Saturday, December 31, 2016

Boris Karloff's Thriller - season 2, episodes 24-30

Episode 24 - 'Til death do us part

Cast:

Boris Karloff ... Himself
Henry Jones ... Carl Somers
Jim Davis ... The Marshal
Reta Shaw ... Celia Hooper Somers
Edgar Buchanan ... Doc O'Connor
Philip Ober ... Elmer Hooper
Jocelyn Brando ... Myrtle Hooper

Description: Undertaker Carl Somers murders his nagging wife so he can head west to marry a wealthy spinster. The joke's on him though: eloping with the old maid gets her disinherited, leaving him with another unwanted wife. A new doctor in town hiding from a murder charge comes in handy at this point.


Episode 25 - The bride who died twice

Cast:

Boris Karloff ... Himself
Mala Powers ... Consuelo De La Varra
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Gen. De La Varra
Joe De Santis ... Col. Sangriento
Robert Colbert ... Capt. Bartolomeo Antonio Fernandez
Carl Don ... Sgt. Vibora

Description: In a Latin American country, a sinister Colonel forces the Governor's daughter to marry him but she dies on their wedding night- or does she?


Episode 26 - Kill my love

Cast:

Boris Karloff ... Himself
Richard Carlson ... Guy Guthrie
Patricia Breslin ... Dinah Duffay
K.T. Stevens ... Olive Guthrie
David Kent ... Julian Guthrie
Kasey Rogers ... Anthea Jason

Description: Apparent "family man" Guy Guthrie murders his mistress when she threatens to expose him, then his wife when she figures out what he's done. But what will he do about his beloved teenage son...


Episode 27 - Man of mystery

Cast:

Boris Karloff ... Himself
Mary Tyler Moore ... Sherry Smith
John Van Dreelen ... Joel Stone
William Windom ... Lou Walters
Walter Burke ... Lucas
Mercedes Shirley ... Jill Naylor
Robert Sampson ... Reporter

Description: An author is murdered when his book exposing an ex-employer, a secretive international financier, is to be published. A reporter tracks the case, but everyone he tries to interview dies under suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile, the financier gets a comic fired because he's obsessed with ensnaring the funny-man's girlfriend, a leggy nightclub chanteuse.


Episode 28 - The innocent bystanders

Cast:

Boris Karloff ... Himself
John Anderson ... Jacob Grant
George Kennedy ... John Paterson
Janet Lake ... Elsie Evans
Steven Terrell ... Bruce Evans
Carl Benton Reid ... Dr. Marcus Graham

Description: Jacob Grant and John Paterson, a pair of Victorian-era bodysnatchers, turn to murder to supplement their income. First they take Grant's visiting sister-in-law, then set their sights on the unsuspecting boarders.


Episode 29 - The lethal ladies

Cast:

Boris Karloff ... Himself
Howard Morris ... Myron Sills/Dr. Wilfred Bliss
Rosemary Murphy ... Lavinia Sills / Alice Quimby
Pamela Curran ... Gloria ('Murder on the Rocks')
Marjorie Bennett ... Mercedes ('Murder on the Rocks')
Robert Carson ... Albert White ('Murder on the Rocks')
Jackie Russell ... Martha Foster ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss')
Hank Brandt ... Mr. Sutter ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss')
Chet Stratton ... Mr. Charles Delevant ('Goodbye, Dr. Bliss')

Description: Two twisted tales of timid people hitting their breaking point. A philandering investor dreams of independence from his wife, a wealthy, bold geologist, but when his latest scheme plummets down the big board, Myron plots murder. Alice Quimby's entire life is her work at a university library, but she's passed over to be chief librarian, in favor of Dr. Wilford Bliss, a martinet who's going to clean house, forcing her out before she can collect her pension.


Episode 30 - The specialists

Cast:

Boris Karloff ... Himself
Lin McCarthy ... Peter Duncan
Robert Douglas ... Antony Hugh Swinburne
Suzanne Lloyd ... Helen Coleman
Ronald Howard ... Martin Gresham
Sean McClory ... Patrick Galt
David Frankham ... Joe Carter

Description: An elite team of federal agents is formed to take down an international ring of jewel thieves.


Extras for episodes from this post (promos not included in my source):

2x25 - The bride who died twice (isolated music score by Jerry Goldsmith)
2x26 - Kill my love (isolated music score by Morton Stevens)
2x27 - Man of mystery (audio commentary by Larry Blamire and David Schow, isolated music score by Morton Stevens)


Download link (torrent file)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_VWVIeE5lcXdtZzg

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=03176944251694837381

Sunday, December 18, 2016

La grande illusion AKA The grand illusion (1937) - classic WWI-themed masterpiece from director Jean Renoir, starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Marcel Dalio and Erich von Stroheim

Rating 8.1/10
Runtime: 113 min
Language: French/German/English/Russian
Country: France
Directed by: Jean Renoir
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028950/

Cast

Jean Gabin ... Le lieutenant Maréchal
Dita Parlo ... Elsa
Pierre Fresnay ... Le captaine de Boeldieu
Erich von Stroheim ... Le captaine von Rauffenstein
Julien Carette ... Cartier - l'acteur
Georges Péclet ... Le serrurier
Werner Florian ... Le sergent Arthur
Jean Dasté ... L'instituteur
Marcel Dalio ... Le lieutenant Rosenthal

Description: During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape...

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_NjFzZzZVd2txUEU

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=06892895243383777166


Video and audio information:

Video : 2.25 GB, 1625 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 660x480 (1.37:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 129
Audio : 203 MB, 250 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = FLAC, VBR


Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Turkish, Greek, Italian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Serbian) posters and screenshots included

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Champion (1949) - film noir-ish sports drama from director Mark Robson, starring Kirk Douglas, Marylin Maxwell, Paul Stewart and Arthur Kennedy

Rating 7.5/10
Runtime: 99 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Mark Robson
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041239/

Cast

Kirk Douglas ... Midge
Marilyn Maxwell ... Grace
Arthur Kennedy ... Connie
Paul Stewart ... Haley
Ruth Roman ... Emma
Lola Albright ... Palmer
Luis Van Rooten ... Harris
Harry Shannon ... Lew
John Daheim ... Dunne
Ralph Sanford ... Hammond

Description: Midge Kelly, hitchhiking west with lame brother Connie, is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he's severely beaten, manager Tommy Haley finds him promising. Arrived in California, Midge and Connie find nothing but a menial job from which Midge gets relief by seducing Emma, a lovely young waitress. One shotgun marriage later, ambitious Midge falls back on the only option he knows: boxing. Seduced by cheering crowds, money, and a succession of blondes, Midge becomes more and more of a hero in public...and a heel in private.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_MUV2RFZXVERRRkU

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=82952218043198659455



Video and audio information:

Video : 1.12 GB, 1625 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 704x480 ~> 704x528 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 136 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, Serbian) posters and screenshots included

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Road house (1948) - lesser known film noir from director Jean Negulesco, starring Ida Lupino, Richard Widmark, Celeste Holm and Cornel Wilde

Rating 7.3/10
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040740/

Cast

Ida Lupino ... Lily Stevens
Cornel Wilde ... Pete Morgan
Celeste Holm ... Susie Smith
Richard Widmark ... Jefferson T. 'Jefty' Robbins
O.Z. Whitehead ... Arthur
Robert Karnes ... Mike
George Beranger ... Lefty
Ian MacDonald ... Police Captain
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge

Description: Jefty, owner of a roadhouse in a backwoods town, hires sultry, tough-talking torch singer Lily Stevens against the advice of his manager Pete Morgan. Jefty is smitten with Lily, who in turn exerts her charms on the more resistant Pete. When Pete finally falls for her and she turns down Jefty's marriage proposal, they must face Jefty's murderous jealousy and his twisted plots to "punish" the two.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_YlhjZ1ZycjdEVDA

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=88748466357584341575


Extra material included:

* "Killer Instincts: Richard Widmark and Ida Lupino at 20th Century Fox" - a 19-minute featurette with input from Eddie Muller, Robert Osborne and Rudy Behlmer among others, with plenty of info on Widmark and his solid reputation (avoiding the Hollywood lifestyle and being friendly to everyone) often opposing his unbalanced onscreen characterizations.


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.32 GB, 1905 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 128/55 MB (main/commentary), 192/80 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2/2 channels, 0x55 = AC3/VORBIS, CBR/VBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Turkish, Serbian) posters and screenshots included


Dual audio track information


This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is commentary by film noir historians Kim Morgan and Eddie Muller. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio => Audio track and switch to main audio track on Track 1, commentary on Track 2)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Romeo and Juliet (1936) - classic drama based on William Shakespeare play from director George Cukor, starring Leslie Howard, Norma Shearer, John Barrymore and Basil Rathbone

Rating 6.7/10
Runtime: 124 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: George Cukor
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028203/

Cast

Norma Shearer ... Juliet - Daughter to Capulet
Leslie Howard ... Romeo - Son to Montague
John Barrymore ... Mercutio - Kinsman to the Prince and Friend to Romeo
Edna May Oliver ... Nurse to Juliet
Basil Rathbone ... Tybalt - Nephew to Lady Capulet
C. Aubrey Smith ... Lord Capulet
Andy Devine ... Peter - Servant to Juliet's Nurse
Conway Tearle ... Escalus - Prince of Verona
Ralph Forbes ... Paris - Young Nobleman Kinsman to the Prince
Henry Kolker ... Friar Laurence
Robert Warwick ... Lord Montague
Virginia Hammond ... Lady Montague - Wife to Montague
Reginald Denny ... Benvolio - Nephew to Montgue and Friend to Romeo
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Lady Capulet - Wife to Capulet

Description: The Montagues and the Capulets, two powerful families of Verona, hate each other. Romeo, son of Montague, crashes a Capulet party, and there meets Juliet, daughter of Capulet. They fall passionately in love. Since their families would disapprove, they marry in secret. Romeo gets in a fight with Tybalt, nephew of Lady Capulet, and kills him. He is banished from Verona. Capulet, not knowing that his daughter is already married, proceeds with his plans to marry Juliet to Paris, a prince. This puts Juliet in quite a spot, so she goes to the sympathetic Friar Laurence, who married her to Romeo. He suggests a daring plan to extricate her from her fix. Tragedy ensues...

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_cU5PSVA1SWxNRmc

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=05400277622584273757


Video and audio information:

Video : 2.39 GB, 2800 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 171 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, Portuguese) posters and screenshots included

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Angel face (1953) - lesser known film noir from director Otto Preminger, starring Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons

Rating 7.3/10
Runtime: 91 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Otto Preminger
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044357/

Cast

Robert Mitchum ... Frank Jessup
Jean Simmons ... Diane Tremayne Jessup
Mona Freeman ... Mary Wilton
Herbert Marshall ... Mr. Charles Tremayne
Leon Ames ... Fred Barrett
Barbara O'Neil ... Mrs. Catherine Tremayne
Kenneth Tobey ... Bill Crompton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Arthur Vance

Description: In California, the ambulance driver Frank Jessup and his partner head to a mansion in Beverly Hills to assist the millionaire Mrs. Catherine Tremayne that was poisoned with gas, but her doctor had already medicated her. When Frank is leaving the house, he meets Catherine's twenty year-old stepdaughter Diane Tremayne that follows him in her Jaguar. After-hours, they go to a restaurant and Frank finds an excuse to his girlfriend Mary Wilton to not visit her and he dates Diane and they go to a night-club. Diane has a crush on Frank and on the next morning, she meets Mary and tells to her what Frank and she did. Frank and Mary are saving money to open a garage since he is an efficient mechanic. Diane convinces Frank to be better paid working as a chauffeur for her family. Soon Frank learns that Diane hates her stepmother and he decides to quit his job. But Diane seduces him and he stay with the Tremayne family. When Mr. and Mrs. Tremayne have a fatal car accident, Diane and Frank become the prime suspect of the police and they go to court charged of murder. Now their only chance is the strategy of the efficient defense attorney Fred Barrett.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_N2tUYkpEbm9Vdm8

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=79254696365989138398


Extra material included:

* One Moment's Inattention – Otto Preminger's "Angel Face" - Tag Gallagher's 26-minutes video-essay from 2005, released as an extra on the Kinowelt DVD edition of Preminger's movie. The inattentive moment from the title refers to Robert Mitchum's falling to the spell of Jean Simmons which will complice him into a story of jealousy and murder. Gallagher's video starts with fast paced provision of the production's context. See the following quotes from the introductory scenes:


Howard Hughes was an excentric billionaire who had bought the RKO-studio in order to date Hollywood acresses. He bought Jean Simmons’ contract from J. Arthur Rank, for whom she had made Hamlet. ›Hughes just wanted to screw her‹, said her husband, Stewart Granger, so Jean Simmons, after a violent quarrel with Hughes, grabbed a pair of scissors and cut her hair to the roots, knowing Hughes despised short hair on women. Only 18 days remained of her contract. Hughes phoned Otto Preminger at 3 o’clock in the morning and drove him around Los Angeles in his battered old Chevrolet begging him to direct Jean Simmons in »Murder Story«, a script Preminger had already rejected as Scheiße. [...] Hughes told Preminger: ›I’m going to get even with that little bitch, you’re the only director I can rely on to complete her role in 18 days. Look, you walk into the studio tomorrow morning like Hitler. It’s yours. [...] All I want to see is the Lady wearing a wig of long, beautiful black hair.«


Video and audio information:

Video : 986 MB, 1500 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 636x480 ~> 716x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 112
Audio : 125 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Greek, Serbian, Czech) posters and screenshots included

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Compulsion (1959) - classic drama from director Richard Fleischer, starring Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman

Rating 7.5/10
Runtime: 103 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052700/

Cast

Orson Welles ... Jonathan Wilk
Diane Varsi ... Ruth Evans
Dean Stockwell ... Judd Steiner
Bradford Dillman ... Arthur A. Straus
E.G. Marshall ... District Attorney Harold Horn
Martin Milner ... Sid Brooks
Richard Anderson ... Max Steiner
Robert F. Simon ... Police Lt. Johnson
Edward Binns ... Tom Daly
Robert Burton ... Charles Straus

Description: In 1924 Chicago, Artie Strauss and Judd Steiner are friends and fellow law students who both come from wealthy backgrounds. They have few true friends as they believe all their contemporaries are intellectually inferior. Within their relationship, Artie is the dominant and Judd the submissive who says he will do whatever Artie tells him. Although Judd acts intellectually arrogant to others, he also shows signs of weakness and reticence most evident to Artie. Part of their goal in life is to experience how it feels to do everything. As such, they plot to commit what they consider the perfect crime - a kidnapping and murder - not only so that they can experience the sense of killing for killing's sake, but also taunt the law with the knowledge of it and their superiority after the fact. They believe their crime is above the law. Their murder of young Paulie Kessler is not so perfect, with evidence at the scene uncovered by one of their law school colleagues, Sid Brooks, who also works for the Globe newspaper. As Artie and Judd try to manipulate their way out of how the evidence may implicate them, their manipulation ultimately backfires and they are charged with the murder. The most famed trial lawyer in town, Jonathan Wilk, is hired to defend the pair despite his atheism being against the families' sensibilities. Jonathan, renowned for his ability to manipulate juries, has to decide how best to defend his clients in the overwhelming face of evidence against them. The testimony of Ruth Evans, Sid's girlfriend, may have some impact on the trial's outcome.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_elpUcXpNRDllUEk

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=30778582799342549524


Extra material included:

* Presentation by Richard Fleischer (in English, with French hardcoded subtitles)
* "One Crime, Two Masters"- A comparison of Hitchcock's Rope and Fleischer's Compulsion (French & English, with French hardcoded subtitles for English parts)
* "Orson Welles, Actor'' with Marc Toullec (in French, without subtitles)
* "Noir according to Fleischer" (French & English, with French hardcoded subtitles for English parts)
* Meyer Levin's novel "Compulsion" (in French, without subtitles)
* Teaser and trailer


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.75 GB, 2432 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 1024x436 (2.35:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 142
Audio : 330 MB, 448 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 6 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English (hearing impaired) closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Greek) posters and screenshots included

Sunday, October 30, 2016

One way passage (1932) - lesser known pre-code romance starring William Powell and Kay Francis

Rating 8.1/10
Runtime: 67 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Tay Garnett
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023305/

Cast

William Powell ... Dan Hardesty
Kay Francis ... Joan Ames
Aline MacMahon ... Betty
Frank McHugh ... Skippy
Warren Hymer ... Steve Burke
Frederick Burton ... The Doctor

Description: Suave Dan Hardesty, a convicted murderer, is apprehended by Steve Burke, a police detective, in Hong Kong and accompanied on the SS Maloa headed for San Francisco. On board, Dan romances Joan Ames, a terminally ill socialite. She is unaware that his ultimate destination is San Quentin. Both realize that their time together is fleeting so they make a pact to meet at a Mexican night club on New Years Eve. When they part in San Francisco they know that the odds are against them...

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_RmhGb1pGQ01HSTA

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=33419548193633766768


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.87 GB, 3968 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 142
Audio : 93 MB, 192 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Subtitles (English, Spanish, French, Turkish, Croatian, Hungarian, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player) posters and screenshots included

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Night nurse (1931) - little known mystery, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable and Joan Blondell

Rating 7.0/10
Runtime: 72 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: William A. Wellman
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022208/

Cast

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lora Hart
Ben Lyon ... Mortie
Joan Blondell ... Maloney
Clark Gable ... Nick
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Maxwell
Charlotte Merriam ... Mrs. Ritchey
Charles Winninger ... Dr. Bell
Edward J. Nugent ... Eagan

Description: Despite being turned down by Miss Dillon, the head nurse, as she doesn't have the necessary qualifications, penniless yet streetwise Lora Hart is able to use her charms on Dr. Arthur Bell, the chief of staff, to obtain a position as a probation nurse at the hospital. She ends up rooming in the nurses' quarters with fellow probation nurse, cynical Miss Maloney, who takes Lora under her wings. They are assigned to the night shift for four weeks, a shift where the criminal element is more likely to come into the emergency ward. It is there that Lora meets a bootlegger named Mortie, who falls for her after she risks her job to help him. In her first post-graduation assignment, Lora is sent into the private care of two children, sisters Desney and Nanny Ritchey, just released from hospital for anemia. Lora is alarmed by the care provided by the attending physician, Dr. Milton Ranger, who seems to be starving the children to death. Lora can't report him without risking her career and while still not saving the children as it's her word against his, a respected doctor. She has to find out what's going on, which seems to have something to do with the children's continually drunk and partying mother, and her chauffeur, Nick. Lora may get some help from someone who knows more about dealing with the criminal element than her.

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Download link (torrent file):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_MG0wc2tDWDNiZ28

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=90582123177033080075


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.54 GB, 3065 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 720x480 ~> 720x540 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 148
Audio : 99/41 MB (main/commentary), 192/80 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 1/2 channel(s), 0x55 = AC3/VORBIS, CBR/VBR

Aslo included extra material:


Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (1:07:56) - 2008 documentary written by Steven Smith and featuring the insights of film historians and cultural critics including Molly Haskell, Camille Paglia and Leonard Maltin, lays out the history of the Motion Picture Production Code in clear, chronological detail, explaining how it came into being and, later, how movies changed when it began to be enforced.

The Code was a set of moral guidelines instituted by the Hays Office, a watchdog group led by the former U.S. postmaster general Will Hays, indicating what kinds of scenes, situations and language were acceptable in films. Its goal was to protect moviegoers from any unwholesome influences that might float down from the screen and do moral harm.

Though the Code wasn't fully enforced until 1934, it had actually been instituted in 1930, as Hollywood's way of responding to anxiety over the way film content had been changing since the advent of talkies. In 1930, the MPPDA, a trade association of movie studios that had been formed in 1922 (and which was later renamed The Motion Picture Association of America, as it's known today), introduced and immediately adopted the Motion Picture Production Code. Hays, the MPPDA's first president, oversaw the drafting of the Code, and although the studios were willing to abide by it - they had, after all, helped forge it - economic pressures in the early years of the Depression led them to virtually ignore its admonitions. Failing box-office figures meant the studios needed to lure audiences into movie theaters, and portraying all manner of dazzling criminal activity and saucy antics among sophisticated city folk was the best way to do that.

Thou Shalt Not explores the films of the early 1930s, using clips and commentary to show what made them so exciting and vital. As of 1930, the MPPDA didn't necessarily have a moral agenda, and outlandish films like Cecil B. DeMille's 1930 Madam Satan carried over plenty of moral decadence from the 1920s: a party scene features male guests wearing feathery codpieces and a girl in a tiny, silvery costume perched on a swing. In Thou Shalt Not, the filmmaker John Landis calls Madam Satan "downright pornographic," and just from what we can see in these clips, he's probably right. Other films were far less cheerful, disturbing to audiences for other reasons - in 1930, with some 5 million people unemployed, cynicism and despair had taken root and that was reflected in the movies, too. In a clip from William Wellman's 1933 "Heroes for Sale", a man down on his luck laments, "It's the end of America." His friend offers a democratic yet cheerless response: "No, maybe it's the end of us, but it's not the end of America."


Subtitles (English (hearing impaired) and French closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Turkish) posters and screenshots included


Dual audio track information


This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is commentary by American film historians and authors Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta, who both specialize in the "Golden Age" of Hollywood. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks (Audio => Audio track and switch to main audio track on Track 1, commentary on Track 2)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The count of Monte Cristo (1934) - classic adventure movie based on Alexandre Dumas novel, starring Robert Donat, Elissa Landi and Louis Calhern

Rating 7.7/10
Runtime: 113 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025004/

Cast

Robert Donat ... Edmond Dantes
Elissa Landi ... Mercedes
Louis Calhern ... De Villefort Jr.
Sidney Blackmer ... Mondego
Raymond Walburn ... Danglars
O.P. Heggie ... Abbe Faria
Irene Hervey ... Valentine
Georgia Caine ... Mme. De Rosas

Description: Edmond Dantes is imprisoned in the Chateau d'If without trial, for carrying a message from Napoleon in exile on Elba. After being told that he died in prison, his fiancé Mercedes is forced to marry his rival Count Mondego. Twenty years later, Dantes escapes with the help of the Abbe Faria, who leaves him the treasure of Monte Cristo. Dantes, now called the Count of Monte Cristo, plans his revenge on the three who framed him.

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzph8sb3Hdu_TGF1TXRGNFNwZlE

http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=02250778723604126615


Video and audio information:

Video : 1.54 GB, 2000 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 678x466 ~> 678x508 (4:3), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 120
Audio : 361 MB, 448 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR


Unfortunately no aubtitles, posters and screenshots included