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Nigel P
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 05:18 am:   

Hi Stephen,

Could you tell us anything about thh October release of OKTOBER on DVD and video please?

According to the free disc I got with total DVD magazine, it's out in both formats later in the year; but sadly there were no details about any possible extras.
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Nigel P
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 05:25 am:   

Sorry -- I forgot to ask if it will be in widescreen, the way I've heard it was originally shot but not shown.
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 02:43 pm:   

This is the first I've heard of it. Did they say which company would be releasing it? I had some correspondence on the subject with Acorn Media a few months back, but at that stage they were uncommitted.

It can be a problem when rights are packaged and sold off and then change hands... I complained to the BBC about the piss-poor quality of the MURDER ROOMS DVDs -- shot in great-looking 16X9 but transferred in grainy 14X9, in the American TV cut with footage missing and inappropriate fades for commercials -- but they shrugged and said it was all beyond their control.

Grrr.
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 04:15 am:   

A little more info to add... the distributor will be Revelation Films and they have a website, www.revfilms.co.uk, which looks as if it isn't fully up-and-running yet.

I've now seen the trailer and think they've done a pretty neat job with it. It's in boring old 4x3 but it *is* only the trailer and that shouldn't be taken as a guide.

I've just been told that there are negotiations afoot for a reshowing of OKTOBER in the UK on one of the cable channels.
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Vanessa
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2003 - 05:32 am:   

There's a contact address on the cover disc. It's info@revfilms.net

I'm slightly worried that the entire free episode of "Wire in the Blood" is also in 4x3 and I'm sure that was originally shown in widescreen as well, wasn't it?
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Ian G
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2003 - 01:38 am:   

With feature films the distributors generally seem to recognise that anamorphic widescreen is the quality benchmark, and that anyone who cares enough to add a DVD player when they've already got VHS is quality-led. The newer television material (eg the BBC's Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lost World) all comes in widescreen. As did, iirc, the original Murder Rooms mini-series.

When they do an alternate full-frame version (eg Harry Potter)its because they're hoping that the popularity of the title will give them a sales reach beyond beyond the core DVD market.
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Monday, March 17, 2003 - 02:49 am:   

I've now been contacted by Revelation and they've some good ideas for extras which, obviously, I can't go into until they've been confirmed. We're not awash with 'making of' coverage or unused material but there are still some interesting possibilities to pursue. Carnival is checking to see what's in the vaults.

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Vanessa
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 05:09 am:   

Have they asked you to do a commentary?
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 - 07:13 am:   

That's a possibility, but probably not for the whole three hours. Maybe just one of them, or on some selected scenes.

I've noted that Amazon lists a Region 1 release from Wellspring Media. This is the outfit that used to be Winstar and were known as Fox Lorber before that. They've got a lot of eclectic product in their catalogue, some of it quite classy.

But I know nothing about this release. Amazon has a date of May 2003 but that's plainly wrong.
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Michael Bannerman
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 - 07:14 pm:   

Do you know if Oktober will be available on video in the USA? One of our local Public TV stations broadcast it without publicising it and I only caught a part of the show.

I've bought a copy of the book, but would love to see the video.

I've been trying to track this down for over two years.

Thank you.
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 12:27 pm:   

Sorry for taking so long to get to this, Michael -- I'd switched off the cookies on my computer and so I didn't get the arrow to alert me to a new message on the thread.

I just heard that Lance Entertainment will be bringing out a US version, also in October 2003, so I don't know what all that Wellspring business was about unless they're related companies. Theirs will be the 95' 'telemovie' cut made for overseas markets and this was the version shown on Public TV. They're having discussions with Revelation in the UK to see if they can include some of the Region 2 features.

I'm hoping to be able to post a full list of these soon. Revelation have located the 3-hour anamorphic widescreen master and secured permission to use deleted scenes and Carnival presskit and publicity material. They're approaching individual actors for permission to include their screen tests, and I'm taping an interview early in July.

Hope you'll find the wait was worth it.
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 02:33 am:   

Looks like the distributors haven't pursued the widescreen master... bugger. More news when I have it.
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 05:14 pm:   

Nope, they're going with the fullscreen master supplied by the sales agents. Latest date is March 22nd 2004 for the UK/Region 0 version; still December 8th 2003 for the Region 1 Telemovie cut.

Apologies for the misleading info. The widescreen master does exist but the sales agents tell me that to make it available they'd have to be asked for it and then they'd have to acquire it from the production company and check it for quality, which would have cost implications.

Maybe one of the Region 4 distributors will feel moved to go the extra mile someday.
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Vanessa
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 08:48 am:   

what do you think about amazon attaching a "films of gay interest" list alongside their Oktober entry???
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 02:39 am:   

It's actually a list of films featuring gay characters. I can only imagine that someone at Amazon took a look at the cover picture, saw a shaven-headed guy and a curly-haired guy in kind of intimate proximity, and leapt to a conclusion without reading the story info.

I just hope it's not misleading. Anyone who buys the movie expecting something new to be said about same-sex relationships is going to have reason to complain!
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Michael Bannerman
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 04:58 pm:   

Hey, maybe I should have put in some sort of e-mail address, but I just learned that Oktober had been released on 9 Dec 03 in the USA while doing a search on it at videoeta.

My copy has been ordered and should arrive in a week.

Can't wait.

Thanks for a cool show.
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 05:57 am:   

Cheers, Michael. I haven't seen it myself, yet. I mean, I've seen the cut, obviously, but not the package with the menus and stuff.
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Mark PL
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 07:32 am:   

Hee hee at the gay stuff. Mind you, any sales are good sales. I remember Amazon putting an extract up from Newt Gingrich's book only for it to be hacked and replaced with some soft porn. The book's sales shot trhough the roof then.
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Vanessa
Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2004 - 08:11 am:   

Note to Michael: if you scroll up the list a few messages youll find the response to your original query.
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Michael
Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 04:49 pm:   

Cheers Vanessa, I've been enjoying my copy for some time. BTW my fiancee works for a pharmaceutical firm!
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Friday, April 23, 2004 - 01:28 am:   

Revelation's UK release of the full three episodes has been a bit of a moving target, but now seems properly on course for a May 22nd release. The region 2 version also includes an interview that they filmed with me last year (right after a bad haircut and probably looking like something out of The Munsters) and a semi-academic commentary track by Dr Matt Hills of Cardiff University -- this last being a small stroke of genius by Revelation's publicity wing to give the disc a value as Media Studies course material!
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Stephen Gallagher
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 01:51 am:   

The disc's now out and I did a couple of live radio interviews and some down-the-lines to help it along. Starting with the Paul Ross show on LBC last Saturday and then working the BBC regions throughout Monday.

BUGS seasons One and Two are now out on disc, with the launch of season three being fairly imminent. They're prepping season four for later in the year, but that's the one I had nothing to do with.

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