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1776 coming to blu-ray on June 2nd!

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  1. Moe Dickstein

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    There are additional screen tests in the blu. All the screen tests were found and everything that could be cleared was included
     
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    Ooooh...


    I am so anticipating this release.


    I often pre-order discs for release date arrival only to have them sit for weeks or months before getting to them.


    THAT will certainly not be the case with this disc. 1776 will be played immediately...in anticipation of our celebration of Independence Day. :thumbsup:


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    Going to have a copy Wednesday.


    Hope to have something to say about it before the weekend.


    ...and there's a little something extra that will go along with it.
     
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  4. Moe Dickstein

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    I'm very jealous. We haven't even gotten our copies yet! I'm looking forward to seeing the new tests and hearing how the commentary came out.

    And hearing everyone's thoughts. We've been working on this release off and on for nearly 5 years now.
     
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    "Sit down john, for god sakes sit down." In 14 days we will have thin in our hands. But in New Orleans Open up a window, it's hot as hell down here.
     
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    Moe,


    Is there anything that couldn't be cleared or included that you can talk about?


    -Bob-
     
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    And for those who have missed it, Robert Harris' review of the Blu of 1776 can be found HERE.
     
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    Yes I believe there were a few additional screen tests. I'm not sure which, but as the actors weren't yet hired their performances it seems weren't automatically available for the project. The diligent staff at Sony worked hard to get as many of them as they could.
     
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    Listening now! :)
     
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    That's awesome, Ron, thanks for sharing and conducting the interview! That photo of Peter Hunt with what I assume to be the prop Declaration that the actors signed is very, very cool. I always wondered what the actors actually wrote when signing, whether it be their character's name, or gibberish (or something crude to break up the following actors). Now I know. Wonder what became of the prop with John Hancock's...John Hancock.
     
  13. Moe Dickstein

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    That is the prop of the declaration signed opening night on Broadway in 1969.

    All the actors signed in character except Clifford David
     
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    Deleted scenesdetails and new alternate line revealed. Potential SPOILERS, don't read further if you want to keep it a surprise!!!

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    The following quote is taken from an amazon review of the bluray posted May 20:



    "This version, exclusive to the Blu-Ray, is missing the controversial Overture/Intermission but only about a minute of actual footage from the laserdisc (a shot of Jefferson looking out a window at a little girl; Lyman Hall walking into Congress; and brief footage of a lamplighter at work while Franklin steals a piece of fruit from a Philadelphia market)....It should be noted, however, that those missing bits are not included in this disc’s deleted scenes section, making that old Pioneer release still a valuable one for collectors. Instead, Sony’s deleted scenes section merely includes the “Piddle Twiddle” and “Lees” extended bits separately with Hunt’s commentary, along with an a cleaned-up line of dialogue, “Privy,” that has been replaced for this edit."


    http://www.amazon.com/1776-Directors-Cut-4K-Mastered-Blu-ray/product-reviews/B00UHAJ16C/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending


    I guess I shouldn't throw out my VHS rip of the laserdisc just yet. I was hoping for more deleted scenes and alternate takes, particularly those in the laserdisc, along with other deleted lines and exchanges in the play. Or maybe I'll make a DVD rip with just those scenes. I'm actually glad that the extended "Piddle" verses and "Lees" reprise are included in the deleted scenes section as well as the movie so we can hear Peter Hunt's comments on them!
     
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    Ah, thanks for clearing that up. Still cool!
     
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    We had originally hoped to include some more deleted moments back in 2011 when we first started talking about the BD, but the parameters of the project narrowed by the time it came to pass.

    The "privy" section was included in the deleted scenes because an alternate take of that section has been used for the Director's cut which restores the line to its correct version from the original play.
     
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    I liked the new commentary quite a lot. On the negative side, the actors add very little to the experience, as they barely contribute any notes.


    On the positive side, Hunt gives us a great history of the show and the film. He covers a bunch of appropriate areas and does so in a lively, engaging manner. It's too bad the actors don't say more, but Hunt carries the piece well!
     
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    There's less than a full day left.
     
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    Not for all of us! Christmas came early... :D


    LOVE seeing the "Mastered in 4K" on the back!! Thanks Sony and Grover Crisp!!


    1776F.


    1776B.
     
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    That was by design, originally it was a solo track with Hunt and the actors agreed to come along just to chime in from time to time. Hunt and I prepped for a month for the track so it was hopefully worth it.

    We had to explain to Bill what a commentary was and why anyone would want to listen to one. It was charming and curmudgeonly at the same time, just like him.
     
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