Once Upon a Time in the West - let me be the first

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  1. BruceKimmel

    BruceKimmel Stunt Coordinator

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    Well, I couldn't wait, really I couldn't. It's not coming out here in the States until mid-November, it's not coming out in the UK until mid-October, but it just came out in France and I just got it in the mail today. O joy, O rapture - I'm about a half-hour in and have scanned through the rest of the film and the transfer is, I'm happy to say, breathtakingly beautiful - sharp, perfect color, enhanced for widescreen TVs and, in a word, a stunner. The 5.1 sound is superb (the score sounds incredible - best it's ever sounded anywhere). There doesn't seem to be a mono track or at least I haven't found it yet. I watched the three documentaries and they're wonderful - they're just over an hour in total and feature John Carpenter, Bernardo Bertolucci, Claudia Cardinale (wonderful!), Tonino Delli Colli, Gabriele Ferzetti, Christopher Frayling and others. Some fun archival stuff with Sergio and Henry Fonda, too.

    But the movie is what it's about and this transfer couldn't have pleased me more. Bravo!
     
  2. Mark_vdH

    Mark_vdH Screenwriter

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    It's another Lowry Digital Images effort, so it should look good! [​IMG]

    I can hardly wait for it, but as I have already ordered the (cheaper) R1 version, I'll hold on a bit longer for that one.

    How's the commentary BTW? Have you already checked it?
     
  3. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

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    The British release is 6th October.

    I'm glad it is a great presentation by Paramount. [​IMG]


    Gordy
     
  4. BruceKimmel

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    Haven't heard the commentary yet. I'm half-way through now and oh dear how I love this film. I'll post about the commentary when I get to it over the weekend. But bravo to everyone concerned.
     
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    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    thanks Bruce for the update. I am waiting for the R1 though

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  6. Henry Gale

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    For those in Central Texas, this will be on a movie screen in San Antonio. To benefit KSTX
    Tuesday night, Sept. 30th.
     
  7. Blu

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    This is all great news, now if they would just release Fistful of Dynamite soon!!!
     
  8. BruceKimmel

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    Fistful of Dynamite is out in region two via mgm/ua. It's a very nice anamorphic transfer of the almost long version (it's missing only the final flashback as far as I can tell).
     
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    Let me clear that up a little, I would like a restored R1 cut of the film.
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  10. John Hodson

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    But the R2 Italian edition not only has a far superior transfer, it also indcludes the full flashback (which is important to the narrative; it does rather change the perception of the relationships)...alas, no English soundtrack, or subtitles.

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    So many films, so little time...
     
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  12. John Hodson

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    [​IMG]

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  13. Lewis Besze

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    So when is this due in the US?
     

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