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Other Films / Re: Dennis Hopper’s: The Last Movie 4K Restoration
« on: August 30, 2018, 04:59:02 AM »
Great film,
nice double feature together with THE AMERICAN DREAMER

Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968)
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:52:55 PM »
Maybe because I'm into film making, not reviewing products...

Also, when you co-produce something, you are never impartial.
The image quality is inferior to the movement BD, the German rights holders
had no access to the negative, just a German distributors internegative, which
is at least two generations away. But I like the colors better, the US BD
shows too much "blue" (anyway, a great HD master).

The German release (media book & flip case) includes my supplements, unfortunately
the Americans were not interested in picking them up:

- Audio commentary by Mike Siegel
- HD scan of a 1969 German 35mm print
- Featurettes:
- Filming Silenzio (9:50)
- Promoting Silenzio (9:17)
- Silenzio in Pictures (6:51)

Presentation by Jean-Pierre Dionnet (4:15)
1972 Interview with Klaus Kinski (8:39)
French opening and closing (3:57)
Alternate Ending (1:57)
- French Trailer (3:02)
- German Trailer (2:28)

Next to the other releases I co-produced last year,
it is pictured in the middle row, on the right...

Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968)
« on: August 07, 2018, 12:26:50 PM »
Strange, they ignored the German Blu-ray...

Other Films / Re: Rio Bravo (1959)
« on: August 02, 2018, 09:29:09 AM »
Too bad you can't enjoy it... easily one of the best supporting actor - performances of the 1950s. The glance in his eyes, Duke's kiss on his head - priceless...  :).  This film is obviously not for you...

Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: "OUATITW: Shot by Shot" by Frayling?
« on: August 01, 2018, 04:59:17 PM »
Interesting, that people here really KNOW what each author in the world can do and
what he can't do :).  Where is all that mysterious universal knowledge coming from...

Anyway, as far as I know, from fellow writers as well,
you have your little input :).
I myself chose both front cover images for my books.
In the case of McQueen I had to fight, because the publisher didn't
want a photo depicting Steve smoking. Funny Americans :).
Well I won that little battle and I am really happy about the cover - King of cool nevertheless :).
(me and my buddy Fabian even designed the title on the chair...)

Other Films / Re: Rio Bravo (1959)
« on: August 01, 2018, 01:47:03 AM »
To you maybe. To others it is pretty much flawless - for what it is, a quintessential Hawks...
As he got older, he realized what he liked best - hanging out with friends who are on the same level.
When you watch RIO or HATARI! you know from the beginning that none of the leads will die,
that this is just an invitation to spend some time with these people. For me, as for Carpenter, Bogdanovic and
certain others who got his intentions and share similar sentiments, Hawks is the only director who made
relaxed films without much plot or fingernail-biting suspense we could endlessly watch forever. He created a world
we want to live in. Hence it can't be much flawed. HATARI! is even more consequent - there is no plot at all :).
Yet it is such a joy spending time with these people - THAT's what these films are all about. Who cares
about another heroine in danger? HATARI! & RIO run for 300 minutes - nobody could make films like
that. Yet I have to give Tarantino credit - JACKIE BROWN is about the closest I watched the last 20,30 years.
From the beginning one knows neither Jackie nor Robert Forster will die. Nor do we care that much what
happens with the money - the point is watching all these fine scenes & great actors spending time together...

Other Films / Re: One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
« on: August 01, 2018, 12:17:47 AM »
I was rather bored by it when I first saw it it 1984, being far too young & dumb to get it.
Now I finally saw it again (superb Criterion!) and think it is one of the best westerns
ever made. Most unusual, most satisfying - a real pleasure to see a totally different approach
for a change. And his decisions where to put the camera are just a joy to watch...

Other Films / Re: Rio Bravo (1959)
« on: August 01, 2018, 12:13:20 AM »
I watched it again as well few days ago :). For the 20th time? One of the few films
I did see in 35mm, 16mm, on TV, VHS, Laser, DVD & Blu-ray :).
It will always be in my Top 10, one of the coolest films ever made, Hawks at his very best.
I had the pleasure to talk with Tarantino for a while (before he became a superstar)
and we ONLY talked about RIO BRAVO, before they had to rush him off. His love
for the film is all over his own filmography. I miss Hawks so much - he never really cared
about plot, instead he created cool characters & superb scenes which is far more important and much
more difficult to achieve then just creating "a little tension".

A Fistful of Dollars / Re: New Kino Lorber FOD DVD/BRD
« on: June 24, 2018, 06:22:59 AM »
Great fun Jordan ! As usual ... :).

Alex is nice, he wrote me a nice note about my PASSION & POETRY...

However, anybody who is into film history will confirm to you that remembering after 20,30, 40 years is most difficult - especially
for movie people, who wander from one film to the next...
Even Corbucci himself remembered it wrong. In his autobiography he writes that the film was shot after GLI SPECIALISTI,
because (Producer) Dorfmann was impressed by that film's success. Which he remembered wrong of course, GLI
was shot even after MERCENARIO...
Anyway, from what I researched for my SILENZIO audio-commentary SILENZIO was shot in late winter (exteriors)/ early spring (studio) 1968.
One can also see it in the WESTERN ALL'ITALIANA documentary, which was shot approx. February - April 1968 (it ends
with the early production of OUATITW which was shot around April - June '68, posters he filmed in Rome depict films released in March...)

SILENZIO was not filmed in 1967.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Noodles_Leone to NYC
« on: June 16, 2018, 12:18:17 PM »
It is for a doc a friend co-produces in NY:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Noodles_Leone to NYC
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:49:28 PM »
I was more drunk than ecstatic :).

Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968)
« on: April 21, 2018, 12:41:40 AM »
I love DJANGO KILL... it is more or less an Art Film. Just great. Superb soundtrack too....

Ok... VIVA Lil !

yes, yes... I know the story. I stopped thinking too much about those things. I too try to help releases here and there,
but they all want to run their own show (messing things up)... What else can you do... (besides maybe starting a BD label).

I know your terrific comparison-videos don't cover the color-issues, yet the IB print
so much reminds me of the GBU 35mm theatrical screenings... Nice :).

I never knew the Paramount BD is missing shots from the opening scene
included in the German 35mm version! (which I saw at least 10 times over the years in cinema's !).
I only thought from time to time "wasn't there more screen time regarding Woody Strode & the drops of water ?".
At least that thought was right :).

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