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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« on: March 17, 2020, 03:33:45 PM »
I just watched a German TV team visiting the epicenter in the Lombardei. It was shocking, heartbreaking, devastating to see the doctors etc. desparately trying to save lives and being discouraged and almost crying, because people are dying every hour without a way of helping them...

I have lots of friends in the UK and the US... what a terrible time to have the stupidest leaders worldwide...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Coronavirus COVID-19
« on: March 15, 2020, 09:13:47 AM »
It's funny that his (many) fans still adore him. Then again, not only those certain Americans are simple minded,
after the war we too heard so many over here saying "Hitler wasn't all bad!" (or Mussolini), 'even spreading again.
No matter what happened and will happen... Love, compassion etc. is out of fashion (again) these times...
(Unless it's your own son - or dog - of course...)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Steve McQueen
« on: February 24, 2020, 01:37:36 AM »
Wow - 'bout time. Some nice extras in there.

Yeah... could be my favorite McQueen, although his screen time is limited.
Unfortunality Criterion never responds to emails, I offered them to track down
the superb German behind the scenes TV footage... Shame.

Other Films / Re: Nevada Smith (1966)
« on: January 15, 2020, 03:24:28 AM »
Few critics commented on it, but I doubt it made a big difference to audiences. Back then
the youth culture movement (& market) just started and 22-year old men were regarded as "kids"
by the old folks...

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.

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