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 Posted:   Dec 1, 2011 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

The remake of Cecil B DeMille's epic(directed by his son -in- law, Anthony Quinn) is coming to Blu-ray on Feb 28 via Olive Films - list price 29.98 -- also on DVD atb 19.98.

The original starring Fredric March comes out the same day on dvd -

Both are long awaited by fans of DeMille and worthy of release. The remake has a stereophonic score by Elmer Bernstein.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2011 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

And a great score it is by Bernstein.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2011 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....The remake has a stereophonic score by Elmer Bernstein......


At the time of the original release of THE BUCCANEER in 1958, it did not appear in the theatres with a stereophonic soundtrack.

It was mixed for stereo for the first time (by our own Joe Caps, I believe) at the time of the laserdisc release---and very effectively, because Bernstein's is a wonderful score and helps the film immeasurably.

Olive films will be releasing THE BUCCANEER on DVD, however I don't believe it has yet been established that this DVD release will carry a stereo mix, either the laserdisc one, or a newly created one. We'll have to wait and see.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2011 - 8:42 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I love them both.

The original for Frederic March's two-hour Charles Boyer impression, and the remake for the most messianic portrayal of Andrew Jackson we are ever likely to see.

Who else but Heston could convincingly deliver a line like:

"By the lord God, I'll kill the next man who moves."

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2011 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

But nobody noticed until they were in post-production that they had given Heston a white wig which was way premature for the Jackson of this time period.

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2011 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Heston's diary catches the moment when he realized they'd goofed, five days into shooting his part. "It just occurred to me tonight that I should really have had the makeup a little younger since Andrew Jackson was only forty-six at the time. However, we're committed now." His commentary on the entry notes, "This was stupidly careless of me" adding that they had been using portraits of Jackson at age 60 to design the make-up, and that in his case he should have known better especially since this was his second time in the role.

I'm glad this is finally coming. Now when at long last can I finally retire my Laser Disc of "Samson And Delilah"??????

 
 Posted:   Dec 1, 2011 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

. . . and that in his case he should have known better especially since this was his second time in the role.


Hey, that's right! He'd just played Jackson five years earlier!


Another interesting footnote regarding the '58 version . . .



IMDB lists Majel Barrett (then known as "Majel Leigh Hudec") appearing in "The Buccaneer" as a "Townswoman."
I've never been able to pick her out, though. Anyone know what scene she's in, or what she looks like?
She would have been about twenty-six years old.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Olive films will be releasing THE BUCCANEER on DVD, however I don't believe it has yet been established that this DVD release will carry a stereo mix, either the laserdisc one, or a newly created one. We'll have to wait and see.


I'll be happy if the DVD is in the widescreen VistaVision ratio, which the laserdisc was not.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 1:49 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

But nobody noticed until they were in post-production that they had given Heston a white wig which was way premature for the Jackson of this time period.

That wasn't the only hair-related news from the film. Many reviews of "The Buccaneer" commented on Brynner’s wearing of a brunette wig and mustache, which marked the first time he appeared onscreen with hair instead of his trademark bald pate.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 1:53 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

And a great score it is by Bernstein.


Reportedly, Mack David added lyrics to one of the film’s musical themes, written by Bernstein, to produce the song “Love Song from The Buccaneer (Lover’s Gold).” Used to publicize the film, the song was recorded by Mitch Miller and his orchestra and choral group. Has anyone heard this song?

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)



Independent distributors Olive films will release on Blu-ray Anthony Quinn's The Buccaneer (1958), starring Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, Charlton Heston, and Inger Stevens, and Herbert Ross' Nijinsky (1980), starring Alan Bates, Leslie Browne, and George De La Pena. The distributors have not yet revealed the exact technical specs, supplemental features and region coding status for these releases. However, both will be available for purchase on February 28th.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=7833

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

And a great score it is by Bernstein.


Reportedly, Mack David added lyrics to one of the film’s musical themes, written by Bernstein, to produce the song “Love Song from The Buccaneer (Lover’s Gold).” Used to publicize the film, the song was recorded by Mitch Miller and his orchestra and choral group. Has anyone heard this song?



Yes, Bob. I have it on a 45rpm single on the Columbia label...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

.....The remake has a stereophonic score by Elmer Bernstein......


At the time of the original release of THE BUCCANEER in 1958, it did not appear in the theatres with a stereophonic soundtrack.

It was mixed for stereo for the first time (by our own Joe Caps, I believe) at the time of the laserdisc release---and very effectively, because Bernstein's is a wonderful score and helps the film immeasurably.

Olive films will be releasing THE BUCCANEER on DVD, however I don't believe it has yet been established that this DVD release will carry a stereo mix, either the laserdisc one, or a newly created one. We'll have to wait and see.


I did not say that the BR would have the stereo mix -- I was just hoping that it would.
I thought that the original pressbook mentioned stereophonic on certain ads -- but I cannot check it currently --
hopefully someone at Olive films will realize that a stereo mix is available - but with so many recent snafus with stereo on older films, it will probably be missed. Anyone know how to contact Olive to advise them of this?

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   welwynfilmstudios   (Member)

Anyone know how to contact Olive to advise them of this?

You could try this.

Contact
contact@olivefilms.com

Sales
sales@olivefilms.com


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Olive Films
707 Colomba Court Suite 109
Saint Charles, IL 60174 USA

Questions?
Call: (630) 444-1757
(Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST)
Fax: (630) 444-1759


http://www.olivefilms.com/about-us/

They also have a Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Olive-Films/140837875943756

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Anyone know how to contact Olive to advise them of this?

You could try this.

Contact
contact@olivefilms.com

Sales
sales@olivefilms.com


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Olive Films
707 Colomba Court Suite 109
Saint Charles, IL 60174 USA

Questions?
Call: (630) 444-1757
(Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST)
Fax: (630) 444-1759


http://www.olivefilms.com/about-us/

They also have a Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Olive-Films/140837875943756



thanks - I just posted on their facebook page - hope others will too.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 10:10 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

"The Buccaneer" was a remake of DeMille’s 1938 Paramount production of the same title, also about Jean Lafitte. In April 1956, the Hollywood Reporter stated that DeMille would remake "The Buccaneer" as the first musical of his career. A June 1956 Hollywood Reporter article announced that DeMille had signed Chinese actress Li Li-hua to make her American motion picture debut in the film, which was to be directed by Yul Brynner. In December 1957, the New York Times reported that longtime DeMille collaborator producer-actor Henry Wilcoxon stated that the plans to stage the remake as a musical were abandoned “because it was apparent that we had too good a story to tell.” After Brynner decided not to direct the film because it was going to be a larger production than he wanted to attempt for his directorial debut, DeMille turned to actor Anthony Quinn.

Quinn, who was married to DeMille’s daughter Katherine from 1937 to 1965, had never directed a film before, and recommended that DeMille hire director Budd Boetticher instead, but DeMille insisted that Quinn do it. Quinn, who had played the part of “Beluche” in the 1938 version of "The Buccaneer," accepted reluctantly, noting in his autobiography that DeMille chose a first-time director so that he could maintain control over the production. Quinn stated that he hired Abby Mann to rewrite the screenplay that DeMille had given him initially, but that the producer rejected Mann’s version as “too dark” and “too political.”

"The Buccaneer' received fair reviews, but was a disappointment to Quinn, who never directed another picture. In his autobiography, Quinn asserted that after he produced a “far more intimate” film than anything DeMille would have done, DeMille, who preferred more epic dimensions, recut the picture completely. Quinn stated that the re-edited film “was nothing like the picture I had shot…the whole feeling was different. The pace I had carefully established was gone, replaced by frenetic jump cuts and wide shots.” Quinn summed up his reaction to the released film by saying “I did not like it at all.”

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2012 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Here's a review of the Blu-ray's technical specs from DVDTalk. As expected, no stereo, and apparently not even uncompressed mono.

Video:
The 1.85.1 anamorphic widescreen transfer was taken from a decent source but it doesn't appear to have undergone any sort of breathtaking restoration. Minor print damage pops up here and there and some color fading occasionally works its way on screen - these are the exceptions rather than the rule, however. For the most part the image is clean and shows good detail for an older film. Skin tones look lifelike, black levels are good (albeit not perfectly inky) and there are no noticeable issues to report with any compression artifacts or edge enhancement issues.

Sound:
The English language Dolby Digital Mono sound mix on the DVD is fine. There are no serious issues here to note, though occasionally things sound just a tiny bit on the flat side. Levels are well balanced and there's only minor hiss present occasionally, you won't likely notice it if you don't listen for such things. There are no alternate language tracks, closed captioning or subtitle options of any kind provided.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/53561/buccaneer-the/

 
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