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    Cruising dvd update

    Well not the greatest news.Yet since there hasn't been much going on since the original mention of the petition.I did get some news,nothing much...but here it is.



    I recieved a reply from AnchorBay. They said that there is a possiblity of a uncut SE release if they got their hands on it,that is. Of course they have to find out who owns the rights at the moment & the price . If the price is to high,then most likely they will have to ignore it much like asking Paramount for the rights of their films. Yet if there is enough request it stands a good enough chance as any film & could make for a interesting release if it ever happens.





    Now i noticed the film is a United Artist release...which means.....it could be owned by Warner Bros(who released the now OOP 1990's vhs release) or MGM. I still have yet to hear a thing from them. If only there was another way to contact William Friedkin,other than his website...which you will not get a reply back obviously( i tryed a few times). yet i don't know any other way,so will give that a rest for now,unless by luck,i am able to get in contact with a personal assistant or something.

    Of course he's busy working on SE's for a couple films & so on. Maybe thats a good sign? I mean...once he's done with the To Live & Die In L.A. SE release. Maybe he could also be aiming for a uncut SE of Cruising...if he can convince the studio that is?


    Still..i'll keep trying. Posted the petition link on a few forums to spread the word.Always get a divided response..& alot are to afraid to be for it,because of it's controversy..thus not many people signed it

    I expected that. Yet will not give up...& hope to see it get a restored complete release someday



    http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Vixens02/petition.html

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    I remember that discussion quite well, and I can't believe I neglected to sign the petition in the first place. Oh well, I signed it now (Number 82) and hopefully, we'll get a decent release, or any release at all for that matter!

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    Thanks for the update, Christina. As always, it's appreciated. Hopefully something will get done.

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    I'm looking forward to this one coming out. Hopefully it will be soon. Since it was United Artists that released the film back in the day, I suspect that MGM owns the rights to it. I also can't wait for TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. to finally come out. It's about time.

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    Your welcome......


    I also decided to contact Blue Underground just in case they may be interested & try to get something done considering other studio's may take forever with it.

    If MGM has it...then we can expect it on dvd eventually...but a fully restored uncut release would help the film out im sure...since the current release is a incoherent jumping all over the place mess. Yet lucky for me,i'm more open minded & look at the film with the cuts in mind

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    Originally posted by Christina Valentine
    Your welcome......


    I also decided to contact Blue Underground just in case they may be interested & try to get something done considering other studio's may take forever with it.

    If MGM has it...then we can expect it on dvd eventually...but a fully restored uncut release would help the film out im sure...since the current release is a incoherent jumping all over the place mess. Yet lucky for me,i'm more open minded & look at the film with the cuts in mind
    If there really is an uncut version of this film available I'd sure love to see it. I understand the reason for the studio to want to make the cuts but it would be nice to see the film the way the director intended, the way all films should be seen.
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    Yeah....i read a hilarious interview with the director about the cuts.


    Since i can't find the sight it was on right now.Heres a quick run down of what i remember.


    Basically he & the producer invited the head of the ratings board over for dinner since they knew him. he's a really close minded,uptight kind of guy. They watch the uncut version of the film,he's getting ver uncomfortable durring the film & freaks out in disgust when it's over & says "X...theres not enough X's for it,you'll need 50,000 X's to rate 'this'!" when asked what he thought it would get rated by the board.
    So they talk him down,the producer putting on a act of "Please you can't do this to me,my whole life is in the film,i have a family to raise & if this film isn't a success..i'm ruined!" so he calms down a tiny bit & says "I may be able to help you out here" & tells them to contact some guy who's fee is $1000 a day to help cut the film down to what he thinks is 'acceptable'. Well Friedkin thought he'd be alright..since the guy helping cut the film is the same one who helped with The Exorcist which got by the MPAA with no cuts!

    Well soon it was taken out of his hands...& they started hacking away at the film...long before submitting it to the MPAA!

    He was angry about that..so to fight back in a sneaky way....he inserted a couple hardcore gay sex footage'subliminal' shots in a few scenes that not many peope would notice anyway(though some claim to have seen it by slow motioning..though i still have yet to..is it just a urban legend?)...& soon the butchured film was shown to the MPAA & got a R on first pass with no cuts,they didn't even notice the sublinmal shots!

    Then he say's he'd love to get the restored version released...since maybe people would understand it more since huge chunks of important things where cut out...including a ending that isn't so confusing as in the film since all the key footage was removed..that your left wondering "huh?" at the very end.



    Which makes me wonder. If the cut version was passed with no cuts for ratings reasons...even though many people claim it's 'to far' & "revolting' to be R rated in current form. Theres a chance the MPAA would have given the full uncut version an R. Yet all because of one uptight person...it was butchured!

    At least..thats what the director states happened.





    Anyway...i'd love to see the real version to make up my own mind on the film. + Will always keep trying

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    I've never seen this film, but being a Pacino fan I think I should. How is Al in this one, anyway?

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    Originally posted by Troy Howarth
    I've never seen this film, but being a Pacino fan I think I should. How is Al in this one, anyway?
    I have to tell ya...if you liked him in SERPICO, you'll love him in CRUISING.
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    Cool... Pacino's at his best these days in INSOMNIA and SIMONE - he had been giving a lot of OTT performances as of late.

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    Originally posted by Christina Valentine

    Anyway...i'd love to see the real version to make up my own mind on the film. + Will always keep trying
    Awesome story, Christina. Now, I'm about as determined as you are to see the uncut version.
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    Definitely thanks for the info, Christina. I had no idea this film was so seriously cut, since it really is very rough in its current form.

    I do recall thinking "Huh??" at the end, so I'd surely buy an uncut DVD.

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    Your welcome.....oh forgot to mention.It was cut by 40 minutes!


    All footage meant to be in the film itself..not stuff that was left over in the workprint & cut at the last minute. So thats alot of missing footage.

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    I too look forward to seeing this film on DVD someday. The thing is, after all these years since it's release, that missing footage maybe impossible to recover or even restore now. I was always under the impression that it was released uncut the first time around (with the subliminals intact that is). That's the way I saw it in the theater way back, and the images were very powerful. "Cruising" was a film that cetainly lingered in my head long after I'd seen it.

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    Well hopefully the footage is out their somewhere. It's bound to be lieing around in a vault,wasting away. So if found..just restore it to as good as possible condition & voila..uncut version is released

    + the film's grimy quality did add to the gritty disturbing look & feel of the film.So it doesn't have to look perfect & pristine in my opinion.




    + If the cut footage because of the production code from King Kong & Frankenstein can be found & restored decades after release. I'm sure this now 22 year old film stands a chance. Then again the same thing happened with C.H.U.D. & the AB dvd only restores what little footage still existed(about 5-10 minutes worth). Of course C.H.U.D. was released by a indie-studio,not a major. So who knows.

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