- Jul 3, 1997
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- Real Name
- Ronald Epstein
I am always completely baffled by the relative success of Song of Norway. I found it to be the worst large format movie I have ever seen and I have seen a few bad ones. When I saw it at a festival just about everybody seemed to dislike it and/or find it ridiculous which goes to show that tastes can change.It was the biggest hard ticket attraction in the UK that year,can't wait to check it out again!That plus Last Valley later in the year,a big thank you to KL.
Kino is releasing THE LAST VALLEY on June 23.Maybe history will repeat itself in so far as the sales success of Song of Norway on Blu-ray will also lead to the release of The Last Valley.
The Kino Insider explained the sources of both films on the other forum:It sounds like this is from a 35mm source. Was that all they had or was this all the copyright owner was willing to pay for to remaster a movie that will likely appeal to a very niche audience?
Now that Fox and ABC have the same parent company, they’re adopted cousins. Florence Henderson played Maria first in a national tour that predated the movie.I am looking forward to giving this another viewing. My grandmother took me to see it when I was 6 years old telling me, "It picks up where 'The Sound of Music' left off". I sat there utterly baffled. Even if I end up not caring for it, at least I can say I gave it a fair shot as an adult.
Now that is a nice surprise! Obviously we will not really be able to see just how good this one looked in theaters but at this point it is still more than I would have expected.Kino is releasing THE LAST VALLEY on June 23.
The Kino Insider explained the sources of both films on the other forum:
"The SONG OF NORWAY master was a 2K scan of the 2.0 stereo 35mm IP (Interpositive, Intermediate Positive). We were originally told the IP was in bad shape, but after some tests we confirmed that it was actually in very good shape, so we went ahead with the transfer. This transfer looks very good and sounds great. We created the 5.1 Surround for our release using the 2.0 stereo as source.
The 35mm IP for THE LAST VALLEY was unfortunately is horrible shape, but we knew there were a couple of good surviving prints maybe available to us, including a Joe Dante one. We scanned Mr. Dante's print and a better one in 2K, mixed and matched the two prints to create the best available Best Lite and spent dozens (if not hundreds) of hours on color correction and cleanup. The overall transfer looks good and sounds very good and I think the fans of the film will be happy with the release.
The original camera negative is 65mm. No one knows if its in good or bad shape. All major studios require 65mm to be scanned in 8K and remastered in 4K, so the cost of those transfers would've been low to mid six figures and potentially as high as a million dollars. And no one in their right mind would spend anything close to that."
The Golden Girls had Rose mention this as something she and her late husband Charlie used to listen to.The 78 rpm album of the broadway cast operetta was an early guilty pleasure of mine for some reason, so I rushed out to see it, although I’d never let the cool kids at my school know.
They don't think they can move enough units to make a profit doing so, even in the best-case scenario.As for working from a 65mm negative that indeed is expensive but a 4k scan from a roadshow print may have been an option. Oh well, they did what they did and I am looking forward to check how it turned out.
I do not think that they even considered going that route as they would have had to have access to a 70mm print and there are not that many of them around. In any case it doesn't matter anymore and I am looking forward to see what they could accomplish by doing it the way they did.They don't think they can move enough units to make a profit doing so, even in the best-case scenario.