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#1 of 126 Michael Martin

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Posted January 08 2002 - 03:11 AM

Any word on this coming out on DVD? All that is available is the crappy P&S VHS version.

This is probably my favorite Sean Connery movie, and as I have NEVER seen it in its OAR, would love to own a nice digital transfer of it.

I don't even care about extras (though some would be nice). Just having a copy with clean picture (the WHOLE picture) and crisp sound would be fantastic.
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#2 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 08 2002 - 03:24 AM

Yes. Please. My money is ready.

Who even owns the rights to W&L? The P&S VHS is MGM IIRC, but there has been debate around here where the rights ended up. Normally it would be Warners but IIRC this was an exception.

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#3 of 126 Jeff Ulmer

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Posted January 08 2002 - 03:24 AM

"You are a great deal of trouble."

The LD was widescreen and looked pretty good. This is a great film that deserves to be released along with a reissue of Man Who Would Be King.

#4 of 126 Jack Briggs

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Posted January 08 2002 - 04:27 AM

"A Winchester? What is this Winchester?"

I've seen this film numerous times in the commercial cinemas back in the mid-'70s. It's an adventure film of the highest order, an adventure in the truest sense of the word.

I would buy a correctly framed DVD in a heartbeat. It's a mystery as to why this title isn't available yet.

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#5 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 08 2002 - 06:14 AM

Candice Bergen really looks good holding a rifle. Not only that but she serves Chateau Margaux for lunch.... (too bad the bottle broke Posted Image )
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#6 of 126 John Koehler

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Posted January 08 2002 - 06:15 AM

With the truly awesome Goldsmith score isolated? That would be a "gold" DVD indeed!
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#7 of 126 Dan Hitchman

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Posted January 08 2002 - 08:35 AM

How about the complete roadshow cut fully restored??

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#8 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 08 2002 - 09:11 AM

So when does this thread get moved to Studio Feedback? Posted Image
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#9 of 126 Jack Briggs

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Posted January 08 2002 - 09:42 AM

I requested this in "Feedback" around a year or so ago. The thread died a quick, painless death, and I assumed there were not many fans of this John Milius film here. I swear, this is a rousingly good adventure film--and it was released only a few months before another great adventure film, the aforementioned The Man Who Would Be King--speaking of which, that disc could use a major overhaul (new transfer, new sound, the works).

#10 of 126 Jeff Ulmer

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Posted January 08 2002 - 09:48 AM

I agree with Jack. Big surprise. Posted Image

TWATL would round out my Connery collection from that period, and I do support a decent reissue of TMWWBK.

#11 of 126 Justin Doring

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Posted January 08 2002 - 01:03 PM

I would love to see a release of this excellent film. A commentary by Milius and Goldsmith would be most welcome as well. Sadly, considering Milius is not exactly a politically correct director and this film isn't very popular among the general public, I wouldn't hold my breath.
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#12 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 08 2002 - 04:32 PM

Milius has the ability to describe the nobility of BOTH sides of a conflict. That's why his films are so great.

The Wind and The Lion - director
Apocalypse Now - screenplay writer
Red Dawn - screenplay and director

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Milius,+John

Two of these films are IMHO masterpieces of film. The other is much better that what people remember.

What Milius brings to W&L (please don't call it "twatl") is both glorifying and making fun of machismo.

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#13 of 126 Dharmesh C

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Posted January 09 2002 - 12:17 AM

Let's get Millius interested! Posted Image
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#14 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 09 2002 - 04:27 AM

Good idea. Anybody got a good address for Milius? IMDB lists his agent as:

Jeffrey Shumway
ICM
8942 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

But a direct address would be better. Maybe if I enclose a photo of my rifle collection and a copy of my C&R FFL he will pay attention to me.

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#15 of 126 Jack Briggs

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Posted January 09 2002 - 04:30 AM

"Military intervention!"

True, John Milius is somewhat of a "gun-rights" advocate (witness many scenes from Red Dawn) and not "acceptably" liberal, he sure knows how to make a fun, good movie. And The Wind and the Lion did quite good business at the box office in 1975; it was considered a hit. The film did fade from view rather rapidly, though.

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#16 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 09 2002 - 04:37 AM

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Jack is using his "British" accent again with mild understatement.....are you Steve C. today?


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#17 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 09 2002 - 04:56 AM

Here's an address for Milius from an NRA site. But be advised it's not personal since Chuck Heston lists the same address:
John F. Milius
11250 Waples Mills Road
Fairfax VA 22030-9400


Edit: Yeah this is just the NRA site for members of the board of directors.
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#18 of 126 Jack Briggs

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Posted January 09 2002 - 08:06 AM

"He has the look about him."

I suggest a snail-mail campaign to his agent's Beverly Hills P.O. address. All it would take is four or five letters coming to Mr. Milius's attention.

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#19 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted January 09 2002 - 08:25 AM

"He taught me to shoot a rifle when I was five years old!"

A paper letter from me will be immediately read and not tossed. My envelopes have a return address starting with "Law Offices of..." stamped on them. One of the sad advantages of being an attorney I suppose. I suppose I shouldn't mention Fluffy Pumpkin or my ACLU card.
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#20 of 126 Dennis Nicholls

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Posted June 20 2002 - 05:15 AM

Well I thought this thread should be brought back from the dead. I'd much rather discuss this film than Star Wars....
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