Warner Bros have released the latest poster design for Eastwood's upcoming film American Sniper. Whilst it is described as the 'international' one sheet, it is clearly still a teaser design with the 'coming soon' text tagged onto the bottom. Anyway, it's a rather nice design and appears to do its job very well. There have also been a couple of new photos released which I have included below. Expectations are high on this one, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it.
Monday, 27 October 2014
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
My friend in Japan Philip McLean contacted me recently, like any serious film fan; he enjoys searching through back street shops in order to perhaps find a little treasure or two. Luck was in last week when Philip sent me a message containing a photo of a DVD case, which was very new to me. At just ¥480 (approx £2.77) Philip took the plunge. Turns out there were two documentaries on the disc, 'Hollywood Remembers: Clint Eastwood'. As Philip explained:
'There are two separate episodes in what was clearly a series for TV broadcast focusing on the stars. The quality of clips is poor at times, some material is repeated over both shows and oddly the chronology does jump about between movies, without explanation. Anyway, it’s an interesting overview and find. You never know what'll pop up do you?'
In deed you don't! There's certainly something really nice about seeing these trailers, transferred directly from a film source, complete with dust, spots and tram line scratches - rather than pristine transfers. As I said to Philip, it's much like revisiting them back in the days of those glorious old flea pits!
Anyway, I really appreciate the copy Philip and it was a fabulous 50mins. Philip was kind enough to also send me full scans, so I have posted them here, should the DVD ever raise its head on eBay...
Posted by Clint's archive at 21:34
Friday, 3 October 2014
Great to see Warner Bros have wasted little time in releasing this teaser trailer for Clint's new film American Sniper. In cinema's December 25th 2014, UK release January 16th 2015.
From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
A two-time Oscar nominee for his work in “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” Cooper heads the cast, which also includes Sienna Miller (HBO’s “The Girl”), Jake McDorman, Luke Grimes, Navid Negahban and Keir O’Donnell.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) is directing “American Sniper” from a screenplay written by Jason Hall, based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwan. The autobiography was a runaway bestseller, spending 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, 13 of those at number one.
Posted by Clint's archive at 14:55
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Here is the Japanese 50th Anniversary Blu Ray set of Fistful of Dollars due for release on October 22nd 2014. I do like the front design slip case, whist the 2 discs appear to be housed in their own individual cases containing the Japanese artwork. I have tried to take a translation of the contents, but still have a little difficulty in understanding exactly what is included. I have copied it below.
A Fistful of Dollars
First Blu-ray of the eagerly-awaited masterpiece of spaghetti Western, in the ultimate specification! 's ultimate specification Korezo! ● Italian version Opening & Italian dubbing Japan's first recorded! voice ● Italy Ripley's Film Company has Remix Italian voice and restoration of video in 2007, using a high-quality and high-quality HD Master! ● main subtitles Italian, film critic, Nikaido Takuya Mr. completely new translation! of charge! "spaghetti western clause" explosion seven recorded ● main voice! (Italy 5.1ch, Italy 2.0ch, English 5.1ch, English 2.0ch, commentary, Japanese dub 1, Japanese dub 2) ● "Japanese dub version Kankoe" recorded! The DVD Special Edition Uncut to dub additional recording there was a part missing the "Sunday Movie theater" version TV dub! The (additional recording cast: C · Eastwood = Tadano曜平, G · M · Vu~oronte = Yusaku Yara, S · Rupp = Michio Hazama, etc.) first recorded dub version of another ● the "Monday roadshow" version TV dub voice! (C-Eastwood = Yasuo Yamada, J · Calvo = Imanishi Masao, S · Rupp = Tanaka Yasuo, etc.) ! addition to the benefits ● DVD Special Edition, add recorded special video of the new more than 120 more minutes it!
● inclusion (writing special booklet and (32 Pages): (film critic), Zousu Kinsuke Takuya Nikaido (macaroni firearms expert), etc.) [cast] Clint Eastwood Jean Maria Vu~oronte (Johnny Wells name) / Marianne Koch / Wolfgang Rusuki / Jikuharuto Rupp / Jose Calvo [staff] Producer: Harry Colombo, George Papi / Director, Screenplay: Sergio Leone (Bob Robertson name) / Music: Ennio Morricone (Leo Nichols name) [privilege] [main disk] ☆ mark = new recorded Benefits (about 17 minutes scheduled benefits) Commentary by (Leone Biography author) ■ C · Frey ring ■ trailer (USA version, two-standing box office version · ☆ Italy Version), radio spots Collection [bonus disc] (about 247-minute plan) ☆ mark = new recorded benefits ☆ Interview Collection (Tonino Valerie / Franco Girardi / Ennio Morricone / "memoirs, testimony-story") and Roque ☆ Carlo Gaberusheku by (Western movie historians) earth commentary ☆ Making video for ☆ restore the birth of ■ New Hero says ■ Eastwood Sergio Leone supervision ■ TV broadcasting in the United States ■ prologue "visionary" ■ Hiwa production ■ Best Master revisit areas ■ location ■ "Sergio Leone / world of Western " per schedule all, there is a possibility to change. ■ Production: 1964 Italy ■ Disc number 2: 100 minutes: ■ Duration Kurosawa Production / (C) 1964 UNIDIS SARI might be subject to change without notice ※ video award, Product Specifications, such as jacket photograph.
For more information click here for Amazon Japan
Posted by Clint's archive at 12:57
Saturday, 13 September 2014
I would like to thank my good friend Kevin Wilkinson for taking the time to write this incredibly interesting piece. It illustrates the amazing measures that fans of the Leone classic are prepared to endure in order to see this masterpiece presented at its very best.
It’s rather exciting to think that a group of fans are in the process of acquiring a 1971 IB Tech print of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Italy. The reason behind these extreme measures? It seems there are a number of fans still unhappy with the various MGM home video releases of Sergio Leone’s 1966 classic. Their particular concerns focus on the colour and audio issues, all of which have been well documented. The dedicated group of fans have announced their intention to restore the International 161 Min English language cut to its original status. After scanning the print at 4K, they plan to re-grade the colours and transfer the English mono track, probably from the previous MGM Laserdisc release.
What has come to light is potentially very exciting. On frame samples sent by the print seller, there appears to be some incredible shots from the desert scene, shots which have never been seen in any home video version before. They show Blondie (Clint Eastwood) lying on the baking sand with some animal bones scattered nearby. A translated description of the scene (from the original script) was recently posted online by Peter Hanley, the man behind the eagerly anticipated book on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -
Desert. The sun is glowing in the sky. Two forms unprotected from the sun are seen wandering in a scorching valley. Tuco is on horseback, and Blondie is walking ahead. [The musical cue for this scene, as described by Charles Leinberger41, “begins with a long and suspenseful introduction featuring a tonally ambiguous and disjunct piano melody accompanied by sustained string tremolos . . . [followed by] a beautiful English horn melody.”] The first part of the desert scene is similar to the film, except the script explicitly states that Tuco fires five shots in rapid succession into Blondie’s water canteen, and then he fires a sixth shot (characteristic 5:1 pattern) which sends Blondie’s hat flying. A little later the revengeful Tuco informs Blondie that the end of the desert is 140 miles away (in the film, Tuco says, “100 miles, that’s a nice walk . . .”). After his short speech, Tuco takes out a parasol from under the saddle, opens it and points it in the direction of the sun. A cut is described in the script: Tuco’s head is dangling and his eyes are heavy from tiredness. He rides past the camera . . . Blondie is now seen in the distance. His steps are heavy and sluggish. The heat has worn Blondie down. Nevertheless, he seems to have noticed that Tuco has fallen into a light sleep under his sunshade . . . Blondie looks around as if he is searching for something. About 10 meters in front of him is a white, gnawed animal skeleton. Blondie’s eyes appear to be hypnotized by this sight. He encroaches towards the skeleton. Close-up: Blondie’s hand appears in the frame and he grasps a club-like bone. The camera zooms on to Tuco, who suddenly turns, grabs his revolver and fires a shot. The bone flies out of Blondie’s hand and Tuco threatens him saying, “Don’t try that again. Now, get going!” Blondie sets off again. Tuco waits until he has gone past, and then he drinks out of his canteen. He also moistens his head and neck.
Blondie struggles as he walks on and on through the desert, and at some point he falls to his knees. Tuco rides around him as he tries to get back onto his feet. Blondie’s lips are one continuous wound, and his eyes are swollen and closed. Through the slits of his eyelids Blondie sees the slope of a dune which appears like an insurmountable wall. He struggles to his feet and tiresomely continues. Tuco rides past him and says tauntingly, “It’s just another 115 miles to the end of the desert, and eight hours until sundown. That’s nothing (he laughs).” Cut or cross dissolve (simultaneously fading out one image as another fades in): Tuco with his parasol opened is seen on horseback observing . . . From below, Blondie is seen approaching on all fours. As Blondie gets to within a few meters of Tuco, he is at the end of his strength and falls face down. Tuco gets down from his horse and cautiously approaches Blondie. Close-up: Blondie is motionless but the clanging of Tuco’s spurs indicates that he is coming closer. Blondie opens his eyes . . . Within a few centimeters of Blondie’s face, Tuco’s boot comes into the frame. In a state of desperation, Blondie plunges towards the boot and grabs it with both hands . . . but the boot is empty. Tuco, a little further away, laughs and slaps his hands on his belly . . . He lies on his back, shakes with laughter and kicks his feet in the air. Blondie is at his limit and lets his face fall again into the sand.
So, the obvious question remains - Does this print include any other treasures that were cut from the film? Could there be more unknown scenes such as this? What of the scenes we do know, such as the Socorro scene or perhaps Blondie and Angel Eyes sharing a meal after leaving the prison camp - a scene teasingly shown on a U.S. Lobby card. Maybe it has the scene at the cemetery where Tuco fires a cannon at Blondie? We await further news with great anticipation…
For further information on this story and to follow how it develops, click here and here
Posted by Clint's archive at 09:21
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Actor Richard Kiel - who played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films - has died in California aged 74.
For Eastwood fans, Richard is fondly remembered for his brief, but highly amusing cameo in Pale Rider (1985).
The towering American star, who appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979, died in hospital in Fresno on Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for Saint Agnes Medical Centre confirmed Kiel's death, but did not reveal the cause.
His first break came in 1959 when he played the alien Kanamit in Twilight Zone. He published an autobiography in 2002, called Making It Big in the Movies.
His many other acting roles included deadly assistant Voltaire in the 1960s TV series The Wild, Wild West; playing opposite William Shatner in the 1970s TV sitcom Barbary Coast; taking on the lead character of Eli Weaver in the movie The Giant of Thunder Mountain; and spoofing his most famous role as "Famous big guy with silver teeth" in the movie version of Inspector Gadget.
In recent years, he also spent much of his time touring the world and appearing at conventions to meet Bond fans. RIP - Richard, you'll be sadly missed.
Posted by Clint's archive at 09:03
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
For many years, I've been meaning to start a section for holding programs and brochures for either Clint Eastwood Film Festivals or events which featured or honoured Eastwood, there will be a wide range of material here, including some Sports / Charitable events, and fold out poster magazines.
Below: The Thames Film Festival program, held in London, circa 1978, this is rare as it features unused artwork from The Gauntlet as its front cover
Below: The Film program for the British Film Institute Season of Clint Eastwood films, held at the National Film Theatre (NFT) during March 1979
Below: Eastwood Exposed, UK Fold out poster magazine from the 1970s
Below: Super Cops Breakthrough fold out poster magazine Clint is shared alongside Kojak TV series
Lots more to follow-
Posted by Clint's archive at 22:49