Re: [Videolib] Big Parade

From: Alex Williams <alex@typecastfilms.com>
Date: Thu Jul 09 2009 - 11:50:03 PDT
Glad to hear WB is giving some of the silent classics special attention, rather than just releasing them all in the WB Archives as no-frills DVD-Rs.
I've never seen the film and am looking forward to it.
 
Alex

 
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From: "Dennis Doros" <milefilms@gmail.com>
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Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 11:45:28 -0700
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Big Parade
  
Gail,

There's been promises from Warner Brothers about this and the film has been recently restored from the original negative by George Eastman House. 

This was on Nitrateville.com which is the best site regarding silent and early sound films:

http://www.filmradar.com/articles/item/an_interview_with_george_feltenstein_for_how_the_west_was_won/

From: An Interview with George Feltenstein August 2008 

What about The Big Parade? It is among my most favorite silent films. 

"We are planning that for 2009. We will hopefully be releasing both the original 1925 version and the 1931 “sound re-issue” which had a score with sound effects synchronized. We’ve planned something very big around that. We want to do a King Vidor set with The Crowd and The Big Parade and some of his other silents. There is a lot more silent film coming from Warner Home Video!"

However, I don't believe I have seen any release date. The score that Kevin Brownlow commissioned from the composer Carl Davis is magnificent and licensing that may be one of the holdups. The film itself is one of the great masterpieces of cinema from any era and King Vidor's output from 1925 through 1928 alone would make him one of the best directors ever. Interestingly enough, Vidor's Bardely's The Magnificent which had been LOST since 1926 or so and just discovered last year, is already out on DVD as of this week.

Dennis
Milestone F&V

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 2:24 PM, Gail Fedak <gfedak@mtsu.edu> wrote:
Good afternoon,
I've had a professor request that we purchase this title (1927; George W. Hill, King Vidor directors). All I've found are used VHS copies on Amazon. Has this been released on DVD, or is it expected to be anytime in the near future?
Thanks,
Gail
 

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