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Old 03-21-09, 02:51 PM
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WBshop offering rare films on DVD

Called Warner Archive. Looks like a good idea. May be in for Doc Savage. WBshop is having a 20% off sale with free shipping right now.

http://www.wbshop.com/Warner-Archive...efault,sc.html
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Old 03-21-09, 02:59 PM
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Cool idea. Really they should offer all films in OAR that way: discounted, barebones DVDs directly through their shop on a by-order basis. I want to watch Frantic, but I'm annoyed it's FS only.
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Old 03-21-09, 03:26 PM
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hopeing for Dark of the Sun this year, hopefully this new Archive program will bring it out uncut
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Old 03-21-09, 04:00 PM
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Still waiting to find out if these are DVD-R or not.
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Old 03-21-09, 04:06 PM
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1. Great idea.

2. The pricing ($20/movie) isn't such a great idea.

3. Why are we just hearing about this now? Promotion seems way to low key.

4. Hope I can get The Lineup this way.
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Old 03-21-09, 05:49 PM
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Way to pricey for me and I would guess they might be DVD-R or whatever and probably no disc art, menus or chapter stops. For 5.00 each I might try a couple.
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Old 03-21-09, 07:28 PM
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They have Mr. Lucky but I hope it isn't DVD-R
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Warner Bros is a huge studio, I doubt they are DVD-Rs.... lol
Maybe they were pressed at a limited amount but I'd hope for that price they would be pro.
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They are a bit pricey but i've been waiting forever for El Condor
so i'll be getting that. The Command looks good too.
Are these remastered?
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Old 03-21-09, 08:13 PM
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It's cool they have Doc Savage and Wisdom in OAR, but I don't know what to make of the 'from the original masters' remark rather. Since these are all films, wouldn't that mean they all came from 35mm prints/interpositives, etc.? If so, say so WB. If it wasn't for the fact many of them are in OAR, I'd assume these could also be created from some pro/broadcast video master created for Pay TV, likely from a decade or more ago and not up to today's 'remastering' standards. Anyone who orders, please let us know what the deal is with these.

Oh, and does WB now distribute for MGM? There's tons of MGM films that would be great for this service (mainly the likely defunct Midnite Movies line)!
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Old 03-21-09, 09:26 PM
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I saw a few of these DVD's being offered on Amazon.
The one that I saw was Scaramouche it was one of WB Archive Collection series.
So maybe the title you want can be found there.
It may not matter but if it's easier to get from Amazon do it.
Of course the two titles I want aren't being offered there.
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Old 03-21-09, 09:35 PM
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Oh, and does WB now distribute for MGM? There's tons of MGM films that would be great for this service (mainly the likely defunct Midnite Movies line)!
Fox distributes for MGM.
WB does own the pre-1986 Mgm catalog because of the Turner deal from 89.
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Old 03-21-09, 09:38 PM
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If they are older tv masters, then I wonder if they are anamorphic?
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Originally Posted by Torchur317 View Post
Warner Bros is a huge studio, I doubt they are DVD-Rs.... lol
Maybe they were pressed at a limited amount but I'd hope for that price they would be pro.
Didn't they used DVD-R on the TCM archive sets?

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Old 03-21-09, 11:49 PM
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To answer some questions here: the WB rep already confirmed that the DVDs will be DVDs, not DVD-Rs. The TCM RKO thing (tho TCM is owned by Warners) was DVD-R but was an unrelated release. The aspect ratios are all correct and the widescreen titles will be presented in 16X9. These are retail-ready discs, but burned on demand
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Old 03-22-09, 12:57 AM
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Sounds great, but the website design is so heavy that I need to upgrade my PCs.
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Old 03-22-09, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by domino harvey View Post
To answer some questions here: the WB rep already confirmed that the DVDs will be DVDs, not DVD-Rs. The TCM RKO thing (tho TCM is owned by Warners) was DVD-R but was an unrelated release. The aspect ratios are all correct and the widescreen titles will be presented in 16X9. These are retail-ready discs, but burned on demand
And over at the HTF, Robert Harris says that having actually seen a few, they are indeed DVD-Rs.
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Old 03-22-09, 10:07 PM
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Is there a distinction between DVD-Rs and "burned on demand"?
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Is there a distinction between DVD-Rs and "burned on demand"?
Well, since proper manufactured DVDs are pressed rather than burned, I'd say there's no real functional distinction between the two. I'm sure they'll be happy to use any other term than DVD-R since it's so cheap sounding, but the end result will be equivalent.

What I find ironic is that we have at least two threads going comparing DVD to Blu and the relative merits of each. Now this announcement comes along and we have a major studio basically saying that a whole pile of titles aren't even good enough for proper DVD production. You can forget about Blu on these.

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Oxford Blues is a cheesy favorite but not at $20!
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$20 a pop for a bare-bones DVD-R? Pass.
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Old 03-23-09, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by domino harvey View Post
To answer some questions here: the WB rep already confirmed that the DVDs will be DVDs, not DVD-Rs. The TCM RKO thing (tho TCM is owned by Warners) was DVD-R but was an unrelated release. The aspect ratios are all correct and the widescreen titles will be presented in 16X9. These are retail-ready discs, but burned on demand
Ha ha! The rep you spoke to was either a liar or an idiot - although I supposed the discs could be burnt on DVD+R's.

They're still burnt, though, and far more likely to degrade significantly faster than pressed discs.
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Old 03-23-09, 06:19 AM
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This is from the Warner Archive FAQ section on the site:
Q: What makes an on-demand DVD Different than a Commercial DVD?

A: DVDís produced on-demand are similar to, but not quite same as, DVDís youíd buy at the local video store. DVD movies you buy at the local video outlet are manufactured from a mold via a stamping process whereas on-demand DVDs are "burned". Each carries information read by the DVD player, but the physical properties of the two are different.

Most DVD players are compatible with both commercial DVD-Video and one or more of the ďrecordable DVD formats. Our on-demand DVDís are manufactured using the most widely accepted format, DVD-R.
The owner's manual of the DVD player usually lists which DVD recording formats it can play. Almost all DVD players can play DVD-R (except for some older models made before 2000)
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Old 03-23-09, 06:24 AM
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There were at least 5 titles I would buy immediately if I were sure they weren't DVD-R's. Article doesn't really clear that up...

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