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Old 07-10-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default The Farmer (1977) Supremely Rare Revenge Film


This 1977 revenge film with Gary Conway and Angel Tompkins was released by Columbia and played widely but briefly in theatres. According to several commenters at various forums, military base showings followed for a time and then...nothing. No TV, VHS, laserdisc, DVD or even unofficial "collector" dubs for nearly 30 years. Several years ago, Code Red began running the trailer on their early works and even announced specs. Some years later, Scorpion was said to have the rights. Bill at Code Red has said even recently that only twenty some odd units would be sold; not to argue but I have poured over the web for ages about this holy grail and have seen far more people interested than that at IMDb, Facebook and this forum to name a few. Not pressing either label for details, but would just like to tout this film in the proper wish list forum in hopes that many others will agree.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:41 PM   #2
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I also would like to see it released, Bill just released Family Honor so who knows. One of those Olsen boys might be working on it.
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:38 PM   #3
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Never hear anything when I ask about it on Scorpion Releasing forum page here at Blu-ray.com so I guess I am crying to empty space because they seem to overlook this title and go for other stuff they find more interesting to them. Why not have Walt to ask us fans what we want to see? These titles they lose money on is because people don't request them. Walt finally gave in when we cried for a GRIZZLY blu ray. Why not cave in on THE FARMER as well? I have not even heard why there is no release except it won't sell many units. That won't be a first and it definitely won't be the last. It seems THE FARMER has developed a cult following over the years since no one wants to release it. IT would be nice to get Walt interested in this title again.
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Old 07-18-2016, 04:26 AM   #4
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hoping for a release. I really looks interesting.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:53 AM   #5
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Hoping for a release too. Remember the trailer being on The Unseen dvd.
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Old 05-28-2018, 04:57 AM   #6
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Nearly two years after the creation of this page and still no movement. The enigma continues; what is the real story? Let’s recap the history here. Any input or clarification appreciated.
2007/8 The trailer appears on some Code Red Discs with incipient promotional teasers.
2012 An interview with Walt Olsen at Rock, Shock, Pop after the Scorpion/Code split yielded this quote regarding his entry into Blu-ray waters: “I could do the same for THE FARMER, but other opportunities have come up for this title that might be more exploitable, so I am just waiting to see how it pans out. Maybe you will be seeing it soon via download and streaming, or on cable, which is the real future for “catalog” titles, sadly, but inevitable.”
2013 Still nothing. When asked about who owned the rights on the Scorpion page, Walt responded that he did. Soon after people began pestering to release. They were admonished to stop requesting unannounced titles. Presumably a couple got heated as the page was even taken down briefly. And that is the last time I have heard Walt reference this film, ever.
2016-Present Bill Olsen has taken to speaking on behalf of the title. Some admittedly paraphrased passages: “Find me 15,000 buyers,” “We got 23 people that want to buy it,” and the IRS scenario.

Of late, member gilafilms speculates that the film is ready to go and all of the reasons given (music rights, IRS, etc) are inaccurate. And now there seems to be a bit of a label dynamic situation with a new player that threatens to bring even more difficulty to this already challenged topic on the boards.

I and many others (not The Number 23) just want this film. I personally have great regard for both men and the work they do. Scorpion and Code Red titles are near complete in my collection. I don’t wish to flame business dynamics, family dynamics or gain access to secret plans. I simply look forward to the day that I can put my one sheet pictured above in my home theatre case and plan the ultimate 70s revenge marathon with this as the centerpiece. Is that too much to ask?
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Old 05-28-2018, 05:44 AM   #7
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Great post.

I really want to see this damn movie too.
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It makes sense to me that the film still owes money given that the production company went out of business before the film was released and that Columbia ended up distributing it.

But the Columbia involvement also raises question's namely how did a big studio like Columbia not pay off the remaining money and two how did Bill get the rights to the film if Columbia had them? As as I know he has never released any of there other movies.

I just hope we see this movie someday, its annoying that its jut sitting there. I'am sure other labels like Arrow, Sevrin, VS would step up to the plate and work with Bill to get this out there.
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I'am sure other labels like Arrow, Sevrin, VS would step up to the plate and work with Bill to get this out there.
Yeah, no.
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Old 05-31-2018, 11:50 AM   #10
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Vinegar Syndrome released the Angel Tompkins film, The Bees. Maybe bring it up in their thread.
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Old 06-01-2018, 03:58 PM   #11
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This is one I've sort of given up hope on ever being released. Would love to see it though.
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Seems UCLA have a copy of the film,

https://cinema.library.ucla.edu/vweb...=0&bibId=37080
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We need The Farmer now dammit!
Thanks for the trailer and the Farmer enthusiasm in the CR thread, gobad2003!
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I gave up hope on this release. Then I recently saw the trailer on Trailer Trauma, and wanted to see it all over again. Here's to hoping.

Since Hard Ticket to Hawaii was released, now The Farmer (1977) has been added to my signature.
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Yes! Yes! Yes! We need this. It was not on my radar whatsoever but that trailer combined with some reviews I found online are making me froth at the mouth. This definitely something I would love to see. If we can get other bottom of the barrel titles I don't understand what is holding this up if there are useable elements available.

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"Box news items on 8 Sep 1975 and 13 Oct 1975 stated that the picture was “now shooting” in Atlanta and listed George Fargo and Patrick Reagan as the screenwriters. However, Fargo and Reagan share screenplay credit onscreen with Janice Colson-Dodge and John Carmody, the father of Gary Conway.
Actor-producer Gary Conway filmed The Farmer for just under $1 million, provided by “executive producer" Peter B. Mills and several other Atlanta, GA, physicians, according to the 6 Jan 1976 DV. A 1977 Columbia press release stated that the film's talent had contracts for “more than $100,000” and that Conway struggled to keep the production afloat after his Atlanta backers “withdrew further financial support.” Conway claimed he also got a “six-figure deal” from Ballantine Books for a paperback tie-in, though no paperback edition of The Farmer could be verified. Columbia Pictures acquired the film's worldwide distribution rights later that year, the 24 Nov 1976 Var noted.
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I have two fears when it comes to this title. First, that it'll never be released and I'll never see it again. The second is that it does get released and it's nowhere as good as I remember it!
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That's funny. I contacted Bill at Code Red about The Farmer a few months ago and got a similar response to the one mentioned above. He said he needs $100,000 worth of customers because the IRS SAG and music union want to get paid. He now counts 26 people who want to see it (so the numbers atleast gone up from the previous 23) and that's not enough. His business has been down and he seems extremely negative about things in general. He thinks people just want to see the film and not buy it. When I mentioned some other companies that might be interested in buying the rights to The Farmer from him he said all these companies will ever pay is $30,000 and will want the tv/cable/streaming rights. He said SAG, DGA, etc will come out for money and that headache will not be worth it for the $30,000. If he's right about all this, I can't say I blame him.

With all these other small releases that come out on dvd/blu-ray I just wonder what makes this one so different. If he's keeping a running tally, maybe it would help if more people would send him POLITE emails expressing their interest in buying the title.

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He should just crowdfund it. He'll get an accurate count of how many people want it when they drop the cash. I emailed him and suggested it to him. I'm willing to drop the cash and do it.

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Good idea!
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