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African Queen and Schindler's List MIA for 2003?


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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Joel Vardy

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Posted December 24 2002 - 01:45 PM

I know this topic has come up before but these two 'high profile titles' don't have a credible release target for R1, as far as I've been able to find on the net. African Queen may be in need of some restoration but as of now many lower profile titles have been targeted for '03 and we are seeing plenty of 'marginal' stuff being pushed out month after month now. Schindler is due for a 10th anniversary in '03 but yet there is no credible source that has projected its release. In fact, The Digital Bits doesn't even put it on the 'being worked on' list, as of yet. Spielberg is being quoted about the Indy series for the coming year but has, surprisingly, not been recently quoted nor asked about SL (reputedly his most acclaimed and personal work). Anybody have better information? Joel

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Posted December 24 2002 - 10:07 PM

[quote] Schindler is due for a 10th anniversary in '03 but yet there is no credible source that has projected its release. In fact, The Digital Bits doesn't even put it on the 'being worked on' list, as of yet. [quote]

From a year end 2001 post on TDB:

...We have, however, been told that collector's editions of Duel, Schindler's List and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial are all but certain for next year...


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#3 of 12 OFFLINE   Dave S.G.

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Posted December 25 2002 - 01:23 AM

Jeez... read the title of this thread and, well... thanks for reminding me about this lapse and raining on my Christmas.Posted Image

Oh, wait... I'm Jewish. Thanks for bringing up the Holocaust.

Anyhoo... I am dying to see what will be done with Schindler. Someone mentioned in another thread an extra hour's worth of footage (which I'd never before heard about). I'm also curious what he'd include as bonus materials considering the documentary series he began producing shortly after the film came out. My mother has the Deluxe VHS package (the only way I could find to get it for her in OAR). It came in a nice big gray box with a book (and a soundtrack); short on features, but them was the ol' VHS days, eh?



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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Joel Vardy

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Posted December 25 2002 - 03:00 AM

[quote] Someone mentioned in another thread an extra hour's worth of footage (which I'd never before heard about). I'm also curious what he'd include as bonus materials considering the documentary series he began producing shortly after the film came out. [quote]

There may be an additional hour's worth of deleted scenes that Spielberg may chose to insert in a DVD edition but there are many times that in documentary material that he and the Shoah Foundation have collected after the film's release. I am hoping that this will be an opportunity for a multi-disk set, which includes 2 or more special features disks, considering the wealth of material. The only reason I can see for not putting it on Universal's '03 release schedule is that Spielberg wants to put a lot more effort into it than he can currently find on his upcoming calendar year's schedule. What I find curious, though, is that there is no follow through by the press in ongoing interviews with him Posted Image . Perhaps he would volunteer his intentions if only someone would ask.

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#5 of 12 OFFLINE   Joel Vardy

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Posted December 26 2002 - 09:22 AM

I see from a Google search that not only is The African Queen available in R2 but that it has been remastered for this release and has a good audio commentary track included by Jack Cardiff. Why the holdup for R1 I don't understand, unless there is less demand here than in Europe Posted Image . I hope that isn't true, though by the lack of response to this thread I suspect most readers don't know much about this classic or just don't care.

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#6 of 12 OFFLINE   Jeff Adkins

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Posted December 26 2002 - 09:23 AM

The UK special edition of African Queen is pretty nice. It has audio commentary by Jack Cardiff and features the original poster art on the packaging.

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#7 of 12 OFFLINE   Jeff Adkins

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Posted December 26 2002 - 09:24 AM

Oops. Looks like Joel and I posted the same info at the same time.

#8 of 12 OFFLINE   Joel Vardy

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Posted December 27 2002 - 09:11 AM

Thanks, Jeff. I assume you have the R2 release of AQ. How does it look? Is it worth waiting for the R1 release (assuming it is forthcoming Posted Image ). I don't have a way to play back R2 material.

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#9 of 12 OFFLINE   Voon Jiet

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Posted December 27 2002 - 04:05 PM

I got so tired of waiting for Schindler's List, I finally decided to pick up the Letterboxed LD a couple of days ago. I am still hopeful for a release in 2003 4th Quarter though.

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Posted December 28 2002 - 08:46 AM

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Posted January 01 2003 - 09:12 PM

What's more the R2 has stunning pitcure quality and it's only £6.99 in the hmv.co.uk sale!

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Posted January 02 2003 - 01:08 AM

I have an extra copy (in mint condition) of the Japanese R2 NTSC "The African Queen" DVD if anyone's interested. I'll sell it for just $15 shipped! (PayPal or money order) E-mail me.
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