"Crimewave" scheduled

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  1. ChristopherM

    ChristopherM Stunt Coordinator

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    Amazon.co.uk and Play.com are both listing a 15-Aug-05 release date for "Crimewave". However there are precious few details posted.

    There are several films around with this title, but the running time listed on Play.com would be about right (allowing for 4% PAL speedup) for this to be the 1985 comedy directed by Sam Raimi and written by the Coen brothers.

    This movie is a big favourite of mine that I've been waiting to get on DVD for years. Does anybody have any information on this release?
     
  2. Dave B Ferris

    Dave B Ferris Screenwriter

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    With all due respect to Christopher's hopes, I hope
    this might be the fine 1954 film directed by Andre
    de Toth, starring Sterling Hayden.
     
  3. Mark_Wilson

    Mark_Wilson Screenwriter

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    I've got the R3HK dvd, non-anamorphic but good PQ.
     
  4. ChristopherM

    ChristopherM Stunt Coordinator

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    No offence taken, Dave. Besides, I enjoy 1950s crime movies as well. On reflection, however, I think the Raimi movie is the more likely possibility here.

    According to Halliwell, the 1954 film was "Crime Wave" (two words) and had a theatrical running time of 74 minutes. With PAL speedup, this would be reduced to about 71 minutes, which falls short of the advertised disc's running time of 78 minutes. Also, Andre de Toth's film was titled "The City is Dark" here in the UK.

    On the other hand, websites often list incorrect details (just last week DVD Box Office advertised 1943's "Heaven Can Wait" with a picture of Warren Beatty), so I guess it could still go either way.

    I'll post more news here if and when I can find any.
     
  5. ChristopherM

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    Online stores are now showing the sleeve artwork, and it's definitely the Sam Raimi movie that's being released.

    However, still no word of aspect ratio, sound format or extras.
     
  6. Jason Walstrom

    Jason Walstrom Supporting Actor

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    Wow I never thought this movie would be released. It's one of those guilty pleasures that has some great set-pieces but doesn't quite fit together as a whole. But, definitely entertaining.
     

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