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#1315814
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ALEX NORTH's 2001
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This project isn’t about exceeding the choices made in the final film but to serve as a document of what was, at one time, intended for the film. Just about anyone can sit back and point to Kubrick’s genius in retaining his preferred temp tracks. The film is a classic and there’s little point in disputing that. Alex North’s 2001 is more of a what could have been and more importantly? Giving the composer his due more than fifty years later.

As for the rest? Guess you’ll have to PM me to find out. 😉

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#1315708
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ALEX NORTH's 2001
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Sizzle Reel -
https://vimeo.com/381956853

A Brief Note -

In the early stages of production, Kubrick had commissioned noted Hollywood composer Alex North, who had written the score for Spartacus and also worked on Dr. Strangelove, to write the score for his upcoming film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. However, during post-production, Kubrick chose to abandon North’s music in favor of classical music he had chosen as temp tracks. North did not know of the abandonment of the score until after he attended a screening in New York. The world’s first exposure to North’s unused music was in 1993 on a compilation album by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. The score was later re-recorded in 1993 by North’s friend and colleague Jerry Goldsmith with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Eventually, a mono mix-down of North’s original recording which had survived was released as a limited edition CD in 2007.

The release was authorized by the North family, the estate of Stanley Kubrick, Dylanna Music, North’s music publishing company, and other entities. The album features nine tracks from the score, as well as an alternate version of the track “The Foraging.” In addition, the album features three bonus tracks, all additional takes of other tracks on the album. The music is conducted the orchestrator by Henry Brant. The CD also includes liner notes and precise cue points as to where the music would have been found so that viewers can properly track these cues in sync with the film.

In The Art of Film Music, George Burt found North’s score outstanding and deemed Kubrick’s decision to abandon it was “most unfortunate”, even though his choice of classical music did have merit. On hearing the score as it might have been in the film, film scholar Gene D. Phillips argued that “it is difficult to see how North’s music would have been an improvement on the background music that Kubrick finally chose for the film.” Conversely, in his notes for the Jerry Goldsmith recording, Kevin Mulhall argued that “there is no doubt that 2001 would have been better if Kubrick had used North’s music. Even if one likes some of the choices Kubrick made for certain individual scenes, the eclectic group of classical composers employed by the director resulted in a disturbing melange of sounds and styles overall.” Film critic Roger Ebert noted that North’s rejected score contains emotional cues to the viewer while the final music selections exist outside the action uplifting it. With regard to the space docking sequence, Ebert stressed the peculiar combination of slowness and majesty resulting from the choice of Strauss’s Blue Danube waltz, which brought “seriousness and transcendence” to the visuals. Speaking of the music generally, Ebert wrote that “when classical music is associated with popular entertainment, the result is usually to trivialize it (who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger?). Kubrick’s film is almost unique in enhancing the music by its association with his images.”

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER presents
Alex North’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
starring KEIR DULLEA GARY LOCKWOOD DOUGLAS RAIN
music by ALEX NORTH conducted and orchestrated by HENRY BRANT
screenplay by STANLEY KUBRICK and ARTHUR C. CLARKE
produced and directed by STANLEY KUBRICK
SUPER PANAVISION and METROCOLOR

Runtime: 45 min
Sound Mix: 2-Track Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1 (35mm)

Track Listing -

BONES and MAIN TITLE
THE FORAGING
THE DAWN OF MAN
THE BLUFF
NIGHT TERRORS
BONES and MAIN TITLE
EAT MEAT AND KILL
SPACE STATION DOCKING
DOCKING
SPACE TALK
TRIP TO THE MOON PART 1
MOON ROCKET BUS
BONES and MAIN TITLE
SPACE STATION DOCKING

music composed by ALEX NORTH
conducted and orchestrated by HENRY BRANT
recorded at ANVIL STUDIOS

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#1308070
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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The new scan is soft and does have it’s own issues. This is a film that is forty years old after all and it didn’t benefit from a complete restoration using an original negative in a wet gate scan. As well, Shout! Factory is very upfront with the print they did use indicating that it was the best they could find. I take that to mean with the amount of time and financial resources allowed for this project which is completely fair. There are fans of this film but it’s not in high demand. That being said, I more than accept the issues with this transfer and I’m greatly appreciative that it was made available in the first place mainly because of fans like us.

So what do I think when comparing the two versions? The original theatrical release and the silver screen edition? As the one who created it, I think the silver screen edition generated a false expectation of what to expect. The color restoration was an approximation based on multiple sources including VHS, LaserDisc and original set photography. That being said, it was also at the mercy of the de-saturated Blu Ray from which that version was created. As a result, it’s much darker than it should be when compared to the new Shout! release. It’s possible this new transfer is too bright but I’m not about to go ahead and correct it.

I hope everyone is enjoying their new copies and aware that it’s because of you that this new Shout! release happened. We were all loud enough that someone heard us. 😃

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#1306712
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Well by now I’m sure we’re all enjoying our copies of Shout Factory’s release of DRACULA (1979) and the new 4K scan of the original theatrical color print. It’s been a bit of an eye opener given that this is in fact the way the film originally looked when it was released and obviously better than I could have ever remembered it.

The optical titles are, in fact, black on white and not solid white as they were in the VHS release of the film. This is obviously due to the titles being re-created for the the home video market which, in the 80’s, was 4x3 and the widescreen tiles would not have fit the screen. The flesh tones are far more pink then I thought they would be and overall the print is a lot brighter than I would have imagined. This is probably due to the fact that I’m so used to John Badham’s preferred color treatment and my restored color version.

Overall, I’m glad to finally have the film we all imaged we remembered given it’s been forty years since its release. What are your thoughts on the new Bluray?

Be sure to order your copy. I think after sharing the bootleg it’s the least we can all do to show our appreciation.

https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/dracula-collector-s-edition?product_id=7228

PREVIEW

Director John Badham Discusses The Dark Look
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpMJSDfWKyU

John Badham Discusses A Scene From The Broadway Play
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_SJLaxelI0

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#1302494
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Asger said:

ITHoTMK said:

Ladies and gentleman, we have all waited patiently over the years for this to finally happen and here it is for pre-oder. Shout Factory presents John Badham’s 1979 release of DRACULA. A bluray cannot be made habitable in a day. And, after all, how few blurays go to make up a century. 😉

Dracula [Collector’s Edition] + Exclusive Poster
Released: November 26, 2019 • Available in US & Canada
Product SKU: 826663203707
No Reviews Yet
$28.43
List Price: $29.99 USD

https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/dracula-collector-s-edition?product_id=7228

Honestly, all the work that everyone has done over the years which led me to even attempt this restoration has been worth it given that we’re all going to benefit from an official release. I honestly look forward to comparing the work against the original theatrical release in HD and will gladly set mine aside to enjoy the film as it always should have been made available.

DRACULA (Restored Theatrical Trailer)
https://vimeo.com/330017416

DRACULA (35mm Silver Screen Edition Sizzle Reel)
https://vimeo.com/295047399

Hi
Unfortunately I live in Europe, so the region A Shout version isn’t playable here.

But I registered here because I saw this discussion - and would request a link to your restored version, please.

The less compressed, the better 😃 - bandwidth and harddisk space are not problems.

So far this seems the best I can hope for, and with the praise from other users, I am looking much forward to it.

Regards,
Asger

Please send me a private message.

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#1294584
Topic
Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Ladies and gentleman, we have all waited patiently over the years for this to finally happen and here it is for pre-oder. Shout Factory presents John Badham’s 1979 release of DRACULA. A bluray cannot be made habitable in a day. And, after all, how few blurays go to make up a century. 😉

Dracula [Collector’s Edition] + Exclusive Poster
Released: November 26, 2019 • Available in US & Canada
Product SKU: 826663203707
No Reviews Yet
$28.43
List Price: $29.99 USD

https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/dracula-collector-s-edition?product_id=7228

Honestly, all the work that everyone has done over the years which led me to even attempt this restoration has been worth it given that we’re all going to benefit from an official release. I honestly look forward to comparing the work against the original theatrical release in HD and will gladly set mine aside to enjoy the film as it always should have been made available.

DRACULA (Restored Theatrical Trailer)
https://vimeo.com/330017416

DRACULA (35mm Silver Screen Edition Sizzle Reel)
https://vimeo.com/295047399

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#1289907
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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UFOclub1977 said:

Scream factory has announced a dual version release. Original and then desaturated. YES!

If you hadn’t told me I wouldn’t have believed it. Incredible. 😃 I doubt there’s much restoration in regard to that new transfer. Perhaps some noise reduction and smoothing but I am beyond thrilled, excited and eager to purchase this new version. I don’t consider any amount of work I’ve done a waste of time and hope those involved with the release saw this forum or watched the trailer realizing that this original theatrical version was still in demand. Scream Factory has done it again by honouring the fans and the work.

OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM SCREAM FACTORY

DRACULA (1979) (Collector’s Edition) – John Badham’s slick and sophisticated telling of the legendary story flies into our midst in a 2-disc set. Includes a new transfer of the theatrical version as seen in theaters in 1979 with full color as well as the alternate director-approved version of the film created in 1991 for home video with a muted color palette. Expected Release: November 2019.

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#1283224
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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It truly is a shame that director John Badham decided to re-time the film digitally. I appreciate that he only was trying to capture what he originally had in his mind’s eye and I would have been more open to it had it been included with the original theatrical release version. I can think of Frank Darabont’s The Mist as an example where the filmmaker made the case for his B&W version of the film to better caption the tone he was gong for but he also rightly included the theatrical version as well. Fortunately, the original assets for 1979’s Dracula still exist in analog for and no doubt as a digitally scanned version with the color intact. I have no doubt that one day, we will eventually see the film as it was originally released.

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#1277076
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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For anyone interested, I decided to restore the theatrical trailer using the original audio with voice over by Percy Rodriguez. Unfortunately the opening shots had to be replaced due to optical titles and one shot not being in the final film itself. The titles were recreated from scratch and the color matches the DRACULA 35mm Silver Screen Edition. Enjoy!

DRACULA (Restored Theatrical Trailer)

https://vimeo.com/330017416

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#1276081
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Thank you and greatly appreciate all the kind words from everyone who has enjoyed this version of the film. Although, I should say this original version of the film as that was the goal but to restore the de-saturated version back to its original color brilliance.

That being said, and without getting too technical, the film was restored by researching the original technicolor process and replicating that process in a digital environment. Suffice it to say, a three strip RGB approach was used to re-apply the removed tints while pushing what information was available in the image as much as possible. It is by no means 100% but it’s pretty close and already superior to any VHS and/or LaserDisc copy in my opinion.

As I’ve said to many of you, hopefully Universal will see the light one day and restore this film to its original theatrical release. Fangs crossed.

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#1262217
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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bloodmoon said:

ITHoTMK said:

Weren’t you going to be working on your own version of Dracula in an attempt to restore the original color palette? After completing Superman: The Movie I thought I’d try my hand at another childhood favorite of mine. Like many, when I picked up the DVD, I was terribly disappointed that Universal had retained John Badham’s 1991 Laserdisc color grading. I wasn’t sure if it was entirely possible but I think I’ve managed to nail it given everything I’ve read about what was done to the film. Please enjoy this sizzle reel of the final work to come.

Dracula (35mm Silver Screen Edition Sizzle Reel)

https://vimeo.com/295047399

Did you complete the full color version of film and is it availiable to watch and download?

Message me.

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#1260772
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Dracula 1979 - The original theatrical color version
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Does anyone have any details on this release beyond the advertised notes? Translated below.

Dracula (1979) (Blu-ray) koch films
http://www.kochmedia-film.de/blu-ray/details/view/film/dracula_1979_blu_ray/

ENGLISH TRANSLATION
This “Dracula” restores the pure character of his first film appearances in F. W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” (1922) and Bela Lugosis (1931). "(Roger Ebert)

In search of the likeness of his deceased lover, Count Dracula settles down in London at the end of the 19th century. The new environment soon succumbs to the fascination of the Transylvanian nobleman. However, when mysterious deaths occur in society, Professor van Helsing is called to help. He reveals the count as a bloodsucking undead and sets about hunting him in a cruel battle. (1 Blu-ray)

Based on the first adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, director John Badham (“The Flying Eye”, “War Games”) achieved a widely acclaimed, completely novel interpretation of the legendary material: instead of biting heartily-cruelly as usual, he drops Oscar ® nominee Frank Langella in the title role beguile his victims rather than bloodsucking charmer. Three-time Oscar® winner Sir Laurence Olivier as Professor van Helsing, assisted by Donald Pleasence (“Halloween”) as Dr. Seward is powerless at first, but then with resounding success.

GENRE HORROR
Film length approx. 109 min
Languages German, English
Subtitles German
Production Great Britain / USA 1979
Sound format DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Picture format 16: 9 (2.35: 1)
FSK from 16

EXTRAS
German Super 8 version of the film (about 36 min), German and original trailer, picture gallery with rare advertising material