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This is a shot in the dark, but does anyone own the Hitchcock blu-ray box set? I think that seeing Psycho and Birds when I was pretty young traumatized me (lol), and subconsciously I've avoided Hitchcock films since. Just kidding. I actually had NO idea his catalog was this massive. This week I saw Vertigo, Rear Window, and Lifeboat for the first time, and it's really been a lot of fun. I'm fascinated by how great these older films look once restored and cleaned up, and then transferred to blu. Apparently they even remastered and re-mixed the audio on some of these films and included a lossless track. Some of these things look so incredible that it's like being transported decades back in time. I'm taking a particular interest in the 1950s. If anyone has any suggestions for great films from that decade (other decades are welcome also, just have a particular interest in the 50s at the moment), pleaes drop them on me.
Your feelings match mine, almost exactly. Cleaned up older movies on bluray or 4k can look simply stunning on a good 4K projector. You are exactly right, it's like having a time machine. Or at least a window back in time. Check here for some of the movies I've gone back and "discovered" for the first time:http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=147879.0And there are also some individual reviews (mostly visual essays) on some of the ones that really connected with me, if you search on the word "haiku" in the Cinema forum here on AC.
The Night of the Hunter 1955 with Robert Mitchum is creepy good (Scorsese did a remake of this: Cape Fear, but original is far better).
A list of 1950's films would not be complete without all the inspired, funny, wonderful and scary horror films of that era.My favorites include:The Fall of the House of Usher (1950)The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)Scared Stiff (1953)The War of the Worlds (1953)Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)House of Wax (1953)Them! (1954)Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954)Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)Rodan (1956)Forbidden Planet (1956)The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)Bell Book and Candle (1958)The Fly (1958)The Blob (1958)A Bucket of Blood (1959)Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) called the worst movie ever madeHouse on Haunted Hill (1959)The Tingler (1959)The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)The Mummy (1959)Watch them all with your favorite 10 year old. I was 10 when The Fly came out and my brother and I watched it for the first time a couple of years later when it was broadcast on Saturday night's Shock Theater. There is a scene where the fly hides then attacks a person from behind a door. After the movie I hid behind our bedroom door with the light off and waited for my younger brother. He must have jumped a foot high when I attacked. I really got in trouble for that stunt but it was worth it. 60 years later he probably still checks behind doors before entering a room.
I think you're thinking of the original Cape Fear, which also starred Mitchum (in the DeNiro role).
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