Avoid this abysmal version of One Eyed Jacks

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Douglas R, Aug 16, 2001.

  1. Douglas R

    Douglas R Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2000
    Messages:
    2,044
    Likes Received:
    386
    Location:
    London, United Kingdom
    Real Name:
    Doug
    As there seems to be no immediate prospect of Paramount releasing a DVD of One Eyed Jacks, I decided to buy the Platinum version which is at least letterboxed, although not anamorphic. I figured it was only $8.95 and would be a suitable substitute until Paramount hopefully got round to issuing a re-stored version. How wrong I was. Washed out colors, total lack of definition, color bleed, looking like a copy of a poor quality VHS, which it probably was. I wouldn't want this if I was paid to watch it! The original film featured breathtaking Oscar-nominated photography by Charles Lang, which is totally ruined in this presentation. Please Paramount - give us the genuine article.
     
  2. Jeff(R)

    Jeff(R) Second Unit

    Joined:
    May 14, 1999
    Messages:
    372
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  3. Jay E

    Jay E Cinematographer

    Joined:
    May 30, 2000
    Messages:
    2,485
    Likes Received:
    0
    This is one of my favorite westerns, luckily I own the widescreen laser that Paramount put out. I also look forward to seeing a Paramount DVD release as I would gladly upgrade my laser.
     
  4. Cees Alons

    Cees Alons Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 1997
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    289
    Real Name:
    Cees Alons
    This one of the (classic IMO) westerns, I watched in a theatre, long ago. Since then I considered it to be one of my favourites. Yes, I bought the bad looking DVD (although warned). Yes, I would immediately buy a fresh new, well-done Paramount release.
    Brando is great in this movie and Karl Malden a memorable crook. Splendid film!
    Cees
     
  5. Mark_TS

    Mark_TS Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2000
    Messages:
    1,713
    Likes Received:
    7
    yes, I hope that PARAMOUNT still has access to the orig. negatives... how they lost control of this great film would make a great story...
    ------------------
     
  6. bill lopez

    bill lopez Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 1999
    Messages:
    420
    Likes Received:
    0
    The laserdisc does look beautiful. And when they show this movie on AMC cable it runs a nice print.
     
  7. Doug Bull

    Doug Bull Advanced Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2001
    Messages:
    1,544
    Likes Received:
    642
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    Real Name:
    Doug Bull
    Martin Blythe stated recently that it was most unlikely that Paramount would consider it, while there were other DVD copies of the film out there.
    The film is obviously in public domain, so unfortunately there will probably always be cheap abysmal backyard copies out there.
    We should try pleading with Matin Blythe on the Studio Page.
    It certainly needs a proper release.
    ------------------
     
  8. Matt_Stevens

    Matt_Stevens Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2000
    Messages:
    755
    Likes Received:
    0
  9. Dick

    Dick Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    May 22, 1999
    Messages:
    5,487
    Likes Received:
    1,531
    Real Name:
    Rick
    While Mr. Blythe did say that it was unlikely Paramount would release this while there was another version on the market, he had also been unaware that it existed until it was mentioned in that thread, and his post was followed by several more comments about the crappy quality of the existing - public domain? - release. But, heck, we now have a definitive release of CHARADE from Universal and Criterion, while no fewer than three terrible transfers preceeded it on various sub-standard labels. This is what we need now for ONE-EYED JACKS: a definitive studio-sanctioned release that restores the film to its original splendor. This being Marlon Brando's sole directorial effort, and a fine western to boot, it seems like a no-brainer to me. I should think Paramount would want to be raking in the money for this title rather than watching it go to Madacy and co.
     
  10. Henry Gale

    Henry Gale Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 1999
    Messages:
    4,633
    Likes Received:
    1
    "Git up you scum suckin' pig."
     

Share This Page