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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous!
Such an incredibly touching film, especially as it wraps up!...I am glad Eureka / Masters Of Cinema have covered this to the best of their abilities! Technically flawless, I highly recommend both the film and this blu-ray release!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I love this film. But the Blu-Ray was dissapointing
Five stars for the movie, but three because of the video quality. I m a fan of Masters Of Cinema and they have produced great editions of some of my favourite films. But I must be honest the encoding of Tarnished Angels has some serious and annoying issues. The grain in the background in scenes is poorly resolved. I don t known exactly how to describe this phenomenon. But...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous!, 8 Dec. 2013
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Such an incredibly touching film, especially as it wraps up!...I am glad Eureka / Masters Of Cinema have covered this to the best of their abilities! Technically flawless, I highly recommend both the film and this blu-ray release!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Those seeking a normal, sensible, secure life need not apply., 12 April 2015
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An emotional steam cooker without let let up. Stack, Malone and Jack Carson are fit to bust from moment to moment intensity. I'm emotionally exhausted each time I watch them because their intensity is always full throttle and contagious. There's no place for anyone to hide!

After Roger's air crash death, Jiggs absents himself from the commemoration party and chooses to sit all by himself, well removed from the others. He can't imagine himself in a normal, flaccid, routine life. He can't imagine adjusting to normality. "Where the hell are you Roger?" to no one at all. [In desperation he repeats: Where the hell are you???"]. Without Roger's mania to hold them together, listlessness is set to drown the remaining team in futility. Though it's rather muted in the film, the time is 1924 and combat ace Roger Schumann who shot down nine German fighters needs to reinvoke the dangers of WW1 air combat in the skies of France. He needs the threat of death to find a justification for living. Thus his desperare addiction to barnstorming. Malone and Carson are swept up in his deadly mania and live at his compulsive, fevered pitch, too.

In the final scene, Hudson holds forth poetically on Stack trying to leave the clutches of a safe, boring life and challenge daily death instead.

The prize money, as Malone, says is "bird seed". And as the WW1 pilot hero observes, "We've slept in the best hotels and worst hangers, so don't go feeling sorry for us." These are desperate people, otherwise normal, who build their lives around seeking out brushes with death and think of nothing else. An odd, precious gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 5 Jan. 2015
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A little slow in parts but a good film.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love this film. But the Blu-Ray was dissapointing, 12 Nov. 2013
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Five stars for the movie, but three because of the video quality. I m a fan of Masters Of Cinema and they have produced great editions of some of my favourite films. But I must be honest the encoding of Tarnished Angels has some serious and annoying issues. The grain in the background in scenes is poorly resolved. I don t known exactly how to describe this phenomenon. But it flattens out, loosing texture and starts to form distinct bands looking highly unnatural and digitized. The image is sharp and the contrast is otherwise great, but this other issue is unforgivable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery and in good condition, 14 Dec. 2013
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Prompt delivery and in good condition, which after all are the main requirements of a customer. Great film too. Happy. Great to see the older films being restored. MOC is great.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More varnished than tarnished.., 1 July 2010
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The only novel by William Faulkner I ever read was The Sound and the Fury many decades ago (probably because Fox had just made a movie of it). I had a hard time getting into it because the opening segment was - literally - 'a tale told by an idiot' signifying nothing, to quote the Bard, or so it seemed at first. I wondered whether I'd gone crazy or the writer had. But I persisted and things became clearer though his tale of a degenerate family of Southern aristocrats was murky enough in itself. Fox applied the streamlined Jerry Wald treatment (THE LONG HOT SUMMER, PEYTON PLACE), opening the piece out for popular wide-screen consumption, making the relationships more respectable and offering Yul Brynner with hair as the businesslike stepson who sorts the family out and provides a happy ending. A similar process is certainly at work with this Universal picture. I haven't read the novel Pylon on which it's based but have gleaned sufficient of it from a book on Faulkner to recognise the compromises. It reunites the director and stars from WRITTEN ON THE WIND, that glossily-successful study of family angst among the well-heeled and sets them down in New Orleans during the Depression. The Shumanns are flying-daredevils in an air-circus, husband Roger's the racing-pilot(Robert Stack), wife LaVerne's the trick-parachutist(Dorothy Malone), best friend Jiggs(Jack Carson)is the devoted mechanic and small son Jack's not sure who his father is and gets teased about it. Into this menage rolls Burke Devlin (Rock Hudson), an alcoholic newspaperman and disillusioned idealist, a rather naive character who becomes fixated on the Shumanns and their situation and is romantically drawn to LaVerne. He puts them up in his hotel-room and discovers that he and LaVerne share a love of literature, symbolic for her of a 'lost innocence' in the Mid-West. He also learns (and we see in a flashback) that Roger and Jiggs had rolled dice to decide which of them would marry her when she'd announced her pregnancy. Roger's a tensed-up guy who only seems secure inside a plane and after surviving a wreck he insists that his wife prostitute herself with promoter Matt Ord (Robert Middleton) to secure a replacement. Devlin becomes her knight in shining armour, intervening himself to make a deal with Ord though the plane is unsafe. Jiggs works on it overnight but the next day it disintegrates in mid-air and Roger crashes it into a lake and is killed. The scene is effectively intercut with young Jack also 'trapped' in a circus roundabout yelling to be released so he can go to his father. LaVerne now left to bring up her son alone turns to Matt Ord to secure his future but Devlin once again saves her from a fate worse than death, putting mother and child on a passenger-plane back home and giving LaVerne a copy of their favourite book, intimating he'd like it returned personally some day.
The intriguing undercurrents to the story prove disappointingly shallow in the film. The who's-the-father strand is not ambiguous as it might appear, the script makes it all too clear in the end that Roger was the only man she slept with and that Jiggs allowed the rumours to circulate to satisfy his vanity. Before Roger's fatal nosedive he declares his undying love for her which he's never done before and which his attitude and actions might have appeared to contradict. Things are more unsavoury in Faulkner's novel. The parachutist is another male, also called Jack, with whom the Schumanns share a menage-a-trois. After Roger's death the adult Jack and LaVerne (now pregnant by him) go off together dumping little Jack with Roger's parents. The reporter, after writing a bitterly ironic eulogy, goes out and gets drunk. In the movie the worst never happens apart from Roger's death which the script converts into a noble tragedy as does Devlin's eulogy. Conventional morality dominates, sweetness and light shine forth. But if you accept it on its own terms as romantic melodrama it's solidly watchable. The glistening b/w photography and the use of Cinemascope suit the setting and the story-elements, milked-down though they be. Sirk's staging is striking and the performances hold the interest, particularly that of Hudson who's rather unusually cast. There's a precision to the whole thing that pleases.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly too nostalgic and simple cliches, 2 Nov. 2010
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This black and white film is surprising. The action takes place in the early 1930s, prohibition still going on, but even so the film is strangely nostalgic of a time that has fully disappeared at the time the film was made. What makes Douglas Sirk so nostalgic about that past he was so fascinated by? Of course it is planes, and flying, and doing all kinds of silly things with these flying machines to dare the devil and to challenge death as if it were possible to challenge that devilish reaper. The second thing that attracts Sirk is the hero this pilot is, a war hero who has reformed himself and retrained himself into being a pilot for fun, a pilot to entertain crowds by taking risks and flying them in mid air, till one day the plane breaks down and the choice is between a simple crash on the funfair next door and a crash into the sea. That's the kind if choice that only dying people, people doomed to die can face and a hero is the one ... but you know the answer to that, and rare are those who can do the right thing at such a moment. The third thing that attracts Sirk is the little boy who follows his father the daredevil that flies planes for the fun of others and his mother, the flying acrobat in the air with no net, no string to catch her, just her know how and courage to do what is to be done not to crash on the ground when she loses - on purpose of course - her parachute. The next thing that attracts Sirk is that immeasurable love between these two persons and the devotion a third person, an outsider, a man from the side feels and makes him play the gallant man not to break that couple but to serve the woman in that final drama of hers and to help the child cope with death and death and death again. A beautiful film with the end of a woman who finds the proper footing she needs to be up to raising her son in a treacherous world but in the memory of his father the flying hero.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Paris 8 Saint Denis, University Paris 12 Créteil, CEGID
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Cast., 11 Oct. 2013
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Wow!
What A Prize Cast, For Anyone Who Has Seen Wriiten On The Wind, You Must See This Follow Up.
Douglas Sirk.......Well What Can I Say A Great Director Of Film, Who Gets Into the Minds Of His Fellow
Subjects & Lets The Audience Have It.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie., 22 Feb. 2013
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I bought this for the aviation footage, not a bad movie but a bit cynical. Having read the book, I can understand that.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tarnished by time, 24 Oct. 2014
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The film reflects too much the time in which it was made. Some films from that era are universal in the sense that they can bee seen with great pleasure today. Others may not appear so interesting in 2014. "The Tarnished Angels" is in my opinion one of these.
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