94 I Know Where I'm Going!

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#26 Post by tryavna » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:10 am

kinjitsu wrote:That greenish tint might be caused by the color settings on your monitor.
Could be, but I only remember noting the greenish-ness at certain points on my Criterion DVD -- the most notable being the climax inside the cursed castle. Again, I'm trying to be as careful as possible because it's been so long since I watched the DVD. At any rate, I can say with confidence that the 45 minutes or so of the print I watched off and on on TCM last night looked cleaner and less battered than our Criterion's print.

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#27 Post by Tommaso » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:28 am

Dvdtimes has this to say about the new Institut Lumiere disc of IKWIG:

"Thankfully, the transfer is fully up to representing the film with a print that scarcely contains a mark or scratch. It has clearly been well-restored, as one or two frames show evidence of problems, but the restoration work renders then all but invisible. The transfer is stable and there is no light flicker. The monochrome tones are strong, with pleasing blacks, allowing a reasonable level of detail, texture and shadow information to be seen. It's slightly on the soft side, the range of tones is not the finest, but it's a lovely transfer nonetheless."

Sounds as if it is superior to the old Criterion disc. Though the extras on the CC make it indispensable.

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#28 Post by Gordon » Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:45 pm

Looking at the castle ruin, it seems that the Criterion's brightness/contrast has been boosted, obscuring some detail, which appears have been retained in the Institut Lumière transfer. Bloody hell, I still haven't got the Narcissus disc and now this comes down the pike! And there's that new SE of Peeping Tom, too! :o

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#29 Post by TCB » Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:02 pm

Slightly off the present topic, but I was reading David Mamet's new book Bambi Vs. Godzilla, in which he waxes about the Archers for a few pages, and then notes that I Know Where I'm Going is his favorite film (and uses 49th Parallel as an example of why he hates Olivier's film acting). I don't know why it was a surprise to see that of all films this is Mamet's favorite, but there it is. Throughout the book he talks about Powell and Pressburger quite a bit, and I'd love to see Criterion use him for an essay or interview at some point.

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#30 Post by Person » Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:31 pm

That's cool that David Mamet loves the Archers! I would never have guessed that IKWIG was his all-time favourite. I have even more respect for him now!

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#31 Post by david hare » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:51 pm

And he also shares my intense dilsike for Larry's movie acting! (Only Preminger gets him right in Bunny Lake.)

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#32 Post by domino harvey » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:58 pm

I read somewhere on this very forum that Mamet's favorite film was Col. Blimp and that I Know Where I'm Going was his wife, Rebecca Pidgon's favorite film.

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#33 Post by reaky » Thu Mar 29, 2007 6:24 am

A couple of years ago, Mamet had an occasional column in the Guardian, and stated there that his favourite film was Wyler's DODSWORTH. The tart! Great taste, though.

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#34 Post by TCB » Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:17 am

You know, I just checked, and Domino, you're right. I'd love to hear what Mamet's commenatry track for Col. Blimp would sound like: "You know what's fucking great?" "What?" "Livesey. So fuck you."

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#35 Post by malcolm1980 » Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:04 am

I just saw this film today.

This disc is officially in my TO BUY list along with all the other Powell/Pressburger films I've seen.

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#36 Post by HistoryProf » Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:21 pm

malcolm1980 wrote:I just saw this film today.

This disc is officially in my TO BUY list along with all the other Powell/Pressburger films I've seen.
funny, you should have been in Madison, WI with me on Sunday: I found it used in a music store for $6.99 :D

It truly is an amazing film...and although I already own it, it was too good to pass up as trade bait. pm me if you are interested in a trade (it's impeccable, but i'll gladly send you the one I bought new)

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#37 Post by malcolm1980 » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:40 pm

HistoryProf wrote:
malcolm1980 wrote:I just saw this film today.

This disc is officially in my TO BUY list along with all the other Powell/Pressburger films I've seen.
funny, you should have been in Madison, WI with me on Sunday: I found it used in a music store for $6.99 :D

It truly is an amazing film...and although I already own it, it was too good to pass up as trade bait. pm me if you are interested in a trade (it's impeccable, but i'll gladly send you the one I bought new)
I don't live in the U.S. and shipping/mailing costs in my country is expensive and unreliable. Thanks anyway. :lol:

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#38 Post by HerrSchreck » Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:44 am

Something I've wanted to say about this otherwise sublime release: it's definitely not up to their usual standards for back then. I see that greenish haze hanging over much of the transfer as seen by some here, the sound is by far the worst of all their P&P releases (I have em all except HOFFMAN & PARALLEL)... part of the image problems seem to stem from the excessive boosting of the contrast, and the fact that the transfer is interlaced. I always assumed this was one of their old transfers from the LD days... a clue to an old LD transfer, used or unused in the commercial venue, is the fact that CC doesn't specificy that it is new in the advetising bullets, i e "Gorgeous new transfer" or "Beautiful new high definition transfer, supervised by..". This disc simply says "Beautiful (or "stunning", or "gorgeous") digital transfer, supervised by..." The clue to my mind that this is a transfer which predated the dvd release is the fact that its interlaced. And the lack of any digital cleanup viz MTI whatsoever. Besides the occasional silent release, by the time of this release (with the CC "line" logo) they were going just about all-progressive.

Nonetheless, the release was executed with so much gigantic affection for the film that none of that matters. I love the cinema far more than I love dvd technology, and will take what I can get with an old release like this. It definitely would be an ideal revisitation for them though. If THIRD MAN got a facelift in the catalog, surely this most hypnotic and mysteriously inspiring of P&P should rate one...

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#39 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:09 pm


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#40 Post by HarryLong » Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:00 am

That's the John Laurie I remember!
Because it's the first film I saw him in I always remember Laurie for THE REPTILE.
Yes, I know I'm a Philistine.

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#41 Post by jbeall » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:44 pm

What a fun film! I usually love the Archers anyway, so nothing new there. IKWIG is yet another film (alongside A Canterbury Tale and Edge of the World) that showcases Powell's love for Britain's staggering beauty. Wendy Hiller wasn't as good, imho, as some of Powell's other leading ladies, but Brown does make up for it.

Not to harp on the "I wish this were on blu" discussions that pop up from time to time 'round these parts, but I really do wish some more of Powell's films showcasing Britain's gorgeous topography would get the blu treatment. I know, I know... unlikely.

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#42 Post by TIVOLI » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:09 am

Of course, I Know Where I"m Going is a wonderful film, and I think it deserves a passionate defense for being on Blu, because the current (and aging) Criterion transfer is abysmal. As more recently-released films are now getting upgrades that at times represents relatively minor improvements, this film absolutely needs and warrants a major restoration.

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#43 Post by Napier » Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:28 am

I've always had a special place in my heart for this film, since my first viewing via Criterion. It's continued to grow on me with each subsequent viewing, like no other P & P film has. The black and white imagery perfectly capture the feel of the Outer Hebrides, with exacting beauty. For me, watching this film is like re-living my ancestral trip to Scotland, back in 2003. Every time I watch this, it brings me there! Every, time. Pint by pint, and dram by dram. This should be a sure candidate for a Blu-ray upgrade. It's my favorite Powell & Pressburger. And one of the finest films ever made.

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#44 Post by reaky » Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:46 pm

Lovely piece on IKWIG in the Guardian. I believe Peter Bradshaw has also done the commentary for the upcoming blu-ray of KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS.

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