The third Roy Rogers DVD-Double-Feature (and probably the last) from Roan Archiveal Video (now owned by Troma), can be found at Alphacraze video for a total price of $10.38 that includes shipping. Altho the Roan/Troma site sells it for $5.99, they add $8.00 shipping and handling and are saying it is out of stock at the moment. The offer from Alphacraze says shipping within two-three days and it is in stock. This double feature is of "Heldorado/In Old Cheyenne" and judging by the two previous collections they released and restored, these should be great copies.Crimson Collector (2/12/03 6:55 am)
Access to Alpha Craze Video can be found at Amazon.com. Amazon sells the video at a little over 13 bucks plus postage. But if you look, there is a little line that says "buy used or new", click on that and it will take you to Alpha Craze where you can buy it new at the reduced price.... Go figure.The Lightning (2/13/03 8:12 pm)
This double feature is great, but not up to the high standards of the previous two.Crimson Collector (2/14/03 5:41 am)
Sorry to hear that Lightning.... oh well, the price is right. It certainly has to be better than the latest VCI release of a Roy Rogers double feature. See Dr. Tobor's comments. CCDrTobor1 (2/14/03 6:27 am)
You've got that right about VCI's print. The first feature UNDER CALIFORNIA STARS isn't that bad, but BELLS OF SAN ANGELO is an awful print.
But back to the Roan group's newest release. HELDORADO is now complete, and uncut, but as mentioned, the quality is not up to Roan's usual standards. Just having HELDORADO, though, in its uncut form, is worth owning the DVD. The 2nd feature, IN OLD CHEYENNE, I do believe is still the cut version.
Could be that Roan no longer has access to the Republic film negatives he had for the first 2 DVD sets. Paramount, as I understand it, has shut everyone out of the Republic library of negatives.
Could it be that Roan, under the aegis of Troma, no longer has the freedom or budget to conduct their business and restorations as they did previously when they were independent?The Spider (2/21/03 11:00 pm)
The Republic Library is now owned by Paramount? And they don't want to do anything with these films? What was their point in buying the rights? Since Republic Home Video bit the dust, their library has gone nowhere!Tom Mason (2/22/03 5:22 am)
Republic, Republic...who has the Republics?
Releases were out that Paramount had acquired the serial library that Artisan Entertainment had purchased along with the other Republic Features. Now Artisan says that they are thinking on releasing the Republic Serials to Video and DVD sometime way off in the future.
It is a puzzlement.
Part of the confusion may not be so much as to who has the negatives, but who was granted what TYPE of rights under the old "Republic" contracts. For example, there are DISTRIBUTION rights, which can be authorized by the owners of the film negatives to whomever; whether it be Artisan or someone else. Then there are BROADCAST rights, such as TV broadcasts. AT one time it was said that Ted Turner bought the broadcast rights to the serials, but I have yet to see either serial broadcast by any of Turner's former stations he once owned (but is now out of altogether). Even Jerry Rosenthal, over at Hopalong.com had distribution rights for video for some of the Republic titles. He said when his rights expire, that will probably be it for him, as Paramount is not interested in doing much of anything with the Republic prints. Also, Paramount now has Rosenthal's film negative to DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST. Doe Paramount own the soundtrack? No one knows; but Rosenthal is content that he doesn't feel Paramount is going to release DOTW anytime soon. The world of film "rights" is indeed a mind-boggling and very confusing world, as is "rights" of any type these days.Tom Mason (2/22/03 2:16 pm)
Now my head hurts..........
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