Will M*A*S*H be the R or PG version??

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  1. Jeff Adkins

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    Anyone know the running time on the M*A*S*H DVD?? The R version runs 116 minutes and the PG version runs 112 minutes. Also, the PG version contains some different music during the opening credit sequence. Just curious!
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  2. alan halvorson

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    I had no idea there were two versions of this film. You mean one of them uses a song other than Suicide is Painless over the opening credits? I can't see this one being released, so expect the R one.
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    [Edited last by alan halvorson on September 27, 2001 at 12:24 PM]
     
  3. Jeff Adkins

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  4. Craig Robertson

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    excellent question! i was so excited by the news that i completely forgot that there are two versions. with Fox's excellent history, let's hope that it is the uncut, or they'll have to wait until the next release for me to part with my money.
     
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    Time for another email campaign.
     
  7. Robert George

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    Just to muddy up the water a little more, Fox's letterboxed laserdisc was listed as "PG" but it is the original 116 minute version.
    Personally, I expect to see this version on DVD. Hope so, anyway.
     
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    These days, Fox is really known for treating the fans with respect and giving them what they want. I'd be surprised if they R-rated version wasn't on there. Maybe even seamless branching for both.
     
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  10. Robert George

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    Jeff:
    The laserdisc uses the vocal version of "Suicide is Painless".
     
  11. Jussi Tarvainen

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    The film was recently shown on Finnish TV, and they showed the R-rated cut. It opens with the "Suicide..." song (not instrumental). I am confident that this is the version that will be on the DVD - I can't see Altman wanting to have anything to do with the PG version since it was such as big deal for him to make the film very radical in the first place.
     
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  13. Peter Staddon

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    How about a fully restored uncut version [​IMG]. The restoration was personally overseen by Robert Altman and looks amazing - the HTF group will see some of the before and after film on Friday.
    The other ususal Five Star additions - commentaries, documentaries, etc
    It will be released the same week as the complete first season of the MASH TV Series will be out on DVD as well .. ..
    Thanks for your interest,
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  14. Robert George

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    That clears that up [​IMG].
    Thanks for the scoop, Peter.
     
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    I'm very interested in finally seeing the series sans the fake giggles. I've wanted to can the canned laughter since I was 12.
    I've never seen a print of Altman's film with an instrumental version of the theme. There is a jazzy rendition of the tune on a release of the movie soundtrack, but I never knew it was used in the movie.
    Also, I wonder if there is some reference in the commentary or documentary to the fact that certain scenes in Altman's film have always been rearranged. Originally the scene with Painless committing suicide was earlier, before Hot Lips ever even appears. And the Korean with the hole in his chest is actually HoJon, then it's HoJon's body on the back of a jeep at the end of the film as the guys are playing poker. You don't really get that from the film as we've always seen it.
    Anyway... I'm rediscovering my M*A*S*H fandom with this news of the film and tv series being released on DVD!
    [Edited last by Coressel on September 27, 2001 at 06:16 PM]
     
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    M*A*S*H has been on my dvd wishlist for four years (has it really been that long?). with that wonderful news from Peter, this is a must buy for me. [​IMG]
    THANK YOU, FOX!!
    also, looking forward to eventually seeing the final episode of the series. i was in boot camp in 1983 when it aired and never did see it.
    [Edited last by Craig Robertson on September 27, 2001 at 07:38 PM]
     
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    Peter's just the neatest guy! [​IMG]
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  19. Marc Colella

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    Good to see FOX stick to the original artwork.
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    [Edited last by Marc Colella on September 28, 2001 at 12:15 AM]
     
  20. Scott Merryfield

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    I am really looking forward to this film on DVD. Thanks, Peter, for clearing up the question regarding the version.
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