Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life Airs in HD

May 26th, 2009 by Max Allan Collins

Iowa Public Television (IPTV) will air the two-part mini-series, “Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life,” on Sunday, May 31, at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life

My longtime filmmaking cohort Phil Dingeldein and I recently went to Des Moines to the HQ of Iowa Public Television, where we edited our feature ELIOT NESS: AN UNTOUCHABLE LIFE into a two-part mini-series. The episodes cover Chicago (“Capone’s City”) and Cleveland (“Butcher’s Town”) with only minor changes to the material as presented on the currently available DVD from VCI Home Entertainment.

What is really exciting, however, is that we were able to do HD masters. The feature (starring my frequent accomplice Michael Cornelison) was shot in Hi-Def, but our limited budget did not allow us to master it that way. Thanks to IPTV, we now have both the feature and the mini-series in HD format…and it looks wonderful.

Soon IPTV will be offering the new two-part version of NESS to PBS stations nationally. I’ll have more details later, but when the time comes, I will encourage you to approach your local PBS stations and request airings of the mini-series version.

P.S. Don’t know if anybody’s out there noticing, but I am doing weekly updates now. Not quite a blog, but please check in once a week. News next time about THE LAST LULLABY.


Selected Clips from Eliot Ness: An Untouchable Life

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