Post by loucapitano on Apr 2, 2012 16:06:16 GMT -5
A newly restored Alamo 1960 would be most welcome in this house. Is this really going to happen or just wishful thinking? I wonder if the Blu-Ray version will contain extras in addition to the "Making of the Alamo" short that is in the current VHS and DVD versions. Lou from Long Island
Firstly, let me apologise if this topic has been done to death elsewhere. I'm new to this forum and spent hours yesterday reading old articles (on other websites) about various attempts to get MGM to undertake/allow a full restoration of the original 202 minute version of the film. I don't know what the current position is regarding this as the articles jumped back and forth in time. Now, whilst I don't understand the technicalities involved in restoring old prints, many people in the articles (including some reviewers on Amazon) claimed to have their own personal versions of the 202 minute film which they'd converted from their old VHS/Laserdisc copies. I don't know in what quality these copies exist but has there been any attempt to make them more generally available 'under the radar'? I'd compare this with the work of a group of Star Wars fans who, frustrated with the many changes George Lucas introduced in his 'Special Editions' of the first three films and his refusal to allow the release of the original versions, made beautiful restorations of their own using previously available prints. These fan-made 'Despecialized' versions were then made available - free of charge - via the internet.
In the absence of an official restoration of The Alamo, has there been any attempt to share the unofficial full-length copies which purport to be out there?
Post by mjbrathwaite on Dec 29, 2015 19:05:28 GMT -5
I have a videotape of one purported to be the director's cut, but it's only 187 minutes long, and does not contain a scene I've read about in which Jim Bowie fights someone with his knife (although it has a scene in which Crockett kills someone with it). I read somewhere (on this forum, I think) that they could not put it on DVD as the master had deteriorated. If anyone has a 202-minute version, I'd love to see it!
Post by loucapitano on Dec 31, 2015 11:54:56 GMT -5
Happy New Year Mr. Braithwaite - as I write this, it's already January 1st in your part of the world. I have a VHS so called "director's cut that I think I bought on Amazon almost 10 years ago. It does contain Wayne killing the Flaka's sandy haired suitor. It also contains a Birthday Party for adorable Lisa which is cute to the point of nausiation, I can see why they cut it. Otherwise, there are little snippets that didn't make the final theatrical cut including another Mexican officer exhorting his column to attack during the final assault. The masterful Alamo Movie "Just Remembering" book by Farkas (that I regretfully have yet to purchase,) may have more information about future Alamo re-releases. Lou from Long Island
Post by mjbrathwaite on Dec 31, 2015 14:44:33 GMT -5
Happy New Year to you, Mr. Capitano! The new year hasn't got off to a good start: I got up early to see the first hour and a half of "Gone with the Wind" on TV before heading out of town to do a show, only to find they'd changed the schedule so it's now starting half an hour before I have to leave. The last time it was on, it was shown in the middle of the night, and I set a DVD recorder to record it, but got the wrong channel. The tape you mention sounds like the one I have, except that mine's just a bootleg in long-play mode, although it's not a bad copy. Still, I had to buy the DVD of the usual version after a VCR chewed up the end of my video copy, and won't be happy if it ever does the same to the extended version! Regards, Michael.
Post by Rich Curilla on Jan 8, 2016 23:17:04 GMT -5
I am afraid that MGM/UA has it in for John Wayne's THE ALAMO. No matter what Robert Harris tried to do in order to accomplish a restored version of the movie, MGM/UA refused to support. This went on so long that I'm afraid he has thrown in the towel. Why MGM/UA is so against preserving that movie is beyond me, and I'm beginning to read imaginary motives into it now. It seems to coincide with Disney dropping the ball on THE ALAMO (2004) when a little effort on their part would have saved it from oblivion.