Fox is still releasing a lot of classic in Spain, never released in USA

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  1. ahollis

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    What do you mean bury again? It is still in rights hell for a DVD release. I have heard that there is interest from the Gershwin estate to allow it to be released, but no one right now wants to deal with the costs, Goldwyn, Gershwins or MGM. And with MGM on the auction block, it will and would never happen under their banner.
    My comment was that if the Goldwyn titles get out from under MGM perhaps we will have get some of the great titles that are in that library and not on DVD, such as the Danny Kaye and Eddie Cantor films. Both of those actors are not represented well in the DVD market.
    The only time I have seen PORGY & BESS was a telecast on the ABC Sunday Night Movie back in ????, So I have never seen it widescreen and heard it in stereo. I do remember that it made a very lasting impression on me at an early age and to this day I remember a lot of the scenes. I would love to see it is a glorious legitimate DVD release, but we will never see it under the MGM label and getting out from under them there is a small chance.
     
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    I kinda got the impression from Joe and another friend that MGM could release it now if they chose to as they have the rights. As I recall it came on Channel 7 one weeknight in 1974 for its one and only TV broadcast in Melbourne.My email address is cscope59@yahoo.com if you'd like to know more about the copy I have which is at least Letterboxed.
    I have most of the Kaye and Cantor films on LD. They look very good. (As you probably know Goldwyn saw Kaye as his new Cantor and a few Kaye films are loose remakes of past Cantor hits, eg UP IN ARMS). Would like to see them on dvd too.
     
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    I also have the Kaye and Cantor on laserdisc and enjoy them. I read on another thread that the Gershwin estate was holding up any home video release in the US, not sure about other countries. As you know, MGM is in terrible financial shape and is obtaining bids for library and other assets. There is hope that someone will acquire them and do something with the library. When the agreement with Goldwyn ends, it will be up to them to make a deal or go it alone.
     
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    Other titles released on this date:
    - Harry Black and the Tiger (1958): Stewart Granger, Barbara Rush
    - Way... Way Out (1966): Jerry Lewis, Connie Stevens, Anita Ekberg
    - My Gal Sal (1942): Rita Hayworth, Victor Mature, Carole Landis
    - Destination Gobi (1953): Richard Widmark, Don Taylor
    - When the Legends Die (1972): Richard Widmark, Frederic Forrest, Luana Anders
     
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    Some very tempting titles there.
    Does anybody know if BOY ON A DOLPHIN is Anamorphic/Stereo and how does it look?
    I only have a 4:3 pan and scan that I recorded off TV, so I desperately need an upgrade.
     
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    Has anyone purchased or rented The Roots of Heaven via the U.S. iTunes store? Is it a new transfer?

    I wonder if this DVD release will be the same transfer?
     
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    The box art here at least indicates that The Roots of Heaven will be anamorphic scope.
     
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    Thanks for the link. Very tempting! I've wanted to see this for ages.
     
  9. PaulaJ

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    I bought Untamed (Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward) and the transfer is awful. Yes, it is 2:35:1, but it's non-anamorphic, as well as pixillated, full of artifacts, blurry -- looks like a bootleg. I am leery of buying any of these Spanish releases, though I'd sure love to have a widescreen DVD of Pony Soldier, another Power film.
     
  10. RafaelPires

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    But Pony Soldier is supposed to be in fullscreen, isn't it?
     
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    Of course it is.
     
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    Thanks for your report. That's very disapointing. It sounds like they just got an old cable TV master.
    I suspect that the anamorphic ones will be new transfers.
     
  13. PaulaJ

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    My mistake about Pony Soldier -- it's not widescreen. I forgot it was from 1952. :)

    I had been hoping for a third Power box set with his costume/adventure pics (including King of the Khyber Rifles) but it looks like it's not to be. :(
     
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    It's rather annoying that the U.S. iTunes store is selling (or renting) The Left hand of God in what is obviously a very recently made transfer:
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewMovie?id=307718968&s=143441
     
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    About dvds Fox and Warner titles available in Spain, but not in other countries, I should clarify that they are not edited directly by the majors but by an intermediate editor (Impulso Records) that do not always use good masters and often provides great disappointments.
    The films produced by Warner but edited by Impulso Records are generally of poor quality, without anamorphic enhancement.
    The films produced by Fox but edited by Impulse Records usually have better quality, but not always anamorphic.
    Some examples:
    Warner: "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (good material. Anamorphic).
    Fox: "The Rains of Ranchipur", "The Roots of Heaven", "The Egiptian", are dvds with acceptable quality and Anamorphic, but other titles, like "The Gift of Love" or "Untamed", respect the original aspect ratio but are not anamorphic; and " Boy on a Dolphin", for example, is not anamorphic and looks pretty bad.
    You can find more information and screenshots on these links of mundodvd, forum dedicated to dvd in Spain:
    http://www.mundodvd.com/showthread.php?t=60697
    http://www.mundodvd.com/showthread.php?t=51203&highlight=warner+impulso
    http://www.mundodvd.com/forumdisplay.php?f=25
    http://www.mundodvd.com/showthread.php?p=1616666#post1616666
     
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    Thanks for the links Francisco, much appreciated.
     
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    Hi, Can anyone tell me if the CinemaScope Alan Ladd western ONE FOOT IN HELL is in Wide Screen or full frame? If it is in Scope, what is the print/transfer like? Thanks also for the rundown on UNTAMED by folk above. I will pass on it!
     
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    It is 2.35 but not anamorphic.
     
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    Very sorry to edit your post, Rafael, but I wonder if you ever picked up these two from your original list?I'm quite interested in ordering but in view of the comments in this thread am somewhat wary until I hear more.
    What's been your experience?
     
  20. RafaelPires

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    Hi Mike,
    I already bought both of them, but my the shippment will only arrive in the second week of January. I can assure you that, as soon as I receive them, I will give you some feedback.

    Anyway, I read some reviews in the forum indicated by Francisco and there it says the transfers are good. For the Iron Curtain there are some screen captures in this link (I don't know how accurate they are): http://www.mundodvd.com/showthread.php?t=67327
     

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