Tuesday 31 January 2023
Wednesday 25 January 2023
Monday 23 January 2023
NATO American Movie Awards Rare 1980 Advertisements
Here are a couple of very rare full page adverts from an unconfirmed trade publication, in 1980. Stylishly designed, the ads featured images from Joe Kidd (1972) and Magnum Force (1973). It was a bit difficult trying to pin down the details of this event, but luckily a very small cutting in my collection ended up being the small clue that would ultimately lead to what information we have here. The event took place on February 11th 1980 and was also televised as a 2 hour broadcast by NBC in the U.S.
Friday 20 January 2023
Thursday 19 January 2023
Wednesday 11 January 2023
Clint Eastwood Region 1 DVD collections 2003
Here’s a rare full page advertisement I thought I’d pull out and scan - as it’s 20 years old already! The 4 sets were released by Warner Home Video and broken down into themes under the titles of Cop (featuring Dirty Harry, Magnum Force and Tightrope), Adventurer (featuring Firefox, Space Cowboys and White Hunter, Black Heart), Westerner (featuring The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider and Unforgiven) and Hero (featuring Absolute Power, Heartbreak Ridge and A Perfect World). 12 good movies in total, but of course a bit of a mixed and far from complete bag. Of course, these have been superseded since with much larger collections, and on blu-ray formats. But these have become fairly collectable over the passing years and still seem to demand quite high prices. Like most fans, many have upgraded their collections over the years to the blu-ray format, but I couldn’t part with the DVDs - as they form such an important part of the history of Eastwood on home entertainment - they still hold a special memory. The individually packed films (something that is becoming a rarity in similar bulk collectives these days) came in the ‘snapper’ case designs which were made of card and opened out usually to reveal a chapter section to the left with an image. The UK also released similar versions, an example of the UK Dirty Harry DVD release is shown below, and all of the titles came with the same generic tan designed packaging to form some form of unity. Other missing titles, including The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, City Heat, Kelly’s Heroes, Every which way but loose, Any which way you can, Bronco Billy (which would have made a perfect triple set), Honkytonk man, and The Rookie for example were also all released with the same generic packaging design.
Friday 6 January 2023
Any which way you can: Rare one day ad
Here’s a very nice, large one day ad which appeared in Variety on Wednesday, December 31st 1980. The ad announced the first 12 days return on Any which way you can, Clint’s follow up sequel to Every which way but loose (1978). The box office takings showed an increase over the original movie, and while still an enjoyable movie, failed to impress a great deal of critics. Then again, neither did Every which way but loose - but nevertheless it became a huge box office hit, second only to Superman (1978). Any which way you can went on to achieve North American returns of 70.7 million USD.
As this is a large format, full page advert, I had to scan it in two sections, then rejoin them before restoring the colour balance etc. Hopefully this is not too distracting or obvious.
Thursday 5 January 2023
Wednesday 4 January 2023
Tuesday 3 January 2023
Flashback: Clint Eastwood Venice Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
I was revisiting a large A3 envelope this morning, I don’t think I had delved into it for some 15 years or more! It’s frightening sometimes when you rediscover material that you don’t even remember having… But of course, it’s always a pleasant surprise.
I was sifting through the bits and pieces, some of which date back to the 1970’s - and came across this full page advertisement which I believe came from The Hollywood Reporter and was congratulating Clint on his recent lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival in August 2000. The ad was taken out by former Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Terry Semel and his wife Jane.
I thought I would post it here as these sort of ads only appear for one day only and rarely surface thereafter. I have also included the original BBC News report which covered the event.
Clint's career toasted in Venice: Dateline Thursday, 31 August, 2000
Screen legend Clint Eastwood has been presented with a lifetime achievement award by Hollywood siren Sharon Stone - in the country where his 54-film career began. The 70-year-old actor received the coveted Golden Lion Career Achievement trophy on the first day of the 57th annual Venice Film Festival.
Eastwood's glittering four-decade career is being fêted throughout this year's 10-day event with a selection of his most memorable performances being shown. They will include some of the classic spaghetti Westerns from the late Italian director Sergio Leone - the man who catapulted Eastwood to international fame.
Accepting his award, Eastwood acknowledged his debt of gratitude to his host country and the director of movies such as A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
"Many years have passed since I first came to Italy as a young actor to work with an equally young director named Sergio Leone," Eastwood recalled. He added: "This country has always had a special place in my heart. Grazie mi Sergio, for this Leone. I have always been very proud of the fact that I started my career in Italy."
Basic Instinct star Stone was equally full of praise - for Eastwood himself. She described being asked to present him with the award as a "humbling and uplifting experience".
She added: "This award so appropriately goes to a man that we in our industry think of as the king of the jungle. When we learn our craft, we learn from watching the work of people like him."
The ceremony was followed by the first European screening of Eastwood's latest project Space Cowboys. The movie has already received rave reviews and enjoyed box office success in the States, grossing more than $57m (£39m).