In Hollywood, it’s not whether you win or lose the Oscar, it’s whether you embarrass yourself in front of a billion people during the telecast. Producer Jack Haley Jr., who has worked on four Academy Awards shows, is compiling Oscar’s Greatest Moments, a three-cassette package of TV footage — most of which hasn’t been seen since its original broadcast — that should be available on video next year. Haley plans to devote segments to fashion mistakes (Barbra Streisand’s 1969 see-through outfit, for example) and stars who can’t read their cue cards. Viewers can also relive Vanessa Redgrave’s infamous 1978 acceptance speech. ”It’s amazing what’s happened over the years that we forget about,” says Haley, whose favorite Oscar moment came in 1974, when a streaker interrupted David Niven on stage. Niven’s classic comeback: ”The only laugh that man will probably ever get is for stripping and showing off his shortcomings.” ”I didn’t plan it at all,” says Haley, who produced the awards show that year. ”But I’ve had to live with it forever.”
THE ART OF HDTV
No one ever accused Old West painter-sculptor Frederic Remington of being ahead of his time, but a new documentary about him is. Though high-definition television (HDTV) broadcasting is still years away, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has coproduced an hour-long HDTV documentary, narrated by Gregory Peck, about the artist’s life and work. The Truth of Other Days, if viewed on a TV set equipped for HDTV, shows off the format’s superior picture quality. ”The trueness of color and clarity of image take the veil off what you’re seeing,” says Other Days’ director Tom Neff. However, most of the picture boost will be lost when the documentary is released on cassette in July (Home Vision, $39.95). Today’s TV sets aren’t equipped to handle the new technology’s extra picture detail.
There was quite a ruckus at the recent Houston International Film Festival when a hard-core adult video called Night Trips (Caballero, $39.95) with Tori Welles took second prize in the Theatrical Feature Made for Tape/Cable Release category. In giving the award, festival chairman J. Hunter Todd said it ”both stunned and delighted our jurors.” Others were simply stunned — the movie took second place to HBO’s Glory! Glory! but beat TNT’s Dinner at Eight remake starring Lauren Bacall.