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The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) - July 19, 2012

post #1 of 14
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YEAH!!! It's about time!
The Million Dollar Hotel is one of my favorite movies.

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Bonus features:
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„One Dollar Diary“ – kommentiertes Videotagebuch von Wim Wenders und Bono, Audiokommentar von Wim Wenders, geschnittene Szenen, Szenen vom Set, U2-Musikvideo „The Ground Beneath Her Feet“, Trailer, Wendecover

Source:
http://www.arthaus.de/the_million_dollar_hotel-blu-ray
post #2 of 14
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Ok...I guess I'm the only one here who's really excited about this release...smile.gif
post #3 of 14
I'll join you in celebrating! This one kind of fell through the cracks... It's my understanding that Mel Gibson wasn't happy with it and just didn't "get it" after he was instrumental in making it happen, so his studio made no effort in marketing it. Sad. Although it is a strange and awkward movie, that's the nature of its charm! I love the use of "The First Time" in the opening titles, and the offbeat characters. I'll be looking for an American release.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by txfilmguy View Post

It's my understanding that Mel Gibson wasn't happy with it and just didn't "get it" after he was instrumental in making it happen, so his studio made no effort in marketing it. Sad.


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Wikipedia:
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In an October 2000 press conference in Sydney, before the Australian release of the film, Mel Gibson said, "I thought it was as boring as a dog's ass." He later explained:

It was at the end of a day where I had done 6,000 interviews, some guy was ragging on the film and it just slipped out. Later, I thought 'God, why did I say that? I'm an idiot! I produced this film. I'm distributing it!' It was pretty thoughtless of me, because a lot of people worked very hard on that film, and the fact is there are moments of genius in it. The soundtrack is by U2, and it's phenomenal. So I really regret saying that. I have written a lot of apology letters about it.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Million_Dollar_Hotel


Interview:
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iW: What's your reaction to Mel Gibson's quote about the film that has gone around? Have you talked to him since then? Has he apologized?


Wenders: In a way. He wrote me, and we talked afterwards. He said, "you know me, if there's a chance to crack a joke, I can't resist." Of course, he would do it. I can totally picture him with these Australian journalists and doing that macho joke. And he regretted it and didn't have any idea that it would be all over the place the next day. So we're both at peace.
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iW: You know that critics have been bashing the film? You know this. . .


Wenders: I know this and I know the opposite: I know the people who think it's the most beautiful thing they've seen in ages. I'm not quite sure why it's this film that's polarizing opinions so much. In England, it bombed quickly; it was gone after a week and we didn't have a single good review. In Italy, it grossed more than any European film in the last few years and left big American productions in the dust and was in theaters for 6 months.


iW: What do the Italians see that the British don't?


Wenders: It's perception. The film is not cynical. And that is, in a strange way, running against a certain zeitgeist, and very much, running against the English culture of the moment that is deeply cynical. I'm not saying there's anything bad about that; it produces great things as well. But at this very moment, this film, conceived by an Irish guy -- you should have seen the reviews that were bashing Bono like there was no tomorrow -- is very polarizing because it's this innocent fairytale told amidst this Hell without any cynicism. And that is not exactly a product that a lot of people go for.

Source:
http://www.indiewire.com/article/interview_wim_wenders_defends_million_dollar_hotel
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by txfilmguy View Post

I'll join you in celebrating!

Awesome! ...smile.gif
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by amoergosum View Post

Ok...I guess I'm the only one here who's really excited about this release...smile.gif

No I am very interested too.
post #7 of 14
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...such an incredible opening scene >>>


post #8 of 14
After watching that video, I think maybe Mel had a point.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

After watching that video, I think maybe Mel had a point.

Mel had a point when he said "and the fact is there are moments of genius in it".
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by amoergosum View Post

Mel had a point when he said "and the fact is there are moments of genius in it".
The thing with Wenders is those moments of "genuis" aren't frequent enough in his films to make me watch his movies more than once.
Of course, YMMV.wink.gif
post #11 of 14
I can finally retire my DVD. Thanks for posting!
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by deltasun View Post

I can finally retire my DVD. Thanks for posting!

You're welcome!
By the way...I just purchased this beautiful book >>>

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Source:
http://www.wendersimages.com/buecher/theheartisasleepingbeauty.php?lang=en
post #13 of 14
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....one day to go!
post #14 of 14
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I just received it and checked out the pq of some scenes...it definitely looks better than the DVD.
But I'm quite disappointed by the brightness boost and some of the color changes.
Here's an example...they totally screwed up the colors of early dawn (opening scene)...this and the brightness boost kills the atmosphere.
The brightness boost is not as noticable in other scenes but the opening scene is so important...damn >>>

[photos taken at the same exposure & same color temperature]

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