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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   Eric Huffstutler

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Posted June 21 2005 - 08:56 AM

Re: Wings (1927) Has anyone heard any more about this 1927 academy award winner being released by Paramount. Seemed to remember some talk a while back about it and know its on VHS. Eric

#2 of 17 OFFLINE   Tory

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Posted June 21 2005 - 01:52 PM

I swear I had seen this on DVD but amazon says it has not been released yet but it has a sign up for an e-mail once the title is announced. This does not mean that it will be coming out on DVD, just that there has been a great deal of searching for it on their site or something. Go ahead and sign up for the e-mail, a few things that pop up at amazon like this have been released on DVD so maybe they send it to the company that would make it. DVDSpot seems to list one from a bo-ying region 0, must be an import or something.
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#3 of 17 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted June 21 2005 - 03:42 PM

I don't see how Paramount could not bring this out, as it will soon be the only Oscar-winner not yet available on DVD.

#4 of 17 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted June 21 2005 - 04:47 PM

Well... Sunrise's mail-in/boxset-only disc is OOP (Best Artistic Production of 1927-1928) - Fox Cimarron isn't out yet (it's actually not that bad) - Warner Cavalcade isn't out yet - Fox So, there's 4 left. In comparison, almost all AFI 100's are out (we're just waiting for The Jazz Singer and King Kong, both in the works). Paramount could make a killing if they put out a series called "Paramount Silents". All could feature the existing Gaylord Carter stereo scores, commentaries, and other features. Just look at how notable their silents are... Wings - First BP winner, Gary Cooper, Clara Bow Running Wild - W.C. Fields Docks of New York - Josef von Sternberg The Last Command - von Sternberg and Emil Jannings The Wedding March - Erich von Stroheim and Fay Wray (!) The Covered Wagon - James Cruze Underworld - von Sternberg, gangster film Paramount really ought to do something, considering that Warner Bros. will have almost a dozen silents on DVD by next year (The Unknown, The Ace of Hearts, Laugh Clown Laugh, The Cameraman, Spite Marraige, Ben-Hur, The Temptress, The Flesh and the Devil, The Mysterious Lady, Camille, and The Big Parade).

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Posted June 21 2005 - 05:09 PM

Actually, Sunrise isn't out of print anymore.

#6 of 17 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted June 22 2005 - 01:34 AM

Also waiting for The African Queen (at least in R1), and both Wuthering Heights & Double Indemnity are long OOP (I think a re-release is rumored for the latter).
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Posted June 22 2005 - 01:49 AM

Cimarron will be out in February 2006 according to George Feltenstein (sp?) in an article that ran in USA Today. It will be part of next year's Oscar promotion package. Calvalcade is supposedly going to be a Fox Studio Classics release at some point.
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Posted June 22 2005 - 03:16 AM

I agree with Patrick Paramount have some great silents in their library. Why don't they release them on DVD ? Obviously because they believe they won't sell, a release of Wings was in the balance and that is an Oscar winner which doesn'tbode well for the others. Paramount are running out of big classic titles after Morgan's Creek, African Queen and Ace in the Hole see the light of day, apart from those I'm not sure what the studio can offer classic film fans if it doesn't delve into its silents apart from reissues.

#9 of 17 OFFLINE   Mark Zimmer

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Posted June 22 2005 - 03:25 AM

I thought I remembered hearing something about Paramount doing an 80th anniversary release in 2007. But that could just be my imagination.

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Posted June 22 2005 - 06:04 AM

Let me put it to you this way-- a MAJOR contract player at Paramount (who has lately made headlines in tabloids for his weird behavior) tried to persuade them to release some of their silent caché-- to no avail. I'm afraid, unless some of the employment in the HV department at Paramount changes, we will not be seeing any silents on DVD soon, Academy Award winners or not. They are the ONLY company that has refused to put out their AA winners on video, although the Academy is currently facing trouble with collecting Academy Award winning shorts from a company that owns almost 90% of them. Here is a list of all of the Paramount/Famous Players Lasky titles they own that still exits: Abie's Irish Rose * * * 28 * * *PAR Adam's Rib * * *23 * * *FPL Are Parents People? * * 25 * * *FPL Barbed Wire * * 27 * * *PAR Beau Geste * * *26 * * *FPL Bedroom Window, The * * 24 * * *FPL Beggars of Life 28 * * *PAR Behind the Front * * * *26 * * *FPL Bella Donna * * 23 * * *FPL Big Killing, The * * * *28 * * *PAR Blonde or Brunette * * *27 * * *FPL Bluff * 24 * * *FPL Breaking Point, The * * 24 * * *FPL Call of the Canyon, The 23 * * *FPL Canadian, The * 26 * * *FPL Casey at the Bat * * * *27 * * *FPL Chang * 27 * * *PAR Changing Husbands * * * 24 * * *FPL Children of Divorce * * 27 * * *FPL Chinatown Nights * * * *29 * * *PAR Code of the Sea, The * *24 * * *FPL Covered Wagon, The * * *23 * * *FPL Dancing Mothers 26 * * *FPL Diplomacy * * * 26 * * *FPL Docks of New York, The *28 * * *PAR Doomsday * * * *28 * * *FPL Eagle of the Sea, The * 26 * * *FPL Enemy Sex, The *24 * * *FPL Eve's Secret * *25 * * *FPL Fair Week * * * 24 * * *FPL Feel My Pulse * 28 * * *PAR Fighting Coward, The * *24 * * *FPL Fine Manners * *26 * * *FPL Forbidden Paradise * * *24 * * *FPL Forgotten Faces 28 * * *PAR Four Feathers, The * * *29 * * *PAR Gentleman of Paris, A * 27 * * *PAR Golden Bed, The 25 * * *FPL Grand Duchess and the Waiter, The * * * 26 * * *FPL Grumpy *23 * * *FPL Hands Up! * * * 26 * * *FPL Heart Raider, The * * * 23 * * *FPL Heritage of the Desert, The * * 24 * * *FPL Hotel Imperial *27 * * *FPL Hula * *27 * * *PAR Humming Bird, The * * * 23 * * *FPL Irish Luck * * *25 * * *FPL It * * *27 * * *FPL It's the Old Army Game *26 * * *FPL Kick In 23 * * *FPL Kid Boots * * * 26 * * *FPL King on Main Street, The * * * *25 * * *FPL Kiss For Cinderella, A *26 * * *FPL Last Command, The * * * 28 * * *PAR Last Outlaw, The * * * *27 * * *PAR Legong *35 * * *PAR Let's Get Married * * * 26 * * *FPL Lord Jim * * * *25 * * *FPL Love 'Em and Leave 'Em *26 * * *FPL Lovers in Quarantine * *25 * * *FPL Lucky Devil * * 25 * * *FPL Lucky Lady, The 26 * * *FPL Manhandled * * *24 * * *FPL Mannequin * * * 26 * * *FPL Mantrap 26 * * *FPL Marquis Preferred * * * 29 * * *PAR Miss Bluebeard *25 * * *FPL Monsieur Beaucaire * * *24 * * *FPL Nevada *27 * * *PAR New Klondike, The * * * 26 * * *FPL Night Club, The 25 * * *FPL Night of Mystery, A * * 28 * * *PAR North of '36 * *24 * * *FPL Old Ironsides * 26 * * *PAR Open All Night *24 * * *FPL Padlocked * * * 26 * * *FPL Partners in Crime * * * 28 * * *PAR Peter Pan * * * 25 * * *FPL Pied Piper Malone * * * 24 * * *FPL Pony Express, The * * * 25 * * *FPL Quarterback, The * * * *26 * * *FPL Rango * 31 * * *PAR Redskin 28 * * *PAR Return of Dr. Fu Manchu, The * *30 * * *PAR Running Wild * *27 * * *PAR Senorita * * * *27 * * *PAR Shock Punch, The * * * *25 * * *FPL Show-Off, The * 26 * * *FPL Showdown, The * 28 * * *PAR Side Show of Life, The *24 * * *FPL So's Your Old Man * * * 26 * * *FPL Son of His Father, A * *25 * * *FPL Sorrows of Satan, The * 27 * * *FPL Spanish Dancer, The * * 23 * * *FPL Special Delivery * * * *27 * * *FPL Stage Struck * *25 * * *FPL Stairs of Sand *29 * * *PAR Stark Love * * *27 * * *PAR Swan, The * * * 25 * * *FPL Tabu * *31 * * *PAR Tell It to Sweeney * * *27 * * *PAR Ten Commandments, The * 23 * * *FPL That's My Baby *26 * * *FPL To the Last Man 23 * * *FPL Too Many Kisses 25 * * *FPL Triumph 24 * * *FPL Under the Tonto Rim * * 28 * * *PAR Underworld * * *27 * * *PAR Vanishing American, The 26 * * *FPL Volcano 26 * * *FPL Wanderer, The * 26 * * *FPL We're in the Navy Now * 26 * * *FPL Wedding March, The * * *28 * * *PAR Welcome Home * *25 * * *FPL Wild Bill Hickok * * * *23 * * *FPL Wild Horse Mesa 25 * * *FPL Wings * 28 * * *PAR Wolf Song * * * 29 * * *PAR Woman of the World, A * 25 * * *PAR Woman on Trial, The * * 27 * * *PAR Womanhandled * *25 * * *FPL You Never Know Women * *26 * * *FPL You'd Be Surprised * * *26 * * *FPL Zaza * *23 * * *FPL
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#11 of 17 OFFLINE   Jeffrey Nelson

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Posted June 22 2005 - 01:06 PM

Which company were CHANG and TABU licensed to for the old VHS releases?

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Posted June 22 2005 - 03:54 PM

I don't know the legalities behind these two titles, but I'd assume that since they've been distributed under other labels besides Paramount that they are now in Public Domain. The list I posted is merely extant Paramount films after 1922.
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#13 of 17 OFFLINE   Mark Zimmer

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Posted June 23 2005 - 02:01 AM

I'm not sure about Chang, but I think Tabu was an independent production that was just distributed by Paramount, so they may not have had ownership of it.

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Posted June 23 2005 - 03:30 AM

Always liked FEEL MY PULSE - 1928, and hoped some of those other Bebe Daniels comedies survived (like WHAT A NIGHT, and SWIM,GIRL,SWIM, etc.), but that Paramount list looks grim from that perspective. Not much Esther Ralston on that list, either. But, I'm glad to see THE BIG KILLING there. I have a fondness for hillbilly comedies, and for some odd reason, that's an item I would have assumed 'lost.' But, good grief, if WINGS is a tough sale, I might as well give up all hope of ever viewing such long-forgotten oddities. Indeed, I already have.

#15 of 17 OFFLINE   Colin Jacobson

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Posted June 23 2005 - 05:39 AM



Could you possibly have made it more obvious who you mean? Posted Image
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Posted June 23 2005 - 06:24 AM

Yes, but you never know whose lawyer might be reading this Posted Image
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#17 of 17 OFFLINE   Jack Theakston

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Posted June 24 2005 - 07:14 AM

In speaking to someone in the know, Paramount has apparently done a restoration of WINGS on a digital scale (that of METROPOLIS, if not better). In that case, it is only a matter of time before it will be on DVD. Perhaps this is an end of an era and the start of a new one!
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