Bergman: MGM titles ("not anytime soon")...

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  1. Carrol

    Carrol Agent

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    I wrote MGM about 2 weeks ago regarding a couple of Ingmar Bergman titles that they own that are probably their most prestigous.

    This is the reply:

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    Not quite sure what to make of that. Probably means 'never'. (frown)

    Thought I would mention it,
    Carrol
     
  2. Damin J Toell

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    A more optimistic view: the titles aren't far enough in the production process yet such that the customer service staff is aware of them, but they will come eventually. One can hope, right? [​IMG]

    DJ
     
  3. Brook K

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    Yes but Tartan has done such a great job on the r2's that MGM doesn't have much to bring to the table.
     
  4. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    Carrol, trust me on this: in most companies the customer service people who interface with the customers are the very last to know something new is coming. It is usually done on purpose, so that a wrong word from a CS rep won't let the cat out of the bag before a "carefully crafted marketing campaign can be utilized to maximize interest". [​IMG]

    Even for "it-doesn't-matter" releases, the habits and routine will be the same. Unless this CSR just happened to stumble across some extra info while talking to a budy in the cafeteria, expect that they don't have a clue what is coming, unless it has been announced already.

    We at HTF tend to know things before they do! [​IMG]
     
  5. Jim Rankin

    Jim Rankin Stunt Coordinator

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    Carrol, just wondering which titles you inquired about. I'm sure Persona was one of them. Regards, Jim.
     
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    Bryant Frazer Stunt Coordinator

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  7. Mark Pfeiffer

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    Carrol, I'd say most likely this is a form letter response and not something to be too concerned about.
     
  8. Carrol

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    I guess I should have mentioned the titles I inquired about. They were PERSONA and FANNY & ALEXANDER.

    Yea, you guys are probably right that these will eventually make their way into the market.

    I mean, they are finally getting around to SALAAM BOMBAY! finally, which I never thought would see a dvd release.

    Here's to hoping...this and a RAGING BULL SE. [​IMG]

    Carrol
     
  9. Rain

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    Wasn't Fanny and Alexander supposed to be out last year?

    I could have sworn I read something about it at The Bits.
     
  10. Brook K

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    No they haven't released Persona but it's on their list and we'll probably see it from them first.

    Artificial Eye has already released the full 5 hour version of Fanny & Alexander. If and when MGM does theirs, it will be the much shorter theatrical version.

    MGM also has the rights to Scenes From A Marriage, Hour of the Wolf, and possibly Shame.
     
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  12. ChuckDeLa

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    Are there ANY Region 0/1 NTSC Ingmar Bergman DVDs besides those on Criterion? I've only recently discovered this astonishing director and hungry for more, more, more!
     
  13. ChuckDeLa

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    I'll take the silence as a no [​IMG]

    Is it certain that the 5 hour F&A will never be released in the US? I don't have a region-free player, though I think there's supposed to be some way to modify my DVD-ROM.

    Any word at all about upcoming Bergman discs? I'm really hooked.
     
  14. Neil_Duffy

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    Persona is a fave of mine too, unavailable in the UK on video, but I think Tartan are giving t a cinema re-release in Feb - restored print with additonal footage.

    I'd hazard a guess it'll be on DVD via Tartan by July 2003 in UK.
     

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