It is sadly very costly to restore a film from the negatives in today's economy. The negatives have been stored for decades and, while receiving proper maintenance, have not really been exploited enough to keep them in mint condition. We want to do this right, and we want to create an end product that is both fun AND beautiful. To help "foot the bill" we are incorporating advertising and corporate sponsorship. Between these unique business opportunities and the interest from fans (and soon-to-be-fans), we know we can save this precious film from being lost to time. To celebrate the release, we are going to have three theatrical showings in Portland, Oregon!
European cinema has a very specific feel to it. They were indie-esque film makers with actual studio support. They had limited field equipment, but their ingenuity, imagination, and work ethic rose above to tell compelling stories and entertain the masses. In an interesting turn of events, strikes in the 60's American film industry left actors and actresses out of work. A flock of American actors went to Europe and all of this infusion of talent and style produced some unique movies that simply have to be seen. Some of these American actors had the times of their lives and look back very fondly upon this period of film history. This film's star, Roger Browne, is one such actor.
This film is a very unique superhero movie. If you were practically invincible, had powers beyond the grasp and scope of mortal man, and had the chiseled features of royalty... what would you do? Argoman is that kind of superhero. Brave, courageous, out to help establish peace... but kind of a criminal as well. Constantly in between being blamed for theft and being praised for his assistance, he saves the day and adds to his "collection." His alter-ego is equally fascinating. It is not really an act as he "plays the part" of a regal, wealthy, influential man of British society. That is simply his personality. He is not above doing what is needed, he just enjoys the ease that stature provides. He is not at all bashful about his identity, either Argoman or Sir Reginald. He doesn't seek to hide his identity too hard either, making such a mild attempt that it makes it laughable the police haven't figure it out by now.
This film has such amazing character and culture. Just examine the stages and props. It is SO 1960's... almost as if this film was a video "definition" of 60's sci-fi and TV. With this restoration, this gorgeous assembly of bizarre gadgets, over-the-top costumes, spot-on acting, and ridiculous lairs will be enjoyed for decades more!
This film has already traveled the globe. We have spent the last couple of years putting together the pieces necessary for this release, and all the while we have been getting support and encouragement from France, Italy, Britain, Japan, India... the list can go on. There is so much to love about this film and it does a wonderful job of transcending national borders. It speaks to the inner child in us all and it puts on the big screen some of our inner desires and fantasies. All while being family friendly (there is no nudity and everything would be rated about PG by today's standards).
Why Portland, Oregon?
Some may wonder why we are celebrating this release with a theatrical showing in Portland, Oregon. If you have ever visited or lived in Portland, you should recognize this film would be a perfect fit! We love living in Portland. The city is nestled in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, close to such a great variety of terrain and climates, and has a quirky fun culture. The self-provided motto is "Keep Portland Weird," and the people here do their best to live up to it. We have a whole collection of films that Portlanders would love, and we wanted to use this project as a sort of "coming out" party and introduce ourselves. We know the city will love us, we just need to give them an opportunity to get to know us.
Dorado Films operates out of Tigard, OR. We are a film lab and a video label that has a storied history and rich heritage. While making many sales to TV stations and to other video labels, this will be just the fifteenth DVD we have created. We have weathered the economic storm and are working on building a solid following for films that have been ignore for FAR too long. Find us on social media sites and check out our website to learn more about us. We strive to be friendly and approachable and work very hard for our customers satisfaction, please feel free to get in touch with us!
DVD and Blu-ray details
We will not be region encoding these discs, if you want this film in another part of the planet, it will be available. We do design our films for NTSC TV standards (this is because that is the equipment we have), however many PAL disc players and TVs are said to support DVDs and Blu-rays in NTSC format. Languages? We will set "overgoals" for additional languages, for now it is in English and French only, we will add Italian and perhaps Spanish as funds become available. Blu-ray is expected to be released around January 2013, however if enough funding comes in we might be able to rush this to match the DVD release! Suggestions? Contact us please! Let's release this film the way it deserves to be released!
We will have subtitles for English if we reach our goal. If we surpass our goal we will work on subtitles in other languages as well. We are looking into Closed Captioning and will mention that shortly!
We have an English, Italian and French audio track for this film. We will be putting all three on the Blu-ray and we will be asking all backers what languages they want on the DVD (less languages = more room for video = higher quality on DVD).
For the theatrical showings, they will be in English.
A copy of the DVD, shipped to your door or ready for pickup at the showings here in Portland, OR. (Add $7 for international shipping) You will get your copy of the DVD approximately a week before it is released in stores!
One ticket to your choice of one of the three theatrical showings in Portland, Oregon on September 22nd, 2012. You also get one DVD on arrival. Add $8 for each additional ticket (up to 3 tickets per person) and add $15 dollars if you want a Blu-ray IN ADDITION to your DVD (note, Blu-ray is expected to be released around January 2013
Roger Browne will sign your Blu-ray or DVD (your choice!), we ship it to you (anywhere in the world), a reprinted Poster (approximately 23" x 38"), plus we include your name in the "thank you" section of the end credits. (Blu-ray is expected around January 2013)
"Super-Gift". You get a personal message from Roger Browne on a signed Blu-ray to any name you wish, placed in a protective sleeve, boxed, giftwrapped, carefully boxed again, and mailed with a note to any address you wish. You also get to include a 300 character special message to play early in the end credits. Include a message for that special someone. These messages WILL play in the theater showings also. NOTE: Restrictions apply (ie, foul language, etc), inquire with questions!
"Argo-Gift". You get a personal message from Roger Browne on a signed Blu-ray to any name you wish, packaged the same as the "SuperGift." You get to include a 500 character message to play before any end credits WITH an audio recording of either yourself or Roger Browne reading your message. You get 8 tickets and VIP style reserved seating to your choice of one theatrical showing. Your message will be read live directly following the film by Roger Browne and the text displayed on the screen. NOTE: Restrictions apply (ie, foul language, etc), inquire with questions!