Upcoming Aniv Editions

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  1. Bradley-E

    Bradley-E Screenwriter

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    The Hollywood Reporter reports today the following Aniversary Editions DVDS are due this year.

    UNIVERSAL - BLUES BROTHERS 25th



    FOX - ROCKY HORROR (30th)

    SOUND OF MUSIC (40th)

    OKLAHOMA! (50th)

    STATE FAIR (60th)
     
  2. Travis Brashear

    Travis Brashear Screenwriter

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    THE BLUES BROTHERS, huh? Well, the first version seemed comprehensive enough, but consider me on board anyway...
     
  3. Joe:C

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    Isn't the Blues Brothers oop? I would pick up the new one since I don't have the older version.

    I guess next year would be a good time to re-release Little Shop of Horrors with the alternate ending (20th anniversary).
     
  4. Patrick McCart

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    The original Blues Brothers DVD was excellent for 1997 (even 2001, maybe)... but it has a lot of problems.

    The film has a lot of DVNR, as well as poor compression in spots. There are a lot of scenes where the compression is absolutely horrible, like when the Pinto is falling through the sky. However, the color is terrific... I'd imagine just a remaster would fix any problems. The film itself is 2 1/2 hrs. long in its extended form and the documentary is nearly an hour long. So, it needs room to breathe...

    However, the 5.1 mix is wonderful. The documentary is great, too.

    I'm hoping that for the 25th anniversary DVD, they make it a 2-disc release.... perhaps put just the roadshow version on disc one with DD and DTS 5.1. The 2nd disc could have the older making-of, the trailer, perhaps a few Saturday Night Live skits with the Blues Brothers. Has John Landis recorded any commentaries for his films? Perhaps the truncated general release/theatrical cut could be included through seamless branching. Even with growing up on the theatrical cut, it seems inferior to the extended version thanks to more music being included. The longer performances of "Minnie the Moocher" and "Think" are wonderful!
     
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    even though we all know let's not forget Jaws 30th and Toxic Avenger 21st Anniversary
     
  6. Jason Hughes

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    I think Outland will be 25 next year...
     
  7. Bill GrandPre

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    I'd like to see the theatrical version of "The Blues Brothers" on DVD.
     
  8. Bill GrandPre

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    "Blues Brothers 25th Anniversary Edition" has been officially announced. It's coming August 30 and it'll be a 2-disc set with the extended version on disc 1 and the theatrical version (yes!) on disc 2. No special features are known. Check it out here. Now if Universal would just announce a "Fletch 20th Anniversary" we'd be good to go. It's one of the last of their high-profile titles that is OOP (Blues Brothers and Casino being two others that come to mind and they're both getting the anniversary SE treatment) and this year is a milestone so I really think we'll probably see an announcement soon.
     
  9. Patrick McCart

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    Good to see both cuts being included... with the '80 theatrical cut retaining its original audio mix, too!
     
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    Any word if Rocky Horror will be a 2-discer to compete with the 25th anniversary edition, same with The Sound Of Music?
     
  11. Patrick.C

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    What is included in the extra 15 minutes on the extended version of The Blues Brothers?
     
  12. Scott D S

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    From memory (I haven't seen it in a while):

    -The prison guards trying to wake Jake up
    -A few more of Jake's belongings
    -A scene outside the church with Jake and Elwood
    -The church number is longer
    -During the Peter Gunn number, Elwood parks the Bluesmobile in an electrical power box (Aykroyd's idea for how the car got its special powers)
    -Elwood (sans sunglasses) quits his job at a chemical plant
    -Jake and Elwood read a card with the last address of Bones Malone and Blue Lou Marini
    -Sometimes It's Hard to be a Woman is longer
    -Minnie the Moocher is longer
    -Elwood injects some chemical into the police cars' tires causing them to explode when heated (this creates a continuity error since the cars seem to run fine just a shot or two later)
    -Somebody to Love and Sweet Home Chicago are both slightly extended
    -A few new shots of the car chase
    -An extended ending after the curtain call

    And a few other shots here and there. I only wish Universal hadn't thrown away all of the other footage that ended up on the cutting-room floor (like the Sink the Bismark music number).
     
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    Just an FYI...there's the 20th anniversary of Witness in August as well.
     
  14. Jeff D Han

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    You have a good memory, Scott![​IMG]

    I watched my copy of The Blues Brothers not long ago,
    and you are right on the money with the scenes you
    describe. I think the extended cut is better than the
    theatrical because the church song (The Old Landmark)
    and Minnie The Moocher are terrific scenes, and they
    shouldn't have been chopped up in the first place.
    If the new DVD has commentary with Landis and possibly
    Aykroyd, then I would double-dip. If there is no
    commentary included, then I will hang on to my
    single disc Collectors Edition.
     
  15. Bill GrandPre

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    I wouldn't even be surprised if this new "Blues Brothers" edition was just the old disc with the 2nd disc added. Universal did something similar with "The Grinch". They released a 1-disc SE in both wide and fullscreen then they released a 2-disc "Ultimate Edition" that was the old fullscreen disc and a new disc with the widescreen version and additional extras.
     

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