Once Upon A Time In The West DVD Review @ GENRE ONLINE.NET!

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Writer R5, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. Writer R5

    Writer R5 Guest

    Writer R5, Nov 19, 2003
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  2. Mark, you really must try just "reviewing" the DVD, as your incoherent
    ramblings are so obtuse and ridiculous that one simply wants to
    bitch-slap you from here to eternity. Do you really mean to imply that
    all westerns save for Mr. Leone's are "squeaky clean morality tales"? If
    you do, I suggest you watch The Searchers or Red River or The Wild Bunch
    or Ride the High Country or or or...

    Also, this is NOT the "uncut European version" - did you read that
    somewhere? What this is is the original US release version. It ran at
    this length in all its first run engagements and was then subsequently
    cut by twenty or thirty minutes about three week into its run. The
    "uncut European version" if there is such a beast is the Italian version
    which runs about ten minutes longer and is mainly comprised of extra
    shots in existing scenes.

    Finally, this is a fantastic DVD and everyone should run out and get it
    and then read Mr. Rivera's "review" so you can get his rather
    "interesting" life history.
     
    Brockhurst Pertwee, Nov 19, 2003
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    Scot Gardner Guest

    He did review the DVD.

    Check out the 5th and 6th sentences in the 6th paragraph:

    "Pristine might be too strong of a word to describe how this film looks,
    but even if it is not, it comes pretty damn close be being pristine. The
    textures and colors are beautifully captured making what I always
    thought of as being a rather monotone film from the days I had the
    laserdisc seem as if I were watching the film in black and white back
    then when I look at and compare it to Paramount Home Entertainment's DVD
    release, which presents "Once Upon A Time In The West" in an anamorphic
    widescreen (2.35:1) aspect ratio preserving the manner in which the film
    was exhibited theatrically as close as possible for home video users."

    http://www.genreonline.net/Once_Upon_A_Time_In_The_West_DVD.html
     
    Scot Gardner, Nov 20, 2003
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  4. You know EXACTLY what I was speaking of, Mr. Gardner, but then you can't
    help but be you, can you? And he's wrong even in the paragraph you
    quote (well, you always quote, since you never have an original thought
    in your unoriginal head) - the laserdisc of West had color just as good
    as the new DVD - there is no way to look at the laser and think
    "monotone" (well, monotone is like one of your posts, and "monochrome"
    is what he means). The DVD transfer is superb, but the laser, for its
    day, was also pretty terrific.
     
    Brockhurst Pertwee, Nov 20, 2003
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  5. Now that I reread your post, Chauncy, I see you meant it as irony,
    directly pointing me to the monotone comment. I commend you on your
    irony, which is irony in itself.
     
    Brockhurst Pertwee, Nov 20, 2003
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    Scot Gardner Guest


    What was the giveaway-clue? That the "review" was contained in the 5th
    and 6th sentences of the 6th paragraph?

    If I may be allowed to quote myself:

    "Finally, I have been given credit for having an original thought."
     
    Scot Gardner, Nov 20, 2003
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    Scot Gardner Guest

    <<You know EXACTLY what I was speaking of, Mr. Gardner, but then you
    can't help but be you, can you? And he's wrong even in the paragraph
    you quote (well, you always quote, since you never have an original
    thought in your unoriginal head) - the laserdisc of West had color just
    as good as the new DVD - there is no way to look at the laser and think
    "monotone" (well, monotone is like one of your posts, and "monochrome"
    is what he means). The DVD transfer is superb, but the laser, for its
    day, was also pretty terrific.>>


    Yes, I quote everybody.

    Here's a greatly-condensed version of the original 1931 word "review":

    "I used to work nights... Squeaky-clean morality tales... owner's wife
    was pretty loose... great mythology... I could go on and on with genre
    comparisons... in a pseudo original way... I honestly can't tell which
    film I like better... In graduate school... my Masters degree... new
    knowledge and understanding... academic with Sir Christopher Frayling...
    death of one era... It sounds a bit crazy... primal nature of
    humanity... my grad school days."
     
    Scot Gardner, Nov 20, 2003
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  8. I tried to check out that 6th sentence, but it made my eyes implode.

    swac
     
    Stephen Cooke, Nov 20, 2003
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    Scot Gardner Guest

    ..ca...

    <<I tried to check out that 6th sentence, but it made my eyes implode.>>

    <<swac>>


    Well, yeah. An 87-word sentence can be a bit hard on the eyes. But the
    longest GENRE ONLINE sentence that I have found is this 546-character,
    126-word masterpiece from the August, 2003 review of _Bowling For
    Columbine_:

    "He reasons that the film says everything pretty much the way he wants
    it and he feels that most of the good ideas come from the interns and
    production assistants so he hands the microphone to them and we get
    nearly two hours of interns and assistants cackling on about the film,
    but they are so excited to be doing it that often the commentary track
    feels like the listener is at a disadvantage because what they share
    seems to be more or less in-jokes amongst themselves and by the end I
    felt that while it is nice of Moore to acknowledge these largely unsung
    heroes, the commentary felt like a waste of time and is in my opinion
    the weakest element on this DVD release."

    http://www.genreonline.net/Bowling_For_Columbine_SE_DVD.html
     
    Scot Gardner, Nov 21, 2003
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