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"The Comic" on bluray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Brian McP, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Brian McP

    Brian McP Well-Known Member

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    Last December at the New Beverly Cinema in LA , there was a screening of Carl Reiner's "The Comic", released by Columbia in 1969, starring Dick Van Dyke, Michelle Lee and Mickey Rooney. Special guests on the night were Dick and Carl themselves and there are reports on the night on various sites (notably The Movable Feast' website), but the fact that the movie has only had a vhs and laserdisc release in 1986 makes it a prime candidate for reissue on dvd through Sony Pictures Choice Collection or better still, on bluray via the Twilight Time group. One of the revelations on the night was that Dick mentioned there was a collection of footage shot for the silent movie recreations that survive to this day and would mahe great special features for the movie's re-release on disc -- Carl Reiner himself summed it up best when he congratulated the organizers on the night and said “It's one of the little gems that fell under the rug and nobody found it -- you found it and I hope it gets out there to another theater some day.” I hope one day it will find it's place on dvd/bluray and am certain there would certainly be a great audio commentarythisthis movie if it is released....,.
     
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    I would love to see this.
     
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    I always felt Carl Reiner was underrated as a film director (his collaborations with Steve Martin remain among my favorite comedies), and I'd definitely be interested in seeing this.
     
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    I agree with Carl. It's an underrated little gem that should be discovered and appreciated by a wider audience. I thought both Dick and Mickey deserved Oscar nominations.
     
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    I agree that this is a shamefully under-rated/neglected/forgotten film that deserves a release. I don't think it even made it to DVD.
     
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    Always wondered why Van Dyke thought (and Reiner told him) that the comic was "based" on Van Dyke's favorite Stan Laurel, since the entire story is a name-changed Buster Keaton biography (the drinking, the marriage problems, the obscurity and rediscovery in the 60's), albeit more accurate than Donald O'Connor's version. Laurel's life wasn't particularly that contentious, as we found out from a later This Is Your Life.
     
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    Love this movie, haven't seen it in ages. Probably on laserdisc the last time I watched it.
     

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