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Old 11-15-12, 09:53 AM
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Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

Never saw this coming:
Burbank, Calif., November 15, 2012 -- The Warner Archive Collection (WAC) – the Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) division dedicated to releasing on DVD previously unavailable films and television shows – today announced the launch of its first Blu-ray™ titles. The two titles, Deathtrap and Gypsy, will debut on November 20. Beginning in February 2013, WAC expects to release a minimum of one to two Blu-ray titles per month. Future titles include The Hudsucker Proxy and Fearless.

WAC reports that the Blu-ray discs will be replicated in limited quantities and fulfilled on demand. All releases will leverage high quality 1080p masters. In many instances, as with Deathtrap, the films will be available for the first time for home viewing in their original widescreen format.

Starting as a modest initiative, WAC has quickly grown to become a new business model for the studio and a recognized industry leader. Since launching in March 2009, WAC has released more than 1,500 films, short subjects, TV movies and mini-series that otherwise would not have been available, providing a valuable service to film lovers everywhere.



Now, WAC’s entry into the Blu-ray market is the latest example of its fast growth and increasing popularity with consumers who have embraced the technology as the standard for the highest quality home movie viewing on disc. This year, domestic sales of catalog titles on Blu-ray grew 22% in the third quarter from a year earlier. In fact, Blu-ray sales have shown impressive gains every quarter in 2012, continuing the trend set in 2011 over 2010 when sales were up 20%.[1]

In making the Blu-ray announcement, WBDD President Thomas Gewecke said, “This is an important innovation that fulfills consumer demand for high definition releases that otherwise would not be available in physical formats. We’re excited to have the opportunity to further expand the Warner Archive Collection into the Blu-ray marketplace with an impressive slate of releases.”
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

oh this is bullshit.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

$19.95 doesn't seem too bad of a price.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

My understanding of this press release is that these will be real pressed BDs and not BD-Rs. Am I crazy? If so, then it sounds like they are simply adopting the Twilight Time model, only without the limited quantities. Also, since they don't have to license the material, the prices are a bit lower.

I think the writing is on the wall for physical media and the glory days of loaded special edition DVDs for
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

If that's Peter Weir's Fearless, hasn't that movie only been available in 4:3 all these years?
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If they're MODs then this blows. If limited press, then cool.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

Whoa. This is actually newsworthy for me. NOW I give a damn about this archive.
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Originally Posted by riotinmyskull View Post
oh this is bullshit.
The alternative is no release at all.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

I called this a long time ago. The only question was when. But I think there are some alternatives:

1. No release at all
2. Licensing to a cheapie company, which I can't imagine Warner doing with their precious catalog
3. Licensing to a Twilight Time-type company, which would be $$$.
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The alternative is no release at all.
so long as they're not burnt discs...i'd like for them to be pressed.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

If they're pressed BDs and not BD-Rs, I'm all for this.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

Yep. As long as these are pressed I'm pretty excited about the news.

None of the four titles they mention have me particularly excited (though I would like to watch Fearless in the OAR), but I'm interested to see what shows up down the line.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

Are BD-Rs really that bad?
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I don't know if you guys know this but Warner basically has a lifetime guarantee on their discs as long as you didn't do the damage. They replaced a disc that I bought 2 years ago and just finally decided to watch.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

I'm excited about this. If the alternative is no Blu-ray release for a movie like The Hudsucker Proxy, then this is certainly much better. It does sound similar to Twilight Time but without the limited quantities, which I think is great. And $19.95 is a much better price point than Twilight Time. Warner has so many great movies in its catalog from so many stars. It would be incredible to have some of those on Blu-ray. Would I prefer for them to get actual releases? Of course, but I will take what I can get.
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Pressed or not, if this means I can get titles I've wanted on BD for a reasonable price then I'm excited to see what they'll offer.
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Really good news if they're pressed, and hopefully some of their older releases end up on blu. Then I won't feel so bad paying their extortion rates.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

Anybody else hoping that this will eventually include some of the Paramount catalog titles they acquired rights to?
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

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Anybody else hoping that this will eventually include some of the Paramount catalog titles they acquired rights to?
I haven't seen a list, so I don't know if any of those titles are obscure enough. The known titles seem to be too high-profile to be relegated to this kind of release.
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Re: Warner Archive goes Blu -- whoddathunkit?

well if that's the case, bring it.
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awesome.
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I'm okay with this
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Then I won't feel so bad paying their extortion rates.
I wouldn't call $19.95 shipped an extortion rate. That's a completely reasonable price, especially considering their DVD archive titles had a list of $29.99.
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I wouldn't call $19.95 shipped an extortion rate. That's a completely reasonable price, especially considering their DVD archive titles had a list of $29.99.
Yeah, it's more like a standard rate, but with Warner in control of the price so stores don't heavily discount them.

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