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    Senior Member Country: Scotland julian_craster's Avatar
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    'Columbia Classics' in the USA have restored the following British films, and have issued them for sale on Region 1 DVD (DVDs made to order), but they will not ship to the UK !
    (how annoying...)


    See:
    View Classic Films Available on DVD - Columbia Classics

    W : a WARWICK production


    Idol on Parade W

    Interpol (Pickup Alley) W

    The Long Haul W

    The Mind of Mister Soames

    Duffy (Susannah York)

    Otley

    A Severed Head

    Let's hope these restored titles are sold to UK tv soon.....the BBC or Film Four should place an order immediately ! Wouldn't you rather see any of these than that great bore The Battle of the River Plate for the 100th time...?

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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    I certainly would like to see Idol On Parade again. It must be at least forty years since it was last shown on television in this country. I hope the new Region 1 release is a new CinemaScope transfer, though and not the usual ancient pan and scan version.

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland julian_craster's Avatar
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    Yes - it is in widescreen .....


    Watch a clip from Idol on Parade here (note Newley and Lionel Jeffries wonderful comic timing) :

    http://www.sonypictures.com/homevide...c=043396368460

    British pop sensation “Jeep” Jackson’s (Anthony Newley) career is in high gear when he’s notified he’ll have to do a two-year tour in the army. Of course the musician isn’t well suited to the military life, and his antics wreak havoc on the patience of commanding officer Sergeant Lush (William Bendix). Will Jackson defeat the military with his singular personality or will a truce allow the army to soldier on? The film’s title song and “I’ve Waited So Long” were hits for Newley, and the story may have largely been inspired by his real-life mid-career stint in the army. Lionel Jeffries and Anne Aubrey also star. Directed by John Gilling. Newly remastered.

    This was Anthony Newley's 'breakthrough' into film stardom, and his magnificent singing voice is heard as well....

    IDOL ON PARADE (BW)
    Director: John Gilling
    Starring: Anthony Newley, William Bendix, Anne Aubrey, Lionel Jeffries, Sidney James, David Lodge
    Aspect Ratio: 2.35

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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    Thanks, Julian...I'm pleased it's being released in widescreen at long last. I clicked on your link, but it wouldn't work.

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    Ahh, it worked that time. Good little scene...I was able to download the short scene onto RealPlayer. This is a really good film. I can't understand why it hasn't been shown on television for decades.

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    deepdiscount.com will ship to the UK and their prices are discounted so it pays for the shipping of $5.50 they usually arrive within a week.

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    Senior Member Country: Scotland julian_craster's Avatar
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    Before placing an order for the Columbia 'On Demand' DVDs it is worth noting the following (as mentioned on the Sony website):

    From website: ** PLEASE NOTE: This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. These discs are expected to play back in DVD video Play Only devices and may not play back in other DVD devices, including Recorders and PC Drives.**

    Region 1 (US) only playable

    DVDs may not play in PCs.....

    DVDs may not play in any device that also records to DVD, VHS or hard drive .......

    So it looks like a R1 stand alone DVD only player, folks.....!

    As these DVDs are quite expensive (over 15 each from deepdiscount.com including postage to the UK - equivalent to 7+ rentals from Lovefilm !), this is something to consider....

    They also have other Columbia British films on offer, but some of these titles have been released in the UK and so are much cheaper to buy (or rent) over here, and are guaranteed playable...
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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    If they're the same thing as the Warner Archive DVD-Rs, I have quite a few of those and they all play perfectly on my multi region players and on my Laptops, which are set for Region 2, but will play the Warner discs without any trouble.

    One Columbia British film that is long overdue for a DVD release by Sony is Run Wild, Run Free, an excellent 1969 release about a ten years old boy with autism starring Mark Lester; John Mills; Gordon Jackson; Sylvia Syms; Bernard Miles and Fiona Fullerton. It was given a VHS video release in the UK around 25 years ago, but has never been made available on DVD. The video is long deleted, but often turns up on eBay.

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    As said previously the Warner archive will play o.k on a multi region player, also the titles are available from here I think you will find and they will ship to UK. Just purchased SO WELL REMEMBERED a James Hilton film made by R.K.O. & J. Arthur Rank starring John Mills Martha Scott Patricia Roc Trevor Howard, a good old English pot boiler lad !

    Buy Movies at Movies Unlimited - The Movie Collector’s Site
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    "DVDs may not play in PCs."

    DVDR's play fine in my computer and I have a low end one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenburnfan View Post
    One Columbia British film that is long overdue for a DVD release by Sony is Run Wild, Run Free, an excellent 1969 release about a ten years old boy with autism starring Mark Lester; John Mills; Gordon Jackson; Sylvia Syms; Bernard Miles and Fiona Fullerton. It was given a VHS video release in the UK around 25 years ago, but has never been made available on DVD. The video is long deleted, but often turns up on eBay.
    Otherwise known as the short film Philip and the White Colt, which Britmoviers of a certain age will remember being rented and shown in schools. Good film which I would love to see again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by will.15 View Post
    "DVDs may not play in PCs."

    DVDR's play fine in my computer and I have a low end one.
    They will probably play on the vast, vast majority of PCs. Distributors just put clauses like that in so that they've got an excuse if there is a PC out there that can't play their DVD. Possibly also because playing it in PCs can get around any region coding

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    I have THE LONG HAUL and DUFFY from the titles mentioned and the presentations are fine. The fact they don't ship to the UK means they can't really blame you for downloading them!

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    Why won't these companies ship to Europe?

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    I think they see it as too much trouble (ie. no single set postage rate, possibility of items getting lost) plus they may only have the US rights for some of the titles.

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    Clearly internet downloads are the future for titles like these.......and it will happen for those who wait...

    I would be quite happy to pay two quid a film to download these films from the Sony/Columbia site, but a film would have to be of exceptional personal interest for me to pay 15 + to import a single DVDR......

    And of course, most of the Columbia films on offer on demand are of a pretty routine nature - one might watch them if they were on UK Freeview !

    As Sony is a high-tech company, I think one can safely assume that they have thoughly mastered the black arts of copy protection/regional coding in order to protect their intellectual property - unlike a 'mom and pop' bootleg operation operating from a rundown shack in Des Moines, Iowa selling poor quality bootleg DVDRs, alongside their fake viagra pills and illicit moonshine whiskey... !

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    Quote Originally Posted by didi-5 View Post
    Otherwise known as the short film Philip and the White Colt, which Britmoviers of a certain age will remember being rented and shown in schools. Good film which I would love to see again.
    Here is five and a half minutes from a Japanese dubbed version of Run Wild, Run Free on YouTube. The image is slightly stretched (many YouTuber's don't know how to upload a film in its correct aspect ratio), but even so, the dreamlike quality of the film still comes through. If this wasn't Mark Lester's best film, it was certainly his most unusual and haunting and deserves a proper DVD release.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt-aAUHPL2k
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    I wouldent order from Deep Discount unless you want a LONG wait. Took over 2 months for one dvd to arrive to my door. i aint the only one either. I bought my Long Haul and Idol on Parade from a guy who deals on E bay USA. Got them in less than 2 weeks. Great widescreen, crisp transfers by the way

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    I got The Mind of Mr Soames a while back and it looks great. Deep Discount took about a month to arrive but that was over Xmas. Movies Unlimited are good for getting these MOD releases from as well.

    If you've got a multi-region player they work fine. The only DVD PC drives they won't play on are old ones. I've never had an issue with playing and I've got MOD discs by Sony, Warner, Universal and MGM. The only issue is the over-inflated prices as far as I'm concerned.

    One of the major reasons they haven't set up UK sites is probably the costs involved. It costs about a 1000 pounds just to get a certificate (which you need by law) then there's other costs.

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