Overtures, intermission, entr’acte, exit music on Blu-ray

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There was a thread on this subject in 2011. But rather than bump that thread, I thought it best to post a new one since 7 years have passed and that thread has been dormant since 2011. There is a much older thread (2005) on the subject of DVDs that contain overtures, intermission, entr’acte and exit music in the DVD section. This is what I have so far, so please feel free to correct and update.

Blu rays with overtures, intermission, entr’acte and/or exit music:

Agony And The Ecstasy (intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Apocalypse Now (intermission, entr’acte)
Barry Lyndon (intermission)
Battle Of The Bulge (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Beauty And The Beast (2017) (overture)
Ben-Hur (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Best Of Cinerama (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Bible (intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Big Trail (exit music)
Billy Rose’s Jumbo (overture)
Blue Max (intermission, entr’acte)
Boy Friend (intermission, entr’acte)
Camelot (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Cavalcade (exit music)
Cease Fire (intermission)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Cinerama Holiday (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Circus World (intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Cleopatra (1963) (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Cowboys (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Dial M For Murder (intermission)
Diary Of Anne Frank (overture, intermission, exit music)
Doctor Dolittle (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Doctor Zhivago (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Duel In The Sun (overture, exit music)
East Of Eden (overture)
Exodus (intermission)
Fanny And Alexander (intermission)
Fantasia (intermission)
Far From The Madding Crowd (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Fiddler On The Roof (entr’acte)
55 Days At Peking (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Finian’s Rainbow (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Funny Girl (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Gandhi (intermission, entr’acte)
Godfather Part II (intermission)
Gone With The Wind (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Grand Prix (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Great Race (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Greatest Story Ever Told (intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Guns Of Navarone (intermission, entr’acte)
Hallelujah Trail (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Hamlet (1997) (intermission)
Hello Dolly! (intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Holiday In Spain (aka Scent Of Mystery) (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Hondo (intermission)
House Of Wax (intermission)
How The West Was Won (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Huckleberry Finn (1974) (overture)
Ice Station Zebra (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Inferno (1953) (intermission)
It Came From Outer Space (intermission)
It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Jazz Singer (overture, exit music)
Jeremiah Johnson (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Judgment At Nuremberg (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Khartoum (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
King Kong (1933) (overture)
King Of Kings (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Kingdom Of Heaven (overture, intermission, exit music)
Kiss Me Kate (intermission)
Lawrence Of Arabia (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Man In The Glass Booth (intermission)
Maze (intermission)
Monty Python And The Holy Grail (exit music)
Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
My Fair Lady (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Napoleon (1927) (two intermissions)
Nicholas And Alexandra (intermission, entr’acte)
Oklahoma! (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Oliver! (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Once Upon A Time In America (intermission)
Patton (intermission, entr’acte)
Quo Vadis (overture, exit music)
Reds (intermission)
Samson And Delilah (overture, exit music)
Sand Pebbles (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Scrooge (1970) (exit music)
Search For Paradise (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
September Storm (intermission)
Seven Samurai (intermission)
Seven Wonders Of The World (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Since You Went Away (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Sound Of Music (intermission, entr’acte)
South Pacific (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Spartacus (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Spellbound (overture, exit music)
Star Is Born (1954) (intermission)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (overture)
Sweet Charity (overture, intermission)
Ten Commandments (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
That’s Entertainment (overture, exit music)
That’s Entertainment II (overture, exit music)
That’s Entertainment III (overture)
This Is Cinerama (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Those Redheads From Seattle (intermission)
Tom Sawyer (1973) (overture, exit music)
Tora Tora Tora (intermission, entr’acte)
2001 A Space Odyssey (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
Unsinkable Molly Brown (overture, exit music)
West Side Story (overture, intermission, entr’acte)
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (exit music)
Windjammer (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)

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  1. A few corrections for the list:

    Ben-Hur does not have exit music on its Blu-ray (nor has the film ever had exit music), while Cleopatra, Doctor Dolittle, Quo Vadis, and The Ten Commandments all have exit music. Also, I believe the Twilight Time Blu-ray of Judgement at Nuremberg has the option to play the film with overture, intermission, entr’acte, and exit music.

  2. The Jazz Singer – Overture and Exit Music
    King Kong – Overture
    Cavalcade – Exit Music
    Fantasia – Intermission
    Seven Samurai – Intermission
    Thundercrack! – Intermission
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Intermission and Exit Music

  3. atcolomb

    The Fall of the Roman Empire has the shortest overture I have ever seen in any film lasting a minute and that's on the dvd I have.

    But effective in 70mm where the second chorus of trumpets come from the surrounds.
    It also boasts to my mind the worst entr'acte music I've ever heard.:)

  4. Many thanks for the responses but once again, the list is for films that have overtures, intermissions, entr'actes and exit music in their blu ray incarnations rather than films in general or their DVD counterparts. I'll update the main list soon to reflect the blu ray additions.

  5. trajan007

    STAR!—-LION IN WINTER–PAINT YOUR WAGON—-THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD—-THE CARDINAL

    Star! and Paint Your Wagon, sadly, are not on blu ray. I stand to be corrected but I don't believe the Kino blu ray of The Lion In Winter has the intermission. Does the current blu ray of Greatest Story Ever Told have all four (overture, intermission, entr'acte, exit music)?

  6. ahollis

    I guess we should add the Cinerama films to the list. This is a great list.

    I'd be happy to update the list with them if someone would provide Cinerama blu ray titles and what they contain!

  7. Thomas T

    I'd be happy to update the list with them if someone would provide Cinerama blu ray titles and what they contain!

    This Is Cinerama (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
    Cinerama Holiday (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
    South Seas Adventure (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
    Seven Wonders of the World (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
    Search For Paradise (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
    Windjammer (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)
    The Best Of Cinerama (overture, intermission, entr’acte, exit music)

  8. Lord Dalek

    I'd remove Holy Grail since its a fake joke intermission.

    Ah, I've never found Monty Python remotely amusing myself. That intermission joke confirms my general dislike for them. 🙂 I left the exit music entry or is that fake too?:huh:

  9. Thomas T

    I don't believe the Kino blu ray of The Lion In Winter has the intermission.

    That is true. The videos of this film never have. In fact, I can't imagine where one would go, unless directly after the line, "What family doesn't have it's ups and downs?"

  10. Dick

    That is true. The videos of this film never have. In fact, I can't imagine where one would go, unless directly after the line, "What family doesn't have it's ups and downs?"

    I stand to be corrected but I believe the intermission point is around the 1:28 mark when Peter O'Toole is on the castle's roof top and sinks to the ground. John Barry's score rises and simultaneously the camera rises to give us a birds eye shot of Henry cowering … intermission.

    However, some theaters are notorious for putting an intermission in a different place if it suits them. When If first saw Spartacus, the intermission came at a different spot than originally intended and replicated in its home video incarnations. I saw Gandhi twice during its opening week. The first time in Century City where it played without an intermission and the second time at a Hollywood venue where it played with an intermission.

    Speaking of which, does anyone have Gandhi on blu ray? Is the intermission and entr'acte replicated?

  11. Thomas T

    I stand to be corrected but I believe the intermission point is around the 1:28 mark when Peter O'Toole is on the castle's roof top and sinks to the ground. John Barry's score rises and simultaneously the camera rises to give us a birds eye shot of Henry cowering … intermission.

    However, some theaters are notorious for putting an intermission in a different place if it suits them. When If first saw Spartacus, the intermission came at a different spot than originally intended and replicated in its home video incarnations. I saw Gandhi twice during its opening week. The first time in Century City where it played without an intermission and the second time at a Hollywood venue where it played with an intermission.

    Speaking of which, does anyone have Gandhi on blu ray? Is the intermission and entr'acte replicated?

    I have GANDHI, but I'll have to go back to it to verify.

  12. Thomas T

    Ah, I've never found Monty Python remotely amusing myself. That intermission joke confirms my general dislike for them. 🙂 I left the exit music entry or is that fake too?:huh:

    Exit music is legit. The film famously ends abruptly and the same Fats Waller organ tune from the intermission gag just plays over a black screen for 2 minutes.

    Thomas T

    Speaking of which, does anyone have Gandhi on blu ray? Is the intermission and entr'acte replicated?

    Don't have the blu-ray but the 25th anniversary dvd which I believe is the same transfer does have the intermission and entr'acte music intact.

    Also Apocalypse Now has an intermission break and brief entr'acte. No card donating it as such though.

  13. Lord Dalek

    Don't have the blu-ray but the 25th anniversary dvd which I believe is the same transfer does have the intermission and entr'acte music intact. Also Apocalypse Now has an intermission break and brief entr'acte. No card donating it as such though.

    Yes, I have the DVD of Gandhi too and I assume the intermission and entr'acte have been ported but as others have noted that's not always the case so I'm waiting for "official" confirmation from someone who actually has the blu 🙂 I like Gandhi well enough but not enough to upgrade to blu.

  14. Thomas T

    Star! and Paint Your Wagon, sadly, are not on blu ray. I stand to be corrected by I don't believe the Kino blu ray of The Lion In Winter has the intermission. Does the current blu ray of Greatest Story Ever Told have all four (overture, intermission, entr'acte, exit music)?

    THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD never had an Overture, although the Main Title music begins with a blank screen for about 30 seconds. It does have Intermission, Entr'Acte and Exit Music.

  15. Thomas T

    I stand to be corrected but I believe the intermission point is around the 1:28 mark when Peter O'Toole is on the castle's roof top and sinks to the ground. John Barry's score rises and simultaneously the camera rises to give us a birds eye shot of Henry cowering … intermission.

    However, some theaters are notorious for putting an intermission in a different place if it suits them. When If first saw Spartacus, the intermission came at a different spot than originally intended and replicated in its home video incarnations. I saw Gandhi twice during its opening week. The first time in Century City where it played without an intermission and the second time at a Hollywood venue where it played with an intermission.

    Speaking of which, does anyone have Gandhi on blu ray? Is the intermission and entr'acte replicated?

    The Spartacus intermission was teased in multiples scenes. I placed it where Mr. Kubrick requested that I do so.

  16. Charles Smith

    And FWIW I do remember the Gandhi intermission at Century City.

    Curious. I distinctly recall being surprised when the intermission came at the Hollywood theater since I had seen it 5 days earlier at the Century City location without the intermission. I'm not implying you're wrong but that we're both correct as to our experience.

  17. Robert Harris

    The Spartacus intermission was teased in multiples scenes. I placed it where Mr. Kubrick requested that I do so.

    It's been some years (I think I was 11 possibly 12 :eek:) since I first Spartacus and if my memory serves me correctly, the intermission occurred right after a shot of Kirk Douglas and Jean Simmons leaving camp and walking off into the forest together. This was a bit before the approved intermission. I guess the theater management was too eager to sell more popcorn.

    Although I listed the overture and intermission replicated in the R2 French release of Sweet Charity (no domestic release) on blu ray, they've eliminated the original roadshow entr'acte.

  18. Reds (1981), Fanny and Alexander (1983), and A Star is Born (1954) all have intermission cards.
    I believe the roadshow of Kingdom of Heaven was also released on Blu-ray.
    Becket (1964) is interesting in that there is no overture or intermission. It's actually discussed on the commentary that the producer resisted an intermission. There are however several fade-to-blacks during the film – at key moments – where an intermission could have easily been included. Lost Horizon (1973) and 1776 (1972) also have blackouts at crucial intervals which make me think both films were originally envisioned as roadshow presentations. Of course that was mostly going away in the early seventies.

  19. Eric Bodnar

    Reds (1981), Fanny and Alexander (1983), and A Star is Born (1954) all have intermission cards.
    I believe the roadshow of Kingdom of Heaven was also released on Blu-ray.
    Becket (1964) is interesting in that there is no overture or intermission. It's actually discussed on the commentary that the producer resisted an intermission. There are however several fade-to-blacks during the film – at key moments – where an intermission could have easily been included. Lost Horizon (1973) and 1776 (1972) also have blackouts at crucial intervals which make me think both films were originally envisioned as roadshow presentations. Of course that was mostly going away in the early seventies.

    I watched the 1973 Lost Horizon again last week and yes, I did notice an obvious spot for an intermission. As to Kingdom Of Heaven, I do have the longer "roadshow" director's cut on blu ray but they have eliminated the overture, intermission, entr'acte that was present on the DVD version. Go figure!

  20. The Blu-ray of Rent Filmed Live On Broadway includes the 15-minute intermission, which doesn't have music and is an oscreen countdown until the show starts again. I get that it was filmed live, but it seems weird and extraneous on Blu-ray, so I almost always chapter skip past it. All of the other live stage productions I have on Blu-ray usually just include a brief title card where the intermission is but don't actually give you 15 minutes.

  21. Thomas T

    Curious. I distinctly recall being surprised when the intermission came at the Hollywood theater since I had seen it 5 days earlier at the Century City location without the intermission. I'm not implying you're wrong but that we're both correct as to our experience.

    Or it might have gotten changed at some point.

  22. Jake's observation of the intermission on the filmed Rent Live on blu ray brings up a question. Should I include filmed theatrical productions (as opposed to film versions of plays and musicals) on blu ray for completion's sake or restrict it to theatrical films? Any opinions?

  23. Thomas T

    It's been some years (I think I was 11 possibly 12 :eek:) since I first Spartacus and if my memory serves me correctly, the intermission occurred right after a shot of Kirk Douglas and Jean Simmons leaving camp and walking off into the forest together. This was a bit before the approved intermission. I guess the theater management was too eager to sell more popcorn.

    Although I listed the overture and intermission replicated in the R2 French release of Sweet Charity (no domestic release) on blu ray, they've eliminated the original roadshow entr'acte.

    The alternate was “camp tonight by the sea!”

  24. Robert Harris

    The Spartacus intermission was teased in multiples scenes. I placed it where Mr. Kubrick requested that I do so.

    Which is absolutely the best place it could be. Same with 2001.

  25. Thomas T

    Ah, I've never found Monty Python remotely amusing myself. That intermission joke confirms my general dislike for them. 🙂 I left the exit music entry or is that fake too?:huh:

    One probably needs a warped sense of humor and have grown up with British humor through television, as I do/did. I love HOLY GRAIL, including the intermission. Not to hijack a thread I am glad has appeared, MPATHG is a wicked satire of class, pomposity, all movies set in medieval days that depict medieval knights in shining armor, which this film debunks rather well, actually. It probably presents a more believable simulation of what that period might actually have looked like than, say, IVANHOE or KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. GRAIL shows us a world full of poverty, mud, disease, and superstition, which gives the film a rather serious undercurrent if you look beneath the slapstick and crude verbal gags. Anyway, you and I don't agree on this one.

  26. Dick

    One probably needs a warped sense of humor and have grown up with British humor through television, as I do/did. I love HOLY GRAIL, including the intermission. Not to hijack a thread I am glad has appeared, MPATHG is a wicked satire of class, pomposity, all movies set in medieval days that depict medieval knights in shining armor, which this film debunks rather well, actually. It probably presents a more believable simulation of what that period might actually have looked like than, say, IVANHOE or KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. GRAIL shows us a world full of poverty, mud, disease, and superstition, which gives the film a rather serious undercurrent if you look beneath the slapstick and crude verbal gags. Anyway, you and I don't agree on this one.

    But …
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  27. There are three cuts of Kingdom of Heaven: Theatrical (145min), Director's (190min) and Director's Cut Roadshow, which retains the overture, intermission, and exit music (194min). The original BD just has the Director's Cut and a trailer; the Ultimate Edition BD has all three cuts via seamless branching, audio commentaries and trivia tracks. On a second disc the latter has all the copious, differing extras from the 2-DVD Theatrical and 4-DVD Director's Cut sets.

  28. Thomas T

    Yes, I have the DVD of Gandhi too and I assume the intermission and entr'acte have been ported but as others have noted that's not always the case so I'm waiting for "official" confirmation from someone who actually has the blu 🙂 I like Gandhi well enough but not enough to upgrade to blu.

    The Gandhi DVD was excellent, one of the best I've seen. I did upgrade but the Blu-ray disc is not a major improvement.

  29. Dick

    One probably needs a warped sense of humor and have grown up with British humor through television, as I do/did. I love HOLY GRAIL, including the intermission. Not to hijack a thread I am glad has appeared, MPATHG is a wicked satire of class, pomposity, all movies set in medieval days that depict medieval knights in shining armor, which this film debunks rather well, actually. It probably presents a more believable simulation of what that period might actually have looked like than, say, IVANHOE or KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. GRAIL shows us a world full of poverty, mud, disease, and superstition, which gives the film a rather serious undercurrent if you look beneath the slapstick and crude verbal gags. Anyway, you and I don't agree on this one.

    Humor is subjective and you and I can go back and forth all day on what is and isn't funny. What it boils down to is that we simply don't have the same sense of humor. I also can't stand Laurel & Hardy, the Three Stooges or W.C. Fields. On the other hand, Abbott & Costello, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis have me in stitches. It's all good. Live and let laugh I say! 🙂

  30. Brent Reid

    There are three cuts of Kingdom of Heaven: Theatrical (145min), Director's (190min) and Director's Cut Roadshow, which retains the overture, intermission, and exit music (194min). The original BD just has the Director's Cut and a trailer; the Ultimate Edition BD has all three cuts via seamless branching, audio commentaries and trivia tracks. On a second disc the latter has all the copious, differing extras from the 2-DVD Theatrical and 4-DVD Director's Cut sets.

    I wasn't aware of the ultimate edition blu ray or I would have purchased that instead. Anyway, thanks for the information.

  31. Hmmm … when I attempted to update the master list on the original post I noticed the Edit feature is gone. Is this a temporary malfunction or does the HTF have a limit on the amount of times a post can be edited?

  32. Thomas T

    Hmmm … when I attempted to update the master list on the original post I noticed the Edit feature is gone. Is this a temporary malfunction or does the HTF have a limit on the amount of times a post can be edited?

    It may have changed but I believe that if you contact an admin, they can make it so you can edit your old post. Otherwise, I think the limit to edit is 24 hours.

  33. TravisR

    It may have changed but I believe that if you contact an admin, they can make it so you can edit your old post. Otherwise, I think the limit to edit is 24 hours.

    Thanks, Travis. I've contacted the admins. We'll see what happens.

  34. Until (or if) the admins allow the edit feature. I'll post any additions to the master list right here:

    Big Trail (exit music)
    Hamlet (1997) (intermission)
    Kingdom Of Heaven (overture, intermission, exit music)
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture (overture)

  35. Thomas T

    I stand to be corrected but I believe the intermission point is around the 1:28 mark when Peter O'Toole is on the castle's roof top and sinks to the ground. John Barry's score rises and simultaneously the camera rises to give us a birds eye shot of Henry cowering … intermission.

    However, some theaters are notorious for putting an intermission in a different place if it suits them. When If first saw Spartacus, the intermission came at a different spot than originally intended and replicated in its home video incarnations. I saw Gandhi twice during its opening week. The first time in Century City where it played without an intermission and the second time at a Hollywood venue where it played with an intermission.

    Speaking of which, does anyone have Gandhi on blu ray? Is the intermission and entr'acte replicated?

    You are correct with the placement of the Lion in Winter intermission. That's how I saw it way back in it's original Roadshow run in NYC

  36. Thomas T

    […]Although I listed the overture and intermission replicated in the R2 French release of Sweet Charity (no domestic release) on blu ray, they've eliminated the original roadshow entr'acte.

    Whenever we get Sweet Charity stateside, I sure do hope that Universal will reinstate its Entr'acte.
    Every drop of Ralph Burns work is a treasure.

  37. Well, I figure that there's one collective Holy Grail that Thomas T and Dick can agree on;
    and that's for the reinstatement of every existing Overture, Intermission, Entr'acte and Exit Music ever put to film.
    Right?:thumbs-up-smiley:

  38. Paul Rossen

    You are correct with the placement of the Lion in Winter intermission. That's how I saw it way back in it's original Roadshow run in NYC

    Thanks for the confirmation that my memory is still intact! It's scary how I can remember details about a movie I saw 50 years ago but can't remember what I had for dinner last night. 🙁

  39. Thomas T

    Thanks for the confirmation that my memory is still intact! It's scary how I can remember details about a movie I saw 50 years ago but can't remember what I had for dinner last night. 🙁

    Welcome to the geriatric club, Thomas. It's lots of fun here, and you're gonna love it.

  40. Douglas R

    THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD never had an Overture, although the Main Title music begins with a blank screen for about 30 seconds. It does have Intermission, Entr'Acte and Exit Music.

    My error….I thought it had an overture.

  41. Thomas T

    Thanks for the confirmation that my memory is still intact! It's scary how I can remember details about a movie I saw 50 years ago but can't remember what I had for dinner last night. 🙁

    Funny, I can still remember the dinners from 1990-1 that were cooked for me by my ex-girlfriend;
    which, in turn, is exactly why she became my ex-girlfriend.:D

    File Under: Swanson and Swan Songs.:cool:

  42. Mike Frezon

    Thomas:

    I took the liberty of adding a link to the DVD thread in your OP of this thread.

    Thanks, Mike! Can you do anything about getting the edit function back so I can update the original post here 🙂

  43. Thomas T

    Thanks, Mike! Can you do anything about getting the edit function back so I can update the original post here 🙂

    I know it's only been about ten minutes…but you should be all set, Thomas! :thumbsup:

    😀

  44. It is not included on the Blu-ray, but I have seen at least one home video version of BONNIE AND CLYDE that included a lovely bit of Exit Music played over a black screen after the closing credits. I would have loved it to be on the Blu-ray. And as many times as I saw the movie in a theater on its initial release and subsequent revival screenings, I don't think I ever heard that Exit Music. Or maybe I just didn't realize that is what it was. It is not the rollicking blue grass music. It is more like the melancholy/romantic string bit that plays over the scene where Clyde runs to and embraces Bonnie in the dry corn field before the family picnic scene.

    Does anyone else remember that or know what the history was with regard to the Exit Music for that great movie re it being played in its original theatrical release or only in a home video version or two?

  45. Becket always had an intermission and intermission music when I saw itl.
    Greatest Story Ever Told always had an Overture.
    Over the years, the Music for Agony and Ecstasy has become switched. The Overture is now where the Exit music was and the Exit Music is now played as the Overture.

  46. Joe Caps

    Becket always had an intermission and intermission music when I saw itl.
    Greatest Story Ever Told always had an Overture.
    Over the years, the Music for Agony and Ecstasy has become switched. The Overture is now where the Exit music was and the Exit Music is now played as the Overture.

    I also saw BECKET with an intermission in London but I don't recall whether there was any entr'acte music. I don't remember GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD having an Overture when I saw it at the London premiere but I couldn't say for sure that there wasn't one. However, the CD has no separate overture track.

  47. Joe Caps

    Becket always had an intermission and intermission music when I saw itl.
    Greatest Story Ever Told always had an Overture.
    Over the years, the Music for Agony and Ecstasy has become switched. The Overture is now where the Exit music was and the Exit Music is now played as the Overture.

    1. When I saw Becket at Loews State NYC Becket had an Overture as well as Entr'acte . Same music
    2. GSET. I believe everyone is talking about the same thing but calling it different….The overture was the short tie in on a blank screen to the main title.
    3. Confused by your Agony switch as the overture was always to my knowledge the Goldsmith music to the documentary and the main title is what is used for the exit music. The Entr'acte is the same music as prior to the actual intermission. That's how I remember it and is the same as the blu ray. But I certainly can be wrong.

  48. Douglas R

    I also saw BECKET with an intermission in London but I don't recall whether there was any entr'acte music. I don't remember GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD having an Overture when I saw it at the London premiere but I couldn't say for sure that there wasn't one. However, the CD has no separate overture track.

    The Greatest Story Ever Told’s overture was supposed to seamlessly segue into the main title music similar to My Fair Lady’s overture. Of course, George Stevens replaced Alfred Newman’s intended overture/main title (which is on the CD of Newman’s score) with an excerpt from a later cue (“Who Do Men Say That I Am” or “Come Unto Me” to use its album title) which after a very brief pause goes into the album version of Newman’s main theme.

  49. Paul Rossen

    Has anyone mentioned the Goldsmith entr'acte to Wild Rovers?

    To the best of my knowledge, Wild Rovers has never been released on blu ray. However, the DVD does have an overture, intermission and entr'acte.

  50. Paul Rossen

    I did rent the Wild Rovers DVD some time ago. Don't recall an Overture but do recall the intermission and Entr'acte.

    Double checked and yes, the DVD contains the overture.

    Charles Smith

    Yep. It’s there.

    Thanks, I'll add it.

  51. I saw it listed but I never knew, did Apocalypse Now have an intermission? Even when I saw the 70mm version back in a late night screening in the 90s at Navy Pier in Chicago, it played straight through. I would assume after the boat massacre.

  52. Brian Husar

    I saw it listed but I never knew, did Apocalypse Now have an intermission? Even when I saw the 70mm version back in a late night screening in the 90s at Navy Pier in Chicago, it played straight through. I would assume after the boat massacre.

    I saw it in New York when it first opened and it had an intermission.

  53. ronston films – on the us dvds the end of Act one for Fall of Roman Empire and 55 days at peking is missing the intermission s;ug and accompanying music. both these short pieces are on various soundtrack cds and would be easy to add to the videos.

  54. Well clearly the fade to black before Do Lung was intended to be an intermission point. Perhaps an optional one originally but it was definitely required on Redux.

    EDIT: It appears this is the case. Either way the 15 seconds of black in between the Sampan Attack and Do Lung Bridge is meant to be an intermission.

  55. Paul Rossen

    Apocalypse Now did not have an intermission when I saw it during its original run in NY C Ziegfeld Theater.

    Well I could have sworn if did when I saw it there. Maybe memory is playing tricks on me. Anyone else see it there?

  56. Lord Dalek

    Well clearly the fade to black before Do Lung was intended to be an intermission point. Perhaps an optional one originally but it was definitely required on Redux.

    EDIT: It appears this is the case. Either way the 15 seconds of black in between the Sampan Attack and Do Lung Bridge is meant to be an intermission.

    That's where I do an intermission on Redux. It's obvious that an intermission should be at that point. Redux works with a 15 minute intermission at that point.

  57. Richard V

    I think 55 Days at Peking qualifies

    It's on the master list. It refers, of course, to the R2 (British) blu ray elease since it has never been issued on blu ray in the U.S. (R1).

  58. PMF

    Whenever we get Sweet Charity stateside, I sure do hope that Universal will reinstate its Entr'acte.
    Every drop of Ralph Burns work is a treasure.

    The laserdisc of Sweet Charity had Exit Music also. Oddly enough, the laserdisc of Thoroughly Modern Millie did NOT have Exit Music, but the DVD does.

  59. Most early sound Fox films included exit music which my wife and I called the musical coda to the film. I think it was a throwback to the time when live orchestras played during silent films and they played a while longer while the hall emptied out.

  60. A Streetcar Named Desire story. Sometime in the mid '90s, Dallas enjoyed a revival of Roadshow pictures, and I took my children to these so they could have the "Roadshow" experience, much as I had has as a child of the '50s. Curtains,overture, intermission, entr'acte, exit music. Everything! My son, who must have been about 14 at the time, hated overtures. He was fine with the rest of the experience. So we went to see Streetcar and I told him that at least he should be happy for there should be no overture. This print was running for a week at a first run theater; it was a pristine 35mm print. The curtains were closed and lo and behold!, an overture started playing, unmistakably Alex North's music. I groaned because I had just "broken" my promise to my son! Now, I had seen Streetcar many times in NYC in many prints but had never heard an overture or had heard OF an overture. But as the overture ended, the curtains parted and the familiar WB shield appeared and the familiar musical strains with it.
    I have never heard this music ever again, it has never shown up in any home video release, but there it is. That's my story and my children and I are witnesses to it.

  61. The Rent intermission was probably in for the Fathom like event that they had for it and they didn’t bother to remove it. I went to the event and people used it for an actual intermission.

  62. bujaki

    A Streetcar Named Desire story. Sometime in the mid '90s, Dallas enjoyed a revival of Roadshow pictures, and I took my children to these so they could have the "Roadshow" experience, much as I had has as a child of the '50s. Curtains,overture, intermission, entr'acte, exit music. Everything! My son, who must have been about 14 at the time, hated overtures. He was fine with the rest of the experience. So we went to see Streetcar and I told him that at least he should be happy for there should be no overture. This print was running for a week at a first run theater; it was a pristine 35mm print. The curtains were closed and lo and behold!, an overture started playing, unmistakably Alex North's music. I groaned because I had just "broken" my promise to my son! Now, I had seen Streetcar many times in NYC in many prints but had never heard an overture or had heard OF an overture. But as the overture ended, the curtains parted and the familiar WB shield appeared and the familiar musical strains with it.
    I have never heard this music ever again, it has never shown up in any home video release, but there it is. That's my story and my children and I are witnesses to it.

    There's always the chance it was the theatre doing something on their own. I used to do that from time to time when I was projecting my repertory shows, but usually just exit music. I remember digging up a copy of the Vera Cruz vocal and played it after the end credits of the picture. What was interesting was that the main titles refer to the song, but it's never heard in the movie.

    I even added an overture to Mission: Impossible 3's opening night show, playing the rock version of the theme (as presented on the soundtrack of the 1st movie), which actually got applause when the curtains opened.

  63. A note on ”HEAVEN’S GATE” (1980). As IF a nearly 4-hour movie can IGNORE having an INTERMISSION! Well, Michael Camino’s own ‘DIRECTOR’S CUT ‘for the Criterion BLU-RAY edition did just that. The earlier DVD(MGM-2000) has a welcomed INTERMISSION TAG, and what a perfect place for it–right after the gang of mercenaries departs from the train leaving John Hurt behind in the dust, then a shot of the train with it’s haunting whistle-blow,– a CHILLING and perfect place for that intermission! Me, mortified when I discovered that this was REMOVED for this ”ultimate Blu-ray edition” !! Whether it was originally shown with an intermission is anyone’s guess or memory (?). However, since the epic was chopped -up with several different running times upon it’s release, and perhaps an irrelevant issue in any case, I do believe that the DVD-version’s PLACEMENT OF THAT INTERMISSION remains a POWERFUL statement, and PERFECT for the story, at that point. The booklet explains that Camino didn’t want to include an INTERMISSION!! Really difficult to comprehend, for ANY of the EDITS.. BTW, does anyone here know whether the original and even LONGER-PRE-RELEASE VERSION of ”HEAVEN’S GATE” is available anywhere in media to view? Also, the DVD (MGM-2000) version clocks virtually the same as the Criterion edition (sans INTERMISSION time, and perhaps maybe giving or taking a few seconds here and there, due to people with scissors throughout the years). This EPIC improves with repeated viewings, for sure; and granted that the film suffers from some ill-constructed character development, along with it’s shocking and horrible ending –I believe it remains a massive , stunning, and beautiful piece work from all those involved with it’s making. Also, perhaps someone out there can explain WHY-OH-WHY??!! the CRITERION COLLECTION chose NOT to include SUBTITLES with their films—-especially with their ‘International appeal’?!? Is this their policy? Also, (perhaps cringing ), I ask : Are there ANY other fans of this film?

  64. Lord Dalek

    Anybody know if they took breaks on the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions when those were all shown on Trilogy Tuesday?

    They didn't during the LotR extended edition marathon that happened a month before the first Hobbit film came out.

  65. Steven Ward

    A note on ''HEAVEN'S GATE'' (1980). As IF a nearly 4-hour movie can IGNORE having an INTERMISSION! Well, Michael Camino's own 'DIRECTOR'S CUT 'for the Criterion BLU-RAY edition did just that. The earlier DVD(MGM-2000) has a welcomed INTERMISSION TAG, and what a perfect place for it–right after the gang of mercenaries departs from the train leaving John Hurt behind in the dust, then a shot of the train with it's haunting whistle-blow,– a CHILLING and perfect place for that intermission! Me, mortified when I discovered that this was REMOVED for this ''ultimate Blu-ray edition'' !! Whether it was originally shown with an intermission is anyone's guess or memory (?). However, since the epic was chopped -up with several different running times upon it's release, and perhaps an irrelevant issue in any case, I do believe that the DVD-version's PLACEMENT OF THAT INTERMISSION remains a POWERFUL statement, and PERFECT for the story, at that point. The booklet explains that Camino didn't want to include an INTERMISSION!! Really difficult to comprehend, for ANY of the EDITS.. BTW, does anyone here know whether the original and even LONGER-PRE-RELEASE VERSION of ''HEAVEN'S GATE" is available anywhere in media to view? Also, the DVD (MGM-2000) version clocks virtually the same as the Criterion edition (sans INTERMISSION time, and perhaps maybe giving or taking a few seconds here and there, due to people with scissors throughout the years). This EPIC improves with repeated viewings, for sure; and granted that the film suffers from some ill-constructed character development, along with it's shocking and horrible ending –I believe it remains a massive , stunning, and beautiful piece work from all those involved with it's making. Also, perhaps someone out there can explain WHY-OH-WHY??!! the CRITERION COLLECTION chose NOT to include SUBTITLES with their films—-especially with their 'International appeal'?!? Is this their policy? Also, (perhaps cringing ), I ask : Are there ANY other fans of this film?

    I don't have the Criterion blu of Heaven's Gate but I have the DVD (alas, not anamorphic) with the intermission. Personally, I feel any film longer than 2 1/2 hours should have an intermission. I had intended to see Blade Runner 2049 theatrically but as soon as I heard it pushed the 3 hour mark sans intermission, I knew I'd have to wait until it hit the home video market. Both my bladder and my butt were suffering during the 3 hour Blue Is The Warmest Color and I vowed then and there I would never again see a movie over 2 1/2 hours theatrically. I think there's something egotistical about a director insisting that an audience sit for 3 hours without a break (granted, there's nothing stopping them from getting up to use the bathroom or going in the lobby to stretch our legs) but still.

  66. Steven Ward

    A note on ''HEAVEN'S GATE'' (1980). As IF a nearly 4-hour movie can IGNORE having an INTERMISSION! Well, Michael Camino's own 'DIRECTOR'S CUT 'for the Criterion BLU-RAY edition did just that. The earlier DVD(MGM-2000) has a welcomed INTERMISSION TAG, and what a perfect place for it–right after the gang of mercenaries departs from the train leaving John Hurt behind in the dust, then a shot of the train with it's haunting whistle-blow,– a CHILLING and perfect place for that intermission! Me, mortified when I discovered that this was REMOVED for this ''ultimate Blu-ray edition'' !! Whether it was originally shown with an intermission is anyone's guess or memory (?). However, since the epic was chopped -up with several different running times upon it's release, and perhaps an irrelevant issue in any case, I do believe that the DVD-version's PLACEMENT OF THAT INTERMISSION remains a POWERFUL statement, and PERFECT for the story, at that point. The booklet explains that Camino didn't want to include an INTERMISSION!! Really difficult to comprehend, for ANY of the EDITS.. BTW, does anyone here know whether the original and even LONGER-PRE-RELEASE VERSION of ''HEAVEN'S GATE" is available anywhere in media to view? Also, the DVD (MGM-2000) version clocks virtually the same as the Criterion edition (sans INTERMISSION time, and perhaps maybe giving or taking a few seconds here and there, due to people with scissors throughout the years). This EPIC improves with repeated viewings, for sure; and granted that the film suffers from some ill-constructed character development, along with it's shocking and horrible ending –I believe it remains a massive , stunning, and beautiful piece work from all those involved with it's making. Also, perhaps someone out there can explain WHY-OH-WHY??!! the CRITERION COLLECTION chose NOT to include SUBTITLES with their films—-especially with their 'International appeal'?!? Is this their policy? Also, (perhaps cringing ), I ask : Are there ANY other fans of this film?

    I don't have the Criterion blu of Heaven's Gate but I have the DVD (alas, not anamorphic) with the intermission. Personally, I feel any film longer than 2 1/2 hours should have an intermission. I had intended to see Blade Runner 2049 theatrically but as soon as I heard it pushed the 3 hour mark sans intermission, I knew I'd have to wait until it hit the home video market. Both my bladder and my butt were suffering during the 3 hour Blue Is The Warmest Color and I vowed then and there I would never again see a movie over 2 1/2 hours theatrically. I think there's something egotistical about a director insisting that an audience sit for 3 hours without a break (granted, there's nothing stopping them from getting up to use the bathroom or going in the lobby to stretch our legs) but still.

  67. Thomas T

    I don't have the Criterion blu of Heaven's Gate but I have the DVD (alas, not anamorphic) with the intermission. Personally, I feel any film longer than 2 1/2 hours should have an intermission. I had intended to see Blade Runner 2049 theatrically but as soon as I heard it pushed the 3 hour mark sans intermission, I knew I'd have to wait until it hit the home video market. Both my bladder and my butt were suffering during the 3 hour Blue Is The Warmest Color and I vowed then and there I would never again see a movie over 2 1/2 hours theatrically. I think there's something egotistical about a director insisting that an audience sit for 3 hours without a break (granted, there's nothing stopping them from getting up to use the bathroom or going in the lobby to stretch our legs) but still.

    I totally agree!

  68. Thomas T

    I don't have the Criterion blu of Heaven's Gate but I have the DVD (alas, not anamorphic) with the intermission. Personally, I feel any film longer than 2 1/2 hours should have an intermission. I had intended to see Blade Runner 2049 theatrically but as soon as I heard it pushed the 3 hour mark sans intermission, I knew I'd have to wait until it hit the home video market. Both my bladder and my butt were suffering during the 3 hour Blue Is The Warmest Color and I vowed then and there I would never again see a movie over 2 1/2 hours theatrically. I think there's something egotistical about a director insisting that an audience sit for 3 hours without a break (granted, there's nothing stopping them from getting up to use the bathroom or going in the lobby to stretch our legs) but still.

    I totally agree!

  69. Thomas T

    I don't have the Criterion blu of Heaven's Gate but I have the DVD (alas, not anamorphic) with the intermission. Personally, I feel any film longer than 2 1/2 hours should have an intermission. I had intended to see Blade Runner 2049 theatrically but as soon as I heard it pushed the 3 hour mark sans intermission, I knew I'd have to wait until it hit the home video market. Both my bladder and my butt were suffering during the 3 hour Blue Is The Warmest Color and I vowed then and there I would never again see a movie over 2 1/2 hours theatrically. I think there's something egotistical about a director insisting that an audience sit for 3 hours without a break (granted, there's nothing stopping them from getting up to use the bathroom or going in the lobby to stretch our legs) but still.

    I totally agree!

  70. Thomas T

    I don't have the Criterion blu of Heaven's Gate but I have the DVD (alas, not anamorphic) with the intermission. Personally, I feel any film longer than 2 1/2 hours should have an intermission. I had intended to see Blade Runner 2049 theatrically but as soon as I heard it pushed the 3 hour mark sans intermission, I knew I'd have to wait until it hit the home video market. Both my bladder and my butt were suffering during the 3 hour Blue Is The Warmest Color and I vowed then and there I would never again see a movie over 2 1/2 hours theatrically. I think there's something egotistical about a director insisting that an audience sit for 3 hours without a break (granted, there's nothing stopping them from getting up to use the bathroom or going in the lobby to stretch our legs) but still.

    I totally agree!

  71. Quite a few films have extended end title music where the music continues after the film has ended. Classic Fix's recent THE MAN WHO WATCHED TRAINS GO BY for example, has 30 seconds of music which continues following the end titles but I'm not sure whether such examples qualify as Exit Music.

  72. Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same has Starway To Heaven played over the end credits, which are not long, and the whole song continues to play after the credits fade. So the full 8 minutes of Stairway is played at the end.

  73. I have a question about It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Is what is featured on the 90's VHS and Laserdisc; which is what TCM airs and what is on Criterion's release the same thing as the original premiere and theatrical run, up until the general release versions?

    For anyone who might be confused on what I'm talking about, I'll clarify.

    On the VHS/Laserdisc/, the Overture has the globe logo moving around screen as cards changes different colors as the theme song is sung. The old DVD screen saver idea may have been inspired from Mad Mad World. The Intermission is a Military looking green card with word Intermission in the center of the screen. The Entr'act is a blue screen with the globe as a spinning toy from the credits and portions of Ernest Gold's score is played. And finally the Exit Music is a rainbow gradient card with the words Exit Music in the center and the instrumental version of the theme song playing.

    I don't remember if Criterion's Blu-ray had the same stuff on it or not. I'm asking because I remember with some airings on TCM the overture was a blurry closeup of spinning disco ball/chandelier while the theme song played in the background. Also TCM has skipped the entr'act a few times as well. I know the DVD's don't have the overture, but they do have the intermission, entr'act and exit music, the last two being music playing on a blank black screen.

  74. darkrock17

    I have a question about It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Is what is featured on the 90's VHS and Laserdisc; which is what TCM airs and what is on Criterion's release the same thing as the original premiere and theatrical run, up until the general release versions?

    For anyone who might be confused on what I'm talking about, I'll clarify.

    On the VHS/Laserdisc/, the Overture has the globe logo moving around screen as cards changes different colors as the theme song is sung. The old DVD screen saver idea may have been inspired from Mad Mad World. The Intermission is a Military looking green card with word Intermission in the center of the screen. The Entr'act is a blue screen with the globe as a spinning toy from the credits and portions of Ernest Gold's score is played. And finally the Exit Music is a rainbow gradient card with the words Exit Music in the center and the instrumental version of the theme song playing.

    I don't remember if Criterion's Blu-ray had the same stuff on it or not. I'm asking because I remember with some airings on TCM the overture was a blurry closeup of spinning disco ball/chandelier while the theme song played in the background. Also TCM has skipped the entr'act a few times as well. I know the DVD's don't have the overture, but they do have the intermission, entr'act and exit music, the last two being music playing on a blank black screen.

    On the theatrical prints, the Overture and Entr'acte are black – there is no image. They were designed to be played over closed curtains.

  75. Joe Caps

    We have Diary of anne frank, but the overture is not correctly placed.
    The last twenty seconds of the Overture plays OVEER the filmed Fox Logo.

    I stand to be corrected but I believe Diary Of Anne Frank also had an entr'acte that played before the second half of the film began but the blu ray eliminates it.

  76. Thomas T

    I stand to be corrected but I believe Diary Of Anne Frank also had an entr'acte that played before the second half of the film began but the blu ray eliminates it.

    I believe George Stevens, Jr. is on record as stating that his father never wanted an intermission in this film. When Fox restored this several years ago and I attended a screening with the younger cast members in attendance, it played straight through with no break.

    However, I miss any elimination to Alfred Newman's score and wish the blu ray had the option to let us insert the intermission and entr'acte where they were originally placed.

  77. Rob_Ray

    I believe George Stevens, Jr. is on record as stating that his father never wanted an intermission in this film. When Fox restored this several years ago and I attended a screening with the younger cast members in attendance, it played straight through with no break.

    However, I miss any elimination to Alfred Newman's score and wish the blu ray had the option to let us insert the intermission and entr'acte where they were originally placed.

    The intermission card is there in the proper place but it isn't followed by the entr'acte. If my memory serves me correctly, the laser disc did have the entr'acte included. I can't remember if the DVD had the entr'acte.

  78. I just saw THE ALAMO on Amazon. It looks amazing. Looks like a 4k restoration from original large format negative. Anyone know for sure? There was no overture, intermission or exit music. Did the original have that and how long were each? Does anyone know?

  79. Les Mangram

    I have the 2011 Sony BD of The Guns of Naverone and it does not have an intermission. In fact I have never seen this film on any format with an intermission.

    My 2011 blu ray of The Guns Of Navarone most definitely does have an intermission and entr'acte. When I hit play on the menu a card comes up asking me if I want to play it with the original intermission. So you have the option of watching straight through or with the intermission and entr'acte. The intermission occurs 1:27 minutes into the film right after the little greek girl brings the flowers to Peck's table and the Nazis arrest them. The blu ray has the intermission card on screen during the entire entr'acte. The entr'acte is about 4 minutes in length.

  80. Les Mangram

    I have the 2011 Sony BD of The Guns of Naverone and it does not have an intermission. In fact I have never seen this film on any format with an intermission.

    It has an option on the Menu to play the film with the intermission.

    Sorry – I see that Thomas has already replied.

  81. Douglas R

    It has an option on the Menu to play the film with the intermission.

    Sorry – I see that Thomas has already replied.

    I stand corrected. I can't remember noticing on the one occasion that I've watched the disc!

  82. Diary of Anne frank had Overture, exit music for Act One, Intermission Music and exit Music for Act two. All of this was correctly done on the laserdisc edition.
    I saw in the files at Fox that even when Anne Frank had a shorter second cut, there was a letter from George Stevens saying that he thought even the short version should also have an intermission. Frankly, I rarely trust what George Stevens Junior says.

  83. Joe Caps

    There are also films that originally had intermission slugs and intermission music – one case – Giant – the music can be fond on a "privater" import cd release.

    It's a pity that Warners eliminated the intermission and entr'acte from Where Eagles Dare which was on the laser disc from its DVD and blu ray incarnations.

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