One of the longest running titles in our "to be announced" list has to be Stanley Kubrick's The Seafarers, the late master's 1953 industrial documentary commissioned by the Seafarers International Union of merchant mariners. Made only a few years before his impressive feature films "Killer's Kiss" and "The Killing," The Seafarers has the distinction of being Kubrick's first film in color.
Some years ago, Pietrzak Filmways, headed by Alexander Pietrzak, gained distribution rights to the documentary and a VHS edition was officially released. Work on a remastered special edition DVD of "The Seafarers" was said to have been underway, with only sporadic rumors on its progress. After a near four-year lull in news, we here at davisdvd.com decided to contact Mr. Pietrzak to find out the status of the project.
We are now happy to report that "The Seafarers" is moving forward after being shelved for budgetary reasons. According to Mr. Pietrzak, the editors of the TV show "Grey's Anatomy" are now footing the bill for getting it released.
Among the extras that will be included on the disc are commentary tracks by filmmakers and Kubrick fans Keith Gordon and Roger Avary, a text interview with one of Kubrick's daughters and more to be announced. There still is no release date unfortunately, but Mr. Pietrzak promises some more solid news for us after the editors return from their seasonal hiatus.