Criterion ready to release IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD

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How Would you want Criterion to handle MAD WORLD?

  1. I would like to see *everything* that was included on the Laserdisc release even if it does not matc

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  2. The film is too long already. Would only want to see those scenes intended for the original RoadSho

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  3. All I want is the overture and exit music. Don't need all those extra scenes added

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  1. Joe Lugoff

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    Just another in the long series of old sayings that are untrue.

    However, based on what Ronald Epstein said directly above, I'm still allowing my hopes to be high. :unsure:
     
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    Thank you Mr Epstein for saying that. I can't wait and it will be a day one for me!
     
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    While we are speculating and waiting, are there any rumors regarding Criterion interest in the "other" MGM orphan, The Alamo?
     
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    Mark, I posted the very same question on this site in June under the heading "Alamo Restoration". Robet Harris posted in response that MGM has no interest in saving the film . Total shame .
     
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    And by now it could probably be used to clean the coffee maker.
     
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  6. Reed Grele

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    My grandma used to say: "You can catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar". But I'm not sure what it would take to change MGM's mind about The Alamo.
     
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    And now that Criterion has this in their possession, the wait will be damn well worth it and hoping we get the most extensive version of this movie available and we all can be happy, once it get released to the general public. Just hang tight Joe.
     
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    My take on that, John, is that up to the fire escape sequence, the film is played as SORT of real, the Indiana Jones/James Bond theory that if one was one really good shape and REALLY lucky, the character will survive. There are no cutesy comedy angles, etc. trying to sell a gag. It is only in that last section of the film that everything changes, and it is literally a cartoon. If the film was presented that way thru-out, it would not have
    worked. Throughout the film we see these occasional "Gods Looking Down at the madness of it all" shots, and the last one occurs after the money flies off. We hear the most thundering threatening version of the Mad World theme, and the Gods have had enough! From that point on, it IS insanity and is illogical. No, those wide shots of the ladder looks hardly real, but its no less breathtaking.I really feel that's one of the GREAT things about the film; it starts with a very strong realistic foundation but by the very end, it's taken you (and the characters) where you would never expect.
     
  9. Dick

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    I don't know if I agree that things get cartoonish only at the end. The demolition of the gas station at the hands of Jonathan Winters is about as extreme as anything on the fire escape, and occurs well within the first third of the film. There are other sequences that come close.
     
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    I agree with you. In fact, things start getting unreal about the time the bucket sails.
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    I haven't gone through this whole thread, but I was stunned when I saw how good this title looked on one of the HD channels, but when I rented the Blu-ray release it didn't look half as good. I hope they will finally release a rematered print of this.
     
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    Hmm...the bluray has pretty much been universally praised as looking and sounding terrific.
     
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    Well, something is clearly wrong somewhere, because the Blu-ray is spectacular and I've seen the HD broadcast and it is anything but spectacular. I never understand this stuff :)
     
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    As an owner of the MGM release, I will be looking forward to this; not necessarily for a vast improvement in picture quality, but for what Criterion brings to the table.
     
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    I waited FOR YEARS to see Metropolis in the vain hope that the missing footage would be found. People called me stupid, and told me to just "go watch the film already!" Well, I waited, and look what happened? A miracle!

    Now, I wasn't so patient with Mad World. I broke down and bought the DVD. Also the Blu Ray. However, I didn't watch the whole thing... just the beginning 20 minutes or so. Then, I found this thread, and my heart skipped a beat. I am just as anxious as you all are, and knowing Criterion, I know how good... nay, GREAT, the release will be. AND, having read Ronald's post, about Criterion working with people in the know, and what fans want, I am EVEN MORE excited.

    Like Ronald said, "Patience." :)
     
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    I haven't seen it on an HD broadcast, but agree that the Blu Ray is spectacular.
    I watched it the day I briught it home from Wal Mart. My jaw nearly hit the floor when I saw how good the PQ was/is. If it had been priced at double the $10 price tag it still would have been the bargain of the year.
     
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    "what Criterion brings to the table" this use to be the case, but the last release I can remember that had a nice and big extras section was the
    Last Emperor They still do some things ,the still file is a memory
     
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    With Criterion's recent move to Dual-Format packaging, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around what that might mean for the media contents of this set. I mean, if Criterion is planning this as some kind of the 'restaurant-at-the-end-of-the-universe' version of the film, plus the usual complement of features, are we looking at 5 or 6 (or more) discs here? Or features only in SD?

    Something tells me I need to think about reinforcing all of my Criterion shelves...
     
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    I can see this as a 5 disc set (2 Blu-rays and 3 DVDs) in a digipak.
     
  20. Moe Dickstein

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    There have been MANY big bonus feature laden releases sine Last Emperor...
     
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