Warner Bros. On "Lost" 2001 Footage

 

 

Deleted Scene - Bowman looks for replacement part
Deleted Scene - Bowman looks for replacement part

Last week, many sites carried that story that FX maestro Douglas Trumball mentioned that the 17 minutes Stanley Kubrick cut from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY after it’s 1968 release had been verified as being intact and in good condition in a salt mine storage facility.
 (This is a common practice for film storage, as the cool, dry, and stable condition are ideal for the purpose.)
Though the existence of these scenes have been known for several years  (as I recall) and no real surprise, it did lead to some speculation about a 2001 special edition of some sort.  Yesterday, Warner Brothers —which now controls the film righst to 2001 and many other MGM productions— made the following statement.

“The additional footage from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY has always existed in the Warner vaults. When  Kubrick trimmed the 17 minutes from 2001 after the NY premiere, he made it clear the shortened version was his final edit.
The film is as he wanted it to be presented and preserved and Warner Home Video has no plans to expand or revise Mr. Kubrick’s vision.”

Kudos to them for keeping it that way. While I’d have no objection to the footage becoming available to view in a documentary, or perhaps as a bonus feature, it would seem a rather disrespectful to go against the director’s strongly expressed wishes.
Sadly, it seems that Douglass Trumbull’s and David Larson’s documentary, 2001: BEYOND THE INFINITE The Making of a Masterpiece, has been canceled. They still plan to publish a book which will feature rare phototgraphs from the film, along with unused production sketches, etc.
(Warner Home Video quote via Slashfim)

The Exorcist on screen September 30

Linda Blair in THE EXORCIST (1973)

Watch out, THE LAST EXORCISM! The grand-daddy of possession flicks, the Oscar-winning 1973 classic THE EXORCIST will be back in select theatres later this month – for a special one-night-only pair of screenings on September 30. The event is presented by NCM Fathom, which broadcasts video to an network of affiliated theatres, creating “live” nationwide events rather like watching television on the big screen (previous examples include the RiffTrax crew performing live commentary for screenings of PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE). Warner Brothers Home Video is using the event as a platform to promote the upcoming release of a two-disc Blu-ray on October 5, which will include the original theatrical cut and the so-called “Extended Director’s Cut,” plus three new documentaries; also on October 5, the film will be available for download via iTunes.

“THE EXORCIST EXTENDED DIRECTOR’S CUT” RETURNS TO THEATERS WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE FOR THRILLING ONE-NIGHT EVENT
NCM Fathom, Warner Home Video and CHUD.com Bring Academy Award®-winning Thriller Back to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide September 30
Centennial, Colo. – September 2, 2010 – The scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut, returns to theaters nationwide for a one-night special event on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. local time and again for a second showing at 10:30 p.m. in select theaters. The thrilling special in-theater event, shown in more than 450 select movie theaters nationwide, will feature never-before-seen on-set footage and interviews with Academy Award® winning director William Friedkin, writer William Peter Blatty and actress Linda Blair as well as members of the original cast and crew. Following The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut, audiences will also be treated to a look behind-the-scenes showing how many of the legendary scenes were shot in this classic and thrilling tale of good vs. evil.
Tickets for The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut are available at participating box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website (theaters and participants may be subject to change).
Released in 1973, “The Exorcist” caused a cultural earthquake that is still felt today, shocking and enthralling audiences who had never seen anything like it. Many viewers were frightened out of their wits – and literally out of their seats. Some ran out of the theater; others got physically ill or couldn’t sleep for weeks. Now audiences may experience the same visceral emotions again in their local movie theater with this masterpiece of suspense that haunted, intrigued and thrilled the world.
Adapted from the best-selling 1971 novel inspired by an actual exorcism case, “The Exorcist” tells the now-famous story of a young girl’s demonic possession, and her mother’s (Ellen Burstyn) desperate attempts to save her. Blair, in a breakout role, plays the possessed Regan, caught in a gripping fight between good and evil which culminated with an exorcism conducted by two priests. Terrifying audiences and chilling them to the bone, the theological thriller also starred Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and Mercedes McCambridge. “The Exorcist” is still considered one of the most successful feature films of all time, grossing $440 million worldwide and earning 10 Academy Award® nominations (winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound).
“The cultural impact of this truly frightening thriller cannot be understated and to experience it in movie theaters on giant, 40-foot screens is amazing,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “With the stunning quality of this special event, fans will be on the edge of their seats like never before.”
Presented by NCM Fathom and Warner Home Video, in association with CHUD.com, The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut will appear in 457 select U.S. movie theaters, including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA), The Carolina (Asheville, NC), The Majestic 10 (Williston, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA).
“The Exorcist” will be available from Warner Home Video on Blu-ray in a two-disc, high-definition set featuring both the original theatrical version and Extended Director’s Cut of the film plus three new documentaries on October 5. For more information, visit www.warnerhomevideo.com.

About National CineMedia (NCM)

NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom present cinema advertising and events across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater network covers 172 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes approximately 17,100 screens (15,600 digital). During 2009, over 680 million patrons attended movies shown in theaters currently included in NCM’s network (excluding Consolidated Theatres). The NCM Fathom Events broadcast network is comprised of approximately 550 locations in 154 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing over 40 entertainment-related web sites, online widgets and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.0% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com or www.fathomevents.com.

Please note that the press release’s use of the phrase “Never-Before Seen Footage” refers to “on-set footage and interviews.” That, plus the appellation “Extended Director’s Cut” might lure viewers into expecting to see a different version of the film, when in fact this appears to be the revised version released to theatres in the year 2000. At that time, the film was billed as “THE EXORCIST: THE VERSION YOU’VE NEVER SEEN” – a title that makes no sense now, as interested viewers have seen that version in theatres and on DVD.

The Exorcist: listening to the demon below from upstairs Ellen Burstyn in THE EXORCIST The Exorcist: Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) performs an exorcism on Regan. The Exorcist (1973): Father Merrin arrives The Exorcist (1973): Regan resists efforts to help her.

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DC 75th Anniversary Music CD

dc_75 MUSIC CDThe Music of DC Comics: 75th Anniversary Collection is a new CD from Warner Brother’s Water Tower Music, set to come out September 28th, 2010

Track Listing:
1. Superman March – Sammy Timberg (1941) – Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Academy Award Nominated cartoon series “Superman” produced by Max Fleischer. This was the first Superman cartoon.
2. Theme From Superman (Album Version) – John Williams (1978) – From the live-action film “Superman.” Digitally remastered.
3. The New Adventures of Superman – John Gart (1966)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “The New Adventures of Superman.”
4. Lois and Clark / The New Adventures of Superman – Jay Gruska (1993) – From the live-action TV Series “Lois and Clark”. Digitally remastered.
5. The Adventures of Superboy – John Gart(1966)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “The Adventures of Superboy.”
6. Superboy – Kevin Kiner (1988)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV series “Superboy.”
7. Smallville Season 8 (End Title) – Louis Febre (2008)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV series “Smallville.”
8. Batman: The Electrical Brain – Lee Zahler (1943)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action serial “The Batman.” This was the first filmed appearance of Batman.
9. The Batman Theme (Album Version) – Danny Elfman (1989) – From the live-action film “Batman”. Digitally remastered.
10. The Adventures of Batman – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the filmation cartoon “The Adventures of Batman.”
11. Batman TV Series Theme – Neal Hefti (1966)
– From the live-action TV series “Batman”. Digitally remastered.
12. Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Andy Sturmer (2008) – From the cartoon “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”. Digitally remastered.
13. Batman Beyond – Kristopher Lee (1999)
– From the cartoon “Batman Beyond”. Digitally remastered.
14. Molossus from Batman Begins – Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard (2005) – From the live-action film “Batman Begins”. Digitally remastered.
15. Justice League of America – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “Justice League of America.”
16. Super Friends – Hoyt Curtin (1973)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Hanna-Barbera cartoon “SuperFriends.”
17. The All New Super Friends Hour – Hoyt Curtin (1977)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Hanna-Barbera cartoon “The All-New SuperFriends Hour.”
18. Justice League Unlimited – Michael McCuistion (2004)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the cartoon “Justice League Unlimited.”
19. Legends of the Superheroes – Fred Wener (1979)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV special “Legends of the Superheroes.”
20. The Teen Titans – John Gart (1967) – Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “The Teen Titans.”
21. Aquaman – John Gart (1967) – Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “Aquaman.”
22. Swamp Thing – Christopher Stone (1991)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV show “Swamp Thing: The Series.”
23. Shazam! – Norman Prescott & Yvette Blais (1974)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the live-action TV series “Shazam!”
24. The Flash – John Gart (1967)
– Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “The Flash.”
25. Green Lantern – John Gart (1967) – Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “Green Lantern.”
26. Green Lantern First Flight – Robert J Kral (2009)
-From the animated movie “Green Lantern: First Flight.” Digitally remastered.
27. The Atom – John Gart (1967) – Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “The Atom.”
28. Hawkman – John Gart (1967) – Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Filmation cartoon “Hawkman.”
29. Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show – Dean Elliott (1979) – Previously unavailable. Digitally remastered. From the Ruby-Spears cartoon “The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show.”
30. Wonder Woman The Animated Movie End Title – Christopher Drake (2009) – From the animated movie “Wonder Woman.” Digitally remastered.
31. Wonder Woman – Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel (1976)
– From the live-action TV series “Wonder Woman.” Digitally remastered.

Notably missing is the theme to the 1950’s series THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, generally credited to music editor Leon Klatzkin. (Some writers such as Paul Mandell speculate that the Superman March and Flying Theme were the work of composer Jack  Shaindlin or his assistants, based on other cues by  Shaindlin & Co. from the MUTEL Library that seem to incorporate distinct motifs from the piece.)
It’s possible its  exclusion  is due to the fact that DC Comics does not control the rights to this piece of music, for convoluted legal reasons. Warner Home Video’s ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN DVD collections don’t feature the music either, save as synched to the original episodes.

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Premiere Screenings

Apoc_Super_batDC  Universe’s Direct to DVD animated film SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE will have L.A. and N.YC. premiere screenings on September 21st and 23rd, presented by Warner Home Video, UGO.com and The Paley Center for Media.

From the Press Release:
On Tuesday, September 21, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) with media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m.
A panel discussion moderated by UGO movie editors will follow the screening featuring executive producer Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery, writer Tab Murphy and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano.
Additional participants, including voice cast members, will be announced as confirmed.
On Thursday, September 23, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will screen at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with media interviews starting at 5:00 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m.
Following the screening, Kevin Conroy, the fan-favorite voice of Batman, and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano will lead a panel discussion moderated by UGO movie editors. Additional participants, including voice cast members, will be announced as confirmed.
A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on Sept. 21 must RSVP via email to SupermanBatmanLA@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Fans in New York City wishing to receive free tickets to the NY event on Sept. 23 must RSVP via email to SupermanBatmanNY@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Tickets to both events will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis.
Based on the DC Comics series/graphic novel “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” by Jeph Loeb, Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is produced by animation legend Bruce Timm and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) from a script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist).
In Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, a spaceship splashes down in Gotham City Harbor — leading Batman and Superman to encounter a mysterious Kryptonian with powers as great as those of the Man of Steel. The Kryptonian is soon revealed to be Kara, cousin of Superman, who takes her under his wing to educate her about the ways of Earth. However, the villainous Darkseid has other plans. Seeing an opportunity to finally defeat Superman, Darkseid abducts and gains control of Kara, utilizing the powerful Kryptonian to do his bidding. It’s up to Batman and Superman to save Kara, but they’ll have to take the fight to Darkseid within his hostile world – where unknown, deadly threats lurk around every corner, including a brainwashed Kryptonian able to match Superman blow-for-blow.
Fan favorites Tim Daly (Private Practice) and Kevin Conroy (China Beach) return to their seminal roles as Superman and Batman, respectively. The celebrity-laden guest cast is headed by Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as the daunting Darkseid. Sci-Fi heroine Summer Glau (Serenity/Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) provides the voice of Supergirl, and seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner (UP) reprises his Superman: The Animated Series/Justice League role as Granny Goodness.
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 28, 2010.

DC Showcase, Return Of Black Adam

dcShowcase_CMARVELWarner Premiere, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Video have announced DC SHOWCASE; “a series of animated shorts featuring characters from the celebrated DC Comics vault.”

“On November 9, 2010, Warner Home Video will distribute the DC SHOWCASE Original Shorts Collection, the first quartet of animated adventures featuring the never-before-seen SUPERMAN/SHAZAM! : THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM, as a Special Edition Blu-Ray™ for $29.99 (SRP) and single disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP).
DC SHOWCASE animated shorts initially appeared as special bonus content on the 2010 slate of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The 10- to 12-minute films include The Spectre, Jonah Hex and Green Arrow. All three titles will be presented in extended formats along with the first-ever release of  SUPERMAN/SHAZAM! : THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM.
In SUPERMAN/SHAZAM! : THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM, Clark Kent’s latest interview subject is street kid Billy Batson. What Clark doesn’t know is that Billy is more than a feisty kid with a lot of heart – he has been chosen by an ancient wizard to represent the good of man as the World’s Mightiest Mortal just by invoking the name of the wizard, “Shazam!”
Billy’s powers come none-too-soon, as he also discovers he’s being pursued by a centuries’ old, murderous villain, Black Adam – a foe so powerful, even Superman can’t stop him alone. The all-star cast of  SUPERMAN/SHAZAM! : THE RETURN OF BLACK ADAM is led by Jerry O’Connell (CROSSING JORDAN) as Captain Marvel, George Newbern reprising his Justice League role as Superman, Arnold Vosloo (THE MUMMY) as Black Adam and two-time Emmy Award® winner James Garner (8 SIMPLE RULES) as The Wizard.
Bruce Timm (SUPERMAN DOOMSDAY) is executive producer and Joaquim Dos Santos (JUSTICE LEAGE,  AVATAR: The Last Airbender) is director of the first series of DC Showcase titles. Michael Jelenic (WONDER WOMAN) wrote the 22-minute script.
Other shorts included on the DC SHOWCASE Original Shorts Collection:
THE SPECTRE – A detective story with an ethereal twist featuring an otherworldly character. The short is written by Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), and the voice cast includes Gary Cole (ENTOURAGE) and Alyssa Milano (CHARMED).
JONAH HEX – The tough-as-nails bounty hunter always gets his man – until someone else gets to him first – in this case a murderous madam who wants to steal more than just his bounty from Jonah Hex. Based on a story from the award-winning Jonah Hex comic series, and scripted by world-renowned author Joe Lansdale. The voice cast is led by Thomas Jane (HUNG), Linda Hamilton (THE TERMINATOR), Michelle Trachtenberg (MERCY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) and Michael Rooker (DAYS OF THUNDER).
GREEN ARROW – At the Star City International Airport to pick up his girlfriend, Oliver Queen is forced into action as Green Arrow to protect the 10-year-old Princess of Vlatava from his old nemesis Merlyn the Magnificent and the League of Assassins. Greg Weisman (Young Justice) pens this action-packed tale, which features the voices of Neal McDonough (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) as the title character and Malcolm McDowell (ENTOURAGE) as his foe.
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection 1-Disc Special Edition DVD features more than 1 hour of exciting extra content, including:
• Four animation shorts (est. 62 min)
• Four additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection Blu-Ray™ features more than 2 1/2 hours of exciting extra content, including:
• Four animation shorts (est. 62 min)
• Commentaries by renowned writers Steve Niles, Joe Lansdale, Greg Weisman and Michael Jelenic
• Four additional bonus TV series episodes handpicked by Bruce Timm
• Digital copy online of the shorts”

SHOWCASE #4 The Silver Age FLASH debuts
SHOWCASE #4 The Silver Age FLASH debuts

For those too young to remember, DC’s Showcase comic book was an anthology title in which the company would give new characters a try-out. The Silver-Age Flash, Challengers of the Unknown, The Creeper, and Adam Strange all made their debut in the comic, which lasted from 1956 to 1970 in its original run.

"Superman/Batman: Apocalypse" Sneak Preview

As you may have heard, the next DC Comics animated feature set to hit DVD and Blu-Ray will be SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE, based on the Jeph Loeb / Michael Turner graphic novel Superman/Batman: Supergirl. A sneak peek of the upcoming direct-to-video film accompanied the most recent release, BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD. As an avid DC Comics fan and a lover of the original graphic novel, I for one am genuinely excited to see how this adaptation will pan out.