Fox - PLEASE do not screw up AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

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  1. Joe Caps

    Joe Caps Screenwriter

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    Agony and the4 Ecstasy has been released by Fox before on VHS and laserdisc.
    the lasers color was not very good.
    It also had some mistakes in it.
    the film proper has a prologue - I think called the artis who did not want to p[aint(?). this is NOT a separate short subject but is actually part of the film. In the theater, it opened with a stunning shot of St. Peters.
    An employee off Fox vid found a credit roll and superimposed it at the beginning, thus ruinig that opening shot. Copmpposer Alex North had already left the film to go to Europe, so Jerry Goldsmith agreed to score the prologue on the condition he do it without credit(why- who knows?) but the laser gives him a credit).
    After that ends the film proper starts. The film has intermission music and exit music. the laser gets them backwards.

    A few years agok, a far better master with the correct color showed on tCM. However, it had problems of its own - the prologue was gone, no intermission or exit music.
    Tcm ran some promors then showed the prologue as a separate short subject and in MONO. - and again the prologue had credits superimposed over it.
    Let's hope the DVD has everything in the correct order, the prologue in place (WITHOUT CREDITS PLEASE), everything in stereo and the intermission music and exit music back in place (the intermission music is simply the Main title music reused).
     
  2. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Lead Actor

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    The Artist Who Did Not Want To Paint.

    I went out and found the LD version on eBay last year. "The Artist..." is in the right place on the LD and I believe it's in stereo. I'll have to give it a listen later on. The LD jacket says "digital sound stereo surround".

    The LD jacket says this about the short:



    Even the stills on the LD jacket looks like the color negative was exposed through a sepia-tone filter.[​IMG]
     
  3. dailW

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    i'm not the biggest fan of the film but since its fox i would buy it . i think they put out some of the best looking dvds out there.
     
  4. Mark Walker

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    Having Heston play Michelangelo made about a much sense as casting him as a Mexican in Touch of Evil. Still, inspite of Heston's involvement in this largely fictional dramatization of Michelangelo, it is an entertaining film that I would readily buy on DVD if it were presented properly.
     
  5. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Lead Actor

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    Yeah but the best part of the film is Rex Harrison's wonderfully worldly job of playing Pope Julius II....
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  6. Gordon McMurphy

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    I think it is an awful film. Awful. But Fox should present it on DVD as Joe has advised.
     

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