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Other Films / ultimate MAJOR DUNDEE Blu-ray out this June - ARROW
« on: March 28, 2021, 02:34:38 AM »
Finished work on the ultimate MAJOR DUNDEE Blu-ray SE,
out in the UK and USA in June, incl. my 3hrs worth of supplements:

Other Films / THE ALAMO German Blu-ray Box
« on: March 05, 2021, 03:04:46 AM »
The first Blu-ray release worldwide, KOCH Films 3-Disc release will be out in May.
It contains my new supplements and the roadshow version (SD, the print is rotten
by now and can't be restored to HD as we all know)

OK, by popular demand (one man, one voice), I'll post some of my favorite posters here.
No order, no concept, just some favorite artworks & films. If you're interested in certain
titles / directors / actors, just name them... Mainly 50s/60s, some 70s maybe.
30s/40s I don't have THAT much...
Not sure people here care for it that much, we'll see (there's a forum just for posters,
and also two or three nice facebook groups)

Sergio Leone News / New LEONE documentary 2018
« on: December 17, 2018, 10:48:41 AM »
I can't find anything here about it in the forum, or didn't I look hard enough?
It was on ARTE TV last night, French / German language.
Again nothing definitive (all Leone docs are too short to really go deep enough into their subject),
but well done and some great Leone clips from French TV I had never seeen before...

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:43:26 AM »
Announced by Kino Lorber:

Coming this Summer on DVD and Blu-ray!

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1967) (50th Anniversary Edition)
Includes both Original U.S. Theatrical Cut, available for the first time in HD and the extended cut.
Disc 1:
• 4K transfer of the Original U.S. Theatrical Cut
• New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
• “Trailers From Hell” with Ernest Dickerson
• Newly Restored 2.0 Mono Audio
• M.O.S. Deleted Scene of Blondie in the desert finding skeletons
• Trailers for Sergio Leone Westerns
• Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
• English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio
• AND MORE – to be announced

Disc 2:
• 4K transfer of the Extended Cut
• Newly Restored 2.0 Mono Audio
• Audio Commentary By Acclaimed Film Historian Richard Schickel
• Audio Commentary By Noted Cultural Historian Christopher Frayling
• Leone's West: Making Of Documentary
• The Leone Style: On Sergio Leone Featurette
• The Man Who Lost The Civil War: Civil War Documentary
• Reconstruction The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
• II Maestro: Ennio Morricone and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Featurette
• Deleted Scenes
• Original U.S. Theatrical Trailer
• Original French Theatrical Trailer
• English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Audio
• Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

Sergio Leone News / KINSKI IN ITALIA
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:16:13 AM »
I just watched 60% (part 1 & 2 out of 3) of this fine RAI2 documentary on youtube.
Check it out, great stories and interviews with Hilton, Caiano, Garko and many more.
Incl. bts of a Fidenco western. Kinksi also talks about Leone.

Would love to see the last third, can anybody help?


In case anybody here is from Germany / Austria or Switzerland...

A friend of mine contributed to a new Eastwood book, packed with images. (Volume 1, #2 will follow)
They will present the book followed by a screening of FOD in Tutzing, south of Munich.
In attendance of Clint's co-star Marianne Koch! Free entry as well!
I might throw in a 35mm trailer reel of the Leone westerns as opnener for the program.

website of the publisher:

From the Theater's website:
( a nice place: )

16:00 Uhr: CLINT EASTWOOD Buchpräsentation
Einladung Das KurTheater Tutzing lädt Sie in Zusammenarbeit mit dem MPW-Verlag am Freitag den 10.April um 16:00 Uhr zu einer ganz besonderen Buchpräsentation mit Prosecco-Empfang ein: Zum 50-jährigen Jubiläum des Deutschland-Starts von Sergio Leones Meisterwerk FÜR EINE HANDVOLL DOLLAR erscheint im MPW-Verlag " Das große Clint Eastwood-Buch - Band 1 ". Dieses Buch ist sicherlich das detaillierteste, deutschsprachige Werk über den vielfach prämierten Schauspieler und Regisseur Clint Eastwood der im Mai 2015 seinen 85.Geburtsttag feiert ! Auf 516 Seiten erzählt der Autor Tobias Hohmann mit seinem Co-Autor Thomas Pollmer alles über das Leben einer der beeindruckendsten Hollywood-Legenden aller Zeiten. Zahllose und bisher noch nie veröffentlichte Fotos aus der Sammlung von Thomas Pollmer runden den Prachtband ab. Thomas Pollmer und Tobias Hohmann werden das Buch gemeinsam im KurTheater präsentieren. Als Ehrengast begrüßen wir die Schauspielerin, Ärztin und Talkmasterin Frau Dr. Marianne Koch die in EINE HANDVOLL DOLLAR an der Seite von Clint Eastwood mitwirkte. Die Autoren werden ihr das erste Exemplar des großen Clint Eastwood-Buches überreichen! Im Anschluss zeigen wir eine restaurierte und digital überarbeitete Version von EINE HANDVOLL DOLLAR auf unserer Großleinwand. Der Eintritt ist frei !

Dear friends and fellow film fans,

I just started a crowdfunding project to help restore and release my 1999 feature film PENDECHOS! (former title: ROADRUNNER).
This gangster - roadmovie was shot on Super-16mm and was the very first project I ever did, therefore it is very dear to my heart. It was inspired by a meeting with US filmmaker Robert Rodriguez who had told me how he had produced his EL MARIACHI for some $7,000.-. It was quite an adventure and everything I learned I used shortly afterwards for my Sam Peckinpah-film PASSION & POETRY – THE BALLAD OF SAM PECKINPAH.

Like EL MARIACHI I shot PENDECHOS! on film and edited on video, therefore I have to go back and transfer the complete 6 hour film negative for a new cut (HD quality). I will use the opportunity to use whatvever I have learned since then and will give the film a new narrative, new sound, a new look etc. etc.
But this is way beyond my possibilities regarding financing, hence this crowdfunding project.
I appreciate any kind of help – promotion, word-of-mouth propaganda, links …

But of course you can help best this project if you support us, for instance by ‘purchasing’ a DVD/Blu-ray upfront! Just visit the crowdfunding website (there’s also a short video with film scenes and behind the scenes footage), any kind of interest from your side is much appreciated. AT THE TOP YOU’LL FIND A BUTTON FOR THE ENGLISH TEXT VERSION:

Other Films / The Lone Ranger (2013)
« on: November 20, 2013, 10:49:51 AM »
Just saw LONE RANGER. Not without its strenghts indeed. It IS a bit uneven, jumps between fun, spectacle & violence - with some rather 'deeper' moments mixed into it. But I liked it, never would have thought ... Bruckheimer of all people. I couldn't sit through PIRATES Part II - IV, 'think this one here is much better (yet again at least 15 min. too long)

Great vistas, quite inspired. And some really nice moments to remember (doll flying out of the train, black horse dropping dead in the desert, the rabbits, among others).

I expected a Lone Ranger revisited, not dozens of scenes taken 1:1 from some of my favorite films. Stolen, borrowed or inspired by, the film is packed with 'hommages' to WILD BUNCH (even 1:1 dialogue), ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (even Morricone music - 'incorporated'), LITTLE BIG MAN, SEARCHERS, THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY (rigging the bridge, all that was missing was Tuco's voice)... I'm not into that really, re-sampling great movies, but I guess using strong scenes from the past means fun for the younger audiences and gives them reason to rediscover our beloved 'classics'.

Strange, nobody mentioned the film here, it has more Leone in it than Tarantino's modest entry. (Or didn't I find the thread? I used the search option here, nothing on LONE RANGER..)

Off-Topic Discussion / Is anybody speaking / writing Japanese ?
« on: April 30, 2013, 01:32:18 AM »
I'm looking for a translator regarding some DVD / Movie business. Help is needed for some research and addressing Japanese companies.
There's money in it too of course...
Please send me a PM for further details.

Off-Topic Discussion / Goodbye R.G. !
« on: July 29, 2012, 02:09:55 AM »
R.G. is gone. Just two weeks after Ernie Borgnine passed away. R.G. too made to 95 years! A wonderful, unusual and unique man. I first saw him in 1974 in MY NAME IS NOBODY, one of his few funny parts. Often he was cast as the tough rancher or sheriff as in EL DORADO or Sam Peckinpah's films. He was next to Warren Oates one of the first actors Sam added to his stock company - before he even started directing in 1957 (The Rifleman). Patrick and I visited him in 2002 and filmed for two hours. Great show to say the least ! At 85 he was very much alive, writing poetry and hoping to get new parts in movies. His eyesight left him shortly after as did his wife Mary who passed away in 2003. He had to retire. Anybody who likes films knows his face, his name most people can't remember. His name was R(obert).G(olden). ARMSTRONG.

Off-Topic Discussion / Vadim Glowna past away
« on: January 26, 2012, 09:21:33 AM »
Today I received the sad news that Vadim Glowna passed away last night at a Berlin hospital. I was quite sudden. Over the last 10 years he had become a good friend. He smuggled me into the VIP areas of the Berlin Film Festival and wrote the foreword for my Peckinpah book. He loved my PASSION & POETRY projects and supported me quite a bit. Over the years he didn't do that many interviews but he gave me a great one which made it hard for me to chose some exerpts for PASSION & POETRY (the feature length film). But last year I was able to use the biggest part of that footage for the CROSS OF IRON blu-ray I co-produced and I'm glad he finally saw this landmark film restored and released with my 2 hours of supplements. For him the film was most important as it changed his life and he also became a film maker shortly afterwards.
I can't express my sad feelings, he will be missed forever.

Off-Topic Discussion / NEW BOOK Steve McQueen - The Actor and his Films
« on: September 13, 2011, 02:47:43 AM »
I guess some here might be interested in my new book I co-authored with Andrew Antoniades : STEVE McQUEEN – THE ACTOR AND HIS FILMS. Over the last few years a lot of new books on McQueen had been published, but all only about certain aspects of his life, no definitive volume on his films. We tried to fill that gap (check the back cover for more information). It will be available (USA / UK) from November 2011. 492 pages, hardcover with dust jacket, 5 pounds weight.

1020 illustrations: 790 photos incl. 44 full page photos; 230 artwork reproductions incl. 48 full page poster reproductions & 10 full page lobby card reproductions. (= 102 full page)

For those of you who walk miles for a camel: The FILM LOUNGE, a film club I co-founded last winter,
presents a Leone - Night on Juni 1, 19:30. We will screen one of the last surviving German 35mm prints
of GBU + four 35mm Scope Trailers of Leone's 60's western. On a very big screen, nice old cinema from
the 50's (284 seats). The location is Böblingen near Stuttgart.

For a Few Dollars More / Mike's FDM memorabilia
« on: December 21, 2010, 11:43:08 AM »
Here's some stuff on FDM. Somehow the most difficult one to collect. Italian
first release paper is really hard to find (and very expensive). Same goes
for the UK and various other countries.
I'll start with the complete German first release material:
Scarce double panel (very few copies survived), rare advance 1-sh, 1sh Style 'A' & 'B'
plus the set of 24 cards. For the 1972 RR's Style A was reprinted with a different slogan
at the top and a set of 16 cards was reprinted (so 8 cards of the first release are
quite rare). For the early 80's RR Renato Casaro created two nice new posters
(1-sh &  2-sh) and a set of 18 cards was reprinted. At least one card was used
that didn't exist before).

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