The Thief of Baghdad

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  1. DeeF

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    I happened upon this film last night, on a premium cable channel. It looked amazing! It has obviously been restored to its original Technicolor beauty.

    Anybody have any information about a DVD release for this film?
     
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    A timeless fantasy classic. Conrad Veidt's villiany is just wonderful! Haven't seen this since the repertory theatres went belly-up at the advent of home video. Glad to hear it's current incarnations look good!
    I too have wondered where the DVD of this is.
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    "Wwwiiiiinnnd!!!"
    Wonder how many know the scene in Coppola's DRACULA is a homage to the Veidt scene in THIEF OF BAGHDAD--?
     
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    Yeah, the DVD would be a "must buy." Incredible film!

    Jan
     
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    Who owns the rights to this film?
     
  5. DeeF

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    I don't know. Korda was the producer. It was made in Hollywood, after every British organization turned it down. It was directed by 3 directors, including Michael Powell. It was originally thought of as quite garish, and not as purely successful as the silent starring Douglas Fairbanks, but those opinions have been reversed over the years. Now it is seen as a masterpiece, perhaps the first one in Technicolor (though it postdates Gone With The Wind, and Robin Hood, so perhaps masterpiece is relative).

    But what I saw was a restored version (I know, because I own it on video, which looks terrible) and this version was playing on a premier cable channel. I'm guessing that the DVD is right around the corner, though I can't find information about it.
     
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    This, as well as Korda's FOUR FEATHERS, are both Samuel Goldwyn productions, and were released to laser by Pioneer (special editions). I believe either HBO or MGM have the rights at this time.
     
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    this has actually been released on dvd,it has been released in australia on region 4,but is dual encoded region 2 as well.if you go to www.michaeldvd.com.au and look under reviews there is a review for it.dont know anything about a region 1 release though.the four feathers has also been released over there as well.
     
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    It's coming!

    thedigitalbits.com reports that MGM will release this DVD in December.

    Very very cool.
     
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    If any admins are reading... please augment the title of this thread with "coming in december from MGM" or something.

    Thanks!
     
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    Way cool!
     
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    Good news indeed.

    I just hope this doesn't end up being a typical MGM catalogue release, but rather that they'll put some effort into making this Technicolor film look good on DVD.
     
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    Has it been verified that the December DVD release is the 1940 film version?






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    Actually, I thought of that too. It's not noted over at The Bits.

    But it seems like the 1940 version would be the logical conclusion. Plus, the 1924 version is already out on DVD from Image.
     
  14. Larry Sutliff

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    I foolishly sold my laserdisc of the 1940 THIEF on eBay, and I've been regretting it ever since. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that the December MGM release is, indeed, the 1940 version. I can't see which other one it could be though.
     
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    There is also a 1978 British and French version that was made for television starring Peter Ustinov, Terrence Stamp, and Ian Holm.




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    There was also a 1961 Italian version with Steve Reeves, but I too am hoping for the 1940 version. That was the first movie I taped off TV with a VCR in 1979, and to see it on DVD should be spectacular. It's one of the most beautiful color films ever photographed.

    --Bill
     
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    thedigitalbits preceeded the announcement with "The following "classic" line titles can also be expected:"

    So the 1940 version is likely...
     
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    thanks for the update about this one.

    which is the better version ?
     
  19. Bill Huelbig

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    All four versions are worth seeing and fun to watch, but for me the 1940 version with Sabu is really something special. It has so much going for it: spectacular settings and cinematography, a charming and poetic screenplay, sincere performances all around, and one of the all-time great screen villains (Conrad Veidt, before CASABLANCA). Last but not least, Miklos Rozsa's musical score is one of the finest ever written for a movie. I really hope this is the version that MGM is releasing this December!

    --Bill
     
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