NEW ALAMO announced over at digitalbits.

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  1. Joe Caps

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    A new dvd of the Alamo has been announced over at digital bits with April 6 release date. This will be two dvds with the alamo documentary that was on the laserdisc version. I assume its stil the short version as its still anamorphic.
     
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    I know this is a personal favorite of
    Bob Harris.

    I am quite sure this isn't the restored version
    that Mr. Harris has dreamed of all these years.

    I'd love to hear exactly how good a transfer we
    should expect out of MGM here.
     
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    I think this is exactly the same dvd reissued again from 2000, with the same features and specs.




    Crawdaddy
     
  4. Greg Krewet

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    I am inclined to agree with Robert. This is only being released to tie in with the new Alamo movie being released
    around the same week.
    Best
    Greg
     
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    That is not good news. This could have been the right time to release this, and just maybe if the movie does really well. Then perhaps the true version could be released after all. This is just guessing on my part.
     
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    Damn, I wanna see John Wayne's original version of this movie.
     
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    Opi, Bill Williams and the rest of you fans,

    You can! TCM will show the full-length version February 21 at 10 AM Eastern (on the West Coast, it's 7 AM Pacific). This will be the director's cut, the one that's on LaserDisc and most VHS versions...and the one Harris should be restoring.

    Set your VCRs and DVRs...I know I will!
     
  8. Ernest Rister

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    I own the LD! The Alamo is one of my favorite epics, and the "making of" documentary on the disc is one of my favorite "behind the scenes" looks at making a movie.

    WAYNE
    Chato, do you think you can build the Alamo?

    CHATO
    Mr. Wayne, do you think you can make a picture?

    I know The Alamo isn't on par with more polished and cerebral "epics" like Dr. Zhivago or Lawrence of Arabia, but I have tremendous affection for it.

    "Chastise? Does that mean what I think it do?"

    "It do."
     
  9. Randy A Salas

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    For what it's worth, this re-release or special edition--whatever it is--isn't even on MGM's release schedule at its press site, even though the entire April and May titles are listed. If it's a new version, it's an unscheduled addition.
     
  10. Randy A Salas

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    I got this today. As suspected, it's just the previous single-disc release with new cover art. Length is 162 minutes, same as before.

    Editing to add: As proof that these versions are identical, even though the covers are different (the old one prominently featuring John Wayne, the new one featuring the Alamo), they share the same UPC.
     

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