They posted something about two months ago. There is a lot of talk on their Facebook page about Grimm and Raintree. Both films that they said needed major dollars and work and they know the interest in the films. They did say they would not use the 35mm elements for it is not the complete film as was seen in the Roadshow and if and when they do decide to go forward they want to do it right and give us the complete film, including Overture, Prologue, Intermission and the rest of the complete experience. All I am doing is repeating what they said, so please don't shoot the messenger.
Well, we already know that the Overture, Prologue, Intermission, etc, DO in fact exist, as they have been broadcasting them for a couple years, now. So they DO have that stuff, even the music tracks of those bits were released on CD. Some have even said that they saw the full 3 panels now where the Laser cht off some at the ends. (I am not sure about that but others have the means and inclination to do a frame to frame comparison between the LD and current Broadcast transfer and post it if they want.) But there is definite proof that the prologue, overture, etc exist in more than one form, therefore there we can easily and rationally reject what the "Messenger" brings, and not accept that claim as an excuse for not using releasing the 35mm composite. And again, they didn't exactly do Mame and Boy Friend "right" or in their best form on the current MOD DVD.
The Cinerama Travelogues are in pretty poor shape, but hat's off to Pacific Theatres and John Sittig, who is a fine gentleman and great advocate for Cinerama, for going forward with the project to get the films out in the best shape possible and I understand they have even expanded the project to now include all the original films. I will be one of the first to order each Blu-ray that is released. But Warners is not going to put Grimm out less than outstanding and that is from their mouth,
Agree that Sittig is a nice guy who wants the best, but the fact is he hasn't been granted the full power to implement things as we, (including he) would really deem the best. Still its better than not having him around to advocate at all. So my Cinerama hat is off to him... or it would be if I could buy one, but I can't because Pacific doesn't really believe in Cinerama enough to keep such merchandise in their store, most likely since people want Cinerama merchandise a million to one over ArcLight merch. As for Warners (the Horse's Mouth, or whatever orifice it actually came from ; ) stating they won't put out Grimm at less than its best, again there is evidence to the contrary, that they HAVE those bits ("the complete film, including Overture, Prologue, Intermission and the rest of the complete experience.") and HAVE released less than ideal transfers (Boy Friend, Mame) so rejecting that...
Discussion is always good. It gets people talking and Warner does read this forum and listen to what we have to say. Who knows, these conversations could be the ones that get them to act. I do have the laserdisc and will not part with it until there is a Blu-ray.
Now, THAT, Mr. Hollis is something I emphatically, TOTALLY and absolutely AGREE with! Nothing wrong with being a squeaky wheel, and no reason we alway shave to accept what studio spokespeople say, as they are more than occasionally not quite right. Mr. Feltenstein himself repeated the very exaggerated "water damage" claim - which Strohmaier has since reported not to be the case. Not faulting Feltenstein, as he hasn't had the consistent close proximity to the actual material as the other guy. And perhaps Feltenstein's position is similar to Sittig's in that he may have the best intentions but not the absolute authority or degree of involvement. I asked GF about some less than ideal authoring and presentation decisions of some extras on the otherwise stellar My Fair Lady and Zhivago SE DVD sets a few years ago. His answer: he had nothing to do with all that. He wasn't involved. Surprising, no? Now didn't you think that George was the Ultimate Authority on Warner's catalog? Maybe he is more like a WB "Ultimate Collectors Edition" which is apparently compiled by committee, and often missing expected QA, details, and material... ; ) Now Mr, Hollis, do you have the ability to capture and post frame comparisons from the Grimm Laserdisc and TCM broadcast? I'd say we could lay out pretty clearly something that could illustrate what exists vs what has been claimed.