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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:57 pm 
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Hopefully that Blu of Profit motive and the Downey, Sr. films are still in the works as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:42 am 
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The Sergei Dvortsevoy is supposed to be done by Spring 2010. great films - short docs like "Bread Day."

I was given that date too, but it's now been a year and a half and there's no news. I worry that their release schedule was too ambitious.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:08 pm 
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FWIW Watchmaker licensed Dvortsevoy's "In the Dark" for the "One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich" DVD. Word from Watchmaker is that the Dvortsevoy DVDs/Blu-Rays are on hold while Dvortsevoy works on his new feature.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:13 am 
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Does anyone know where I can buy the Whole Shootin' Match DVD? I recently picked up the set randomly from the library and I really liked The Whole Shootin' Match quite a bit. I want to support Watchmaker Films by buying the DVD, but it looks like they aren't active anymore. I'm guessing I shouldn't hold out much hope for that blu ray release.

EDIT: I emailed Watchmaker about this, and the response I got is that the DVD will soon re-appear on Amazon and elsewhere. No word about the blu-ray, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:40 pm 

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Wow, that really has disappeared, hasn't it? It's still available to rent from Netflix and BB but I wish I'd purchased one, because it it a great movie. Even more, I wish the plans to rerelease Last Night at the Alamo had come to fruition.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:57 am 
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In late November, they cleared out their website and listed these films as being in their catalogue:

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Eggshells - Tobe Hooper | The Whole Shootin' Match - Eagle Pennell | Profit motive and the whispering wind - John Gianvito | Afraid of Everything - David Barker | Mississippi Chicken - John Fiege | Los Niños Abadonados - Danny Lyon | The King of Texas - Rene Pinnell & Claire Huie | The Soldier's Tale - Penny Allen | George Bataille: Story of the Eye - Andrew Repasky McElhinney | A Chronicle of Corpses - Andrew Repasky McElhinney | Attack of the Bat Monsters - Kelly Greene | Four short films - Sergey Dvortsevoy | The Children's Film Unit


Unfortunately, despite a promise to provide some content within "a week," the site hasn't been updated. This seems par for the course. Not only are most of their DVD releases out of print (and consequently stuff like the John Gianvito films and The Whole Shootin' Match fetch very heavy prices even though they were only released a few years ago) but they've been promising those Dvortsevoys for years. Those films should really be in circulation and if Watchmaker can't muster the funds to release them, I hope they can be licensed by somebody else...


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:10 am 

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I have two copies of the Watchmaker DVD of Profit Motive and the whispering wind by John Gianvito waiting to be sold at LA Filmforum, sitting on our table most show nights. The person who runs Watchmaker ran Filmforum before me, and we got five DVDs when we showed Gianvito's film. Sold three copies in 3 or 4 years, 2 remain. If anyone is interested in buying one, email me. The money will go to Watchmaker.

But since you can see the rampant sales potential in that title, you can see why no other larger label picked it up.

Need to show "Far from Afghanistan" soon, by lots of folks, but organized by Gianvito.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:03 pm 

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They were also trying to acquire Jacques Rozier's films for US release back when they first appeared on the scene. Hopefully sanity has prevailed and Criterion wound up with them.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:23 pm 
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The Rozier films are great, but the existing transfers are very iffy. Criterion would probably want to start from scratch, which would make it a very expensive prospect relative to the likely market.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:41 pm 

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I thought the ones I saw via the French DVD s(Turtle Island and the shorts) looked fine on a medium-sized plasma -- but, yes, I'm sure you're right that a old-ish PAL source, even a decent one, wouldn't enthuse Criterion much at this point.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:57 pm 
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I think Turtle Island was the best of the bunch, but Du cote d'Orouet was pretty weak, and Adieu, Phillipine has an atrocious glitch that renders a whole reel (at least) in poor YouTube resolution.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:16 pm 
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You can see screens I made here


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:23 pm 
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domino harvey wrote:
You can see screens I made here

Ouch! Du cote d'Orouet looks much worse than I remember. But since I remember it as one of the greatest films of the French New Wave, it's no wonder I'd gilded that transfer in my memory.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:31 pm 
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It doesn't look too bad in motion, really. Just super-grainy. I think you're 90% crazy (and it's no doubt mutual), but Du cote d'Orouet'll be #1 on my 70s List


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:03 pm 
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You have to cherish those moments when this world and the Bizarro World magically coincide.


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 Post subject: Re: Watchmaker Films
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:39 pm 
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Well, this company seems semi-officially kaput. It's a shame that nothing in their ambitious restoration/release schedule seems to have been realized.


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