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 Posted:   Feb 8, 2018 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Dan Roman   (Member)

Cinematic version of Peter Gunn, has anyone ever watched this film? Is it as good as the television series? Why no DVD release?

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2018 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

I saw the movie many years ago, and I liked it, but then I was a fan of the series. Remembering it, it seems like it was long on style and mood, but short on plot. I did buy the album, and it was great. I too wish they would put it out on DVD; I would certainly buy it.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2018 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   On the Rooftops   (Member)

I think this has never had a video release..filmed in bright color
it loses some of the b/w noirish quality of the TV show (of course
I've only seen shaky TV versions of it) and your mileage may
vary on the recasting of the characters, but it's decent like an
extended episode of the show (with extra violence)...

But beware, I think somewhere in there is the "Mancini Chorus"
with the song made out of the Gunn theme...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2018 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I've seen it twice. The last time was about 1974 on CBS late night movie.
This may be one of the few Blake Edwards movies not released on dvd/Blu-ray---which is too bad.
The soundtrack is included in the Sony Henry Mancini birthday set from several years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2018 - 10:40 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The soundtrack is included in the Sony Henry Mancini birthday set from several years ago.


I assume that the LP release was re-recorded for our listening pleasure, as were all the other 1960s Mancini RCA film score albums. I saw the film only once, about 35 years ago, and have no memory of how closely the LP resembles the actual soundtrack.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2018 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I think this has never had a video release..filmed in bright color
it loses some of the b/w noirish quality of the TV show (of course
I've only seen shaky TV versions of it) and your mileage may
vary on the recasting of the characters, but it's decent like an
extended episode of the show (with extra violence)...


Amazon was streaming it for a brief time. It's no longer available.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2018 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

The soundtrack is included in the Sony Henry Mancini birthday set from several years ago.


I assume that the LP release was re-recorded for our listening pleasure, as were all the other 1960s Mancini RCA film score albums. I saw the film only once, about 35 years ago, and have no memory of how closely the LP resembles the actual soundtrack.



Released on import CD by RCA/BMG Spain.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2018 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

no way the film is as good as that artwork!!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2018 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

no way the film is as good as that artwork!!


That image of Craig Stevens surrounded by women is similar to the one-sheet of Sean Connery in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, with which GUNN was competing at the box office. The films opened in the U.S. within two weeks of each other in June 1967. Each of them has eight women.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2018 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Were they trying to update Peter Gunn for the 1960s spy genre/aesthetic?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2018 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Were they trying to update Peter Gunn for the 1960s spy genre/aesthetic?


I don't know what Blake Edwards had in mind, but of the four contemporary reviews of the film that I read, three of them (Time, Variety, and the New York Times) made no mention of Bond. Only Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice brought up Bond. He concludes his favorable review thusly:

"Gunn is a movie of the sixties as Kiss Me Deadly was a movie of the fifties and The Big Sleep a movie of the forties and The Maltese Falcon a hangover from the thirties. Craig Stevens' patented coolness looks a bit worn by now, but the feeling of fleshy corruption is more subtly expressed in Gunn than in the more socially concerned Spades and Hammers of yesteryear. Edward Asner and Albert Paulsen are two actors to keep in mind when anyone asks you what happened to all the good character actors from the good old days of movie-movies. All in all, Gunn makes the Bond series look like child's play."

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2018 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   On the Rooftops   (Member)

No, there aren't any attempts to bring in 60s spy elements in the
film itself, but the "mod" main title sequence (it's on YouTube)
looks suspiciously Matt Helm-ish to me..

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2018 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Mos def looks like the same artist as Bond.
Could be Robert Mcginnis..?

 
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