Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Talking to Jerry Eisenberg -- Part II

One of Jerry Eisenberg's fondest work experiences was the above. ... And we continue with our interview with Mr. E. ...

TAG Interview with Jerry Eisenberg

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After we finished the interview, Jerry told me a story that bears repeating:

"I'd been with a studio working as a supervisor, and I had a contract that was up for re-negotiation. But things weren't going well with the negotiation, we kept hitting snags, the managers I was dealing with wouldn't finalize a deal and I couldn't figure out why.

"So one day one of the heads of the studio comes into my office, and I tell him the negotiations aren't going well and what is going on? And he says to me: 'You really want to know? And this time I'll tell you the truth ...'

"'This time' he'll tell the truth? It made me wonder what he'd been telling me all the other times." ...

The players change, but few things really ever change.


Anonymous said...

What an entertaining guy-- great interview!

Chris Sobieniak said...

I noticed Jerry mentioned "Metamorphoses". This was an unusual collaboration effort that was initiated by Sanrio's founder Shintaro Tsuji. At around that time, he had the unusual idea he wanted to pursue the making of films through his company that could be a hit all over the world. Why a company mostly catered to the cutesy set with their branded icon merchandise would do that, who knows (of course other companies like Bandai would get in on the act too but that was years later).

"Metamorphoses" was one of several such animated projects that was orchestrated in the US along with "The Mouse and His Child". Originally it was going to be music by a lot of rock groups including the Rolling Stones, as Tsuji's rather Rock take on Fantasia (a similar film he would produce in the 80's on the other hand lifts more from Fantasia as well). Sometime after it's rather failed premiere in 1978, the film was re-edited and scored by disco producer Alan Constandinos, with narration added by Peter Ustinov. Under the new name "Winds of Change", the film apparently saw a minor theatrical release stateside in 1979, with a subsequent release in Japan (albeit, redubbed in Japanese with even more dialogue added to characters who were originally silent) as "Hoshi no Orpheus", or "Orpheus of the Stars".

A home video release of "Winds of Change" was made available by RCA Columbia Pictures Home Video in the 1980's, both under that label and it's kiddie "Magic Window" series.

Most recently, a Japanese DVD was made possible of it's version of the film, though sadly lacking an English audio track with both Constandinos' music and Ustinov's narration despite both names appearing in the opening credits.

Here's it's Japanese trailer,which touts at the end how the film was presented in 70mm and in Dolby Stereo, perhaps the first animated feature to do so in both formats, though sadly it's home video releases have been restricted to pan & scan, monaural qualities.

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