Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)- coming from Lionsgate 8/28/18

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  1. Now the question is, what will the aspect ratio be? Cinematographer Vittorio Storraro messed with a bunch of his films shot in 2.35:1 (LAST EMPEROR, APOCALYPSE NOW, and this) to reformat them to 2.00:1, and called it "Univisium." He wanted this to become a new standard of film ratio. What an ego! Great photography, idiotic framing decision, as it cut off information on the left and right sides, often leaving actors eviscerated. Check your laser and DVD copies of the two aforementioned films to see what a misinformed choice this was. The thing he is, he actually talked Coppola and Bertolucci into going along with this massacre. Fortunately, saner minds prevailed for the most recent Blu-ray editions of these films. But, now…what about TUCKER?

  2. skylark68

    Great news, I always loved this film. I remember Martin Landau specifically was good in his role.

    As he was in so many films (ED WOOD, ROUNDERS, CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, etc.)

  3. Dick

    Now the question is, what will the aspect ratio be? Cinematographer Vittorio Storraro messed with a bunch of his films shot in 2.35:1 (LAST EMPEROR, APOCALYPSE NOW, and this) to reformat them to 2.00:1, and called it "Univisium." He wanted this to become a new standard of film ratio. What an ego! Great photography, idiotic framing decision, as it cut off information on the left and right sides, often leaving actors eviscerated. Check your laser and DVD copies of the two aforementioned films to see what a misinformed choice this was. The thing he is, he actually talked Coppola and Bertolucci into going along with this massacre. Fortunately, saner minds prevailed for the most recent Blu-ray editions of these films. But, now…what about TUCKER?

    Hmmm-m-m-m-m…makes me wonder if " Storraro's obsession with "Univisium" inspired Coppola to tell the story of "Tucker"?
    Regardless, I concur with Dick…please, no veering from the original aspect ratio. Univisium sucks.

  4. Great news and hopefully Lionsgate will convince Coppola, like they did with Apocalypse to keep the framing at 2.35. Don't know how Storaro felt about that but he was wrong to do the 2.00 on films he shot 2.35

  5. Lord Dalek

    How did Lionsgate get this? Tucker's owned by Disney now IIRC.

    American Zoetrope produced film and Paramount distributed it. Like Apocalypse Now and The Conversation, it has now been licensed to Lionsgate.

  6. BRAD1963

    American Zoetrope produced film and Paramount distributed it. Like Apocalypse Now and The Conversation, it has now been licensed to Lionsgate.

    According to the poster above, Lucasfilm produced the movie.

  7. darkrock17

    According to the poster above, Lucasfilm produced the movie.

    Staight from the horses' mouth
    https://www.zoetrope.com/american-zoetrope/

    American Zoetrope

    American Zoetrope: Dedicated to Creating Classics
    In our first 30 years we have produced some of the most important films in American cinema. Our films have received fifteen Academy AwardsTM and sixty-eight nominations. Four Zoetrope-produced films were included in the American Film Institute's top 100 American films.

    American Zoetrope has constantly embraced the creative possibilities of technology, and is known for orchestrating alternative approaches to filmmaking and challenging stale Hollywood standards. American Zoetrope continues to build on its rich film history and legendary standards of quality from its headquarters, the historic Sentinal Building in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.

    Below is a complete list of our films–from Coppola's first film, Dementia 13 (1963), to current productions that haven't even been released yet in theaters. Click on any title or director's name to access an entire database of information. You'll find domestic, foreign and rare movie posters, movie stills, plot summaries, awards, links to official sites, and complete cast and crew listings.

    Year

    Title
    Director
    2014 Life After Beth
    Jeff Baena
    2014 Mozart in the Jungle
    2014 Palo Alto
    Gia Coppola
    2013 The Bling Ring
    Sofia Coppola
    2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
    Roman Coppola
    2012 Twixt
    Francis Ford Coppola
    2010 Somewhere
    Sofia Coppola
    2009 Tetro
    Francis Ford Coppola
    2007 Coda: Thirty Years Later
    Eleanor Coppola
    2007 Youth Without Youth
    Francis Ford Coppola
    2006 The Good Shepherd
    Robert De Niro
    2006 Marie Antoinette
    Sofia Coppola
    2006 The Birth of 5.1 Sound
    Kim Aubry
    2004 Kinsey
    Bill Condon
    2003 Lost in Translation
    Sofia Coppola
    2003 The Legend of Suriyothai
    Chatrichalerm Yukol
    2003 Assassination Tango
    Robert Duvall
    2003 Jeepers Creepers II
    Victor Salva
    2002 CQ
    Roman Coppola
    2002 Pumpkin
    Anthony Abrams
    Adam Larson Broder
    2002 No Such Thing
    Hal Hartley
    2001 Jeepers Creepers
    Victor Salva
    2001 Apocalypse Now Redux
    Francis Ford Coppola
    2000 The Virgin Suicides
    Sofia Coppola
    1999 The Third Miracle
    Agnieszka Holland
    1999 Sleepy Hollow
    Tim Burton
    1998 Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series)
    Frank Roddam
    1998 Outrage (TV)
    Robert Allan Ackerman
    1998 First Wave (TV Series)
    Bill Corcoran
    Holly Dale
    Ken Girotti
    Rob LaBelle
    Michael Robison
    Mike Rohl
    1997 John Grisham's The Rainmaker
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1997 The Odyssey (TV Mini-Series)
    Andrei Konchalovsky
    1997 Buddy
    Caroline Thompson
    1996 Titanic (TV Mini-Series)
    Robert Lieberman
    1996 Jack
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1995 My Family/Mi Familia
    Gregory Nava
    1995 Don Juan DeMarco
    Jeremy Levin
    1994 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
    Kenneth Branagh
    1994 Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (TV Movie)
    Larry Elikann
    1993 The Secret Garden
    Agnieszka Holland
    1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1992 Wind
    Carrol Ballard
    1991 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
    Fax Bahr
    Eleanor Coppola
    George Hickenlooper
    1990 The Godfather Part III
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1990 The Spirit of '76
    Lucas Reiner
    1989 New York Stories ('Life Without Zoe' segment)
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1989 Wait Until Spring, Bandini
    Dominique Deruddere
    1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1988 Clownhouse
    Victor Salva
    1988 Powaqqatsi
    Godfrey Reggio
    1987 Gardens of Stone
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1987 Barfly
    Barbet Schroeder
    1986 Captain EO (3-D Disneyland attraction)
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1986 Peggy Sue Got Married
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
    Paul Schrader
    1984 The Cotton Club
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1983 Rumble Fish
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1983 The Grey Fox
    Phillip Borsos
    1983 The Black Stallion Returns
    Robert Dalva
    1983 The Outsiders
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1983 Koyaanisqatsi
    Godfrey Reggio
    1982 The Escape Artist
    Caleb Deschanel
    1982 One from the Heart
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1982 Hammett
    Wim Wenders
    1982 Parsifal
    Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
    1982 Passion
    Jean-Luc Godard
    1982 Too Far to Go
    Fielder Cook
    1981 Napoleon (Restored version of Abel Gance's 1927 film)
    Abel Gance
    1980 Kagemusha, The Shadow Warrior
    Akira Kurasawa
    1979 Apocalypse Now
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1979 Every Man For Himself (Sauve qui peut)
    Jean-Luc Godard
    1979 The Black Stallion
    Carrol Ballard
    1978 Our Hitler
    Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
    1977 The Perfumed Nightmare
    Kidlat Tahimik
    1974 The Conversation
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1974 The Godfather Part II
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1973 American Graffiti
    George Lucas
    1972 The Godfather
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1972 Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King
    Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
    1970 THX-1138
    George Lucas
    1969 The Rain People
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1968 Finian's Rainbow
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1966 You're a Big Boy Now
    Francis Ford Coppola
    1963 Dementia 13
    Francis Ford Coppola

    😉

  8. TonyD

    Well I’m gonna be the one to say it.

    This movie may have looked nice and the premise may have been interesting but the movie was dull and a chore to watch.

    I actually thought it was pretty interesting. Its historical accuracy is another question. The director was determined to depict Tucker as positively as possible.

  9. The Blu-ray release of this film triggers lots of memories.

    I saw it at the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, a lovely theatre with a backlit glass brick facade that looks like a giant jukebox. The feature was preceded by a vintage MGM cartoon about cars. A nice touch of showmanship.

    Years later, when I was given a tour of the Skywalker Ranch in California, I was brought into a parking garage. I wondered why my guide thought this would be interesting, until I saw George Lucas's Tucker parked there. (Also stored there were several life-sized photo blowups of the Tucker which were used when filming the factory scenes.)

  10. B-ROLL

    Staight from the horses' mouth
    https://www.zoetrope.com/american-zoetrope/

    😉

    American Zoetrope (or rather Zoetrope Studios) was opperating in name only at the time of this film's production following the failures of One From The Heart, The Outsiders, and Rumble Fish. In fact, George Lucas paid for the entire production out of his own pocket hence why the post production of the film was done at Skywalker Ranch in Marin instead of SanFran.

    Also I wouldn't cite a list that claims The Godfather as an American Zoetrope film. By that logic, so are Patton and Finian's Rainbow.

  11. TonyD

    Well I’m gonna be the one to say it.

    This movie may have looked nice and the premise may have been interesting but the movie was dull and a chore to watch.

    You have gone on record. Most of us had a different experience. Watching TUCKER is a chore I have enjoyed many times.

  12. I remember seeing this on its closing night at a local theatre [a Thursday] and really enjoying the framing device of a quasi-motor vehicle promotional film. IIRC, George Lucas' role as producer was akin to a completion bond guarantor, and while the Lucasfilm logo appears on all print materials, I would not be surprised to find out that Lucas had sold the film back to Coppola for a song. That's the kind of friendship they have.

  13. Dan_Shane

    You have gone on record. Most of us had a different experience. Watching TUCKER is a chore I have enjoyed many times.

    Yeah that’s cool dan. I know there is a big fan base for this movie.

    It just didn’t click for me.

  14. Mark-P

    And where are you seeing a 4K UHD Disc? They've only announced a standard BD disc and a 4K digital download.

    I never said I saw one. I was asking why it wouldn’t be 4K. I thought he was saying the blu ray wouldn’t be 4K.

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