FOR THE RELEASE OF
Here is the situation as I know it at this point...
Sony had put "1776" on its schedule for Blu-ray release. It was to be released this July. It was supposed to be the Special Edition release that fans had been begging for ever since the Restored Director's Cut DVD release in 2002, which was a bit of a disappointment compared to the Pioneer Laserdisc Editon 10 years prior.
That 1992 laserdisc release of 1776 was one of the most incredible video restorations ever done. It incorporated 40 minutes worth of footage that had never been seen by the public since early screenings in 1972.
Director Peter Hunt had agreed to go back to the editing table and put back many of the sequences that originally appeared in the 1992 laserdisc, but were omitted in the 2002 Director's Cut DVD. The branching features of Blu-ray would allow viewers to select between the Theatrical, Director's Cut and Kitchen Sink versions.
Sony suddenly pulled the title from its release schedule most likely over concern that they could not effectively sell this catalog release. As all of you are aware, the classic market has been greatly shrinking over the past few years and studios are licensing such releases to other companies.
Peter Hunt is willing to give the fans the release they have been asking for. There is a wealth of material that can be put back into this film.
In order for Sony to put this project back on schedule for 2013, they need to be convinced that they can sell such an extravagant Blu-ray release of a classic musical.
It is my understanding, it would not be impossible to convince Sony to reconsider their plans if enough interest were shown.
We need all fans of this film to do the following:
1. Send an email to Sony at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Send a snail mail to Sony at this address:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA, 90232-3195
3. Go on other Blu-ray and film discussion forums and bring this message to their members. This is extremely important. We cannot effectively run this campaign from one forum only.
I have provided a sample of what you can write to Sony. However, I am sure many of you can do better.
Please reprint the letters you write to Sony in this thread to help and motivate others compose their own.
Dear Sony,It is our understanding that plans were initially put forward to release an extended Special Edition of the 1972 film, "1776" to Blu-ray.However, fans are now learning that those plans have been cancelled.I understand Sony is very apprehensive about putting out classic titles that they feel won't sell.However, we are asking fans "1776" to write emails and letters to Sony in hopes of convincing the studio that there is a large number of individuals willing to purchase the Special Edition they have been waiting years to surface.
Director Peter Hunt is willing to use the branching features of Blu-ray to incorporate cut footage that fans have not seen since a laserdisc release of the film in the early 1990s. We feel this is the very last opportunity your studio may have to put together the ultimate fan edition and make it available on a disc format.
Please consider putting "1776" back on schedule and allowing Director Peter Hunt to assemble a release that will be widely embraced by a huge fanbase who have loved this musical for the past 40 years.Thank you in advance.Ron Epstein