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General Discussion / Re:Which movie would you see?
« on: September 02, 2003, 12:15:51 PM »
My guess that maybe "Josey" or "Eagles" might work to see.  And maybe "Firefox" , for the most part it would be like watching a great Letterbox version.  

The best places to see films are in theatres. That they were intended for large single screen houses of the day.  I work in the film industry, so I get directors, producers and editors that tell me about how bad their films look on that type of screen.  

So in the newspaper ads that state special IMAX print of a regular movie.  All it is, is the Lab printed it lighter.   Its the same thing the labs do for Drive-In prints.

General Discussion / Re:Which movie would you see?
« on: September 02, 2003, 10:00:34 AM »
To see a regular  35mm film on an IMAX screen is the worst place to see the movie.  People think they are getting more picture because on that large screen and sound system.  But you are not getting anything more.  The newspapers and theatre company advertise on the IMAX screen. The only films that look outstanding on an IMAX screen are only IMAX Films.  Its like watching an 8mm (home movie) on a regular move theatre screen. The image area on an IMAX frame is about 3" x 2" (15pref) and a regular 35mm frame is 1/2" x 3/4" (4 pref)
.  A few of the studios have released a few films in the IMAX format (Matrix, Beauty & the Beast, Apollo 13, Star Wars Eps 1 & 2). Those films had their negs, blown up and were re-edited for the IMAX format.  
You are Never going to get a regular 35mm picture to look like the IMAX Experience.  A regular 35mm film is never going to use all the IMAX screen.

If you are talking IMAX then stick to a film shot on big neg, such as Where Eagles Dare, Kelly's Heroes or.........Paint Your Wagon

Now we are talking

All three of those films were shot in regular Panavision Scope format.  They were never shot in big neg format.
They were blown up to 70MM format for the cinema.

The Dirty Harry Films / Re:Harry's Badge?
« on: August 26, 2003, 05:33:41 PM »
It was a prop badge. They made many of them over the years for the Harry films. I have one of them, that I got during filming of the "Dead Pool".  And during a special ad photo shoot I had the ID wallet and the Magnum in the office for a day.

Eastwood News / Re:Seven new Clint DVDs on Sept. 2
« on: August 25, 2003, 08:12:50 AM »
The list price in the US for each title will be $19.99.  It will be at most stores on sale at $14.99 for at least the first 8-10 months. Before going any lower in price from Warner.  ;)

Eastwood News / Re:Where extras dare ..... Not !!!
« on: August 24, 2003, 01:07:31 PM »

"Tightrope" looked good, it only has a trailer and the Warner Eastwood highlights crew page  >:(    .

Eastwood News / Re:Seven new Clint DVDs on Sept. 2
« on: August 22, 2003, 12:21:08 PM »
Just got in the a few of the new Eastwood Collection releases on DVD from a friend over at Warner. He sent me "Where Eagles Dare", "Tightrope" and "City Heat".


Questions & Answers / Re:Clint Eastwood/John Wayne
« on: August 22, 2003, 12:12:50 PM »

 Movie reminds me of a cross between Steve Mc Queen's Bullet and Clint's Dirty Harry.

Thats what it reminded me too of those two films

Think it was an Uzi he used.

Eastwood News / Re:Where extras dare ..... Not !!!
« on: August 22, 2003, 12:03:51 PM »
Just got back from lunch.  A courier dropped a package to my office with a DVD copy of "Where Eagle's Dare" from my friend over at Warner.  Yes, it has the making of featurette "On Location: Where Eagles Dare" and the the standard Cast and Crew list and a trailer. It looks great in its original widescreen format and 5.1 sound .
I'm looking at it on our DLP projection system in the office.   ;D

Also got with that "Tightrope" and "City Heat"

Questions & Answers / Re:Clint Eastwood/John Wayne
« on: August 20, 2003, 12:07:02 PM »
Eastwood was willing to take chances with his charactors & Wayne was not.

In Wayne's later days in the movies, he tried to go with the flow of movie making at the time. In the mid 70's, he tried a Dirty Harry type of cop. In the films "McQ" (1974) and "Brannigan" (1975).  Then he did two more Westerns before passing away.  During the mid 70's  the Western was just about die at the box office. Only a few stars could pulloff this type of film and make some money.  As the times changed police type action pictures was were the money was at.  At  that time Wayne was in his mid 60's in age.  And to try to make a film about a maverick, rule breaking cop, in the Dirty Harry tradition. Was quite a change in his charactor for him and his fans.  Ok, "Mc Q" did not leave the world asking for more. He followed that one up with "Brannigan".  "Brannigan" was a better film but at the age of 67.  There is not many roles left to play other than grandfathers. Eastwood has handled his career very well. He changed as did the industry and the movie going public. I'm both a fan of Eastwood and Wayne films.  One thing you have to look at is the times they worked in this industry. Wayne was from the 30's to 1979. And Eastwood from the mid 50's to now. This industry and the world has changed so much in that time frame.  Both actors put out good to great films during their eras.  The last few films Clint has put out have been  good, I have enjoyed them and have gone to the theatre to see them.  Not waited till they came to video or cable to see them.  

Hi Philo

No it was not requested by that age group. It was requested by many different age groups that just wanted that title released. When MGM owned that title, it was a very big catalog title for them on video. Since the time of it's release in 1980 MGM has had many problems like being sold to Turner, then him selling the studio again, It become Pathe, then being sold again back to Kurt Kerkorian. So film and video right got all screwed up.  So there has been many things to sort out on material.  You have to be over here to see how NBC markets the new FAME series.  All the networks have a American Idol type show or talent type show. Okay, most of the people that watch that kind of stuff, weren't born when FAME came out.  Warner owns this title now, just wants to try to CASH in on it.  This is the way it all started in a way.  See MGM just released "The Sure Thing" Special Edition and "Valley Girl" Special Edition. They also released or dumped other teen type titles to cash in on those two releases.

So Warner was just trying to CASH in on the Talent type shows.

Yes, there is more to it than just looking for material.

Yes, it is more Cost Effective to do it right the first time.

But these two films are for two different markets.  "Where Eagles Dare" is a much better film IMHO.  Let me address some of the "Fame" thing.
"Fame" was one of the most requested film titles to be released on DVD.  One problem is with TV shows like "American Idol" and other type shows in the US. "Fame" fits in nicely, because NBC has a new "Fame"/"American Idol" type show now on the air. Warner gave "Fame" the extra Special Edition treatment, because of those types of shows.  And that they will sell a lot of those DVD's, because of the TEEN MARKET.  Look at the movies they make and market now, its mostly for the TEEN MARKET.  With all that "American Idol" types shows on all the networks here in the US.  A film that deals with young teens going to New York for a ARTS High School. Makes it a nice property for the network/studios for other said type shows and movies.  So this could be a reason for why Warner gave it a Special Edition.  I just got in from Warner the new 2 disc Special Edition of "Casablanca".
It looks great and has some very nice features.  This is the third edition on DVD of this title. One from MGM and two from Warner. If you look back on how Disney releases their classic titles, every reissue you have a new version of the title. We but the new version because now it has new features. They call it classic edition, then Golden Edition, then Limited Edition and finally Limited Golden Director's Edition.  Fox just started something new with the third editions of "Planet of the Apes" (remake) and "Castaway". They first released it in a two disc Special Edition. They 8-10 months later, they released a single disc edition. Well they just released a new two disc Special Edition with a new packaging style.  Look at MCA with the resent reissues of "Joe Kidd", "Eiger Sanction", "Beguiled" and "High Plains Drifter". They lower the price and changed the cover artwork. But it the same OLD Edition that was in release.  If you go back to the Laser Disc days at Warner Home Video. They did the same stuff in that format.  They would upgrade the editions add a few things to it.  Re-released the title featuring banners like All New Remaster in Digital Sound.  With newer TV and decks, people bought the newer versions. So they would do this on titles that they could get people to upgrade their editions every few years.  MGM will do this with the "Name with No Name" series when they release the new DVD of "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" Special Edition.  You can buy all three of those titles on DVD at dirt cheap prices now.  So when the new box set gets released, we are going to buy that one too.  Columbia is upgrading some of their titles with that Super-Bit Editions. Today Columbia, Universal, Warner Paramount are a few of the studios that have repriced, repackaged or just plain released their Clint Eastwood titles.  Resently MGM release two films called "White Lighting" and "Gator",  both films were released in the standard (Pan/Scan version). "WL" was a 1:85 ratio picture and "G" was a 2:39 ratio picture.  It would be more cost effective to do it right the first time.  Those two titles are not important titles, but they released a title called "The Last American Virgin" with a dual Widescreen and Pan/Scan versions.

The studios just want you to KEEP ON BUYING.

General Discussion / Re:UK DVDs
« on: July 30, 2003, 11:38:43 AM »

As for the USA DVD's of Clint's movies.  They are all the same theatrical releases that was shown in the theatres.  The only things that may have changed is the sound format. Warner has remixed some of there titles to play as stereo or in the 5.1 format.

Remember Warner knows what its doing, in regard to Special Editions.  Does the word Double Dipping ring a bell.  MGM is going to do it to the "Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More" and the new restored "Good, the Bad and the Ugly".  They did it with the Bonds. Warner has done it with "Dirty Harry", "Casablanca", "Singin' in the Rain"....
Every few years Warner updates editions.  Look at "Outlaw Josey Wales" , three editions.  The first one had a lot of trailers. The second one dropped those trailers. The third edition added the features that the VHS tape had one year earlier. As in an earlier post, the material is there but it cost money to find and correct old video format to today standards.  Having been on the Warner lot during the 80's.  A lot of the video material was shot on 3/4 inch tapes or 16mm formats.

I wonder what Universal is going to use for "Coogan's Bluff" and "Breezy" when they get released?

Universal / MCA is at it again on changing cover art when they re-release DVD's.  Universal has just changed the cover art for "High Plains Drifter" and "The Beguiled".  Both disc are now lower priced.

Doesn't  Bravo run their movies cut  or slightly edited?
TCM is running a day of Clint in  August.

Here is some of TCM's schedule:

July 4th  "Kelly's Heroes"   LBX  @ 1pm

July 7th  "Paint Your Wagon"  LBX  @ 10pm

July 16th "First Traveling Saleslady"  @  6pm

July 23rd "Fistful of Dollars, A"  LBX  @11:30pm

Aug 2nd "Hang' Em High"  Mat  @7:30am

Aug 2nd "Fistful of Dollars, A" LBX @9:30am

Aug 2nd "For a Few Dollars More" LBX @11:30am

Aug 2nd "Good, The Bad & the Ugly"LBX@2:45pm

Aug 2nd "Kellys Heroes"  LBX @5:30pm

Aug 2nd "Where Eagles Dare"  LBX @8pm

Aug 2nd "Escape from Alcatraz" Mat @ 11pm

Aug 3rd "Outlaw Josey Wales" LBX @1am

Aug 3rd "In the Line of Fire" LBX @3:30am

Sept 1st "Hang' Em High" Mat @6pm

Sept 28th "Good, the Bad & the Ugly" LBX @3pm

I know Harry liked them later.  But that was just a little play on words from the first "Dirty Harry".  When Chico asks Frank DiGiorgio, what kinds of people Harry likes.
In the movie they use words that are not proper on this forum and in everyday use.  Thats why my post is worded like that.  ;)

I hated them all, because Harry hated them.  Remember Harry has no favorites. That's why they call him Dirty Harry.  ;)

But if I had to pick one , I would pick Chico.

Eastwood News / Re:Escape from Alcatraz
« on: June 04, 2003, 07:57:16 AM »
"Escape from Alcatraz" does deserve a better edition.  I would love to see a better edition myself. But unless Clint steps up to the plate, to ask for a new edition to honor his friends great work.  At that time Paramount and other studios only made small 6-12 minute featurettes on the making of some of their pictures.  Don Siegel was an important film maker not because he made "Dirty Harry". His films were real not the fake stuff Hollywood passes off now.  At some of the studios some of the people that run these departments treat film as a product/catalog item. They have to repect and love film. I see the people at Fox and Warner and MGM, doing their best to get good editions to the public.  OK MGM keeps releasing a upgraded edition every few years to get us to buy the better edition.  But with Fox and their newer catalog and studio editions. They have dug deep to get trailers in different versions, newsreel footage of film openings, cross pluged other films in that series.  So there are fine people doing very good work, but I think Paramount needs to wakeup. And treat some of their films with repect and not count every dollar.  "Escape from Alcatraz" did a very repectful $36,500,000 for it days in the cinemas.

 ;) ;) So if there are any Paramount lurkers out there on this site.  Hint Hint   ;) ;)

General Discussion / Re:Walk Of Fame
« on: June 03, 2003, 05:52:36 PM »
Maybe you should ask Warner Bros. , as to why Clint has not gotten a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.  
If you read the info on that site. It states that it can take up to five years from when  the star is awarded a star  on the Walk of Fame to schedule a date.  Remember the Walk of Fame has different types of stars.
(Movies, TV, Stage, Music) Maybe the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has awarded Clint a star and he has not scheduled the date. (The site only shows one more person getting a star right now.) They only put the banner up about a month before the date, because dates can change.  The end of May, Harrison Ford got his star. But that was to go together with his new upcoming film "Hollywood Homicide" from Columbia Pictures. (Guess who paid for the star) ;) My ex-boss
got his star last year for a film he was in and Focus Features/Universal paid the fee.
So maybe sometime this Sept. when "Mystic River" comes out.

All of you should just keep on banging on Warner's Bros. door as to why he does not have a star.
Warner has deeeeeeep pockets.   ;) ;) ;) ;)

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