Any "Midnight Cowboy" 16x9 remaster???

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  1. Dave Mack

    Dave Mack Producer

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    I mean, "C'mon!!!"
    This is a CLASSIC! Even the VHS had a documentary!
    Old DVD... NADA!!!!!!
    Any word...?
    [​IMG] D
    Ooooooh, hey! How about a 16x9 "Taking of Pelham 123"...?
     
  2. Mitchell Kaufman

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    Better yet: the Criterion LD with that great John Schlesinger commentary.

    MGM has never come up with a transfer of this movie in any medium as good as this one.

    MK
     
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    This is only my conjecture on the subject, I assume this would be a prime candidate for a Special Edition from MGM.
    They're going back and redoing alot of their 'bare bones' discs (I.E. Raging Bull and Fargo). And they have already redone quite a few titles... nothing is coming to mind right now, but it's early on a Sunday morning. [​IMG]
     
  4. Deepak Shenoy

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    Yes, MGM needs to redo this one along with 'The Graduate'. Both need new anamorphic transfers.
     
  5. Paul D Young

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    Deepak,

    Funny that you also mentioned the Graduate. I love these two movies and have always considered them side by side as classics. For some reason whenever I think of one, I think of the other. I look forward to any special editions of either disc.
     
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    The remastered MGM/UA laserdisc (came out in '94, I think) was FAR superior to the Criterion LD. Additionally, that remastered LD had a terrific documentary with ample contributions from Schlesinger. It's ridiculous that MGM didn't have the brains to use this documentary for the current DVD when they had already spent the money to the docu!

    If MGM is listening, COWBOY is a prime candidate for re-issue in a special edition. Much more worthy as an Oscar winning best picture for this treatment than some of the low-budget dreck that has received lavish treatment....
     
  7. Deepak Shenoy

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    Paul,
    That's no coincidence. These two movies have a lot in common. Both were made in the late-60's and have Dustin Hoffman in them. Moreover, both are MGM DVDs badly in need of anamorphic remasters ... [​IMG]
    Deepak
     
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    The MGM R2 release is anamorphic [​IMG]
     
  9. Dave Mack

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    Interesting....
    MGM had released a SE of Original "Rollerball" in R2 and Australia with a new anamorphic transfer and commantary by Norman Jewison and William Harrison, and now "MIdnight" is anamorphic in R2....?!?!?
    Hello!!!! These are AMERICAN made Films!! They are ABOUT America!!! Why on EARTH are the new versions being released elsewhere first?!?!?
     
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    Okay, so now that "The Graduate" is scheduled for a Special Edition release... what's the word on "Midnight Cowboy"?

    I just bought the current barebones disc last night for under $10 and the transfer left a lot to be desired...

    Is there any chance that MGM might revisit this classic in 2005?
     
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    I saw somewhere that MGM are releasing a new SE of 'Midnight Cowboy' later this year in Region 2. Usually, this presages a later release in R1. (I'm not sure why these releases can happen earlier in R2 than R1 - can someone explain this?)
     
  12. Gordon McMurphy

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    A Special Edition was listed at Play.com in November, with a June release date, but I see that it has now been removed. No other e-tailers list it, either.

    I'm sure there are plans for it, but I won't be holding my breath until there is an official press release.

    It's a great film and a true SE DVD is well overdue. I'd love to hear the Schlesinger commentary, but it's unlikely that we'll get it.
     
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    yaah!

    and THE GRADUATE is getting an upgraded SE release later this year, too, first in R2....

    I beleive I read that on Digital Bits
     
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    great! im glad to be wrong on this one...
     
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    Both films are strong all-time favorites of mine.

    I'd love to hear the Schlesinger commentary!!!
     
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