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 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

How about a little captioning contest, everybody?



"Hi Liz, just dropped by to say 'Hello'---didn't mean to interrupt 'Can't Help Lovin' That Man." Sounds like your new "Liz Sings Jerome Kern" album for TOPS will be unbelievable!"

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

"Nice take, Liz! But you made an error. In my lyric it's 'clowns,' not 'cows' "


Holy crap. Brutal! smile

Does anyone know whether there was more of the score recorded than made it into the film or onto the album? If the releasing company was Roger Corman's, my impression (from the special edition DVDs of his old movies that have been released) is that they did a good job of preserving materials. I'm just thinking aloud, but if there are more materials to be located and restored, would it be worthwhile doing, at least for a new CD if not for a DVD?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

"Nice take, Liz! But you made an error. In my lyric it's 'clowns,' not 'cows' "


Holy crap. Brutal! smile

Does anyone know whether there was more of the score recorded than made it into the film or onto the album? If the releasing company was Roger Corman's, my impression (from the special edition DVDs of his old movies that have been released) is that they did a good job of preserving materials. I'm just thinking aloud, but if there are more materials to be located and restored, would it be worthwhile doing, at least for a new CD if not for a DVD?



Just a vague recollection, but I believe the placement of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Roger Corman's New World Films organization was a desperation attempt to get a release for the film that no one else wanted to pick up. While it was shot in the fall of 1976, it didn't make it onto the big screen in New York until the Spring of 1978.

It is not now, to my knowledge, in the Corman library and, in fact, may be controlled by the German-Austrian production entities who made it, in association with Elliott Kastner Productions. IMDB has the production team listed as:

•Sascha Filmverleih (in assocation with) (as Sascha-Wien Film, Vienna)
•S&T-Film Berlin (in association with) (as S&T-Film Berlin)
•Elliott Kastner Productions (present) (as Elliott Kastner)

Certainly the DVD came out on the very independent Hen's Tooth label a while back---not one of the biggies. (And I think the---very poor---laserdisc was on Image Entertainment---another very independent video distributor.)

No one I've read likes the new DVD transfer much---it's not even in widescreen---and I've heard reports that the film is in bad physical shape. Probably no one is taking care of the master printing elements very well. And, who knows where those peripheral work elements, like music masters, dubbing units, optical sections really are? Austria, Berlin, USA.....????

These kinds of majorly-failed independent films are usually not ones the original producers/financiers are much interested in spending money on again, even to keep them viable for audiences, let alone taking care of the associated post-production work negatives, trims, recordings.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2012 - 2:18 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

U.S. copyright records for the film show the following:

Copyright Claimant: Sascha-Film, G.m.b.H.

Of course, this says nothing as to who, if anyone, has U.S. video rights.

 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2012 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

As always, the collective knowledge of The FSM Hive Mind boggles me. smile

Thanks, guys.

 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2012 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)



At the 1978 Academy Awards Jonathan Tunick won the Oscar for "Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score" for ALNM. The other nominees in the category were "Pete's Dragon" (Al Kasha, Joel Hirschhorn, Irwin Kostal) and "The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella" (Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Angela Morley).

Sort of a strange hybrid category that year, as what Tunick did on ALNM was certainly different from what Kasha & Hirschhorn and the Sherman brothers did on their projects. I guess the Academy wanted to give a music Oscar to a musical film, and there weren't enough musicals made for two separate categories, barely enough nominees for ONE category.




Florence Klotz was nominated for the Oscar for "Best Costume Design," but the winner that year was John Mollo for "Star Wars."

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2012 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   jskoda   (Member)

How about a little captioning contest, everybody?



Is this from the movie recording sessions? Why does she look so much younger/better here than in the movie??

 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2012 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



At the 1978 Academy Awards Jonathan Tunick won the Oscar for ....


With your picture/essays, Sigerson, you're turning into another Neotrinity. smile

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2012 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I just popped in to say that I found this DVD at the library yesterday and am kinda stoked about watching this tonight.

Not because it's supposed to be an awesome movie, but because I've never seen the show, period.

It was put out on "Hen's Tooth Video". Kwell weird.....

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2012 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Have coffee ready.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2012 - 10:52 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I just popped in to say that I found this DVD at the library yesterday and am kinda stoked about watching this tonight.

Not because it's supposed to be an awesome movie, but because I've never seen the show, period.

It was put out on "Hen's Tooth Video". Kwell weird.....


Lucky dog!

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Didn't someone say that Tunick showed up as the conductor of the orchestra in the film?

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Have coffee ready.

Boy was I glad when Diana Rigg showed up in this film. She brought it to life.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I love her rendition of "Every Day a Little Death"

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

I love her rendition of "Every Day a Little Death"

Diana Rigg is amazing. Love her and love her in this film.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2012 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Up until i was about a teenager i thought the song was SEND IN THE CLOUDS, so i never could figure what the song was about, i thought she wanted it to rain[ha-ha]

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2012 - 9:50 PM   
 By:   Musicguy   (Member)

Elizabeth Taylor Does sing in the film and on the LP (the soundtrack was never released on CD)

Desiree is not and never was a singing role. Glynnis Johns originated the role on Broadway and Sondheim wrote the score for her vocal abilities.

"Send in the Clowns" is talk-sung on stage and in the film
"You Must meet my wife" is also talk sung
The only other song Desiree sings on stage is "Glamorus Life" - talk sung

Ann and the Maid have the legit Voices in the stage show

Liz was totally dubbed in "Love Takes Time" the new song/lyric in the film
Liz is dubbed on the last three notes of "You Must Meet My Wife" the rest is Liz
Liz is partially dubbed in "Send in the Clowns" but most of it is Liz

I believe Lesley Ann Down sang some of her songs with a few notes dubbed in"Weekend in the Country" though all of "Soon" was dubbed by Elaine Tomkinson who also dubs Liz's daughter

"Liasons" was filmed and then cut - I don't believe any of the cut footage survives in usable form.

Image entertainment released the only version of the film available for video at the time. The DVD is a blow up of a Pan and Scan copy - framed to look widescreen. The DVD is poor quaility but better than the laserdisc/video cassette

Corman distributed the film after no one else would. At one time it was going to be aired as a Hallmark Hall of Fame special but then Corman came along. The film was shot off and on because the producers didn't have any money to finish it - which is why Liz's weight fluctates

Both Peter Finch and Robert Stephens were cast as the Lawyer, but Finch died and Stephens didn't get along with Taylor so Len Cariou was brought in to repeat his stage role

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

This is now coming from Arkiv Music as "CD-on-Demand" and digital releases:

http://www.masterworksbroadway.com/news/three-musical-rarities-coming-soon

And not only are you getting the LP, but some additional music too!

Here's the announcement:

The soundtrack of the 1978 movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway masterpiece, A Little Night Music finally finds its way to CD. Directed by Hal Prince, the all-star cast features Elizabeth Taylor, who sings the famous “Send in the Clowns,” Diana Rigg, Lesley-Ann Down, Len Cariou and Hermione Gingold. This newly-remastered CD is transferred from the original stereo masters, and includes a previously unreleased instrumental cue, along with two other instrumental cues taken from the mono soundtrack of the film. The complete version of "Every Day a Little Death" is also included from the mono soundtrack, as the carriage ride verse written for the film was not included on the stereo master. Featuring liner notes by Sondheim archivist Peter E. Jones, A Little Night Music will be released exclusively for purchase via MasterworksBroadway.com on August 13 in a limited quantity of Manufacture-On-Demand CDs as well as digital download. The CD will be available through Arkiv Music on September 10, plus downloads through digital service providers the same day.

YAY!

James

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Funny how I noticed more used LP's of this in the clearance bins lately. And I just yesterday got finished the first step in encoding my LP.

I have mixed feelings. We're getting offered cd-r's. woo hoo frown.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2013 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I have mixed feelings. We're getting offered cd-r's. woo hoo frown.

I don't know. Would I rather have a CD-R from the master tapes, or a Harkit-like pressed CD from an LP rip?

 
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