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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, May 13, 2019.
Thankfully, C.M. Smith wasn't slipped a Mickey, too.
I could've sworn that the LOST HORIZON credits included the name of Livza Ullmannelli.
Guess I'll have to it check, again.
Not to derail the topic, but to derail the topic, the first time watched Lost Horizon, it took so long to get to the songs that I forgot it was a Musical. When they started singing, I thought, "Oh, yeah! This is a Musical, isn't it? Here we go."
I'm sure he may have had some help from a "bottle of Old Harper" ... Back to the film Mrs. Morgenstern directed ...
Yes, I know. Thomas T, however, once posted (in the spirit of whatever thread we were in) that there had been a planned and cancelled Vincente Minnelli version at MGM in the 1950's starring (I think) Mamie Van Doren (among other outrageous casting choices) and I was the asshole who believed him, lol.
Years ago, someone showed me vaulted illustrations and logos for some poster designs on other cancelled projects from the 1950's.
One read as follows: "Minnelli. Mamie. Mame." Clearly, this concept was slightly ahead of its time, so they junked it. BTW, Will, I've got an excellent investment for you that involves the sale of a bridge down-ways of lower Manhattan.
Aww shucks, too late. I already bought one (from the NICEST man I met on the street!)
Who needs two?
Hey, is that the same guy I bought Martian real estate from?
You met Matt Damon?!?
These days, everyone here knows that if your into physical media then its always good to have a back-up of two players.
Same goes for bridges; future proof thyself and Tapp in Zee bids. Just ask DP John "Toll".
Different group. Your investment was drawn up from the firm of de Milo & Suns.
I met him in the 90's at a Boston Pub. Recognizable, but he wasn't quite the Matt Damon yet. Nice guy, amiable and focused. Strangest thing, though, as he came into the place with a leashed duck. Bemused, I squatted down eye-level to this feathered friend of his saying, "...and what's your name?". To my amazement the duck had answered me back and shouted "Affleck". With that, Matt had covered the bill. As I proceeded to move on, I said to the duo "Some stars are made and others are Bourne."
I'd like to present you with your award for winning the Internet on this day. You made me chuckle. That's a gift.
And let's not forget Times Square- another WTF musical also set in decrepit 1979-80 New York City
Do you still have the ad for Discoland and if you do could you post it? Thanks
Michael, I do have it...but where...so many boxes in storage...I don't like to disappoint, but I doubt I'd find it anytime soon, if I even had time to find it.
Caption (not mine):
"This billboard, promoting the Village People disco-musical "Can't Stop the Music" graced Sunset Blvd. in 1980. The billboard itself actually had a traffic-stopping, star-studded, red-carpet, unveiling ceremony on "Can't Stop The Music Day" (Thank you, mayor Tom Bradley). The red carpet extended from the billboard all the way to the door of the famous Schwab's drugstore. Long after the movie - a monumental flop - had disappeared from theaters, this billboard was still up. For more info on the making of this memorably bad film, check out the book "Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr" by Robert Hofler.
This post on an L.A. photo discussion site (Noirish Los Angeles) prompted a poster who worked for a movie tie-in company that produced a photo book for this film. Here's a link to that post with a couple pictures:
FYI: If you look at posts before and after on that linked page there is a bit of other discussion about the film here and there.
I watched the blu on the projector yesterday and IMO it looks great. Nice color and the grain seems right for 1979. I wish the sound had a little more oomph, but I recall thinking the same thing when I saw it 40 years ago. Although it says 5.1, I never got anything in the subwoofer, and I tried the 2.0 with Pro Logic and it didn't fire the sub, either. To be sure everything was working, I put in Jurassic Park and there was plenty of subwoofer activity. Anyway, I think the disco sound needs more "thump". Not a fault of the disc, just the way the sound was done originally I suppose.
I also listened to the commentary which had some interesting tidbits. Apparently, the YMCA number was staged and filmed by Nancy Walker and company, but was rejected. It was then re-filmed, almost as a separate production, by a team that specialized in music videos. I would love to see that first version.
I do enjoy the musical numbers.
We watched it a couple of days ago. I totally concur with your assessment of the video/audio quality. I haven't gotten the chance to listen to the commentary yet, but I'm looking forward to it. My 15-year-old son saw it for the first time. The next day, we were grocery shopping and he said, "Don't forget to pick up two Snowballs and a Ding-Dong."
Triple feature with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!!!!
Including George Michael. When his first single off Faith, the infamous I Want Your Sex, was released, much hubbub was made about his "girlfriend" Kathy Jeung appearing in the video to reinforce the importance of monogamy during the AIDS crisis.
My favorite shot in the film is the look on the Leatherman's face when the guys first see the half-naked athletes in the YMCA. His eyes pop out like something from a Tex Avery cartoon!