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Old 03-15-2017, 09:58 PM   #41
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Cover is very bold, but I kind of like it. Awesome that Downhill is included too.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:59 PM   #42
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It's great that Downhill is included with this release of The Lodger. Two Hitchcock films for the price of one.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:26 PM   #43
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Great news about Downhill being included.
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:27 PM   #44
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Downhill is one of his lesser silents so probably wouldn't have sold that well anyway, The Lodger on the other hand is aces. Still kudos to them for making this a Novello double-bill. Hopefully Blackmail is next!
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:33 PM   #45
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Seems more likely they would bundle them as extras with more popular titles than release individual spine numbers. But who knows?
Good call
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Old 03-15-2017, 11:22 PM   #46
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I agree! The cover is great.
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Old 03-16-2017, 12:01 AM   #48
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I wonder what this release means for the prospect of getting "The Hitchcock Nine", the 9 silent films that were restored a few years back, on BD. This gives us two of them, but if Blackmail is released separately as well, that will leave the other 6, which are all super obscure. I worry they might never get released as a result. I won't deny I was hoping for a boxset of the whole Hitchcock nine, since I fear that may be the only way we'll ever get the lesser ones.
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Old 03-16-2017, 12:01 AM   #49
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Unfortunately Downhill isn't that good:



It’s a mostly uninspired and clichéd example of a director paying his dues and working his way up as Ivor Novello’s school hero Roddy finds himself on the road to ruin when Mabel at Ye Olde Bunne Shoppe makes a ‘serious charge’ that she’s got a bun of her own in the oven. Naturally it was Roddy’s pal Tim, the vicar’s son, who done the deed (you only have to look at Novello to know that he’s so obviously batting for the other team that even Liza Minnelli wouldn’t marry him), but he’s the one whose family has the money and rather than risk his pal’s scholarship takes the blame and finds himself on a downward spiral that involves working as a chorus boy in a West End show and a gigolo dancing with manly women in a Paris nightclub for 50 francs a dance before finding himself delirious among the wharf rats and white actresses in unconvincing blackface in Marseilles before a reconciliation.

If that sounds suspiciously like an episode of Michael Palin and Terry Jones’ Ripping Yarns, it’s tempting to believe that it’s because this was one of their influences – when he is expelled, Roddy even forlornly asks the headmaster “Won’t I be able to play for the Old Boys?” (at 34, Novello might even be too old for the Old Boys even if he weren’t disgraced). At times you suspect that Hitchcock is trying to subvert both the material and his star’s matinee idol status (one sequence has him getting into the closet to find his wife’s lover), with much of the film’s exposition workmanlike. There are a couple of minor coups in the last act – a scene where unforgiving daylight is suddenly cast on the Paris club as a man has a heart attack and a delirious dream where he is taunted by the face of his unforgiving father, shot like the template for Frankenstein’s monster, in almost everyone he sees – but this may well have felt horribly dated even when it came out.

It's a pity they couldn't have included Novello's 1932 talkie remake of The Lodger instead.
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I wonder what this release means for the prospect of getting "The Hitchcock Nine", the 9 silent films that were restored a few years back, on BD. This gives us two of them, but if Blackmail is released separately as well, that will leave the other 6, which are all super obscure. I worry they might never get released as a result. I won't deny I was hoping for a boxset of the whole Hitchcock nine, since I fear that may be the only way we'll ever get the lesser ones.
2 silents each included with releases of Notorious, Rebecca, and Spellbound will do it
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2 silents each included with releases of Notorious, Rebecca, and Spellbound will do it
You know what, I'm very happy with the OOP MGM releases but that would be a big nudge toward double-dips.
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It's great that Downhill is included with this release of The Lodger. Two Hitchcock films for the price of one.
My thought exactly, and I haven't seen either, but Hitchcock is always a draw. Might pick this up during the B&N sale.
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I wonder what this release means for the prospect of getting "The Hitchcock Nine", the 9 silent films that were restored a few years back, on BD. This gives us two of them, but if Blackmail is released separately as well, that will leave the other 6, which are all super obscure. I worry they might never get released as a result. I won't deny I was hoping for a boxset of the whole Hitchcock nine, since I fear that may be the only way we'll ever get the lesser ones.
Unfortunately, Criterion only has 4 of the 9 (Pleasure Garden, Lodger, Downhill, and Easy Virtue.) StudioCanal has the other 5.
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You know what, I'm very happy with the OOP MGM releases but that would be a big nudge toward double-dips.
I'm keeping the MGM OOP releases but I'll buy the CC editions solely for the text content. Only have the Rebecca CC DVD and I put it with the MGM BD. The MGM BD coverart is atrocious and glad I'm using Nissens custom covers for the three.

Wonder if CC will be releasing any other of the Hitchcock MGM DVD titles onto Blu-ray disc.
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I actually prefer the B&W color. Doubt that will happen though.
I just hope they fix the ridiculous soundtrack that came out in the U.K.
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[QUOTE=James Luckard;13331207]Glad to hear they're recording a new score for this.

The restored version looked gorgeous, but the score by Nitin Sawhney was wildly uneven. 90% of it worked quite well, but there were some very weird modern pop vocal portions that felt like someone had accidentally picked up a top 40 radio station during the screening.

Here's a video of the underscore:

And here's the pop song:

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I thought the same: there had been some parts of the Music in a couple Scenes which had been completely wrong to theme/atmosphere.
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I'm extremely glad I waited for this one. The old DVD looked nice, but it was at a ridiculously slow speed. The newer Blu played at the proper clip, but had a half-terrible music score. Really looking forward to this!
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Looking forward to picking this one up next B&N sale
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Would buy day one just for The Lodger but having Downhill included also is just a more perfect package. More Hitchcock please. We need all of his films on Blu.
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Glad to hear they're recording a new score for this.

The restored version looked gorgeous, but the score by Nitin Sawhney was wildly uneven. 90% of it worked quite well, but there were some very weird modern pop vocal portions that felt like someone had accidentally picked up a top 40 radio station during the screening.

Here's a video of the underscore:
Nitin Sawhney - The Lodger (trailer) - YouTube

And here's the pop song:
Daisy's Song - Alfred Hitchcock - The Lodger (1927) (2012 Restoration) - YouTube

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I thought the same: there had been some parts of the Music in a couple Scenes which had been completely wrong to theme/atmosphere.

What the F*ck were they thinking?
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