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Submitted for Your Approval: The Long Overdue Release of “Slow Fade to Black” (AKA “Movie Maker”) on DVD/BD (1 Viewer)

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If Rod Steiger and/or Michael Pataki who played his character as a younger man, had been guilty of "overacting" in some scenes, it hardly detracts from this fine story by Rod Serling and Steven Bochco, which debuted on what was the Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater TV series. Playing older than his years, Rod Steiger as an aging movie mogul desperately fighting against a changed Hollywood. Great supporting case too. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0528154/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Slow_Fade_to_Black
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Hope_Presents_the_Chrysler_Theatre
https://rodserling.com/slow-fade-to-black-1964-reviewed/

Searching [ slow fade to black rod steiger ] shows that the vintage film and TV collecting public recall this 1964 NBC-TV episode, to which Universal TV had later added footage and released it as a 1967 TV movie and/or for theatrical distribution. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0528154/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061998/
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/twilightzoneworfr/movie-maker-slow-fade-to-black-t1510.html
https://alchetron.com/Bob-Hope-Presents-the-Chrysler-Theatre
https://lantern.mediahist.org/catalog/nbctraderelease1964nati_1_0017
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Bob_Hope_Presents_the_Chrysler_Theatre
http://ctva.biz/US/Anthology/BobHopeChryslerTheatre_01_(1963-64).htm
https://m.cinemagia.ro/filme/bob-hope-presents-the-chrysler-theatre-01x21-1821867/

Some episodes from this series have made it to YouTube, though most in less than pristine technical quality.




But "Slow Fade to Black" or "Movie Maker have been long ago locked away for decades from most viewers by
https://www.paleycenter.org/collection/item/?q=head&p=22&item=T87:0501 , who only permit private screenings by appointment. But many like me are physically unable to attend such showings. And it’s this kind of unjustifiable hoarding which is an affront to our cinematic community and an outright theft of its culture.

But who or what can compel Paley to open its vault to get at least one of these two titles get released on DVD or BD?

However the release may happen, hopefully it won’t be done exclusively via Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu or other Hollywood studio content fed streaming services. Either deliberately or by default, they are killing off the optical disk, the primary format which those who enjoy vintage movies and TV shows depend on. Instead, there plenty of DVD/BD distributors who would jump at the chance to release this Rod Serling/Steiger classic. To name only a few………..

https://vinegarsyndrome.com/
https://www.radiancefilms.co.uk/
https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/
https://www.vcientertainment.com/
https://grindhousevideo.com/products/the-swimmer-blu-ray
https://www.arrowvideo.com/silent-running-blu-ray/12946842.html
https://kinolorber.com/product/night-gallery-season-3-blu-ray
https://cultfilms.co.uk/product/a-special-day/
https://shoutfactory.com/products/ironside-season-four
https://www.warnerbros.com/collections/warner-archive
https://www.criterion.com/shop
 

Neil Brock

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Why are you talking about Paley Center? They don't own the rights to any shows? Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre has split ownership between Universal and originally Republic, now CBS.
 

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Why are you talking about Paley Center? They don't own the rights to any shows? Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre has split ownership between Universal and originally Republic, now CBS.
Strangely, the show was also called Universal Star Time Theatre of the Stars

BUT as I posted above, when this reviewer saw the episode he had to arrange to view it at the Paley Center
in New York https://rodserling.com/slow-fade-to-black-1964-reviewed/

Also, William Paley was the founder, president and long time chief stockholder of CBS.

So what are the chances of any of the above list of home video distributors winning a license to for a physical media release?
 

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Sadly, I doubt that there's much chance of a physical media release on this item - though you can never say never: who'd have expected "The Loner" to appear as it did a few years ago?

If at all, I suspect Kino-Lorber would have as good a chance as any with connections to / contracts with Universal.

Tony Albaralla's synopsis is wonderful to have; I wish I'd taken any kind of notes at all when I reviewed it for preservation as one of the items in Serling's archive at Ithaca College in 1978. 46 years later, the only note I have is a good-condition color 16mm print was there then.
 

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If at all, I suspect Kino-Lorber would have as good a chance as any with connections to / contracts with Universal.
Kino's not always so good with replying, and they never did when I submitted this request a few weeks ago.
I'll give it another shot later month.
 

Neil Brock

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Anthology shows in general, unless they are genre shows, like Alfred Hitchcock Presents or Twilight Zone, don't really see much interest on the DVD market, and if classics, like Playhouse 90 have never seen release, there's little chance for a second rate one like Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre.
 

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Probably true, but it's strange that many of the Chrysler Theatre episodes are on Youtube, albeit in poor technical quality.
And as with virtually any series, there’s always a few diamonds in the rough. “Slow Fade to Black” had to have been considered one of them as Universal added something like 20 minutes or so to it and released it as a TV or theatrical movie entitled “Movie Maker” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061998/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1

That’s what I asked Kino about releasing, though there’s probably no surviving prints.
 

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