Sony...how about THE LOVED ONE????

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  1. BarryM

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    Isn't it about time for Sony, who now owns MGM, to get around to issuing the outrageous "The Loved One"?

    You should see how much the MGM VHS is going for on eBay!

    This is one of the most amazingly outrageous films ever to come out of a commercial Hollywood studio...even tho it was directed by Tony Richardson and has the look of an independent film.

    I would drop everything and buy it...if Sony ever gets around to release it....
     
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    I wonder, is this going to be released in the Gonzo box that Warners hinted at in the chat? The amazon links it to "Petulia" which was also mentioned.
     
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    heres a thread with some recent discussion and artwork for this and other dvds

    The Loved One
     
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    Oh, baby....Warner Bros announced this for this summer!

    A dream come true.....

    Everybody should be sure to buy this odd, strange and wondefully twisted look on Southern California's movie and funeral businesses in the early 1960's.
     
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    Indeed, the WB release is coming 6/20, remastered, 16x9, with a new docu and the original trailer. The New York Times wrote a HUGE article a few weeks back regarding this brilliant film which was WAY ahead of its time.
     
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    Here is the NYTimes piece:

    The Loved One (1965)

    Even in a movie universe filled with strange and baldly unfaithful adaptations of literary works, Tony Richardson's 1965 version of Evelyn Waugh's satirical novel "The Loved One" stands apart: few other pictures reflect such a bizarre intersection — maybe "traffic jam" is the better phrase — of sensibilities. The script is by the bad-boy genius Terry Southern and, to use a Southernism, the quality-lit novelist Christopher Isherwood; the elegant black-and-white camerawork, by Haskell Wexler, is draped in tongue-in-cheek tastefulness. And even if the picture isn't particularly faithful to Waugh, it's so casually wicked that you can't fault its spirit. A gormless English poet named Dennis (Robert Morse) makes his way to Hollywood ("It was either Los Angeles or Calcutta, and I thought, what the hell!"). He moves in with his uncle, Sir Francis Hinsley (John Gielgud), an old-time studio art director who, shortly after Dennis's arrival, is fired by his longtime employer and hangs himself. From there, the movie gets blacker, and weirder. A sendup of the funeral business, Hollywood hypocrisy and, it seems, pretty much anything Southern and Isherwood could sink their teeth into, "The Loved One" is powered by numerous cameo performances (Liberace is an oily coffin salesman; Milton Berle and Margaret Leighton show up as a brilliantly maladjusted society couple) and countless oddball widgets of inspiration. At one point, Jonathan Winters, as the mastermind behind a hugely profitable (and swank) Hollywood cemetery called Whispering Glades, presides over a tubful of flapping, paddling baby ducks that has been placed on his desk by one of his comely, robotically obedient female assistants. It's a brazen little touch that makes no sense whatsoever. It's also the sort of thing you never forget. (Warner Home Video, June 20, $19.98) STEPHANIE ZACHAREK
     

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