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Dennis Hopper’s “Out of the Blue” 4K Digital Restoration and 40th Anniversary Re-release “Slacker Backer” site.

Bring “Out of the Blue” to a theatre near you!

Due to Coronavirus Pandemic closures of theaters, cancellation of festivals, interruptions in distribution, supply chain and manufacturing, there are substantial delays in delivery of premiums. Slacker Backer premiums on this site are on the same delivery timeline as Kickstarter Backers. We provide regular updates as the situation changes. We appreciate your understanding and hope you will nonetheless support the mission.







For a limited time you can still contribute here on the “Out of the Blue” Slacker Backer site. Some of the same premiums and pledges that were offered on Kickstarter. For details and more information about the project, please visit the Kickstarter site and read the story:

Kickstarter







John Alan Simon & Elizabeth Karr
Discovery Productions

$295 or more - VINTAGE POSTER SIGNED BY LINDA MANZ
(USA Backers)
Original Movie Poster Signed by Star Linda Manz Herself! The iconic Original Movie Poster autographed by star Linda Manz herself! Suitable for Framing or mounting - Vintage 24” x 36” ‘Out of the Blue’ poster from the 1982 U.S. theatrical release - personally hand-signed. A true collector’s item! (All posters unused - and in excellent condition. Folded as movie posters were back then).
INCLUDES:
RAD RESTORER
ESTIMATED DELIVERY Oct 2019 AVAILABLE NOW
SHIPS TO
USA
Plus Shipping Cost
USA :$8
$295 or more - VINTAGE POSTER SIGNED BY LINDA MANZ
(International Backers)
Original Movie Poster Signed by Star Linda Manz Herself! The iconic Original Movie Poster autographed by star Linda Manz herself! Suitable for Framing or mounting - Vintage 24” x 36” ‘Out of the Blue’ poster from the 1982 U.S. theatrical release - personally hand-signed. A true collector’s item! (All posters unused - and in excellent condition. Folded as movie posters were back then).
INCLUDES:
RAD RESTORER
ESTIMATED DELIVERY Oct 2019 AVAILABLE NOW
SHIPS TO
Anywhere in the world
Plus Shipping Cost
INTL: $18
$10 or more - RAD RESTORER
Thanks to your support, we’re closer to preserving & re-releasing ‘Out of the Blue." In addition to our appreciation, we’ll send you a Hi-Res Digital Photo from the film and special thanks line on our website or Facebook page (or both), and we’ll follow you on Twitter. Plus exclusive content only for backers!
ESTIMATED DELIVERY Sep 2019 AVAILABLE NOW
$40 or more - OUT OF THE BLUE DVD
(USA Backers)
Own a brand-new physical DVD of the beautifully re-mastered movie - signed and numbered limited edition! Delivery outside U.S. may be at later delivery date. (See “Risks & Challenges”) Plus Hi-Res scan of the original theatrical poster!
INCLUDES: RAD RESTORER
ESTIMATED DELIVERY Winter 2021/2022
SHIPS TO
USA
Plus Shipping Cost
USA: $3
$50 or more - AND INTO THE BLU-RAY
(USA Backers)
Own the beautifully re-mastered hi-definition Blu-ray! Signed and numbered limited edition. Delivery outside U.S. may be at later delivery date. (See “Risks & Challenges”). Plus Hi-Res scan of the original theatrical poster.
INCLUDES: RAD RESTORER
ESTIMATED DELIVERY Winter 2021/2022
SHIPS TO
USA
Plus Shipping Cost
USA: $3
$175 or more - LA PREMIERE & PRIVATE RECEPTION
NATASHA LYONNE & CHLOË SEVIGNY WILL ATTEND ONE OR BOTH OF THE PREMIERES, SCHEDULE PERMITTING!
The exciting news is that Chloë Sevigny & Natasha Lyonne have authorized us to let our backers know they love and support OUT OF THE BLUE - and want to be there, too!* LA Premiere & Private Reception For You and a Guest. We can’t wait to thank you face-to-face in person! You’re invited to a very special 40th Anniversary Premiere night screening of “Out of the Blue” restoration and theatrical re-release in Los Angeles. You'll receive two tickets **, special access to a VIP reception, meet-and-greets with members of the restoration team and available cast, plus surprise guests.

* Subject to availability due to their work schedules.
* *Travel & Accommodations not included.

INCLUDES:
RAD RESTORER
ESTIMATED DELIVERY Dec 2020/Jan 2022
$275 or more - OUT OF THE BLUE AND INTO YOUR PROJECT
Thanks for taking this journey with us. Now let us help support your dreams and vision! Two Skype or phone sessions (60 minutes) with John Alan Simon or Elizabeth Karr on production or distribution topics of your choice. In exchange for your generous support to save and preserve "Out of the Blue", ask us about ways to best move your own film project(s) forward. John is an experienced producer at the studio and indie level with expertise as both distributor and producer’s rep, WGA writer, director, former film critic and sought after consultant on both the creative and business side. If you’re more into crowdfunding, documentaries, social media & marketing, then let Elizabeth help you strategize a realistic game plan. And if you happen to have a film that you’re considering restoring, this is a perfect opportunity to benefit from our own recent (steep) learning curve.
INCLUDES:
RAD RESTORER
BLUE STREAMERS PLUS (later delivery per above)
Estimated delivery: AVAILABLE NOW
$280 or more - OUT OF THE BLUE AND ON TO BREAKFAST
In person version of “Out of the Blue And Into Your Project.” We’ll spring for breakfast and thank you over coffee and toast. Hear tales about taking "Out of the Blue" on the road with Dennis Hopper and/or pick our creative, producer, distributor, marketing brains about your own film project(s). Just get yourself to Los Angeles. (Or wait until we’re in your town, maybe?) Plus huge thanks from us!
 * Travel & Accommodations not included.
INCLUDES:
RAD RESTORER
OUT OF THE BLUE DVD (later delivery per above)
ESTIMATED DELIVERY Oct 2019 DELAYED
$700 or more - DISTRIBUTION/PRODUCTION CONSULTATION
We appreciate your support. So we want to say thanks to fellow indie filmmakers by supporting you as you navigate distribution or production! Expert analysis of your project by John Alan Simon to help you craft a distribution or production strategy. John has experience as a distributor, producer’s rep, and producer at both the studio and indie level. Appropriate for finished films, as well as in development, production or post-production phases. (Includes our heartfelt appreciation.)
INCLUDES:
OUT OF THE BLUE DVD (later delivery per above)
RAD RESTORER
ESTIMATED DELIVERY - AVAILABLE NOW
SHIPS TO
Anywhere in the world
Price includes Shipping

 

“Out of the Blue”(1980) - Original 1982 U.S. Trailer: New 4K Restoration Version

Risks and challenges - OUT OF THE BLUE

We make the same pledge re restoration and distribution that we made to our Kickstarter Backers, reprinted here below. The Good news is that the 4K Restoration of “Out of the Blue” by Discovery Productions at Roundabout Entertainment is complete. The restored film’s premiere is August 31 at Venice Film Festival!

The Project challenge:
The 4K Scan of the original negative materials, digital clean-up and restoration/remastering we're undertaking on ‘Out of the Blue’ with Roundabout Entertainment are a result of extensive research and expert guidance in the field, including our an initial introduction by one of the foremost restoration experts in the world. We’re confident that they are the best partners to take on this job. The work-flow has already been determined, the negative materials evaluated, footage tested and the work underway. We’re fortunate in several regards that “Out of the Blue” is a relatively recent film, produced in 1980; that Discovery has taken the utmost care in storage of the original 35mm negative that back in 2008, Discovery was fortunate enough to have the assistance of the Thomson Foundation and the Cinematheque Francaise to help fund the 35mm restoration.

We don’t know what unforeseen problems or glitches might turn up. Unforeseen snags might increase the budget. If expenses exceed estimates, we are nonetheless committed to cover them.

In other words, though we want your help for this project - we are all-in to make it happen one way or another.

There’s an old adage in the film business about “good, fast, cheap’ - pick two.” Because if it’s “fast and good,” it won’t be cheap; If it’s “good and cheap,” it won’t be fast; and if it’s “fast and cheap,” it won’t be good. “Fast and cheap” is not an option we’ll ever take, if additional expenses arise, they will be covered by us or hopefully from backer donations above the projected hard lab costs we have set as our funding goal. (Kickstarter applies a 5% fee to the funds collected for creators. Stripe, Kickstarter’s payments processor also applies payment processing fees (roughly 3-5%) so our $35K raise, if successful, nets us $31,500 to complete the restoration and create/mail backer premiums.

Out of the Blue will be successfully 4K scanned, digitally cleaned-up, color corrected, re-mastered and preserved. That much (leaving aside, earthquakes, civil insurrection, etc.), we are completely confident in promising all our backers.

The Crowd-funding/ Re-release Distribution challenge:
We know from our experience in crowd-funding on other movie projects, that the biggest practical challenge is with delivery of premiums to our backers that involve availability of the actual film. Believe it or not, there is a definite method to the madness of the film business. Particularly with respect to the indie world. The studios have the resources to release tent-pole blockbusters in theatres worldwide at the same time. Netflix or Amazon can forego theatrical release altogether and just start streaming on their platforms. The indie world doesn’t work that way (usually). The distribution landscape remains treacherous, uncertain and quirky. What does this mean for me? (You are probably asking.) The short answer is Patience. Maybe a lot of patience.

Here’s the longer answer: A small theatrical release in the U.S. is necessary to build awareness. This can take several months due to availability of screens. Then downloads and video on demand on cable and iTunes and other websites. Then DVD/Blu-Ray release. Then subscription streaming.on platforms like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu. Could be 90 days from first theatrical release to download or cable video on demand or could be simultaneous. If it’s simultaneous, theatre owners want filmmaker/distributors to “four-wall” - i.e. rent their theatres to offset the risk of low audience turnout because of the film’s availabilty on these pay-per-view/download platforms. We don’t know if we’ll have the resources to “four-wall”. And since we’re determined to make Out of the Blue first available in theatres, particularly New York and Los Angeles, we may have to abide by the customary “hold-backs.”

At the same time as we’ll be rolling out the movie in the U.S., we’ll be attempting to set up distribution deals country by country in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Normally, these deal are not made directly - but via sales companies that attend markets like AFM, Cannes, Toronto with slates of both finished film and yet-to-be-produced project. Often, it can take 12-18 months for this sales cycle. And then within each country - UK, France, Japan, Brazil, etc. - local factors make the release pattern different - and unique for every film. So your patience will be required to receive a Blu-ray/DVD or streaming avail in the U.S. And even MORE patience outside the U.S. (But who knows? Maybe a deep-pocket streamer like Netflix will want to license the film for a multi-territory premiere. That could be a game changer in our distribution plans and delivery avails.) We are eager for all our backers - and film lovers everywhere - to experience ‘Out of the Blue’ as soon as possible.

Regarding delivery of premiums — we’ve done our best to guesstimate when we will be able to send backers DVDs, Blu-rays and links to streaming. Delivery dates will be subject to when the restoration version is available commericially in a particular territory, so some of our estimates might be off - even way off. We will due our utmost to get the movie to you earlier than the ‘expected delivery date’, but it might be later. And we promise to keep you updated before, during and after the campaign! You are helping to save and preserve Out of the Blue for future audience and generations - that’s the really important thing, isn’t it?