Paramount and Lindsay Anderson's IF........

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  1. Michael R. Cantone

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    When Mr. Martin Blythe asked the HTF community what they wanted Paramount to put on DVD, the film IF... came up on a couple of lists from posters here. Are there any plans to issue this film on DVD anytime soon? I saw a new print of it at New York's Film Forum back in January, so there's still an interest in it. Possible features could be:
    -a new widescreen (1.78:1) transfer from the original
    negatives, enhanced for anamorphic televisions
    -Dolby Digital 5.1 and DD mono mixes
    -Commentary with star Malcolm McDowell (he'd do this in
    a flash), and screenwriter David Sherwin
    -Original UK and US theatrical trailers
    -a documentary containing cast and crew who are still alive
    -photo and poster gallery
    -original shooting script and CRUSADERS the very first
    draft
    I can't think of anything else to add to these suggestions. Hope Paramount accepts these ideas for a perfect presentation of this ground-breaking classic.
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  2. Jeff Ulmer

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    Yes, with Anchor Bay releasing Brittania Hospital, If.. would be a great companion piece.
    Now if we could also get my favorite of the three, O Lucky Man!, I'd be a happy camper.
    PS. I always spell Brittania wrong...
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  3. Michael R. Cantone

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    Well, I for one found BRITTANIA HOSPITAL to be on the weak side and will only buy Anchor Bay's upcoming DVD for completeness and to see it in it's original aperture ratio. And also since IF... and O LUCKY MAN are owned by major studios, the chances of Anchor Bay issuing them on DVD are practically nil. It's just a matter of pressing our entreaties to Warner Brothers (when they have their chat here in October) and Paramount (since if their classics division went to the time and money to strike a new 35mm print for theater exhibition, a DVD would be quite feasible).
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  4. Jay E

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    I was hoping that this title would one day end up on laser, but it never did. Now I'm hoping that it shows up on DVD as I would buy it in a heartbeat.
     
  5. Michael R. Cantone

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    For your information, Paramount issued IF... on laserdisc sometime ago. However, the disc is hard to find and is only in pan-and-scan. I REALLY want an OAR DVD of IF.... more than anything.
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  6. Rain

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    I would buy both ...if and O Lucky Man in a heartbeat.
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  7. Jay E

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    I did not know that If was out on laser at one time! I had never seen a laser of this movie in any of the stores I use to frequent. And here I am, "Mr know it all", thinking I knew every movie that was put out on laser.
     
  8. Bruce Morrison

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    When I was a student in the late 60's, If... was the film that opened my eyes to the possibilities of cinema as more than just good entertainment for a Saturday evening. I went back to see it three times in the first week of its run (and it wasn't just to figure out why the chaplain was in the drawer!). It's remained a firm favourite ever since those heady days, and I really hope Paramount can find a way of releasing it on DVD. Frankly I wasn't sure how the film would have been received in the States as it has such a very English setting, so it's good to know that it appears to have a significant following across the pond. (By the way, the laserdisc was an early 80's effort and was totally unwatchable!)
     
  9. Michael R. Cantone

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    Yes, IF... was a huge influence on me, even extending to my taking the nickname of Mick after Mick Travis. I know that the laserdisc from Paramount in the early eighties was a very crappy print. It's similar to the VHS release as it is rather dark and cropped. To add insult to injury, it's the version with the rear nudity inserts. The print I saw at New York's Film Forum back in January was the one with the full-frontal nude shots and an excellent print to boot. I feel that if Paramount's Classics division took the time and trouble to create a new print, it shouldn't take an act of God to get a decent DVD release.
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  10. Kevin Leonard

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    I'd take O Lucky Man! first, but if... is just as good. Hearing either being put on DVD in its OAR would make my day.
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    O Lucky Man was a Warner title.
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    'OH LUCKY MAN was a Warner title...'
    good luck then...
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