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 Post subject: BD 157 Hard Times
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:02 am 
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 Post subject: Re: BD ??? Hard Times
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:43 am 
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April 24th.

Psyched for both of these April MoC titles! Might even make for a fun double-bill.


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 Post subject: Re: BD ??? Hard Times
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:02 pm 
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  • New 4K restoration
  • Uncompressed PCM and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
  • NFT Audio Interview with director Walter Hill
  • Original theatrical trailer
    PLUS: A booklet featuring new and archival writing and rare archival imagery


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:21 pm 
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I have never seen a Charles Bronson film, and so separating the good stuff and the chaff is hard for me. Where does this one stand?


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 Post subject: Re: BD 157 Hard Times
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:31 pm 
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You've not seen Once Upon a Time in the West? Run, don't walk to that one.


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 Post subject: Re: BD 157 Hard Times
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:37 pm 
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No I've seen that one, but I meant "Charles Bronson vehicle" films. The kind Twilight Time has released a ton of.


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 Post subject: Re: BD 157 Hard Times
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I've admittedly only seen bits of Death Wish, but I personally have far more faith in early Walter Hill than in the careers of Michael Winner or a post-60's J. Lee Thompson.

PS: I do plan to pick up Mr. Majestyk, but that's more because Fleischer is a reliable filmmaker (and seems to be experiencing something of a renaissance on Blu-ray lately).


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 Post subject: Re: BD 157 Hard Times
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Hard Times is a good stuff. More of a 70s buddy road movie rather than a Charles Bronson vehicle actioner.

Not that I'm saying I hate the latter. In that category, 10 to Midnight is my favorite. Personally I don't understand why Michael Winner flicks are more famous than J. Lee Thompson ones. Thompson is better craftsman and even his lesser Bronson films have a certain sense of humor not unlike Brian de Palma's, while Michael Winner is dead serious in almost every scene but his lack of skill makes it all the more sillier. Of course I understand the fun of silliness, but still...

And please don't miss whimsical and profound western comedy From Noon Till Three, more of a Jill Ireland vehicle than a Charles Bronson one.


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 Post subject: Re: BD 157 Hard Times
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:14 pm 

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Drucker wrote:
No I've seen that one, but I meant "Charles Bronson vehicle" films. The kind Twilight Time has released a ton of.


The Canon/MGM classics. Shame that Olive and not Twilight got the incredibly scuzzy, depraved and outright racist Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects, which was one hell of a way for J. Lee Thompson to go out. Bronson had more left in him, though, as evidenced by his low-key turn in Sean Penn's stunning The Indian Runner.

Hard Times is Walter Hill at his peak; a young, highly successful screenwriter who'd already made his mark on the action genre with Hickey & Boggs and was aiming to make a tough-guy vehicle with something to say.


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 Post subject: Re: BD 157 Hard Times
PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:09 pm 
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By far the best Bronson film I've seen is Breakheart Pass, though placing Bronson in an Agatha Christie-style mystery is not exactly his norm


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 Post subject: Re: BD 157 Hard Times
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Final specs:

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  • New 4K digital restoration
  • Uncompressed PCM and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
  • A new interview with co-writer/director Walter Hill
  • A new interview with producer Lawrence Gordon
  • A new interview with composer Barry DeVorzon
  • Excerpts from a 1984 interview with Walter Hill at the National Film Theatre, London
  • Original theatrical trailer
    PLUS: A 20-page booklet featuring Pauline Kael’s original 1975 New Yorker review of the film, and archival imagery.


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