The Three/Four Musketeers (1974) in 16x9!!

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  1. RickardL

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    while looking up the Near Dark entry at anchor bay, I noticed
    this (for 2002 release):

    MUSKETEERS COLLECTION, THE
    From director Richard Lester comes the original swashbuckling comedy THE THREE MUSKETEERS and its worthy sequel THE FOUR
    MUSKETEERS in a special 2-Disc Set. Widescreen (16x9), Theatrical Trailers, All-New Featurette with Cast Interviews, Original Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, and more!. Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired.

    Great!! These movies look good in widescreen, let's hope
    that they do a good job with the sound.
     
  2. Ben Motley

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    Well, thank the Almighty above! It's about frickin' time! [​IMG]
     
  3. Dick

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    I hope these are 1.85:1. The Fox Lorber abominations were about 1.50:1, and several truly funny gags were lost on the sides of the screen, as Richard Lester composed very tightly and used every inch of frame area. The AMC letterbox showings seemed much better (rmeember the days when AMC ran widescreen and actually was a good channel?)
     
  4. Dave Simpson

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    Amen to that, Ben! Thanks for the info, Rickard. Cheers!

    DS.
     
  5. Justin Doring

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    I'm first in line for these two films!
     
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    count me in as well.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jeff_HR

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    I have the Fox Lorber versions of these 2 DVDs. But new versions with new extras & the correct OAR would be bought immediately.:b
     
  8. Tomoko Noguchi

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    I have the Japanese 16x9 versions which are in 1:85. However, the IMDB says the original OAR is 2:35. What is correct? Quick check at IMDB and now it says OAR was 1:66 on the technical listing. I know I read it at IMDB before it was 2:35. Hmmm.
     
  9. Larry Sutliff

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    I was always tempted to buy those Fox Lorber DVD's because I love these movies, but never gave in because of the lack of anamorphic enhancement and the generally negative things I've heard about the quality. Now I'm happy I waited!
     
  10. Geo Gabor

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    This is good news! My Fox/Lorber versions had some problems. Is there a release date yet?
     
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  12. Ken_McAlinden

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    The Fox Lorber DVDs are terrible. They are in a 1.66:1 ratio, but they are cropped on all four sides compared to the 1.85:1 presentations I have seen on broadcast cable (at least for the scenes where I synced them up). How does one go about creating a 1.66:1 transfer of a film shot flat and actually show less top and bottom information than a 1.85:1 transfer? Only the folks at Fox Lorber circa 1998 will ever know, and they are hopefully either not working there anymore or are a lot smarter than they were then.

    If Anchor Bay does in fact release these titles, I will be first in line to purchase them.

    Regards,
     
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    I loved those films. Can't wait. [​IMG]
     
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    Superb movies, and it helps that Raquel Welch is hotter than hell in them [​IMG]. I've only ever seen these in 1.33:1 so I'm looking forward to seeing the whole picture.
    Does anyone know of any word on a release of the much-inferior third movie, The Return of the Musketeers?
     
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    When these discs come out, I will finally buy a DVD player.
     
  16. Tomoko Noguchi

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    My question still is, what is the OAR of this film? Is it indeed 1:85? If so, then I am staying with my Japanese release which has the films on 1 disc.
     
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    When these discs come out, I will finally buy a TV!
     
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    What happened to this? I just checked Anchor Bay's website and I can't find any mention of it...
     
  19. Elizabeth S

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    Well, I sure hope this is happening! I have the Fox Lorber's, but it's terrible cropping! My favorite scene with D'Artagnan's introductory letter is ruined because he's cut off when he leans on that revolving book wheel.

    I saw the "Three" and "Four Musketeers" a combined total of about 12 times at the theatre and absolutely need a better DVD version!
     
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