Warners: is The Wind and The Lion yours?

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  1. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Lead Actor

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    Warners, is The Wind and The Lion yours? The VHS came out MGM/UA but I believe this is your film. There is a great deal of .... interest in this film. A DVD of this film is very much in order. The following is a collage of comments by HTF members, all of whom want to buy this title on DVD.

    Any word on this coming out on DVD? All that is available is the crappy P&S VHS version.

    This is probably my favorite Sean Connery movie, and as I have NEVER seen it in its OAR, would love to own a nice digital transfer of it.

    I don't even care about extras (though some would be nice). Just having a copy with clean picture (the WHOLE picture) and crisp sound would be fantastic.

    Who even owns the rights to W&L? The P&S VHS is MGM IIRC, but there has been debate around here where the rights ended up. Normally it would be Warners but IIRC this was an exception.

    "Has he no respect for human life?"

    "Has he no respect for human life?"

    "You are a great deal of trouble."

    The LD was widescreen and looked pretty good. This is a great film that deserves to be released along with a reissue of Man Who Would Be King.

    "A Winchester? What is this Winchester?"

    I've seen this film numerous times in the commercial cinemas back in the mid-'70s. It's an adventure film of the highest order, an adventure in the truest sense of the word.

    I would buy a correctly framed DVD in a heartbeat. It's a mystery as to why this title isn't available yet.

    "Pedicaris alive or Reissuli dead!"

    Candice Bergen really looks good holding a rifle. Not only that but she serves Chateau Margaux for lunch.... (too bad the bottle broke)

    With the truly awesome Goldsmith score isolated? That would be a "gold" DVD indeed!

    How about the complete roadshow cut fully restored??

    I requested this in "Feedback" around a year or so ago. The thread died a quick, painless death, and I assumed there were not many fans of this John Milius film here. I swear, this is a rousingly good adventure film--and it was released only a few months before another great adventure film, the aforementioned The Man Who Would Be King--speaking of which, that disc could use a major overhaul (new transfer, new sound, the works).

    "Military intervention!"

    True, John Milius is somewhat of a "gun-rights" advocate (witness many scenes from Red Dawn) and not "acceptably" liberal, he sure knows how to make a fun, good movie. And The Wind and the Lion did quite good business at the box office in 1975; it was considered a hit. The film did fade from view rather rapidly, though.

    "The French and the Germans aren't going to like this."

    A superb movie, its a crime that so much crap is on dvd but not The Wind and the Lion.
    I've had the fantastic Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack LP since the 70's and now have it on CD.
    I would love to have this classic adventure on DVD with or without extras (commentary by Milius would be great though).
     
  2. Bruce Morrison

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    Yes, this is right up near the top of my list of most-wanted DVDs! It is indeed Warner who own the DVD rights for it, as they have the DVD distribution rights for all original MGM productions (but not United Artists productions) dating from before 1986.

    I can't imagine why Warner have been sitting so long on this one. It has Sean Connery, a great script and a wonderful Jerry Goldsmith score.
     
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    For me this would be one of those preorder-in-a-heartbeat discs if it were announced. This film has a strong following and would probably make money for the studio. Such a great title. We're waiting, Warner.
     
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    You can count me in on this one. In the meantime, I'll hold on to and cherish my LD.
     
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    From Warners, I'm hoping for some oldies:
    THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER (1968)
    START THE REVOLUTION WITHOUT ME (1970)
    and
    REVOLUTION (1985) with Al Pacino & Donald Sutherland
     
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    If we're talking 60's movies from Warner, I'd like them to release:

    Reflections In A Golden Eye
    Point Blank
    The Fearless Vampire Killers
    Days Of Wine And Roses

    My favourite movie quote of all time is by Elizabeth Taylor, from Reflections In A Golden Eye:

    "Cutting off her nipples with garden shears, do you call that normal? Garden shears!"
     
  7. Steve Christou

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    Count me in too, 'The Wind and the Lion' (1975) is a superb adventure movie with a great score by Jerry Goldsmith, whats keeping the DVD? Come on, please release the Raisuli, while we're still (relatively) young![​IMG]

    "This is the Rif. I am Mulay Ahmed Muhamed Raisuli the Magnificent, Sherif of the Riffian Berbers."

    No I didn't make that up, it's in the film, now try saying that after a few drinks.[​IMG]
     
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    I will be standing in line to get The Wind and the Lion too!

    Parker
     
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    I'll be good for the purchase of at least 2 copies if this transfer is released. Additionaly spending some time 'recommending' it.
    Although Connery is my top pick for the "James Bond" persona.
    His innate arrogance and sex appeal was fascinating in his role as "Mulay Ahmed Muhamed Raisuli the Magnificent". Unlike Mrs P, I would have never returned from the desert. (If I could have got 'rid' of the other wives. [​IMG] )
    Hoping.....
     
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    "I am not." [​IMG]
     
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    I meant hoping for the DVD release. Although in my dreams I might be wishing to be carried off to the desert. (um- the Hollywood version populated by Connery,). But there is lots to admire in this film, got to love a woman who knows how to change clothes under a blanket with a gap-toothed grinning-like idiots audience while still maintaining indestructible style and defiance! Love the scene where she holds the Marine at knifepoint, when her ‘we've got to do something’ mode kicks in. My kind of spunk.

    Have to say I would enjoy the
    "The French and the Germans aren't going to like this." Side threads which are humorously and somewhat (if memory serves) good-naturedly portrayed.
     
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    Will be bought the moment it arrives. Or, as always, before that.

    Cees
     
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    "I am Eden, Mulay."

    "Harumph. Of course....."
     
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    "Woman, I am not a barbarous man."
     
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    "We shail into hishtory!" whooops sorry wrong film :b
     
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    OK Steve, quit making subliminal posts! :p)
     
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    Shorry about that ol' boy, shay have you sheen my Walther PPK anywhere?
     
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    Can't help you with a Walther PPK old bean, but SOG is selling PP32's for $280...... And there's a Romanian PPK clone for $125. www.southernohiogun.com/surplus_hand.html

    "Find out what kind of rifle the old bastard uses!"
     
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    "What is this Winchester?"
     
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    "I have no knowledge of this rifle."

    [​IMG]

    "You will."
     

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