On Golden Pond (Hepburn, Fonda) Special edition 12/16 - looks like different extras

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  1. Alistair_M

    Alistair_M Second Unit

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    I notice that a new special edition of On Golden Pond is coming to region 1 on the 16th December 2003 from (grrrr) Artisan.

    From dvdfile:

    http://www.dvdfile.com/software/dvd-...003/10_09.html

    Hot on the heels of the Dirty Dancing: Ultimate Edition, Artisan Entertainment will release a newly remastered special edition of the Oscar-winning classic On Golden Pond. Due December 16th, goodies include a new anamorphic widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital Surround EX mix (no joke), an audio commentary with writer Ernest Thompson, the documentary "Loving Against Time," a new Katharine Hepburn tribute, and a look at the film's cinematography "Reflections on Golden Pond," a still gallery and trailers. Retail will be $19.95


    These extras seem to be different from the current release:

    http://www.dvdmoviecentral.com/Revie...olden_pond.htm

    The disc includes an extraordinary recently made documentary on the making of the film, which features Jane Fonda, Coleman, McKeon, writer Thompson and director Rydell. The documentary is as moving as the picture, as the principals recall working with Henry Fonda and Kathryn Hepburn, and knowing it would probably be Henry's last film. The stories are amazing, warm, and told with much love. There's also a trailer, and a wonderful commentary by Rydell, who's a soft spoken, unassuming man who really relishes his memories of a magical moviemaking experience..


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    I recently saw On Golden pond for the first time - a simply superb and moving film. The transfer (region 2) was terrible and non-anamorphic and it didn't contain any extras. I remember watching a scene where Norman looks for a telephone and answers it - there was so little detail in the picture that you never saw the telephone. So a new transfer is very welcome.

    I guess if you want the full experience you'll have to get the new release for the remastered anamorphic picture and the old release for the hour long doc on the film and the directors commentary. Shame they couldn't all of the extras onto the new release.
     
  2. Eric Peterson

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    Damn! Damn! Damn!

    I've never seen this movie and have been wanting to for sometime, but with Artisan releasing it I think I'll wait some more. I hate giving that company one red cent as they'll most likely screw it up anyway.
     
  3. Will K

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    Artisan? Barf.

    This is most bittersweet. I love this movie and it does need a new transfer and is deserving of a SE. The old DVD is pretty terrible.
     
  4. Alistair_M

    Alistair_M Second Unit

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    I did a bit of searching - on 10/21 there will be a re-price of a doublepack of On Golden Pond and Sophie's choice (a film I've never seen but I've heard its good). This is the old version of On golden pond.

    Its very cheap - only £7.70 from dvdsoon. So I'll get that for the directors commentary and laserdisk documentary (plus Sophie's choice SE as a bonus, which also has a commentary and long documentary)
    and I'll get the new release from Artisan on 12/16.
     
  5. Stephen_J_H

    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie

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    I suppose we can hope for the best and pray that this transfer is like the T2:Extreme DVD. Artisan's problem isn't that they're universally shoddy; just incredibly scattershot.
     
  6. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    so in a very short space of time, two Henry Fonda films are coming

    This one and Leone's OUATITW which are completely different range of films

    Look forward to both

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Ronald Epstein

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    Anyone own the original Artisan release
    of this title?

    I so much hesitate to plop down money on
    Artisan product. I have said this many times
    before -- they are snake-oil salesmen.

    If the original ON GOLDEN POND looked bad,
    I would not trust Artisan to make this new
    release any better.

    Can anyone comment on the original DVD transfer?
     
  8. Alistair_M

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    Actually Oscar there are several more Henry Fonda classics coming:

    eg

    My Darling Clementine - Fox Studio classics
    http://www.dvdsoon.com/show-title-de...xml?uid=103676

    Ox-Bow Incident - Fox Studio classics
    http://www.dvdsoon.com/show-title-details.xml?uid=48198

    I'm a big fan of the Fox Studio Classics line of dvds -I really liked Inn of Sixth Happiness (facinating commentary on this one), Ghost and Mrs Muir, and Song of Bernadette (another well produced commentary). Superb extras and good transfers at a low price.
     
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    A better transfer and some new supplements would make me double dip on this film. Glad Henry finally got an Oscar with this film (long overdue) and I don't think Jane ever looked more beautiful then she does here.
     
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    Everything on the DVD (including supplements) is a port from the Pioneer Special Edition laserdisc. Serviceable, but far from stunning. Also, ignore the claim of 2.0 Surround. This puppy is 2.0 mono.

    -Lyle J.P.
     
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    you are right Alastair, it was just that these were the most obvious.

    So all in all 4 coming out at roughly the same time is fantastic news indeed

    [​IMG]
     
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    Earlier tpae and laserdisc releases were stereo but not the pioneer special edition, in spite of its claims. I hope they get the stereo right for the new dvd.
     
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    The plot thickens...

    I noticed the first review of the new SE

    http://www.classicsondvd.com/ongoldenpond.htm

    "The disc includes an "archival" audio commentary by director Mark Rydell, and a new feature-length commentary by Ernest Thompson.

    "Reflections on Gold Pond: a Tribute to the work of cinematographer Billy Williams" (30 mins)

    "Katharine Hepburn Tribute Documentary" (16 mins) "

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    so we have the directors commentary from the first release (good news) but not the original documentary (45 mins).
    Glad to hear the transfer is decent (4 out of 5 stars)and the 5.1 sound mix was well received too (also 4 out of 5 stars).

    Overall I'd have to say, some kudos to Artisan over this one - a decent tranfer, 2 commentaries and a doc or 2. I've a feeling that one day we'll get a 2 disk set with everything on it - but that could be a long time away so I'm happy to preorder. I'm really looking forward to hearing the director's commentary on this warm-hearted flick.
     
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    I think Artisan is getting better. I only have a few releases with them (Basic Instinct - Director's Cut, Total Recall SE, and T2 Extreme) and have no problem with the transfers. I do know some of their earlier stuff was dreadful.
     

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