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Great Waldo Pepper, The(1975)

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    • Lansing Sexton
    • 2/1/11

    Barely a month after my impassioned review railing against the full screen version, we now have a wide screen version and it looks great. Was the previoud listing in error? Did my little complaint cause a new version to be hurredly released? Unlikely. Nonetheless, here we have the movie as it should be. There's no menu, no scene selection. It's the bare bones nearly homemade DVD-R manner we're becoming reluctantly used to, but the film looks fine. It's very good movie.

  • The Great Waldo Pepper

    • Lansing Sexton
    • 7/27/10

    The Great Waldo Pepper is an unjstly ignored film. It's a funny and poignant meditation on America's love of cutting edge technology and our dreams of unfetterd freedom in an increasingly complex world demanding organization and regimentation. Don't worry though, Scenarist William Goldman, director/writer George Roy Hill, and star Robert Redford never let their smothly told tale lose its sense of fun. The supporting cast hits just the right notes to match the films sprightly nostalgic tone. The cinematography is gorgeous. The Great Waldo Pepper deserves its place with Redford/Goldman/Hill's Butch Cassidy. It belongs on the same shelf as Redford's brilliant exaninations of American life from Downhill Racer to All the President's Men and Quiz Show, including The Candidate and The Way We Were. Joseph Sherman said in his review that he hoped this picture would come out on DVD in his lifetime. I was excited when I saw the listing too. Unfortunately, we've been cheated by the folks at Universal. Clearly the film means nothing to them. How else to explain the release of a film about flying in old style TV pan and scan format. The film was shot in an extremely wide 2:35 to 1 ratio, in order to accomidate the aerial circus and combat sequences. Releasing it in standard format is a travesty. Watching callous bozos destroy the once proud tradition of DVD's as a collector's medium replete with commentaries, deleted scenes,and "making of" documentaries is terribly depressing, but not as depressing as seeing films butchered by uncaring philistines. No fan of Turner Classic Movies should buy this film. Not long ago, I purchased The Candidate, only to discover that it's also been released in standard format only. Whatever happend to those two-sided DVD's with standard and wide-screen versions? Too mutch trouble I guess. Ater all it's just product. If you haven't already done so, buy Criterion's lovingly prepared Downhill Racer instead.Lansing Sexton--

  • waldo pepper is great!

    • joseph sherman
    • 1/24/10

    great flying scenes, dog fight sequence, etc. an aviator's movie... one of the best. I home it comes out on dvd in my lifetime.

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