David Lean’s Ryan’s Daughter – 2018 and beyond

American Cinemateque's Aero Theater will be screening "Ryan's Daughter" in late January 2018 - DCP print 3 Stars

Hi, all,

I saw the 2015 thread and thought maybe I’d add another that might encompass more recent news…I recently saw where American Cinemateque’s Aero Theater will be screening “Ryan’s Daughter” in late January 2018 – DCP print. For years I have wished for a new 70mm print. I find it unbelievable that there isn’t a CD or digital download available of the soundtrack. I have a beautiful gatefold LP from the early 70’s. I don’t understand.

I last saw “Ryan’s Daughter” as a kid in the early 70’s in a neighborhood movie house in upstate NY. I will never forget seeing Sarah Miles’ breast! As a 10 year old, this was an incredible experience! LOL!

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  1. I believe Ryan’ Daughter to be one of the great 70 mm film experiences. I have not seen it on screen since 1980 as it never is revived in Sydney. The score by Maurice Jarre is wonderful; I have a CD of the score but I believe it to be incomplete.
    We can but hope that WAC gives us the desired Blu Ray this year.

  2. GWTWTOO

    I find it unbelievable that there isn't a CD or digital download available of the soundtrack [of RYAN'S DAUGHTER]. I have a beautiful gatefold LP from the early 70's. I don't understand.

    Soundtracks go in and out of print all the time, often appearing in longer form later on. The MGM CD has 13 tracks (same as the LP, I think) — I don't believe it was ever expanded for a reissue. You might ask Mr. Kimmel about this, as his Kritzerland label frequently reissues older scores with additional tracks, using the best available source material. Maybe he knows of something in the pipeline.

  3. MGM was a great studio for keeping its soundtrack music tapes (ditto Fox), & there's been a lot of releases on CD (a lot of great soundtracks from the fifties, mostly in fine sounding stereo), but…I believe the original music tapes of the complete score of Ryan's Daughter are missing, so only the soundtrack album version is available, & that's been out of print for some time.

  4. Bernard McNair

    I believe Ryan’ Daughter to be one of the great 70 mm film experiences. I have not seen it on screen since 1980 as it never is revived in Sydney. The score by Maurice Jarre is wonderful; I have a CD of the score but I believe it to be incomplete.
    We can but hope that WAC gives us the desired Blu Ray this year.

    you are correct it is incomplete and the sound of the CD score is poor and gives the listener an experience that is not particularly good….Jarre did not keep copies of his scores for example like Elmer Bernstein and John Barry and the chances therefore of a Complete Film Score of being released are slim…I hope I am wrong as the music is in my opinion 10/10…

  5. GWTWTOO

    Hi, all,

    I saw the 2015 thread and thought maybe I'd add another that might encompass more recent news…I recently saw where American Cinemateque's Aero Theater will be screening "Ryan's Daughter" in late January 2018 – DCP print. For years I have wished for a new 70mm print. I find it unbelievable that there isn't a CD or digital download available of the soundtrack. I have a beautiful gatefold LP from the early 70's. I don't understand.

    I last saw "Ryan's Daughter" as a kid in the early 70's in a neighborhood movie house in upstate NY. I will never forget seeing Sarah Miles' breast! As a 10 year old, this was an incredible experience! LOL!

    There is no DCP on RD that one would wish to see.

  6. Sadly, I don't think we will see an expanded or complete CD of RD as the tracks are not lost but no longer playable.

    The LP tracks are mostly original. A version of Major Doryan's march was recorded at the film sessions but specifically recorded for the LP.

  7. Robert Harris

    I believe that was a mute answer print. Can only be run in sync with dubbers.

    I had no idea! I really hoped that after seeing it……that a beautiful Blu Ray would be released.

  8. Ken Koc

    Not too many years ago I saw a new 70mm print at the Academy theater in LA. It looked gorgeous. Where did it go?

    That print was using a 70mm mute picture and 35mm Sep Mag Stereo sound. I saw this version in NFT 1 in London twice a few years ago.
    Last year I saw an original 70mm 6 track stereo print from the Swedish Film Archive in the same place twice last year and that print
    looked much better and yes I do love this film.

  9. Dee Zee

    As Dusty Springfield sang, “wishin’ and hopin’ and wishin…”

    I saw the movie twice in one week in 70mm when it came out in UK and by that you will gather I am old and worn out but regardless of age I would be more than happy to see a BD release even if it was from the same old DVD print……..better than nothing which is what we have now ……when I saw the film you had to book your seats otherwise there was no way of seeing it due to the demand and the film had very poor reviews in UK but everyone still wanted to see it..

  10. I saw it twice in 70mm on first release and it looked breathtaking. Few 70mm films looked as good. I never understood the hatred the film had from some quarters. Critics of the day should have been thoroughly ashamed of themselves for being so vicious about the film, which seemed to cause such self-doubt in David Lean, resulting in a long period of inactivity.

  11. Douglas R

    I saw it twice in 70mm on first release and it looked breathtaking. Few 70mm films looked as good. I never understood the hatred the film had from some quarters. Critics of the day should have been thoroughly ashamed of themselves for being so vicious about the film, which seemed to cause such self-doubt in David Lean, resulting in a long period of inactivity.

    Yes, for decades I've regretted the loss of at least one David Lean film that might have been made in the 1970s because of the vicious reviews of this beautiful, dramatic, and thought-provoking movie.

  12. Douglas R

    I saw it twice in 70mm on first release and it looked breathtaking. Few 70mm films looked as good. I never understood the hatred the film had from some quarters. Critics of the day should have been thoroughly ashamed of themselves for being so vicious about the film, which seemed to cause such self-doubt in David Lean, resulting in a long period of inactivity.

    I agree completely, and I have from the beginning.

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