Directors Films that should be reissued as SPECIAL EDITIONS

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  1. Alex Cano

    Alex Cano Auditioning

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    Hello, here are some films that I love but haven't purchased because I believe that the studio that released them should have put at least some effort (in the meantime I'll stick to my VHS copies), and would like to know what other films you think should be re-issued as SE's.

    Hopefully the studios will be looking at these boards and see the interest.

    By Special Edition, I mean at least some features, in relation to the importance of the film, I wouldn't expect an "Alien Quadrilogy"-type release for "Motel Hell," (more something along the lines of "Last House on the Left SE" or Howling SE), but I would for a film like Superman 2. Anyway, here goes:

    1. SUPERMAN 2 - RICHARD DONNER DIRECTOR'S CUT SE
    For me, the Holy Grail of films in need to be restored and taken out as Special Editions. The only DVD release was barebones, which is inexplicable given a film of this importance and turmoiled history. Donner shot about 70% of the film along with "Superman The Movie" (most of it except the battle over Metropolis), before stopping to concentrate on the first film's release. The Salkinds had Lester reshoot a lot of it, which had him get Director's credit. But Donner's footage's still there, along with all the Marlon Brando stuff that brings full circle his relationship with his son, begun in the first film, also Superman destroying the Fortress of Solitude a the end, Louis pretending to shoot Clark in order to have him show his true identity, and a lot of other stuff. With that in, Donner could get Director's credit for this version. The moment is perfect, with "Superman Returns" coming next year, and Bryan Singer sprinboarding it from "Richard Donner's Superman" and set after Superman 2. Imagine the media coverage! An in-depth documentary about the making of "Superman 2", another awesome audio commentary with Donner and Mank, etc. Maybe issue another Super-Duper Special Collector's Edition with both "Superman The Movie" (maybe this time including the Theatrical Cut and original mono soundtrack) and "Superman 2", call it THE SUPERMAN SAGA and... ok I'll stop there.

    2. DARKMAN
    The movie is great fun, it has a cult following, Sam Raimi does some of the best audio commentaries, this was his first studio film and could make for a great documentary. The only DVD release was barebones and one of the first titles out, must be lots of space for improvement in transfer and sound,.

    3. THEY LIVE
    The last GREAT John Carpenter film, imho. Carpenter audio commentary, making of, trailers, cast commentary. Come on, this movie kicks a$$! If the studio is not hip enough, give it to Anchor Bay (they did a great 2-Disc SE of Supergirl, for Chrissakes!).

    4. MOTEL HELL
    Awesome movie, great fun, very witty, deserves a hell of a lot more than being in a 2-pack with some piece of crap, Cinemax-filler flick. Deserves an SE to equal the one for "Return of the Living Dead" and "Last House on the Left," something modest but thorough.

    5. INNERSPACE
    One of Joe Dante's best, funny, moving, witty, wacky, sweet, great script, great FX, great actors with much chemistry (Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Martin Short), must-see film, GROSSLY underrated, Dante is also great in commentaries, also needs a making-of, an FX featurette. PLEASE!

    6. THE ROCKETEER
    Another criminally underrated film, great innocent fun. Director commentary, making-of, FX featurette, history of the independent comic on which it was based.

    7. THE NEVER-ENDING STORY
    For some reason , this film was never as succesful here as it was in Europe. Wolfgan Petersen rocks, this film is classy, literate, sweet, has a great message and the entire production is top notch. Whatever you do, don't watch the sequels!

    That's it for now, please add your entries, or second some of mine see if we can see some consensus. Any studios out there reading this?

    Alex
     
  2. rutger_s

    rutger_s Supporting Actor

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    Innerspace has a commentary track featuring:
    >Director Joe Dante
    >Producer Michael Finnell
    >Co-Stars Kevin McCarthy and Robert Picardo
    >Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Muren

    Plus it has both the new 5.1 Surround and original Stereo soundtracks.
     
  3. Inspector Hammer!

    Inspector Hammer! Executive Producer

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    Just one pops to mind...

    Three O'Clock High

    One my all time favorite films that deserves more than it got on the current disc, which is to say not one damn thing. The transfer's nice, though.
     
  4. Fabien Renelli

    Fabien Renelli Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm all for SUPERMAN II, DARKMAN and NEVER-ENDING STORY new special editions. Especially Sups.
     
  5. Mathew B

    Mathew B Stunt Coordinator

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    What about 'Death Becomes Her'! R1 got it full-screened and R2/4 got a shoddy non-anamorphic transfer straight from the laserdisc that require the brightness levels turned up to see anything! What's worse is that there is a huge amount of deleted scenes including an entirely removed subplot leading to an alternate ending. Some of these are featured in the trailer on the disc.
     
  6. Martin Jeeves

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    Walter Hill's "STREETS OF FIRE" starring Diane Lane...

    Walter Hill's "SOUTHERN COMFORT"...

    Steven Soderbergh's "KING OF THE HILL"
     
  7. Sebastien S

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    Braveheart
    Face/Off
    Con Air
    The Ghost and the Darkness
    The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
    Twins
    kindergarten Cop
    Conan the Destroyer
    Short Circut
    Sleepers
    Contact
    Crimson Tide
    The Fugitive
    Demolition Man
     
  8. Michael_K_Sr

    Michael_K_Sr Screenwriter

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    I'd like to see special editions of True Lies and The Dead Zone (the Cronenberg film)
     
  9. Fabien Renelli

    Fabien Renelli Stunt Coordinator

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    Yeah, TRUE LIES !
    And an anamorphic 5.1 ABYSS could be great ! [​IMG]
     
  10. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

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    I'd like to see an anti-SE of The Last of the Mohicans which would present the theatrical cut of the film on DVD.

    - Walter.
     
  11. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Moved to Polls. There are many threads in HT Software discussing the desire for special editions of individual titles.

    M.
     
  12. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Keeping to just English language films:

    The Night of the Hunter
    Days of Heaven
    Shock Corridor
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    Every Stanley Kubrick film
     

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