reply #77 on: 27 Apr 2008 - 12:33 »

Don't forget Stanley fucking Baker in Robbery is supposedly coming out soon.

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« Reply #78 on: 27 Apr 2008 - 12:53 »

Some bloke at imdb claims that Robbery is delayed until July 21.
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« Reply #79 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 02:39 »

Anyone konw if a 16x9 (any region will do) DVD of THE HIT is available?  Love that film!  ;)
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« Reply #80 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 08:22 »

Anyone konw if a 16x9 (any region will do) DVD of THE HIT is available?  Love that film!  ;)

The only version available, to my knowledge, is the Artisan release in the states and it's fullscreen. The film would have been shot in 1.66, so you're not going to be missing much off the sides. Not ideal, but it's the only way you can get it.
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« Reply #81 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 08:31 »

Anyone konw if a 16x9 (any region will do) DVD of THE HIT is available?  Love that film!  ;)

The only version available, to my knowledge, is the Artisan release in the states and it's fullscreen. The film would have been shot in 1.66, so you're not going to be missing much off the sides. Not ideal, but it's the only way you can get it.

Yeah, it's oop and (expensive).  Plus I want an anamorphic transfer to fill (pillarbox) my 16x9 screen.  It's surprising that a film by Frears with such great talent, Stamp, Hurt, Rey, Roth and Broadbent wouldn't have a nice release somewhere.   :-[
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« Reply #82 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 08:34 »

Anyone konw if a 16x9 (any region will do) DVD of THE HIT is available?  Love that film!  ;)

The only version available, to my knowledge, is the Artisan release in the states and it's fullscreen. The film would have been shot in 1.66, so you're not going to be missing much off the sides. Not ideal, but it's the only way you can get it.

Yeah, it's oop and (expensive).  Plus I want an anamorphic transfer to fill (pillarbox) my 16x9 screen.  It's surprising that a film by Frears with such great talent, Stamp, Hurt, Rey, Roth and Broadbent wouldn't have a nice release somewhere.   :-[

You would have thought it would have come out in England, for sure. It think the rights may be tied up with one of the bigger studios. If they're not, Marc should consider releasing it through Nucleus.

It's a great film - I've been a fan since I watched the old Palace rental VHS in the early 90s. I bought the Artisan disc when it was first release. Had no idea it was now OOP.
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« Reply #83 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 08:43 »

Don't forget Stanley fucking Baker in Robbery

He was known to socialise with various London gangsters in the 50's and 60's and was even manager of SoHo Rangers football team who had Eddie Richardson,Frankie Fraser and Albert Dimes from Clerkenwell amongst their players,seems he was a bit of a hard bastard in real life.
Here he is with Fraser and Richardson

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« Reply #84 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 08:44 »

It's a great film - I've been a fan since I watched the old Palace rental VHS in the early 90s. I bought the Artisan disc when it was first release. Had no idea it was now OOP.
 

I held off buying two Artisan discs, THE HIT and Donald Cammell's THE WILD SIDE, because they were both full-frame.  Now both are OOP and expensive.  Oh well, I've got both on VHS tape.  Maybe I'll get the British disc of WILD LIFE since it's pretty inexpensive, looks like it's the director's cut, even though it is full-frame. Oh well! 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wild-Side-Anne-Heche/dp/B000050GOU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1213087125&sr=1-1
 

Time for me to go to bed.  Catch y'all tomorrow.  it's 1:44 AM PST and I've got to rise at 7:00 AM.  :-* Nighty-night!   
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« Reply #85 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 08:50 »

Michael, did you know that the UK disc of WILD SIDE is a reconstruction of Cammell's originally-intended cut?
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« Reply #86 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 13:44 »

As I'm chiming in so late, I won't re-iterate praise for GET CARTER, SITTING TARGET, ROBBERY, SNATCH, SEXY BEAST or CROUPIER (oops, I just did), but I will mention this telefilm:

THE HARD WAY (for ITV, starring Patrick McGoohan and Lee Van Cleef, 1979)

Anyone seen it? It's slow moving but brilliant -- with a brooding performance by McGoohan and a climactic shootout that makes excellent use of a fuse box (all I'm saying).

The only disc -- that I'm aware of -- is this French-language release:
http://www.priceminister.com/offer/buy/11000376/Le-Dernier-Contrat-DVD-Zone-2.html

But it has had an English-lang VHS.
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« Reply #87 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 14:36 »

Michael, did you know that the UK disc of WILD SIDE is a reconstruction of Cammell's originally-intended cut?

Well, I knew the film had been taken away from him and recut on its initial release  :-[, which I heard was one of the reasons, sadly, that he did himself in, but that his editor Frank Mazzola (I believe that's his name) had reconstructed a version that approximated Cammell's intended vision.


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« Reply #88 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 15:55 »

Michael, did you know that the UK disc of WILD SIDE is a reconstruction of Cammell's originally-intended cut?

Well, I knew the film had been taken away from him and recut on its initial release  :-[, which I heard was one of the reasons, sadly, that he did himself in, but that his editor Frank Mazzola (I believe that's his name) had reconstructed a version that approximated Cammell's intended vision.


Right?

That's right - and it was released in cinemas and on DVD and VHS here in the UK by Tartan. I always though the US release was the Nu-Image tinkered version. Am I wrong?
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« Reply #89 on: 10 Jun 2008 - 15:58 »

I always though the US release was the Nu-Image tinkered version. Am I wrong?
I believe Artisan put it out.  It's the version that Cammell hated.  It was taken away from him and recut.  Too bad the Tartan DVd is full-frame and not 1.66:1 anamorphic.  Think I'll still pick it up!  :-X
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