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Old 09-18-05, 08:15 PM
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Carlito's Way - Prequel- Any good?

Anyone heard about this "straight to dvd" movie coming out next week? Curious if there are good or bad things to be heard?

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Old 09-18-05, 08:34 PM
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Well, i'm guessing that they didn't make the film with "Direct-to-Video" in mind.
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I will probably give it a rental, but not expecting much.
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Originally Posted by Seantn
Well, i'm guessing that they didn't make the film with "Direct-to-Video" in mind.
I agree....however I did talk to a warner rep this past week who said they had this in mind for direct to dvd all along. He explained that they had a new division for direct to video opening and they wanted a few good titles to kick start it. These titles included the new carlitio's way movie, and american pie band camp.
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Original's Big Star: Al Pacino
Sequel's Big Star: Diddy

That's all you need to know.
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Originally Posted by Cameron
I agree....however I did talk to a warner rep this past week who said they had this in mind for direct to dvd all along.
And I'm sure a rep wouldn't bend the truth to push a product...
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Exactly what I was thinking.
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Originally Posted by Cameron
I agree....however I did talk to a warner rep this past week who said they had this in mind for direct to dvd all along. He explained that they had a new division for direct to video opening and they wanted a few good titles to kick start it. These titles included the new carlitio's way movie, and american pie band camp.

i can't really recall a "straight to dvd/video" getting this much advertising, so maybe there is some truth
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Originally Posted by Cameron
I agree....however I did talk to a warner rep this past week who said they had this in mind for direct to dvd all along. He explained that they had a new division for direct to video opening and they wanted a few good titles to kick start it.
Well he fed you a line of bullshit because RISE TO POWER had a theatrical release date ready to go for some time, and only over the last handful of months was shifted over to a direct-to-video status...don't believe the hype...Universal has a stinker on their hands and they know it...
Old 09-19-05, 02:36 PM
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Well he fed you a line of bullshit because RISE TO POWER had a theatrical release date ready to go for some time, and only over the last handful of months was shifted over to a direct-to-video status...don't believe the hype...Universal has a stinker on their hands and they know it...
Well, neither of you are correct. It never actually had a release date, and the distribution plan was up in the air until just a couple of months ago. I worked on the movie from November of last year until February and stayed in touch with the Editor and Associate Editor (I worked for them again later in the year.) Even as of July, they were in the dark about its future. I had to tell them that it was going straight to dvd after I found an announcement online (I think at davisdvd.) As far as Warner's being involved, that would be news to me! Anyway, if anyone has questions about the film, I can probably answer them (I saw the film assembled and edited from the beginning because the budget forced the entire editorial crew into one small room. It was actually an amazing experience- regardless of the quality of the footage. Usually someone in my position would be lucky to see an assembled scene, let alone watch the film take shape and actually contribute opinions.)
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Originally Posted by Five Cent Deposit
Anyway, if anyone has questions about the film, I can probably answer them

Yeah...how about the first question...the title of the thread:

Carlito's Way - Prequel- Any good?
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Originally Posted by Five Cent Deposit
Well, neither of you are correct. It never actually had a release date, and the distribution plan was up in the air until just a couple of months ago.
I'll be willing to go so far as to say the info I had on the project may have been unverified or even outright faulty, but I got the core issue--RISE TO POWER was NOT conceived as a direct-to-video piece--correct...
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Originally Posted by Filmmaker
I'll be willing to go so far as to say the info I had on the project may have been unverified or even outright faulty, but I got the core issue--RISE TO POWER was NOT conceived as a direct-to-video piece--correct...
I'm curious to know why you are so certain of this. I will agree that there was a period when theatrical distribution seemed possible... but I can't honestly say whether it was ever a realistic expectation.
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Originally Posted by brianluvdvd
Yeah...how about the first question...the title of the thread:

Carlito's Way - Prequel- Any good?
I will say this: you should not watch the film with expectations that are based on your feelings toward the original. The prequel was conceived to be an entirely different type of film.
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Originally Posted by Five Cent Deposit
The prequel was conceived to be an entirely different type of film.
You mean cash in on the original? Does it manage to stand alone?
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Just saw a preview on tv for this movie.............uh, I'll pass.
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no doubt reps will BS...just passing along what i heard
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The film IS getting a very limited release in theaters.
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Originally Posted by Fincher Fan
You mean cash in on the original? Does it manage to stand alone?
It does not require knowledge of the first film, if that is what you mean. Fans who are more familiar with the DePalma original may even be puzzled or surprised by this one. If you are curious about whether it is any good... well, wait for the reviews. Isn't that usually sensible?
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Originally Posted by scott shelton
The film IS getting a very limited release in theaters.
I don't know why you say this. All I've heard of are single engagements (screenings paid for by the producers) for radio contest winners et al. Maybe that has changed, though.
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Supposedly, the limited theatrical release was two weeks ago...but being in the Midwest, we can never confirm these things...
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Originally Posted by Five Cent Deposit
I don't know why you say this. All I've heard of are single engagements (screenings paid for by the producers) for radio contest winners et al. Maybe that has changed, though.

*sigh*

1) www.landmarktheaters.com

2) Go to the Los Angeles or New York City listings.

3) Scroll down.
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Originally Posted by scott shelton
*sigh*

1) www.landmarktheaters.com

2) Go to the Los Angeles or New York City listings.

3) Scroll down.
*sigh*

You are so much smarter than I am.

I was just at the Landmark Sunshine here in NYC on Thursday night, for the premiere of Everything Is Illuminated. I'm not convinced that it will actually carry Carlito for more than one or two "special" screenings. If it does, well, that's great. Like I said, maybe things have changed. My point is that screens at the the Sunshine can be bought for a night at a time. The producers of Carlito have tried very hard to find a way to say that the film is getting a theatrical release. Until a few days ago, the official website had absolutely no information beyond something to the effect of "Late in September keep your eyes open for very special limited preview showings." My guess is that this is what they came up with. It's not the same thing as actually having a distributor.
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Originally Posted by Five Cent Deposit
You are so much smarter than I am.

I wouldn't go that far, I just did my homework.
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Originally Posted by scott shelton
I wouldn't go that far, I just did my homework.
Well, you said that the film is getting a liimited release. What exactly does that mean? There is a difference between "releasing" a film and exhibiting it. I can rent (or even purchase) prints of old films and exhibit them publicly, as long as I am willing to fork over a few hundred dollars in fees. I have friends that do this, and none of them would call it "re-releasing" the movies. My guess is that the producers are paying for the right to exhibit the film (I was never entirely sure what the ownership is, actually) and are expecting to take a loss. I know for a fact that tickets are being given out via radio stations and other promotions. This is all being done so that the film doesn't have the stigma of "direct to video" all over it. The hope is that the added gloss of a couple of theatrical screenings will translate to a few more units sold. You may have done your "homework," but you still sound like you don't know what you are talking about.

Do a couple of sneak previews that happen after the DVD release count as being "released"? I guess we could argue that all night and day. I say no.

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