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Dear friends of Milestone,

I am very happy to announce that in time for all the Merian C. Cooper 
happenings this year -- details can be found in the press release at the very bottom 
of this email -- the DVDs of GRASS and CHANG will be re-released officially 
for distribution on November 15th. Friends of Milestone can order now and get 
early shipments! They are $29.95 each plus shipping and handling. 

You can find information on how to order below.

Best regards,
Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
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October 13, 2005          For Immediate Release

Dear Friends in the Press,

Milestone Film & Video and Image Entertainment are proud to announce the 
November 15th DVD re-release of the two silent masterpieces by the creators of 
KING KONG, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s GRASS and CHANG! In 1966, 
thirty-three years after the death of the great ape and having produced some 
of the finest films of John Ford’s remarkable career, Cooper said of CHANG, "It’
s still the best picture I ever made!" And GRASS is even better!

One of the greatest names in motion picture history, Merian C. Cooper is 
about to be discovered; and there is no better time to write feature articles 
about this remarkable man.

The real-life Indiana Jones, Cooper was one of the greatest (in alphabetical 
order) adventurers, aviators, documentarians, entrepreneurs, producers, 
showmen, soldiers AND studio executives of the 20th century. Some of the enterprises 
he helped found were the Polish Air Force, Pan Am, Technicolor and Cinerama. 
He was also the person who teamed Fred and Ginger together. AND he was 
second-in-command of the Flying Tigers in WWII.

There was no one else like him. And almost more certainly, there will never 
be another like him again. This year, it is time to discover "Coop," as you can 
read by the following!

     Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper by Mark Vaz is 
published by Random      House on August 2nd to rave reviews.

     Chang and I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper (from Kevin 
Brownlow and Photoplay      Productions) screen at the Telluride International Film 
Festival to standing ovations.

     Chang and Grass are to be re-released on DVD this November 15th (see 
below for details)

     I'm Kong premieres on Turner Classic Movies this November 22nd

     King Kong, the 1933 classic by Cooper and Schoedsack premieres on DVD on 
November 22nd

and of course,
     King Kong, the new mega-feature by Peter Jackson opens on December 14th

Press kits can also be downloaded at


Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life
Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Marguerite Harrison. 
Persia. 1925. 70 minutes. Tinted. Image Product Number: ID5924MLSDVD. SRP: $29.99. 
Also availabe in VHS from Milestone.

"One of the most entertaining films of the year." -Peter Nichols, New York 

"Fascinating! Topographically beautiful and historically potent." - Jonathan 
Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

"Wondrous movie adventures" - David Thomson, The Guardian (London)

A classic adventure by the makers of KING KONG In 1924, neophyte filmmakers 
Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack hooked up with journalist and 
sometime spy Marguerite Harrison and set off to film an adventure. They found 
excitement, danger and unparalleled drama in the migration of the Bakhtiari tribe of 
Persia (now Iran). Twice a year, more than 50,000 people and half a million 
animals surmounted seemingly impossible obstacles to take their herds to 

The filmmakers captured unforgettable images of courage and determination as 
the Bakhtiari braved the raging and icy waters of the half-mile-wide Karun 
River. Cooper and Schoedsack almost froze when they filmed the breathtaking, 
almost unbelievable, sight of an endless river of men, women and children--their 
feet bare or wrapped in rags — winding up the side of the sheer, snow-covered 
rock face of the 15,000-foot-high Zardeh Kuh mountain.

Although many historians consider GRASS one of the finest documentaries ever 
made, few people have actually ever seen this legendary film. This restored 
and full-length version, complete with an authentic Iranian score, will astonish 
today’s audiences with its beautiful photography and heart-stopping 

Bonus Features
Historian Rudy Behlmer's interview of Merian C. Cooper.
Stills Gallery.
Press Kit.

Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack. Siam (Thailand). 1927. 67 
minutes. Black & White. 
Music by Bruce Gaston. Performed by Fong Naam. 
Image Product Number: ID5922MLSDVD. SRP: $29.99. Also availabe in VHS from 

"Spectacular! Unfolds like a veritable three-ring circus." -J. Hoberman, 

"Thrilling! Cooper and Schoedsack were honest-to-God moviemakers [who] went 
for pace, tension, and excitement. They gave themselves and their audience, a 
hardy good time!" —New Yorker

"A fresh and thrilling epic from ‘Indy’-like filmmakers … Put Merian C. 
Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack together and you’ve got the real-life Indiana 
Jones!" — Jay Carr, The Boston Globe

CHANG is a revelation — not only is it the obvious prototype for Merian C. 
Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s later masterpiece, KING KONG, but it is a 
terrifically entertaining film in it own right! 

Shot entirely in Siam, the film tells the story of a farmer and his family 
who have settled a small patch of land on the edge of the jungle. Their 
existence is a constant struggle against the many wild animals around them — bear, 
tigers, and even … changs! The climactic elephant stampede is still one of the 
most exciting scenes in cinema history.

This release features a brilliant score by Bangkok composer Bruce Gaston and 
performed by the world-famous orchestra Fong Naam.

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Rudy Behlmer
Stills Gallery
CHANG Hand-Color Test
CHANG Production Essay
CHANG Original Press Kit

Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite