Keep on Waiting

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  1. rhett

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    After Michael Mann's The Keep failed to make its proposed DVD release date of November 30th, there was much speculation that Paramount had cancelled the title. Now, after nearly two months of waiting, things looked even worse for this title. After contacting Paramount however, they made clear that The Keep will still be coming on DVD, although they still have no release date. What is holding it up is director Michael Mann, with whom Paramount is eager to work on the DVD. Paramount declined to indicate whether they would be working with Mann on the transfering of the film, or on supplemental content as well. Regardless, as soon as Michael Mann's schedule clears up - and it is pretty busy with all of Collateral's intense award push and all this Miami Vice remake news - they will finally get to The Keep. Just what exactly will be on the disc is the bigger question.
     

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  2. MrVess

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    It may actually be for the better. The initially announced edition was supposed to be completely bare, with perhaps a trailer and nothing more. Hopefully the new one is going to have something more - the three alternate endings and the contemporary "making of" video would be a necessity...

    I would not expect a commentary - I believe the one for "Manhunter" is still the only one that Michael Mann recorded - but a short interview would not be too much to ask... It would be interesting to have Wilson's take recorded as an interview, too - although I know it very well, and obviously I agree with him: Mann's "Keep" _is_ an extremely flawed adaptation. However, it is a magnificent and memorably ambient picture, too.
     
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    Actually, Mann also recorded a commentary for his stellar first film, THIEF. I just finished talking to Paramount again, and they stated that they will be working with Mann not only on the transfer but also on extras, so there should be some good material included on the disc. I'd expect something like what they did with their Bogdanovich discs: a short little director interview/introduction and a commentary.
     
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    Eh, crap. Oh well, hopefully the longer wait will be worth it.
     
  5. Damed

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    This is good news. I've been waiting a long time for this title, and I'd rather wait longer for a decent release than have a barebones disc now.
     
  6. frightfan

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    I agree with Damed here... better to wait for something to sink our teeth into than just get the straight movie-only release.

    I loved the book, and I find that the movie, although not faithful to it, is still a good "movie" on it's own.
     
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    the only Mann film I've never seen. I might be looking to rent a copy soon.
     
  8. Damed

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    anyone hear any more on this one?
     
  9. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    If anyone is interested, I found a VHS copy of it and transferred it to DVD-R. I already sold the VHS on Ebay.
     
  10. MrVess

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    A high quality, widescreen laserdisc-to-DVDR transfer is torrented in many places.
     
  11. UncleChris

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    Anyone hear anything new on this? With all the absolute garbage that has been released on DVD, it is unbelieveable that this still sits in the vault...
     
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    So.... Is there someplace we can write to.... can we get some sort of letter writing campaign going. It absolutely sucks that they won't release this!!!
     
  13. UncleChris

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    Bump!

    Any inside scoops? I can't find any news on the net.....
     
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    I wish! Paramount need to get off their asses and release this and Student Bodies.
     
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    i would also like to see phase IV on dvd as well and my bloody valentine uncut but i doubt that one will ever come out
     
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    Sweet, weepin' gee-a-zuz... It's been 2 years since the "proposed DVD release date," and still nada!

    Who's cage can we rattle to help get this thing rolling? There must be something we can do.... petition, obscene phone calls, whining, crying, SOMETHING!!!!
     
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    Still nothing on this.... AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!
     
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    Man, am I ever glad I got on the laserdisc-to-DVDR thing for this, otherwise I'd be going nuts waiting.
     
  19. geeare

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    now that they are exclusive blu-ray perhaps they are waiting to clean up the transfer for HD. We can only hope.
     
  20. MrVess

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    Look around again... a new satellite TV version has been floating out there now for a few months, with audio taken from the laserdisc. The image is much better than in the laserdisc rip. :)

    I was initially excited about the news when it hit in 2004 or so, but I'm not any longer. Mann has essentially disowned the film, Wilson can't stand it, and nobody except for the fans seems interested in it, so it's unlikely that the official release would have any featurettes, not to mention a commentary or the fabled alternate ending. The best it could probably offer would be good quality. And... that is already available, so to say.
     

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