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Josh Steinberg

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Maybe the Wayne estate will think differently once they see the results of the 3-D Film Archives efforts with Martin and Lewis' "Money From Home" - which they're working on from 4K scans of 72 reels of 3-D negative provided by the Paramount Film Archive (hardly the sub-optimal materials used for "Prison Girls"); this one analogous to the combined efforts of Warner Motion Picture Imaging department and Dave Strohmaier and company for Warner Film Archives' release of "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm".

With respect, I don't believe the issue here is with the Wayne estate. The Wayne estate authorized and paid for the creation of a 3D DCP, which is available for theatrical bookings. I've seen it and it looks fantastic.

The issue is that the Wayne estate has licensed the home video rights for Hondo to Paramount, and that Paramount is uninterested in releasing the 3D version on disc. Because the Wayne estate has licensed the home video rights to Paramount, the Wayne estate is not able to offer 3D home video rights to another company, no matter how interested one might be. And the terms of the contract with Paramount don't allow Paramount to sublicense any of their licensed Wayne titles to a third party distributor, so Paramount can't offer it to a boutique label (if they'd even want to).

Nothing here will change, unfortunately, unless Paramount changes its mind (unlikely given that the studio no longer supports 3D home video releases at all), or unless their license for Hondo expires and the Wayne estate chooses to seek out another release partner.
 

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With respect, I don't believe the issue here is with the Wayne estate. The Wayne estate authorized and paid for the creation of a 3D DCP, which is available for theatrical bookings. I've seen it and it looks fantastic.

The issue is that the Wayne estate has licensed the home video rights for Hondo to Paramount, and that Paramount is uninterested in releasing the 3D version on disc. Because the Wayne estate has licensed the home video rights to Paramount, the Wayne estate is not able to offer 3D home video rights to another company, no matter how interested one might be. And the terms of the contract with Paramount don't allow Paramount to sublicense any of their licensed Wayne titles to a third party distributor, so Paramount can't offer it to a boutique label (if they'd even want to).

Nothing here will change, unfortunately, unless Paramount changes its mind (unlikely given that the studio no longer supports 3D home video releases at all), or unless their license for Hondo expires and the Wayne estate chooses to seek out another release partner.
Paramount is at least supporting 3D releases to the extent of doing a full 4K scan of the 3D (and Technicolor) negatives of their "Money From Home" - even though the final release will be from the boutique label Kino Lorber. I of course am not industry - or any kind of preservationist - so I have no idea of all the machinations required to get a 3D BluRay release of "Hondo". (Too bad that the Film Forum's scheduling their "Hondo" showing on a Monday evening in the heat of summer - which seems like the worst time for an out of town 3D fan.) (Minor question: 3D or 3-D?)
 

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Maybe the Wayne estate will think differently once they see the results of the 3-D Film Archives efforts with Martin and Lewis' "Money From Home" - which they're working on from 4K scans of 72 reels of 3-D negative provided by the Paramount Film Archive (hardly the sub-optimal materials used for "Prison Girls"); this one analogous to the combined efforts of Warner Motion Picture Imaging department and Dave Strohmaier and company for Warner Archives' release of "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm".
Hondo needs no further restorative efforts from anyone. It’s fine as it is.
 

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Getting back to the original subject of this post - Prison Girls. Easy to tell that this softcore porn was shot in the 70's. It has more bush than the Amazon Rain Forest. Unfortunately, it falls just short of the "it's so bad, it's good" category. For 3D softcore, "The Stewardesses" fares a little better (but not much).
 

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I agree with you. Saw it in 3D at the Egyptian. Should be available. The DCP exists. Paramount declined to release it.
I don't know if it's so much that Paramount declined to release it as they could not come to an agreement with the Wayne estate.
 

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With respect, I don't believe the issue here is with the Wayne estate. The Wayne estate authorized and paid for the creation of a 3D DCP, which is available for theatrical bookings. I've seen it and it looks fantastic.

The issue is that the Wayne estate has licensed the home video rights for Hondo to Paramount, and that Paramount is uninterested in releasing the 3D version on disc. Because the Wayne estate has licensed the home video rights to Paramount, the Wayne estate is not able to offer 3D home video rights to another company, no matter how interested one might be. And the terms of the contract with Paramount don't allow Paramount to sublicense any of their licensed Wayne titles to a third party distributor, so Paramount can't offer it to a boutique label (if they'd even want to).

Nothing here will change, unfortunately, unless Paramount changes its mind (unlikely given that the studio no longer supports 3D home video releases at all), or unless their license for Hondo expires and the Wayne estate chooses to seek out another release partner.
As I understood it, Gretchen Wayne [Patrick's widow and administrator of the estate] didn't want to licence the 3D version for home use, as she believed theatrical release was the best venue. These days, she's not wrong.

And now, back to the softcore sexploitation wonder that is Prison Girls.
 

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The Stewardesses did well at the box-office:

Top Grossing Movies of 1969​

RankMovieRelease
Date
DistributorGenre1969 GrossTickets Sold
1Butch Cassidy and the Sunda…Oct 24, 196920th Century FoxWestern$102,308,90072,048,521
2The Love BugMar 13, 1969Comedy$50,576,80835,617,470
3Midnight CowboyMay 25, 1969MGMDrama$44,785,05331,538,769
4Easy RiderJul 14, 1969Sony PicturesDrama$41,728,59829,386,336
5Hello, DollyDec 16, 1969Musical$33,208,09923,385,985
6Bob & Carol & Ted & AliceSep 18, 1969Sony PicturesComedy$31,897,25322,462,854
7Paint Your WagonOct 15, 1969Paramount PicturesMusical$31,678,77822,308,998
8True GritJun 11, 1969Western$31,132,59221,924,360
9Cactus FlowerDec 16, 1969Sony PicturesRomantic Comedy$25,889,20818,231,836
10Goodbye, ColumbusApr 3, 1969$22,939,80516,154,792
11On Her Majesty's Secret Ser…Dec 18, 1969MGMAction$22,800,00016,056,338
12I Am Curious (Yellow)Mar 10, 1969Drama$20,200,00014,225,352
13WinningMay 22, 1969UniversalDrama$14,644,33510,312,911
14ZDec 8, 1969Rialto PicturesThriller/Suspense$14,200,00010,000,000
15The Sterile CuckooOct 22, 1969Drama$13,982,3579,846,730
16The StewardessesJul 25, 1969$13,500,0009,507,042
17They Shoot Horses, Don't They?Dec 10, 1969Drama$12,600,0008,873,239
18The UndefeatedNov 27, 196920th Century FoxWestern$8,000,0005,633,802
19Sweet CharityApr 1, 1969UniversalMusical$8,000,0005,633,802
20Where Eagles DareMar 12, 1969MGMAction$7,100,0005,000,000
21Alice's RestaurantAug 20, 1969United ArtistsComedy$6,300,0004,436,619
22TopazDec 19, 1969UniversalThriller/Suspense$6,000,0004,225,352
23If It's Tuesday, This Must …Apr 24, 1969United ArtistsRomantic Comedy$6,000,0004,225,352
24Once Upon a Time in the WestMay 28, 1969Paramount PicturesWestern$5,321,5083,747,540
25MaroonedDec 11, 1969Adventure$4,300,0003,028,169
26Che!Jun 27, 1969Drama$2,000,0001,408,450
27De SadeAug 27, 1969Drama$1,200,000845,070
 

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