Essential TV

At the beach last week, Mrs. E. and I remembered to pack along a few DvD’s to appease our addiction to the nightly dinner and a movie that is our habit here at the Manse. (We don’t watch television as the commercials are maddening in this day and age of video on demand.) What I failed to take into account was our (well, my) preference for Blue Ray titles. All beach houses these days are equipped with a DvD player. None of them with a Blue Ray.

By the last night, we were out of options and rain prevented us (as it had for most of the week) from sitting quietly on the porch. Until we stumbled across Turner Classic Movies Presents: The Essentials. Deborah Kerr, Cary Grant, “An Affair to Remember” complete, uncut and commercial free, hosted by Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin.

I’ve not been much of one for “weepies,” happily, this didn’t qualify as one. At least in my book. At least not like “Gunga Din,” “We Were Soldiers Once,” or “Black Hawk Down” which always raise a lump in my throat.

The Essentials runs each Saturday night at 8 pm and won’t compete with “Mad Men” on AMC (which we watch a season at a time on DVD.) So if you’re stuck out of town, you don’t have to do without a dose of classic film, classic style and classic inspiration. Kudos to TCM for recognizing a need and giving us access to the classics where ever there is cable.

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