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Author Topic: Il mostro dell'opera / The Vampire of the Opera (Renato Polselli, 1964)  (Read 15368 times)

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It's only the usual show and tell...then they say they love movies  :-*  :-*  :-*
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Thanks to user Gojira over at the Gentedirispetto forums I've been able to establish where Jose's copy comes from:

Gojira:

"Curo ormai da molti anni la programmazione cinematografica di un'emittente televisiva e di cataloghi di film per la distribuzione TV ne ho visti a centinaia. Tra tutti questi distributori TV che spesso operano per l'arco di pochissimo tempo e all'insegna dell'improvvisazione ce ne sono alcuni davvero grossi che tra l'altro garantiscono materiali di eccellente qualità. Negli anni 80 molto importante era la ITB, braccio armato della potentissima DORO TV, dedicato solo alle TV locali. La ITB ITALIAN TELEVISION BROADCASTING oltre a avere uno sterminato catalogo di cartoni giapponesi disponeva anche di tutta una vasta serie di film che andavano dai vari Godzilla ad alcuni interessantissimi horror italiani tra cui "i tre volti della paura", "l'ultima preda del vampiro" e "il mostro dell'opera". La ITB non esiste più e i diritti dei film sono stati persi ma la Doro Tv ora Mondo TV ha ancora nei propri magazzini questi materiali che come prassi per i film di cui non si dispone più dei diritti sono stati sigillati. Ma i materiali ci sono e un avente diritto può sempre provare a farsi avanti.."

In a nutshell, during the 1980's the ITB (Italian Television Broadcasting) owned the rights to loads of films for distribution among local tv channels, including excellent masters  of 'The Monster of the Opera, Slaughter of the Vampires, and the Three Faces of Fear, among many others. ITB closed down a long time ago but a company that now seems to specialise in Japanese Animation (Mondo TV) still has their master tapes sealed and stored in warehouses - but they don't own the rights to these films anymore.

However, Gojira points out that Artus (had they known) could have approached Mondo TV and asked to use their master. At this point I have no idea what they would have charged but it might be worth knowing if Artus were aware of this (much) better quality master copy? Although I suspect they didn't...

It also begs the question, how on earth did Jose get a copy? I have no doubt that there will NEVER be a Spanish release so we can assume he essentially blagged a copy saying he 'intended' to release it.  Why am I doubtful, you ask? Well, I've been waiting well over a year for 'Death on the Fourposter' which is not only due for a release from his mystery (i.e. non-existant) label and that one was 'also' in the hands of a collector who 'knows how rare it is'.... Striking coincidence.

Anyway, at least we now know where Jose's copies are (probably) coming from.

 
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'The Monster of the Opera, Slaughter of the Vampires, and the Three Faces of Fear, .


Are you sure you don't mean THE TWO FACES OF FEAR? I've always wondered where that mint copy with the Spanish opening titles came from as seen in THIS LINK
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'The Monster of the Opera, Slaughter of the Vampires, and the Three Faces of Fear, .

Are you sure you don't mean THE TWO FACES OF FEAR? I've always wondered where that mint copy with the Spanish opening titles came from as seen in THIS LINK

I'm pretty sure the post refers to Black Sabbath/I Tre Volti della Paura.

The great looking copy of I Due Volti della Paura/Coartada en Disco Rojo mentioned in the other thread you linked to is sourced from a Spanish TV Broadcast - Hence the Spanish main titles.
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I'm pretty sure the post refers to Black Sabbath/I Tre Volti della Paura.

The great looking copy of I Due Volti della Paura/Coartada en Disco Rojo mentioned in the other thread you linked to is sourced from a Spanish TV Broadcast - Hence the Spanish main titles.


Ah, OK. Just thought I'd check seeing as the Bava film isn't that rare - unless this version is different/better quality?
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I'm think he was just mentioning titles he remembered they have in their warehouse.

It would be great to go digging around their archives though! There are a lot of Italian films that only exist via 10th generation tv recordings from the eighties that people just happened to record. Smile Before Death is an obvious one, but there are many others...

However, without legal documentation or a friend in the archive I don't see anything turning up any time soon. We're certainly not going to see anything from Jose - and I'm still waiting for him to tell us the name of this mysterious DVD company?

Oh well, one step closer, but still very far away.
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@ josé please share your copy with us!!  :-\

Yes 100% sure artus didn't know the existence of this print, they based their composite on a private 35 mm print from a french collector as far as i know!

Btw iam very happy with the Artus dvd!

Remind me this Blue movie XXX version story ..
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