Posted January 15 2007 - 06:39 AM
| Originally Posted by Roger Rollins |
Maybe there's a problem with the negative or other elements that require longer restoration?
Maybe they ARE doing an Olivia de Havilland collection?
Maybe it's scheduled for a CAGNEY V.2 set for next year? Maybe they plan to put it together with the 1933 Gary Cooper "ONE SUNDAY AFTERNOON" which it was a remake of, or the 1948 WB musical remake with the same title as the '33 Cooper. WB owns all three. We can second guess, but I have been so impressed with their acumen, that I trust they have not left that great film in an abyss. Nor do I doubt that they will be working with the pre-code Cagneys. I think they even indicated as much either here in an HTF chat, or perhaps in another venue.
Cagney made lots of different kinds of films during his prime 30 years as a movie icon, and Warner owns almost all of them. Like Flynn, Bogart, Davis, and several others, his cinematic legacy is part of the foundaton that built the place.
I trust the good folks at WB have lots of great things in store for future releases featuring many (if not hopefully,all) the films that made the studio the legendary success that it was during the true golden days of the industry.
I'm impressed with them too (that should go without saying! In the past year, after I finally decided to give up on my crumbling VHS collection, I've spent more than 30% of my income on Warner box sets)--but I don't see what possible harm there could be in doing a little good-natured agitating!
Everyone ought to speak out about exactly which films they want to see, the better to give the intelligent and sensitive people at Warners a chance to gauge the mood of the public. I hate war movies and westerns, but I don't expect fans of those kinds of films not to vote in their favour (in fact, I assume that they HAVE been doing so--for exhibit A, see the Stewart set, which I did NOT buy... I would've liked to see a collection of late-thirties dramas and comedies, i.e. the unreleased Margaret Sullavan films, Of Human Hearts, etc. but I know I'd be outvoted there)
As for the behind-the-scenes factors that you discuss... Of course, there's always the possibility that the things that fans want aren't technically possible at this moment, but I'd say it's our duty (on messageboards, I mean), in the interests of keeping the field as wide-open as possible, to assume that the film could be released (unless we receive definite information to the contrary). Don't you think?
By the way--I love your idea for a One Sunday Afternoon set (I like the musical remake pretty well, and I've always wanted to see the Cooper version)