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#1 of 101 Dave Mack

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Posted March 09 2002 - 04:07 PM

I mean, "C'mon!!!"
This is a CLASSIC! Even the VHS had a documentary!
Old DVD... NADA!!!!!!

Any word...?

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Ooooooh, hey! How about a 16x9 "Taking of Pelham 123"...?


#2 of 101 Mitchell Kaufman

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Posted March 09 2002 - 10:39 PM

Better yet: the Criterion LD with that great John Schlesinger commentary.

MGM has never come up with a transfer of this movie in any medium as good as this one.

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#3 of 101 Carrol M

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Posted March 09 2002 - 10:54 PM

This is only my conjecture on the subject, I assume this would be a prime candidate for a Special Edition from MGM.

They're going back and redoing alot of their 'bare bones' discs (I.E. Raging Bull and Fargo). And they have already redone quite a few titles... nothing is coming to mind right now, but it's early on a Sunday morning. Posted Image

#4 of 101 Deepak Shenoy

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Posted March 09 2002 - 11:32 PM

Yes, MGM needs to redo this one along with 'The Graduate'. Both need new anamorphic transfers.

#5 of 101 Paul D Young

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Posted March 10 2002 - 02:59 AM

Deepak,
Funny that you also mentioned the Graduate. I love these two movies and have always considered them side by side as classics. For some reason whenever I think of one, I think of the other. I look forward to any special editions of either disc.

#6 of 101 Roger Rollins

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Posted March 10 2002 - 03:27 AM

The remastered MGM/UA laserdisc (came out in '94, I think) was FAR superior to the Criterion LD. Additionally, that remastered LD had a terrific documentary with ample contributions from Schlesinger. It's ridiculous that MGM didn't have the brains to use this documentary for the current DVD when they had already spent the money to the docu!

If MGM is listening, COWBOY is a prime candidate for re-issue in a special edition. Much more worthy as an Oscar winning best picture for this treatment than some of the low-budget dreck that has received lavish treatment....

#7 of 101 Deepak Shenoy

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Posted March 10 2002 - 03:27 AM

Paul,

That's no coincidence. These two movies have a lot in common. Both were made in the late-60's and have Dustin Hoffman in them. Moreover, both are MGM DVDs badly in need of anamorphic remasters ... Posted Image

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#8 of 101 Richard Michael Clark

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Posted March 10 2002 - 03:43 AM

The MGM R2 release is anamorphic Posted Image

#9 of 101 Dave Mack

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Posted March 10 2002 - 04:49 AM

Interesting....

MGM had released a SE of Original "Rollerball" in R2 and Australia with a new anamorphic transfer and commantary by Norman Jewison and William Harrison, and now "MIdnight" is anamorphic in R2....?!?!?
Hello!!!! These are AMERICAN made Films!! They are ABOUT America!!! Why on EARTH are the new versions being released elsewhere first?!?!?


#10 of 101 MarcoBiscotti

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Posted January 22 2005 - 04:31 PM

Okay, so now that "The Graduate" is scheduled for a Special Edition release... what's the word on "Midnight Cowboy"?

I just bought the current barebones disc last night for under $10 and the transfer left a lot to be desired...

Is there any chance that MGM might revisit this classic in 2005?

#11 of 101 Bruce Morrison

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Posted January 22 2005 - 07:23 PM

I saw somewhere that MGM are releasing a new SE of 'Midnight Cowboy' later this year in Region 2. Usually, this presages a later release in R1. (I'm not sure why these releases can happen earlier in R2 than R1 - can someone explain this?)
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#12 of 101 Gordon McMurphy

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Posted January 22 2005 - 11:34 PM

A Special Edition was listed at Play.com in November, with a June release date, but I see that it has now been removed. No other e-tailers list it, either.

I'm sure there are plans for it, but I won't be holding my breath until there is an official press release.

It's a great film and a true SE DVD is well overdue. I'd love to hear the Schlesinger commentary, but it's unlikely that we'll get it.


#13 of 101 John Hodson

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Posted January 23 2005 - 04:06 AM

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A Special Edition was listed at Play.com in November, with a June release date, but I see that it has now been removed. No other e-tailers list it, either.

It is still listed at HMV here with the following extras:

Audio Commentary By Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman And Producer Jerome Hellman
After Midnight: Reflecting On A Classic 35 Years Later - Documentary
Midnight Cowboy Revisited - Documentary
Celebrating Schlessnger - Featurette
The X Factor - Featurette
Everybody's Still Talkin - Featurette

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Posted January 23 2005 - 08:34 AM

yaah!

and THE GRADUATE is getting an upgraded SE release later this year, too, first in R2....
I beleive I read that on Digital Bits
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#15 of 101 John Hodson

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Posted January 23 2005 - 09:08 AM

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yaah!

and THE GRADUATE is getting an upgraded SE release later this year, too, first in R2....
I beleive I read that on Digital Bits

No, it's coming in R1 (no details on spec., or extras) April 5. AFAIK it's not getting an R2 re-release (it already has a very nice transfer).
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Posted January 23 2005 - 09:28 AM

great! im glad to be wrong on this one...
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Posted January 23 2005 - 12:03 PM

Both films are strong all-time favorites of mine.

I'd love to hear the Schlesinger commentary!!!

#18 of 101 Robert Crawford

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Posted January 31 2005 - 08:15 AM

Bill Hunt of DigitalBits is reporting that a new Collectors release is coming.

http://www.thedigita...rmill.html#0126

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#19 of 101 Gordon McMurphy

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Posted January 31 2005 - 09:53 AM

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I'd love to hear the Schlesinger commentary!!!


Well, the new SE of Raging Bull contains the Scorsese / Schoonmaker Criterion commentary, does it not? Or is it an all-new recording?


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Posted January 31 2005 - 11:43 AM

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Well, the new SE of Raging Bull contains the Scorsese / Schoonmaker Criterion commentary, does it not? Or is it an all-new recording?


Don't know but since it is the same two people doing the commentary one would think it likely that MGM made a deal with Criterion. Thus hope springs eternal that the Schlesinger/Midnight Cowboy SE will contain the Criterion commentary as well.

The laserdisc crowd has been telling us how good the Schlesinger commentary is for many years now. I'd love to find out for myself.


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