Any news on "1776" on DVD?

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  1. John_Berger

    John_Berger Cinematographer

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    As all rabid "1776" [​IMG] fans (like myself) know, 2002 marks the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of "1776". I am fortunate enough to have the Pioneer widescreen restored laserdisc, so that is enough to hold me over; but this is a movie that is so very deserving of a proper DVD transfer.
    I heard that Sony/Columbia recently made a remastered 35mm print, which springs hope for a theatrical anniversary release; however, this was just rumor. [​IMG]
    Does anyone know if this movie is scheduled to be released any time soon in theatres or on DVD?
     
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    Don't know about theaters but this title is supposed to be coming sometime next spring or summer. No date. I don't recall the source, nor do I know if the Pioneer supplements (lucky dog) will be included.
     
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    I do know people involved with this title, and they've been working VERY hard on getting it together. I'm guessing it'll show up next year
     
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    From a friend who is close to the project -

    1776 has been restored on film, the soundtrack has been mixed from the original stems, by the director to a new 5.1 surround mix

    the negative for the extra scenes has been found, we hear for ALL the extra scenes

    the new release will feature the director's cut of 1776

    the new release will probably be out sometime in 2002, possibly mid year, but no dates are set.

    there will be new extras, yet to be determined, most likely a new commentary at the least, but nothing is confirmed

    hold on to your pioneer laserdiscs, do not sell them - take that to mean what you will.

    - hope this helps!
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    To give you slightly more information on 1776....

    You should hold on to your Pioneer laserdiscs.

    Not *everything* that was included in the laserdisc

    cut will make it to the DVD cut. The Director felt

    that some of the material slowed down the pacing and has

    opted to put some of that that extra material in

    the supplements rather than back in the film

    itself.
     
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    and an addendum to what Ron said, not everything will be in the film OR the supplements.
     
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    Moe,

    I am not going to say that your information is wrong.

    I have been in touch with someone very close to

    the project that has been in progress over at Sony.

    It is my understanding that the Director feels

    the pacing of the film is slowed down by some of

    the extra material that has been added.

    Some small segments are going to be placed in the

    supplemental area.

    None of the material is going to be discarded.
     

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