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Off-Topic Discussion / Peckinpah in Portugal (May 2022)
« on: February 10, 2022, 07:48:43 AM »
Anybody here from Portugal ?
I'll be there for a week in May to do some Peckinpah shows...

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
« on: February 10, 2022, 07:47:06 AM »
Good chance for German journalists to sneak away and report off-set.
(faszinating footage, somewhere between Hitler-Germany/ Staklin & North Korea...).

And with 6 Gold Medals we're doing fine so far...


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Ennio Morricone / Tornatore's film on ENNIO
« on: January 18, 2022, 02:07:36 AM »
features behind the scenes footage of FOD !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwNkMQ6w51I

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peter Bogdanovich - DEAD
« on: January 12, 2022, 10:39:35 AM »
Farewell Peter, one of cinema's biggest voice is gone 😔. I always felt a strong connection to writers, film historians who became filmmakers. Like Bogdanovic, the guys of Cahier Du Cinema or Cameron Crowe. In 2003 I discussed a film project with him, after PASSION & POETRY I wanted to make a film called MAVERICK FILMMAKERS. I already had contact with Leni Riefenstahl and Peter liked my idea to include him sort of representing Orson Welles, showing me around LA and other places. Also Ford, Hawks & Welles are among my Top 10 film makers... I skipped the project after Riefenstahl died. Probably it was better that way, but I missed working with Peter. TARGETS is still one of the best low low-budget film debuts ever...



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Sometimes I do stuff that only makes sense to me ;D.
(this master is not fully restored yet. If this happens in the future it will be 1:1,66)

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The japanische war die letzte V? bisher, alle anderen sind ja schon drau?en... Au?erdem wei? das bisher ja kaum jemand...





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Again, the Director's Cut I just finished working on is Sam's Final Cut. The preview cut is a preview cut. He was dismissed
and made his changes nevertheless - but nobody ever saw his Final Cut. Until now. His editor made a negative for Sam
with all the changes after the preview and then Sam stored the negative (lost by now...). His friend Don made
a print, using his own money. The only print in the world. I have it now...

CONVOY: there are some nice moments. I do not have the time to write a lot here, I work 50 hrs a week
on Peckinpah, right until x-mas...  RETRO PREVIEW:

(JAP 15) 1:35:58    To hell with?em  (7:02)
After the dramatic dialogue beween Dirty Lyle and the Rubber Duck in the destroyed Alvarez? jail, the Duck is suddenly smiling, checking out the damage: "To hell with them if they can?t take a joke, right?". A good moment.

(JAP 16)  1:37:40    Road songs  (1:58:10)
The longest 'missing' sequence: on their way to Mexico, the truckers are singing songs. It starts with a laid-over verse from Al Martino?s song 'Spanish Eyes', then we hear and see Kristofferson singing a weird version of 'La Adelita', that famous song from the Mexican revolution! Next comes Madge Sinclair performing 'I don?t know why I love you like I do', a 1940?s classic most prominently recorded by Frank Sinatra and, later, Dean Martin. Everybody is in great spirits and Melissa takes pictures of Rubber Duck. The fourth song we hear is the famous 1939 hit 'South of the Border'. The sequence ends with everybody singing all over the place and a trucker laughing: "Oh, what an experience!". (in the final cut we only hear the 'Jesus freaks', in reality Kristofferson?s band, singing 'Shall we gather at the river'.)

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Nice. I?ll look out for it.

It?s a shame that Japanese Blu-ray is totally OOP. I can?t even find anyone selling used copies. Presumably it was a very limited print run? Having said that, does the 5 minutes add anything of real worth? Or will I have to wait to see the Cinema Retro article for an answer to that?

Wait, you mean the one on the old DVD is not the same as the cut you received? How are they different?

Again, the Director's Cut I just finished working on is Sam's Final Cut. The preview cut is a preview cut. He was dismissed
and made his changes nevertheless - but nobody ever saw his Final Cut. Until now...

CONVOY: there are some nice moments. I do not have the time to write a lot here, I work 50 hrs a week
on Peckinpah, right until x-mas...  RETRO PREVIEW:

(JAP 15) 1:35:58    To hell with?em  (7:02)
After the dramatic dialogue beween Dirty Lyle and the Rubber Duck in the destroyed Alvarez? jail, the Duck is suddenly smiling, checking out the damage: "To hell with them if they can?t take a joke, right?". A good moment.

(JAP 16)  1:37:40    Road songs  (1:58:10)
The longest 'missing' sequence: on their way to Mexico, the truckers are singing songs. It starts with a laid-over verse from Al Martino?s song 'Spanish Eyes', then we hear and see Kristofferson singing a weird version of 'La Adelita', that famous song from the Mexican revolution! Next comes Madge Sinclair performing 'I don?t know why I love you like I do', a 1940?s classic most prominently recorded by Frank Sinatra and, later, Dean Martin. Everybody is in great spirits and Melissa takes pictures of Rubber Duck. The fourth song we hear is the famous 1939 hit 'South of the Border'. The sequence ends with everybody singing all over the place and a trucker laughing: "Oh, what an experience!". (in the final cut we only hear the 'Jesus freaks', in reality Kristofferson?s band, singing 'Shall we gather at the river'.)


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Yes, 5 Min.
I wrote a long piece about it (and OSTERMAN) for one of the next CINEMA RETRO issues...

PS: Sam's OSTERMAN director's Cut is NOT the preview cut (Videotape / old DVD).

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


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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:


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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...





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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:


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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...)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-reviews/django-django-venice-2021-1235009565/

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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...

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