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It's a mad mad mad mad world

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by BendurTailpipe, Aug 15, 2008.

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  1. Robert Harris

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    The "wheelchair for the little old lady who raised me" was in the original roadshow and survives.
     
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    Thank you for the clarification re: Pike´s monologue, Mr. Harris!
     
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    Being an old guy, I was lucky enough to see Mad4, Grand Prix and 2001 in Chattanooga at the Brainerd Cinerama. They had the huge screen to show each one properly. I forgot how big it was, but it was huge.

    I don't remember hearing the police radio stuff during intermission, but that was 40 years ago. Lots of dead brain cells since then.
     
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    The Brainerd Cinerama screen was 75 by 26 feet - http://cineramahistory.com/brainerd.htm
     
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    According to GAC, Arnold Stang died around Dec22.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/arts/television/22stang.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&hpw=&adxnnlx=1261483064-LadVe9etNmsU0TobzUGcFQ
     
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    Thanks, Roland. Seemed much bigger.
     
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    75 by 26 feet is big. Our local Imax screen in Manchester, CT is only 40 by 20 and it fills the front wall top to bottom and side to side. The average Imax screen is 72 feet wide.
     
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    See that little boy fishin' on the river
    If I could just be like him
    I'd close my eyes and let the mad world go by
    If only I could be like him
    I'd close my eyes and let the mad world go by
    If only I could be like him
     
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    Just watched the most recent DVD release of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (the 161m I believe). Is there any new news on the restoration of this great epic?
     
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    This podcast comparing the original to a relatively recent Hindi ripoff is utterly fascinating:

    http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2009_12_24.html#018243
     
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    What little news we hear isn't really encouraging. There was some talk that the restoration efforts for Alamo were leading up to Mad but I haven't seen anything since then.
    Sam
     
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    I've read somewhere recently that Robert Harris will likely finish the restoration of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as soon as he's finished with the current restoration of The Alamo, however I don't recall where I read this...

    A question for Mr. Harris, If I may- What is the status of the restoration of The Alamo? What are the plans once The Alamo is finished?
     
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    Preservation has been done on the original 6 track audio of the short version. Still short 1.3 million. Ron is checking his pockets.
     
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    Well, considering the state MGM/UA is in right now, it is quite possible the remaining 1.3 million will be raised by someone...maybe Scorcese's FilmFoundation, or UA majority holder Tom Cruise. But time is of the essence. By the end of this year, the roadshow Alamo could go the way of the dodo.

    Any further info on Mad World's disarraied elements let us know. There is someone out there that does podcasts on Mad World that keeps tab on any new info.
     
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    Perhaps Mr. Harris can answer my question; knowing that most material from the roadshow version has been found, and I still hope for a BluRay someday, is this material being stored and cared for so it can still be usable in the future?

    The HD cable channel MGMHD is premiering their High Def version, which is the standard release version this April 1. I heard this was done from the 65mm elements, but knowing MGMHD, they won't have the Overture, Intermission or Exit music and I think they started running commercials, but only one set per hour. I look forward to seeing how it looks.
     
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    Its a shame. I would think $1M to restore this film is nothing. I would think DVD & Blu Ray sales & TV SALES would make this a worth while investment
     
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    I wonder if they're going to get the title and end color right (as opposed to the DVD) As a projectionist that ran Mad World litterally thousands of times years ago, the screen turns YELLOW and says "the end" in small white letters. The DVDs have some strange redish color. They couldn't even get that right.
     
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    I just watched this on MGMHD this evening , and it looks stunning!!!! and the proper colors are now showing on the title sequence,along with the Overture and Exit Music! Unfortunately, it is the 161 minute version, just with the ladder mentioned elements added to it. Still, it is much better then the current DVD.
     
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    Preservation has been done on the original 6 track audio of the short version. Tiffany Bracelets
     
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