Sign the IF... DVD petition

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  1. Michael R. Cantone

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    I have just created a petition to persuade Paramount to issue a DVD of Lindsay Anderson's IF.... If you could sign the petition, I'd greatly appreciate it. Here's the address:
    http://www.petitiononline.com/Ifdvd68/petition.html
    DADA for now.....
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  2. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

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    I know there are previous threads somewhere on this, but most of us agree that these online petitions will lose value if they are issued at every want or desire.
     
  3. Jon Robertson

    Jon Robertson Screenwriter

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    Martin Blythe himself (big cheese over at Paramount Home Video :bg [​IMG] has stated how much more an actual letter means than any number of e-mails or online petitions.
    If you got 100 people to write him a letter, rather than 1000 to sign the petition, I have a feeling Paramount would be infinitely more impressed.
     
  4. Don Myles

    Don Myles Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd be interested in an If... release but agree that too many petitions spoil the effect. I'll save that for really important matters like OAR.
    Don
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  5. Michael R. Cantone

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    IF... I knew that this was going to meet with such disdain, then why did I bother wasting my precious time making a bloody petition. I for one could not give a hang about whether CATS AND DOGS is issued in pan and scan or not. What matters to me is that we see the release of an important film in the international film world that still evokes debate today. Oh and by the way, do any of you:
    A)Know how I can send my letter to Mr. Blythe, since snail mail is the only thing that matters. and....
    B)Will anyone who cares about groundbreaking art cinema sign the petition or write to Paramount?
    DADA for now.....
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  6. Justin Lane

    Justin Lane Cinematographer

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    Geeze chill out Michael. The petiton thing is getting greatly overused. If everyone starts a petition for every release that is not on DVD, it kind of makes the whole process jaded.
    Yes we would like to see every film come out on this format, but then again costs are always an issue with studios, and every title cannot come out right this moment.
    Here on the HTF we actually have the best petiton of all...the studio chats we have every so often. Instead of starting a petiton, drop in the next time Paramount has a chat and tell Paramount what you feel about this title. Better yet, post in the studio feedback forum stating your desire for this release from Paramount and you may just get a response from Martin Blythe from Paramount. In the end these two methods are proably alot more effective than any petiton you could start.
    J
     
  7. Michael R. Cantone

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    I'm sorry if I was rough, but it's just that the film means a lot to me. I also feel that if Paramount Classics went to a lot of time and money to strike a new 35 mm print of IF... for theatrical exhibition, that can only mean one thing: THERE IS STILL INTEREST IN THIS 33-YEAR-OLD FILM! One more thing, a DVD special edition should be issued before Malcolm McDowell is either too old or ill to participate. It was his big break and the film he is proudest of. Do you now understand how I feel?
    DADA for now.....
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  8. Winston Smith

    Winston Smith Auditioning

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    Happy to sign the petition. My third favorite film of all time (not that that matters to anyone but me). A great film that's relatively obscure.
    I thought i read something many months ago about Anchor Bay possibly releasing Britiania Hospital (wasn't this a sequel of sorts?).
    Haven't heard anything about 'if...' or O Lucky Man.
     
  9. Jeff Ulmer

    Jeff Ulmer Producer

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    Well, out of the three O Lucky Man is my fave, but unless Fox does a hostile takeover of Warner fat chance we'll see that anytime soon.
    If... joins a list of other films that should have commentary secured by their stars before it's too late. Unfortunately, I'll never get to hear what Burt Lancaster has to say about The Swimmer.
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  10. Michael R. Cantone

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    The petition is growing slow but sure. I have e-mailed Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog magazine (who signed the petition and would give a DVD release of IF... good coverage), Bill Hunt from The Digital Bits, and a few others. I've gotten a few replies and got links to the petition set up on a few sites. Here's hoping.
    DADA for now.....
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