Monday, February 20, 2012

The Best of The World of Wonder: Logan's Original Run

Since Rapidshare deleted a ton of my shares, the one that I get the most requests to re-up is, without a doubt, the audio from the advance screening of Logan's Run. So, as requested, here it is.

5 years from the day I was born, in San Diego, California, there was a special advance preview screening of a new motion picture from MGM called Logan's Run. Shortly thereafter the studio hacked a ton of stuff out of the movie to make it shorter, and gain the film a PG rating. The cut footage no longer exists (it vanished mysteriously along with the preview print)but thanks to a sci-fi fan named Fay Popejoy who took along a cassette tape recorder into the theater, an audio cassette exists containing the entire preview screening. This recording was originally released on a web site back in 2000. The web site is still there but the files have long since been taken down. Luckily, I happened to download those files and present them for you now. If you have seen the film, then you are in for a real treat. Included in this recording of the preview screening are several scenes that you have never seen bfore (or heard before to be exact). Among these are the deleted opening sequence where Francis kills a runner in a residence pool. The citizens then applaud the Sandman's shot. Other hilights include: A longer carousel sequence minus the computer voice, more dialogue in Nursery, Francis' 'lastday girl' cut completely form the film. There is also a part where Jessica talks about flameout as the ultimate thrill. Logan describes the effects of Muscle. Francis announces he is going to Cathedral to help backup Logan. We learn Holly's number is 13, and hear the infamous longer Love Shop sequence. Unfortunately the person doing the recording's tape also ran out during this sequence. Of course, the tape is changed and the rest of the film along with more cut goodies are there. Now, remember, this was a tape recording of a film being played in a theater in 1976. It is not going to sound perfect. But, none the less, it is still pretty cool to listen to. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to tape television shows on audio cassettes. This was long before the days of VCRs and DVRs so the only way to keep the program was to do that. I was extremely happy and very much surprised to find out that I was not the only person who did this. I have found many people from my generation who did this as well. Anyway, keeping all of this in mind when you are listening to the preview screening of "Logan's Run". Enjoy!

Logan's Run - Preview Screening Audio Tape (part 1)
Logan's Run - Preview Screening Audio Tape (part 2)


Gilligan said...

Wow. I'm a big fan of this film, and find this very interesting!

Tony said...

I'm happy to hear that I'm not the only one who audio recorded TV shows. I used to put my cassette recorder on a stool next to the TV and hang the microphone over the channel knob so it would end up close to the speaker. I recorded everything from Bugs Bunny cartoons to "Sesame Street" and "Electric Company" skits to every episode of the show "Soap".
One of my favorite TV recordings was of the movie "Yellow Submarine". I listened to that so much that I could do a nearly flawless fake Liverpudlian accent!

michael said...

Wow. You're amazing.

My all time favorite movie. Ever. I can't wait to dl this and check it out. My girlfriend is going to think I'm out of my mind.

I've got a challenge for you. See if you can find the score to the musketeers movies also starring Michael York. And/Or a digitized version of the 20 Years After movie or whatever it was called that was never issued on dvd.

Thanks again for your most awesome blog!

Heavy Kevvy said...

I just have to say it's good to hear that I'm not the only one who tape-recorded the audio from the television as a kid. I taped tons of Doctor Who and then I'd listen to them as I drew my comic books. I wish I still had those tapes.

pnomanchris said...

Wow, This is one of my favorite films from my youth, didn't realize there was a longer version. Can't wait to listen to this. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear I wasn't too weird recording from the TV, I listened to "the Thing From Another World' 1951 version so much I could practically recite the whole movie !

Spell... said...

The link for this audio is gone. Can you put it up at least one more time? I heard the legend of this audio. I would love to hear it.

Pil Head said...

I've just been directed to your site by a friend as I'm a big Logan fan- the 2 links you have for this are no longer available- would it be possible for you to re-up them for me & others.
Thanks in advance

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