Sweeney Todd & The Last of Sheila - April 20

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  1. Kenneth_C

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    According to Playbill.com, Warner Bros. will be releasing DVDs of both the 1982 production of Sweeney Todd (starring Angela Lansbury and George Hearn) and the 1973 Herbert Ross film The Last of Sheila (written by Sondheim & Tony Perkins) on April 20.

    Sweeney will be full frame (which is OAR), with "restored and remixed" video and audio (Dolby 5.1). Unfortunately, there are no special features. List is $24.98.

    Sheila will include commentary from Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon and Raquel Welch [​IMG] and list for $19.97. No mention in the article of audio or video specs, however.

    Full article at http://www.playbill.com/news/article/84077.html

    Both are MUST BUYs for me.
     
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    Whoops. Was in the wrong forum when I posted this.

    Mods please move.
     
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    Glad that Sheila is coming out since that's another essential own for Raquel fans (coming on the heels of Fox's boxed set).
     
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    The Last of Sheila is indeed great fun, and will be a most welcome DVD release. Interesting that three cast members will be providing commentary. According to Split Image, Charles Winecoff's biography of Anthony Perkins, there was considerable tension behind the scenes. Furthermore, in Boze Hadleigh's Hollywood Gays, Joan Hackett is quoted as saying, "That film was a nightmare for all concerned. Most of the cast and crew hated each other's guts..." I wonder if the commentary tracks will provide any insight into the alleged animosity.
     
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    At last Sweeney Todd with George Hearn on DVD!
     
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    The press release has stated that SWEENEY TODD will be widescreen, which is sadly MAR.

    For someone so enamored with the camera work, it's a shame it's being cropped.
     
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    I think it's very likely that the reference to widescreen is a publicity mis-print.
     
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    The info at DVD Planet says The Last of Sheila will be 1.85, anamorphic, if that can be trusted.
     
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    So, is 1.85 the proper aspect ratio for The Last of Sheila ? I thought the AR is part of imdb information, but I couldn't find it.
     
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    Sweeney Todd? I've wanted this for a very long time.
     
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    You're right, Randy, IMDb only says that Sheila was filmed with Panavision cameras and lenses, it does not give an aspect ratio. Maybe one of our resident AR experts with greater resources at his or her disposal can answer this one for us.
     
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    I hope that the AR being issued is correct. I haven't seen this in widescreen since 1973.
     
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    I saw The Last of Sheila a couple of months ago on HDNet Movies. It was 1.85:1. There were quite a few print flaws in that tranfer, but overall looked very good. Can't wait to pick up the DVD. I wasn't expecting any extras when this was released. Yahoooooooo!!!!
     
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    picked this up a couple weeks ago and just thought i would mention that it was a blind buy, and i thoroughly enjoyed it.
    great fun.
    i fancy myself a film buff, but i was completely unfamiliar with the title.

    great job by Warner on this disc.
    i very much appreciate the fact that they go to a little trouble for catalog titles like this.

    its great to be able to finally catch up with good movies from decades past and see them in a format that attempts to replicate the original theatrical experience as much as possible.

    also- besides this film and Sleuth and probably Deathtrap- does anyone have any other reccommendations for 'puzzle' films?
    i was excited to finally see Sleuth some years back after hearng nothing but good things about it, but it left me really cold.
    maybe i should give it a second chance.
     

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