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General Discussion / Re:"Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite"
« on: April 23, 2003, 04:35:09 PM »
In response to the questions about theatrical play in the U.K. of our Leone films, I can only say that I expect the restorations and new prints of all four films to be completed by the end of this year. The studio is not planning an official re-release of the films in the U.S. (or anywhere else that I'm aware of). It will be up to individual revival houses, cinematheques, museums, etc., to book the new prints at their discretion. If you're in London, you might stuff the NFT's suggestion box with your requests to screen all four films next year.

General Discussion / Re:"Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite"
« on: April 16, 2003, 04:50:02 PM »
I have not started looking into all of the available elements for "Duck, You Sucker!" yet - I'm waiting until after I get through the premiere of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" in New York next month. I have not seen the laserdisc of "DYS," so I'm not sure if a film element was used to create the quote or whether it was created on video. If I can find a film element with the quote on it, I would put it in the restored version.

General Discussion / Re:"Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite"
« on: April 14, 2003, 04:20:50 PM »
Thanks, guys, for all your help. I agree that "Once upon a Time... the Revolution" would be a great title to use, but since Paramount owns "Once upon a Time in the West" and Warner Bros. owns "Once upon a Time in America," there's little-to-no chance that a trilogy release would ever happen. Since film elements were made only for "Duck, You Sucker!" and "Fistful of Dynamite," I think I'm stuck with using one of the two. I think that the argument that "Duck, You Sucker!" is the response to the final line of dialogue is also a strong reason to use that title. If you come across anything else that might help, please let me know. Thanks again!

General Discussion / Re:"Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite"
« on: April 09, 2003, 07:17:23 PM »
Thank you - I don't have the book, so I would appreciate your help when you have time to look through it. There's no immediate rush on it. I won't even be able to start on the project until around the middle of May.

General Discussion / Re:"Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite"
« on: April 09, 2003, 03:57:20 PM »
Yes, I will be putting the complete final flashback into the end of "Duck, You Sucker!" for theatrical re-release. I can't tell you anything about DVD plans; I work in the studio's Film Dept., and the Home Video Dept. is a world unto its own - so far it has only selected about half of the films I've restored in the last 5 or 6 years for release on DVD. I have heard that there are currently no plans to release the extended English version of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" on DVD. Therefore, you should tape it off AMC on May 10th and/or see it in a cinema this June/July if you live near NYC, LA, San Diego, Rochester (NY), Toronto, Santa Fe, San Francisco, San Rafael (CA), or Chicago. Dates for Houston and Silver Springs, MD will be settled later in the year.
But to get back to my original question, if anyone knows of any written statement by Leone regarding his preference of the English release title, please let me know where to find it, or I might not be able to restore the original one. Thanks!!

General Discussion / Re:"Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite"
« on: April 09, 2003, 10:42:54 AM »
Yes, I do know of that title, but UA probably never seriously considered using it for the English language release. They only made title sequences for "Duck, You Sucker!" and "Fistful of Dynamite." One of the main reasons I want to go with "Duck, You Sucker!" for our English restoration version is that it is closest to the Italian release title "Giu la testa."

General Discussion / "Duck, You Sucker!" vs. "Fistful of Dynamite"
« on: April 08, 2003, 06:17:01 PM »
I am John Kirk, the person at MGM who has supervised the recent restoration of "Fistful of Dollars" and the extended English language version of "GBU" (both remixed into 5.1 Dolby Digital). The "GBU" project will be finished next week, and then it will be time for me to move on to "Duck, You Sucker!" I really want to restore the original title to the film, because the re-release title "Fistful of Dynamite" has always sounded like a parody title to me. However, MGM may not let me do this, unless I can come up with a statement by Leone saying that he didn't like the re-release title. Does anyone out there know what Leone said - for or against - about the title change? If you do know something, please tell me where I can find it. Thanks for your help.

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