Paramount Musicals

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  1. Greg_M

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    Paramount Home Video, any plans to release some of your older musical films?

    On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
    Oh! What a Lovely War
    Li'l Abner
    Half a Sixpence
    Scrooge

    Darling Lili (mentioned for 2003)
     
  2. Larry Sutliff

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    I would be very interested in purchasing a DVD of SCROOGE in it's OAR.
     
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    I'd buy SCROOGE and LI'L ABNER in an instant.
     
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    HALF A SIXPENCE ( Roadshow and Stereo)
    LI'L ABNER
    DARLING LILI
    FIVE PENNIES
    RED GARTERS
    LOVING YOU
    ANYTHING GOES
    LIVING IT UP
    A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT
    THE EMPEROR WALTZ

    Paramount,just name the day, my Pre-Order money is well and truly ready!!
     
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    I think Lil Abner is with Universal, along with all pre-1948 Paramount films (except for silents)
     
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    "OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR" was directed by Richard Attenborough and had an incredible cast including appearances by Maggie Smith, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Laurence Olivier, Dirk Bogard, John Mills, Ian Holm, Vanessa Redgrave ...

    I thought this was done by United Artists, but if Paramount has the rights, this should be released. A marvelously clever film.
     
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    LIL ABNER is from 1959, so I don't see why it isn't a Paramount title still. There was an obscure 1940 non-musical LIL ABNER from, I believe, Columbia or UA (cast included Buster Keaton!); what a hoot to have that included. [​IMG]
     
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    I'd love to have Lil' Abner. I only saw it once, years and years ago on TV, but Mom had the soundtrack album and we played it all the time.
     
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    Was terribly dissapointed in the Paramount announcement of musicals. Since it will probably quite a while before they release another batch - it will be forever until we get Lil Abner, Half a sixpence and On a Clear Day - if ever!
    We musical buffs had it great on laser - and seem to be rather screwed on DVD - Why? I wait for Fred Astaire, Judy Garland etc and they just aren't coming!
     
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    Yes to On A Clear Day
    and Half a Sixpence and
    Li'l Abner!
    A lot of these were great sellers on both vhs and laserdisc, so obviously there is a fanbase there.
    To quote Li'l Abner: "Put 'em back, the way they was!"
     
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    If it was so easy and profitable to release countless Musicals into the small niche Laserdisc market of yesterday, why is it proving so difficult to do so with the huge, expansive DVD market of today?
    Surely DVD has reached a far greater audience now than Laserdisc ever did.
    I remember that Paramount's charming Bing Crosby Musical "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" was included in my very first ever Laserdisc order, way back in the mid 80's.
    It still looks nice today, if a bit soft.
    Come on Paramount and others, stop holding back, there is a huge Musical following out there that is just waiting to be satisfied.
    Just once more, for luck,
    LI'L ABNER
    HALF A SIXPENCE - PLEASE!
    Looks as if we might have to call on Jubilation T Cornpone to give Paramount an almighty Flash, Bang and Wallop! to get things moving.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Greg_M

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    Well, well, well, looks like Paramount wil be releasing some musicals after all, just announced today DVD's include:

    Grease 9/17 (A real musical)

    Plus a few movies with some good music:
    Saturday Night Fever
    Footloose
    Urban Cowboy
    Flashdance

    Thanks Martin


    Patrick : "Li'l Abner" is a Paramount Title, they released it on VHS.

    General Bullmoose: "Appassionata, why are you so late?"
    Appassionata: "I had to make up"
    General Bullmoose: "Your face?"
    Appassionata: "No, with the chauffeur, we had a little fight"
    General Bullmoose: "Make sure I fire that chauffeur!"

    Appassionata: "Oh Mr Yokum, I do wish you'd stay, maybe we could do some hunting"
    Li'l Abner:"Could we hunt skunk?"
    Marryin Sam: "You do your skunk hunting in Dogpatch" (checking out Appassionata) "Oh General, You'd better fire that chauffeur!"
     
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    The new batch of musicals from Paramount (GREASE etc.)is a great if somewhat predictable start; now, if they really want to serve their customers, another batch including what we've listed should be made available--there IS a significant audience for these titles!!!! If you can already do it with PAINT YOUR WAGON.... :b
     
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    Oh! What a Lovely War
    On A Clear Day
    Scrooge
    The Little Prince

    Eager to buy these and more....
     
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    Here's another vote for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
     
  16. Doug Bull

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    Of course, "THE LITTLE PRINCE"

    Thanks Patrick, I forgot all about that one.

    The old pan and scan Paramount laserdisc looks and sounds awful, so a nice brand new Widescreen Anamorphic Remaster would be a Godsend.

    The book has always been a World Wide best seller (It remains my Daughter's Favorite), so the Stanley Donen Movie should prove a winner on DVD for audiences of all ages.

    Bob Fosse, Gene Wilder, Richard Kiley with Music by Lerner and Loewe.
    In the words of Ira Gershwin, "Who could ask for anything more"


    I was fortunate enough to meet, on several occassions, Douglas Gamley, the Musical Director of "The Little Prince" He spoke in glowing terms of the production and it's wonderfully gifted cast. He was sad that he was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost out to Leonard Rosenman and "Barry Lyndon" (Yet another weird Academy choice, as was the choice of best song that year, Keith Carradine's highly forgettable excuse for a song "I'm Easy", which beat Fred Ebb's and John Kander's classic "How Lucky Can You Get" and is not in the same class as any of Lerner and Loewe's songs from "The Little Prince")

    So yes, "THE LITTLE PRINCE" please.
     
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    Hey, where's GREASE 2?
     
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    Greg, Have a heart. When you said "older" musicals I thought you were talking the 30's and 40's. I Guess I'm not ready to consider the films I watched in my teen's and early twenties as "old." Anyway, I'm all for "Abner", "Sixpence" and "Scrooge" if I can just find my walker and tottle over to the tv.
     
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    I figure these later Paramount musical titles have a better chance of release than, say, PARAMOUNT ON PARADE (1930), which is probably owed by Universal anyway. [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry Mark,

    I meant the films made prior to "Grease"


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    "Your horizons are broad enough. ...especially yours!" - Mammy Kokum
     

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