Miracle Mile coming to DVD in fullscreen only!

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  1. SteveGon

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    According to DVDFile, the 6/3 release of Miracle Mile (1989) will be fullscreen only. Must we go through this again? Come on, MGM!
     
  2. Jon Sheedy

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    Just came across this tidbit over at DVDFile as well, Steve. WTF!?!?! Miracle Mile is one of many films that I've been anxiously awaiting to be announced for DVD release. It's finally announced and it's fullscreen only! UNF******Believable is all I can say. This is a film that has large cult appeal. Cult appeal = cult audience = film buffs = widescreen advocates. What's the problem here, MGM. Is this so difficult to understand? I haven't gotten too excited about some of the more recent pan & scan battles because I didn't care too much about the particular titles. They're finally screwing one up that I do care about...had to happen sooner or later...damn shame that it had to be Miracle Mile.

    It's always a bad decision not to release OAR, but on a title like Miracle Mile is makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. What a terrible decision!

    Evidently MGM has the fans on the "pay no mind list"!

    JON
     
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    I've just sent MGM a polite email asking them to reconsider, or at least including both versions of the film on the disc.

    -paul
     
  4. Greg_D_R

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    This is one of my all-time favorite lesser-known films, and I really hope that MGM doesn't blow it. I know it's an HBO film, but I could find no OAR info. The tape is fullscreen (I have a former rental copy). Anyone here have the laserdisc?
     
  5. Mark Cappelletty

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    The laserdisc from Hemdale/Image is full-frame as well.

    I am beyond angry about this. My only consolation might be that MGM -- seeing that this is a Hemdale film -- might not have been able to gain access to the original source materials. They've been good about OAR (as opposed to say, Disney, who have no excuse), but as their library is full of titles to which they've only recently gained the rights, this might be the deal.

    Either way, however, it really frustrates me. I saw this in the theater (was one of two people seeing this at an afternoon show in Toledo!) in 1989 and remember it being 1.85:1. At least it was projected that way.
     
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    Everyone go to their website and send them email.
    It very well may be that they only have access to the p/s source material but it's still worth letting them know how you feel. These things *can* and *do* make a difference...even if it's a DVD that my finally come out right several years down the road.
     
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  9. Matthew Watson

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    I bumped up a previous thread concerning MGM releasing "full frame" only releases in the Studio/Manufacturer forum because of this and The Missionary (with Michael Palin) releases. I suppose it was only a matter of time before the more obscure films I'm primarily interesed in would suffer the "full frame" fate (I can't not put quote marks around that term. I know, I'm becoming more elitist every day).

    Miracle Mile had a huge effect on me, both in the film's subject matter and the techniques used by writer/director Steve DeJarnatt. I won't be picking it up as it's been announced, however.
     
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    Fully agree with the posters statement that it has to be seen blind to be fully appreciated. That's how I saw it: bored on a day off, read the first few lines of a review which mentioned a bunch of people sitting in a diner when the phone rings. I stopped there and went to the next showing. Only person in the theatre and I was rivited the entire time.

    Whenever I've lent out the tape to friends that's all I ever told them about it too.

    -paul
     
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  13. Carlo Medina

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    Well Matthew is just adhering to his principles (and our mission statement) regarding OAR releases. He may feel (as I do) that contributing money to a non-OAR release akin to supporting such releases. We'd rather send a message that we as consumers will not buy discs released in non-OAR.
     
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    I already have it on laserdisc. Why should I bother buying another copy if it's still flawed?
    Also no matter WHAT movie it is, if it's been altered I DON'T buy it- I don't want to show that it's OK to do this.
     
  16. Matthew Watson

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    It's a dilemma, isn't it? If I refuse to buy it (which I do - the format and the vast majority of its customers should be mature enough for all films to be available in their OAR), MGM will assume I'm not a fan of the film and never think to revisit or reissue it. If I broke down and bought it, MGM will assume I approve of the format provided for said film and will never think to revisit or reissue it.

    Which is why I publicly made my opinions regarding Miracle Mile's upcoming release known in a forum dedicated to the preservation and proper presentation of films.

    Watching Miralce Mile on tv if I stumble across it on cable vs me purchasing it for my collection/library is night and day, actually.

    I don't mean to be so hard-nosed about this. It's just the way I feel.
     
  17. Carlo Medina

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    That's the thing, though, I actually don't watch movies on TV. It's gotten to the point that on some films (particularly 2.35 ones) that I can tell when the composition is cropped and it really, really bothers me.

    True, to just not buy in and of itself may not do anything. If you feel strongly enough to send a letter or petition it is more effective. But buying the non-OAR product implicitly supports the product. The studios may think, hey this thing sells whether it's OAR or not!

    As far as your question:
     
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    Rain:

    Don't forget the ability to blow the disc up in the microwave!

    One of the few useful things my first year college roommate ever did. [​IMG]
     
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