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Criterion Press Release: It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Dual Format)

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#901 of 1801 TravisR

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Posted January 07 2014 - 01:11 PM

Here we go again.  Last year, a lot of you knew about this restoration before us ordinary peasants did.  Now we have someone who's seen it two weeks before it's released.

 

I'd like to ask how, but I'm sure I won't be told.  But that's okay.  I'm used to always being on the outside looking in.

 

If I recall correctly, Colin reviews discs for another site so that's how he got a review copy.



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Posted January 07 2014 - 01:50 PM

I anticipate having a copy in my hands this very week as well.

 

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You'd be more than welcome to come to Beacon Falls and review it on my new 2.76x1 screen. :biggrin:



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Posted January 07 2014 - 02:04 PM

oh you lucky guys getting the advance copy!! :cheers:


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Posted January 07 2014 - 02:25 PM

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They should have buried one advance copy only, and let all the reviewers try to find it.


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Posted January 07 2014 - 03:09 PM

They should have buried one advance copy only, and let all the reviewers try to find it.

 

That would be marketing gold, I could see it now

 

BREAKING NEWS AT THIS HOUR, REPORTS ARE COMING IN OF MASS GROUPS TEARING UP THE ENTIRE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT LOOKING FOR OF ALL THINGS A SINGLE COPY OF A BLU-RAY, WE ALSO HAVE REPORTS OF HIS ACTIVITY GOING ACROSS THE POND IN EUROPE, SOUTH AMERICA, AUSTRAILA AND NEW ZEALAND, AND OF ALL PLACES ANARCTICA AS WELL.


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Posted January 07 2014 - 03:22 PM

I displayed these faded 70mm Ultra-Panavision partial film frames earlier in the thread, but after all the recent discussion regarding the rectified edges, here they are again.

It gives you some idea of just how difficult it must have been to correct those edges, not to mention a multitude of other problems.

So congratulations to all those involved in the project.

Reports indicate a stunning success.

 

MAD WORLD original.jpg  

 

I ordered my copy yesterday and like all the others on the waiting list, I can't wait.

 

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Posted January 07 2014 - 03:34 PM

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I displayed these faded 70mm Ultra-Panavision partial film frames earlier in the thread, but after all the recent discussion regarding the rectified edges, here they are again.

It gives you some idea of just how difficult it must have been to correct those edges, not to mention a multitude of other problems.

So congratulations to all those involved in the project.

Reports indicate a stunning success.

 

attachicon.gifMAD WORLD original.jpg

 

I ordered my copy yesterday and like all the others on the waiting list, I can't wait.

 

Doug.

 

Dealing with the de-rectification was a nightmare, and the entire technical staff at Foto-Kem came through with flying colors.

 

There was not just a single de-rec problem.  There were two.  Different setups on two different optical printers in 1963, yielding two slightly different final results -- each of which was handled in a slightly different manner, beginning with digital anti-rectification mattes.

 

Once discs are in hand, you'll find an interesting short featurette on how the problems were handled.

 

One more comment -- this is a project that was far too expensive to be handled in the analogue work, ie. going back to film.

 

Had Criterion not stepped up to the plate, with the full cooperation of M-G-M, this film would not have been saved.

 

So huge thanks go to all those who contributed image and audio to the reconstruction, along with an immense thank you to the entire crew at Criterion, the incredible staff at Foto-Kem, Chace Audio, The Academy Archive, and to M-G-M, with a huge thank you to asset protection exec Scott Grossman.

 

RAH


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Posted January 07 2014 - 04:15 PM

We're just two weeks away. Can't wait to get my copy!



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Posted January 07 2014 - 05:08 PM

Dealing with the de-rectification was a nightmare, and the entire technical staff at Foto-Kem came through with flying colors.

 

There was not just a single de-rec problem.  There were two.  Different setups on two different optical printers in 1963, yielding two slightly different final results -- each of which was handled in a slightly different manner, beginning with digital anti-rectification mattes.

 

Once discs are in hand, you'll find an interesting short featurette on how the problems were handled.

 

One more comment -- this is a project that was far too expensive to be handled in the analogue work, ie. going back to film.

 

Had Criterion not stepped up to the plate, with the full cooperation of M-G-M, this film would not have been saved.

 

So huge thanks go to all those who contributed image and audio to the reconstruction, along with an immense thank you to the entire crew at Criterion, the incredible staff at Foto-Kem, Chace Audio, The Academy Archive, and to M-G-M, with a huge thank you to asset protection exec Scott Grossman.

 

RAH

Can't wait!  Will it be possible for all parties concerned to come 'together' once again and 'save' THE ALAMO?



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Posted January 07 2014 - 05:45 PM

One more comment -- this is a project that was far too expensive to be handled in the analogue work, ie. going back to film.

 

Had Criterion not stepped up to the plate, with the full cooperation of M-G-M, this film would not have been saved.

 

So huge thanks go to all those who contributed image and audio to the reconstruction, along with an immense thank you to the entire crew at Criterion, the incredible staff at Foto-Kem, Chace Audio, The Academy Archive, and to M-G-M, with a huge thank you to asset protection exec Scott Grossman.

 

Makes one feel a little faint, does it not?

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


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Posted January 07 2014 - 05:59 PM

FWIW, IAMMMMW is on MGMHD tonight at 10. And repeated Saturday the 18th at 12 AM.
It's gonna be a hell of a ride. I'm ready. .

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Posted January 07 2014 - 10:18 PM

Can't wait!  Will it be possible for all parties concerned to come 'together' once again and 'save' THE ALAMO?

 

Oh, THAT would be a dream come true if it did happen. I'm not entirely optimistic given the current MGM regime's stance towards it, but things could change....



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Posted January 08 2014 - 03:57 AM

Was it necessary for Criterion to use still frames with audio overdubs (i.e. A Star is Born) for any missing sections that could not be presented in any other way?

 

Yup, though I think they blend pretty smoothly.  I suspect that anyone who watches the long cut will understand going in that it's going to be imperfect and will be able to accept the awkward moments without too much trouble.  Like I said, the only thing that makes them at all jarring stems from the beauty of the rest of the image - and that's more of an issue with the restored footage. not the stills.  The stills may not move but they look good! :lol:


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Posted January 08 2014 - 03:58 AM

If I recall correctly, Colin reviews discs for another site so that's how he got a review copy.

 

You don't have to recall - it's in my signature! :)


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Posted January 08 2014 - 08:51 AM

Oh, Joe...

 

There are going to be a few people getting screener copies this week.

 

Advance copies always go out to reviewers and people who are favored  ;)  

 

This is nothing new.  Perks of being involved with press.

 

I mean, the discs are already replicated, packaged and ready to go.  

 

I anticipate having a copy in my hands this very week as well.

 

Well, I'm jealous.  When will you be able to give us your review?  Do they make you wait until the date of release?



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Posted January 08 2014 - 09:02 AM

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Well, I'm jealous.  When will you be able to give us your review?  Do they make you wait until the date of release?

 

No, I can talk about it as soon as received.

 

Just waiting for the postman to deliver.  I am expecting this week.


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Posted January 08 2014 - 12:18 PM

Can't wait!  Will it be possible for all parties concerned to come 'together' once again and 'save' THE ALAMO?

 

If Paramount owned that, they would have been more likely to try. There was a whole period in the mid-2000s where every pre-1970s catalog release was either a John Wayne movie or an Audrey Hepburn movie.

 

I'm not sure the Mad World restoration would have happened without Criterion's involvement.


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Posted January 08 2014 - 12:20 PM

So RAH, might we expect "A Few Words About..." entry on this one, or must you recuse yourself because of your involvement in the project?  I'd love to hear a full recounting of the process of restoring this title.


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Posted January 08 2014 - 12:51 PM

Dealing with the de-rectification was a nightmare, and the entire technical staff at Foto-Kem came through with flying colors.

 

There was not just a single de-rec problem.  There were two.  Different setups on two different optical printers in 1963, yielding two slightly different final results -- each of which was handled in a slightly different manner, beginning with digital anti-rectification mattes.

 

RAH

 

I wonder if there were two different optical printers for prints that Cinerama theatres would order from depending on the degree of curvature of their screens?


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Posted January 08 2014 - 01:15 PM

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So RAH, might we expect "A Few Words About..." entry on this one, or must you recuse yourself because of your involvement in the project? I'd love to hear a full recounting of the process of restoring this title.

Having seen it, albeit not on Blu-ray, my feeling is that, much like the Fox three-strip films, it is what it is. Every bit of footage from which we could harvest some sort of image, excluding some bits and pieces that don't belong, is in the project.

Quality of the reconstructed footage is a solid 2.25 or thereabouts.

As I believe I've noted in the past, we have made a burlap purse from a sow's ear. This one is for the fans, and as a record of what the film was.

RAH
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