_Koyaanisqatsi_ and _Powaqqatsi_ coming in Fall 2002?

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  1. Douglas Bailey

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    I'm one of the few suckers charitable souls who actually got the limited-edition not-for-sale-to-the-public DVD of Koyaanisqatsi (which required making a not-inconsiderable donation to the filmmakers' fund trying to straighten out the rights, but I thought it was a good cause).
    Today I received the following e-mail:
     
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    It will be great to have this on DVD, assuming they take extreme care in its presentation. Hell, it will be great anyway, but I hope they make sure the source they use is the best possible.

    How did the DVD by donation look? Features?
     
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    SWEET! I'd love to get these. I can't wait for the announcement.
     
  4. Mark Cappelletty

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    Wow. Wow. WOW.

    Please, Warner Bros. don't buy MGM!

    I would absolutely kill -- er, except perhaps pay close to $200 -- for these titles on DVD. If they look anything like the remastered version of Baraka, I'm completely there.
     
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    An informative thread on the Koyaanisqatsi.org site contains some info about these issues:
    http://www.koyaanisqatsi.org/communi...?f=4&i=17&t=17
    To sum: the "charity" DVD is 1.33:1, which is OAR, contains a 5.1 mix (which is awesome), and no extras except the signature (cool!).
    I have this disc and made a jewel case cover for it based on the VHS release - when IRE first started sending out the DVD's, the initial pressing contained some synch errors and was recalled. They sent VHS copies to all who received the disc to keep us covered while they swaped out the recall.
    HTH -
     
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    Mark, I would prefer WB handling these titles than MGM since video quality of WB titles are consistently good to excellent.

    Since Koyaanisqatsi is already available, I'm not sure that they will be remastered. I was very fortunate to see this film in Ann Arbor with live performance by Phillip Glass. That was incredible.
     
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    The thread mentioned says the charity DVD was the full negative frame. It also says the film was matted for theatrical presentation. I hope the commercial release will offer both open matte and anamorphic widescreen options.
     
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    GREAT NEWS!!! I'd been toying with making a donation out of my tax refund to get Koyaanisqatsi.

    By fall, the new Best Buy 5 miles away will be open. Late 2002 is starting to look pretty sweet.
     
  12. Mark Cappelletty

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    Tom Oh,

    If Warners buys MGM, movies like this will show up on DVD sometime around the year 2050. MGM has turned their act around nearly 180-degrees in the last 12 months and I would be shocked to see this project treated in a less-than-stellar fashion (particularly as Reggio himself seems to be getting involved).
     
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    Now this is a movie that really needs a dvd release.I'm happy to hear that it is finally coming out on dvd. It's a beautiful movie that will be a pleasure to play in my dvd player. My vhs copy is one of the reasons I haven't retired my vcr yet.
     

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