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CONVOY was released two or three years ago in JAPAN. I co-produced for KING RECORD (Cross Of Iron too):

Seeing that Don Hyde was Peckinpah?s archvist, could he shed any light on that ?pre-release? cut of Convoy that some lucky folks were able to see back in the day?
Not really. But at least we now have the Japanese premiere cut, which is 7 minutes longer...
And in all those years I could not clarify why the OSTERMAN agent would shoot himself:

It is indeed a different film and so much better. Before I did this now I never fully realised, I guess I had watched
that video copy only once back then, suffering too much (quality) to enjoy it...

Released in 1983, the final release version of the film was heavily altered by the producers.
Peckinpah owned a negative of his own director's cut. Peckinpah's friend and archivist
Don Hyde made a 35mm interlok print from that negative back in 1983 which was never
shown in the last 35 years. It is the only print in existence, the whereabouts of the negative is unknown.

In 2002 a very bad video copy of this cut (minus titles) based on a BetaCam tape was included
on the Anchor Bay DVD.

A year ago Don had decided to give me his print, to make Peckinpah's version better known.
This will happen now. I made a 2K scan of the print (which will hopefully receive a full
frame-to-frame restoration in the future) as well as a 2K scan of my own theatrical release print.
An upcoming Blu-ray release will therefore include three versions of THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND.
And new supplements of course. For instance a 64 minute long full comparison video - I was
quite surprised regarding the high amount of differences between both versions:

Other Films / Re: Django & Django (2021)
« on: September 14, 2021, 08:39:47 AM »
I'm not so sure, 'hope for the best though, as usual...
(I don't get the "super 8" craze, there is a lot of behind the scenes
footage on Corbucci from Italian/French/German/Swiss TV,
not that hard to find - much unlike on Leone...)

Other Films / Re: The Great Silence aka Il grande silenzio (1968)
« on: August 29, 2021, 08:16:49 AM »
It will include my 3 featurettes (so far only on the German Blu), and my audio-commentary...

Other Films / Re: Major Dundee (1965)
« on: July 15, 2021, 01:35:17 AM »

They forgot to mention my feature-length doc THE DUNDEE ODYSSEY on the list of the supplements, strange...

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)

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017
« on: January 18, 2021, 03:13:50 PM »
Happy to report that the German trailer came from this boards very own Mike Siegel. We provided it in 4K and it looks pretty nice. And every single shot in it is an alternate take, angle or deleted scene (same as the French trailer) but now its sharp as a tack. Thanks Mike!

Hugs to you Jordan, you are the only guy in the world I would have sold it to... (whywere you born? ;D )
Glad to see they finally "accepted" your input, which they did not for their "first release". Maybe
they didn't trust my opinion at that time, although I already had successfully co-produced 3 Peckinpah's
with KINO by then...

PS: 2 GLORREICHE HALUNKEN was Sergio's first title for the film as I recall. (TWO MAGNIFICENT ROGUES). Right?

Other Films / Re: Major Dundee (1965)
« on: December 15, 2020, 05:11:42 PM »
Ok, but still, what is less good on the German Blu?

I do not understand that question.
I just co-produce all over the world, to a certain extent,
it is up to others to judge which release is better or worse.

(The DUNDEE HD master is always the same, the list
of each release' supplements is no secret and can easily be compared...)

Other Films / Re: Major Dundee (1965)
« on: December 15, 2020, 03:23:05 AM »
Looks like there will be another DUNDEE release next year with even more "differences" to the German release...

Other Films / Re: Major Dundee (1965)
« on: November 15, 2020, 03:48:46 AM »
Here's a great new definitive Peckinpah release: IMPRINT's wonderful Australian Blu-ray box for MAJOR DUNDEE, including 2 1/2 hrs of my PASSION & POETRY documentaries.

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Bogdanovich
« on: November 04, 2020, 04:47:43 AM »
Oh nice...

This was pretty good:

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Sam Peckinpah Website
« on: April 22, 2020, 12:25:05 AM »
We were hacked by Asians twice and after the second time, at least a year or two ago, I couldn't log-in anymore.
I couldn't reach the nice Australian guy who launched it back then...

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