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« on: April 27, 2006, 12:10:40 AM »

I am aware this guy never really gets a mention here so I am prepared for this thread to drop like a rock but, its still worth a try...


Anybody got any info on Tony Anthony? He is somewhat of a mystery after the revival of 3-D ended in the mid 80's. I am aware he is a rich man now because of the 3-D revival but other than that not much is discussed about him here or else where. He is a total mystery on the web as well. His Imdb board only has a few topics(of which I guess I should be thankful) but nobody knows much about him on there either.

If anybody can give us a pic of him now or give us some indication on how he is doing that would be great.

It would be nice for Wild East  to get the rights to "Get Mean" and 'Stranger in Japan" and have a nice double feature set with Tony in an interview. Of course that is just hoping Wink

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2006, 05:57:20 AM »

Whats your opinion on Anthony's films, after Blindman, what would be his next best?

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006, 10:55:23 AM »

Whats your opinion on Anthony's films, after Blindman, what would be his next best?

well I have yet to see "Get Mean", "Coming at ya!" and "Stranger in Japan" so excluding those...


his best film besides Blindman would have to be "The stranger Returns". Its an above average spag western. the first in the series "stranger in town" is a fun romp but suffers from a bit of bad acting(mainly from Tony himself) and low budget. And it sometimes is very slow, but it has some nice moments in it.

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2006, 02:15:21 PM »

Tony is quoted(from I book I have) to saying this about "Stranger in Japan" which he produced and starred in...

"Let me tell you something. That's probably the best picture that I made. There was some great stuff in it...I made the mistake  of not having the final cut. When it finally went out, mainly in Europe, it was just watered down to nothing."

Funny enough "Stranger in Japan" is technically the first "east meets west" spaghetti western because it was made in 1969, however due to the lawsuit between producer Allen Klein and MGM pictures, the American releasing company, the film was shelved until 1977. And for its release it was severly cut for a new "Generation of film going audiences". All of "The stranger's" quips were cut along with some violence and "inappropriate" humor(I could only imagine it is more testicle jokes like in "Blindman").

The film today(Havent seen it) probably still suffers from cuts. But I'll have to pick up the bootleg copies that are floating around on Ebay to make sure.

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2006, 02:19:41 PM »

Whats your opinion on Anthony's films, after Blindman, what would be his next best?

also Joe if youre interested the first two "Stranger" films are out on dvd in a Tony Athony double feature pack.
They can be bought on Amazon or Xploitedcinema.

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2006, 03:09:07 PM »

I remember someone at SWWB mentioning that Tony Anthony would be involved, in one way or another, in some eyeglass lens business or something. Too bad I can't remember anything more. Tongue

And I think Allen Klein owns the rights to the Stranger films and as with everything else as well, he doesn't like to share. Wink

From wikipedia:
In 2005 Chilean cult-director Alejandro Jodorowsky was still unable to derive profits from two of his early movies, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, because Allen Klein continued to retain the legal rights, which he allegedly refused to sell or otherwise license for distribution. Reportedly, Klein originally acquired them on the advice of John Lennon, who was said to be a big fan of the movies. Jodorowsky's has called the situation "cultural murder" and there is no record of any comment by Klein's office. Jodorowsky claims he needs the income from these movies (which are available on the bootleg market) to finance future projects. Jodorowsky & Klein have made peace and the films are being prepared for DVD release.

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2006, 03:12:41 PM »

I remember someone at SWWB mentioning that Tony Anthony would be involved, in one way or another, in some eyeglass lens business or something. Too bad I can't remember anything more. Tongue



Yeah, optical lensing had something to do with his job for a long while but that was years ago! I think he has long retired.

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From wikipedia:
In 2005 Chilean cult-director Alejandro Jodorowsky was still unable to derive profits from two of his early movies, El Topo and The Holy Mountain, because Allen Klein continued to retain the legal rights, which he allegedly refused to sell or otherwise license for distribution. Reportedly, Klein originally acquired them on the advice of John Lennon, who was said to be a big fan of the movies. Jodorowsky's has called the situation "cultural murder" and there is no record of any comment by Klein's office. Jodorowsky claims he needs the income from these movies (which are available on the bootleg market) to finance future projects. Jodorowsky & Klein have made peace and the films are being prepared for DVD release.


typical that Lennon would like "El Topo" and "Holy Mountain". Grin

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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2006, 03:20:45 PM »

Btw the Stranger two pack from xploitedcinema looks quite horrible in my opinion. Colors are really bad and both films are full of compression artifacts. (Yet there are some much worse discs [of other movies, like W Django] out)

And it's probably some illegal bootleg disc anyways as I said Allen Klein probably has the rights for the films and he doesn't like to share, and the prints used in the disc are actually recordings from the Turner Classic Movies channel. Grin

Still, if someone wants to see the films there's not much choice available. Tongue

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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2006, 03:30:59 PM »

Btw the Stranger two pack from xploitedcinema looks quite horrible in my opinion. Colors are really bad and both films are full of compression artifacts. (Yet there are some much worse discs [of other movies, like W Django] out)

Thanks for the warning. I only own the old vhs tapes of them. I have been meaning to pick these two up on dvd for awhile now, so I dont think I will let a little thing like the tranfer bother me to much. I have seen so much worse(W django especially is the biggest rip off of all time!!!!!damn you "Dagored films", I hope you all burn in HELL!!!).

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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2006, 03:42:08 PM »

Shobary thought pretty highly of "Comin at ya!" as it seems...


http://spaghettiwesterns.1g.fi/comin/atya.htm



the movie's music doesnt sound to bad either. It tries to be like Morricone.

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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2006, 03:00:26 AM »

after "Comin at ya!" he produced and starred in another 3-D film called "The treasure of the four crowns"(I could be wrong about that title but I know the words "four crowns" are in it). Its basically an "Indiana Jones" rip-off.

Afterwards he wanted to do a 3-D space movie but it slipped through the cracks after 3-D films went back into cinema oblivion.

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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2006, 12:12:07 AM »

In the last "Stranger" Film "Get Mean"...


The stranger(Anthony) is hired to escort a princess to Spain. Along the way he fights all sorts of strange things including Vikings.

If this film was a smash, Tony thought he could take the stranger anywhere through time in the next few sequels, of course "Get Mean" never found an audience thus seizing those plans.


A shame that a sequel to Blindman was never made possible. That film was a huge success globally.
seeing that "Zaitochi"(in which Blindman was based) got over 20 sequels, I dont see why Blindman couldnt take the same route.

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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2006, 12:38:10 AM »

This is what the great  Marco Leone thought of "Get Mean"...

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/spaghettiwesterns


Edit: My mistake, it doesnt take you directly there(damn your site Marco for making me look like a fool Grin ), you have to seek it out on your own. Have fun. Grin

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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2006, 11:33:38 AM »

So nobody has a clue as where and what this mine is doing right now?

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