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Clint Eastwood Westerns / "High Plains Drifter" On AMC Tonight......
« on: April 19, 2003, 06:02:18 AM » 8:00PM and then again at 11:50PM EST. Their programming guide doesn't indicate a widescreen presentation but if you want to give the old DVD player a rest, you can tune in. :)

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Official AMC Press Release Regarding "GBU"
« on: April 18, 2003, 07:59:13 AM »
Here is the official AMC release for the restored showing of GBU on 5/10 8PM - Ltbx, uncut, uninterrupted - for once.


Jericho, NY, April 14, 2003 - AMC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios have teamed to restore Sergio Leone's masterpiece, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, in partnership with Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation. Since its American release in 1966, the movie has become one of the most influential westerns ever made. Shot in Italy then released worldwide with 14 minutes cut, Leone's sprawling epic galvanized Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name" persona, burned Ennio Morricone's iconic theme forever into worldwide culture, and re-imagined the American west as a barren plain where the villains were mean and the heroes were meaner. Up until now, Leone's original three-hour version has only existed in a recently restored Italian-language version not seen outside of Italy. Now, AMC has teamed with MGM and The Film Foundation to create the first ever English-language restoration of Leone's original film, with new voice work from the film's stars, Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach, on seven deleted scenes, plus one which has never been seen by American audiences.

The newly restored film will make its world television premiere on AMC on Saturday, May 10th at 8 PM. The film will be presented uncut, without commercial interruption, in its original wide screen aspect ratio, the way director Sergio Leone intended.

To accompany the special presentation, AMC will showcase an homage to Clint Eastwood: "Make My Saturday: A Clint Eastwood Marathon." A complete schedule of movies and air times is attached.

"Rediscovering Leone's original vision for The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is one of the great rewards of film preservation at AMC," said AMC General Manager Noreen O'Loughlin. "For us, preservation is as much about adventure and discovery as it is about history. We're delighted to team with MGM and The Film Foundation on a project like this, and hope movie people will relish watching this inimitable masterpiece the way it was meant to be seen."

"So many fans have asked us to create an English version of the film that has never before existed," commented John Kirk, Film Archivist at MGM. "With AMC's contribution, along with the support and help of Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and the film's producer, Alberto Grimaldi, we have tried to make our reintegration of the missing scenes and English-language dialogue as true to the Italian version as possible."

AMC commissioned the reconstruction of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, which was done in-house by Mr. Kirk. He oversaw the meticulous re-integration of fourteen minutes of missing footage, totaling seven scenes, cut from the American and subsequent international release of the film. The project also involved dubbing those segments into English and utilizing the voices of surviving main cast members, Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach. Vocal artist Simon Prescott recreated the part of Lee Van Cleef, who passed away in 1989.

MGM, who previously restored the lost ending on such cinematic gems as the noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, Francois Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid and Billy Wilder's The Apartment, began the project four years ago when it was transferring the film to video. AMC subsequently initiated a partnership with the Studio to put together an all-new restored English-language version of Leone's original three-hour cut for a Special Film Preservation Presentation on AMC. MGM then contacted surviving cast members Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach about re-dubbing their lines from the cut sequences and both actors were supportive of the effort. Wallach was recorded in October of 2002, followed by Eastwood in December.

MGM also had to import the elements of the film from Italy, setting its sights on the Italian restoration of Leone's original cut, which was completed in 1999. With the help of the film's producer, Alberto Grimaldi, the Studio was able to secure the negative from Italy's Cineteca Nazionale to be used in the American restoration. The restoration consisted primarily of sound work-- remixing stereo sound from the original mono recording-- which MGM completed locally at Intersound in West Hollywood-- and putting together a print at Triage Picture Lab in Hollywood. The Studio utilized American voice actors to accompany Eastwood and Wallach's tracks for the seven cut scenes that had never before been presented in English.

Though MGM had released the film on DVD with most of the missing scenes included in the special features (in Italian, with English subtitles), this restored version represents the first time these scenes will be seen re-integrated into the film in English. A missing scene, not included on the DVD, explains how Eli Wallach's character ("Tuco") enlists the two banditos that help him hunt down Clint Eastwood's character (whom Tuco dubs "Blondie.")

AMC will premiere The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as a Special Film Preservation Presentation. Since 1993, AMC has partnered with The Film Foundation to help educate viewers about the need to guard the nation's endangered film heritage, while raising funds for the archives whose vital work saves hundreds of thousands of films each year. AMC has raised over $2 million for The Film Foundation, which funds seven member archives across the country including: the Academy Film Archive, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, and UCLA Film and Television Archive, as well as the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute, and the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Set during the raging chaos of the Civil War, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly stars Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef as three gunfighters with their eyes set on $200,000 worth of hidden gold. Though they work together and apart, it's every man for himself as the three desperadoes undergo an odyssey through the violent Wild West toward their final fates.

I for one am VERY pleased! Shocked about the WS presentation, but very pleased! :)

Clint Eastwood Westerns / How Are The Following Eastwood DVD's......
« on: April 07, 2003, 03:30:03 PM » terms of overall quality, audio, video, aspect ratios, extra features, etc...

High Plains Drifter
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Pale Rider

Thanks! :)

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Rank The Eastwood Westerns You Have Seen
« on: April 06, 2003, 06:30:23 AM »
What are everyone's favorite Eastwood Westerns ranked in order of preference? I guess my picks would go something like this:

For A Few Dollars More
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Pale Rider
High Plains Drifter
Fistful Of Dollars
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Hang "Em High
Joe Kidd
Two Mules For Sister Sara

Questions & Answers / Probably A Silly Question, But......
« on: April 04, 2003, 07:36:06 PM »
......does Clint ever stop by here just to maybe browse the board and see what fans are thinking or saying? Maybe to get a "pulse" on what ideas or thoughts are on fans minds? I only ask this really because I know for a fact that the excellent Italian-horror Director, Dario Argento, stops by the message forum at DarkDreams every now and then. DarkDreams of course being a site devoted to Mr. Argento just as this one is devoted to Eastwood. Just curious....again! :)

Clint Eastwood Westerns / Euro-Westerns
« on: April 02, 2003, 10:09:15 PM »
Would this be the proper forum to discuss Euro-Westerns in general whether they had anything to do with Clint or not? Thanks!

Hi everyone, I'm new here and just wanted to say that this site is wonderful and that I really enjoy it. I have a pretty simple question and I do apologize if it's been discussed before.

Was Sergio Garrone's 1969 film, "Django The Bastard" the inspiration for Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter"? Some sources, such as Images Journal, state that "Drifter" is an outright remake of the Garrone film. Also, has Clint ever discussed "Django The Bastard" in any "Drifter" related conversation if this is indeed a fact? Thanks so much! :)

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