Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WARNING: HOW TO SCORE WITH GIRLS + WHITE RAT

CODE RED has uncovered and will release two rare motion pictures shot in New York and that were thought to be completely lost. The first one is HOW TO SCORE WITH GIRLS, a wild comedy about some groovy GI's on a crazy night in the big city on a mission to get some hot chicks! Originally released as CRY YOUR PURPLE HEART OUT, the film was soon re-released by NMD Pictures under the HOW TO SCORE WITH GIRLS title. The filmmaker, Ogden Lowell, told us that only eight 35mm prints of the film were ever struck and that the negative is no longer at Technicolor and is basically lost. CODE RED searched high and low and was unable to find any of the eight 35mm prints anywhere. Ogden did still happen to have a 3/4 inch tape master made in 1980, so thankfully the film is not completely lost. Although the best materials for this film are no longer available, we feel this very rare film still deserves to be seen, even in its only surviving elements. The second film is the 1972 feature WHITE RAT, made by the team of director Steven Mullin and writer Nick Paindiris. Paindiris once had his own private 35mm print, but that print was lost after a prank caused by the lab at the time, and it has disappeared ever since. Mullin did still have a vhs tape of the film (with some worn spots), and since that is the only copy of this lost film still available, that will have to be our master and we hope fans can still enjoy seeing this very rare film even in this form. Since both films are from old tape masters, we talked to the rights owners and they have agreed for us to double bill them accordingly and we do feel the need to inform the consumer upfront about this. These films are not remastered in any way and come from tape masters, as the proper elements no longer exist, so we at CODE RED DVD politely suggest that you do not buy the dvd if you are expecting high quality remastered transfers. This is the only way these two lost films will be out in any condition, unfortunately, and there's simply no way for any of us to turn back time and retrieve these films' negatives which disappeared a long time ago. We do think both films are wildly entertaining exploitation films of a bygone era, and we truly hope that discerning fans can still enjoy them regardless of the less-than-stellar surviving master materials used. Thanks for understanding.

10 comments:

Matthew David said...

Very groovy sounding double feature. Hadn't even HEARD of either film before Code Red acquired 'em! No worries on the "less-than-stellar" quality, better they be released this way than be forever lost....

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Anonymous said...

Read the blog news yesterday about these two films and checked their IMDb pages. Not much info about them at all. Do theatrical trailers exist for these two films?

Great news btw.

- WaveCrest.

Anonymous said...

Also, is it possible to share this news on the Home Theater Forum?

- WaveCrest

Erik said...

Okey, cool news!

Regarding JULIE DARLING, my personal opinion is that the print should look 'n sound good - I don't think it matters that much whether it's in open matte fullscreen or widescreen in this case.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't expecting these two titles to be released until much later on this year (that's what I thought from reading the blog post). Checked on Amazon.com and they're being released next Tuesday.

- WaveCrest.

Anonymous said...

Some great titles coming out, any news on Butcher Baker NIghtmare Maker/Night Warning?

Can we please get an update, any info at all would be appreciated. Fans have been waiting sooooo long now.Will it ever see a release or has something happened?

While you have many great titles, BBNM and Nightmare seem to be the two most asked about. Surely they would make you guys some good cash??

Ron said...

i agree please, give us an update on butcher,baker,nightmare maker.

Orlando Lopes said...

You do not have Changes (1969) on your list of releases, but it is in your trailer profile on "The Statue" which I purchased. How do I go about ordering this title?
Keep these missed and forgotton titles coming as "Puppet On A Chain", "Willard", "Ben", "W", "ThePyx" and "Arnold". A lot of Cinerama Releasing titles are still unavailable but I am patient and sure Code Red DVD will finally get them released.

Sincerely, Orlando

chris said...

so rituals is confirmed for april 5th correct any special features