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 Posted:   May 18, 2011 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   wameen   (Member)

I see from SIGHT AND SOUND that the British Film Institute has released JOANNA on DVD, a movie I haven't seen in nearly 40 years, with Genevieve Waite and Donald Sutherland, a terrific theme song and some occasionally very good orchestral tracks. Does anyone know if the soundtrack has ever been released on DVD? And since the new film is Region 2 and PAL, is there any way it can be adapted to U.S. DVD players/TVs short of waiting for the U.S. version? Another lost classic, the Joseph Losey film FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE, with Malcolm McDowell and Robert Shaw, from one of the most memorable novels of my 20's, is available also only on Region 2 DVD. Since DVD/BluRay is such a huge business, why this schism between the two sides of the Pond? Can a Roku download from a Region 2 feed??

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2011 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I see from SIGHT AND SOUND that the British Film Institute has released JOANNA on DVD, a movie I haven't seen in nearly 40 years, with Genevieve Waite and Donald Sutherland, a terrific theme song and some occasionally very good orchestral tracks. Does anyone know if the soundtrack has ever been released on DVD? And since the new film is Region 2 and PAL, is there any way it can be adapted to U.S. DVD players/TVs short of waiting for the U.S. version? Another lost classic, the Joseph Losey film FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE, with Malcolm McDowell and Robert Shaw, from one of the most memorable novels of my 20's, is available also only on Region 2 DVD. Since DVD/BluRay is such a huge business, why this schism between the two sides of the Pond? Can a Roku download from a Region 2 feed??

I presume you mean was the soundtrack released on CD, not DVD - the answer is yes, in Japan, and long out of print. Comes up on eBay frequently, though. The blu-ray is very nice looking but is indeed locked to region B, which means the DVD will be region 2. Multi-region DVD players can be had for fifty bucks these days and are well worth it for just this reason.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2011 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

"Joanna" was aired on the Fox Movie Channel within the past couple of years -- it was a very good print and I enjoyed seeing the wonky film again. I've always had sort of a sentimental soft spot for both the film and score -- and the lp cover always received lots of comments from my high school friends when I had it out for playing.

P.S. And you should definitely look into getting a multi-region, PAL to NTSC, converting DVD player -- even a bluray multi region player can be had fairly cheap these days!

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2011 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I see from SIGHT AND SOUND that the British Film Institute has released JOANNA on DVD

What is the length of the DVD? The British theatrical release ran 113 minutes, but the film was cut to 107 minutes for its U.S. release. By some reports, even the British version was cut from 122 minutes.



 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2011 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I see from SIGHT AND SOUND that the British Film Institute has released JOANNA on DVD

What is the length of the DVD? The British theatrical release ran 113 minutes, but the film was cut to 107 minutes for its U.S. release. By some reports, even the British version was cut from 122 minutes.



The Brit blu and dvd runs 113 minutes, which is the longest Joanna ever ran anywhere.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 6:34 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I'll catch the sun is a classic song from Rod Mckeon.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

One of Rod McKeun's songs from 'Joanna':

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re:
I presume you mean was the soundtrack released on CD, not DVD - the answer is yes, in Japan, and long out of print. Comes up on eBay frequently, though. The blu-ray is very nice looking but is indeed locked to region B, which means the DVD will be region 2. Multi-region DVD players can be had for fifty bucks these days and are well worth it for just this reason.


I wrote recently in a discussion here about Rod McKuen's music for "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie" that several years ago I wrote the composer a long letter and in the middle of it mentioned my frustration that his music for "Joanna" had never been released on CD. Two days later a very heavy package arrived with more than a dozen of his recordings, including, to my joy, the CD for "Joanna." Someone said here that it was a Japanese import and I insisted that my copy didn't seem to be an import. I was wrong. Most of the text of the 16-page booklet that comes with it are in, I presume, Japanese. There are 29 cues on it, a whopping 14 that were previously unissued (on the original soundtrack LP), Of course I was overjoyed to receive such a gift from McKuen and continue to enjoy that soundtrack as well as his other music.

And to Peter Greenhill, thanks for posting the song, but kinda wish you had included "Peter's Theme," the haunting instrumental version of it heard near the end of the film when Donald Sutherland and Genevieve Waite are on the Moroccan beach at night. It's nice to find others who love this music!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Unfortunately the movie is pretty obscure in recent history, not shown on TCM, THIS OR OTHER cable movie networks over the years. Years ago ignored for the most part by syndication and the networks. it has been one of so many films where if you were lucky to get the old Lp you then enjoyed the music.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Whilst Mr. McKuen's musical contribution enhances the film's 60s Swingin' Britain
atmosphere most admirably (especially his thrilling Concerto extract), what the flick is
probably most known for is its director, Michael Sarne



went on to helm (not Matt) the truly DISASTROUS version of The Vidalian's

eek eek

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2013 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Slight correction on my part, Although still not that common I see in 2011 from a response above the film did get a showing on Fox movie network a few years ago.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: Unfortunately the movie is pretty obscure in recent history, not shown on TCM, THIS OR OTHER cable movie networks over the years. Years ago ignored for the most part by syndication and the networks. it has been one of so many films where if you were lucky to get the old Lp you then enjoyed the music.

Actually there was a time, probably in the 1980s, when "Joanna" used to appear several times on cable channels, and I recorded it at the SP speed on VHS, and used to watch it back in the days of VHS -- but who watches VHS anymore??? I was thinking seriously about buying an all-region Blu-ray player so I could buy and watch the DVD/Blu-ray combo of this movie, but decided that that would be a foolish move -- I own over 4,000 DVDs and about 175 Blu-rays, many in massive anniversary box sets along with complete seasons of several favorite series, so why do I need to buy yet another Blu-ray player just to watch one movie? Indeed. That said, if I find myself having to replace my primary Blu-ray player, I'll certainly lean towards an all-region one!!

Very odd. I just tried to edit this by adding the following question, but it seems to have disappeared:

How do we add a photo for an avitar that appears beside our comments in these pages? I have a picture of myself at my profile, and the only other option requires a GIF file, and, with a Mac, it wasn't all that easy to create one, which I did with 2 pictures, but it seems a GIF file is usually with animation. Anybody know a way, with a Mac, to add a picture to go along with our postings? Thanks!!!!

Ron

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Rod was a regular punch line on imus on NBC radio in70's

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: Rod was a regular punch line on imus on NBC radio in70's

Yes, many people over the years have used him as a punching bag -- we even see it here at some of the postings about his poetry and music. But he has given a lot of pleasure to a lot of people. A few days ago I was remembering how, after they finally released his "The Sea" on CD, that I had turned off all the lights and listened to it in the dark, and that it captivated me just as it had many many years earlier. But just listen to some of the mindless garbage that passes as music these days, with meandering melodies (if you can even find one) and lyrics that repeat the same word or phrase ad infinitum -- until I'm ready to pull out the remaining hair I still have on my head!

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Rod Mckuen, has taken his share of criticism over the years but at his peak he was a major player. Poetry books in the best seller lists, sold out concerts, hit songs and academy award nominated film songs.

Certainly his work has given pleasure to many people, including me.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: Rod Mckuen, has taken his share of criticism over the years but at his peak he was a major player. Poetry books in the best seller lists, sold out concerts, hit songs and academy award nominated film songs.

Certainly his work has given pleasure to many people, including me.


That's always nice to hear!!!!!!!!!

 
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