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This Should Happen: Studios need to jump on the Rerelease train! Plus info on how you can see Blue Underground's rerelease of Zombie!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some interesting info for you horror fans out there. I’m a big fan of rereleases and had planned to do a big This Should Happen write-up on how stupid studios are for not taking advantage of the widespread adoption of digital cinema to mine some of their more audience friendly archive titles for some extra cash, but then The Lion King came out, made millions and everybody is now talking about re-releases. However, I couldn’t help but chime in with some thoughts, especially since there’s a chance to see a cult classic on the big screen again.

The Lion King being in 3-D isn’t the story, though. I’d wager that if Disney had released The Lion King as wide and with a similar marketing push the results would have been the same. Re-releases are a tradition in Hollywood and something Disney had taken full advantage of in my childhood. I remember seeing Snow White, Song of the South and Cinderella theatrically in the ‘80s and that was at the height of cable tv and the proliferation of VHS.



We already know Star Wars, The Exorcist and these Disney titles can pull in extra hundreds of millions of dollars and it’s only going to be a matter of time before the studios realize they’re already making these 2 and 4k remastered transfers for Blus anyway and that they’re missing out on heaps of cash.

I love my home theater system, I have over 600 Blu-Rays, thousands of DVDs, a 7.1 surround system, a 62” HD screen. You won’t hear me poo-poo the home theater experience, but movies were meant to be seen with an audience, on the big screen with massive sound. It makes me sad that distribution has moved so far away from that experience, but then again the audiences of my youth aren’t the same as the rude fucktards that talk throughout movies and check their Twitter every 10 seconds.

But I’d have to imagine the audience that’d go to these re-releases would be a little more respectful of the theater-going experience.

Can you imagine a theatrical re-release of something like Back to the Future on 1500 screens, in 2k or 4k, with a giant marketing push? It’d be like printing money. I’ve long thought Universal should do that with Jaws one July 4th weekend..

Blue Underground doesn’t quite have the marketing power of Universal, but they’re doing something really cool in advance of their release of the Blu-Ray of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, showing a 2k version of Fulci’s classic flick (this is the one where a real live stunt man dressed as a zombie grapples with a living shark) all over the country (and Canada, too!).

I have a list of theaters and cities below, which notes when and where you can go see Zombie on the big screen. Having seen this film on multiple beat up 35mm prints, I can guarantee you’ll never see it look better on the big screen than this showing.

This isn’t my ideal model for the big studio tentpole re-releases, but for a movie like Zombie it’s perfect. Midnight screenings on the nights of October 21st and October 22nd unless otherwise noted below .



ALBUQUERQUE Guild Cinema (Oct. 28 & 29)
ATLANTA Plaza Theatre
AUSTIN Alamo The Ritz (Oct. 24 & 31)
AUSTIN Alamo S. Lamar (Oct. 30)
BOSTON Coolidge Corner Theatre
CHICAGO Music Box Theatre (also Oct. 28 & 29)
CLEVELAND Capitol Theatre (Oct. 15)
DALLAS Landmark Inwood Theatre
DENVER Landmark Esquire
DETROIT Landmark Main Art
HOUSTON Landmark River Oaks
JACKSONVILLE, FL 5 Points Theatre
KANSAS CITY Tivoli Cinemas
LAS VEGAS Theatre 7 (Oct. 31)
LAWRENCE, KS Liberty Hall (Oct. 21 only)
LOS ANGELES New Beverly Cinema
MESA, AZ The Royale
MINNEAPOLIS Landmark Uptown (Nov. 4 & 5)
NEW YORK CITY Landmark’s Sunshine
OTTAWA, ONTARIO Mayfair Theatre
PITTSBURGH The Oaks Theater
PORTLAND, OR Hollywood Theatre
SACRAMENTO Crest Theatre
SAN ANTONIO Alamo Westlakes
SAN DIEGO Landmark Ken Cinema
SAN FRANCISCO Roxie Theater (Oct. 29 – 31)
SEATTLE Landmark Egyptian
ST. LOUIS Hi-Pointe Theatre
ST. PETE BEACH, FL The Beach Theatre
TORONTO The Revue Cinema (Oct. 22 & Oct. 31)
TUCSON, AZ The Loft Cinema
WASHINGTON, D.C. Landmark E Street Cinema
WICHITA, KS Warren Old Town Theater (Oct. 24 & 25)
WINCHESTER, VA Alamo Drafthouse Winchester
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA Park Theatre Café (Oct. 13)
YELLOW SPRINGS, OH Little Art Theatre (Oct. 22)

Hope you guys go out and support things like this. It’s not that horrible “shown on DVD/Blu-Ray shit the big chains were doing for the longest time, but a real presentation by people who really care.

Since Disney’s already announced re-releases of Beauty and the Beast (which you may remember they almost did before the Blu-Ray and pulled out at the last minute) and Finding Nemo, so you can bet that Disney has gotten the bug. Let’s just see if any of the other studios take notice.

My advice: Make these re-releases an event. Make them two-week or more engagements and not one-night only things. Market them like you’d market any other 1500 screen release. If you pick your films wisely you’ll more than recoup the costs of marketing and, for the cost of the restoration and DCP, you’ve given yourselves a license to print money.

At least those are my thoughts. What do you folks think?

-Eric Vespe
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  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by sjfatty

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Song of the South

    by macheesmo3

    really needs to be put out on Blu-ray. Disney may think it's going to cause an uproar, yet that didn't stop them from having the Brer Rabbit log flume ride at Disneyworld!

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I agree, Quint.

    by AlienFanatic

    Though I don't know what it costs to get the films into the theaters again (resurrecting profit-sharing agreements, the conversion process, screen availability, etc.) I can imagine a host of films that would appeal to the nostalgia of current moviegoers. Pick some of the biggest blockbusters from the early 70's through the 90's. Stuff like: Jaws Jurassic Park Indiana Jones Ferris Bueller's Day Off (imagine the party atmosphere) The Godfather Back to the Future Close Encounters Alien (not that I'm biased...) Independence Day etc. I don't think a two-week run would fly, but maybe a weeklong run for each. Nostalgia fades pretty fast, and you really have to put it on a good screen to make it an event. Anyhoo, good idea. Which means the bean counters would HATE it.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Great idea for a column.

    by Hercules

    wish I'd thought of it.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Song of The South = Unwatchable.

    by Gigantor64

    Saw it years ago on VHS and it is offensive and virtually unwatchable. Dated isn't even the right word to describe it. Even as an exercise in social discussion on how much things have changed in Hollywood terms, it has very limited value. That said, I agree that it should be reissued, at least on DVD/Blu-Ray. Suppression of uncomfortable ideas or information is a dangerous thing in any society.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off is great.

    by obi_juan

    Never get tired of seeing it.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I dream-casted Kelsey Grammer as

    by Bass Ackwards

  • So, I'll head out to one of the awesome retrospective theaters we've got here in the L.A. area (like the great New Beverly) pretty often. In fact, I'll probably catch ZOMBIE when it plays there. What makes that so fun is being surrounded by an audience of like-minded genre enthusiasts...and experiencing the reactions (sometimes negative ones!) from audience members who've never seen the movie. But, frankly, re-releasing blockbuster smash hits like BACK TO THE FUTURE or JURASSIC PARK and whatnot doesn't interest me at all. I like those movies. And they continue to remain popular and lead fruitful lives in home entertainment. But they're just not that INTERESTING anymore. I won't feel compelled to connect with a stranger who likes JURASSIC PARK, the way I might with the person sitting next to me at an EVIL DEAD screening. I'd much rather watch something new at the multiplex, with the hope it might be the next awesome movie everyone loves. And I'll continue frequenting my beloved retrospective theaters for awesome cult favorites and interesting classic I may have missed.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Song of the South: Not that good

    by jbs9200

    I watched SoS a few months ago (downloaded) and the problem isn't that it is racist or offensive. Those that make their money/ego on being offended will be offended regardless. . The problem is ... It just isn't that good. The Brer Rabbit stuff is good. That is what we remember, that is what got cut up and used as short cartoons back in the 70s. What sucks is the wrapper story. . See Brer Rabbit was a character from a series of stories this guy, Harris, collected in the post-Civil War and published as a book. The stories are told by a narrator character Uncle Remus. The movie, unfortunately, keeps this narrator character in ... a narrating role. . Harris' family goes off to the country. The little boy doesn't like it and runs away with a black kid his own age. They go to the slave (or recently freed, they gloss over this) quarters and there Uncle Remus tells them stories until the white boy is ready to stop "running away" and goes back to his family. . This live-action part SUCKS!!!! It is just a massive drag on the parts that are good, Brer Rabbit. It isn't because it it "racist" or "offensive (tm)". It is because the live-action crap is crap. It just sucks as a story and you find yourself waiting for it to be over to get back to the Brer Rabbit stories. The problem isn't political. The problem is artistic. . They should have done what they did with Winnie the Pooh and instead figured out how to sew the various Brer Rabbit short stories into a continuous animated story. . I am all for them re-releasing the Brer Rabbit parts. But they need to re-edit the thing to remove the un-workable live action portions. Maybe (grinds teeth) they'd need to do some new "glue" material to segue from short story to short story.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I dream-casted Grammer as Beast years before that Ratner flick

    by Bass Ackwards

    I'm sure I even did it in AICN talkbacks. So I lay claim to being the originator of any of these circle jerk "I want this to happen" columns/discussions.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I love Song of the South

    by iakobos

    If they did re-release it on DVD/BR they would sell it in droves. Disney is way to PC to ever re-release it again though. Far to many haters as we already see in the TB.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    The little kid in song of the south

    by Bass Ackwards

    Has a weirdly adult singing voice. I remember always being slightly creeped out by it.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember 70MM

    by maninblack

    What would be even better is if you could get some of the 70mm prints of certain films. The first time I saw Alien was in 70mm, same goes for Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now, Star Wars, The Wild Bunch. Nothing can ever take the place of the experience of seeing those films in a theater. It's really the only way you can truly appreciate them. And yes, I'm old enough that I have seen both Song of the South and Zombie in the theaters...LOL The Imax theaters are great, but to me it just isn't the same as the theaters of yesteryear, when they were more like sacred temples to view works of art and vision. That's what I miss the most.

  • One of my favorite AICN memories was seeing a sneak of Hot Fuzz, prior to a Q&A. The audience and the feeling in that theater made the movie that much more enjoyable. Even last fall when they had a 25th anniv screening of Back to the Future in the suburbs, those who were there were there because they wanted to be. Even this summer when I got into the Super 8 screening, there was a great moment there as well.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I just saw Ghostbusters in the theater...

    by ltgalloway

    And there were less than a dozen people in attendance. I probably wouldn't have even heard about it if I weren't such a movie news nerd. For most folks I'm sure it wasn't even on their radar. Even the people working at the theater didn't know they were showing it! Don't get me wrong. I loved having the opportunity to watch one of my all time favorite movies on the big screen. I feel lucky to have been among the fortunate few to make it to the theater that night, among true fans who care about films. Who care because movies like this grabbed them when they were young, and who now have children of their own whom they want to share that experience with. I guess my point is if you're going to do it, you might as well do it right. Right? There was a lot going against this screening. For one it was on a Thursday. A THURSDAY! Also, the audio/video quality was terrible. (Is that the theaters fault or was it the print they received? Either way it was bad) And aside from hearing the news from movie sites (thanks AICN, there was hardly any marketing effort at all (At least in my market). All I'm saying is that this should have been an event. And by that I mean they should have at least made some effort. Instead it felt like it was phoned in. I know putting together a big campaign takes money, but I really feel like it would have paid off ten fold had they done it right. But who am I to say how things should be done? Just one of people paying for it.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Never heard of Zombie and sounds lame anyways.

    by DonkeyBalls

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Song of the South racist?

    by Hipshot

    No more than America as a whole, at the time. Which means complacent with blacks being second-class citizens. We've healed much of that, and I suspect it will be released soon (Disney has made some amends, and changed their ultra-Conservative ways, race-wise) so what the heck. Comparing columns, however, its fascinating to see that there seems to be predictable overlap between Talkbackers who criticize "Red Tails" for racial content, and those who are eager to embrace "Song of the South." <Insert easy sociopolitical joke here>

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Wait, I thought up the internet

    by XoanonTORN

    and movies, you all owe me..and Al Gore

  • oh shit! It should be reissued just for historical posterity or just make it a super limited edition. Quit being pussies Disney and if you think the princess and the frog made everyone say "see, Disney DOES like black people" then you're fucking wrong!

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    There's a ton or horror films this month in my area

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    being shown on the big screen. Halloween of course, but also The Howling, and Nosferatu with a full orchestra. I forget the others I guess because those are my top three picks.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    If it is to be done, the films need to be shown ...

    by DrMorbius

    at nice theaters. Where Zombie is showing in my 'neck of the woods', is more like 'armpit of the woods'. An area I don't like to frequent in the daytime let alone a late night showing. In 'other news' ... Spock has come out of the closet ... Zachary Quinto that is ... maybe AICN will have the story in a weel or so ...

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    If you're curious about Song of the South the whole thing

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    is on You Tube.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Herc

    by Quint

    Yeah, it's exactly the same column, although I think you'd agree I have significantly less random Amazon links. That's at least a slight difference. You're advocating reruns and syndication, and it'd be great if they did that for Twin Peaks, but I'm advocating for a return to a tried and true release schedule that celebrates cinema history with a theatrical audience. Digital distribution and projection makes this a no duh opinion, granted, but it's an opinion that apparently needs to be stated.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    I saw a restored version of Yellow Submarine on the big screen.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I loved it, but my wife and her friend were like meh. It was almost grounds for divorce.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    When have we ever covered the tabloid private lives stuff? Good for Quinto, I'm proud he's out and happy, but that's not the kind of stuff we cover here.

  • For whatever reason, watching it on the big screen made me feel the same way I felt when I watched it in the theater for the first time as a kid and which hasn't been replicated when watching at home. Also, I notices so many more details when watching it on a big screen. And I figured a couple things out by watching it with an audience again. For example, when the cop asks Doc at the end if he has a permit for his "weather detecting device" and Doc says it's in his wallet, a couple people laughed. For the first time I realized Doc didn't actually have a permit and was bribing the cop.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Choppah is all for re-releases


  • Oct. 16, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    nearest one as 6 hrs away....sigh

    by macheesmo3

    I like living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast most of the time. But New Orleans (90 minutes away) never gets these sort of things...

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    600 Blu-ray discs? #OccupyQuint

    by Sir Loin

    Seriously, once word gets out that you've earned a living and thus purchased things you like, those unwashed hippy-wannabes WILL be at your doorstep and demanding their "fair share" of Blu-ray movies. TRUTH.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    It's also interesting to see the people who embrace Red Tails because it has racial content even if it stinks not being able to discern what someones entire point was. Because you apparently never passed reading comprehension

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    booksanddreams: 70MM

    by Sir Loin

    Amen, brother. Saw both STAR WARS and ALIEN in 70MM back in the day, and it was indeed awesome. You weren't just going to the movies back then, it was an experience which IMAX is trying to recapture today. The line at the only 70MM theater in Phoenix back in 1977 (Cine Capri at 24th St & Camelback) for STAR WARS was like 1/2 mile long, and rightfully so.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    I've seen 2001 and Patton in 70 mm...

    by TenderBranson

    and they both were mindblowing. Wish there were more opportunities to see films in that format.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:19 p.m. CST

    You should see Lawrence Of Arabia in 70mm

    by thelordofhell

    It's just breathtaking

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    sir loin

    by thelordofhell

    I fuckin' miss the Cine Capri. That's where I saw Lawrence Of Arabia, Star Wars, The Empire Stikes Back (where the film stopped and melted during the title scroll), Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Titanic, etc. They have these fake Cine Capris all over town's not the same as the original. I hate how Harkins rewrote the history.....he could have saved that theater, but he didn't.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    thelordofhell: Cine Capri

    by Sir Loin

    I totally agree. That original theater was amazing, half-faked a heat stroke to see STAR WARS in 1977. I didn't see Lawrence of Arabia there, but I imagine it must have been mind-blowing. What was it like? I've met Dan Harkins several times, and he totally understands how incredible it was. Wonder what the backstory is, since that area of town is such prime real estate. Such a shame, thanks for sharing. I think the last film I saw there was INDEPENDENCE DAY, how was TITANIC? How ironic that was the last film shown there.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    thelordofhell: 1997 re-releases

    by Sir Loin

    I was there for the initial 1997 STAR WARS re-releases, and what a total trip that was to see it on the original Cine Capri screen :) Were you there for that?

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Saw North By Northwest this afternoon

    by MrHooper

    As part of Cineplex's "Classic Film Series": It looked gorgeous (probably better than ever), and there was a respectable turnout. Last month was Citizen Kane, and next month is Ben-Hur.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    No slaves in SONG OF THE SOUTH

    by Mace Tofu

    That movie takes place AFTER slavery was abolished Alieninnameonly.

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    It wouldn't be a Herc column with random amazon links

    by WickedJacob

  • Oct. 16, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    withOUT random amazon links I mean

    by WickedJacob

    or a dig at Leno while we're at it.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Cine Capri in Phoenix.....

    by Quake II

    Saw every movie I could there between 1989-1997 while living in Phoenix. I saw the Star Wars Special Edition in 1997, Blade Runner Director's Cut, IJ & The Last Crusade (6 times), Body Snatchers, Independance Day and a few more. What an amazing theater. Those giant velvet curtains and the vintage interior. Now it's a parking garage, right?

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    I actually prefer the home theater experience

    by Titus05

    ever since I upgraded to a 55" plasma and some real 5.1 HT speakers I much prefer waiting for movies to come out on Blu-ray or OnDemand versus paying extra $$ to go to the theater and deal with people talking too loud, cell phones movies are released within a matter of weeks it seems on Blu-ray nowadays...Dark of the Moon came out on Blu-ray in record time I save my $$ for 'big' blockbuster releases and save the rest for my Home Theater

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    sir loin

    by thelordofhell

    The final reason why the Cine Capri was razed was the fact the real estate was too valuable for a single screen movie theater. It wouldn't have mattered if the place sold out every show, they couldn't afford the property tax on the area. Between that and the cost of fixing it up (there was even a plan to build a mutiplex around it, but there just wasn't enough room to do it) Dan saw the easy way out and let it go. And hell yeah, Lawrence Of Arabia made you feel like you were smack dab in the middle of the desert. Just that one scene when they are coming out of that dry just see a dot in the middle of this huge fuckin' screen get bigger and bigger.....oh man!! And seeing the Titanic sinking on that huge screen (oh and Kate Winslet naked)....absolutely priceless. I didn't catch the Star Wars triple fest, but I caught the Indiana Jones triple fest......and that rocked the house.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    So why isn'

    by Monroville

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    So why isn't ZOMBIE playing in Louisville, KY?

    by Monroville

    You know, other than Pittsburgh, the only other city to feature a zombie invasion (and gets nuked in the process)? Reluctant Austinite: back me up on this... And why do these talkbacks NOT have an editing feature yet?

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    It's now been as long since the 1997 special editions

    by Autodidact

    As it was between Jedi and the special editions. Think about that.

  • Prometheus and Alien obviously fit together really well, but you gotta have Aliens in there as well. I'd prefer Alien and Aliens in standard 2D, but if they only did a rerelease in 3D I'd certainly still be pumped to see them that way.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    I also downloaded the SotS LD transfer and it was a snoozer.

    by justmyluck

    Though, I would certainly purchase a modestly priced SotS Blu-ray for the animated bits and some other standard Disney BTS coolness. SotS really should have been released in a DISNEY TREASURES tin, where Leonard Maltin did the disclaimer preambles for similar period animated political incorrectness.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Jaws. Re-Release. Make it happen.

    by Proman1984

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Original Cine Capri site is now an office building

    by KingKirby

    I too saw so many films at the original Cine Capri in Phoenix: Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Alien, Aliens, The Black Hole, Back to the Future, Lawrence of Arabia (with Intermission!), Silence of the Lambs, Titanic (the last film they showed before the wrecking ball claimed it)...they have since opened two Cine Capri theaters in the's still opulent (new curtains open and close...and open again before the feature begins). I went to the grand opening of the new Cine Capri at Tempe Marketplace and they gave out special cards with a snippet of the original Capri's gold curtain. But I agree...why remake so many films when studios can just re-release classics...Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Aliens, E.T., Superman The Movie, etc.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Too bad I hate "Zombie"

    by pikazerox

    There's some great gore, but the story sucks and so does the pacing. fuck this movie is slow and boring 90% of the time. Let me know when the original Dawn of the Dead is back in theaters.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    I have one of those gold curtain tickets

    by thelordofhell

    Nice video about the Cine Capri

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    I see it has it's place

    by hallmitchell

    Yet i'm over looking back all the time. It's good to pay respect. Yet in remix culture i want to see more original visions.

  • These prints still do circulate. Not so sure about SUPERMAN THE MOVIE.

  • and arranges a yearly showing of it for all his friends and peers. That people, is class.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    old school

    by Dollar Bird

    During my misspent youth, there was a theater in town, the Paradise, that showed 2 old movies a week. I caught up on all manner of old films I never would have seen otherwise. Some of them were totally forgettable, like "Easter Parade" or "The Barefoot Contessa", but being able to see "Bridge over the River Kwai", "Casablanca", "All About Eve", "Alien", and "Lawrence of Arabia" for the first time on the big screen made for some of my favorite movie-going experiences. The screen was 70mm, but for smaller mm films they didn't open the curtain all the way. When they rolled out "Ben Hur" and "Lawrence" the curtains just kept opening and opening and opening to reveal this giant screen. It was glorious. Imax and Ultrascreen, though they be bigger, just don't have the charm that big screen did. I must be getting old.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 3:56 a.m. CST

    In The Netherlands:

    by CaseyMcCall

    Three large re-releases are planned; Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Godfather & The Wizard Of Oz. Next year three more titles will be released thru Hollywood Classics.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    re: Lean & Spielberg -

    by justmyluck

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Seeing movies in a theater is a bygone experience

    by ninpobugei

    It was fun when I was a kid, but anymore it's just friggin' annoying as hell...and expensive! Sorry, but a family of 4 spending $100 to see a full-price, 3D movie with a bit of shitty food/candy is ludicrous.Tickets around here are $11 while 3D movies are $15 and so-called IMAX 3D films (not REAL IMAX, mind you, just those lame certified screens) are $18.</p> <p> So pay all that money while some teenagers kick the back of my seat and some baby cries three seats away in an R-Rated film? No thanks.</p> <p> The only movies worth seeing anymore are those shown at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin because you're seeing movies with true fans. Unfortunately, we no longer live in Austin, so movies suck again.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    A study of the Reconstruction era is fascinating.

    by MisterManReturns

    And, obviously, not a topic with which many people are familiar. The South was a mess after the Civil War, and simply freeing the slaves, didn't answer a lot of the problems, in areas of civil rights and economics. Indeed, many of the former slaves chose to remain on the "plantations" as workers. In 2011, it's so easy to make cut-and-dried comments about what happened 150 years ago. Is "The Song of the South" accurate? Of course not. But the end of slavery in the US was not an immediate event, as should be obvious.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Here is an idea for a new coulmn:

    by Doug Phillips

    Harry's favorite Movies he has pirated this week!!!

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Cleveland Oct. 15

    by SapGoblin

    Posted on AICN Oct. 16...gee, thanks!

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Quick Thoughts

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    *** There are no slaves in Song of the South. There are poor black sharecroppers, but no slaves. There are also poor white sharecroppers, however, and they are presented as villains *** There is no scene in Song of the South where the black sharecroppers "sing and dance and thank their masters". They sing about "achin with the misery" at one point, and they sing a song about Uncle Remus, and they sing about faith when the little boy is mauled by the bull, but no - they do not thank white plantation owners in song. *** There was nothing "ultra-conservative" about Walt Disney when it came to race. He blazed trails in television - Elfego Baca brought American audiences their first glimpse at a TV western series based on a hispanic character, to say nothing of Zorro, which took great pains to present the period Spanish-Californians with great dignity and affection. Walt also performed the same trick with his feature films Saludos Amigos (Hello, Friends!) and The Three Caballeros. When Walt made Song of the South, he said he made it because he thought it was a film of healing and racial brotherhood. There isn't a drop of hate or disdain in Song of the South - unless you're talking about the poor white sharecroppers, who are shown wanting to drown puppies at one point. *** There are very famous instances of racial stereotypes in Disney animation, but I would argue in Walt's defense that even in today's "enlightened" age, you'll still see racial stereotypes in films, and even in Disney films. We've simply swapped out black stereotypes for Middle-Eastern stereotypes, gay stereotypes, Southern stereotypes, etc. ***Towards the end of his life, Walt created a theme park attraction celebrating the brotherhood of Man, and it has recently been called a 'racist' attraction full of racial stereotypes. The name of the attraction? It's a Small World. Proving the point that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Like Song of the South.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Re-Releases in 3D . . .


    It's the Disney approach. They know it gives people an excuse to go see something that otherwise someone in the household will say, Why are should we go pay $30 or $40 to go see something we could just stay home and watch in our living room? I skipped the Lion King but I'll go hit Beauty & The Beast and Little Mermaid in 3D, when I probably would not, were they not in 3D. I'll probably go see Star Wars and Empire and Jedi in 3D. I'd definitely go see Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark in 3D. And ET3D. Went to see the 3D re-release of A Nightmare Before Christmas. It was great seeing a classic film in 3D. I've generally enjoyed those more than new movies released in 3D. Back to the Future 3D. I'd be there in a heartbeat. Just sayin'.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Rerelease Petes Dragon too!

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    by alienindisguise

    'nuff said.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Nuff Said my ASS

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    Moron, that clip is the black sharecroppers THANKING GOD that they are alive DESPITE THE MISERY of their lives. They aren't thanking white plantation owners, you ignorant slut.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Glaqd to see you found your place in the world, as the AICN resident racist. Why do you hate black people? Why do they bother you so much, that you need to talk about race all the time? Oh, that's right, that is what racists do. It's your calling. Get help.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by Ray Gamma

    "Zombie", or "Zombie Flesh Eaters" as it was released here in the UK, is a classic video nasty from the first wave of zombie cinema, the ones that were way more disturbing, visually sick and extreme than the sanitized "Walking Dead" interpretation of zombie horror we have today (where nothing more gruesome than a quick decapitation or baseball bat to the head is allowed). Anyone who describes these classic horrors as "sounding lame" or "boring" is presumably a teenager who would be better off staying away from the film anyway, in case they can't handle a film that has any shots lasting longer than 0.7 seconds.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    You guys with home theaters should do what I did-

    by UltraTron

    Spend over $100,000. Buy the actual theater's equipment. Get a screen over 200 inches. It's called actual theater. It's not home theater. Once you go at least 200 inches and with sound that rivals Disney's best theaters- you get the whole experience. People forget they arn't at the movies all the time in this baby. Sets are actual size. All you need is to let some random cell-phone using trash into your house at that point

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Zombie is boring?

    by 3774

    They really need to block the modern plague of twittering, Bay-loving, ADD teens from this site. Guess I have to find a way to get to Seattle for that screening.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    The only point you have to make is that you are a racist. Everyone can clearly see that.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    St. Louis Show

    by triefy

    We are showing ZOMBIE as a bonus show to my Late Nite Grindhouse program in St. Louis. Late Nite Grindhouse is a monthly program that shows 35mm prints that takes place the first full weekend of every month. What's also cool is that there is a Zombie Walk nearby on Saturday the 22nd. Hopefully, hell is at occupancy this weekend. The Late Nite Grindhouse program basically makes the shows more event like. We add trailers and other video oddities prior to the film - much like what the Drafthouse does but more centric on horror and we feature more trailers. I saw the restored version of ZOMBIE at Fantastic Fest and it looks amazing. Can't wait to show it in St. Louis.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Song in Context...

    by Apocalypse_Pooh

    From Song of the "This song comes in at two poignant scenes within the film: the beginning of the song is sung as the workers go to the field for their day's work [snip]; things are bright and new. The final verse of this song, however, is downcast. Sung as the workers return from their day's work, the verse speaks of hard work and eventual demise. Ironically, as they pass by Uncle Remus' cabin, the words hit home (quite literally) as he packs to leave the plantation. He ignores the advice of the song "Let the rain pour down, let the cold wind blow. Gonna stay right here in the home I know." That's the context of the song - and of that YouTube clip. The clip is from the final verse of the song, mentioned above, and the song reveals itself as one of determination. Death is coming, thank God I'm alive, and no matter what, nothing will force me to leave my home and family. That's the "racist" song you didn't understand, alien. Here are the complete lyrics for "Let the Rain Pour Down". Notice the use of caps on the word, "He". The sharecroppers are referring to God, not to a former slave owner. Let The Rain Pour Down (Carling - Darby) Performed by the Hall Johnson Choir (Trouble trouble trouble fly away) Wake up early in the mornin', when the ding-dong ring, look up Goin' down to the kitchen room, it's the same ol' thing Wanna get a bite of somethin' for that hungry look, look up Stick your finger in the dumplin', get your trouble with the cook Let the rain pour down, let the cold wind blow Gonna stay right here in the home I know (Trouble trouble trouble fly away) Havin' trouble with the weevil, never did like that, look up Got the cotton full of evil like a hypocrite's hat When the weevil get the cotton everybody feels low, look out There'll be nothin' on the table when the dinner horn blow. Let the rain pour down, let the cold wind blow Gonna stay right here in the home I know (Trouble fly away fly away). REPRISE When you're achin' with the mis'ry, and you're old and gray, (headin', headin') Then you'd better be thankful that He let you stay. Let you stay to see the children playin' 'round your door (headin', headin') For the time is soon a'comin' when you won't be here no more. Let the rain pour down, let the cold wind blow Gonna stay right here in the home I know.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Why is there no Song Of The North?

    by AsimovLives

    Why is the south that gets the nostlagia treatment, and not the north?

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Do you think Song of the South would be a good movie for 5-year-olds to see? It is rated G. Why yes, or why no? Just curious....

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    Because of the whole blacks should still be slaves mentality, which still thrives in the South. America is still certainly schizoid about race. And war, and religion - and all that stuff. There are those who wax nostalgic about the good old days, when the downtrodden minorities of blacks and women knew there place, and the South, culturally, still clings to these notions with angry vehemence, but of course, none of them are racists who hate America. I lived in South Carolina for a year or so 1967-68. Whoo boy.... Hope all is well with you today, my friend. Be well

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    @bobo- I had a similar expirience last year at the BACK TO THE FUTURE re-release.

    by welcometothepartypal

    I noticed so many things I miss watching it at home(I've literally seen it 100's of times). One moment that stood out for me was at the end when Marty is about to go back to '85' and Doc say's "I'll see you in about 30yrs." The look in Marty's eyes was so worry some and sad. You could feel the whole audience being affected. At one point a little girl behind us whispered to her mother "I like this movie". How awesome. I'm all for re-releases. I just missed GHOSTBUSTERS which was never marketed at all. But it played at 7:00 on a Thursday near me. I'd love to see JAWS on the big screen.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    welcometotheparty pal - GB is playing this thursday too

    by WickedJacob

    and the 27th. Check your local listings.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    @wickedjacob- Thanks, I wish it would play over the weekend.

    by welcometothepartypal

    But I'll try.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by Xiphos_2

    you do realize it's 2011 and not 1968 right numb nuts, or has the Alzheimer taken full hold? Of course if you consider the goatfucker a friend you are a complete failure as a human being.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Re release Star Wars and!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Michael Lunney

    I do realize you are a friendless, condescending asshole, in any year... If you think racism no longer exists, then you must be a racist.... at least a fucking fool.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Just a Few of the Re-releases The Choppah's Seen:


    Breathless (Godard's) Contempt Blue Velvet Touch of Evil Taxi Driver Star Wars: A New Hope Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! The Exorcist Citizen Kane Harold and Maude Bladerunner The Godfather

  • Two totally different articles. Apples and Oranges. That time of the month, Herc? Leave, Quint, alone! He's more man than you'll ever be!

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Zombie boring? GTFO!

    by Stalkeye

    The shit had more chills than say, Dawn of The Dead. I'll put rotting decaying eye splinting Zombies against Blue faced pie in the eye Zombies anyday. Jus sayin.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Oh, and fuck Song of the South as well as the South itself.

    by Stalkeye

    "y'all"? what the fuck s that shit? Only good thing from the South is Universal Studios in Orlando. Had a blast there two weeks ago. Gun toting Red states, freak me out. "Jus sayin".

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Saw Raiders two weeks ago on the big screen

    by bauerpowerhour

    It was a cleaned up HD print (not a full restoration, mind you, but still amazing). It came out the year I was born, so this was my first time seeing it in theatres. One of the most joyous nights at the movies I've ever had.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Saw Ghostbusters last Thursday

    by CaptainTripps

    Even with zero marketing, the theater I was at was pretty full. I took my kids, who have seen the movie probably a hundred times themselves, and they had a great time. I kept hearing my 7yo son saying the dialogue along with the movie and giggling to himself. It made it much more of an event to us than just sitting on the couch and plopping the DVD in. The prices weren't as high as the standard new release prices either, so it was a little easier on my wallet. I could definitely see doing it again for Indiana Jones or Back to the Future.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    ZOMBIE is a LOUSY film. Lousy. Terrible.

    by the_rising

    DAWN OF THE DEAD... Yeah, now THAT should get re-released. TENEBRAE, SUSPIRIA or DEEP RED, shit yeah. But ZOMBIE? Fuck that POS. I'd rather see LIFEFORCE and Mathilda May's mammary mounds, thank you very much!

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    2001, PATTON and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA in 70mm. BEN-HUR via 4k

    by the_rising

    Now those are films to see on the big screen. I'm lucky enough to have seen them all over the last six years. Damned lucky. Still hoping to see a few great 35mm classics like RAIDERS and SCARFACE.

  • I have seen numerous re-releases over the years like Raiders, Apocalypse Now, Clockwork Orange, Blade Runner, Alien and there are many more I would kill to see on the big screen. I live in Chicago and the Music Box plays old films at midnight every weekend, mostly horror and cult films. Seeing Raiders a few years ago was like seeing it for the first time again, I felt like I was 10 years old again. The two films I never got to see in theaters that would be a dream come true for me would be The Godfather and Escape From New York. I definitely feel there is a market for this kind of thing if the right movies are chosen.

  • Oct. 17, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    I disagree about the live-action parts of Song of the South

    by FeralAngel

    ANYBODY who would diss the part where James Baskett starts telling stories to the kids, where he tells them "folks were closer to the critters, and the critters were closer to the folks, and things was better all around" and then the camera slowly moves in on his face and there's darkness behind him and then suddenly, he sings "ZIP-a-dee-doo-dah!" and the air around him bursts into brightness and he's in a cartoon world full of falling leaves and ancient trees and bluebirds...well, anyone who'd diss that is doing that actor a disservice (no pun intended). Baskett is great and so is the rest of the cast. The black characters are treated very respectfully, especially for the time period the movie was made in. The ENTIRE film ought to be rereleased, at least on Blu-Ray. Maybe the next president of Disney will have some balls and do just that. Until then, I've got my memories of sitting in a theater with kids and adults watching Song of the South and having a wonderful time. It's a damn shame that today's kids are missing out on it. Just sayin'.

  • Oct. 18, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Black characters treated respectfully...

    by Hipshot

    Yes they are. The point is that the "uncle" role is very, very comfortable to white audiences. VERY conservative studios like Disney was in the 20th Century would present blacks in very narrow ranges (and exclude them entirely from their theatrical animation). "Song of the South" depicts a world in which blacks were perfectly happy in their subservient roles. I understand why whites have no problem with it: it serves them. But if the position was reversed, trust me: blacks would saying "what's the problem?" And whites would be screaming and thrashing, just as gay whites, obese whites, or females do if they consider themselves disadvantaged. Painting a "happy darkie" image simply promotes a lie that has been too popular, for too long. Without balancing imagery, or at least depictions of blacks caring for their OWN families, having their own hopes and's poison. Whites have the right to make and love such images, of course, and we have the right to disapprove. I salute the current management of Disney for seeing the difficulty. I'm sure it will be released at some point, and the ONLY reason that's o.k. is that Disney has, indeed, had balancing imagery in the past decade. Cool.