New version of "Mad World" out this week?

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  1. Pete SE

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    I read on another forum today that MGM released a longer version of IAMMMMW this week, unannounced.

    I took a trip over to CC to check it out and indeed there is a different version from the one I have. It has a different bar code number.

    Although the artwork on the front is the same the "Special Features" block in the back is different.It only states the various soundtracks. There is no mention that it is a "New 16x9 transfer from Original 35mm Theatrical Version".
    It also doesn't mention containing the "Something...Serious" documentary, the trailers or extended scenes.

    I'm wondering if it could be a longer version or if they just put the movie on a single layer disc. It may be the latter since they are selling this version for $9.99 and the older version for $14.99.

    Anyone know for sure?

    Pete SE
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    There's no longer version coming out.

    MGM has refused to fund any restoration that
    needs to be done.

    In fact, all the original elements of the
    film are probably nearly destroyed (if not already).

    We really tried to persuade MGM to do the right
    thing with this title.
     
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  4. Pete SE

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    Ron,

    I knew it wouldn't be a restoration but I thought it might have the police calls that have been added to the print running at the Dome this week.

    With some seamless branching that should be possible with little problem.

    A nice scan of this new UP print in 2:76 would be a plus also.
     
  5. Pete SE

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    Did some more checking. DVD Planet has this new one listed as "Movie Only", no extras.
     
  6. Jo_C

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    I think, Ronald, that you forgot about our fellow comrade-in-arms, Robert Harris, continuing his quest to return "Mad World" to its original roadshow form and that he says he has some (if not all) of the deleted footage.

    Mr. Harris, care to follow up on this for us, if you can?
     
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    Before this thread "falls off", I think I should "feed it" some more...I too saw the revised DVD today at a local store that begins with the letter "T".
     
  8. BruceKimmel

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    I went to the re-premiere tonight, at the Cinerama Dome. What fun. The new 70mm print looks spectacular (albeit a bit dim, usual for the Dome projection). The police calls were a hoot. Edie Adams, Sid Caesar and Marvin Kaplan were there, at least they are the ones I saw. It plays just fine at whatever length this version is - 164 I think. I suppose it would be nice if the missing bits were restored, but it's really long as it is. My two, anyway.
     
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  10. Mark Cappelletty

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    I went to the "re-premiere," too and there was a lot of talk about "work" having been done on the film. So who knows, maybe something's going on at MGM that we're not aware of.
     
  11. Gordon McMurphy

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    So why have MGM re-released this film on DVD?


    Gordy
     
  12. Ronald Epstein

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    I am going to do just an assumption here.

    MGM certainly hasn't re-released this title
    in its original roadshow version as fans of
    this film have been requesting since 1997.

    I am not even sure MGM has re-released this
    DVD other than possibly putting out at a new
    price point.

    I just did a search on DIGITAL EYES and
    LASERS EDGE. LASERS EDGE only showed one
    version of the film. DIGITAL EYES showed
    two versions and even noted one of them as
    being a "Special Edition." However, all the
    versions list the running time as 154 minutes,
    which I believe is the running time of the
    theatrical version (not the roadshow).

    Why on earth MGM is re-releasing this title
    as a "Special edition" is beyond me. There
    is nothing special about it if they haven't
    done the necessary restoration needed to save
    the film and revert it back to its original
    roadshow version.

    Would love to know what MGM has done with
    this so-called "Special Edition" to make it
    worthy of what its fanbase has yearned for.

    Look forward to your replies.
     
  13. Randy A Salas

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    I asked MGM for more details about this DVD re-release when it came up in a similar thread several weeks ago (not sure why this duplicate thread was created). The official response:

     
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    For the record:


    There has been no restoration or reconstruction work done to Mad World.

    MGM has produced a print.

    The light output at the Dome is not "dim."

    Ron is very much in the loop on this title.

    RAH
     
  15. BruceKimmel

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    Well, Robert, the light output at the Dome last night was a bit dim, and I'm not the only one who mentioned it. The light output at the Dome has always seemed a bit dim to me and I think I've been there as many times as you.

    Furthermore, for a film that has had no "restoration" done to it, the 70mm print looked pretty damned spectacular. Which begs the question: Other than putting back the missing bits, exactly what sort of "restoration" is needed? If a 70mm print can be produced off a negative, with pretty terrific results, then I'd be curious to know what additional "restoration" steps would be taken (other than, as I said, putting back the missing bits, which I gather you've found - at least I think I read that here).
     
  16. Pete SE

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    On the Google RAMT forum they mentioned that they were using a combination of lenses. A a borrowed UP anamorphic lens and another for the curved screen. This combo might have diminished light output somewhat.
     
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    I heard from a reputable source that a relatively new 35mm print (struck about 2 years ago) was used as a color timing reference for this 70mm print. The problem? The 35mm printing element was starting to fade when that print was made: blacks were blue, fleshtones leaned towards yellow, etc. We ran that 35mm print side by side with a dye-transfer print from the original release, and the color was quite different. (I suppose if you didn't have something to compare it to, that new print would have looked okay.)

    It's sad that a print with poor color was used as a timing reference for the new 70mm copy!
     
  18. BruceKimmel

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    Oh, I don't know Bob - it doesn't have any of that Eastmany look to it. The reds are true, the blacks are true, the blues are true. Merman's dress and Provine's blonde hair popped out incredibly well. You haven't seen it, Bob, so don't be too disappointed until you do. It looked really good. And man was it sharp. I really miss 70.
     
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    Since MGM has released this film, they could and should have included the OVERTURE, which was inadvertently missing from their previous DVD. I guess putting the changing colors back into the Main Title would be more difficult.

    I saw it yesterday at the Dome and must concur that it was a beautiful presentation. It looked a bit dim to me too, but didn't bother me much.

    I don't know if they fiddled with the sound, but the surround and separation was very active for a 1963 film. It really enveloped one. And what a great score, recorded to perfection! (I think at Goldwyn) Too bad the original music tracks seem to have disappeared. They would make a great CD release. The album was rerecorded and just didn't have the punch and orchestral detail the original had.

    I hope that someday we can have a definitive MAD WORLD that is nearer the original cut of the film, but I guess time is running out.

    In a little blurb in the LA Times, MGM states they sold 250,000 DVD units. Surely this would convince them there are rabid fans out there that would gladly buy the DVD again.
     
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