Post by loucapitano on Jul 6, 2016 15:31:34 GMT -5
As long as people and motion pictures still find use for the set I hope it never goes down. I'd hate to think we have to defend the Alamo all over again. Thanks for your work Rich, keep it up. Lou from Long Island
Post by loucapitano on Nov 27, 2016 12:59:58 GMT -5
I have it, in the flesh. It's a masterpiece and I'm only around page 60 although I skimmed the rest. I expect it will answer every question I ever had on the how's and whys of John Wayne's Alamo that I saw in 1960. It mesmerized me to this day...the music, the color and the action were superb. I'm convinced now that Wayne did his best and should not be faulted for the times. In the long run of history, he won his battle and I'm forever grateful. Lou from Long Island Nov.27, 2016
Post by mjbrathwaite on Nov 29, 2016 20:46:11 GMT -5
I think we're all grateful, Lou. I bought the DVD of the usual version after a VCR chewed up the end of the videotape, but I love the director's cut even more, and wish I had it on DVD. I never saw the video for sale anywhere, but I copied it from a rental copy. However, it's in long-play mode, and when I've tried to put such videos on DVD in the past, the recorder has got the impression they were copy protected. (I realize this is a bit off-topic, but not a lot has been happening on the forum recently and I thought it might be a chance to show I'm still interested.)
Post by loucapitano on Dec 1, 2016 16:00:50 GMT -5
I value my VHS Director's Cut as much as my collection of Walt Disney "King of the Wild Frontier" trading cards. I hadn't looked at them for a while and it was nice to relive some memories of a seven year old from Brooklyn's first discovery of Crockett and the Alamo. I can't remember where I got I got the Director's cut, in fact I had no idea it was the director's cut until I watch it. It also comes in French and Spanish and I get a kick out seeing Sam Houston and Travis argue in French. I'm now much further into John Farkis' book and it's shaping up to be a great story of making a movie, but a thoroughly researched biography of Duke Wayne. Unfortunately I have a glaucoma condition so it's slow ready for me. You're right, things have been slow on the forum lately, but I'm glad to say hello to New Zealand from Long Island New York. Lou
Post by mjbrathwaite on Dec 4, 2016 1:34:52 GMT -5
I think somewhere else on the forum I read that they cannot put the director's cut on DVD because the master has deteriorated. On YouTube I found a video of some (or maybe even all) of the footage that's not on the DVD, so I suppose if anything happened to my copy of the director's cut I could probably reconstruct it by inserting those bits into the usual version of the film. I'd like to read the book, and used to buy books from Amazon, but a while ago the postage to New Zealand suddenly became prohibitively expensive. Also, I'm rather annoyed with Amazon as their web site says all of my books are out of print and of limited availability, neither of which is true, but I have been unable to get them to retract it. I'm sorry to hear about your glaucoma. I get checked for it regularly because one of my grandfathers had it, but so far there's been no sign of it in me. Otherwise I hope all is well in Long Island. My experience of New York doesn't extend much beyond the Greyhound bus station, which is a very unpleasant place in the middle of the night, but I realize the city has a lot of good places too. Michael.
Post by loucapitano on Dec 15, 2016 16:21:04 GMT -5
Sorry to hear of your problems with Amazon. They've been pretty good to me so far, but I keep my use of them limited. I hope other people don't judge New York by the Port Authority Bus terminal. There's so much more there to enjoy. I went to see the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in September and it was quite a journey reliving that horrible day. Thanks for your concern about my glaucoma. I hope anyone reading this over age 40 will get checked. I discovered mine and had it under control for over 30 years, but my right eye is not responding to medicine and laser surgery so I'm having a special procedure next month that should halt the loss of vision in that eye. As I said, get checked, especially if you have family history, which is fairly common with Italians and other Mediterranean and African people. By the way, I'm really moving through John's book. I just read a section on how Republic pictures ended up making "The Last Command." An excellent movie in spite of the small budget. Happy Holidays to All, Lou From Long Island
Post by mjbrathwaite on Dec 16, 2016 21:10:11 GMT -5
I'm pleased to hear they can do something about glaucoma. I sometimes have dreams in which I have it, and hope they're not premonitions. I'll certainly get John's book if it comes out in New Zealand, or if I find a ridiculously cheap copy on Amazon: occasionally I find books there cheap enough to make the postage less prohibitive. I'd like to know more about "The Last Command". I have the film, but haven't seen much written about it. Best wishes for Christmas etc. Michael.
Post by loucapitano on Dec 26, 2016 16:04:51 GMT -5
Merry Christmas Mike and all Alamo fans. I'm past page 140 now and getting closer in the John Wayne Biography where he's just finished "The Searchers" and is chomping on the bit to get his Batjac Production Company strong enough to produce his motion picture images which will include a slam-bang vision of the Alamo. There's also a ton of personal JW history and a lot of John Ford anecdotes. I'll keep on truckin through. A lot of obscure cable stations in the NY area are showing Wayne's films lately, especially the Republic and RKO westerns and war pictures of the 40's. Pretty good stuff. Hope you have a Happy New Year! Lou from Long Island