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1  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Harmonica's First Line/English Subtitle on: January 11, 2004, 07:24:17 PM
This may seem like a minor point...but a point of curiosity nonetheless...

Do studios like Paramount actually follow the original script when producing DVD subtitles or does someone transcribe?

Reason being, I was watching OUATITW the other night and - probably 'cause it's the only feature on the DVD menu I hadn't checked out - brought up the subtitles.

Harminica's 1st line during the showdown @ Cattle Corner was scripted on the subtitle bar as: "Are you Frank?" (to Jack Elam)  

I always thought it sounded like: "...and Frank?" or "...bring Frank?"

Another example...Paulo Stoppa's 1st line to Jill as they leave the train station by buggy:

(subtitle): "What's your name?  And the place you're going to?"

(audio...sounds like):  "What's the name...the place you're going to?"

Kinda changes the meaning for the hearing-impaired, doesn't it?

Thoughts?  (...or should I just go out & buy some Q-tips?)
2  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Sergio's "Valentine to the Western Genre"/Favorite Shots... on: November 21, 2003, 09:14:41 AM
Hey Everyone!

Made it to about 2:15a.m. last night before nodding off in front of my new OUATITW DVD ($13.98 Canadian @ A & B Sound, Vancouver) ...have to say that this disc was TOTALLY worth the wait!  I flipped it on trying to keep my expectations in check, especially in light of the glowing reviews.   But the reality is they've done an AWESOME job with the transfer and the 5.1 mix is impressive given the constraints of the original era (1968)  ...can't wait to check out disc 2 (features) later tonight!

Having said that, I'm wondering if anyone has any
thoughts on a favorite shot (or two) in particular.  For me it would have to be the shot of Frank & his men emerging from the sagebrush after ambushing the McBain' finally see this in it's true aspect ratio (2.35:1) as SL intended almost (dare I say it?) brought a tear to my eye...

I must agree with the person who said earlier on this board that Leone killed the western with "kindness"...  

A loving valentine...& the quintessential Spaghetti Western...

3  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:U.S. DVD on: November 17, 2003, 08:57:55 PM
...Only one more sleep 'til the GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME IS FINALLY RELEASED ON R1 DVD!!!

"Looks like uh...looks like we're shy one horse."

("You brought two too many...")

4  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:favourite quotes? on: October 20, 2003, 06:47:43 PM
Noodles:  "How's your sister?"
Moe:  "Ain't seen her in years.  She's a big star now."
Noodles:  "We shoulda known, huh?  You can always tell the winners at the starting gate.  You can tell the winners and you can tell the losers...who'd put a penny on you?"
Moe:  "I put everything I ever had on you."
5  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Charles Bronson 1921 - 2003 on: August 31, 2003, 08:33:35 PM
I have the sad task of informing all visitors to this site (if you haven't heard already) of the death of our beloved "Harmonica"...
6  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:Region 1 OUATITW DVD IN NOVEMBER! (finally...) on: July 29, 2003, 09:03:35 PM confirmed today that the release date for the OUATITW region 1 DVD is indeed Tuesday November 18th:

(circle that date!)

7  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Region 1 OUATITW DVD IN NOVEMBER! (finally...) on: July 17, 2003, 09:05:39 PM
From The Digital Bits ("We Know DVD") daily column July 17th:

And while we're giving you sneak peeks, how about a first look at Paramount's Once Upon a Time in the West: Special Collector's Edition? Yeah... we figured that'd make yer day. We've spoken to Paramount today and gotten the latest on the disc. This information isn't yet final, but you can expect an official announcement next month. So here's where things are at right now. The two-disc set will street in November. Disc One will include the 165 minute version of the film, in anamorphic widescreen video with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and a cleaned-up mono mix as well. I'm told that the film looks and sounds fantastic. Disc One will also include an audio commentary track. More on that in a minute. Disc Two will include no less than three documentaries on the film, along with a shorter piece on the impact of the railroad in the Old West. The three main documentaries cover such subjects as director Sergio Leone's career, background on the film, the writing and casting process, the location shoot, the style of the film (both cinematographically and other), the film's impact on the Western genre and more. Also featured in the documentary are new interviews with John Carpenter, John Milius, Alex Cox, Claudia Cardinale, Bernardo Bertolucci, Gabriele Ferzetti, cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli, Leone biographer, film historian Sir. Christopher Frayling (author of the excellent book Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death) and more. Many of these individuals also participate in the audio commentary. Additional features are TBA. If you're any kind of serious film fan, you ought to be pickin' your jaw off the ground right now...
8  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Question - Joe Pesci on: July 05, 2003, 07:28:19 PM

("What do you mean I'm funny"  You think I'm funny?  I'm like a clown?  I'm here to amuse you?  What's so f------g funny about me?")
9  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Is Leone the ticket-seller or not? on: June 24, 2003, 08:11:18 AM
(sorry...RIGHT nostril...)
10  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Is Leone the ticket-seller or not? on: June 24, 2003, 08:10:10 AM
Added to which...Leone has a distinctive mole above his left nostril (clearly visible in the stills of him in the "Once Upon A Time" 20 minute documentary feature on the DVD)  No mole on the ticket seller...
11  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re:DVD on: February 07, 2003, 07:34:43 PM
Not only that...but the VHS version is that awful pan & scan 4:3 (...BRUTAL!)  Anyway it was on Turner Classic Movies back in November in all its wide screen (2.35:1) glory...the ONLY way it should be viewed!!!

Paramount has said the the DVD of OAATITW is "definately happening" sometime in '03...
12  General Information / Trivia Games / Re:Trivia Question on: November 27, 2002, 08:01:52 PM
1) Overhead looking through a veil onto Jill/Noodles laying on a bed in OUATITW/OUATIA.

2) I don't know...
13  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Did James do it or not? on: November 14, 2002, 05:36:45 AM
Upon careful viewing, notice Wood's feet running alongside the truck.  (As he steps up the pace it appears he jumps onto the far side of the truck.)  
14  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In America / Re:Opinions on this film? on: November 14, 2002, 05:30:58 AM
Can't speak for the Brazilian version which I've read to be a "sanctioned" (official) release but I have the Greek subtitled version and noted both the lack of extras you normally get with a DVD release (including, in this case, the film's trailer which is listed in the contents but is nowhere on the disc's menu) along with the fact that unlike most studio product this one contains no DVD copywrite protection process.   Picture & sound quality are both fine, though, and aspect ratio is 4:3  
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