966 Detour

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Jonathan S
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Re: 966 Detour

#26 Post by Jonathan S » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:02 am

domino harvey wrote:
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:46 pm
Interesting that all the extras are Ulmer-specific...
And Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen was previously released as a standalone DVD by Kino.

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966 Detour

#27 Post by FrauBlucher » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:25 am

Oh boy, that must be a long doc. Goody!

Edit: it’s 1:17 long.

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#28 Post by Jonathan S » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:44 am

Actually I'd forgotten the previous Kino release of the documentary also includes Ulmer's Isle of Forgotten Sins though it's billed (not inappropriately) like a second feature.

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#29 Post by HitchcockLang » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:10 pm

For such a brief film (and a public domain one at that) and so few extras, I was hoping for another of those rare $30 MSRP BDs, but the length of the Ulmer doc makes it seem like a good deal. No matter, it's a must buy for me either way.

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#30 Post by andyli » Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:09 pm

I remember at one time it was an April Fool's Day joke on DVDBeaver. Now the 4k restoration is really here it almost feels unreal.

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Re: 966 Detour

#31 Post by FrauBlucher » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:38 am


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#32 Post by nitin » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:10 pm

That really does look unbelievable given this film’s history!

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Re: 966 Detour

#33 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:45 pm


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Re: 966 Detour

#34 Post by jsteffe » Thu May 02, 2019 2:09 pm

I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion about this release! I finally had the opportunity to view the Blu-ray in motion, and the Academy Film Archive's restoration is surely a landmark in how they used compositing to remove the subtitles from the best available element. I looked at the image very closely, and to my eye this work is difficult, if not impossible, to spot for the casual viewer (i.e., me). The restoration makes you appreciate Ulmer's taut direction and the film's craftsmanship on the whole.

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#35 Post by Boosmahn » Thu May 02, 2019 2:40 pm

I'm waiting until the July B&N sale. I was surprised to learn that Ebert considered it one of his "great movies."

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#36 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:12 pm

I just finished reading the booklet. Robert Polito writes an outstanding investigative look at the production history. So, so many things I was unaware of. It’s one of my favorite extras.

The bluray looks great. Such a treat to have this film not looking like shat.

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#37 Post by Orlac » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:18 pm

This is a great release.

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#38 Post by Finch » Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:45 am

I watched the film for the first time via one of the crummy public domain copies available to watch for free online, and you really should sample a few minutes from any of the PD versions to get a fair idea of just enormous the improvment is with the new 4k restoration. Who knows what else is on the plate for the remainder of the year from Criterion and everyone else, but in terms of cultural preservation, this disc has got to be among the top three, five releases of the year, and I'm only going by the stills Chris and Beaver posted. I'd be keen to see the film again in the proper condition, not least because it might make me re-evaluate the whole thing because my first viewing left me disappointed: for starters, I found Neal's voiceover far too verbose, and the first 15 minutes felt drawn out, and the dialogue has dated more than in other films of the period. It felt longer than 66 minutes and that's damning for a film this short. I did like the twist mid-way through and the cinematography, even in the dire state of the copy I watched.

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