Freaks (1932) DVD?

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  1. Lyle H.

    Lyle H. Stunt Coordinator

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    Last year, they said Freaks is coming in 2004. Creepy Classics.com reported that it would be coming in August 2004. The Warner sales rep said the sales sheets are already printed. "Now it's being worked on"...What's the deal?!
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    What's the hurry? "It's being worked on" may just mean they don't want to get into a bind by saying when.
     
  3. Eric Peterson

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    It sounded to me like it was imminent. I believe the wording said that it was "In Production". WB also offered this information voluntarily and was not spurred on by a question.

    I'll bet that we see this before the end of the year and possibly by Halloween.
     
  4. Brian Kidd

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    I saw a stunning 35mm print last Halloween at a Horror film fest in Columbus, OH. I can't wait for the DVD!
     
  5. Daniel P

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    It was released in region4 Australia recently...

    You can buy it here

    But there's no extras as far as I can tell.
     
  6. JohnAP

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    At least we know it's definitely coming, and sooner rather than later. I can wait a little longer.
     
  7. Roger Rollins

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    That Australian DVD is a bootleg. BEWARE![​IMG]
     
  8. Daniel P

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    What a disgrace!

    Thanks for the heads up Roger...
     
  9. SamuelScott

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    Anybody got any idea if there will be extras for this release. I own the deleted UK VHS of this great film and would really like to upgrade (although I'll keep my VHS).
     
  10. Mark Zimmer

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    Yes, if Warner says without prompting that it's coming I read that to mean sooner as opposed to later. I got burned on the R2 Freaks---got one of the discs that is actually Mannheim Steamroller ([​IMG]) --and it was OOP before I could get it exchanged, if there ever were any good ones. My recollection is that it was suspected to be a bootleg anyway, so serves me right. [​IMG]
     
  11. Jay E

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    From what they said in the chat it is coming as part of this years Halloween promotion.

     
  12. Tony Mirra

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    Very excited for this. I hope they clean up the audio (or add optional subtitles); the last time I saw this on Turner Classics, it was barely audible.
     
  13. Russell G

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    Can't wait for this either! Hopefully it will have some documentary footage. They could also use stills of the photography exhibit that inspired the movie (I can't remember the name of the photographer, it is mentioned in David Skalls book, "The Monster Show" which is a great read for those interested in classic horror.)

    This is a movie that definatly deserves to be a special edition!
     
  14. Russ Lucas

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    I'm a little perplexed by that chat response. Yeah, it's a Tod Browning film, but it's neither a horror film nor a Halloween film. They should release it some other time of the year. Like...now! [​IMG]
     
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    I think it's considered a horror film because of the ending. You have to admit it's pretty creepy.
     
  16. Jay E

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    It's definitely a horror film. Although throughout most of the film Browning doesn't try to portray the Freaks in a horrific way, the ending enters all the way into horror territory.

    I would have liked to have asked in the chat if Warner was planning on releasing any more horror films from the 1930's such as:

    Devil Doll, The
    Doctor X
    Mad Love
    Mark of the Vampire
    Mask of Fu Manchu, The
    The Walking Dead
     
  17. Jeff_HR

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    I'm curious as to what the running time will be. At least I have my LD to watch until it is released.
     
  18. David Di

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    To the person who said the Aussie release was a BOOTLEG doesnt know what he is talking about. Ezydvd are a very legite DVD store. The biggest in Australia and THEY DO NOT SELL BOOTLEGS. Gets your facts straight first.
     
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    I wouldn't say it's horror film, although it certainly has horrific overtones. It falls into that "weird" category.

    While not his most famous (that's reserved for DRACULA) or even his best (THE UNKNOWN and other Chaney vehicles win hands down), FREAKS is certainly one of those "must see" films. Truly one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen. It has quite a cult following too, which is probably why it's getting this SE treatment from WB.

    No doubt there'll be a photo gallery (along with stills of deleted scenes), a trailer, perhaps a commentary. I can't think that there's that much material about this film, since it was pretty much banished most places and the studio really tore apart its distribution. They could certainly show some footage from his other existing films, perhaps even putting on the MGM tour film of 1925, which has footage of him directing THE CIRCUS.

    I'm rather enthusiastic about seeing a release of his first venture with Lon Chaney, 1919's THE WICKED DARLING. It's one of the few existing Chaney films I haven't seen yet (although it will be playing here in NY later this month). I know there was some discussion of it being released through Film Preservation Associates through Image, but that apparently didn't materialize.
     
  20. oscar_merkx

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    I have never seen this but will buy this as this is Todd Browning were talking about
     

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