Thomas T

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I've pre-ordered Major Dundee and I'm happy that finally the title is being done right on Blu-Ray after the failure of the TT release to duplicate the DVD experience of letting the extended cut be seen with the original score.
Personally, I prefer the Christopher Caliendo score on the extended cut to the Daniele Amfitheatrof score on the original theatrical cut. Reputedly, Peckinpah disliked the Amfitheatrof score as "too bombastic" and that Mitch Miller song is hideous!
 

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It's because it's a subjective issue of preference that the fair solution is to make both scores available on the long cut and I commend Via Vision for doing that with the release. When both are available, no one has to feel gypped as I admit I did with the TT release (and the excuses offered on this point never struck me as credible. Indeed, their spokesman kept insisting that the DVD option had been a mistake and that we were being done a favor by getting the original score only with the theatrical cut).
 
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A bit of different set of discs than the first 3 waves




Dr. Reuben is an angry loner living in a tiny Mexican border town. Soon after a man dying of rabies staggers into town, Dr. Reuben himself is bitten by the same rabid dog. He must now get others to help him reach a city hospital within 72 hours, before the disease becomes incurable. This cult classic is finally making its physical media debut.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Toby Roan (2020)
  • “Stella” a visual essay on the career of actress Stella Stevens by Critic Kat Ellinger (2020)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English Dolby 2.0 Mono
  • Limited Edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 27




At Close Range (1986)


Based on a true story, “At Close Range” follows the lives of the Whitewood family in rural Pennsylvania. Brothers Brad Jr. (Sean Penn) and Tommy (Chris Penn) are the sons of organized crime leader Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), who draws his sons into his life of crime. After starting their own gang, Brad Jr. and Tommy are arrested in a failed robbery attempt, and are forced to face the truth: that their father will do anything to avoid being arrested for his crimes.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with director James Foley and film historian Nick Redman (2015)
  • Interview with director James Foley (2018)
  • “Crime in Pennsylvania, The Real Johnston Gang” Interview with former reporter and author of “Jailing the Johnston Gang” Bruce Mowday (2020)
  • Interview with Composer Patrick Leonard (2020)
  • “Badlands” short location video of key geographic locations of actual events. (2020)
  • Isolated Score
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 25








Based on a true story, “At Close Range” follows the lives of the Whitewood family in rural Pennsylvania. Brothers Brad Jr. (Sean Penn) and Tommy (Chris Penn) are the sons of organized crime leader Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), who draws his sons into his life of crime. After starting their own gang, Brad Jr. and Tommy are arrested in a failed robbery attempt, and are forced to face the truth: that their father will do anything to avoid being arrested for his crimes.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with director James Foley and film historian Nick Redman (2015)
  • Interview with director James Foley (2018)
  • “Crime in Pennsylvania, The Real Johnston Gang” Interview with former reporter and author of “Jailing the Johnston Gang” Bruce Mowday (2020)
  • Interview with Composer Patrick Leonard (2020)
  • “Badlands” short location video of key geographic locations of actual events. (2020)
  • Isolated Score
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 25







Corruption. Extortion. Sometimes, even assassination. For the tradition-bound mob bosses of Manhattan’s Chinatown, there are age-old ways of running things. And now there’s police captain Stanley White’s way. Mickey Rourke portrays White, a war veteran who has a Vietnam-sized chip on his shoulder when dealing with an emerging blood feud in Chinatown. John Lone plays the crime lord standing in the line of fire of White’s relentless campaign. Academy Award®-winning* director Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot), working from a screenplay based on the novel by Robert Daley (Prince of the City) and coscripted by Oliver Stone, fills the screen with adrenaline rushes of action and excitement.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Director Michael Cimino (2005)
  • Audio Commentary by Film Critic Peter Tonguette (2020)
  • “From Heaven To Chinatown: David Mansfield on Michael Cimino” (2020)
  • Prince of The City: Talking Triads, Cops & New York’s mean streets with author Robert Daley (2020)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 24







Set in contemporary Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles of the 1940s, Dead Again explores a romance between two star-crossed lovers — and the doomed passion they shared in their last lifetime. Los Angeles detective Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) comes to the aid of mute, amnesia-victim Grace (Emma Thompson) and falls in love with her. He sets out to discover her true identity and the source of her terrible nightmares. Mike is aided in his investigation by hypnotist/furniture dealer Franklyn Madison (Derek Jacobi) who discovers that in a past life Grace was Margaret Strauss (also played by Thompson), who may have been murdered by her husband Roman.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p High Definition Presentation
  • Audio commentary with producer Lindsay Doran and screenwriter Scott Frank (2002)
  • Audio commentary with director and star Kenneth Branagh (2002)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Limited Edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 23
 
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Wave 4 -- December 30th, 2020
A bit of different set of discs than the first 3 waves




Dr. Reuben is an angry loner living in a tiny Mexican border town. Soon after a man dying of rabies staggers into town, Dr. Reuben himself is bitten by the same rabid dog. He must now get others to help him reach a city hospital within 72 hours, before the disease becomes incurable. This cult classic is finally making its physical media debut.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Toby Roan (2020)
  • “Stella” a visual essay on the career of actress Stella Stevens by Critic Kat Ellinger (2020)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English Dolby 2.0 Mono
  • Limited Edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 27




At Close Range (1986)


Based on a true story, “At Close Range” follows the lives of the Whitewood family in rural Pennsylvania. Brothers Brad Jr. (Sean Penn) and Tommy (Chris Penn) are the sons of organized crime leader Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), who draws his sons into his life of crime. After starting their own gang, Brad Jr. and Tommy are arrested in a failed robbery attempt, and are forced to face the truth: that their father will do anything to avoid being arrested for his crimes.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with director James Foley and film historian Nick Redman (2015)
  • Interview with director James Foley (2018)
  • “Crime in Pennsylvania, The Real Johnston Gang” Interview with former reporter and author of “Jailing the Johnston Gang” Bruce Mowday (2020)
  • Interview with Composer Patrick Leonard (2020)
  • “Badlands” short location video of key geographic locations of actual events. (2020)
  • Isolated Score
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 25








Based on a true story, “At Close Range” follows the lives of the Whitewood family in rural Pennsylvania. Brothers Brad Jr. (Sean Penn) and Tommy (Chris Penn) are the sons of organized crime leader Brad Sr. (Christopher Walken), who draws his sons into his life of crime. After starting their own gang, Brad Jr. and Tommy are arrested in a failed robbery attempt, and are forced to face the truth: that their father will do anything to avoid being arrested for his crimes.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary with director James Foley and film historian Nick Redman (2015)
  • Interview with director James Foley (2018)
  • “Crime in Pennsylvania, The Real Johnston Gang” Interview with former reporter and author of “Jailing the Johnston Gang” Bruce Mowday (2020)
  • Interview with Composer Patrick Leonard (2020)
  • “Badlands” short location video of key geographic locations of actual events. (2020)
  • Isolated Score
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo
  • Theatrical Trailer Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 25







Corruption. Extortion. Sometimes, even assassination. For the tradition-bound mob bosses of Manhattan’s Chinatown, there are age-old ways of running things. And now there’s police captain Stanley White’s way. Mickey Rourke portrays White, a war veteran who has a Vietnam-sized chip on his shoulder when dealing with an emerging blood feud in Chinatown. John Lone plays the crime lord standing in the line of fire of White’s relentless campaign. Academy Award®-winning* director Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot), working from a screenplay based on the novel by Robert Daley (Prince of the City) and coscripted by Oliver Stone, fills the screen with adrenaline rushes of action and excitement.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Director Michael Cimino (2005)
  • Audio Commentary by Film Critic Peter Tonguette (2020)
  • “From Heaven To Chinatown: David Mansfield on Michael Cimino” (2020)
  • Prince of The City: Talking Triads, Cops & New York’s mean streets with author Robert Daley (2020)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Limited Edition slipcase on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 24







Set in contemporary Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles of the 1940s, Dead Again explores a romance between two star-crossed lovers — and the doomed passion they shared in their last lifetime. Los Angeles detective Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) comes to the aid of mute, amnesia-victim Grace (Emma Thompson) and falls in love with her. He sets out to discover her true identity and the source of her terrible nightmares. Mike is aided in his investigation by hypnotist/furniture dealer Franklyn Madison (Derek Jacobi) who discovers that in a past life Grace was Margaret Strauss (also played by Thompson), who may have been murdered by her husband Roman.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p High Definition Presentation
  • Audio commentary with producer Lindsay Doran and screenwriter Scott Frank (2002)
  • Audio commentary with director and star Kenneth Branagh (2002)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Limited Edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 23
Definitely in for Rage especially since it never had a DVD or laser disc release. Possibly Dead Again if I can get it at a decent price. The others don't register for me.
 
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The info for FIre in the Sky:



Six men say it. One man became a prisoner inside it. But who would believe them.

In 1975, logger Travis Walton (D.B. Sweeney) and his co-workers discovered a hovering UFO. Walton’s pals fled, but Walton was not so fortunate. Whisked aboard the strange aircraft, he was subjected to a painful, unearthly medical study. Fire in the Sky is the amazing tale of that ordeal… and of the contempt and ridicule endured by the co-workers as they try to explain Walton’s mysterious disappearance.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • 1080p High Definition Presentation
  • Audio commentary with director Robert Lieberman (2020)
  • “Fear From Above: The Practical Effects of “Fire in the Sky”: Interviews with visual effects art director Harley Jessup & visual effects supervisor Michael Owens. (2020)
  • “Borrowed Time: Scoring Fire In The Sky” Interview with Composer Mark Isham (2020)
  • “Five Days Gone: The Travis Walton Experience” Interview with Author Travis Walton (2020)
  • “We Gotta Go Back: Robert Patrick On Fire In The Sky” Interview with Actor Robert Patrick (2020)
  • “Touched By Light: D.B Sweeney on Fire In The Sky” Interview with Actor D.B.Sweeney (2020)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Limited Edition slipcase with unique artwork on the first 1500 copies
This is a pre-order title and will be dispatched in the week leading up to its December 30th release date.

Imprint No 26
 

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I've pre-ordered Major Dundee and I'm happy that finally the title is being done right on Blu-Ray after the failure of the TT release to duplicate the DVD experience of letting the extended cut be seen with the original score.
I have the multI REGION blu ray from Germany of MAJOR DUNDEE and it includes the uncut version with the original score.
 

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Everything that is on the Imprint Blu Ray of Major Dundee is on the German blu ray and it is only 18.48 euros at Amazon. It is all region.
 

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I'm glad to know that. It only reinforces the fact that TT's decision-making with the title was the biggest mistake they ever made with one of their releases and can no longer be defended.
 

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I'm glad to know that. It only reinforces the fact that TT's decision-making with the title was the biggest mistake they ever made with one of their releases and can no longer be defended.
Why do you find it necessary to keep hammering Twilight Time?
 
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Everything that is on the Imprint Blu Ray of Major Dundee is on the German blu ray and it is only 18.48 euros at Amazon. It is all region.
Not quite everything:

NEW 2020 Audio Commentary by film historians Glenn Erickson and Alan Rode (Extended Cut)
 

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Why do you find it necessary to keep hammering Twilight Time?
Because when they put out this title they repeatedly in this forum pushed some inaccurate information to justify their decision to not properly include the original score on the long cut. I was even accused by their rep of spreading "willfull misinformation" for trying to point out that the long cut originally had the original score when all I was doing was pointing out what Glenn Erickson has more accurately written about in the history of this film's final editing. I think now, those of us who were rightly not happy at the time can claim some vindication on this subject.

TT did a lot of great releases of many great films and their overall legacy is a positive one. But this title, they botched and we had to wait seven years to see it done right.
 

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Because when they put out this title they repeatedly in this forum pushed some inaccurate information to justify their decision to not properly include the original score on the long cut. I was even accused by their rep of spreading "willfull misinformation" for trying to point out that the long cut originally had the original score when all I was doing was pointing out what Glenn Erickson has more accurately written about in the history of this film's final editing. I think now, those of us who were rightly not happy at the time can claim some vindication on this subject.

TT did a lot of great releases of many great films and their overall legacy is a positive one. But this title, they botched and we had to wait seven years to see it done right.
That TT rep has died and TT has closed shop, but, you still need your vindication.:thumbsdown:
 

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Not quite everything:

NEW 2020 Audio Commentary by film historians Glenn Erickson and Alan Rode (Extended Cut)
There is detailed booklet inside the German blu ray that was written by Glenn Erickson.
On Amazon the Imprint is selling for $89. I can't justify $69 extra dollars for an audio commentary .
 

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That TT rep has died and TT has closed shop, but, you still need your vindication.:thumbsdown:
I'm not sure what the relevance of that point of yours is. The information was inaccurate and the record should be corrected now that it's clear the information was inaccurate and that those of us who got shouted down at the time were not engaging in "willfull misinformation".
 

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I'm not sure what the relevance of that point of yours is. The information was inaccurate and the record should be corrected now that it's clear the information was inaccurate and that those of us who got shouted down at the time were not engaging in "willfull misinformation".
Ah, so that's it: your feelings were hurt. Well, for the rest of us it's all water under the bridge and your relentless rehashing of the issue is boring.
 
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You were the one who asked. Don't blame me for giving you an answer. I made my posts reflecting my excitement that a good version of the film is finally available on Blu-Ray and I'm not going to apologize for those sentiments. I don't seem to recall inferior past releases of other titles by other labels being off-limits in this forum for discussion or comment.
 

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You were the one who asked. Don't blame me for giving you an answer. I made my posts reflecting my excitement that a good version of the film is finally available on Blu-Ray and I'm not going to apologize for those sentiments. I don't seem to recall inferior past releases of other titles by other labels being off-limits in this forum for discussion or comment.
I haven't "blamed" you for providing an answer. I'm commenting about the answer itself.
 

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My answer only corrected the factual record. So sorry you have a hang-up with that but then again so did the TT defenders back in the day. Still doesn't change that it was a botched release and that it's great we've got a better one now.

It's now up to you if you want to keep being "relentless".
 

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You were the one who asked. Don't blame me for giving you an answer. I made my posts reflecting my excitement that a good version of the film is finally available on Blu-Ray and I'm not going to apologize for those sentiments. I don't seem to recall inferior past releases of other titles by other labels being off-limits in this forum for discussion or comment.
The extended cut Twilight Time Major Dundee was NOT an inferior release. It eliminated a shitty score (unless you're a Mitch Miller fan) that even Sam Peckinpah hated. That you prefer the Amfitheatrof score is perfectly fine. TT opted to go with a superior underscore. Personally I'd love to see the "score by Tower records" that Kubrick laid on 2001 A Space Odyssey eliminated and replaced by Alex North's original score which Kubrick dumped but hey ..... that's just me.
 

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This issue has been about preserving *choice*. The option that was presented on the 2005 DVD release that allowed us the choice of seeing the original producer approved preview cut that played internationally 1965 with the score the film originally had and which has a more coherent narrative. TT chose to eliminate that by selling a cock and bull story about how the original score never was part of the longer cut and was only unique to the final hacked theatrical cut to justify their giving us the preview cut without its original score as the 2005 DVD had allowed. (For those of us who happen to think on general principle it is artistically wrong to create and substitute a fanboy music score 40 years after the fact regardless of whether the original was perfect or not for the same reason that colorization is wrong.) Glenn Erickson's essays from 2013 and 2019 have proved this account of the film's history is not true and that the original score was part of this cut of the film when it was first released. Which means that a proper release of it should have been just like the DVD release with both scores on the original approved cut only with no need to give us the hacked version that's missing two key pieces of narrative (the fate of Riago and the final strategy against the Apache) as a booby prize consolation no one who preferred the original score was asking for.

Now if we can just get some acknowledgment of this basic point that having the option to hear either score on the long cut of the film is the solution that should have been in play from the beginning just like in 2005 on the DVD, we'd be able to move past the issue. The failure to include the original score on the long cut is largely the reason why the film is getting a new release in the first place so I think that says it all as to why the TT has to be branded inferior. If it were the last word on how to do the film, Glenn wouldn't have bothered trying to get a new version with the preview cut option restored.
 
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