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IT's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World Restoration

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Art_AD, Jan 3, 2003.

  1. Art_AD

    Art_AD Well-Known Member

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    It's been a while since we heard anything, has there been any change in the status of the restoration of "Mad World"? What about the Alamo, any news on that films restoation? Do we need to champion MGM for the cause?
     
  2. Peter Kline

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    They're working on it (IAMMMMW). It takes time (and $$). Robert Harris can respond if he's around.
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    I don't think it is being worked on, and I

    welcome Robert Harris to correct me if I am wrong.

    Last I heard MGM wasn't going to put up the

    money for the restoration.
     
  4. Patrick McCart

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    Is there anything we can do to help get MGM to put the money forward to get Mad World and The Alamo restored by Robert Harris?
     
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    I completely agree with that. Absolutely wrong imo
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  7. Peter Kline

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    Ron's is right. I now remember RH saying the money wasn't there.
     
  8. Jeffrey Gray

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    Well, as Patrick said, isn't there anything we can do to try to get MGM to do it? They obviously have the money, if they can keep cranking out big-budget stuff like Windtalkers and Die Another Day...heck, why don't they just pay for the restoration with money that could have gone into another expensive flop?
     
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  10. Jeffrey Gray

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    You know, I think a good idea would be to send letters to MGM (not an online petition, but actually letters), and alert IAMMMMW fans (including people like major film critics, celebrities, or even surviving cast members) to our cause...maybe if enough fans speak (especially if some of them are people like Leonard Maltin or Roger Ebert, or cast members such as Jonathan Winters and Carl Reiner) MGM will listen...this could be done for The Alamo also...
     
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  13. Mark Cappelletty

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    There was a "restored 35mm print" (their words, not mine) of Mad Mad World at the American Cinematheque with the surviving cast and crew in attendance in early December; I wasn't able to go b/c of a work screening of "The Two Towers." I'm curious if any news of a restored DVD came out of there (or if this filmed reunion might make an eventual DVD supplement). Did anyone on this forum go?
     
  14. Robert Harris

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    Patrick McCart could not have explained the situation better. He is correct on each and every point.

    And no, there was no "restored 35mm print" screened via the American Cinematheque.
     
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    Well, we have to figure out something, because Robert said that the film will be unrestorable by the end of the year...we need to find a way to get MGM to know that the fans want the film saved, and that's why I believe we should notify cast members, stars who are fans of the film, people like Roger Ebert; you know, people whose stature in the industry can basically CONVINCE MGM to put up the money, that the film will be lost if MGM doesn't put up money to have it restored. I'm as worried about this as anyone else, and I think Ronald should get involved with actually spreading the word. As I suggested, writing letters to MGM would be a good idea...as well as spreading the word to as many IAMMMMW fans as possible to write letters as well. And as I said before, Ronald, you need to get involved...

    And if possible, we need to get this done for The Alamo as well...
     
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    You know, I understand the argument about

    what will the restoration of this release

    do for the stockholders?
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    God knows the almighty dollar has not only

    dictated and ruined the artistic value of

    proper film presentation, but what films

    should or should not be restored.

    Let me tell you a story. I was out at Parmount

    studios over a year ago with the California

    membership. We met with the studio's film

    preservationists. Nicest bunch of guys you ever

    would want to meet (most restorationists I have

    met are caring individuals). They were showing

    us their latest restoration efforts -- I believe

    it was an old Roy Rogers film. We were told

    outright that Paramount knew they weren't going

    to recoup their money on this release. Yet, the

    studio greenlighted the restoration because they

    felt they had a responsibility to save the film.

    I applaud Paramount for taking a bold position

    like that.

    Don't these studios realize that they are curators

    of a priceless collection of artistic work about to

    be destroyed forever from neglect? Don't you think

    they have a responsibility to save and preserve this

    art?

    MGM has had a good year. Their Bond film is making

    them money. While I realize theatrical and video

    are budgeted differently, don't you think the studio

    should take some of its profits and put it into film

    restoration? I can't believe that any studio would

    neglect its history and not fight to save these prints.

    Furthermore, is anyone in Hollywood raising

    money to save their films? Do you know how much

    money is in Hollywood? You mean to tell me that

    with all the money these studios make every year

    so little of it is going to save the very celluloid

    that put them on the map?

    MGM should be doing everything they can to restore

    IAMMMMW back to its original splendor. This

    is undoubtably one of the most important titles in

    their library.
     
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    While the income derived from home video (for the most part DVD) makes up a major part of those monies received when a film is reconstructed and restored, it not necessarily the ONLY area of large income.

    Actual restored films can be licensed to network, cable and pay tv, both domestic and foreign. If handled properly and with a bit of thought, a profit can be derived from theatrical exhibition.

    While Mad World could easily be the basis of a limited theatcial run, The Alamo would have a more film buff appeal outside of continuous runs in San Antonio -- potentially at the IMAX theatre next door to the Alamo shrine.

    The problem here is that the owner would have to put up funds 18 - 24 months in advance of deriving any income. The upside is that that income would continue in perpetuity.

    Off the top of my head the cost to save both Mad World and Alamo in large format, not inclusive of shooting a couple of scenes to sync with extant audio for Mad World, would be under 2.5 million. Mad World is the more expensive project, as LONG shots, some well over 1,000 frames would have to be digitized in full rez and recombined with short trims derived from faded 70mm print. It would be an extremely complex reconstruction/restoration.

    As has been mentioned in the past, neither of these films constitute a long term problem, as they should both have fully gone to vinegar in the near future, making this a rather moot point.

    The question for any corporate holder of rights in this situation is actually quite simple. Assuming that funds might be made available, would current management want to be viewed as one might view someone from the Louvre when the Mona Lisa falls off the wall and is irreparably damaged.
     

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