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The Three/Four Musketeers (1974) in 16x9!!

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#1 of 52 OFFLINE   RickardL


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Posted June 27 2002 - 06:31 AM

while looking up the Near Dark entry at anchor bay, I noticed this (for 2002 release): MUSKETEERS COLLECTION, THE From director Richard Lester comes the original swashbuckling comedy THE THREE MUSKETEERS and its worthy sequel THE FOUR MUSKETEERS in a special 2-Disc Set. Widescreen (16x9), Theatrical Trailers, All-New Featurette with Cast Interviews, Original Behind-The-Scenes Featurette, and more!. Closed Captioned for the Hearing Impaired. Great!! These movies look good in widescreen, let's hope that they do a good job with the sound.

#2 of 52 OFFLINE   Ben Motley

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Posted June 27 2002 - 07:05 AM

Well, thank the Almighty above! It's about frickin' time! Posted Image

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Posted June 27 2002 - 07:54 AM

I hope these are 1.85:1. The Fox Lorber abominations were about 1.50:1, and several truly funny gags were lost on the sides of the screen, as Richard Lester composed very tightly and used every inch of frame area. The AMC letterbox showings seemed much better (rmeember the days when AMC ran widescreen and actually was a good channel?)

#4 of 52 OFFLINE   Dave Simpson

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Posted June 27 2002 - 07:57 AM

Amen to that, Ben! Thanks for the info, Rickard. Cheers! DS.
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#5 of 52 OFFLINE   Justin Doring

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Posted June 27 2002 - 08:06 AM

I'm first in line for these two films!
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Posted June 27 2002 - 09:01 AM

count me in as well.

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Posted June 27 2002 - 10:27 AM

I have the Fox Lorber versions of these 2 DVDs. But new versions with new extras & the correct OAR would be bought immediately.:b
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#8 of 52 OFFLINE   Tomoko Noguchi

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Posted June 27 2002 - 11:11 AM

I have the Japanese 16x9 versions which are in 1:85. However, the IMDB says the original OAR is 2:35. What is correct? Quick check at IMDB and now it says OAR was 1:66 on the technical listing. I know I read it at IMDB before it was 2:35. Hmmm.

#9 of 52 OFFLINE   Larry Sutliff

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Posted June 27 2002 - 11:37 AM

I was always tempted to buy those Fox Lorber DVD's because I love these movies, but never gave in because of the lack of anamorphic enhancement and the generally negative things I've heard about the quality. Now I'm happy I waited!

#10 of 52 OFFLINE   Geo Gabor

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Posted June 27 2002 - 03:57 PM

This is good news! My Fox/Lorber versions had some problems. Is there a release date yet?

#11 of 52 OFFLINE   Douglas Bailey

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Posted June 27 2002 - 05:26 PM

[quote] Is there a release date yet? [quote] The web site just lists it in "September - December 2002," with the possibility that the date might slip.

But whenever these come out, I'll be there: they're brilliant films, and I would love to have them in properly mastered editions. Kudos to Anchor Bay, and thanks to RickardL for posting the good news!

(I wonder if they'll still use a copy of The Four Musketeers with the French titles, the way Fox Lorber did.)

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Posted June 28 2002 - 01:02 AM

The Fox Lorber DVDs are terrible. They are in a 1.66:1 ratio, but they are cropped on all four sides compared to the 1.85:1 presentations I have seen on broadcast cable (at least for the scenes where I synced them up). How does one go about creating a 1.66:1 transfer of a film shot flat and actually show less top and bottom information than a 1.85:1 transfer? Only the folks at Fox Lorber circa 1998 will ever know, and they are hopefully either not working there anymore or are a lot smarter than they were then. If Anchor Bay does in fact release these titles, I will be first in line to purchase them. Regards,
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Posted June 28 2002 - 01:10 AM

I loved those films. Can't wait. Posted Image

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Posted June 28 2002 - 01:53 AM

Superb movies, and it helps that Raquel Welch is hotter than hell in them Posted Image. I've only ever seen these in 1.33:1 so I'm looking forward to seeing the whole picture.

Does anyone know of any word on a release of the much-inferior third movie, The Return of the Musketeers?
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#15 of 52 OFFLINE   Aaron Reynolds

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Posted June 28 2002 - 05:26 AM

When these discs come out, I will finally buy a DVD player.

#16 of 52 OFFLINE   Tomoko Noguchi

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Posted June 28 2002 - 12:08 PM

My question still is, what is the OAR of this film? Is it indeed 1:85? If so, then I am staying with my Japanese release which has the films on 1 disc.

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Posted June 28 2002 - 04:11 PM

When these discs come out, I will finally buy a TV!
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#18 of 52 OFFLINE   Robert Floto

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Posted August 13 2002 - 11:10 AM

What happened to this? I just checked Anchor Bay's website and I can't find any mention of it...
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#19 of 52 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted August 13 2002 - 11:32 AM

Well, I sure hope this is happening! I have the Fox Lorber's, but it's terrible cropping! My favorite scene with D'Artagnan's introductory letter is ruined because he's cut off when he leans on that revolving book wheel. I saw the "Three" and "Four Musketeers" a combined total of about 12 times at the theatre and absolutely need a better DVD version!

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Posted August 13 2002 - 12:53 PM

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