1941 [ 1979 ] 2-Disc Special Edition - Widescreen
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Dutch Release - Audio : English / german / french - Subtitles : Dutch / english / german / french ( optional ) - extra's : restored footage not show in theatrical version / the making of / homevideo's from steven spielberg / trailers / outtakes / storyboards / production pictures / and much more
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Whilst I would assume it is not as funny as future 'Back to the Future' writers, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale working with and John Milius intended, the film still features some inspired sequences, including a spoof on the opening of Jaws, a ferris wheel rolling down a pier, a dogfight down Hollywood Boulevard, a house falling down the slide of a hill and my favourite, a tank going through a warehouse full of paint and then turpentine to come out clean. This film is by no means subtle, it is a full on assault of the senses, although it is not as noisy as I recall, mainly because I think we are now accustom to noisy films.
The sound and picture quality on the blu-ray version are vast improvements on the older DVD versions and the extended cut seems to reduce the chaotic feel of the theatrical cut. The cast is huge and features a young Dan Aykroyd, a bonkers John Belushi, Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, Slim Pickens, Ned Beatty and John Candy to name just a few. John William’s main theme is also still impressive and whilst sometimes overlooked, it is used to great effect.
Well worth watching again. The making of 1941 included on the blu-ray disk is also well worth watching just to see how things got so widely out of control and why this ended up a flawed misfire, rather than a classic.
This Dvd features the original, shorter, theatrical cut of the film, running 1 hour 54 minutes. The picture and sound are remastered and is miles better than the older U.S. disc. It is also 16:9 enhanced for you widescreen TV.
The extras are the same as the older U.S. disc, but come on a 2nd disc instead of cramming it all onto one. Even the menus are the same as the decade-old American release.
Making of 1941 (Almost as long as the film).
One thing the US disc has that this new one doesn't, is the John Williams Isolated Score.
Overall I highly recommend this.
If you want the longer cut you can still pick it up cheap.
And despite that, Spielberg and friends (a mass of brilliant actors and a fantastic crew doung a wonderful job, from photography to editing, from music score to writing, like Milius and Zemeckis, the most unlikely couple ever to meet in a film) seem to have a big fun at producing an unstoppable, ceaseless train of nonsense sequences, chain-reaction scenes (the physical effect that best represent the cause/effect principle of the giant social machine that gets started as paranoia and entertainment clash into one another).Read more ›
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Every director is allowed at least one major flop and this was Spielberg's.However I love this movie and have always liked it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Garside