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  1. dirwuf

    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about…™ A Night at the Opera – in Blu-ray

    Actually, Hays Office paperwork has come to light showing that the cuts were actually made in 1938, after complaints from the Italian government that the film made Italians look foolish....so all references to the first part of the film taking place in Italy were cut.
  2. dirwuf

    Dear Warner Bros...How 'Bout Giving Up Your Marx Bros. on Blu-ray?

    FYI, that was never the opening....the original release opened (after the credits) with a graphic that said "MILAN – WHERE THEY SING ALL DAY, AND GO TO THE OPERA AT NIGHT", which led to a sequence of the residents of Milan singing a song, with each singer passing the song along to someone else...
  3. dirwuf

    The Restored "Animal Crackers"...

    Of course....I hate when folks blame networks for copies they are sent.
  4. dirwuf

    The Restored "Animal Crackers"...

    I get that, but when TCM showed the five Paramount films recently, some were the restored versions and some were the old SD transfers.
  5. dirwuf

    The Restored "Animal Crackers"...

    When Universal released the restored and uncut version of "Animal Crackers" in 2016 as part of the blu-ray Marx Brothers "Silver Screen Collection", I assumed this would be the version of the film we would see everywhere from then on, but it seems like this is being held exclusively for the...
  6. dirwuf

    Dear Warner Bros...How 'Bout Giving Up Your Marx Bros. on Blu-ray?

    Yes I'm sorry, I just wanted to clarify that the entire exchange after Warners initial inquiry was bogus. It is often told as series of letters going back and forth... http://gief.pair.com/~mohanraj/Amusing/warner.html
  7. dirwuf

    Dear Warner Bros...How 'Bout Giving Up Your Marx Bros. on Blu-ray?

    Official correspondence between MGM and the Hays Office has turned up in recent years showing that the edits were actually made in 1938 after complaints from the Italian government that the film made them look "foolish". All references to the early part of the film taking place in Italy were cut.
  8. dirwuf

    Dear Warner Bros...How 'Bout Giving Up Your Marx Bros. on Blu-ray?

    All very entertaining, but this has determined to have just been publicity... https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/a-night-in-casablanca/
  9. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    I have spent the last two and half years asking Marx fans and authors around the world about this and not one person recalls this joke...I've asked people who posses VHS, beta, laserdisc and 16mm prints of the film to check, wanting to give the benefit of the doubt, but it's nowhere to be found.
  10. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    A report from someone who saw the premieres of the restored "Cocoanuts" and "Duck Soup" last night... "...I'd say 75-80% of Cocoanuts is restored. For the rest of it, it seemed they had to rely on the same old dupey prints with bad sound that we're used to seeing for all these years. It was...
  11. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    For all those in the LA area, the restored Paramount films will be showing this weekend as part of a Marx event... http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/the-marx-brothers-restored
  12. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    I've read several writeups from those who were there, the "Horse Feathers" print was sharp, clean, and steady...but still contained those nasty splices. No missing footage has been recovered.
  13. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    No, you saw a nice HD transfer that has been available thru iTunes and Amazon Video for a while. It's not the restoration, but looks very good. The audio dubbing has always stuck out like a sore thumb.
  14. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    Don't throw streaming and downloading into the same boat...when I download a film, it basically becomes my own physical media, but instead of it being a file on a dvd disk, it's a file on my hard drive. THAT's where the future of video sales is going...
  15. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    Good point...one thing they would need to do to keep the price down is to compile the 5 films on 2 discs, which is all they would need...and there'd still be room for bonus material.
  16. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    Great news from Mr. Gerry Orlando... "According to the new issue of CLASSIC IMAGES, the source material for Universal's new restoration of ANIMAL CRACKERS is a Pre-Code negative from the British Film Institute....which includes the lines deleted from the American reissue! This means that when...
  17. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    Well obviously since that is not a Universal/Paramount film, it is not part of this restoration project... By all indications, the opening musical scene was included in the initial release, but was cut along with all other references to it taking place in Italy during a later re-release...
  18. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    I'm confused, the original info came from a quarterly report...aren't those public by definition? And wasn't part of the goal to get the word out to collectors and archives in order to find better quality prints?
  19. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    This updated TCM Classic Film Festival listing for "Horse Feathers" seems to confirm that no missing footage has been found. Language regarding a 'restoration' has been dropped in favor of "two minutes of the film were lost forever..." http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/films/horse-feathers-1932/
  20. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    That's what makes the search so frustrating, we know it existed, and not that long ago, but all leads so far have apparently led to dead ends. Can you give any more info on where and when you saw it?
  21. dirwuf

    Change username?

    For some reason my username is now my email address, I don't recall it always being like that...perhaps it changed during the recent migration. Anyhow, is there a way to change the name?..I can't find it in any settings.
  22. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    One last thing and then I'll steer clear until a clip is provided... The whole point to the telegraph scene was that it would be paid off later in the (deleted) courtroom scene, when the trial would be interrupted by a singing telegram boy. When the courtroom scene was deleted, they left this...
  23. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    Randy.. I didn't make up my mind beforehand, but was understandably skeptical...note I have spent much of the last few years researching the Marxes for two books that I have contributed to (the recent "Annotated Marx Brothers" and the upcoming "That's Me, Groucho"), and when the claim didn't...
  24. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    I'm not saying the line didn't exist, I'm just looking for some real proof. The clip I showed was from a 1983 (or '86) pre-recorded VHS copy (I even show the box at the start of the clip). You claim the line was in all versions prior to the DVD mastering... This scene makes perfect sense...
  25. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    Randy... I spent a week looking into this, even contacting the great Joe Adamson, no one recalls the line. It's a very old joke that is attributed to many people (including Abbott & Costello)...but nowhere is it attributed to Chico or the Marx Brothers. I had people worldwide check VHS and...
  26. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    What I meant was that the edit in the telegraph scene was Chico referring to something that happened in the cut Groucho scene...
  27. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    This is making me all so curious...my understanding is that the edit was done to cut a reference to Groucho's opening courtroom scene, which never made it into the final cut...
  28. dirwuf

    Universal preparing THE MARX BROTHERS and MOVIE MONSTERS 2 COLLECTIONS and MORE for HD!

    Randy, all day I've been consulting Marx experts and authors worldwide, and have had everyone checking old VHS tapes and laserdiscs....not one person can find or recall this exchange.
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