Roots Of Heaven Blu Ray Question

22 May

I just ordered ‘The Man From Laramie’ from Screen Archives that puts out limited editions of films on Blu Ray that look great. Usually they sell out quickly but TROH is still available and I was wondering is it worth 30 dollars to get a pristine version of the film and if anyone here has purchased it yet?

— twinarchers


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  1. Robert

    May 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I have it, twin. It’s a beautiful transfer and well worth the price (though no digital format can surpass the beauty and clarity of film, a gorgeous 35mm print of the film being what I just saw screened in Hollywood last week). Keep in mind that it may not play on select Blu-ray players that are encoded not to play all-region discs. LG is one of those brands and I understand there may be others.

    • twinarchers

      May 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      You just saw that film in a theatre?

      • Robert

        May 23, 2014 at 6:52 pm

        Yes, I did, twin, and mentioned it earlier on the blog. I see as many classic films on the big screen as I can, and have, as a personal passion, for over forty years. It began in Philadelphia and New York, and continued when I moved to Los Angeles, a place where several theaters regularly screen classics. So far, I’ve seen fifteen Flynn films on the big screen, some several times–“The Adventures of Robin Hood” fully twenty-seven times! Perhaps “passion” is an understatement.

  2. twinarchers

    May 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I have purchased from them before and it played on my Panasonic. Thanks for the feedback, I was beginning to wonder just how rabid a fan base we have here. I am really into it and have been since the 70’s since my mother let me purchase MWWW from the bookstore. I remember her looking it over quickly to make sure I wasn’t going to read anything too nasty. I think I was in early highschool years but thats all I remember about it. This was the version I had until the glue failed and it was totally coming apart.

    • Robert

      May 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I think our fan base extends from the casual to the rabid, twin, with some interested in the Flynn basics, while others in minutiae and the arcane. I’m not sure if I’m in the rabid category (too many other of my passions limit any singular focus on Flynn), but if I am rabid, I empathize with my friends: the rabid make me want to move to the other side of the bus!

      Btw, since you are a (rabid?) fan, you might want to get yourself a copy of the first edition of MWWW (only in hardcover), relatively easy to find on eBay and usually at a reasonable price. It is the only unexpurgated version of the book, the subsequent printings heavily edited because of lawsuits aimed at the publisher from various persons mentioned in the book.

      • Gentleman Tim

        May 24, 2014 at 5:45 am

        “Rabid”, of course. Robert, can convey extremely negative and derogatory connotations. I suggest that “devoted” is a better and more accurate word. I know of no rabid auhors on this site (unless you’re talking about Jessica Rabid.) And I’m sure they all have many interests &
        passions other than Errol. Indeed, one of the great things that attracts people to admire Errol is the fact that he had so many different interests & passions. So, there’s no reason for you to “run to the other side of the bus” on this site.

        • errolsfan1130

          May 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

          Tim, I echoed your saying. Since I am a newcomer here, I dared not to be as frank as I would like. You said what I actually would have wanted to say. I felt rabid has negative connotation. I would never characterize myself as a rabid fan, but a loyal and dedicated fan maybe. Also, I will gladly stay at this side of the bus. Beyond this, I also have passion for other things.

          • Robert

            May 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

            You overlooked my admission that I, myself, might be a rabid fan, errolsfan. It may well be that I am and if so I’ll have to deal with it (please see another admission of mine above: “perhaps ‘passion’ is an understatement”). “Loyal and dedicated,” as you describe yourself, is certainly another position somewhere along the continuum from casual to rabid, but rabid is just as real a fan position, whether we like its negative connotation or not. Whatever the case, by all means be frank when you feel the need–no need to tiptoe around on my account.

            • errolsfan1130

              May 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

              Ok, let me be frank–I am as “rabid” as many of Errol’s loyal fans. I am fond of him, love him, admire him, cry for him (his tragedy) wishing his life had ended differently, and above all very loyal to him. What being loyal means? Being loyal means you take care of someone’s well-being unconditionally. Since Errol is no longer around, “well-being” means his legacy and his reputation.

          • Gentleman Tim

            May 25, 2014 at 2:08 am

            Loyal & dedicated you are, errolsfan. Rabid you are not. Certainly in a literal sense rabid implies one who has lost control of their mind and is a very irrational, aggressive & violent danger to others. Unless perhaps Bruce Cabot showed up, I doubt that would ever be the case with anyone on the EFB. Just so we can all be on the alert for such perilous threats, though, here’s some signs to look for:

            Rabies on the Rise:…


            • errolsfan1130

              May 25, 2014 at 3:51 am

              Tim, Thank you for defending me. You will realize I have a sense of humor. I really just tried to make fun of myself. Also since Robert admitted he is some sort of “rabid” fan, I just thought it was not a bad idea to be one of the “us.”

              Any way “rabid” or not, we are dedicated and loyal fans. And I have a lot of fun to be around kindred spirit.

    • errolsfan1130

      May 24, 2014 at 1:07 am

      I am a diehard fan too. I love his autobiography. Read lately. Even though people say it is not factual, I think his voice and spirit come across very real. I must say I admire him. and feel bad for how his life ended. He is underrated as an actor and as a person. I really think he deserves to be remembered.