WHV Announcement: The Best Years of Our Lives

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  1. Robert Crawford

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    Love them both, but I kind of agree. That scene in the airplane grave yard speaks volumes to me, for not only the planes, but the men that flew them as it is a real poignant moment.
     
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    Because it's not as good as "brilliant" A Star is Born (1976) ;)
     
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    It's funny how Warner announces some of these titles and people still complain about them. It goes to show you that somebody will always be unhappy, no matter what any studio does with their library. If it wasn't the digibook, it would be something else like how come they didn't release this title or it's priced too high.
     
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    It wasn't a complaint , just a question. I know that the price point will be lower ;) , but as others have stated, I think it is that important of a movie, more so than some that have had that distinction of a deluxe treatment . Just think of it as the window dressing, do you just want blinds; or do you want curtains with it. I am just happy to see more of the Goldwyn titles not get regulated strictly to the WAC. So many great films, so much potential.
     
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    This scene is the climax of the film; the rest is window dressing, necessary at the time to give returning vets hope. But I wouldn't have minded getting hitched to Teresa Wright.
     
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    I don't know, has Warners ever done a Digibook for a non-Warners title? I don't care about such things anyway.
     
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    The Man Who Would Be King was a digibook [just picked it up last week]. It was an Allied Artists/Columbia co-production where the video rights were held by Lorimar. According to the blurb on the back, Columbia still holds theatrical rights.
     
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    Hans Christian Anderson was a digibook
     
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    Guys and Dolls too.
     
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    Both musicals...as well as A Star is Born remake. Hmmmm....it speak volumes.
     
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    What's your point? Are we all supposed to pledge unqualified allegiance and heap unconditional praise on a studio just because they happen to announce the release of a popular title? If we can't discuss the potential merits and drawbacks to something or express our honest reactions and responses, why even have a public forum?
     
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    I'm certain that it will be as good as can possibly be. With the understanding going in, that the original negative was lost during shipment, and that all that survive are two less than stellarfine grains.

    Wish it were otherwise for this extraordinary film.

    RAH
     
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    Given that this title is under the auspices of George Feltenstein & Ned Price, Robert, I'm sure they're doing everything humanly possible to restore this wonderful film to its original cinematic glory...to do anything less would be an artistic crime given its lofty position in film history...
     
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    You've made my point with your comments! Now, you can have the final word on the matter.
     
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    RAH,

    Is there problems with Goldwyn film library elements like the RKO one?
     
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    Digibooks are fun to collect (I only have a few - "Cleopatra", "Star is Born", "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "Pillow Talk") but agree, they should be dual-released in standard packaging as well because a lot of collectors don't necessarily want all the frills.
     
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    When I saw this thread, the first thing I was going to say is 'What a great movie', but I see it's already been said (multiple times)!

    But it really is an excellent movie that carries a strong impact. Totally recommended to anyone who hasn't seen it.
     
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    That is the first time i have ever read that the movie's original negative was lost during shipment. I wonder if it is somewhere out there and how did it that happen? Do have both the special edition laserdisc and the first HBO release with some extras so i hope it will be added to the blu-ray release.
     
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    Whew! Robert's confidence gives me great relief. I also forgot about the great score, thanks Haines!
    Since it's just us guys here I can admit this:
    Whenever I watch this film, the scene where Homer finally pulls his head out of his a$$ and explains to Wilma how he feels,
    I mist-up big time, every time.
    Plus, Dana Andrews, Frederic March, Myrna Loy, Hoagy Carmichael, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Harold Russell, Ray Collins? C'mon!
    Brilliant casting, brilliant film, brilliant end.
    I know what we'll be watching on Thanksgiving.
     

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