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THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: COLLECTOR'S EDITION


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#1 of 32 Charles H

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Posted June 03 2008 - 01:32 AM

Classicflix.com has a post for a 9/9 release of THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: COLLECTORS EDITION. There are no specific details, but from the retail price ($26.99), I would suspect that it's a 2 discer. Hopefully, it would include some of the footage of Laughton directing the film (7 hours+?) that was unearthed a few years ago.
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Posted June 03 2008 - 01:38 AM

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Classicflix.com has a post for a 9/9 release of THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER: COLLECTORS EDITION. There are no specific details, but from the retail price ($26.99), I would suspect that it's a 2 discer. Hopefully, it would include some of the footage of Laughton directing the film (7 hours+?) that was unearthed a few years ago.
Hopefully, it will be in its original aspect ratio. This great film deserves no less. This is one film that would look great in HD, too bad a BRD is not coming too.




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#3 of 32 Haggai

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Posted June 03 2008 - 01:46 AM

Awesome news, let's hope it's worth the wait!

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Posted June 03 2008 - 01:50 AM

Fantastic. I'm hoping that this gorgeous, gorgeous film will be given the release it has long deserved.
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Posted June 03 2008 - 03:02 AM

If they're smart, they'd interview Peter Graves and other surviving cast/crew members. I bet threr's a lot of great stories about the film, and personalities like Laughton, Mitchum, Winters, and Miss Lillian Gish.
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Posted June 03 2008 - 03:06 AM

I've been waiting for this for roughly more than 5 years.

AWESOME!!

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Posted June 03 2008 - 06:38 AM

nice! I've watched the previous release a few times now, and well gladly upgrade! This is a movie that keeps getting better each time you watch it.

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Posted June 03 2008 - 11:55 AM

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Hopefully, it will be in its original aspect ratio. This great film deserves no less.
Absolutely. This should definitely be matted to a widescreen ratio.

I may be opening a can of worms asking this, but... anybody know what the intended aspect ratio was?
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#9 of 32 Gordon McMurphy

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Posted June 03 2008 - 01:44 PM

I reckon that the intended ratio was 1.66:1.

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Posted June 03 2008 - 03:35 PM

The IMBD has it listed as a 1.66 ratio, but it was probably shot with an open matte.

#11 of 32 Robert Crawford

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Posted June 03 2008 - 07:27 PM

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The IMBD has it listed as a 1.66 ratio, but it was probably shot with an open matte.
AFI list the film at 1.85:1 ratio.

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#12 of 32 Jim Peavy

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Posted June 04 2008 - 02:43 AM

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AFI list the film at 1.85:1 ratio.
I would lean toward this one. An awful lot of dead space above and below.
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#13 of 32 Haggai

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Posted June 04 2008 - 03:29 AM

I saw a screening of the UCLA restoration a couple of months ago, and I'm pretty sure they showed it at 1.85:1 (it definitely wasn't 1.37:1).

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Posted June 04 2008 - 04:38 AM

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I saw a screening of the UCLA restoration a couple of months ago, and I'm pretty sure they showed it at 1.85:1 (it definitely wasn't 1.37:1).
Which makes sense because I think AFI was the one that received the film elements and Laughton footage from his widow, Elsa Lanchester. AFI then gave the elements to UCLA and they restored it.




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#15 of 32 Charles Ellis

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Posted June 04 2008 - 04:48 AM

That's Lanchester, Mr. Crawford!
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Posted June 04 2008 - 05:52 AM

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That's Lanchester, Mr. Crawford!
Sorry, but I was multi-tasking and mixed up my family name with the late Ms. Lanchester. Anyhow, at least you got a chance to correct me.




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Posted June 04 2008 - 06:57 AM

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#18 of 32 JohnPM

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Posted June 04 2008 - 08:47 AM

The MGM/UA high definition channel ran "Night Of The Hunter" last month and it was widescreen.

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Posted June 04 2008 - 11:41 AM

I'm thrilled about this and can't wait for details to be posted!

There's a film screening tonight in Montreal, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to be sourced from a newly struck restored print.

I hope details and artwork follow shortly!

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Posted June 09 2008 - 02:25 PM

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After announcing last week a September 9th release date for The Night of the Hunter (Collector's Edition), an industry source has now informed us that it been removed from the schedule. When asked for a ballpark release date, he could only say that it will happen, but could not say when.

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