The Magnificent Ambersons DVD???

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  1. earl_roberts

    earl_roberts Stunt Coordinator

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    I may be sounding impatient what with a lot of classic films getting good treatment from Warner's recently {can't wait for To Have And Have Not!} but I really am getting tired of waiting for The Magnificent Ambersons!
    Does anybody know anything on this films DVD? I would have thought it would have come out when Warner released Citizen Kane or soon after but that was ages ago. I remember reading a while back that Criterion wanted to do it but were refused the rights, is this true? Also, what was the Criterion laserdisc like? How did they get around the missing scenes {if they did anything}? Hopefully it's been getting a massive restoration over all this time but I doubt it because at least something would have been heard.
    Any info would be appreciated!!!
     
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    The most recent word on The Magnificent Ambersons comes from the Warner HTF chat in April:



    I'm very anxious for a release of this one, too.

    A comparison of the Criterion laserdisc versus the Region 3 DVD release can be found at The Laser Examiner.

    Notes on the various releases throughout the world (including the Criterion laserdisc) can be found at wellesnet.com.

     
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    Thanks a lot for the links!
    The Criterion Laser sounds amazing [​IMG], really wish they were doing it! But Warners Citizen Kane was special so there's still hope.
     
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    Ah, yes: The Beatrice Factor.

    Forgot about that.
     
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    I have the French DVD - comes in a beautiful box, special edition with some nice extras BUT the transfer is a bit of a muddle - someday we'll get this gorgeous-looking film in a gorgeous-looking transfer.
     
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    I have seen the same French dvd you are talking about, and was the first time I saw TMA.

    [​IMG]
     
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    AMBERSONS is a film I've always put off watching because of its butchered state. Is the film still really good, even though it's not what Welles intended?
     
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    I'd love to see this film on DVD from Warner...has anyone heard any news about its possible release.
     
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    I don't know how interested I would be in buying the current cut of the film. As a theatrical cut, Ambersons was choppy and indistinct, and the final act was an incomprehensible mess.

    That's not to say I didn't love what I understood.

    There was a rumor floating around a couple of years ago that the trims had been found and the reconstruction was either possible or underway, but that legal issues would probably continue to keep it unseen. Am I misinformed?
     
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    I believe the late Robert Wise, editor of Ambersons, has stated many times that the cut footage from Ambersons was destroyed and he was in position to know.

    Still, they should release what they have right now. Then we can all cry out for "The Magnificent Ambersons: Special Edition".

    I, for one, would double dip!
     
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