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Fox: The Leopard

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jun-Dai Bates, Aug 12, 2001.

  1. Jun-Dai Bates

    Jun-Dai Bates Stunt Coordinator

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    Of Luchino Visconti's films, only Senso is available on DVD. It would be nice to have some of his films on dvd, with beautiful transfers, and I would prefer to see made available none more than the Leopard. Please Fox, release this title, or give it to Criterion; it has been overlooked for too long (it could do with a theatrical re-release as well). Please.
    Jun-Dai Bates-Kobashigawa
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  2. Jay E

    Jay E Cinematographer

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    I would love to see the restored, Italian version of this film on DVD. It's one of the greatest Italian films ever made and my favorite Visconti film.
     
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    Mark Edward Heuck Screenwriter

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    THE LEOPARD has terrific Panavision images and one of Burt Lancaster's best performances. I was lucky to see a print restored by Italian producers in Hollywood a year and a half ago. If Fox still has it, they need to make it available.
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    I agree, this would make a fine disc.
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  5. Jun-Dai Bates

    Jun-Dai Bates Stunt Coordinator

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    I took a class on Visconti in my final semester at Bard, and we had that chance to see this and La Terra Trema on 35mm (Leopard wasn't available in 16mm, and the 16mm print of Terra Trema had already been lent out). In any case, they are both fantastic films, and we were told that the 35mm print we saw was the only one available in the country (private collections notwithstanding, presumably), and that is a travesty. I would love to be able to see this film again.
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    THE LEOPARD is quite simply masterful filmmaking, with a superb, moving Lancaster performance. I was lucky enough to catch a rare 35mm screening this past March at the Symphony Space in New York. The film started 20 minutes late because of the backup at the ticket booth. The demand for the film is obvious, with people standing for the entire length of the epic. This was in a theatre of nearly a 1,000 person capacity. A DVD with both Italian and English-language versions would be just dandy.
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  7. Jun-Dai Bates

    Jun-Dai Bates Stunt Coordinator

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    I guess Fox Lorber put Senso out of print a little while back. All the more reason for Fox to put this film out. Wouldn't it be nice? anamorphic transfer from original 70mm source. . . In fact, why don't you do a nice rerelease with 70mm prints. I bet this film would do better now than it did in the previous releases.
     
  8. Stefan Andersson

    Stefan Andersson Second Unit

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    Dear Fox DVD:
    I heartily support the above pleas for a DVD of
    a restored LEOPARD. It is a very important piece
    of movie history containing a great Lancaster
    performance, supreme Visconti direction and an
    hour-long ball sequence to rival similar visions
    of the aristocracy and upper classes in films such
    as THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE,
    THE GOLDEN BOWL and HOUSE OF MIRTH. In other words,
    this type of movie has a proven track record with
    audiences and critics.
    Of course the DVD should combine English- and
    Italian-language versions.
     
  9. Jun-Dai Bates

    Jun-Dai Bates Stunt Coordinator

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    I noticed that there's an anamorphic edition of the Leopard available in Italy. Does anyone know anything about the quality of this dvd, and more specifically the quality of the English subtitles that it is purported to have?
     

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