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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted February 21 2013 - 11:00 AM

I'd love to see National Velvet (1944) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, and Angela Lansbury on Blu-ray. The DVD is ancient and has always looked awful. I think it was one of the first MGM released back in 1997, and when Warner acquired the MGM catalogue, they just re-packaged the same disc. Apparently it's a big seller for Warner, so it would make sense to see it remastered on Blu-ray.

#2 of 21 OFFLINE   Brian McHale

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Posted February 22 2013 - 12:49 AM

Count me in. Great movie, terrible DVD.
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#3 of 21 OFFLINE   Mark B

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Posted February 23 2013 - 05:33 AM

One of the best MGM films of the era. Is anyone privy to the state of the original elements?

#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Richard--W

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Posted February 23 2013 - 06:30 AM

I'll buy this wonderful film on blu-ray in a heartbeat.

#5 of 21 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted February 23 2013 - 12:09 PM

Glad to see some other fans of this classic--hopefully WB is listening! :) WB owns many of Elizabeth Taylor's films, and so far they've only released the documentary, "That's Entertainment!" Thankfully "Giant" will be out this year.

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Posted February 23 2013 - 12:58 PM

Great, lovely film. Count me in. Young Taylor did look lovely in Technicolor, didn't she? One could tell she was going to grow up to be a real stunner.

#7 of 21 OFFLINE   AnthonyClarke

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Posted April 07 2014 - 02:42 PM

Even more pertinent given Mickey Rooney's death yesterday.

This was important for Elizabeth, but was also one of Mickey's standout roles.

I'd add to the immediate 'overdue' list what I think was Mickey Rooney's finest movie, 'Captains Courageous'.


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#8 of 21 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted April 07 2014 - 02:47 PM

Great, lovely film. Count me in. Young Taylor did look lovely in Technicolor, didn't she? One could tell she was going to grow up to be a real stunner.

 

I was surprised when I recently watched the Orson Welles version of Jane Eyre (1943) and found an uncredited Elizabeth Taylor in the role of one of Jane's young schoolgirl friends. 

 

Even in glorious (and dramatic) black & white, it was obvious she was going to grow up to be an absolute stunner! 

 

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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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Posted April 07 2014 - 03:10 PM

Mike I do not even believe she received on screen credit in that role.

#10 of 21 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted April 07 2014 - 03:33 PM

Mike I do not even believe she received on screen credit in that role.

 

That must be why I referred to it as "uncredited," Mark!  :biggrin:


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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#11 of 21 OFFLINE   Mark Collins

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Posted April 07 2014 - 03:42 PM

Sorry Mike!!

#12 of 21 OFFLINE   Mark B

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Posted April 07 2014 - 05:07 PM

NATIONAL VELVET is long overdue for a proper restoration. It is one of the most beautifully shot and well made films of the era, and has never looked particularly good on home video.


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#13 of 21 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted April 07 2014 - 05:31 PM

Sorry Mike!!

 

That's why I have my own rule of reading each post at least four times before I respond.  I miss things all the time.

 

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NATIONAL VELVET is long overdue for a proper restoration. It is one of the most beautifully shot and well made films of the era, and has never looked particularly good on home video.

 

And fairly popular, for goodness' sake.  I would think it would do pretty well in sales. 


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There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#14 of 21 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted April 07 2014 - 05:46 PM

When I asked about it on a chat with WB here about 10 years ago, they did say it was one of their most popular films on DVD. Hopefully Mickey Rooney's death yesterday will accelerate things.



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Posted April 07 2014 - 05:47 PM

And when I re-read one of my own posts a while after posting and spot a glaring error, I remember a dictum I was taught as a cadet journalist at my old newspaper The Age here in Melbourne, 'Never sub your own copy'. You can stare forever at your own mistake and not see it!


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Posted April 08 2014 - 08:36 AM

Most certainly would welcome a blu-ray of this title....!


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Posted April 08 2014 - 10:26 AM

If you've ever seen a 35mm IB Tech print of this, and gazed at a close up of Velvet Brown's face, and those violet eyes, you'd know that this, properly done, would be a knockout of a BD. Plus, it won Anne Revere an Oscar; it's one of Rooney's best roles as he transitioned into adulthood; Clarence Brown's direction is wonderful (and unsung); and you also get to see a young Angela Lansbury. This film is a treasure.

Yes, we want a BD release of this great family film.


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Posted April 08 2014 - 01:56 PM

Warners is re-releasing the DVD (yet again) for one of their TCM double-feature packs, paired with "Lassie Come Home".  I think that says a lot about their plan for any Blu release in the near future... 



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#19 of 21 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted April 08 2014 - 04:56 PM

I agree with everyone who said this film needs a restoration. A wonderful film, beautifully shot in Technicolor, but the DVD has registration errors all over the place. Imagine just how good the Blu-ray can look, even if it's only done through the Warner Archive.


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Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


#20 of 21 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted April 08 2014 - 07:14 PM

It was just announced that National Velvet will screen at the TCM Film Festival this Sunday as a tribute to Mickey Rooney. I'll be at the festival and hoping to attend.







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