Fargo Fenwyck wrote:I know we have discussed the transfer process from one form to another but I gotta believe if I can get a halfway decent copy
from my Laser to DVD with a cheap enhancer, with the best possible equipment today the transfer should be better then anything
Nefarious wrote:Well, I'm no purist. Fact remains that there are still decent 35mm prints of the short version out there that could be transferred
to Blu-Ray. While these prints still remain with us, what would be so wrong with upgrading our viewing-ability of THE ALAMO
(1960)? Is everyone actually saying that the film---short version notwithstanding---should be allowed to go the way of the
dinosaur simply because we cannot have the complete director's cut of it? Is it an "all, or nothing" proposition? I don't think
so. Fact is, the most of us here only got to see the short version back in 1961. Didn't get to see the director's cut until it was
released onto VHS back in the early 90's. And while I am grateful for being able to have the director's cut in my collection, it
was the short version that blew my socks off as a kid and made me an Alamo buff.
So, let's continue to call for an upgrade to THE ALAMO in whatever format, and whatever version. Failing this, THE ALAMO will
one day become a lost film when regular DVDs of it will no longer play in the upcoming Green, Pink, or Purple Rays players of the
It’s not often that I report on something without having exact information surrounding it, but I have stumbled upon something that could be very exciting for fans of historical film epics. When the 150th anniversary of the Civil War came around, a director’s cut of Gods and Generals was finally released after such a long period of time that people had given up hope we would ever see it. Another recent historical film, The Alamo (2004), has also gone many years without even so much as a Blu-Ray release, much less a release of the director’s cut version. With the 175th anniversary of the siege and battle of the Alamo commemorated last year, one would have thought it was a now-or-never type situation, but we heard nothing, not even a whisper. All hope died down yet again…until now. According to Blu-Ray.Com, there is in fact a movie titled The Alamo being released (date and intricate details TBA), but there is some conflicting information as to exactly which film it is. If you visit the page, you will notice that the technical information (production company, year, running time, etc) are for the 2004 John Lee Hancock version, while the cast listed is for the 1960 epic directed by and starring John Wayne. Neither film has ever been released in this format, so it’s anyone’s guess at to which one is coming out now, unless you want to fantasize about a combo pack, which would make everyone happy.
So there you have it: two films, four possible versions. Which one will be coming out? I expect more information will be forthcoming, but that could take a long time, as Blu-Ray.Com creates a page for film when the release is in its earliest stages. They have two different kinds of pages, one which is a film page (which could be for a title that does not even have a release date and might never be released) and one for actual Blu-Rays, no matter where they are in the process. As an example, Schindler’s List has had a page for nearly a year, and still no date has been posted, though we know it is definitely coming out. The Alamo definitely has a film page, so we can rest assured there. For a while, we can have ourselves a guessing game, but at least you’ll know it’s real.
Nefarious wrote:Well, why is it that some movies we have never even heard of are suddenly on Blu-Ray?
MUSTANG wrote:On Wednesday, I had a chance to visit the Woodlawn. Received a backstage tour from the Marketing Manager: Projection room, wardrobe, balcony, etc. Pretty cool. But, no one currently there knows anything about the premiere, no photos, no articles. Nothing!!!
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