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Rutles sequel coming - finally!

Discussion in 'DVD' started by george kaplan, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    According to the Digital Bits, The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch is being released on March 1, after being sat on for nearly 3 years.

    Great news. [​IMG]

    [fixed typo]
     
  2. Joe Karlosi

    Joe Karlosi Producer

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    This sounds interesting. As a major Beatles fan I enjoyed the original RUTLES and can appreciate the humor. Will this sequel be about the solo years?
     
  3. AndrewR

    AndrewR Stunt Coordinator

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    So which is it? Can't Buy Me Lunch or All You Need is Lunch?


    Was Neil Innes involved with this? Without his music, I just don't see how this could work.

    EDIT: Answering my own questions here. It is Can't Buy Me Lunch and Innes was not involved. I went to IMDB and looked up some info on the film and found out his involvement seems to be in clips from the first Rutles special (All You Need is Cash).

    Andrew
     
  4. Paul D G

    Paul D G Screenwriter

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    I dunno about this. It's purely an Eric Idle project. None of the other Rutles were involved (at least not Innes). IIRC it's mostly just interview clips of celebs reminescing about the Rutles. When I first heard of it (I think it was at Idle's show "...rips off monty python") I got the impression it was either a vanity piece or his jab at Innes for releasing a second Rutles album without him.

    And it being shelved for 3 years can't be a good sign.

    -paul
     
  5. Derek Miner

    Derek Miner Screenwriter

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    Okay, being a huge Rutles fan, I had to get this as soon as it was released.

    In case anyone was wondering, "The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch" is awful. Technically inept, conceptually unsound, not very funny, and (perhaps most egregiously) inconsistent with the original film. A complete wasted opportunity.

    I would get rid of this disc immediately if it weren't for the nice amount of outtake and alternate footage from the original film scattered throughout. In fact, about half way through this, I considered dumping all the footage into my computer and removing all the "new" Eric Idle stuff...

    Oh, and yes, there are songs from both Rutles albums in this film. In fact, it seems they took pains to shoehorn in the "new" songs. One particularly annoying example of this was using outtakes of the "Living In Hope" performance from the original film and recutting it to "Easy Listening" from the Archeology album. Ugh.
     
  6. Ed St. Clair

    Ed St. Clair Producer

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    Thanks for the warning, Derek!
     
  7. Clay_E

    Clay_E Stunt Coordinator

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    On the other hand, the Billy Connolly interview stuff alone is worth the price of the disc.[​IMG]
     
  8. Jeff Kuykendall

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    Yeah, some of it's awful (I agree about the mis-editing of the "Living in Hope" performance), and some of the interviews are funny. But this movie doesn't really need to exist. Since too many years have passed for Idle to film some new scenes with the Rutles (they're far too old to play young versions of themselves), he uses new interviews with celebrities for his laughs, and those are spotty.

    It would make a good extra on the original Rutles DVD, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
     
  9. AnthonyC

    AnthonyC Cinematographer

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    As a Rutles fan, I'll still get it but that's disappointing. I haven't found it at any stores, and it's expensive at Amazon. I can easily wait a few months for a price reduction.
     
  10. Al (alweho)

    Al (alweho) Second Unit

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    Yep, it's a rehash. And it could have been better.

    But I still loved it.

    The Rutles rule.

    And yes, it was the trousers.

    Seriously.
     
  11. Clay_E

    Clay_E Stunt Coordinator

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    [​IMG]
     
  12. Derek Miner

    Derek Miner Screenwriter

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    Do you have a Borders nearby? I found it there for $20, and they got something like six copies here.
     

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