Whoever owns EL NORTE.... please release it!!!

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  1. Dick

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    The following is a quote from a Roger Ebert-authored essay about the upcoming University of Illinois Film Festival:

    Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas will observe the 20th anniversary of their great film "El Norte," about two Guatemalan Indians who journey north to Los Angeles. They were Oscar-nominated for their screenplay

    Isn't it about time we got this on DVD? And, as all the studios so love their anniversary tie-ins, what better time than now?

    Superb movie, wa-y-y underseen.
     
  2. Jon Hertzberg

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    I second the request for El Norte.

    I think the VHS (was there a laser release?) release, from way back when, was CBS/Fox.

    According to IMDb, it's got quite a convuluted theatrical release history. It seems Island Alive, PBS, and American Playhouse produced/distributed here in the states in 1984.

    There is also a 2000 theatrical re-release date, which is credited to Artisan. I sure hope Artisan has nothing to do with a DVD release of this film.

    Jon
     
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    Artisan had intended to reissue the film, but it never actually happened. At one time, Artisan had intended to do a reissue on 3 John Sayles movies as well, but that was cancelled too. (The three films were subsequently picked up by IFC Films and released on video by MGM)

    I suspect the film is in a limbo right now, although a few entreaties to IFC and MGM may not be a bad idea, seeing how there's precedent.
     

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