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Is John Sayles City Of Hope ever comming to DVD and WS?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Dean L, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. Dean L

    Dean L Stunt Coordinator

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    So I can toss my pan and scam laserdisc.
     
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    Dorian Gray Stunt Coordinator

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    I would buy an OAR DVD in a second.
    I wonder who owns it though...
     
  3. Sam Favate

    Sam Favate Lead Actor

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    Put me down for one of these. One of the best films of the 90s and easily my favorite Sayles movie.

    (help; help we need help)
     
  4. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    I met John Sayles at Amoeba Music in Hollywood last year when he was there as part of an event to plug SILVER CITY. I mentioned CITY OF HOPE and he said that he'd acquired the rights to this and MATEWAN to reissue them. But that was last September, and I haven't heard anything since.

    The laser, I found out, was incorrectly labeled "Deluxe Widescreen Edition," which it deinitely is not.
     
  5. Dean L

    Dean L Stunt Coordinator

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    A 15th anniversery DVD in 2006 in its proper ratio, we can only hope.

    My LD is also labled as Deluxe Widescreen Edition, which it deinitely is not. Just a fyi for anyone who sees a used LD at a pawn shop or on eBay, all the LD's were misslabled as Widescreen [​IMG]
     
  6. Mark Edward Heuck

    Mark Edward Heuck Screenwriter

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    This is all conjecture, so start collecting salt first.

    Sayles reacquired rights to RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7, LIANNA, and BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET a few years back. He made a deal with IFC Films to reissue them in theatres, and in turn, IFC made a deal with MGM to release them on DVD. MATEWAN was actually part of the theatrical package as well, but MGM could not release that due to a preexisting deal Hallmark/Artisan held on the title, a deal which would appear to be over.

    I strongly suspect that Sayles will probably sell both titles again to IFC. Now, IFC has made a new deal with the nascent Weinstein Company, so that may mean they could get the titles instead of MGM. But somehow, if I were a bettin' man, I would put my money that MGM will get these two as well and maybe even do a package promotion for the lot of them.
     
  7. The Drifter

    The Drifter Supporting Actor

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    Huge John Sayles fan here. And, I've been wanting to see Sayles' City of Hope (1991) ever since I got my first DVD player in the early 200X's. It's extremely disappointing that this apparently great movie has never made it's way to modern home video. I haven't even seen this available to stream anywhere.

    I wonder what the hold-up is here?! Is the film too obscure to warrant a modern home video release?! And/or are there copyright/rights issues involved here that is preventing the film from being released?!

    In any case, hopefully this will eventually make it's way to DVD/Blu. IMHO the Criterion label would be perfect for this film.
     
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    I really like this movie, and never bought the laserdisc because it was pan and scan. Put me down for a first-day purchase of a widescreen edition - even if it's DVD and not Blu-Ray.
     
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