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SPHE Press Release: The Premiere Frank Capra Collection


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#21 of 26 OFFLINE   Brandon Conway

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Posted November 04 2006 - 03:59 AM

Or Sony's first, since they still have other Capra films they could release in a future box set (The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Lost Horizon, Platinum Blonde, The Miracle Woman, The Matinee Idol, etc.)

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#22 of 26 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted November 04 2006 - 04:14 AM

I might have a preference for a particular commentator, and I might not listen to a commentary by some people, but that has nothing to do with whether I buy this. If the films are significantly upgraded picture wise, I'm buying, even if the only commentary is by Alvin & the Chipmunks. And without picture improvement, I wouldn't buy this if Frank Capra, Sr. recorded the commentary from beyond the grave.
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#23 of 26 OFFLINE   Jefty

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Posted November 04 2006 - 04:52 AM

ultmately, I agree with you George... As a scholar interested in Capra, I'll have to have this set, and I'm sure these DVDs will be improvements upon my VHS copies of the films...but still, I do think it's nice when the home entertainment people go the extra mile and provide stimulating (rather than platitudinous!) accompaniment to the films...

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Posted November 04 2006 - 04:54 AM


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#25 of 26 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted November 05 2006 - 08:43 AM

That's funny Mike! Posted Image Actually, if properly done, perhaps and Alvin & the Chipmunks commentary could be great, especially if co-written by a very knowledgable film historian and a very funny comic.
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#26 of 26 OFFLINE   Rick Z.

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Posted November 19 2006 - 12:54 AM

Can't wait for reviews on the set.




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