There is always the possiblity that I missed an announcement - I miss a lot of things.
They're not listed in the phone book.
Cheers - Jay
Jay, the reason it was canceled was because the Woodlawn Theater was not in good enough shape to show it. I guess it needed alot of work. It was set up for stage plays, not movies. They didn't have enough room for a wide screen. The folks putting it on were to say the least, peeved. They were under the impression that the theater would be all fixed up and ready to go and it wasn't. They had a number of people connected with the movie coming. Dean Smith, Jim Brewer and Rudy Robbins were all slated to be there as was Churro and Theresa Champion. She was the flamenco dancer on the table in the cantina and her husband Churro was the guitar player for her. Invites were also sent out to Aissa Wayne, Joan O'Brien and, Linda Cristal. There were alot of disappointed people connected with this but, they are still hoping that maybe next year things will work out and it'll be a go.
Hey, Jim, thanks for the update. How is that you, in Michigan, are so in the know about the film? Were you one of the disappointed folks, or in the group trying to arrange it?
Not trying to pry, just curious.
Neither. I'm a member of thealamofilm.com site and I had followed the info they had posted over there. A couple of those people were in on the planning of the event and a number of others were planning to attend. If you haven't checked the site out, do so. It's pretty good and we're all big Alamo nutcases. Quite a few of them meet up in San Antonio every March in time for the anniversary of the battle or as some of them refer to it, The High Holy Days. Unfortunately, I've never been able to make it down there at that time. I was there just last month, my son and I. We even rented a car and drove out to Alamo Village. Took me my whole life to finally get to see the real Alamo in 2000 and to see Alamo Village also. Since then, I've been there twice more, 2004 and in October. Never tire of seeing them places.
Thanks for that - very interesting. We'll have to check it out.
I hope that if there are any John Wayne fans over there, you send them in our direction.
I'm glad you were able to realize your dream of going to the Alamo. Not everyone gets that life opportunity. How special that you were able to share it with your son!
The first time I went, in 2000, my wife also went along with me and our youngest son. All these years she said she had no desire to go see the Alamo and thought it really belonged to Mexico anyway. That is was taken out from under them. But, since that trip, she says it was the nicest trip we've ever had and she really liked seeing the Alamo and San Antonio. She hasn't changed her opinion on it but, she like going down there. Except for Alamo Village, she thought it was to hot and desolate out there for anyone to live. I'd also like my two older boys to see it and they want to also but, they have families and work and money issues keep them from taking a trip like that.
Dumb Question for anybody with with film knowledge. - Can't they make a restored version from the directors cut on VHS? I watched a special on how they restored Daniel Boone tv shows by copying it to a computer , and editing the sound and pictures on a computer. Like a previous poster said you can copy the vhs to dvd, or to a dvr harddrive. It seems like they could use computer software to clean it up once they got it copied to the computer harddrive. If they can make computer animated life like dinosaurs, and color black and white movies seems like they could do that. I can't think of another movie that deserves a special edition more then the Alamo. Thanks for reading!
You pose some good points. We've talked about this before, and the biggest concern is the time difference between the VHS and the DVD version. The DVD is shorter and that has been the question. I think that over 40 minutes are missing, and I'm not sure what it is that's missing. The discussion is that the original negative has been damaged and some of the time was destroyed. Copying from a VHS copy would result in a grainy copy to DVD. And the studio and John Wayne Estate has not made this a priority to correct this issue.
We're not sure why, but this seems to be the only answer we can provide. Some of us made contact to the John Wayne estate, but to my knowledge there has been no response. I know you wanted more than I've been able to provide to you, but that is all I have to response to your question.
- John Wayne quote"When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"
There something regarding this movie that has puzzled me, at the end when the three non combatants leave the Alamo after the battle, one of them is a young black boy, where did he come from? I don't remember him being in the movie prior to this, but I have could have missed something.
ROBBIE! the young black boy was in a few scenes that were edited out. the birthday party for travis's daughter and right before the battle. i think he was a son of a slave owned by travis. odd thing they were fighting for freedom yet some were slave owners.the mexican govt.had outlawed slavery at that time.
''baby sister i was born game and intend to go out that way.''
I made a 2-Disc set for my private collection. Picture quality is very good, and less overscan too (you see more on the left and on the right side).
Doesn't look, like it's gonna be restored soon officially.
Mine is PAL though, not NTSC.
Is your 2-disc set copied from VHS? If so, did you use a computer to do it?
I'm sure I'm not the only one who may not know - what is the difference between PAL and NTSC? I know I've been told before, but I confess I don't remember.
Also, since you were so extensively involved in the new book about the Alamo movie, perhaps you might be able to answer some of the questions above, regarding the difference in time between the original VHS version and the DVD version.
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