RAINTREE COUNTY on Blu?

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Actually, they did it on The Man Who Knew Too Much.
They put the Paramount logo back on that movie, too. At the beginning, though. The end of it still had the Universal logo. I know this because I saw the movie on cable recently.
 

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How about that Italian PAL "Cinema & Cultura" DVD now for sale at Amazon for $17.84, which is titled L'Albero Della Vita and is listed as a 16:9/2.35:1 disc. It's the 160 minute version and I heard somewhere that it's not a bad transfer. I'm just wondering if anyone here owns it or has more info about it. I'll probably give it a shot sometime soon, although I'm skeptical. Just bought too many "pigs in a poke" lately, like the Spanish "blu-ray" of Lady in a Cage (which looks like crap for Hi Def). Wish I could, indeed, buy a disc somewhere of that BBC HD version broadcast about a year ago. Now THAT looked great!
I have a hard time believing that this is anything but a pirated DVD.
 

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One Eyed Jacks is in the public domain; Universal takes a lot of risk doing a restoration on such titles because anyone can steal it and put it out as their own. You can in many instances copyright a restoration but you need to be able to prove that your new restoration is what’s being copied if you want to take someone to court over it. Making the logo more prominent can help thwart those efforts by bootleggers.

If a studio feels the need to make their logo more prominent in exchange for doing financially risky work which may never pay for itself, I’ll take that deal every time.
 

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One Eyed Jacks is in the public domain; Universal takes a lot of risk doing a restoration on such titles because anyone can steal it and put it out as their own. You can in many instances copyright a restoration but you need to be able to prove that your new restoration is what’s being copied if you want to take someone to court over it. Making the logo more prominent can help thwart those efforts by bootleggers.

If a studio feels the need to make their logo more prominent in exchange for doing financially risky work which may never pay for itself, I’ll take that deal every time.
I thought that more effort is needed before a "derivative work" could be copyrighted. (You know, colorizing a black-and-white movie, altering the soundtrack, even pan-and-scanning a movie?)
 

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One Eyed Jacks is in the public domain; Universal takes a lot of risk doing a restoration on such titles because anyone can steal it and put it out as their own. You can in many instances copyright a restoration but you need to be able to prove that your new restoration is what’s being copied if you want to take someone to court over it. Making the logo more prominent can help thwart those efforts by bootleggers.

If a studio feels the need to make their logo more prominent in exchange for doing financially risky work which may never pay for itself, I’ll take that deal every time.
I agree with you regarding Universal having every right to protect their restoration but they do actually hold the rights for One Eyed Jacks. This is mentioned briefly by Martin Scorsese here starting at the 8:20 mark:


Park Circus also lists Universal as the rights holder:
 

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Liz Taylor on Montogomery Clift:

She also speaks about his car accident during the shooting of Raintree County. That must have been tough!
Thanks for posting, Oliver! This is a snippet of the BBC documentary, England's Other Elizabeth, which was produced to coincide with Elizabeth being invested as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. It was released on DVD, but sadly is long out of print.
 
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Thanks for posting, Oliver! This is a snippet of the BBC documentary, England's Other Elizabeth, which was produced to coincide with Elizabeth being invested as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. It was released on DVD, but sadly is long out of print.
I should have known that you know all about it :)

The documentary would make a nice extra in a Liz Taylor boxset with Raintree County and the other Liz Taylor movies where Warner holds the rights.
 
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I should have known that you know all about it :)

The documentary would make a nice extra in a Liz Taylor boxset with Raintree County and the other Liz Taylor movies where Warner holds the rights.
Love that idea! While I'd love to see as many of her Warner owned films released as possible, here are a handful that I think are likely candidates: Lassie Come Home, National Velvet, Little Women, Ivanhoe, BUtterfield 8, The V.I.P.s, and The Sandpiper.
 

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George Feltenstein addresses a viewer question about Raintree County around the 32 minute mark on this week's Warner Archive Podcast.

I'll try and transcribe his response later, but he spends about five minutes going into the complications of potentially bringing this film to Blu-ray. He says that they're between a rock and a hard place and that it would be a seven figure cost even to bring the 65mm general release version to Blu-ray (unless I missed it, he doesn't explore the possibility of using the 35mm general release cut or what that would cost). George concludes his answer by saying that while at this time there isn't a way to make the expense it would cost to restore this film profitable, WAC has been able to bring films to Blu-ray they previously never thought possible, so never say never and this is a problem he would like to solve.
 

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George Feltenstein addresses a viewer question about Raintree County around the 32 minute mark on this week's Warner Archive Podcast.

I'll try and transcribe his response later, but he spends about five minutes going into the complications of potentially bringing this film to Blu-ray. He says that they're between a rock and a hard place and that it would be a seven figure cost even to bring the 65mm general release version to Blu-ray (unless I missed it, he doesn't explore the possibility of using the 35mm general release cut or what that would cost). George concludes his answer by saying that while at this time there isn't a way to make the expense it would cost to restore this film profitable, WAC has been able to bring films to Blu-ray they previously never thought possible, so never say never and this is a problem he would like to solve.
Feltenstein seems to be interested in restoring the film from the 35mm roadshow print, but the color is completely faded. I wonder how much it would cost to marry the color of the 4:3 road show copy with the faded elements like the Criterion "Mad Mad World" reconstruction?
 

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Such a pity the big studios haven’t followed the lead Scorcese gave with restoration of movies. Why does Hollywood not consider cinema an art worth preserving? France restores and archives so many of its cinematic history to put Hollywood to shame.
 

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Such a pity the big studios haven’t followed the lead Scorcese gave with restoration of movies. Why does Hollywood not consider cinema an art worth preserving? France restores and archives so many of its cinematic history to put Hollywood to shame.
Hollywood is, and has always been, a business.

Sad, but true.
 

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While the version shown on TCM was at least in HD, the transfer left a lot to be desired. Tons of negative dirt, lots of printer timing light bumps, visible aliasing on diagonal lines, and many un-repaired tape splices at scene changes.

But, it's the best transfer we have today, and certainly tons better than the Laser Disc, with its poor resolution and horrible interlace line twitter throughout.

Here's a screen photo from it with some digital repair work applied.

RC-20200813_083628-C.jpg


Still hoping for more, but pretty happy with what we have.
 
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