a good sign towards a DVD of THE PASSENGER

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  1. Mark Edward Heuck

    Mark Edward Heuck Screenwriter

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    It would appear that Jack Nicholson has finally made a satisfying deal for the rights to Antonioni's THE PASSENGER. This October, it will be rereleased in selected art theatres, with new prints. I have heard conflicting stories of who is doing the reissue, it is either Sony Pictures Classics or United Artists. (Of course, with the Sony-led consortium controlling MGM, they could be the same company now.) In any case, a DVD release should follow in 2006.
     
  2. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

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    Absolutely brilliant news, Mark. Thank you very much for informing me on this. It's an amazing film; one of my most-favourite films.
     
  3. Jay E

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    Thanks for the news, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
     
  4. Simon Howson

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    Does anyone know what format the film was shot in? IMDB says the aspect ratio is 2.00:1, but that doesn't make much sense for a film made in 1975.
     
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    I assume it was 2:35?
     
  6. Vincent_P

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    The Japanese DVD is 1.85:1 and doesn't appear cropped. The full-frame VHS in the U.S. looks cramped, but not as badly cropped as a 2.35:1 film would be, and the opening the closing credits are 1.85:1, so I'm going to assume this was a 1.85:1 hard-matted film.

    I wonder what version this will be. The U.S. release was several minutes shorter than the overseas one, and overseas it also has a different title (the Japanese DVD is the longer cut and is titled PROFESSION: REPORTER).

    Vincent
     
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    The excerpts shown during IFC's Z Channel documentary this past weekend looked exceptionally grim (and were not letterboxed,) in stark contrast to many of the other films that were represented.
     
  8. Vincent_P

    Vincent_P Screenwriter

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    That's probably due to the fact that it hasn't been remastered. The only available video master is probably the one used for the old full-screen VHS release, and that's DECADES old. It wouldn't reflect the condition of the original pre-print film elements.

    Vincent
     
  9. Jon Martin

    Jon Martin Cinematographer

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    Thought I'd mention, THE PASSENGER theatrical rerelease is listed in the fall preview issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, so it is really in the works.

    That would probably mean a DVD next year.
     
  10. Brook K

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    It is listed on Sony Pictures Classics website.

    I've heard this will be the cut US release version but don't have any official confirmation.
     
  11. Gordon McMurphy

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    A very reliable source at the Criterion Forum (you have to be registered to read posts) states that it will be the full 125-minute cut.
     
  12. Bob Cashill

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    It's a Sony Pictures Classics re-release. They're screening it now, but their PR says it's the 119m US version. But they could be mistaken; I'll try to see it and report back.
     
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    Sony has announced a March 14 release date for this on DVD.
     
  14. Bob Cashill

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    The re-release version did indeed run 126m.
     

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