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The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988) Mike Jittlov

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Not Sure if anyone here has brought this up.
Has anybody tried to preserve this movie.
It is only on VHS, Laser-disc and, Youtube.

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I started a similar thread a couple of years ago, to little response sadly: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Mike-Jittlov-The-Wizard-Of-Speed-and-Time/id/59540

Anyway, I was finally on the verge of getting my 16mm prints of Mike’s shirts scanned when the current situation suddenly escalated; once things are back to normal, I’ll get it done! I’ll need to check with Mike first what he wants in terms of any kind of release though.

Mike has the negatives and rights back to WOSAT but doesn’t want to license the rights out to another distributor and is sceptical about crowdfunding, last time I spoke to him about it (admittedly a while ago) - so I don’t know how a restoration or re-release will ever happen.

I have the feature on US and Japanese LD, UK and German VHS and Spanish Betamax - just lacking the tech skills to do a fan preservation of any of it!

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djsmokingjam said:

Mike has the negatives and rights back to WOSAT but doesn’t want to license the rights out to another distributor and is sceptical about crowdfunding, last time I spoke to him about it (admittedly a while ago) - so I don’t know how a restoration or re-release will ever happen.

From what I’ve seen, Mike is relying on eBay sales of the LP soundtrack to fund a blu-ray release of the film. If you are still in contact, it might take some convincing.

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Mike isn’t the one selling the LP on eBay, that’s the composer John Massari.

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djsmokingjam said:

Mike isn’t the one selling the LP on eBay, that’s the composer John Massari.

Correct, but there is a video on Massari’s YouTube channel with Jittlov explaining the plan for LP sales and an eventual blu-ray.

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Ehhhhhhhh, I think you’re overstating Mike’s participation in that whole project based on those videos; it’s really much more Massari who is trying to rally him into using the LP campaign as a springboard to getting restorations underway, but Mike is pretty stubborn and resistant to getting help from others and not doing things all himself, including financing.

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djsmokingjam said:

Ehhhhhhhh, I think you’re overstating Mike’s participation in that whole project based on those videos; it’s really much more Massari who is trying to rally him into using the LP campaign as a springboard to getting restorations underway, but Mike is pretty stubborn and resistant to getting help from others and not doing things all himself, including financing.

That does sound more like it. I can commend him on wanting to keep the project in his own hands; it’s his baby. But I really wish he would look into crowd-funding.