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1  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re: New Kino Lorber FOD DVD/BRD on: October 07, 2017, 08:50:42 AM
I always put in my 2 cents, but the only solution would be founding a label with and some otheers and do it ourselves...

When I watch the film, I always watch the German BD which is pretty good.
When I watch GBU I watch the privately made BD, which has the right sound & color.
I need a solution for GIU LA TESTA though, both BD's stink.
2  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: October 04, 2017, 02:24:05 AM
Well I didn't buy it, but I have it of course
since I worked on it. Right now I'm working
on the new FISTFUL release (supplements,
I have nothing to do with the presentation
of the films...)
3  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re: New Kino Lorber FOD DVD/BRD on: September 05, 2017, 03:00:19 AM
Yes. But looking 60, charming like a 26-year old and laughing like a 16-year old. Irresistible.
4  Films of Sergio Leone / A Fistful of Dollars / Re: New Kino Lorber FOD DVD/BRD on: September 01, 2017, 01:22:29 PM
I spent a wonderful day with Marianne Koch in Bavaria.
She's one of my favorite people anyway, a real treasure.
She had invited me to talk about FOD, I'm editing for the next two weeks...


5  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 31, 2017, 01:57:17 PM
Thanks!

Oh boy, never saw that one before. Thank heavens.
In fact I saw the right version about 95% when I saw the film over the last 35 years. Usually
I can take it when a guy walks up 5 steps instead of 6, but this is a "moment". And great
films are made of "moments". I remember Sollima speaking for our documentary, about those
kind of people working at the wrong place, messing up art. It was sad but also funny: "...meantime in a cave,
near Neanderthal, some cretin, with limited brains..."
6  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Junior Bonner (1972) on: August 27, 2017, 01:50:11 AM
JUNIOR BONNER Kino Lorber Blu-ray release date: October 31 !
It contains a truly wonderful HD Blu-ray master and some 2 hrs of supplements I produced: 


PASSION & POETRY – RODEO TIME (Documentary with screenwriter Jeb Rosebrook, Katy Haber, Ali MacGraw, Garner Simmons, L.Q. Jones) 56 Min

PASSION & POETRY – PECKINPAH ANECDOTES (Short documentary with Ernest Borgnine, James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Isela Vega, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, Bo Hopkins and David Warner) 26 Min

AUDIO COMMENTARY by Sam Peckinpah Authors Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle, moderated by Film Historian Nick Redman

JUNIOR BONNER TRIVIA (cameo’s, in-jokes & more) 5 Min

JUNIOR BONNER REMEMBERED (4th of July rodeo 2016, featurette by Keith Woods & Alyson Titkemeyer) 3 Min

JUNIOR BONNER on the set (Animated Image Gallery) 5 Min

JUNIOR BONNER in Pictures (Animated Image Gallery) 4 Min

JUNIOR BONNER Posters & Lobby Cards (Animated Image Gallery) 5 Min

US Theatrical Trailer

2 US Radio Spots

US TV Spot

Reverse Blu-ray Art



https://www.klstudioclassics.com/product/view/id/4780
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 70mm on: August 16, 2017, 03:20:30 AM
Not exactly. Vertically 35mm 2p (TechniScope) is about 2mm higher than 16mm. 

A 16mm frame is approx 77mm˛.
A Super 16 frame is approx. 93mm˛.
A TechniScope frame is about 208mm˛.
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan on: August 15, 2017, 04:02:49 AM
Sure, it is the best. But I was talking about something else...
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan on: August 15, 2017, 02:09:51 AM
Oh I didn't mean to say I didn't like the ending. I just have a built-in filter, a silent bell that rings when something sticks out regarding continuity, mood or rhythm. I'm sort of an expert with pre 1945 airplanes so I couldn't help raising my eyebrows because everything that happened previously was believable, although ships don't sink in 20 seconds. The endiing could have been edited poetic yet still more realistic Smiley. INTERSTELLAR had a problem with the ending as well. Anyway, he is a very interesting filmmaker. Interesting project, pretty close to home for me: Whenever my old school-mate Roland Emmerich  makes a new disaster movie, I am often asked what my "dream project" would be, if someone would hand me over 180 Million to make a film... Most of the time I thought of a totally realistic film about Rommel & Montgomery in Africa, including re-building vehicles etc. (in films the Germans always are equipped with US half-tracks. That only got better in recent years, in Band Of Brothers, or even in the interesting Brad Pitt - tank film, another film that had - a bigger - problem with the ending. Good endings in films are more difficult to achieve these days it seems). My grandpa served in Rommel's orderly for a while and had told me great stories in the 70s. Also NONE of the films about the war in Africa depicted realism. So I would have done DUNKIRK, set in Africa so to speak! Never thinking before anybody would really approach such a project, as mentioned above... Not everybody's cup of tea.
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Dunkirk (2017) - Christopher Nolan on: August 14, 2017, 01:55:13 PM
I like it much better than I thought I would. As usual I didn't read (almost) anything about the film beforehand, to experience the film as I experienced film for the last 40 years, and it paid off again. Wonderful IMAX screening here in Karlsruhe (with 6 blockbuster trailers as welcomed antithesis to this film Smiley ).

I don't care for being true to genres (War-film / Survival-film / Anti-war film etc. etc.) or plot for that matter - as long as I get something special. Which I did, in fact 80-90% of the film he made specifically for me, I never expected that Smiley. I'm a history nut and not many ""War films"" gave me that feeling of being there. I guess after half an hour I finally realized that this is not your regular summer-hit motion picture, but an experimental film that tries to convey rather a state of mind than some narrative story about a chapter in war history. Perfect for me. No (real) dialogue Smiley. No explanations for the popcorn viewers Smiley. I could go on. One of my first thoughts afterwards was "How in the hell did he get that one green-lighted??" A huge risk, I feel. I hope I'm wrong, but I can't imagine a lot of people care to pay 15.- to see a war experience, documentary style, on their holy saturday evening. Antonioni might have liked it a lot though. To me it also became quite emotional because I was partly raised by a (then retired) pilot who flew a Heinkel 111 back then. A wonderful soft man who was partly responsible I fought against being drafted 30 years ago Smiley. Anyway, when I saw BATTLE OF BRITAIN for instance I never became emotional, but I did with this film. The staging, directing, editing, veery unusual, very good indeed. For the first time I saw, on a big scale, what his daily life was back then. A true experience. War knows no winners.

Of course the film has its flaws. I didn't care too much about Kenneth's lines (my buddy thought they were great, "Home!" for instance. A bit flat for my money.) The editing is wild - which is fine with me, but not when you cut from day to night and day all over the place. Distracting. At the end the film becomes poetic, which is out of place and hurts the film, no matter what Nolan's intentions were (a Spitfire gliding fooreever without the motor running, even shooting down a plane in-between! Pure fantasy. Would have been great - in another film.). The production design is wonderful, except for the fact that if you do it documentary-style, you should do it the way it was. I think. (I saw footage of Dunkerque dating back to the time when I was 10, and that beach was a mess. Jam-packed with canons, trucks, half-tracks, all destroyed so the Germans could not use it. Quite a nice clean beach in DUNKIRK.  The soundtrack was helping Nolan's intentions most of the time, but I remember at least twice I thought "a bit less would have done the job as well!".
Few more things, but in general I was a happy camper. A film for a guy who has seen it all before and finally got served something completely different.
11  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 09, 2017, 04:43:19 PM
A funny man Smiley.

But in general I think boycotting is a bit childish because the labels don't care a bit. My experience in 17 years working on DVD's. Even the bigger forums
like this one or Cinefacts in Germany won't make a significant difference at all. If they sell 30 or even 100,200 copies less... they don't care. A successful sale means 2000, 3000, 5000 or 10,000 copies and 99 % + of the regular buyers won't even know what we are talking about.
Most companies don't even (really) try to avoid the worst case scenario, a major mistake forcing them to replace the final product (technical
problems like out of sync, bad authoring or what have you.). Which would be easy if they'd send out 5 copies to dedicated fans who could test
them 100%. Any major fault would surface... instead I experienced a high number of discs where they had to replace thousands of discs...

Anyway Smiley. Regarding this title (and GIU LA TESTA Sad ) we have to fall back on privately made Blu-ray's, with right sound and colors... Unfortunately. So far.

I can't wait to see the final JUNIOR BONNER Blu-ray I co-produced with them. It SHOULD be flawless. Should.



12  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 09, 2017, 04:42:02 PM
I find it hard to advocate boycotting a release to which the great Mike Siegel has contributed. Also, the Tim Lucas commentary on the shorter cut may be interesting.

A funny man Smiley.

But in general I think boycotting is a bit childish because the labels don't care a bit. My experience in 17 years working on DVD's. Even the bigger forums
like this one or Cinefacts in Germany won't make a significant difference at all. If they sell 30 or even 100,200 copies less... they don't care. A successful sale means 2000, 3000, 5000 or 10,000 copies and 99 % + of the regular buyers won't even know what we are talking about.
Most companies don't even (really) try to avoid the worst case scenario, a major mistake forcing them to replace the final product (technical
problems like out of sync, bad authoring or what have you.). Which would be easy if they'd send out 5 copies to dedicated fans who could test
them 100%. Any major fault would surface... instead I experienced a high number of discs where they had to replace thousands of discs...

Anyway Smiley. Regarding this title (and GIU LA TESTA Sad ) we have to fall back on privately made Blu-ray's, with right sound and colors... Unfortunately. So far.


13  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 07, 2017, 03:18:24 PM
I love the old UA logo. Never saw that one before I guess... As for the color:

14  Films of Sergio Leone / The Good, The Bad and The Ugly / Re: Kino Lorber 2 - Disc 4K Blu-ray 2017 on: August 06, 2017, 02:57:38 AM
Reminds me of the opening scene in RESERVOIR DOGS:  When I first saw it in 1992 I was puzzled be a shot that cut off a head (Keitel's?) - although speaking dialogue - in the restaurant scene. I am not sure whether this was deliberate, maybe an homage to PIERROT LE FOU (TechniScope) where such a shot appears in the first 10 minutes, or whether it was due to SUPER 35 (bad framing).
15  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: The success of OUTW on: July 30, 2017, 07:40:54 AM
In Stuttgart it played from approx. 1979 - 1984 in one cinema. When I started out working & decorating in cinemas as a boy we had to exchange the lobby cards which had faded about 95%, being in display for years. They looked as yellow as the Almaria locations Smiley.
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