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Warner Home Video HTF Chat (3/23/09)

Home Theater Forum had another chat with Ron Epstein from WHV. Here is the transcript with some good news:

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Subject: Live Chat with Warner Home Video Theatrical
Date: Monday, March 23, 2009




For the past 4 years there has been but one studio voted time and time again as the
BEST STUDIO of the year by the members of Home Theater Forum. You don't stay on top for all those
years unless you deliver product that surpasses what every studio out there is putting out. We at
HTF are proud to acknowledge a studio that has once again been voted BEST STUDIO OF THE YEAR for
2009. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our guests from Warner Home Video to this evening's
chat: George Feltenstein (SVP Catalog Marketing); Ronnee Sass (VP Publicity & Promotion) and
Janet Keller (Manager of Publicity). Welcome!!!!!

Thanks, Ron. We're glad to be here.

I would like to segment tonight's chat accordingly so that we can stay on certain
topics and take questions related to that topic before moving on to the next. With that in mind,
I would like to begin with your huge announcement today concerning the rollout of Warner's Archive
Collection. I am going to give the floor to you to talk about this exciting program and then we
will open the floor to members so they can ask questions.

Thanks, Ron. We want to let the HTF members know that the reason we didn't do a chat
last year was because we wanted to announce the Warner Archive Collection initiative here on HTF
during our yearly chat. However, it took us an extra year to get everything in place....and so it
is....Let us answer some big questions off the bat.

1). There will be a availability of product WORLDWIDE shortly through the Warner
Archive Collection. SHORTLY. We just don't have a date yet...it could be only a few days away....
bear with us...This would be only applicable to the films where we hold worldwide rights, which is
MOST of them. 2). The discs are of the highest quality. They are manufactured via propriatary MOD
process which is very different from home-used DVDRs on one's computer....we guarantee the quality
of these discs and will stand by them. 3) This DOES NOT replace our retail initiatives. THEY REMAIN
FULL SPEED AHEAD...

Obviously you have been reading the feedback on our forum over the past few days as
you have addressed the biggest concerns posted by our membership. Good to see that some of these
titles will be available worldwide and that these are not pressed on home DVDRs.

We are now going to open the floor to questions

Do you have any plans to follow in the footsteps of FOX regarding their deluxe
treatments of silent films and early talkies? I could easily see WB putting together a set
centered around the works of King Vidor, Erich Von Stroheim, & Victor Seastrom, & Ernst Lubitsch.
I for one would happily open my wallet for such a deluxe set.

Indeed. Many of you have wondered...Where's THE BIG PARADE, THE WIND, THE CROWD, etc.
We want to honor these films in the way they were presented by Kevin Brownlow in the Thames series
of silents. To that end, we have been in discussions with Photoplay (Kevin's company) to work
together to update the restorations on all those premiere silent pictures. Meanwhile, we will be
releasing about 20 other silent films through WarnerArchive.com in addition to those already
announced today.

Can we please have the classic Saul Bass 70's WB Commincations logo preserved on
future DVD and BD releases, some of us love the nostalgia of the original logos and it tends to
takeus out of the film when we get the new logo instead. Thanks.

Good question...that is a corporate issue...beyond our control. However, recent
postings expressing your similar feelings have been noted and expressed to corporate.

In the chat two years ago, it was stated that in early 2008 you would be releasing the
remaining Abbott & Costello films you own, to DVD (Captain Kidd/Beanstalk/Rio Rita). But that
year has come and gone, and there's been no further mention of them. Do you still plan to release
them to disc, and if so, at what date will they be coming out?

We do plan to do this...but all dates are subject to change in our business. Your
patience will be rewarded...we always try our best to come through.

Great news about Warner Archive! You'll be getting lots of my $$$, definitely!
A TARZAN question for you... Does Warner control the Tarzan films of the late 1950 and the 1960s,
that were distributed by other studios to theaters?

We own the ENTIRE Tarzan feature film library regardless of who originally released
them to theaters. They will ALL be coming out in the near future.

Thanks for these amazing news!!!!! So many titles can' wait to have them.
Can we expect, anytime soon, boxes sets for Joan Crawford (vol. 3), Ginger Rogers`RKO comedies and
a 4TH Volume of Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory (the last volume was, by far, the very
best! Can't you tell how happy you made me with those Jane/Eleanor Powell selections)?

Glad you enjoyed the last musicals set. There will be more Jane Powell musicals coming
this year through the Warner Archive releases. There will be 200 MORE titles coming out this
year (between now and Xmas) through that program. There will also be a selection of comedies with
Ginger Rogers.

Thanks for your time, the great quality of releases, and for Archives. Please update us
on which films (besides Tarzan) are scheduled for the next year and how will series films be
priced/packaged on Archives? Please keep up the great work.

We are evaluating many different opportunies..however we can confirm a retail set of
MONOGRAM CHARLIE CHANS coming early 2010 restored from orig nitrate negatives. They will look great!

will WB still continue to releases better SD transfers/releases for stuff that got
old bad transfers or bare bones releases? Personally I'm looking for Last Boyscout to get a decent
transfer, and someone else here mentioned Ladyhawke. Some of those very first dvds released were
practically VHS quality.

Here goes..some good news..you have asked...FOR YEARS...for us to revisit the old DVD
launch titles that are in demand..and we will be releasing widescreen double features later this
year of some early favorites..stay tuned for further details.

Hi, congratulations - I love the WBArchives idea and it's really exciting. Any
chance we'll see Brewster McCloud, The Devils or The Power on DVD?

How did we know someone would ask about the THE DEVILS All three titles are under
consideration and are in various stage of approval. Cross fingers!

My request is for a fifth film noir box. Given the tough economic times, it would be
great if - like Vol. 4 - it featured 10 films, including: Riffraff, The Clay Pigeon, Armored Car
Robbery, I Died a Thousand Times, The Locket, Stranger on the Third Floor, Born to Be Bad, and
another few surprises. Also, it would be great if www.wbshop.com had a Uservoice page
(see: www.uservoice.com) where your customers could make and vote for DVD and Blu-ray release
suggestions. This would create a constantly updating interactive list that WHV staff could then
comment on. I am not affiliated with Uservoice, I simply think it is a great way for customers to
interact with companies they financially support.

The FILM NOIR V FIVE BOX is coming in a few months. NONE of the titles you mentioned
are in the collection, but all of those titles are likely to show up through Warner Archive
releases. So, it's a win/win situation. Lots more NOIR!

can you tell us about any upcoming Ultra-Resolution restorations making their way
to DVD/Blu-Ray/WbArchive?

Both GONE WITH THE WIND and WIZARD OF OZ are being put through the Ultra-Rez process
AGAIN (!) for their upcoming BD premiere and SD reissue. Even though the prior transfers were 1080p
and we thought they looked amazing, technology has improved so much, that we had to start from
scratch to insure excellence. However, we still hope to get to SHOW BOAT (1951) in Ultra Rez, as
part of the long-in-planning COMPLETE SHOW BOAT COLLECTION. It will happen! TRUST US!

First off, thanks for taking the time to chat. Any word you can provide since last
year on THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, and is THE LOST SQUADRON part of your library for consideration?

AMBERSONS is still in the development stages...our plans for supplementary materials
require much more time (and money)than expected. LOST SQUADRON is not in the planning stages at
the moment

If Gremlins comes to Blu-ray, it should have the Gizmo & the Gremlins cartoon
pilot (if it exists) and a good long documentary like the one on the Howling and more deleted scenes
and maybe that recent British ad.

GREMLINS BD is in the cards. Supplements are still being discussed. Thanks for asking.
NINJA TURTLES are the best thing to Gremlins, though..and they are coming on BD very soon.
COWABUNGA!

Great news with WA now with all the releases is there a chance lesser known films
with the cast of SNL like Nothing Lasts Forever, Spies Like Us and Over The Rainbow see the light
of day on DVD and will the Archive titles have at least a trailer of the feature?

All of them are coming, but actually more likely for retail than Warner Archive.
SPIES would obviously be a widescreen reissue.

Thanks. What supplemental materials are planned for Ambersons and how about Journey
Into Fear?

AMBERSONS will have a significant exploration on the film's production history.
JOURNEY INTO FEAR will also come out at the same time. We just cannot lock in a date.

Hey, In 2007 WB stated "We will be releasing both DARK SHADOWS movies this year (2007)";
Well this is now 2009, so where are they? Can we expect them around the time of the new Johhny Depp
movie? will they be the Director's cut or just some hacked up version like the VHS copies? DS fans
want to know the details!!!

We will be releasing the DS movies in conjunction with the new Johnny Depp film...
more to be revealed in the near future.

With the Archives program announced, has any thought been given to releasing collections
of shorts through it? I'm thinking Joe McDokes, etc.

YES YES YES YES YES. There will be shorts collections coming through Warner
Archives...and cartoons....shorts like McDoakes, Dogville, Pete Smith, etc. Eventually everything.
First shorts sets will come in early 2010. Meanwhile, keep looking for shorts on our classic
releases throughout the year, including the new FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD V.3 set which streets
TOMORROW!!!!

The Smilebox edition of HOW THE WEST WAS WON was a smashing success - I can't thank
you guys enough for it. Is there a chance of Smilebox versions being released for the other
Cinerama films in the Warner catalog (2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, GRAND PRIX, etc.)? One more thing:
what Kubrick is to film directors, George Feltenstein is to home video executives. The Archives
announcement was like Christmas morning.

We are very grateful for your kind words....We have discussed the possibility of
smilebox in the future, but nothing firm yet.....we are working on some interesting explorations
in this regard....keep your eyes peeled to HTF for more info....Thanks again!

In the February 2007 chat, WB indicated that it was "actively working on releasing"
NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS (1958). Is there any progress on this title and/or a release window that
can be announced?

Yes, we finally can discuss this. We needed to locate the heirs to the author of the
play, and finally have done so! After years of searching! We are in active discussion with them
right now..so it's looking very optimistic for a release if all goes well. We love this movie!

Is there any developments in releasing the MacDonald/Eddy operettas (and also the Merry
Widow)? And what about early Cagney movies (Taxi and Blonde Crazy always come to my mind)?

We are evaluating film elements on the Nelson & Jeanette films.....the MGM B&W nitrate
situation is always a hinderance...happy to report we confirmed that the original negative to the
1934 MERRY WIDOW did NOT burn in the Eastman House fire and hope to restore that Lubitsch
masterpiece soon! Early Cagneys to follow in Warner Archive collection shortly!

are there any plans to release THX-1138 and The Outlaw Josey Wales on Blu-Ray? thanks

JOSEY WALES will be coming to BLU RAY next year....THX-1138 is likely to land around
the same time

Before we go to the next round I have been forced by many to ask you guys one of the
most pressing questions brought up in our forum. Why has it taken so long to get THE BOWERY BOYS
out on DVD and what is the status of these films?

Ron was kind enough to let you guys (and ladies) know that we located the orig neg
to MR. HEX...and are trying to upgrade some of the other titles. We hope to have this ready for
release within the not too distant future. We have put a lot of effort into locating film elements
on these so they will look great.

Think maybe in the next year?

YES!

Is that TVSHOWSONDVD.COM David Lambert?

No TV-related questions tonight, I promise (unless you have something you would
like to say now about TV shows on the Warner Archives program). No, my Archives-related questions
is this: the feedback I've heard so far today is that the $19.95 each feels a tad high for for such
as Kristy McNichol's "Just the Way You Are", esp. considering today's economy. Comments? Would you
ever consider a "sale" over there, like a "Buy 2, get 1 for half off" promotion?

The service has just launched officially today...to astonishing sales....and the issue
of pricing as a concern has not been discussed. Sorry you don't like Kristy

Any plans on BARRY LYNDON and LOLITA?? Thanks!!

If you mean new editions on those titles, no, not at this time. Thanks.

The Dark Knight seemed to get a bit smaller SE treatment than many of us expected,
especially with nothing notable devoted to Heath and his performance/process/etc. Are there plans
for a future bigger SE?

The Dark Knight release was prepared by our new release group. We are the catalog
group, and did not create that release. That being said, there may be future BD Live events planned
for TDK. Thanks!

I just love you guys at WB. And to prove it, I just spent a ton of money today at
the Warner Archive. Thanks for that opportunity !! Do you have any plans for classic horror
releases this fall through both retail channels (Beast With Five Fingers, Walking Dead) and the
Warner Archive (Smiling Ghost, Mysterious Doctor)?

Thank you! We love your business! GOOD NEWS on both fronts. FRANKENSTEIN 1970 and
THE WALKING DEAD and ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY and YOU'LL FIND OUT make up our Karloff/Lugosi set for
this Halloween at retail. All remastered and yes FRANKENSTEIN 1970 is 16x9! In addition other
great horror and scifi titles are on their way through the WARNER ARCHIVE releases. Thanks!

Two extras I'd love to see when the Blu-rays come around: the original ending of
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (hopefully in color) and more deleted scenes from THE GOONIES. Any hope?
Thanks for chatting with us!

We are DEFINITELY doing a 25th anniversary BD/SD GOONIES special edition next year
(2010:THE YEAR WE MAKE GOONIES!) We are hopeful we can re-address the LITTLE SHOP issues for BD,
but nothing solid yet.....

Hi Warners, I really liked your Gangster Collections vol. 3 and 4 that you released last
year. I do hope, that a fifth one is planned? Thanks and greetings from Germany.

Hello Marcel from Germany. Thanks for staying up so late to be with us....We are very
proud of the four gangster boxed sets, and don't have any more lined up..but more WB classic
Bogart/Cagney/Robinson/Raft gangster epics will be out shortly through....you guessed it...Warner
Archive Collection!

I have but one humble request, a wide screen English language print of the 1968
Sci-Fi masterpiece with the groovy title song of the same name, sing it with me now
"Green Sliiiiime! Green Sliiiiiiime!" Please, that army of one eyed tentacle monsters deserves
to be seen in full wide screen glory and it can't wait for a Johnny Depp remake!

We had the GREEEEEEN SLIME on the release schedule and it got pulled....and there
will be no remake We hope to get it back on the schedule shortly..as is the case for WILD,
WILD PLANET and other delights.

Thanks Warner this year for the long waited surprise of WATERLOO BRIDGE...great job...
I would like to ask about a few titles from Newline if I might. Would like to find out about the
Jason movies that you all have and also TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME...any Blu-Ray plans?

The Jason movies we have are arriving on BD soon, at least one this year. TWIN PEAKS
is not in the cards for the moment......but it will be

Great work on the unofficial Troy Donahue box set: The Romance Classics
Collection! I also ordered 5 titles from the Warner Archive website already. :-) Any plans for
these rare films to come to DVD? Even as bare bones Warner Archive releases would be fine I don't
think many of them even had a VHS release: Mary, Mary (1963-Debbie Reynolds), The Chapman
Report (1962-Jane Fonda), Claudelle Inglish (1961-Diane McBain/Arthur Kennedy)

MARY MARY is definitely coming through Warner Archive Collection in September. The
others likely to follow, but no date set yet. Yes, MARY, MARY will be 16x9...REMEMBER all films
in the Warner Archive Collection are OAR!!!! Thanks for the support on the WB Romance Collection.
Happy to say it sold very well!

I am wondering about DVDs of Paul Newman‚s The Prize, the film Mission to Moscow,
as well as more Joel McCrea Westerns such as The Tall Stranger, The First Texan, Colorado Territory
and Stars in My Crown?

THE PRIZE is undergoing remastering at the moment. No date set yet. MISSION TO MOSCOW
and more Joel McCrea westerns coming THIS YEAR through Warner Archive including TALL STRANGER and
COLORADO TERRITORY!

Thank you for chatting with us! Do you know of any plans to issue Jean Simmons films
such as Until They Sail (with Paul Newman), Home Before Dark, Young Bess or This Could Be The Night
on DVD? Also, will a second collection of Esther Williams films be released soon?

ESTHER WILLIAMS will be swimming into stores this summer in an all-new TCM SPOTLIGHT:
ESTHER WILLIAMS VOL2 collection, which we hope you'll enjoy. HOME BEFORE DARK and YOUNG BESS coming
through Warner Archive in 2010. THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT and UNTIL THEY SAIL require remastering,
and we have no date yet, but they are coming.

Excellent work on the Casablanca Blu-ray. Any chance of a Blu-ray version of The Maltese
Falcon? Also, are there any plans to release The Exorcist and The Devil's Advocate on blu-ray?
Thank you for your time.

EXORCIST is currently being remastered for BD by the director Mr. Friedkin AND the
cinematographer Mr. Owen Roizman. No date set yet....But it will make your head spin! MALTESE
FALCON BD is an obvious choice..Coming for its 70th anniversary in 2011...No plans for DEVIL'S
ADVOCATE yet, but surely will come.

The Mickey and Judy Box set was beautifully done. Are there any plans to release
Little Nellie Kel as well as Judy's remaining earlier films?

Yes. We will release the remaining five unreleased Judys....most likely when we issue
our now-being-super-restored A STAR IS BORN special edition. Tentative date Spring 2010.

Thanks for your time tonight, Warner. What is the rationale behind only releasing
classics in expensive deluxe editions on Blu-ray (Casablanca, reportedly the upcoming Wizard of Oz,
Gone With the Wind releases). Those are 3 titles I would buy if released as more moderately priced
"normal" releases and I've seen many similar comments to that on the forum (as I'm sure you have
as well). Will they be released in non-deluxe editions down the line?

Exact plans and pricing for OZ and GWTW are not final yet...we have heard your
concerns, both here tonight, and obviously from others on this forum prior, and have brought
them to the attention of upper management.

Heat - will this Michael Mann masterpiece ever see a Blu-ray release as has been rumored
for months now?

HEAT is currently being remastered for BLU RAY under the supervision of Michael Mann.
We hope to have it out shortly! Thanks!!!!

Any truth to the rumours regarding a licensing deal with Criterion? If true, could
you elaborate, and are they/you releasing SEs of Zabriskie Point and/or Badlands? Thanks for making
the WBArchive titles available worldwide!

Since it was 'leaked' through the internet, we have had discussion with Criterion
regarding a limited group of titles at the behest of their respective directors. ZABRISKIE POINT
is being released by WHV as part of our Director's Showcase at the end of May. It's a gorgeous new
anamorphic transfer.

Thank you very much for taking the time to chat with us tonight. I was wondering, how
old does a title have to be for it to be regarded as a "catalog" title. Is there a cut off date
before they are under your control?

We get titles under our marketing control 6 months after initial DVD release

Thank you for returning to do another chat. Your dedication to enthusiasts is phenomenal.
Any chance for an SE of 90s action classic DEMOLITION MAN or a first time release of TREASURE
ISLAND (1990)? Demolition Man has a wealth of deleted scenes that fans have eagerly awaited years
to see and I think it would be great to pay tribute to the late Heston + capitalize on Bale's
soaring success with Treasure Island. Also, SE of THE ROAD WARRIOR?

We are aware of the interest in TREASURE ISLAND, but it is a TV Movie, and therefore
comes under the direction of our TV marketing group (Who has had chats here as well) We have made
them aware of your interest . No plans for DEMOLITION MAN SE.

Hi - really exciting to hear about the Archive Collection. Do Warner own any of the
early talkies/silent Sherlock Holmes pictures, and might we see them released under the Archive
Collection? Thanks!

We do not own any Sherlock movies.....darn, cause we're making a new one! Sorry!
Thanks!

Well, first let me say that I think this archive program is fantastic and thank you for
creating it. I read today in the Wall Street Journal that you have about 6800 films in your archive
and that you will add about 20 titles per week to your list for purchase. How will these 20 titles
per week be chosen and what Westerns from the 50s, 60s, and 70s might we expect to see added in the
near future?

Thank you for your kind words.....There will be 20 titles added PER MONTH (!)
initially....we have about 25 more westerns coming this year...too many titles to name..but they
are mostly titles from the 1940s and 1950s...Several Randolph Scott Westerns will be made available
from Warner Archive collection next month including TRAIL STREET. Keep checking our website
Warnerarchive.com for more title announcements. New titles will be announced 4/1 and 4/15.

any chance of seeing where eagles dare or hammer films on blu ray this year?

WHERE EAGLES DARE coming to BD next year......No Hammer for BD yet...but we have
hopes for those to come shortly.

Thank you so much for ONE TRICK PONY!! Is there any chance of releasing ALEX IN WONDERLAND
anytime soon?

Mr. Mazursky would love us to release ALEX IN WONDERLAND...that's a perfect title
for Warner Archive Collection.....keep your eyes peeled. Glad you like ONE TRICK PONY. So do we.

Thank you for the fabulous news with this Archive Collection, best news ever!!!!!!!!
Any chances The Constant Nymph (43) and The Glass Menagerie (50) will show up on-demand at some
point? And what abot the long-antecipated Harlow/Garfield collections?

...and we thought Reggie would ask the Harlow question! See, we know all of you
by name! HARLOW collection coming to retail for her centenary in 2011. Worth waiting for. Garfield
titles coming in summer from Warner Archive collection....Constant Nymph we are trying to still
free up from legal rights limbo...(as is the case with manuy others) FOX owns the 1950 GLASS
MENAGERIE originally produced here at WB.

Hi! I'm happy you're doing digital work on the MGM/Turner titles, and look forward
to OZ and GONE WITH THE WIND on blu ray. Anyway, any chance you will revisit SUPERMAN: The Movie
and SUPERMAN II in definitive editions on Blu Ray/DVD with the added TV footage and other new
stuff? I was disappointed that no 30th Anniversary Edition of SUPERMAN was released.

Thanks for your kind words. We do appreciate them. As to SUPERMAN....Been there..
Done that..to great success two years ago.

Hi and thanks for doing the chat. Any hopes for the extended version of Paul Newman's
When time Ran Out, and any chance of re-releasing some of the old fullframe only discs on the
Warner archive? Thanks for all of your great work!!

The Full Frame issue will be addressed through reissues either at retail in multi-film
sets, or through Warner Archive. We are very pleased about this. WHEN TIME RAN OUT is only available
in its current form in widescreen and digital. There is only a 1" analog master of that longer
version made for TV.

Any plans for CONTACT on Blu-ray? Also, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet was originally
announced as a Blu-ray/HD-DVD/DVD release in 2007, but only the DVD version saw the light of day.
Any plans for HAMLET on Blu-ray? Thanks for spending your evening with us!

You are very welcome..and thank you for your kind words. CONTACT is coming out on
BD this Fall. Branagh's HAMLET BD tentatively set for 2010.

Thanks for your reissues. Sorry if this has been asked, but is 'Greed' going to come out
on DVD, Blu-ray or Customized DVD? I just hope customized DVDs come with bonus features related
to the film. Hope to see more B&W films on Blu-Ray and another chat next year. Thanks for having
these public movie chats!

GREED will be coming out through our planned series of the silent filmsd prepared by
Kevin Brownlow. We hope we can get these in production shortly...but all plans are still formative.

Parker and I wish to thank Warner Home Entertainment: George Feltenstein, Ronnee Sass
and Janet Keller for being here this evening. Everyone should check out the WB Store for the
latest addition of titles to the Warner Archive Collection.

YOU WILL SEE MORE B&W ON BD...AND OF COURSE WE WILL COME BACK TO HTF FOR ANOTHER CHAT.
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Someone should have asked them if the Archive is going to eventually include films their entire library. Perhaps the best shot for films like Angus would be Warner Archive.
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Lots of good info there:

For Blu-ray per the transcript:

Contact - coming out this fall
Gremlins - is being discussed
Outlaw of Josey Wales and THX 1138 - Next year
Goonies - Next year for 25th - will be SE
Maltese Falcon - Next year
Exorcist - is being remastered
HEAT!!!! - coming out shortly (is being remastered by Michael Mann)
Where Eagles Dare - next year
Hamlet - 2010
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Originally Posted by jiggawhat View Post
Lots of good info there:

For Blu-ray per the transcript:

Contact - coming out this fall
Gremlins - is being discussed
Outlaw of Josey Wales and THX 1138 - Next year
Goonies - Next year for 25th - will be SE
Maltese Falcon - Next year
Exorcist - is being remastered
HEAT!!!! - coming out shortly (is being remastered by Michael Mann)
Where Eagles Dare - next year
Hamlet - 2010
Actually, Gremlins is definitely coming as an anniversary edition, and they were quick to point out that cinematographer Owen Roizman is helping with the Exorcist BD after all that nonsense with The French Connection.
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Someone should have asked them if the Archive is going to eventually include films their entire library. Perhaps the best shot for films like Angus would be Warner Archive.
I read somewhere that Angus is in licensing hell. That is what has been keeping the movie from being released and at the same time is making it become a cult classic.
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I read somewhere that Angus is in licensing hell. That is what has been keeping the movie from being released and at the same time is making it become a cult classic.
I thought on previous chats they just said it wasn't on the cards? If anyone knows...

Interesting that they said this time that "Nothing Lasts Forever" is being worked on.
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I highly doubt the Blu-ray of THX1138 will include the original theatrical cut, but there's always hope. Looks like Greed and Magnificent Ambersons are still a ways off. Nice news about Journey Into Fear and a new noir box (hopefully ten films again), though the lack of Lolita and Barry Lyndon SEs is extremely disappointing.
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I'm rather put off by their "As to SUPERMAN....Been there..Done that..to great success two years ago" answer...yes, they put out a great extensive Superman box set then on STANDARD DVD...not BLU-RAY, which other than the new release at the time of Returns, has only seen a very stripped down version of part 1, and the Donner Cut of Part 2....neither of which featured lossless audio either....I think instead of brushing us off, they should release that box set in Blu-ray with new lossless audio tracks for those two, plus the original version of Part 2 along with Parts 3 & 4, and all the extra features missing!
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I'd like Superman 3 and 4...but as a rental, not a purchase. I do wish they would release the Theatrical version of Part 2 though.
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I'm rather put off by their "As to SUPERMAN....Been there..Done that..to great success two years ago" answer...yes, they put out a great extensive Superman box set then on STANDARD DVD...not BLU-RAY, which other than the new release at the time of Returns, has only seen a very stripped down version of part 1, and the Donner Cut of Part 2....neither of which featured lossless audio either....I think instead of brushing us off, they should release that box set in Blu-ray with new lossless audio tracks for those two, plus the original version of Part 2 along with Parts 3 & 4, and all the extra features missing!
I haven't watched the HD DVD version since last year when I got it, but if it's a good enough transfer that they could just throw it onto Blu and be done with it.

The disc didn't have a ton of features, but it did have commentary.
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Nice to hear a little progress with No Time For Sergeants and The Devils.
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Nice to hear a little progress with The Devils.
Hey, they've already got the cover art for it!
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You'd think they'd make it a priority just to shut people up
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I am really looking forward to the Wizard Of Oz and Gone With The Wind on Blu Ray! I just purchased an entry level Sony Blu Ray player on Monday and installed it last night having bought Pinocchio , it looks great and I can't wait to buy a few more titles , my interests are classic older titles , classic Dramas/ Musicals/ Film Noir/ Universal Monster Movies etc.
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I'm disappointed they didn't answer the question about The Road Warrior SE. I've been waiting on that one forever!
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I'm interesting in hearing more about the Karloff set with Frankenstein 1970 included.
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Goonies and Contact in BD! Cant wait. I just sold my copy of Contact that I bought way back when it was released in the crappy snapper in hopes of hearing it would be on BD soon.
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glad to hear they plan on re-releasing some of their earlier dvd efforts in 16x9 widescreen! here's hoping for FUNNY FARM, SPIES LIKE US and NOTHING BUT TROUBLE.
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SE of Road Warrior it was asked but never answered..weird
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I am really looking forward to the Wizard Of Oz and Gone With The Wind on Blu Ray! I just purchased an entry level Sony Blu Ray player on Monday and installed it last night having bought Pinocchio , it looks great and I can't wait to buy a few more titles , my interests are classic older titles , classic Dramas/ Musicals/ Film Noir/ Universal Monster Movies etc.
I'm pissed that no one asked if Warner plans to release non-deluxe versions of both of these films and Casablanca. I know a lot of people like myself can't afford to pony up so much money for these deluxe, overpriced editions, specially in the bad economic situation the world is in right now.
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I read somewhere that Angus is in licensing hell. That is what has been keeping the movie from being released and at the same time is making it become a cult classic.
I saw Angus in the theater. It really isn't that good.
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I wish WB just put out Fearless in OAR. But I'm sure to be disappointed that they have no plan to do so once again. I just gave up on them and bought the full-screen. At least it was cheap.
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I predict I'll see pigs fly before Warner's actually releases 'The Devils' on DVD.
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I predict I'll see pigs fly before Warner's actually releases 'The Devils' on DVD.
Yep, every year we get the same response. I just wish they would fess up and tell us exactly why they won't release this...but I think we all know what that reason is, don't we

My only hope is that they reach an agreement with Criterion to release this.
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Where's a freakin' anamorphic 2010?! :raised fist:
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