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Duck, You Sucker / Re: Blu-ray to be released Dec 2013
« on: January 12, 2020, 05:06:46 AM »
Thanks Dave! Originally I had planned to produce these 4 featurettes for the US KINO Blu-ray (I had produced similar featurettes for all three KINO Dollar Blu-ray's), but they forgot to tell me about a release date so it was too late... I'm glad they saw the light of day now anyway, thanks to EUREKA!

Other Films / Re: Nevada Smith (1966)
« on: January 09, 2020, 12:52:23 PM »
As some may know, I'm a huge McQueen fan ('co-authored a book on him too), but the only
solution would have been to slightly re-write the script. He is 35, playing a 17-19 year old 'kid'.
Yet I think he does it very nicely, he always stayed young in his heart (growing up without a family,
without love). For instance the toys in his last film THE HUNTER (he had a big toy collection).
But the film constantly reminds us that he is "just a boy", which doesn't help the (too episodic)
film at all. (even in THE BLOB, 8 years earlier, he was, obviousely, too old).

But besides that it's a very fine solid US western. Nothing bad about that...

Yeah, it was very good. The Italian "bad guy" thing was a little bit childish in its implementation, but many very good scenes
and fantastic cars. For me just perfect, sportscars from '64 - "73 are the best - for my money anyway...

The Steve film of course is the only true film about racing... my little connection with it: when I made my film about
the Opel GT 10 years ago, I filmed Hans Herrmann for it. He lives a mile away from my house and was a
test driver for the GT in 1967. He ALSO won Le Mans for the very first time for Porsche the very year Steve
made the movie there, 1970! His red Porsche #23 now is an icon, a holy grail here in Stuttgart  ;D.
However, for Hans the 69 race was even more meaningful (as a competing driver...), because it was sooo close: after 24 hrs Ickx GT 40
won by 100 meters!  (a year later Hans / Attwood won predominantly).
That year I also made my book on Steve McQueen, so I tried to get something out of Hans, but he wouldn't
tell me why he didn't participate in the film (almost everybody from the 1970 race stayed and worked on the movie,
loaning their cars, driving too... well paid...). Anyway, a great man who used to know my own father (1935 -1971)
who had raced himself a little bit and died in a car wreck, as so many did in those years of racing dangerousely: Herrmann
had promised his wife that he would quit if would win in 1970. And he did! Still kicking now at 91 and still driving
his monster racers from the 50's & 60's at the local Solitude revival festival, right here where I live...

Other Films / Re: Major Dundee (1965)
« on: December 17, 2019, 11:13:06 AM »
This week released in Germany: A wonderful 2-Disc Blu-ray mediabook. It includes both versions (122 + 136 minutes) plus many supplements. The old audio-commentary (Simmons, Seydor, Redman) plus a new one by my friend Glenn Erickson, and my new documentary PASSION & POETRY - THE DUNDEE ODYSSEY (75 minutes) featuring Coburn, Senta, L.Q., Adorf, R.G., Gordy Dawson, Chalo, Lupita... There's also a long interview with me, but that's in German (no subs). GREAT RELEASE! 

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Blu-ray to be released Dec 2013
« on: December 10, 2019, 01:25:10 PM »
Is the Italian version also cut by these 6 horsefall seconds? Or only the English one?

The good thing is that the Italian version comes with subs translated form the Italian version. (and with dub subs while the English version has only the latter ones)

need a time code... I don't really care for falling horses  ::)

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Blu-ray to be released Dec 2013
« on: December 10, 2019, 12:08:52 PM »
Good news: they enhanced the terrible pale colors of the otherwise great Cineteca restoration. Still not perfect, the negative obviousely being in bad shape, but a vast improvement. This is the release to own...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood (2019)
« on: November 04, 2019, 10:30:57 AM »
But probably only as "extras", It's not an extended version like the theatrical re-release?

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Blu-ray to be released Dec 2013
« on: October 05, 2019, 06:04:28 AM »
I produced 4 animated galleries for the new release, incl. 320 images...
(like the ones I did for Kino Lorber)

some japanese and thai posters I like:

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Blu-ray to be released Dec 2013
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:42:07 AM »
What doesn't work for me might work for others...
I just want an as-good-as-possible restoration
of the film, which I love.

Duck, You Sucker / Re: Blu-ray to be released Dec 2013
« on: September 06, 2019, 08:07:11 AM »
Ah great, the old out-of-date MGM transfer plus the messed up Cineteca restoration.
Stop torturing me.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peter Fonda R.I.P.
« on: August 18, 2019, 02:32:20 AM »
When I was filming PASSION & POETRY, Vadim Glowna (CROSS OF IRON) managed to get me an appointment with Peter at the Berlinale, which is most difficult due to the size of the festival. He liked my project and wanted to share a few Peckinpah memories for me on camera right then and there, but the (much too) strict rules of the festival interfered, they wouldn't allow us to do it. I guess he liked me (EASY RIDER is my favorite next to WILD BUNCH) and invited me to Montana, "I'll show you around town (Livingston) and show you the walls where Sam sometimes practiced target shooting - you can still see the holes from his 45!" An hour later I met Monte Hellman in the VIP lounge, who then became the narrator of my film. So, although slightly dissappointed, not shooting a single "frame" that day, it was a great day to remember anyway...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Peter Fonda R.I.P.
« on: August 17, 2019, 03:43:16 PM »
I am heartbroken. I worked with him on a project these last few months and hope the world will see it released one day...
Raise a glass and pay tribute to Peter in the name of freedom...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood (2019)
« on: August 16, 2019, 03:13:57 AM »
I agree to all you've said!
That's exactly the point. Maybe it "feels" like lacking in plot because
we don't care too much about what's going on with Rick - due to
scenes not good enough...
Andie MacDowell's daughter was pretty good...

I'm not into feet, but for a Quentin-film (all) the feet-shots were pretty bad  ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood (2019)
« on: August 16, 2019, 02:40:01 AM »
Oh crazy world... usually Americans are so plot driven, plot plot plot...
When I mention films like TWO-LANE BLACKTOP I hear all the time "but there's
not much happening, what's the point..."
And now you justify almost 2 hrs. of plotless "atmosphere"  ;D ;D.

Normally I'm the guy who does that  ;D. I don't need much "plot", in general,
when you're Antonioni or Leone for that matter. He could play a scene for 12 minutes
without much happening and you can't get enough of it... But not Tarantino,
he used to be very good regarding storytelling, JACKIE BROWN is a case in point -
the story is good for 100 minutes, but watching him telling it in 150+ minutes
is pure joy...

I like ONCE UPON nevertheless, especially for its ending. The next time I'll know
what's coming and will enjoy the rest even more - I think.
It was the first time watching a Quentin film I was distracted after an hour or so.
I wasn't sucked into the story and into the characters as much as before and started to
check out camera work and all those anachronisms, like her watching a scratchy (!)
preview of CC & COMPANY, which was shot in May 1970!

Anyway, he's one of the few left that make REAL event movies...

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