This Is The Army (1943) - Which Version to Get?

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    This Warner Brothers, Irving Berlin extravaganza which was nominated and won some Academy Awards is now pubic domain? I see UCLA has preserved this movie but wonder which is the best version on DVD to get? I currently have the Ovation version which is scuffed and dark.
     
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    I am holding out for WHV to rescue this from public domain jail. A fine film such as this deserves a proper release. Maybe it wouldn't be commercially viable on its own, but perhaps as part of a box?
     
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    But until WHV (if ever) comes out with it.... which is the best DVD currently on the market?
     
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    Wait!
     
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    That's all I need to know [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thanks Mr. Harris.
     
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    Hmmm... sounds promising?!?!?!

    Does that me we will be seing it as a solo soon or part of a box set - maybe an Irving Berlin box or a Ronald Reagan box set?

    Being that the movie has some politically incorrect moments (the minstrel show number, the Harlem number, segregation, and men in drag), it is a wonder it will come out but it is one movie that will make you proud of your service men. A movie from an era when patriotism meant something completely different than today - and it is a fun movie to watch.

    Eric
     
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    i have the same copy and thought that it would have come out in the Reagan set , what i am surprised at is that it went in the PD hell, WB is so good at keeping they catalog that it surprised me.
     
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    I think that I read that Jack Warner's favorite WB films were THIS IS THE ARMY and LIFE WITH FATHER. He physically (and contractually) owned the films and upon his death both slipped into pd hell. Does anyone know if UCLA ever attempted a restoration on the films? AMC trumpeted a restoration of THIS IS THE ARMY back in the eighties or early nineties but the quality of the print was undistinguished and truncated.
     
  9. Eric Huffstutler

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    This is from the Film Foundation site at UCLA...

     
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    Even TCM links to the Ovation version to purchase but wonder how the Platinum version looks? The Ovation copy has a soft and dark look due to color changes with age and there are moments where the film seems to drag just enough to make the soundtrack slow down and drag too.
     
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    I remember that TCM showed the UCLA restored print and I was in shock at how good it looked- why wasn't it included in the recent Warners Ronald Reagan Signature Collection? Mr. Harris- can I suspect an upcoming release in the future- if not by Warners, then by say, Criterion?
     
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    Warner has stated that they do not use third party (Criterion) for their films, but this being in the PD might change that? actual how many other Reagan films does WB own, maybe the possibility of a second set??
     
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    I am sure any RKO pictures will also be considered as Warner holdings but there were other studios inbetween. Here are the movies Ronald Reagan played in...

    RONALD REAGAN FILMS

    1937

    Warner Brothers First National

    Love Is on the Air*

    Submarine D-1 (RR part cut; not in credits)


    1938

    Warner Brothers First National

    Hollywood Hotel (RR not credited)

    Warner Brothers

    Swing Your Lady

    Sergeant Murphy*

    Accidents Will Happen*

    Cowboy from Brooklyn

    Boy Meets Girl

    Girls on Probation*

    Brother Rat (with Jane Wyman)


    1939

    Warner Brothers Cosmopolitan

    Going Places

    Warner Brothers

    Secret Service of the Air*

    Warner Brothers First National

    Dark Victory

    Warner Brothers

    Code of the Secret Service*

    Naughty But Nice

    Hell's Kitchen

    Angels Wash Their Faces*

    Smashing the Money Ring*


    1940

    Warner Brothers

    Brother Rat and a Baby (with Jane Wyman)

    An Angel from Texas (with Jane Wyman)

    Murder in the Air*

    Knute Rockne-All American

    Tugboat Annie Sails Again* (with Jane Wyman and featuring Neil Reagan)

    Warner Brothers First National

    Sante Fe Trail


    1941

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    The Bad Man


    Warner Brothers

    Million Dollar Baby

    Nine Lives Are Not Enough*

    International Squadron*


    1942

    Warner Brothers

    Kings Row

    Juke Girl*

    Warner Brothers First National

    Desperate Journey


    1943

    Warner Brothers

    This is the Army


    1947

    Warner Brothers

    Stallion Road*

    That Hagen Girl*

    The Voice of the Turtle*


    1949

    Warner Brothers

    John Loves Mary*

    Night unto Night*

    The Girl from Jones Beach

    It's a Great Feeling (cameo)


    1950

    Warner Brothers

    The Hasty Heart

    Universal-International

    Louisa*

    Warner Brothers

    Storm Warning*

    Universal-International

    Bedtime for Bonzo*


    1951

    Paramount

    The Last Outpost*


    1952

    Paramount

    Hong Kong*

    Warner Brothers

    She's Working Her Way Through College*

    The Winning Team*


    1953

    Paramount

    Tropic Zone*

    Universal-International

    Law and Order*


    1954

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    Prisoner of War*

    RKO

    Cattle Queen of Montana*


    1955

    RKO

    Tennessee's Partner


    1957

    Columbia

    Hellcats of the Navy* (with Nancy Davis)


    1961

    United Artists

    The Young Doctors (narrator)


    1964

    Universal

    The Killers


    * Denotes Ronald Reagan as Male Lead
     
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    There are plenty of quality Reagan films left for a Vol 2 should Warners decide to do one. Four titles that legitimately deserve a release:

    DESPERATE JOURNEY
    VOICE OF THE TURTLE
    THIS IS THE ARMY
    BROTHER RAT (perhaps coupled with its sequel as a double feature)
     
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    Any word yet as to when this one will be out via Warner Mr. Harris?

    I noticed another movie that fell into PD entitled "Till The Clouds Roll By" was released by Warner late last year. I have a Treasure Box version of that MGM title which isn't a bad transfer so can only imagine what the restored version looks like! Hope Warner gives Army the same treatment with all of their wonderful theater experience extras.

    Eric
     
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    I got the Delta DVD version, paired with Santa Fe Trail. The Delta TITA copy is very poor and barely serviceable. The sound isn't too bad, but the color is washed out and there are many faults in the print used.

    Also check out this thread: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/...d.php?t=162207 .
     
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    Yes, the official Warner version of TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY looks beautiful, and I'm sure THIS IS THE ARMY (and LIFE WITH FATHER which looks dark and soft on the PD-DVD I have) could also shine on an official Warner DVD.
     
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    I'm hoping we'll find out something about this (and maybe SANTE FE TRAIL) in a little over a month [​IMG]
     
  19. Eric Huffstutler

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    Hey Robert Harris...

    Back in December you hinted to "wait" on this title for an official release as though one is coming soon. Most release schedules up to June at lease have been posted but still not seeing it. Any idea when? Thanks.

    Eric
     
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    Actually a good DVD would include a song left out of the film version....Irving Berlin's paen to defense contractors.


    Did they film this song and cut it from the released picture? The tune is used as background music in one place, but the song itself is missing. If footage exists for this song it would be a great extra on a DVD.
     

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