Mother of Tears sails into the Bay
Source: Bloody Disgusting
It is being reported that the North American distribution rights for Dario Argento’s Mother of Tears are to be jointly picked up by Anchor Bay and the Weinstein Company. What this means in terms of the film’s chances of getting a theatrical release are anyone’s guess, but let’s just say that they’re somewhat higher than they were previously. It’s also unclear how any potential high definition home video release would work out, given that Anchor Bay is Blu-ray exclusive while the Weinsteins are HD DVD exclusive. Oh, and, naturally, the usual fears have arisen that, given the Weinstein brothers’ track record of butchering foreign titles, the film will eventually show up in America in a form decidedly unrepresentative of Argento’s artistic intentions.
Whatever happens, though, let’s look on the bright side: a semi-major has got involved, which gives the film a better chance of some form of theatrical exhibition than any of Argento’s other projects since Opera.
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2007 at 4:11 PM
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Not meaning to be negative, but I have no possible hope of the film getting a theatrical release here at all. DTV at best. No one here remembers "Suspiria", or at least not like "Halloween", "Friday the 13th", or "TCM" enough to get a release for name recognition.
The sad thing is that a remake would probably get an automatic theatrical release straight away.
Posted by: Marcus, September 15, 2007 5:29 AM
You’ve got to admit, though, that with the Weinsteins involved, it has a better chance of getting some form of theatrical exhibition than if Anchor Bay went it alone. Even if it just shows briefly in a handful of cinemas, it’ll be better than nothing. Then again, it has zero chance of playing where I live, so from my own point of view it doesn’t reallly make any difference.
Posted by: Whiggles
, September 15, 2007 10:41 PM
"DTV at best"
Urm... and 'worst' would be - what? The negative thrown into a vat of maggots!?
Posted by: Jeffrey Allen Rydell, September 16, 2007 6:56 PM
Well, today we found out when a new film, Riddle, got its premiere by being given away free with copies of the Mail on Sunday.
It's a way of getting your film across to people, I suppose, but you would have thought it would crush a few egos. Imagine advertising your film as the cinematic equivalent of the free plastic figure given away in packs of Rice Krispies.
Posted by: Baron Scarpia
, September 16, 2007 7:26 PM
That's hilarious Baron
and really, really worrying!
Posted by: , September 17, 2007 9:34 AM
I worry not that Harvey and Bob will gut the film, more that they will shelve it - they have a terrible track record of doing this with US product (Mandy Lane for example) and a worse one with foreign films - I think The Nameless sat around for a very long time. They just don't know what to do with them, or hesitate so that they can re-negotiate terms, or blunder! too worried that there actually isn't an audience for their product or trying to figure out if they have re-make rights, or trying some kind of marketting angle...
Posted by: , September 17, 2007 9:36 AM
DTV is pretty lucky these days, it might end up on Lifetime as T"he Mother of Tears: The Sarah Mandy Story" or just a plain "watch now!" NETFLIX feature.
Posted by: Marcus, September 18, 2007 1:29 AM
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