This is great news but Kino and TT repeatedly reported that this film like the Alamo is in need of a major restoration which we know wasn’t done so we should have very low expectations for this. It will probably look along the lines of The Pride and The Prejudice. But its probably the best we will ever get so I’m in. I have given up on a restoration of the Roadshow Alamo and just hope someone will give us the Roadshow version of the Alamo in existing form.. An HD upconvert with some color correction to Blu Ray will still be a big step-up from my Laserdisc. The Alamo is one film that after watching the roadshow version I can’t watch the shortened theatrical version anymore. 37 minutes cut. Just so much continuity to the film and the historical details is missing. Plus the wonderful Birthday party scene.
- May 22, 1999
- Real Name
My guess is its probably a new 2k scan of the existing master. Since the DVD was non-anamorphic it should definitely be a step up from the that. Probably not 2.76 and 5.1 sound.That's interesting. Probably same transfer as the old DVD? Would be cool if it's the full 2.76:1 AR and 5.1 sound from original 6-tracks but I doubt it.
- May 26, 2016
- Real Name
I'd go with Little Big Man as an epic comedy western CLASSIC that still works today. (And no, Blazing Saddles is not epic, but is a comedy). We're talking scale, ambition, length, reach here.Yeah because of the cast, music and an epic comedy western I give this movie a pass but it should have been much better but it is the only epic comedy western we have.
Back when the laserdisc was produced, the 4-track composite stereo master of reel one was missing, only the mono was available. So to overcome this problem, the stereo track of the main title from the album master was used. The album unfortunately was not the original tracks but a re-recording!
The remainder of the reel was stereo enhanced. The overture I believe was unaffected as it probably came from the stereo m&e track.
Recently some stereo material of reel one was discovered. I only hope MGM updated their stereo master with this material.
The difference in quality and performance of the main title between the original, as recorded on Goldwyn's scoring stage seven, and the re-recording is considerable.
- Aug 22, 2002
- Real Name
FWIW, dvdcompare says the US MGM release is non-anamorphic, all the various MGM PAL versions are anamorphic, but all are DD 5.1Not sure what reviews you are referring to but I still have the MGM DVD and its 2.35:1 non-anamorphic and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Amazon confirms this as well.
- Sep 30, 2007
- Real Name
- Bernard McNair
HALLELUJAH TRAIL was a great film. (and I am not a western fan). The Warner in NYC did indeed have a great and massive sized screen..I saw GRAND PRIX there. IT'S A MAD,MAD,MAD,MAD WORLD was virtually devoid of any comedy. A great cast of comedians that were not given the material to work with. Both H.T .and IAMMMMW screened in Cinerama where I worked. Both were very successful. Did you know that IAMMMMW was not even listed in the top 50 comedy films ever made? (U.K site)Saw THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL as a teenager at the Warner Cinerama (I believe) on Broadway, and, although I loved about almost any movie I got to see back then, especially on a massive screen in NYC, I was bored to tears by this. The last "comedy" I had seen in a curved screen was IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD which had me in stitches beginning to end. This movie left me feeling exhausted and unentertained. A waste of two and a half hours. I'm glad this is being released on Blu-ray because the film definitely has its champions, but I am not among them, in spite of the cast and the music score.