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Older Warren Miller vids

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Any thoughts on where to find older Warren Miller videos?

It's rather easy to find the ones back into the mid-80's or so. But I am looking for the ones around 60's or 70's. Well to be specific the first one I would like is 'This Is Skiing' from 1969 (I believe).

Video format is not that important given its age.

Any thoughts, other than Ebay or the current owners of WME (didn't get a response to my inquiry)?

Seems to me if someone had the complete library AND permission/rights, this could be a niche market side income project. I'd imagine I'm not the first to want to reminisce about the good ole vids back when the narration was fresh.
post #2 of 23
You aren't the ONLY one who would like to find some of Warren Miller's old movies. My husband and I have been looking for them too. I'll keep checking back to see if anyone knows where to find them.
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post #4 of 23
I had a friend help me to transfer all my VHS on to DVD. If you know someone with the equipment, that's what I would do.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
I had a friend help me to transfer all my VHS on to DVD. If you know someone with the equipment, that's what I would do.

Well, what I was getting at was I don't have any of the older vids in my collection so whatever format they are in is acceptable as I can convert them if necessary.

The particular film I am looking for doesn't seem to be available on the imdb.com site. Or any site in my best web search experiences.

Does anyone have this film, This Is Skiing [1969], in any format?

Should the current owners of WME have possession of this or would it be kept by our ski film legend himself? Anyone?
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
I had a friend help me to transfer all my VHS on to DVD. If you know someone with the equipment, that's what I would do.
I too was thinking...what did you do with the VHS tapes?:

Do old VHS Miller movies show up for cheap on ebay periodically?
post #7 of 23
Well have the old ones ever even been transferred to video? They had to have originally been distributed only on film. I think I saw one on a school ski club trip in 16mm back in the mid-70s.
post #8 of 23
Amazon has a bunch from the 90's, but prior to that, there really weren't any produced in VHS.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post
Well have the old ones ever even been transferred to video? They had to have originally been distributed only on film. I think I saw one on a school ski club trip in 16mm back in the mid-70s.

Perhaps it may just be my wishful thinking that someone has had the foresight to transfer the masters to digital or tape for preservation and/or future distribution. I understand that the early films may not have had much if any audio as Warren narrated them live, I have heard.

Any additional info/insights or help would be greatly appreciated!
post #10 of 23
We actually suggested this to Kurt a few years back, as we too would love to own the early movies. He seemed pretty disinterested in the idea
post #11 of 23
IMDB doesn't distribute films, it's just a database of info.

I'll try to give Warren a call or write him and find out. He showed a few of his reels a couple years ago, but I haven't seen him around in a while.
post #12 of 23
Yeah, I'd love to have the older stuff myself.
post #13 of 23
keep an eye out on half.com which you can access from ebay.
post #14 of 23
Got a Warren Miller film on VHS for $1 at Elementary School flea market earlier this week. Made my day.
post #15 of 23

Bump for Throwback Thursday in honor of Warren Miller's 91st birthday 

 

Happy Birthday Warren!

 

 

A look at some bloopers from WME Past 

post #16 of 23

I would like to purchase a 1st-lot copy of "Around The World On Skis" (1962) in mint or near mint condition. 

 

"'Around The World On Skis' is 1 of Warren's 3 best films." -- Robert Redford

 

 

      

post #17 of 23

Does anyone know if there are any plans to release the older films (pre-1990s)? Warren Miller Entertainment has done some surveys over the past few years where they give you a free download of a classic film for completing the survey. I am surprised with the popularity of downloads these days that they don't make these available for sale. It's not like they have to create physical media anymore so there isn't much investment. I assume WME got the rights to the old stuff when they bought Warren out.

post #18 of 23
I recently discovered that many of the older Warren Miller films are now available for download (through iTunes and other services).

If I remember right, they cost 7.99 per purchase, and less than that if you just view them online (without purchasing to download). So far, I've downloaded Ski Time, Ski Country, Steep & Deep, Beyond the Edge, and White Winter Heat... with more to come later on.

Check out this page for the full list:

Download Warren Miller Films

There are a number of films available but it's pretty sparse before the early 70s.
post #19 of 23

This is fantastic! It's exactly what I was hoping they'd do and I am surprised it took them so long. Maybe if the response is good they'll continue back deeper in the catalog.

post #20 of 23
When I first saw his movies in the late 70's Warren was still there live narrating the movie as it played. Would the old ones even have any narration or music?
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by cbtbakkes View Post

When I first saw his movies in the late 70's Warren was still there live narrating the movie as it played. Would the old ones even have any narration or music?

 

This. 

 

Very few of the early films have soundtracks that include narration- because Warren would narrate the films himself, in person. It isn't a matter of moving the original film to a modern home format, it is that even if you had the original film, narration never existed aside from what came out of Warren's mouth the night of the show.

 

The earliest I am aware of is Many Moods of Skiing from 1961, which can be found online. I'm not sure why this one ended up with a soundtrack when others after this didn't seem to.

 

 

 

"Journey Through the Decades" was released a while back. It is a collection with Journey (2003), Endless Winter (1995), Steep & Deep (1986) and Ski A La Carte (1978). Out of print but you can probably still locate a copy.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Through-Decades-Endless-Winter/dp/B0002MHETQ

 

Finally, go to WME's website and sign up for their mailing list. They will commonly give away downloads to classic movies in return for a 2-3 minute survey. Two birds with 1 stone- it gives you a chance to tell them to stop piecing together new movies with B-Roll from other film crews. 

post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by cbtbakkes View Post

When I first saw his movies in the late 70's Warren was still there live narrating the movie as it played. Would the old ones even have any narration or music?

 

This had crossed my mind as well. According to a 1997 article in Snow Country magazine, "Until 1985, Warren narrated every feature live, chalking up as many as 100 one-night stands each year."

 

1985 is more recent than I would have guessed, but is it possible that booking promoters may have had an option, for a period of time, to either play the film with recorded narration or pay a bit more to have Miller there himself to provide live narration?

 

I first attended a Warren Miller movie around 1987 so I missed seeing the man himself.

post #23 of 23
I saw my first in '77. It was really fun with him there. He would totally play to the crowd and even heckle back at some people. I'd be great if we could get the movies with his live narrations.
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