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Can Someone please release this movie on DVD!!!


The topic says it all. I really want to see this film.

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It's being released on DVD on August 28, 2007.

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I have a copy in my hands that I just got from a Pharmacy here in Melbourne. I paid $2 AU for it and it came with 9 other films. Bargain.

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which pharmacy in Melbourne?

"Mediocrities all, I absolve you. I am your champion. I am your patron saint"

-Antonio Salieri

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Ah...I wasn't the first to find this out. RobertQ was. Nice job. Next time you find out awesome info like this you could do a separate thread so everyone can praise your good work. :)

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It is already on dvd and being sold on movies unlimited.

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I agree, I watched it today and was appalled at the transfer quality. It was like watching TV before cable (with rabbit ears trying to tune in a channel).

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If you think that you have tinitus while watching the movie, it is not you-just the crappy transfer of this fine movie. If you can watch this on VHS it is much better but this newly released hack job is terrible.

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Check out the reviews on Amazon for the newly released DVD. Some fool over there is raving about it - everyone else assumes it must be an employee of the company that did the transfer.

The quality of this reminded me of back in the day when we used to hold the radio to a handheld tape recorder to copy a song...... that crappy.

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fair enough but i'd rather have any copy of it then none available at all, wouldn't you?

i saw this film when it came out--i was a little kid and my parents were none too picky about what i watched--and it scared the holy crap out of me.

i also vividly remember the time and newsweek covers that came out directly after the murders took place. scary stuff for a ten year old.

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jigsaw falling into place
there is nothing to explain

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While I can agree with what you're saying about having any copy of it, the makers of the DVD fell way short of producing a decent quality DVD. Its THAT bad. I transferred onto DVD stuff from the early 80's on videotape from 1983 to DVD and it came out better than this and I'm no professional. They are charging full price for a DVD, not a 5 buck cheapie. Chopped up scenes, missing dialogue and just "black outs" show that someone just released it to make money, not for its historic value.

I remember when it happened but I didn't see the film until I was in college in 1986. Forget the term "holy crap" IT SCARED THE S**T OUT OF ME and still spooks the hell out of me even with other documentaries and books I've seen/read about the tragedy.

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I got it, it seemed ok to be, it's about as good as a good quality vhs tape, the scenes didn't seem chopped up, no blackouts, no missing dialodge... is this the version your talking about?...

http://services.windowsmedia.com/dvdcover/cov150/dru400/u460/u46058z8rhj.jpg

All right ramblers..let's get ramblin'
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Yes, thats the cover of it. Evidently it had been released before and now this "new edition". As far as DVD's quality goes though for the film it was terrible; I've gotten better quality DVD's for my kids at the dollar store.

BTW - From Dusk Till Dawn is one of the greatest flix of all time; last Saturday night we watched a marathon of Planet Terror, Death Proof, From Dusk Til Dawn and then Army of Darkness. Awesomeness.

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I bought a copy on ebay, very poor sound and video quality.

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Hi everyone - one idea might be to e-mail companies like Anchor Bay Entertainment, Elite Entertainment, Synapse Films and Blue Underground: they all specialize in remastering and releasing older films on DVD and have contact e-mail addresses for fans to submit suggestions for future releases. It might be worth a shot :-)

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I agree! I think the big problem is VCI - all of their DVD releases I've seen look like they were transfered from a worn-out VHS. Oh well - I did e-mail the companies I listed above: here's hoping someone else acquires the rights and gives this a good release!

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That's a great idea. Nice work, JesusFan! I'll send e-mails to those two companies as well. Once again, here's hoping...

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THE MOVIE IS IN PUBLIC DOMAIN SO anybody who gets a 16mm print ( I hope a good one) can release it on DVD

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i got the dvd in the mail from ebay im currently making a widescreen version of it as we speak.

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So you are cropping out actual information to create a widescreen wersion?
Or was it filmed in widescreen?

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comments on AMAZON:

Guyana Tragedy: Jim Jones Story

they say it looks liek a bad VHS

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Make that a very bad VHS, but at least the film is there. I have the Alpha Home Entertainment DVD, and the sound is very bad and the picture choppy. It appears that scenes may be missing, or at least truncated. We takes what we gets, I guess.

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Yes, it's probably the same VHS-to-DVD version that's been making the rounds. It appears to be taken from an old tape that someone made when this aired. A lot of times I couldn't even make out the dialogue. I have a lot of DVDs that were taken from decent VHS copies, and those are OK because you can at least adjust your expectations from the outset.

I'd love to get a DVD set that includes a decent copy of this film plus the theatrical version of the Jonestown story, "Guyana: Cult of the Damned."

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I have the VHS tapes and the DVD. I was hoping the DVD would be of better quality.

I have seen this movie a million times and I still cannot figure out what Powers Boothe said right before the choir sang "Down By The Riverside". All I caught was "Thank you Lord for letting me.....oh,yeah!"

It drives me batty!




Established 1976

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I vaguely remember that scene, and I can't make it out either. There are a lot of points where the dialogue is inaudible on the DVD. This seriously needs better treatment. Those who forget the past ... well, you know how it goes!

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This was a very good Made-for-TV movie even though there were a few inaccuracies and Powers Boothe was phenominal as Jones.


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Yes, Powers Boothe is amazing, right up there with Steve Railsback as Manson in the "Helter Skelter" TV movie.

Do you remember what some of the inaccuracies are? As I recall, they changed some names and dates. Weren't there also some issues with the sequence of the mass suicide and the killings of Rep. Leo Ryan and the journalists?

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Ryan's congressional aide was a woman. She was shot like the others on the airstrip but survived. She was lying there for at least two days. The gunman who shot the defectors and Ryan wasn't named Larry King. I don't remember his name. He was released from prison a few years ago. Also,Ryan was stabbed by one of Jones' cronies.

There were few other things that were inaccurate such as Jones' wife and her role in the deaths. She was involved but she wasn't the weakling as portrayed in the movie.

Other than that the movie is accurate as to who Jones was. He was a sick and evil bastard. I don't know how people missed that.

These charismatic leaders are scary. They know how to get into peoples' heads and manipulate them.



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Thanks for the details. It's been awhile since I've seen this, and I forgot they portrayed Ryan's aide as a man. The aide was Jackie Speier, who is now a congresswoman representing a district between San Francisco and San Jose. I wonder why they changed her to a man? Probably for legal reasons.

Yes, those charismatic leaders are scary (there are many around today), but there are also people who are all too willing to sacrifice themselves to the cult of personality.

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend the documentary "Jonestown: the Life and Death of Peoples Temple." It has a lot of extremely chilling video and audio, plus interviews with survivors, family members and members who defected the cult. The final 15 minutes of the film are excruciating because it juxtaposes audio of Jim Jones telling people to drink the potion with photos of the carnage:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762111

This site is also very good, though it's very scholarly and more for "insiders":
http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/

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I have seen several documentaries and quite a few pics of the dead bodies.

There was an especially creepy one of Jones in which he was lying dead on the pavilion floor with his eyes wide open.

I have heard Jones' speech and he sounded not only psychotic but also drunk or high. His speech sounded slurred.

Powers Boothe was exceptional and he went from a seemingly kind and nerdy person into a sick and evil man with perfection.

Did you notice that he had a black streak running down the side of his face? I caught it when he was giving his final speech in the pavilion before the people drank the poison. It looked like hair dye.


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I have heard Jones' speech and he sounded not only psychotic but also drunk or high. His speech sounded slurred.


If I remember correctly, Seductive Poison (the book written by Deborah Layton, a defector from the Peoples Temple and the sister of Larry Layton, one of the airstrip shooters) talked about how Jim Jones was addicted to drugs, big-time (mostly painkillers).

Some of the folks in Jonestown had the painkillers they so desperately needed for their various illnesses confiscated by Jim Jones' flunkies; three guesses who ended up taking them.


Powers Boothe was exceptional and he went from a seemingly kind and nerdy person into a sick and evil man with perfection.


That was one of the heartbreaking things about Jonestown: the fact that the Peoples Temple started out so promisingly, then went all to hell. Jonestown effectively became a prison camp long before the massacre took place.

I recently learned that Shannon Jo Ryan, the eldest daughter of Leo Ryan, joined the Rajneesh movement in early 1981 (barely two years after her father's death) and is on record as saying, "If I thought there was any chance of this becoming another Jonestown, I'd run away." She ended up marrying a fellow member of the cult a year later.

I did not know what to say to that.

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