We had some content that we’d planned to post today here at The Bits, but we’ve decided to push it until Monday as a result of a bit of terrible news that’s come our way this afternoon.
We’re very sad to report that Nick Redman passed away yesterday. Nick was the co-founder (with Brian Jamieson) of the great Twilight Time indie Blu-ray label and a longtime documentary filmmaker, soundtrack producer, and film historian.
Redman produced and directed A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne, and The Searchers (1998 – which you can find on Warner’s The Searchers: 50th Anniversary Special Edition DVD and on Blu-ray) and the feature-length Becoming John Ford documentary (2007 – available in the terrific Ford at Fox DVD collection or by itself on DVD), among other shorts and features.
He co-founded Twilight Time in 2011, which has since released hundreds of great classic cinema titles on Blu-ray, many with new commentaries featuring the likes of Redman, writer and film historian Julie Kirgo (who became Nick’s wife last July) and others. [Read on here...]
He also spent many years as a music producer for the Fox Music Group, where he produced hundreds of soundtrack albums, including the Star Wars Trilogy box (1996, Arista) and Star Wars: A New Hope (1997, RCA Victor).
And that is just scratching the surface of his life and career. You can read more on him here at Variety.
On a personal note, Nick was a warm and wonderful human being. And though I didn’t know him as well as many in this industry, I considered him a friend. He was a champion of cinema and physical media, and dedicated his life to sharing his passion for classic films with enthusiasts the world over. Film fans everywhere owe him a debt. All of here at The Bits will miss him greatly.
We’d like to extend our warmest thoughts to Julie and his family, to Brian and everyone at Twilight Time, and to Nick’s many friends in this difficult time.
Thank you for everything, Nick. You will be missed.
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