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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / URGENT - help restore SEPTEMBER STORM 3-D and SEA DREAM 3-D on: August 11, 2016, 11:34:40 PM

September Storm 3-D was really the last major two-strip 3-D
release, and the only one to employ anamorphic optics for a 2.35:1 screen
ratio. This historically important and entertaining 3-D film from 1960 will
soon be coming to Blu-Ray thanks to the non-profits 3-D Film Archive and
the 3-D Space Museum. The kickstarter campaign reached its $25,000 goal
within two weeks, a testament to the confidence vintage 3-D fans have in
the restoration and exhibition work of Bob Furmanek, Greg Kintz and Jack
Theakston of the 3-D Film Archive. Their track record has been impeccable,
and the quality of their work has been consistently outstanding.

Unfortunately, the campaign stalled within five days of reaching its "stretch
goal" to restore the special-venue 3-D short SEA DREAM 3-D
(1978) which they'd like to include as a bonus on the blu-ray. Only five days
left to raise $1,000 to restore SEA DREAM 3-D. Please help by
telling everybody you know and by contributing what you can:

Watch the videos, read the updates and make you pledge.

May I also remind everyone that the World 3-D Expos that took place in
Hollywood in 2003, 2006 and 2013 were made up of the films that Bob
Furmanek had diligently searched for, found and saved, and that Greg Kintz
did restoration work on. Without their efforts, there would have been no
Expos. So successful were the Expos that they had a profound impact on the
industry, demonstrating the viability of 3-D technology and helping to revive
studio interest in making new 3-D movies:

2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: December 05, 2011, 12:01:55 PM
I was referring to the content of  groggy's posts, not to the signatures. But since you mention it, anyone who needs to decorate his posts with all those cartoons is demanding too much attention. groggy needs a lot of attention. This website is no longer about Sergio Leone; it's really about Groggy, and what he thinks about everybody and everything. This is groggy's website. He's the bully on the block. His exploitation of the website certainly makes a fool out of the website owner. The owner might as well remove the photo of Sergio Leone from upper left and replace it with groggy's cartoon and "name."

There are what, seven or eight active people here, and you all defer to groggy this infantile hipster as if he were Sergio Leone himself.

If Sergio Leone were here, he'd shoot groggy on sight.

3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: December 04, 2011, 10:56:25 PM
I can accept that some people don't enjoy my signature.
People are allowed to think whatever they want.
However, I will not hear someone tell me that mine is a bad signature.
I know better than them.
Anyone who doesn't think Cotton Hill belongs in my signature is a rude, pathologically insane know-it-all feminist hillbilly asshole with a narrow urethra and is probably a Communist too.

Also they're probably just jealous of my ability to use Google image search to find cool sigs.
Groggy Dubya

There would be more participation and a more active membership if people didn't have to wade through posts like the above. Groggy has turned The Sergio Leone Forum into his own private blog. His website blog isn't enough for him. 8,700+ endless putdowns, insults, bullying, sarcasm, and the most asinine, infantile behavior. Anyone who posts 8,700 times in the same forum sets the tone and attitude by which it is known. This is the conduct everybody sees when they come here. The above is what the Sergio Leone Forum is known for. The website owner should ask himself if the example above is really the forum he wants.

This forum would open up and be a cheerier place if Groggy took a vacation.
4  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Pillars of the Sky (1956) on: December 04, 2011, 01:22:11 PM
5  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Sergio Leone Movie Set Diorama on: December 01, 2011, 03:05:47 PM

6  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Welcome to Hard Times (1967) on: December 01, 2011, 02:49:25 PM
This adaptation of Welcome to Hard Times is a total failure. The script just doesn't work. It's too clean, and too obvious. It has no subtext. The set is all wrong, and this story needs a proper production design and some imagination in how it is shot. Love these actors in other films. A very different approach was needed.

7  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) on: December 01, 2011, 02:26:58 PM

I haven't read through the entire thread, but I rate McCabe & Mrs. Miller at the top. My father took me to see it in 1971, and it haunted me for years. I went to see the re-release in 1974, many times. There were occasional repertory screenings in the 1980s, before Parallax became Landmark. I remember how dark the film was. Not dim or murky like movies today, but dark as in exposure dark. The film brightened up gradually as it progressed, letting us in. This was deliberate. There is so much detail in the distant dark and just on the edge of the frame, one starts peering into the film, looking harder so as not to miss anything. On the big screen, it was like participating in something larger than yourself, as if you're on the frontier with these hard, desperate people. On the DVD, this effect is lost, but it's still a coldly intimate and beautiful film.

I got the impression the song lyrics inspired the filmmakers as much if not more than the novel did. I love the music, although it does take some getting used to.

I wish McCabe hadn't died at the end.

I don't think of it as an anti-western. I think of it as an historically accurate and emotionally authentic period drama of the American west. It's like life. It's in a class by itself.

Altman's next venture in the genre, Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976), is something else again. Brilliant and dazzling in many ways, but it's view of history is misinformed and misguided. The film is an insult and not very entertaining.

8  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: TAKE A HARD RIDE(1974) on: November 30, 2011, 02:58:58 PM
Oh hell. Yeah that's who I meant.


9  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: TAKE A HARD RIDE(1974) on: November 30, 2011, 01:19:03 PM
Rio Conchos is an excellent transfer. Lovely dye-transfer color saturation. They didn't digitize the film into linoleum. Williamson has a supporting role, not the lead. It's a sturdy western in which Boone does some of his very best work. I like the uncouth opening. He's a little crazy at the outset, and we find out why. A Thunder of Drums offers another of Boone's best roles. The script is above average, coming from a James Warner Bellah story. The transfer on the Warner Archive DVD is fine. I recommend both films specially if you're a Richard Boone fan. In comparison Take a Hard Ride is a bad joke.

10  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: TAKE A HARD RIDE(1974) on: November 30, 2011, 11:40:26 AM
Jerry Goldsmith's score is the only merit in Take a Hard Ride. At about the mid-point the story threads are abandoned instead of paced out and resolved in favor of endless encounters that add up to nothing.Lee Van Cleef is wasted. Not just wasted. His footage isn't very well shot, as if he's not being respected  The real interest is in Brown and Williamson. Disappointing film. It's clear nobody cared about it.  I traded in the Anchor Bay DVD and bought the soundtrack CD. Then I got stuck with the film again when it came out as the unnecessary co-feature on Rio Conchos.

I much prefer Williamson's "Charley" westerns trilogy.

I wouldn't mind making a new western that would fit the score.

11  General Information / General Discussion / Re: List of Top 20 Comedy Westerns on: November 29, 2011, 11:05:52 AM
I didn't know Sergio Leone had soured on the genre because of the trend he started, or helped start, but then trivia is not my thing. I assumed he had a higher opinion of spaghetti westerns. Certainly his own films tower over the rest of them, judging by the fifty or sixty I've seen so far.  I can't say I think much of the comedies he produced, but then comedy like trivia is not my thing.

Perhaps some fresh ideas, reading western fiction, or stories coming out of the historical west would have revived his interest, who knows.

12  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol aka Black God, White Devil (1964) on: November 28, 2011, 11:05:50 PM
I would love to see O'Cangaceiro (1953) mentioned above, and the sequel.
Is there a right and proper DVD somewhere in the world?

13  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: Junior Bonner (1972) on: November 28, 2011, 10:29:24 PM

Junior Bonner was one of three rodeo films that came out in 1972. The other two were J.W. Coop (with Cliff Robertson) and The Honkers (with James Coburn), both very personal films by an actor-director-writer. But Junior Bonner is the masterpiece. It is very observant of behavior and attitude, the thought process, and the way western people relate to one another. I recognize these characters as people I live with and deal with every day, and not just because I'm presently stuck in the neighborhood where it was shot. If I were living in Texas or New Mexico (where I've put in my time) Junior Bonner captures qualities about life in that part of the west, too. The "progressive" changes to the west result in emotional upheavals in the people who live here. What Peckinpah depicts is still going on; a little more desperate, perhaps. He accomplishes a very delicate and subtle thing. This is a special film. To his credit, not all of Peckinpah's films are action movies, and his action films are not merely action. He was an astute observer of human nature and a seriously good dramatist, incisive and intense, or his violence would not move us the way it does.

Junior Bonner is a contemporary western because it's about life in the American west today. Or rather forty years ago, but that's still modern times, if you know what I mean.


14  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Deserter (1970) on: November 28, 2011, 10:01:50 PM
I never managed to find a decent copy and watch it all the way through.

Amazon has the region 2:

Has anybody seen it?
Does anyone know if this edition is widescreen, anamorphic, and uncut?

15  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: El Condor (1970) on: November 28, 2011, 09:26:05 PM
Buy the DVD here:

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