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The Whole Shootin' Match: 2/24/09

Old 02-24-09, 11:21 PM
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The Whole Shootin' Match: 2/24/09

From this thread on the Criterion Forum:
The DVD specs are as follows:

- New high-definition transfer direct from the 2006 restoration
- Two soundtracks: the 1977 original and the 2006 track rebuilt from scratch using the original sound recordings
- Two audio commentaries: one by actors Lou Perryman, Sonny Carl Davis and Doris Hargrave; the second featuring collaborators Chuck Pinnell, Wayne Bell and Doug Holloway and longtime friends Lonnie and Mark Rance
- The King of Texas, a 2007 documentary on Eagle Pennell's life and career (74 minutes)
- Early short film A Hell of a Note, restored in high-definition and featuring optional commentary by Lou Perryman and Sonny Carl Davis
- Unseen 1980 interview with Pennell, shot for an unfinished documentary on independent filmmaking
- A CD featuring the complete scores to The Whole Shootin' Match and The King of Texas
- Optional English and Spanish subtitles
- 48-page full-colour booklet, with essays, stills and production notes
3-disc set, list price $29.99. Sorry for the late notice on this one - it comes out today! Watchmaker Films looks like a label to,er, watch.
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Re: The Whole Shootin' Match: 2/24/09

Whoa, this literally came out of nowhere.

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Old 03-01-09, 08:36 PM
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From DVD Times:
[New York/London - March 11, 2009] – US-based distributor Benten Films, the first label run by film critics, and UK-based Watchmaker Films have entered into a strategic and financial partnership. Effective immediately, Benten President and CEO Andrew Grant will head up Production and Acquisitions for Watchmaker. Benten VP and Art Director Aaron Hillis will assume a greater role in the day-to-day operations of Benten while simultaneously looking to expand the organization.

Watchmaker, the brainchild of Mark Rance, shares Benten's commitment to curation and quality, and extends it beyond distribution into restoration, preservation and remastering services. Watchmaker's in-house capabilities include HD-4K and higher scans, full picture and audio restoration, color timing, audio/video remastering, DVD and Blu-ray authoring, and the ability to encode for digital cinema and online delivery systems. As a result, both companies can now seek out older titles that previously didn't have satisfactory digital elements, bringing them to viewers via the many consumer-ready digital formats.

Rance, who has 20 years of industry-related experience as a filmmaker, DVD producer, and director of Los Angeles Filmforum, recently issued Watchmaker's first DVD release in the U.S. - a critically acclaimed restoration of Eagle Pennell's lost independent classic, The Whole Shootin' Match. "We're excited about partnering with Mark, who has worked for Criterion and every major studio, and has produced such stellar DVDs as the special editions of Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Se7en," said Grant.

Both companies will continue to support new and underrepresented filmmakers from around the world. Benten is currently working on their first 2009 release, Azazel Jacobs' The GoodTimesKid, which will be fully remastered from a 2K scan of the original negative, and preserved in an archival 4K scan. "It's important to expand on the standard canon of great films and support up-and-coming filmmakers with state-of-the-art presentations in every format, from cinemas to DVD and beyond," says Rance.

The Watchmaker/Benten alliance seeks to advance the role of distributors in today's rapidly evolving industry. "The distribution world is in the midst of a crisis, both financial and technological," said Grant. "Sales are down across the board for smaller companies, long-established distributors are closing up shop, and everybody is waiting to see which of the next-gen distribution mechanisms will dominate. Producers and sales agents haven't understood how the landscape has changed, and they're still looking for advances that made sense five years ago, but are unreasonable today."

Rance adds: "Together, we will work directly with filmmakers, archivists and rights holders to help bring their films into the digital era. If we can distribute those films, that's great. But we can also simply offer our services, even to other distributors. It's time that film preservation and digital remastering became the responsibility of distributors and every company that loves film."

On the distribution side, Watchmaker and Benten plan to expand their distribution network into the European and Asian markets. The two companies have been busy acquiring titles, and are currently planning releases by such noted filmmakers as Tobe Hooper, John Gianvito, Danny Lyon, Fred Kelemen, and Peter Wollen/Laura Mulvey.

"We're still going to pursue American and foreign indies, but we're excited to be balancing our library with works from such established filmmakers," said Hillis. On the restoration side, Watchmaker is currently preserving 50 years of student work for the London Film School, while Benten is driving a project to restore the works of several long-neglected filmmakers.

The companies will maintain both the Watchmaker and Benten imprimaturs, and are currently in talks to add additional sub-labels, specializing in political and independent Asian cinema. Negotiations for online distribution of their titles are also in the works.
Very exciting stuff - always encouraging to see another quality source of independent and foreign cinema.
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