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Plan 9 From Outer Space Blu-Ray review



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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   John Weller

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Posted May 27 2012 - 01:53 AM

It's rather ironic that none of Wood's main films have got decent dvds. Glen Or Glenda cut, Jail Bait and Bride Of The Monster cropped, Plan 9 and Night Of The Ghouls open matte... Mind you, isn't Wade Williams reputed to be a pain regarding restoration. There's some awful splices in his Detour that obliterate the dialogue! And of course, don't get me started on Rocketship X-M...

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 27 2012 - 05:55 AM

I offered to fund full restorations of his 3-D titles (Robot Monster, Cat Women of the Moon, Hannah Lee) and he rejected our offer. He's had 35mm elements on these 3-D films for nearly 30 years and has never even bothered to inspect him. What does that tell you about his interest in preservation?

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#3 of 12 OFFLINE   John Weller

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Posted May 27 2012 - 06:53 AM

I remember reading something by David Kalat about Williams refusing to collaborate on a Detour restoration. That said, did Legend license Plan 9 from Williams? I don't recall seeing his name on the packaging.

#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Bob Furmanek

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Posted May 27 2012 - 06:54 AM

No, apparently they challenged his "copyright" and found it to be bogus.

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Posted May 27 2012 - 06:59 AM

I'm not up on who Wade Williams is, but this is really sad to hear.



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Posted May 27 2012 - 08:49 AM

I take it he's the one who has the earliest film elements on Wood's films, or am I wrong? What is known to exist on his features in terms of pre-print elements? I remember that of the Image DVDs, Glen or Glenda looked worse than the rest.

In the case of GLEN OR GLENDA, I think what happened is that after the Medved-fueled revival of PLAN 9 in the '80's, with prodding from Warren Beatty (!), Paramount attempted doing a revival of the film, but never took it past a short NY opening. So they have a pristine negative of the film, but Williams had an older print that he could claim PD status on to service to the labels that were making package deals on his Ed Wood films.
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Posted June 15 2012 - 05:34 PM

In the case of GLEN OR GLENDA, I think what happened is that after the Medved-fueled revival of PLAN 9 in the '80's, with prodding from Warren Beatty (!), Paramount attempted doing a revival of the film, but never took it past a short NY opening. So they have a pristine negative of the film, but Williams had an older print that he could claim PD status on to service to the labels that were making package deals on his Ed Wood films.

On Williams dvd, he's clearly spliced in the 70's/80s title card (with the "25th anniversary" subtitle blurred out) onto his edited print.

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Posted June 15 2012 - 09:55 PM

Wade Williams is a guy who has had rare prints(one-of-a-kind type) that he refuses to give or whatever to the original producers who have lost their prints etc. One comes to mind being the Alice Faye 365 Nights in Hollywood made by Fox. I do have a poor DVD that came thru him of that film.


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Posted June 16 2012 - 05:59 AM

Originally Posted by Bob Furmanek 

I find it interesting that some will proclaim Wood the Worst Director and they're citing open matte flaws which were never meant to be seen...
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The open matte availability of Mr. Wood's films only acerbated and enhanced his reputation over time.  Perhaps we would have a different view of his abiltites as a director if we saw the films in the OAR.  On second thought, don't think so.  Posted Image


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Posted June 16 2012 - 07:47 AM

Wade Williams has always been bogus - how can HE have a copyright? HE is not the filmmaker or the producers and he didn't purchase a copyright from them. But he did get lots of prints and talked really loud and it was easier for folks to license from him than endure the loud talking and threatening. The first person who finally challenged him found out the truth quickly and easily.

#11 of 12 OFFLINE   John Weller

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Posted June 16 2012 - 08:43 AM

The open matte availability of Mr. Wood's films only acerbated and enhanced his reputation over time.  Perhaps we would have a different view of his abiltites as a director if we saw the films in the OAR.  On second thought, don't think so.  :)

I think it helps the films in their pacing and effect - but on the other hand, Plan 9 in open matte has a weird effect of desolate theatre that is lost in the correct ratio.

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Posted June 17 2012 - 04:04 PM

Don't hold your breath. PLAN NINE was released to BR because of it's public domain status. BRIDE is fully owned by Wade Williams and he has zero interest in remastering any of his titles. Bob

If that is true, I guess my hopes of seeing a proper 1.33 remaster of INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) with restored color will be dashed.





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