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#1 of 58 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted February 14 2012 - 11:07 AM

So far as I know, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 10 and Victor Victoria are the only films directed by Blake Edwards to get a Blu-ray release, leaving most of his best work to the old format. Setting aside the runaway hits in the Pink Panter franchise, some of Edwards' best work is vastly underrated. Time for the studios to reconsider their Blake Edwards holdings, and give audiences a chance to catch up on his lesser known films. We're talking state of the art cinema and some very wise storytelling from one of the cinema's finest directors. I would like to see the following on Blu-ray: The Man Who Loved Women, 1983 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ S.O.B., 1981 uncut and uncensored http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ The Tamarind Seed, 1974 a special favorite of mine http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ The Carey Treatment, 1972 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Wild Rovers, 1971 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Darling Lili, 1970 restored, in both versions http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ The Party, 1968 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Gunn, 1967 unreleased to home video in any format http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ What Did You Do In the War Daddy? 1966 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ The Great Race, 1965 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ A Shot In the Dark, 1964 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ The Pink Panther, 1963 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Days of Wine and Roses, 1963 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Who would like to see more Blake Edwards on Blu-ray?

#2 of 58 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted February 14 2012 - 11:22 AM

The poster art by Jeff Davis (Mad Magazine) for The Party is such a hoot, here's an enlarged detail (let's show it BIG, Mr Crawford, please): http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/

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Posted February 14 2012 - 11:54 AM

The original Pink Panther is out in the UK as a region free title on a BD-50 with DTS 5.1HD sound, extensive extras.
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#4 of 58 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted February 14 2012 - 12:16 PM

Pretty sure Pink Panther is out in the US too. I can swear I've seen it. Put me down for SOB, which is my favorite of Edwards' films and The Carey Treatment which is based on a great book by Michael Crichton called "A Case of Need" which was written before he started using his own name and was still in med school in Boston. One you didn't mention is Switch, his final film with Ellen Barkin and Jimmy Smits.
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Posted February 14 2012 - 01:10 PM

Given that THE CAREY TREATMENT and WILD ROVERS recently appeared as Warner Archive titles, I wouldn't expect to see them on Blu anytime soon. SON OF THE PINK PANTHER (93) was his (and Herbert Lom's) final movie. (Lom, 94, is still with us.) THE TAMARIND SEED is one of those movies that seems to have disappeared on these shores, even on cable. One I'd like to see: EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, which is OOP on DVD. Twilight Time could do a good Blu of this Columbia title, with its Mancini score isolated.

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Posted February 14 2012 - 01:38 PM

Wasn't there a director's edit of The Carey Treatment before James Aubrey recut it? And doesn't that suvive in the vaults? There may be an opportunity there. MGM should have known when they made a poster showing one cowboy hugging another on a horse that they were shooting WILD ROVERS stone cold dead at the box office. Despite critical praise and positive word of mouth, the film failed. It remains a fine and memorable western, very humanistic, one of the best westerns of the 1970s. Give it a commentary and a featurette -- I recorded the theatrical preview featurette off TCM recently -- and it will invite consumer interest. Also, this is one instance where the studio had better change the poster.

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Posted February 14 2012 - 02:08 PM

S.O.B. and Vic/Vic (the movie) should both be Special Editions Tamarind Seed (there's at least a making-of out there somewhere) That's Life! (extremely rare but diverting)

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Posted February 14 2012 - 02:10 PM

We got The Days and Wine and Roses' TV version from Criterion, so I'd love to come full circle and let them do the film version which is devastating.



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Posted February 14 2012 - 02:19 PM

Experiment In Terror is an oop Columbia DVD. It can still be had if you're willing to pay the price: http://www.amazon.co...TF8&me=&seller= I'm not. But it's an excellent suspense thriller and it would look fine on Blu-ray. An isolated score is a good idea. http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/

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Posted February 15 2012 - 04:23 AM

The original Pink Panther is out in the UK as a region free title on a BD-50 with DTS 5.1HD sound, extensive extras.

. . . and superb picture quality.

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Posted February 15 2012 - 05:36 AM

Regarding "Victor/Victoria" --- I believe that only the inferior stage version has been released on Blu-Ray, so I wouldn't place "V/V" among "the only films directed by Blake Edwards to get a Blu-ray release." An HD version of "V/V" has been available on cable for quite some time---I recall seeing it on HD Net at least 5 years ago.

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Posted February 15 2012 - 06:31 AM

Actually Warner Bros. holds the rights to Victor/Victoria, as it was an MGM production made prior to 1986.
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Posted February 15 2012 - 06:49 AM

Much to my annoyance, V.V. and S.O.B. have both been long out of print on DVD.


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Posted February 15 2012 - 07:02 AM

Thanks for posting all those posters and in hi-res too. Most of these I hadnt seen before. I'm hoping the rest of the Pink Panthers will appear on Blu this year and hopefully The Party as well.

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Posted February 15 2012 - 08:06 AM

I would love to have the original film Victor/Victoria on Blu-Ray, along with The Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, The Party, the rest of the Sellers-era Pink Panther series, S.O.B. and Micki + Maude.


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Posted February 15 2012 - 11:04 AM

Wasn't there a director's edit of The Carey Treatment before James Aubrey recut it? And doesn't that suvive in the vaults? There may be an opportunity there. MGM should have known when they made a poster showing one cowboy hugging another on a horse that they were shooting WILD ROVERS stone cold dead at the box office. Despite critical praise and positive word of mouth, the film failed. It remains a fine and memorable western, very humanistic, one of the best westerns of the 1970s. Give it a commentary and a featurette -- I recorded the theatrical preview featurette off TCM recently -- and it will invite consumer interest. Also, this is one instance where the studio had better change the poster.

Wild Rovers got recut by the studio and we had heard many years later someone with MGM/Turner let him go back and fix it, but there wasn't enough left to make it right. So according to the Edwards family the latest version may be a bit closer, but is still not his original cut. However I know fans of Darling Lili do NOT like his half hour shorter cut, as some of the star's best moments were lost. Paramount Homevid people were surprised he wanted to take out so much rather than reorganize or put anything back. When they heard about an overture and exit music being on the album, they quickly added them back so the running time of the new version wouldn't look quite so short. When the Directors' Guild did a retro salute in the early 90s, they ran the original cut rather than the new one because that's what the studio sent out. Makes you wonder if they ever made prints of the cut version.

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Posted February 15 2012 - 01:37 PM

Blake Edwards' career as a screenwriter and director is overdue for re-evaluation by film historians.  Edwards wrote screenplays for most of the films he directed, and his films have certain recurring themes.  The transition from youth into middle-age was addressed humorously in such films as 10, The Man Who Loved Women, and That's Life!  Hollywood film-making is satirized gently (and not so gently) in films like The Party, SOB, and Sunset.  Gender roles and identities are also a theme running through such films as Switch, Victor/Victoria, Micki & Maude, and Gunn.


Henry Mancini scored many of Edwards' films, and composed the memorable "Moon River" for Breakfast At Tiffany's, The Pink Panther theme, and the sublime theme to Peter Gunn.  Edwards created the Peter Gunn TV series and wrote and directed a number of episodes.  Edwards revived Peter Gunn twice, in a theatrical feature with original star Craig Stevens in 1967 (Gunn) and again in a 1988 telefilm (Peter Gunn) starring Peter Strauss.


My HTF icon is the theatrical poster from Gunn(1967) because I like the 60s Bond-style artwork and I love the character and TV series.  I hope to see Gunn released on DVD or Blu-ray and I am trying to promote the film in my own little way since it has never been released in any format, be it VHS, Beta, laserdisc, or DVD.  There is a myth floating around still that there is an international cut of Gunn with nude footage of star Sherry Jackson.  This is apparently just a myth, however, according to a recent interview by Jackson:  http://cdn2-b.examin...sign-right-next


Gunn is an underappreciated and little seen film that I would love to see released in its original aspect ratio on disc, and it would be nice to see the complete TV series released finally as well.


Operation: Petticoat would also be nice to see on BD.  Tony Curtis used his time with Cary Grant to good effect since he later copied Grant's accent in a few scenes in Some Like It Hot.  If the studios are listening, I for one will buy every Blake Edwards film released on BD.




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Posted February 15 2012 - 06:13 PM

Thanks for recapping Blake Edwards' career and pointing out some of the themes of his films. He also wrote several films for other directors (particularly Richard Quine) and a handful of telefilms. I would add that he was an actor's director and a fine editor; his pacing and comedy timing were impeccable. But not all his films were comedies. Serious drama and character arc underscore all his work, some films more than others, and it keeps the comedies grounded in characters we can relate to. Days of Wine and Roses is a gut-wrencher about alcoholism destroying marriage and destroying lives. That scene where Jack Lemmon reluctantly goes back to the motel to console wife Lee Remick is heartbreaking. One look at her and he knows how far he's come, that he cannot save her, and that she cannot help herself. It's all downhill for her now. He is completely helpless and on the verge of succumbing like she did if he doesn't get out of there. So he abandons her. Just an unforgettable scene. Ingmar Bergman couldn't have directed it better. Wild Rovers starts out jovial with some perfectly pitched comedy but gradually escalates into tragedy with a story that has no real antecedent in the genre. To see what Edwards finds in the western is to wish he made more of them. Most people have seen Operation Petticoat and Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I think home video enthusiasts would welcome the chance to watch the earlier films Blake Edwards wrote and directed. He always worked in color (except Days of Wine and Roses) and in a widescreen ratio, so the films fit right in with today's HD monitors. I'll bet his early films are full of surprises. Breakfast At Tiffany's, 1961 on Blu-ray and DVD http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ This Happy Feeling, 1960 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ High Time, 1960 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ The Perfect Furlough, 1959 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Operation Pettifocat, 1959 on DVD http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Mister Cory, 1957 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ He Laughed Last, 1956 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/ Bring Your Smile Along, 1955 http://static.hometh...um.com/imgrepo/

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Posted April 17 2012 - 06:47 AM

S.O.B., Victor/Victoria, and Skin Deep are being released today on DVD via the Warner Archive.

I am happy that these are available on DVD rather than being out of print but I am astonished that any one of these titles is not being prepared for release on Blu-ray.


S.O.B. was apparently one of Edwards' favorite films.  It was certainly one of his most personal films since much of it was autobiographically based on his experiences dealing with Hollywood executives.  There was an Academy sponsored screening of S.O.B. on September 30, 2010, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.  Blake Edwards was present to introduce the film and was accompanied by his wife Julie Andrews and daughter Jennifer Edwards.  I had tickets to this event but was unable to attend at the last minute, to my continuing regret.  Sadly, Edwards passed away several months later.


Victor/Victoria may be considered one of Edwards' masterpieces.  Although Edwards adapted the material, rather than creating new material as he did with most of his screenplays, the film deals with the theme of gender identity and confusion, a theme running through many of his other films like Switch and Gunn.


Skin Deep is a fun and entertaining film.  It is worth the price of admission for the "light saber" scene alone.  I remember seeing this film in a packed movie theater and everyone in the audience was practically falling out of their scenes with laughter during that scene.  It is still funny on television but there is something to be said for the shared experience of viewing a comedy with an audience when laughter becomes infectious.



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Posted April 17 2012 - 08:11 AM

The first two films most definitely deserve to be on Blu-ray. Their placement in the archives is a bit puzzling and a little depressing, too.






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