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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY PRINT

The Blu-ray of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly matches the theatrical print I saw at the Ziegfeld a few years ago, which means that the colors are spot-on and the image is sharp and detailed. As detailed as 2 Perf TechniScope can get that is, and in 1080p one can definitely see the limitations of the format which essentially divided a standard 35 millimeter frame into two widescreen frames. The Blu-ray is still a vast improvement over the DVD, however; this is the best that The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is going to look. I was ecstatic to see that it contains the original monaural soundtrack in addition to the retooled 5.1 track which I strongly dislike because the new foley never seemed to fit the images and because it spreads out a mono stem of Ennio Morricone's iconic score across the soundfield and it just sounds horrible.


TONIGHT'S EPISODE:

The reason I love the old Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker movies is because they were willing to try anything to see if they could get a laugh out of it. This didn't always work (e.g. the men landing on the statue of a bird in Top Secret!) but it also yielded them some of their best sight gags. It also had the by-product of moments that are sort of funny in a very sick and disturbing way. For example, watch the murder scene that occurs at 2:38 into this clip:


The taste is certainly questionable and there is no denying that it is outright weird. I don't know how anybody else reacted to it but the combination of Russell Shannon's performance and Ira Newborn playing it completely straight with the music had me rolling for quite a while.

What do you think? Do I need therapy?


THE PRODIGAL SON BRINGS MUZAK

I have to admit that I'm quite (pleasantly) surprised at the positive feedback I've been getting on my Blade Runner custom edit. I didn't realize how many other people found the various forms of that film's soundtrack to have been so unfulfilling. While I did work very hard on it, I also felt that the differences between my version and Vangelis' were subtle at best. But it seems there are others who shared my opinion on the 1994 and 2007 releases.

I'm still toying with the idea of a non-film related Vangelis compilation. I will soon be resuming work on my Star Trek re-recording compilation as well.


PLAHT DEVICE

An interesting point of view about the use of time travel in the new Star Trek movie comes up in this discussion with the screenwriters: Classic Trek tended to use the linear model of time, while the new film uses a quantum model.
Robert Orci: In our Universe, as long as I am here, you can’t just slingshot around the sun and linear time is a misconception from the middle part of the 20th century.. A good analogy for what we have done here would be to imagine we were rebooting the modern adventures of a sailor, who at the time that his stories were told, it was believed the earth was flat. Now, years later, here in the re-whatever, we know the world is round. So our story exists in a world where the world is now round, despite that being a “canon” violation.
Tags: audio, blade runner, ennio morricone, high def, mix workshop, movie funnies, movie moments, science, science fiction, sergio leone, star trek, vangelis, zaz
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