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 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

It's amazing how a newly-announced title can fall so far down the board so fast.

Just home from a wonderful lunch with Nancy Kwan - and she actually signed more than 100 booklets, so most people who ordered from us by noon that first day should get theirs.


What was the first day, April 29th or the 30th? I think I ordered mine before noon on the 30th.

I bought TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, KA SHEN'S JOURNEY from SAE before they started selling it signed by Nancy Kwan, so I'm interested in getting this signed, but if not then that's that. Although I've been a film fan since I was a kid in the sixties, I never thought much about THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG until it came out on DVD in 2004, but now it's one of my favorite movies. I know some in the Asian community think it's racist, but I don't understand why.

I'll say again that I hope a Blu-ray release for it happens. The DVD is a transfer of a pretty good element, so I don't imagine it would be a problem for Paramount to issue this in HD. If you ever have lunch with Nancy Kwan again, maybe you could ask her to put in a word?

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I want to give more love to this and neighboring releases, and maybe help encourage someone else thinking about getting Suzie Wong.

I've been listening to soundtrack albums for forty years, but lately my interest in film music listening has faded. I'm just a bit worn out on the usual conventions of instrumental film scoring, whether present day or gold- or silver-age.

But I've been intrigued with a number of Kritzerland's recent titles - My Geisha, The Geisha Boy, and now Suzie Wong - listening to the samples repeatedly. I've been drawn to the delicacy, the apt-without-getting-unduly-hackneyed orientalism, the variety of these scores. And it's also made me realize that I've not given George Duning enough attention.

So I got them all - taking advantage of Kritzerland's deal with both Geishas, and even adding Who's Got the Action once I realized it had some of the same vibe as Bell/Book/Candle, one of my favorite '50s scores. The result was the cheapest cost-per-cd deal I've had in years.

So thanks for giving me something a bit different to focus on and support in this crazy hobby of ours.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I want to give more love to this and neighboring releases, and maybe help encourage someone else thinking about getting Suzie Wong.

I've been listening to soundtrack albums for forty years, but lately my interest in film music listening has faded. I'm just a bit worn out on the usual conventions of instrumental film scoring, whether present day or gold- or silver-age.

But I've been intrigued with a number of Kritzerland's recent titles - My Geisha, The Geisha Boy, and now Suzie Wong - listening to the samples repeatedly. I've been drawn to the delicacy, the apt-without-getting-unduly-hackneyed orientalism, the variety of these scores. And it's also made me realize that I've not given George Duning enough attention.

So I got them all - taking advantage of Kritzerland's deal with both Geishas, and even adding Who's Got the Action once I realized it had some of the same vibe as Bell/Book/Candle, one of my favorite '50s scores. The result was the cheapest cost-per-cd deal I've had in years.

So thanks for giving me something a bit different to focus on and support in this crazy hobby of ours.


This is the kind of post that makes me stay here - not because it's about our releases, but because it's about the love of a composer and his music and discovery.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I'm not familiar with the film or score but love the samples so ordered, Will try to pick up a DVD as well. I remember a family member seeing it on initial release and loving it.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 5:05 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I'm not familiar with the film or score but love the samples so ordered, Will try to pick up a DVD as well. I remember a family member seeing it on initial release and loving it.

The movie is a particular favorite of mine - it just evokes a particular era and style of moviemaking that I truly loved and truly miss. The DVD is OOP but I think you can stream on amazon and I'm sure there are used copies floating around - and the DVD transfer looks really good.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

I'm not familiar with the film or score but love the samples so ordered, Will try to pick up a DVD as well. I remember a family member seeing it on initial release and loving it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C731pk1U1NU

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Appropos of nothing, William Shatner starred in SUZIE WONG on Broadway, under the direction of Joshua Logan, and in his recent autobiography recounts the terror involved in working with the temperamental but gorgeous France Nuyen.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Whups, looking back earlier in this thread, I see this info has already been posted, and with photo illustrations no less! My apologies for the redundancy.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

Appropos of nothing, William Shatner starred in SUZIE WONG on Broadway, under the direction of Joshua Logan, and in his recent autobiography recounts the terror involved in working with the temperamental but gorgeous France Nuyen.

Actor Robert Culp met France Nuyen on the set of the TV series I SPY and was married to her from 1967 to 1970.

I make this connection only because Duning's wonderful score for THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG has that same romanticized sense of the Orient that Earle Hagen captured so well in his semi-jazz scoring of the first season of I SPY.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 10:07 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

I have a soft spot for Duning, but didn't know this score. After playing the samples, I'm hooked! Can't wait to receive it.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 10:29 PM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)


I make this connection only because Duning's wonderful score for THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG has that same romanticized sense of the Orient that Earle Hagen captured so well in his semi-jazz scoring of the first season of I SPY.


As one who has enjoyed both Hagen's I SPY and Dunings WOSW, that similarity had not crossed my mind, but of course, you have a very good point. And I do love the sound they both came up with. Mancini's HAWAII score is very close, but not exactly the same either.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2013 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

Actor Robert Culp met France Nuyen on the set of the TV series I SPY and was married to her from 1967 to 1970.

And in his DVD commentary track for one of the first season episodes of "I, Spy," Culp had nothing but good things to say about France Nuyen. Oh, yeah. Well, let's just say that the part France played in "Star Trek" may not have been too far from reality.

I'm so glad France Nuyen got fired off SUZIE WONG the movie because the world should not have been denied Nancy Kwan. Which also reminds me that Kwan turned down a part in THE JOY LUCK CLUB because there was a line that called SUZIE WONG "that racist movie." Kwan turned it down because of that -- but France Nuyen didn't.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 11:37 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Just letting everyone know that Miss Wong is arriving VERY early, tomorrow morning to be exact and all copies will be shipped out then. Thanks to Miss Kwan being VERY gracious, most people who ordered will get a signed booklet - not quite everyone, but all but about thirty people, I think. We're going in strict order as the orders were received.

Now, why has no one guessed our next title? Oh, yes, too many other things to guess, I remember.

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 11:44 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Now, why has no one guessed our next title?

I've guessed it. Now why don't you guess what I've guessed? I'll give you five guesses.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 11:46 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Now, why has no one guessed our next title?

I've guessed it. Now why don't you guess what I've guessed? I'll give you five guesses.


I guess you've guessed Dressed to Kill, the alternate version, with no actual musical notes - it's very different than the one Intrada is doing.

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I guess you've guessed Dressed to Kill, the alternate version, with no actual musical notes - it's very different than the one Intrada is doing.


No musical notes? Only liner notes?

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 2:17 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Any woody notes? Or fruity notes?

This new release isn't an expanded version of Friedhofer's THIS EARTH IS MINE, is it? smile

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 3:05 AM   
 By:   Spiegelson   (Member)

Now, why has no one guessed our next title? Oh, yes, too many other things to guess, I remember.

Golden or Silver Age ?

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Now, why has no one guessed our next title? Oh, yes, too many other things to guess, I remember.

Golden or Silver Age ?


I guess my guesses are stymied by lack of clews.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

I guess my guesses are stymied by lack of clews.

In that case, I guess George Duning's 3:10 TO YUMA.

 
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