Hello, I am Joe Caporiccio. I was responsible for the laserdisc version of 1776.
It all started when I was trying to find the missin Cool Considerate Men.
I first found two short bits makred Martha Jefferson at window and Jefferson and child.
I showed these to Peter Hunt and asked what they were. "Oh, that's from the long version of the film" Howlong - he said around three hours. He asked me then and there if I could put the entire version back together. I didn't know if it was possible, but I said that I would try.
Then meeting with Pioneer legal. Anything put back into the film would haveto be approved by Peter Hunt and Sony legal.
Comncerning the Overture - one for the film was certainly planned by Ray Heindorf. He outlined in a long memo what he planned to include. I followed his plan by editing pieces already in the film.
the folks in Sony music legal said it was fine as long as all music had actually already been used in the film. It was paid for and there was no reuse fees required as it was still being used for its original use - as part of the film.
Everything I did was scrutinized by Hunt and by Pioneer legal and Sony legal.
As for restoring both Overture and Intermission pieces to a new blu ray - why not? they can be easily skipped over, for those who do not wish to hear them.
As for the new mix sounding better than the one I did ?? I think not, the newer miz vequently sounding thin and pale in comparison.