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Possible Special Edition DVD of The Last Unicorn on its way?

According to an IMDb forum post by Connor Cochran, the business manager for Last Unicorn author Peter S. Beagle, talks are underway for a possible new Region 1 DVD release of the 1982 animated film, The Last Unicorn. Cochran asks for public feedback on extra features that The Last Unicorn fans would like to see on this possible new release. The film was previously released on DVD in the US in March 2004, but the {{link http://www.dvdtoons.com/reviews/289 subpar quality of the release}} (pan-and-scan format, poor transfer, no extras, etc) left many fans greatly disappointed. Free registration is required to view and post on the IMDb forums, but Cochran’s original post can be read here:

“Howdy, everyone.

Lions Gate Films (American distributor of The Last Unicorn on video and DVD) has heard the fans’ complaints and is now looking at doing an improved Collector’s Edition DVD of the title. Please note that this is not yet definite. But it is being seriously discussed, and we should know soon.

This new edition would be made from better masters than the old one, so the video and audio quality would be greatly improved. It would be widescreen instead of full-screen. It would have better cover art.

And it would have extras. As many as we can convince them to pack in.

Which brings me to the reason for this posting. I will be meeting with the folks at Lions Gate about this on April 19th. Between now and then, please let me know your wishlists – what features and extras do you want to see on a new DVD? Are there any other improvements that you would like to see? This is your chance to make your wishes known!

— Connor Cochran
Business Manager for Peter S. Beagle

p.s. Yes, Peter is in a big fight with Granada Media in London over not being paid his share of the profits, including those from the DVD. But Lions Gate is an entirely different company. They aren’t Granada, just Granada’s American distributor for this title. It is true that they have sold a LOT of DVDs and Peter has never been paid anything for them, but it isn’t Lions Gate who have been holding back. That is all Granada’s fault.

Peter and I want American audiences and his fans to FINALLY have a quality DVD instead of a bad one. This is the way to do it. So we’re helping Lions Gate as best we can, and presumably when Peter eventually beats Granada he’ll get his fair share of any new edition DVDs as well.”

– Connor Cochran, posted at the {{link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084237/ Internet Movie Database}}

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