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Wings (1927)

Although “Wings” was released in 1927, when sorting by release date it's listed as 1929.

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2 years ago

dlambe3,

Wings (1927) lists several USA release dates, including a New York City premiere on August 12, 1927. Presumably, the 1929 release year is the film's broad release throughout the U.S, which is displayed in the image you've posted.

Hopefully, an official IMDb representative will be able to answer your inquiry.

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The 1929 general release date is also the one displayed on the film's main page on the website (unless you're in another country with another general release date).

So it isn't so unusual that this date is used, although it's perhaps a bit inconsistent which dates are used in various site and app features.

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It's the date listed by IMDb, but I have no idea if it's accurate.

Edit: TCM's site also says, "Wings was not widely released until January 5, 1929."

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2 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916).

Although “Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages” was released in 1916, when sorting by release date it's listed as 1918.

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2 years ago

On both films’ page, the release date is listed correctly. It’s only during the sorting that the wrong date is used.

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2 years ago

Hi Cinephile -

With regard to the App display screen grab you posted, can you clarify how you got to that screen (also can you let us know what device you are using)?

Concerning the desktop display, for Wings as you are in the US, even though there are premiere release
dates listed for 1927, the display will show the first US wide release date
which is 1929.  If you were in another country, you would see the first
wide release for that country.  If there is no release date for your
country, the default will be the first wide release (this is why for this
title: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006864/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ql_dt_2
 we see the Italy release date).

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Thanks for replying. I use the app on the iPhone. I get to that list by going to my ratings and sorting by release date. Those are the only two films that I’ve found that issue with.

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I’m using the iPhone X.

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Hi Cinephile -
Thanks for the additional details, I have passed this information along to our technical staff for further investigation.

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2 years ago

The first wide release of "Wings" was surely not in 1929.  IMDb often has incomplete information on silent films.  Aug 1927 is when it entered wide release, and it premiered as early as April in New York according to silentera.com.  That makes a lot more sense than what was one of the biggest Hollywood pictures of the time sitting around for two years before being released.

"The General," on the other hand, is listed as 1926 on IMDb from premiering December that year, but actually didn't enter general release until Feb 1927.  IMDb doesn't even have the earliest premiere date for it, either.

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AFI Catalog:

Although Wings had its premiere in 1927 and continued in roadshow engagements throughout 1928, it was not registered for copyright until 5 Jan 1929, at which time a musical score and sound effects were added for its national release. [...]

A preview of the film was held in San Antonio, in the spring of 1927, and the picture opened in New York City and Los Angeles in Aug 1927 and Jan 1928, respectively. Wings was not widely released until 5 Jan 1929.
https://catalog.afi.com/Catalog/movie...

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New York Times:

Still a runaway hit after almost two years, the film was just moving beyond its initial big city, exclusive presentations into national release, re-equipped for its rollout with recorded music and sound effects.
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/mo...

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OK, if road shows don't count as a wide release.  Many epics were released like that back then, and many silent films were re-released with soundtracks added.