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OPERATION: DVD

Since the first Operation: DVD objective went on line, there have been quite a few suggestions for titles to be made Operation: DVD objectives. While many of the suggestions were good, they were rather obvious choices that the studios have either announced, or already released on DVD. On the other hand, there have been a couple of rather obvious suggested titles that have managed to fall through the cracks.

John Carpenter is a director with a huge following, and his legions of fans have made his films big sellers on home video. THE FOG and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK are two of director’s most popular early works and both films had been released on Laserdisc when they were part of the New Line Home Video library. The Laserdiscs featured audio commentaries, plus a couple of other extras. As Special Editions, the Laserdiscs barely scratched the surface, especially compared to what is possible on DVD.

Special Edition DVDs of THE FOG and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK should retain the existing audio commentaries, although an additional commentary track for THE FOG could include cast members like Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh and Hal Holbrook. Likewise, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK could include a second audio commentary with Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Barbeau, Harry Dean Stanton and Ernest Borgnine. Many of John Carpenter's fans have expressed an interest in seeing the entire prologue for ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK reinstated back into the movie (only a snippet was included on the Laserdisc). The DVD format makes it possible for both a theatrical version and restored director's cut of the film to be encoded into the DVD, giving the viewer a choice of which version to play. Of course, both of these Special Edition DVDs should include the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 wide screen televisions. Additionally, since John Carpenter has a big following and has provided audio commentary for so many of his films, he would be the perfect director to participate in an on-line event, like MGM Home Entertainment has pioneered with their RONIN DVD. So, both THE FOG and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK should be DVD-ROM enabled, for on-line event. Plus, it would be great if these DVDs included complete screenplays, storyboards, photo galleries, interviews with cast and crew members, outtakes and any behind-the-scenes footage that may still exist.

John Carpenter fans that wish to see Special Edition DVDs of both THE FOG and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK should take the time to contact MGM Home Entertainment. When you make your request please remember to ask specifically for the key features you would like to see included on the DVD, specifically:

  1. The anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 wide screen televisions.
  2. Audio commentaries with the director as well as cast members.
  3. A restored director's cut for ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK.
  4. Theatrical trailers.
  5. Dolby Digital 5.1 channel re-mix.
  6. Isolated musical scores.
  7. Outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage.
  8. DVD-ROM enhancements.
  9. On-line content.
  10. Screenplays.
  11. Photo galleries or anything else that would make both DVDs truly special.
  12. Finally, by courteous when making your request to MGM Home Entertainment.

You can contact MGM Home Entertainment at the following:

DVD Department
MGM Home Entertainment
2500 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061
Telephone: 310-449-3370
Fax: 310-449-3026
E-Mail Page: http://www.mgmhomevideo.com/cgi-bin/cgi/email.html
E-Mail : homeentertainment@mgm.com
Web Site: http://www.mgmhomevideo.com
Web Site: http://www.mgmhomevideo.com/mgmhv/dvd

Please take the time to support your fellow collectors with Operation: DVD objectives. When DVD collectors present a unified front, things really do happen. Please send your suggestions for future Operation: DVD objectives to my e-mail address: dmg@thecinemalaser.com.


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