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

Sam Favate

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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.

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Mark Cappelletty

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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.
 

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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
 

Mark Edward Heuck

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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.
 

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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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Still waiting to see City of Hope - I can't even find a decent stream of this film. It's a shame this film hasn't even hit regular DVD yet. However, now that Matewan has finally hit BD, here's hoping that will pave the way for this & other Sayles films to be released to physical media.
 

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