Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Host Robert Osborne agreed that it was a great film and went on about how little known a film it is.
If you don't recognize the image in the banner at the top of the page, that is from LOCAL HERO. It has long been one of my favorite films. The film is about a Texas oil man (Peter Reigert) sent to Scotland to buy up the coast for an oil refinery. Instead, he falls in love with the town and all of its quirky inhabitants. Burt Lancaster plays the head of the oil company who is more interested in astronomy than the deal.
I hadn't seen it in a while, but tuned in last night. I had intended to just see how the transfer was on the HD version of TCM and then flip over to PARENTHOOD.
Two hours later, I sat through the whole film again.
I've said many times that this is one of my favorite films and this viewing confirmed that. It is easily in my top five of all time. I never grow tired of this film. I could watch it again this afternoon (and there are many great films that I refuse to watch even a second time).
If you haven't seen it, if it is a little known film to you, PLEASE rent it from Netflix.
Sadly, it appears the DVD from Warner Home Video is out of print. Used copies are going for over $30 as I write this. I guess a lot of people saw it last night as the price keeps rising every time I check. I would love to see a Blu-ray release. With the photography of the Scottish coastline and the Mark Knopfler score, this is a gorgeous film.