Which of these titles would you like to see on DVD first?

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20 January 2003 - 5:02am
Don Boycik's picture

I second that motion it must be a nice feeling to suggest something like anyone in any conversation would have then have someone like the great Christopher Lee actually listen. that doesn't happen everyday.

18 January 2003 - 7:54pm
Grace Francis's picture

Well done, Charles! It must be great to have your suggestion come off so well! Smile

18 January 2003 - 6:58pm
Charles Prepolec's picture

Well, have to say I'm thrilled to hear about this and look forward to well...umm...hearing this. The film would indeed have been far better with Mr. Lee's own voice, so to have it available after 40 years, should make revisiting this film an interesting experience.

As for this being an 'original' idea of mine, I'm not sure just how accurate that is, as I'm certain I've discussed the concept with others at one point or another, and have no idea who brought it up originally. Sherlock Holmes film enthusiasts have long bemoaned the absence of Mr. Lee's voice on the soundtrack, so the suggestion just seemed a natural one, but Matt, you are right, I hardly thought that the suggestion would be taken up. Should this come to pass, it just goes to show that you just never know where throw-away ideas may end up.

Cheers!

16 January 2003 - 10:23am
Matt Gemmell's picture

" From little acorns grow mighty oaks "
I bet Charles had no idea that his post would generate this result . It's a great idea and probably the first time such a thing has been done . One question......., does Charles get a " from an original idea by Charles " credit Laughing out loud

16 January 2003 - 3:26am
Admin's picture

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I'm also not too sure about how marketable an obscure 40 year-old, foreign made, black and white Sherlock Holmes film would be in this day and age. It all just sounds rather cost prohibitive to me, but then again I really have no idea of what exactly is involved, so I'm pretty much just guessing here.

Mr Lee, straight away and upon being asked, has agreed to do it. Next week, he will dubbed his own voice onto the film. He says it will take him a couple of hours to do it. Not sure what the editing is going to be like, but Mr Lee did say that these days he has to do it in every film. He did plenty of it in LOTR although most of his speaking sceenes were cut.

He thought it was a magnificent idea. The funny thing is, upon hearing the title, he immediately complained about his voice having been dubbed and that it could have been a wonderful film.

Expect to see this DVD release in late March early April. It will be Mr Lee's own production, so he is not bothered about profits. Put is this way, he is not charging a fee so the main cost has been avoided.

30 December 2002 - 5:25am
Don Boycik's picture

I had the pleasure of seeing Castle of the walking dead which i do prefer calling it that cause it's I agree a much better title.
anywys the video outlet that happened to carry it for some reason the version i saw was i think missing 15 minutes shorter than the version that came out in theaters way back in 1967.
the tape wasn't spliced like someone did it on purpose or anything like that. it was a good movie well what i did see anywys and the transfer on it looked like it was took off an reel an put on video cause it was covered in scratches from age. the tape wasn't in good condition either. but it was watchable thank god.

29 December 2002 - 11:37pm
Charles Prepolec's picture

Although it was simply an off-the-cuff thought, I'm glad the idea of Mr. Lee re-dubbing his voice for a new DVD release of Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace appeals to you Juan. The loss of Mr. Lee's voice on the film (for anyone that hasn't seen it, he was dubbed by another actor for the English release) is likely the single greatest problem that most folks have with the film. If a new voice track featuring Mr. Lee's own vocals could be added, it would be a very special DVD release indeed!

While I would love to see it happen, it would be another 'first' for Mr. Lee, I suspect the re-editing of the soundtrack might be trickier to accomplish than one would think. I'm also not too sure about how marketable an obscure 40 year-old, foreign made, black and white Sherlock Holmes film would be in this day and age. It all just sounds rather cost prohibitive to me, but then again I really have no idea of what exactly is involved, so I'm pretty much just guessing here.

Anyhow, I'm glad the idea appeals, I'd love to see it happen!

Cheers!

29 December 2002 - 7:50pm
Old Soul's picture

If Mr. Lee were to re-voice his part as Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace then it would be well worth getting it.

If he can do this I would be all for it.

Old Soul

29 December 2002 - 6:17pm
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Of course if Mr. Lee were to re-voice his part as Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace for a new DVD release, that would certainly make a new release worthwhile, not to mention a curiosity as I believe that it would be the first time that something like this had been done specifically for the DVD format!

Charles, you are a bloody genius. It certainly is possible and I do not see any difficulty in getting it done. After all, all that would be needed is editing the old lines out and add Mr Lee's voice to the respective scenes.

Knowing Mr Lee, I am sure that he would be more than happy to do it. I think it's a bloody good idea. We have the film already in DV format, shouldn't be much harder than adding a commentary track.

Regarding The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, with Jinnah, Nothing but the Night and A Feast of Midnight, we simply cannot afford to buy the rights at this time.

29 December 2002 - 5:56pm
Alfonso Casal's picture

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castle of the walking dead

Which, by the way, is a better title than what the film is most often called in English-speaking countries: THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR. SADISM.

I wonder if DR. SADISM shares office space with DR. MASOCHISM, DR. FETISHISM, and DR. OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE?

29 December 2002 - 5:52pm
Charles Prepolec's picture

As much as I'm always in favour of a full-blown release for a Sherlock Holmes film on DVD, I have to say that Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace isn't exactly at the top of my list (now Billy Wilder's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes on the other hand is) of Holmes films I'd like to see released to DVD. Of course if Mr. Lee were to re-voice his part as Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace for a new DVD release, that would certainly make a new release worthwhile, not to mention a curiosity as I belive that it would be the first time that something like this had been done specifically for the DVD format!

As it is, I voted for The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (awful title, but fun film) since the film is highly atmospheric in parts, would benefit greatly from serious restoration, and could look quite impressive in the medium, and hey, what can I say, I'm biased as I happen to really like the film!

Cheers!

29 December 2002 - 5:46am
Don Boycik's picture

I vote for the castle of the living dead since i haven't seen it. isn't that donald sutherland's 1st movie? i always get castle of the living dead and castle of the walking dead mixed up the title are so similar it gets confusing sometimes. castle of the walking dead i have seen an it was a good movie. but if it's castle of the living dead i have been dying to see that for years. i had a chance of getting it buying it and turned it down. Sad oh well i guess.

28 December 2002 - 8:10pm
Matt Gemmell's picture

I completely agree with you Alfonso . As I said in my review ( plug plug Laughing out loud ) the film would have been much better had Mr Lee been in the lead .

28 December 2002 - 7:25pm
Alfonso Casal's picture

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I haven't seen any of those films but I voted for Hands of Orloc because (from the pictures I've seen from it) it looks the most interesting to me.

I saw it recently and had high expectations. I was disappointed. Aside from CL's performance as Nero, the mad magician, the performances seemed uninspired. And there was no real suspense or FRISSON.

28 December 2002 - 5:46pm
Josslyn's picture

I haven't seen any of those films but I voted for Hands of Orloc because (from the pictures I've seen from it) it looks the most interesting to me.

24 December 2002 - 12:56am
Alfonso Casal's picture

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I went with Torture Chamber simply because it's the only film on the list I don't have in one format or another.

I've also, to my knowledge, never seen it.

I just ordered it, myself. Should arrive any day now.

23 December 2002 - 10:15pm
Dave Hutchens's picture

I went with Torture Chamber simply because it's the only film on the list I don't have in one format or another.

I've also, to my knowledge, never seen it.

23 December 2002 - 5:09pm
Matt Gemmell's picture

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I voted for Castle of the Living Dead.  It's a moody, surreal little movie.  It would be nice to see commentary track with Mr. Lee and Donald Sutherland.

I totally agree .Not only is it my favourite film on the list it's easily the most atmospheric and interesting .

23 December 2002 - 1:48pm
Alfonso Casal's picture

I voted for Castle of the Living Dead. It's a moody, surreal little movie. It would be nice to see commentary track with Mr. Lee and Donald Sutherland.

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