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Where's the Arthur:SE?


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#1 of 25 OFFLINE   Haden

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Posted October 08 2006 - 08:03 PM

I seem to recall reading somewhere a year ago that a special edition (or at least anamorphic upgrade) of Arthur was in the works for release in 2006. We're nearing the end of the year and there's no confirmation of this. Did I just imagine that rumor?

#2 of 25 OFFLINE   DanFe

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Posted October 08 2006 - 09:21 PM

I would welcome a cd soundtrack to go with it.

#3 of 25 OFFLINE   walter o

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Posted October 08 2006 - 11:04 PM

a S.E of ARTHUR might be a tough one, considering all the major participants (Dudley Moore, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Stephen Elliot, Ted Ross, Paul Gleason and writer/director Steve Gordon) , except for Liza Minnelli, are no longer with us.

#4 of 25 OFFLINE   MielR

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Posted October 09 2006 - 05:46 AM

Was there ever a letterboxed DVD even? I think the only DVD I've seen was P&S.
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#5 of 25 OFFLINE   Haden

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Posted October 09 2006 - 12:54 PM

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Was there ever a letterboxed DVD even? I think the only DVD I've seen was P&S.

Yeah, that's all I'm aware of being released. At this point I'd just be happy with a new anamorphic transfer, considering the impossibility of putting together new interviews/extra features. Did any laserdisc release ever have anything extra on it worth porting?

#6 of 25 OFFLINE   Haden

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Posted October 09 2006 - 01:14 PM

Okay, I did some digging and found the source from which I believed Arthur to be coming out this year....

This is the from the February 2006 Warner HTF chat:

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[PaulScott] Much thanks for making yourselves so accessible as well as the generally high quality of your output (and the use of original Key art on the jackets is VERY MUCH appreciated!). any chance for A Summer Place, a Natalie Wood boxset or remasters of Outland, Exclaibur or Year of Living Dangerously or Arthur?

[Warner] Good questions, Mr. Scott!

[Warner] Thank you for the nice words about our packaging. I'll pass them along to our unsung heroes and heroines at WHV Creative Services!

[Warner] We want to release A SUMMER PLACE. it will probably be next year, as will a Natalie Wood set. We know ARTHUR, EXCALIBUR and OUTLAND all need to be improved in quality. We'll be looking into all of them, and DANGEROUSLY, and especially ARTHUR, since this year is his silver anniversary, and we have a sparkling new transfer!

So all the way back in February they confirmed a new transfer has been completed, and they implied plans to release Arthur this year for its 25th anniversary. So.... what happened? If they wanted it out before the end of the year, we should have seen an announcement by now. Too bad nobody followed up on it in the June chat. Posted Image

#7 of 25 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted October 09 2006 - 02:42 PM

Arthur is one of my favorites....and would be a great HD-DVD entry from Warner. Warner, are you listening? Posted Image

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Posted October 09 2006 - 02:53 PM

"You must have hated that moose." Posted Image

Oh man, it has been wayyy too long since I have seen this movie. I would love an HD release myself.

#9 of 25 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted October 09 2006 - 03:27 PM

I'd be in! Although the comedic plot centered around an alcoholic may not hold up very well in this day and age (I don't think this movie would get made today because of current mores against alcohol abuse), some of the damn funniest lines are still very much quotable today (mostly thanks to Dudley Moore and John Gielgud, I think):

Susan: A real woman could stop you from drinking.
Arthur: It'd have to be a real BIG woman.

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Arthur: He's taking the knife out of the cheese! Do you think he wants some cheese?

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Arthur: Don't you HATE Perry's wife?

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Hobson: Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.
Gloria, Hooker: Hi.
Hobson: You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness!

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And on and on and on.

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#10 of 25 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted October 10 2006 - 05:34 AM

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"You must have hated that moose." Posted Image

Oh man, it has been wayyy too long since I have seen this movie. I would love an HD release myself.

Great one Shawn. One of my favorite moments from Arthur Posted Image


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Gloria, Hooker: Hi.
Hobson: You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness!

And a great one too Mike! Posted Image.


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Posted October 10 2006 - 06:58 AM

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So all the way back in February they confirmed a new transfer has been completed, and they implied plans to release Arthur this year for its 25th anniversary.

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Posted October 10 2006 - 08:49 AM

This really needs a SE. The audio on my original copy is horrible. I still think Ronnie Wood could've probably sued the filmmakers over this one, though. Posted Image


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Posted October 10 2006 - 12:52 PM

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This really needs a SE. The audio on my original copy is horrible.

Tell me about it. The original copy was one of the first DVDs I ever bought (and this was before I got my first DVD player in 2000) and the audio is downright horrible. I know because when I was a senior in high school, this was the one movie of mine that my teacher decided to show, and the volume, even at top levels, was still hard to hear.

Warner, where is that SE already?
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Posted October 13 2006 - 05:21 AM

I'd just like to have it OAR preferably now in HD DVD.

#15 of 25 OFFLINE   MielR

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Posted October 13 2006 - 07:39 AM

For some bizarre reason, the inferior sequel (Arthur 2: On The Rocks) is available in widescreen DVD.
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Posted October 13 2006 - 01:04 PM

An HD-DVD could be very possible.

Arthur will be airing on HDNet Movies in November.

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Posted October 13 2006 - 08:15 PM

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An HD-DVD could be very possible.

Arthur will be airing on HDNet Movies in November.


AWESOME!

#18 of 25 OFFLINE   Mark Bendiksen

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Posted October 14 2006 - 02:48 PM


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Arthur will be airing on HDNet Movies in November.
I didn't realize that...extremely cool.


#19 of 25 OFFLINE   David Wilkins

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Posted March 09 2008 - 04:41 AM

Yet another year+ has passed. Any news from reliable sources? It's hard to believe that the only DVD of this romantic comedy classic, dates back to when 1:33 releases were commonplace.


As a side note: I've spent 99% of my forum time in the HDM section, for the past year and a half. It's great to rediscover the SD forum. It's great to hear actual talk about movies again, instead of market penetration and price-points. Think I've heard enough of it.

#20 of 25 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted March 09 2008 - 09:29 AM

I wonder about this. Even though this film was such a large part of my youth (almost all the lines can be quoted by my wife and I...and still are in the appropriate situation--or, inappropriate, as the case may be) I wonder if too much time has passed.

I rather cringe nowadays at the shots of Arthur driving his Bentley with his steering wheel in one hand and a drink in the other. For me, Arthur might be a film that hasn't "grown up" along with me.

Or, I guess I'm just turning into a sour, old man! Posted Image

There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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