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king kong (1933)w/ deleted scenes & restored print in new jersey

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by dave wright, Oct 19, 2002.

  1. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry to hear about your West Side Story experience, Brian. That's really sad. You'd think people would appreciate the lasting power of great filmmaking.

    Ooh, but even thinking about those 1971 screenings of Kong makes me mad now, lo these many years since. One may as well laugh at all people from an earlier time.

    Sorry to drag the thread off target.

    Mitchell, I saw the Janus Films logo preceding some screenings of King Kong. I also saw the film in 35mm a number of times in 1976.
     
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    I think MGM could make a quick buck re-releasing West Side Story as a "Sing-A-Long Sound of Music" kind of thing.
     
  3. oscar_merkx

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    does anybody know if this print will come to the UK as well
    thanks to all for the info and the link to the FAQ
    tremendous stuff
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    I don't think so. The Loews Jersey theater is a landmark movie palace that is currently undergoing extensive restoration and has just recently in the last year or so, started showing films periodically.
    As far as I know, King Kong was privately obtained to be shown at this theater and is not part of a new release pattern for the film.
    I'm sure Pete or Mitchell will chime in soon with more accurate info.
    I'm actually contemplating bringing my 5 year old nephew to this screening but am a bit hesitant. Then again, King Kong is the earliest film I remember seeing so perhaps it's a good idea.[​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for the info anyway. I guess I will wait until the DVD comes out as a plane ticket would be just a bit expensive for me to see a movie on the other side of the planet.
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Bill Huelbig

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    About what Jack Briggs and Brian W. said about audiences laughing at classic movies: I had a similar experience with VERTIGO at the time of the first big re-release in 1984. It was awful sitting there surounded by so-called sophisticated New Yorkers howling with laughter at one of my favorite films, one I hadn't seen in more than 10 years. One of their biggest laughs came when James Stewart carried Kim Novak out of San Francisco Bay because she still had her high-heeled shoes on. But there's a happy ending here: the audiences for classic movies must have grown up or something because in 1996, when the restored Harris/Katz 70mm version was released in that same city, the entire film played to a spellbound audience.

    --Bill
     
  8. Bob Furmanek

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    Bill, the audiences that we've been getting at the Galaxy Theatre Big Screen Classics Series (www.bigscreenclassics.com) have been very respectful, as have the Loew's Jersey crowds. I was always concerned about that mentality, and I've been very pleasantly surprised.
    We had over 700 people for FORBIDDEN PLANET at the Loew's last spring. With just a few exceptions, the audience was really good. However, there were some snickers during BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS. I wonder why...
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    The Kong footage was always derived from 35mm nitrate.

    The quality problem was that it was originally duped dry gate, which exposed all of the scratches and wear.

    This footage was cut into the Janus dupe neg at Guffanti Labs in New York.

    It would be nice to see a proper restoration of Kong either based upon the European picture elements which are of higher quality and pre-date the domestic darkened dupes...

    or by going back to the original negative, which I believe to exist, although outside of the current owner's vaults.

    RAH
     
  10. Jack Briggs

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    Mr. Harris: Do any of your industry sources know if next year's King Kong DVD has been sourced from a restored print?
    No pun, of course! [​IMG]
    I am delighted to hear that a more mature audience attended the screening of the restored print. How can one laugh at what is arguably one of the ten, twenty best films ever made?
    As for The Brain From Planet Arous: What a coincidence. I was looking at the DVD last weekend as part of a "Friday-night flicks" home-theater session. What a hoot!
     
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    Truly one of John Agar's greatest performances!
     
  12. Jack Briggs

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    Academy Award-worthy effort, to be sure. [​IMG]
     
  13. Bill Huelbig

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    When THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS came to an end at the Loew's Jersey last spring, I turned to my friends and said, "That was better than A BEAUTIFUL MIND!" (which had just won the Best Picture Oscar). And I meant it! I should put it this way: if I had to choose only one of those two movies to take to a desert island, without any doubt it would be THE BRAIN.

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