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Old 02-27-07, 12:36 PM
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HD DVD/Blu-ray summary of the HTF's Warner chat

An HD-centric summary of Warner's chat with the HTF:

North by Northwest has to be remastered again before a release on a HD format. Warner is looking towards 2009 for the 50th Anniversary.

Quo Vadis on the way for both SD and HD formats, probably in 2008 with the ultra resolution process.

Warner doesn't know when their sister company New Line is releasing the LOTR films onto HD DVD/Blu-ray.

LA Confidential coming on it's 10th Anniversary this year, also in HD DVD and Blu-ray.

Also, Deliverance is coming on SD, HD DVD and Blu-ray later this year.

Poltergeist coming out on SD DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray this year.

New HD DVD and Blu-ray product announcements coming in the next few weeks.

Also, Blade Runner will have the same material as the SD DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray.

Warner will discuss Little Shop of Horrors with altenate ending, especially with HD on the scene. No set plans just yet.

Warner still has plans to release every HD DVD title onto Blu-ray including Forbidden Planet.

More Kubrick coming out on HD DVD and Blu-ray later this year.

Warner discussing redoing Hammer films for SD and HD releases.

Heat coming to HD DVD and Blu-ray in 2008.

Music Man needs to be redone for HD, perhaps next year.

Also, Branagh's Hamlet before the summer in SD, HD and BR.

Warner wishes they can release one HD catalog title a week.
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Old 02-27-07, 12:41 PM
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kinda disappointed that they didn't give a single date for anything. But i'll definately be getting these:

Blade Runner
North by Northwest
LA Confidential
Poltergeist
Kubrick
Heat
Music Man
Hamlet

of course alot of those aren't coming out till 2008 or even 2009.
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Old 02-27-07, 12:42 PM
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Poltergeist, Hammer, and Kubrick films in HD excite me the most. I wonder how many times they were asked if HD DVD titles are being held up due to BD not having BD-J finalized. Harry Potter 4 being an example.
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Old 02-27-07, 12:45 PM
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Warner wishes they can release one HD catalog title a week.
Yeah? And I wish Jesse L. Martin were my husband.

Unfortunately only one of these things could happen. I don't understand why they stop "wishing" and start "doing."
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Old 02-27-07, 12:53 PM
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I wonder how many times they were asked if HD DVD titles are being held up due to BD not having BD-J finalized. Harry Potter 4 being an example.
Zero times. It was a disappointingly HD-light chat, with most people asking about older titles. But I was glad they answered my question about Blade Runner (that they will allegedly have everything from the SD version on the HD versions).
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I certainly hope they strike a new transfer for Heat, considering the SE from a couple of years ago was terrible, even for DVD standards.
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I think they said early on they would not answer HD format questions.

As far as them releasing one HD catalog title a week. Do it, you are fucking Warner Bros after all. You can do it if you want to.

Still there was some good stuff in there and I'm hopeful for some new announcements soon.
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Old 02-27-07, 01:25 PM
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VERY disappointed in the lack of info about classics like GWTW, Wizard of Oz, etc.

I'm just shaking my head at the lack of urgency the HDD camp is showing right now.
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Originally Posted by darkside
I think they said early on they would not answer HD format questions.
Yeah, it was pre-stipulated that they would not answer any questions regarding formats or specs for hi def formats.

Per request of the studio: This chat is restricted to THEATRICAL CATALOG product only. No TV or ANIMATION will be discussed. HD-DVD/BLU-RAY discussion is limited to product specific questions and not format or specs.
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
VERY disappointed in the lack of info about classics like GWTW, Wizard of Oz, etc.

I'm just shaking my head at the lack of urgency the HDD camp is showing right now.
I think they just may not know what they're going to do yet (hence no format questions). It's still a new, developing and changing market, and they probably aren't making hard decisions two years in advance like with DVD. Plus, they probably are aware of the criticism over the titles in the brochure that never materialized (Shawshank, The Matrix, etc.), and don't want to say they're doing something they're not sure about. They're probably still finding out what kinds of titles will sell and what won't, and adjusting their schedules accordingly.
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Originally Posted by DVD Josh
VERY disappointed in the lack of info about classics like GWTW, Wizard of Oz, etc.

I'm just shaking my head at the lack of urgency the HDD camp is showing right now.
Wizard is on the list, but not until Dec. The lack of classics is really bothering me. I have no problem with the majority of films being the new movies and the mainstream action films, but I really thought we would see more classics announced. I thought Citizen Kane, Kong and GWTW would have been out in year one if not year two. That said I have to give Warner credit for putting out the most classics. I don't see Fox, Sony or Paramount going out of their way to get pre 90's stuff out on the HD formats. Universal has put out a few good ones from the 70's and 80's, but even they could do much better.

I'm betting the problem is the pre 90's movies aren't selling. There are very few of us to sell to anyway and with the majority being game console owners the Casablanca and Adventure of Robin Hood discs just aren't going to sell the way Batman and Superman do.

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I'd love to hear a Shawshank/Green Mile announcement.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
I'd love to hear a Shawshank/Green Mile announcement.

No kidding.
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Blade Runner, more Kubrick, and Hammer.
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Also, Branagh's Hamlet before the summer in SD, HD and BR.
About f'n time!
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Originally Posted by bunkaroo
No kidding.
Coming Summer 2006!
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Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
Coming Summer 2006!
Shawshank/Green Mile ?
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Originally Posted by Bcolon
Shawshank/Green Mile ?
Hamlet. Nobody asked about Shawshank/TGM.
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Just give me that ultimate edition of Blade Runner and I'll be happy. Heat would be amazing, too.
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Originally Posted by Bcolon
Shawshank/Green Mile ?
Stupid joke. Sorry. Even a couple of Warner's HD DVDs trickling into early 2007 were still listing those movies as "coming summer 2006!" even though that had long since come and gone.
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Not a single BR exclusive title...yet I see several HD only...hmm.
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Not a single BR exclusive title...yet I see several HD only...hmm.
Not seeing any HD DVD only titles..."HD" refers to both formats
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Originally Posted by Skoobooz
Not seeing any HD DVD only titles..."HD" refers to both formats
No...WB obviously meant HD-DVD only. Sorry, just taking jabs at the BR camp for going crazy about ANYTHING.
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Don't forget, most of these announced titles will be 'TotalHD' releases...meaning both HD/BR on the same disc, no disc art, and possibly a $34.99 or $39.99 price. Thanks for NOT giving us a choice Warner!
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Stupid joke. Sorry. Even a couple of Warner's HD DVDs trickling into early 2007 were still listing those movies as "coming summer 2006!" even though that had long since come and gone.
Aw, hell. I completely missed the 2006 part.
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